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.



I read the other day that the holiday festivities don’t officially end until January 2.                       

Well, that might work in most families, but in mine we have a string of January birthdays that begin, more or less, when the holidays are suppose to end.

We’re not officially done celebrating until the following week, which makes for an interesting time of year.

Some family members have been known to complain, because – let’s face it – by the time New Years Day rolls around, we’re feeling the effects of too much good food, and definitely too much sugar.

(For a post-holiday Food Lover’s Cleanse, click here).

January 1 is meant to be the official end to that week – or month – of celebration.