As you probably know by now, I recently upgraded my home office.  

As you may also know, if you follow this blog regularly, I’m a big advocate for protecting the environment and the health of my clients.

My motto is “Healthy Home, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.”

That means low-VOC paints, eco-friendly fabrics, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) woods, and water-based finishes – in other words, zero toxins wherever possible.

This remodel was no exception.

For this very reason, I took the extra step of ordering ‘green’ cabinetry – manufactured to my specifications, to ensure a non-toxic environment.


Standard cabinets are made from formaldehyde-containing particle board that typically will off-gas formaldehyde for up to five years.

Needless to say, this can contribute to significant health problems.

(In today’s market, there are a wide variety of sustainable options for cabinetry manufactured with water-based glues and adhesives, and particleboard that does not contain formaldehyde).

Which brings me to the countertop.



“Do not keep anything in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  William Morris

Do you ever feel like you’re a bit behind the times?

I certainly do.

Just by chance, I came across a Facebook posting from life coach Martha Beck, featuring IKEA’s “Life Improvement Project”.

This was the first I’d heard of the Life Improvement Project, and I was beyond impressed, especially since their focus is on building a better Life and Community through good design and responsible environmental choices.

It’s always encouraging to learn of others who share your philosophy. I’m now adding IKEA to my list, along with proponents of The Not So Big House and the Slow Home Movement.

What we refer to as the Butterfly Effect is essentially a ‘ripple’ effect – the idea that every action, no matter how small, can make a difference.