Interior Decorating | Furniture

 

 

Organic and Healthy

Family-tested solid wood bedroom furniture, organic futons, and affordable chemical-free sofas made from sustainably harvested wood with a low VOC finish or unfinished. Selections include maple beds and casegoods (dressers, night stands, wardrobes, bookshelves, desks, etc.) from Pacific Rim; ash beds and casegoods from Bedworks of Maine; futon sofas combining Bedworks of Maine ash/maple frames with Soaring Heart all-organic futons; and wood-frame modular sofas and tables from Carolina Morning. Cover fabrics are organic cotton; futons and cushions are filled with kapok, organic cotton, wool and/or latex. No fire retardant or stain-proofing chemicals applied. Also organic mattresses, a full assortment of organic bedding, chemical-free wool carpet and area rugs, air and water purifiers, and more. “We bring you non-toxic, eco-friendly products that we have researched for use in our own home to help you create a cleaner indoor environment for you and your loved ones.”

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KD Frames

Unfinished platform beds and futon sofa frames crafted from Tulip Poplar. “All of our frames are made of kiln dried Tulip Poplar hardwood grown in responsibly managed Virginia forests. We do not apply chemicals of any kind in our factory, and the wood is smooth, sanded, and unfinished. KD Frames has been in business since 1987.” I saw one of these frame in a local store and it was very solid and had excellent craftsmanship.

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Simple Closet

Solid wood closet storage systems built of solid wood—no particleboard. Purchase unfinished or with their water based finish. Complete disclosure of materials on their website: “We use pine harvested responsibly from the Pacific Northwest for our solid wood shelves. We use hemlock (Also from the Pacific Northwest) for our uprights. Hemlock is used in our uprights as it is 99% knot free (Uprights are drilled to hold shelves so they need to be mostly knot free). Our shelves will have knots that are filled and sanded smooth. This is what gives Lundia it’s beautiful natural wood appearance. We offer a complete set of actual wood samples that you can purchase for $9.95 that is refundable… We use a water-based lacquer that has NO IARC, NTP or OSHA listed carcinogen ingredients (See section 11-Toxicological Information in our Material Safety Data Sheet. Click here to see this document (Also listed at the bottom of this page). IMPORTANT: If you are still concerned about any hazardous materials, you also have the option to purchase our modular systems Unfinished Sanded Smooth. You do not have to finish our Solid Wood Products. They will last you a lifetime. In fact, most of our commercial installations throughout the US are all Unfinished (Going back over 50 years to the early 1960’s). You also have the option of applying your own finish…We use Titebond wood glue from Franklin International my favorite wood glue. This product has NO hazardous ingredients.”

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Bedworks of Maine

Beds, bedroom, and convertible futon sofa frames made in Maine. “Classic lines, solid construction and gorgeous finishes are the hallmarks of the furniture we make at The BedWorks of Maine. All of our bedroom pieces and bed frames, both traditional and platform bed, as well as our futon frames are crafted out of North American ash, a sustainable and renewable hardwood.” Can be ordered unfinished.

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Spot on Square

Furniture for bedroom, living room, and storage with modern design, made from 100% recycled/reclaimed green grade MDF or sustainably-harvested birch and birch plywood, painted with an eco-friendly, water based, non-toxic paint. Also decorative pillows made in a GOTS certified organic factory of 100% organic cotton twill with organic pigments/dyes, and an entire nursery made with nontoxic, natural, and organic materials.

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Modify Furniture

Simple, modern, and colorful, this furniture is designed to change as your needs change. You pick your frame style and color then front and back panel colors, and accessories, At any time you can change your colored panels for new colors! Made from rapidly renewable bamboo, recycled content aluminum, organic powder coating and low VOC finishes.

 

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Kalon Studios

Simple sustainable furniture made from domestic hardwoods, organic cotton and wool, latex from organic trees, and other natural and nontoxic materials. “Based in Los Angeles, California and in Germany, Kalon Studios is a design studio focused on contemporary form with a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty. Kalon Studios’ design focus is as much on quality of design as it is on material, method and process. All of our products are non-toxic, fully sustainable, and domestically produced respectively in the in the US and in Europe. Each piece is handcrafted to order by traditional furniture makers. The ancient Greek concept of ‘kalon’ meant beauty linked with moral worth and usefulness, a value we seek to express in our designs.” Oh,, I love this! “Materials + Methods” is the first item on the main menu.

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Vermont Farm Table

Beautiful solid wood tops for tables, countertops, stools, and anything else you can think of, made by the square inch. Any species, size, shape and quantity. “We build with the best quality New American Hardwoods including Cherry, Maple and Walnut, and can source a wide variety of other options…We also specialize in Reclaimed Woods, including Pine, Oak, Heart Pine and Chestnut, which can be sourced from places like old barns, silos, train stations…We believe in taking the natural route whenever possible. We use a natural oil and wax blend finish on our tables, applied in multiple coats until it saturates the wood, creating a finish that is water and stain resistant. This approach lets the natural beauty of the wood shine through, while creating a finish that is easy to care for over time. ”

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Unfinished Furniture Giant

“America’s Favorite Custom Unfinished Furniture Expert! NO particle board, simulated wood grain vinyls or other shortcuts are used in crafting our furniture. Our real wood furniture is made out of premium North American cherry, maple and oak. Our construction details include solid wood face frames, solid wood drawers and posts, dovetail drawer joints, metal glides, real wood tops and concealed adjustable hinges on doors. Individually made by Pennsylvania craftsmen. Most of our products are available in four species of wood: PINE, MAPLE , OAK and Cherry . We offer almost endless combinations and options to create thousands of designs in many different styles: SHAKER, MISSION, TRADITIONAL, COLONIAL, CONTEMPORARY and COUNTRY.”

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Vermont Cedar Chairs

Beautiful, rustic cedar chairs, made with every part of sustainably harvested white cedar trees. Naturally rot-resistant manila fibers are used to lash wood pieces together. No finishes whatsoever. “Our goal is to create products that no one has ever seen before. We want to erase the line between form and function until it does not exist.” Their innovative seats are made from branches lashed together so they float in the frame like a rope bridge over a river. Truly a unique, well-designed, stylish, and least-toxic chair.

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Bambeco

A great collection of “sustainable home goods” that reduce environmental impact as well as being less toxic. Products include furniture, home decor, kitchen and entertaining, bed and bath, and outdoor. All very stylish with their own designs. “At Bambeco, we strive to inspire sustainable living. We’re committed to making a sustainable lifestyle accessible and attainable. Every home good we offer has a purpose – to reduce consumption and pollution, protect natural resources, replenish and restore the planet, and celebrate people everywhere. To meet this commitment, all of our home goods are made with reclaimed, recycled, natural, renewable, and organic materials, with the utmost respect for the Earth and its people.”

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Erik Organic

Hardwood furniture, individually handcrafted with love by woodworking artisans, in beautiful modern designs. Choose from furniture for dining room, living room, office, and bedroom…even handcrafted office chairs. All can be customized to your needs. They use my favorite Tite Bond glue and a low-VOC finish is available by request “for people with MCS”.

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Dapwood Furniture

Handcrafted solid wood platform beds and bedroom furniture made from walnut, cherry, hard maple and oak, plant-based natural stains, and nontoxic finishes (also available unfinished “for MCS”). These bed frames can be customized for height and length, mix woods and finishes for style, add wheels or casters, and reclining headboard option. Styles range from simple to…well, whatever you want! This is beautiful furniture.

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Vermont Woods Studios

What a great place for furniture! Well-made, solid wood from USA forests, nontoxic finishes and you can customize the style to whatever you want. And free shipping! “High end, handcrafted, quality wood furniture that’s made to order just for you. We work with Vermont’s independent fine furniture makers to deliver top quality, real solid wood dining, home office, living room and bedroom furniture to your home. All of our hardwood furniture is built to order in New England—each piece is handmade in natural solid cherry, maple, oak, or walnut.”

Listen to my interview with Peggy Farabaugh, Owner and Operator of Vermont Woods Studios

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Peterboro Basket Co.

Handcrafted furniture-quality baskets for every room in your home, made from Appalachian White Ash. This is the same hardwood used to make baseball bats, snowshoes and axe handles. The wood is harvested from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Solid brass nails and brass coated hardware. “Our baskets are made to last…All of our baskets are made on site at our factory in Peterborough, NH. We are the oldest basket manufacturing company still crafting our baskets right here in the United States” Baskets come with a finish, but you can choose “natural finish,” which is just plain, unfinished wood.

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Natural Furniture

A large selection of real wood furniture, made in the USA to last for generations. This “ready-to-finish furniture is available in a wide cariety of hardwoods, each with its own distinctive grain patterns and colorations.” Use the nontoxic finish of your choice. They have hundreds of pieces for every room in your home, made from many types of wood.

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Viesso

“Modern Furniture for Modern Living…We believe modern furniture isn’t just about the modern style. It’s also about selling furniture that appeals to and enhances modern lives. Smart design, custom options, Green materials, innovative functions. It all adds up to giving you, the modern consumer, design solutions for your space.” They’ve scoured the marketplace to bring you furnishings that meet these modern ideals and they also have their own  exclusive Viesso line. It’s made in the USA,  and gives you numerous options throughout the shopping process so that you can create custom furniture that is completely your own. Choose size, finish, filling, and more. You can specific no fire retardants, type of foam used, type of fabric used and more, in an easy-to-use form that also shows instantly what each option will cost. Natural fabrics include heavy duty cotton, long-wearing hemp, and some natural fiber blends, in a variety of colors. Lots of natural choices here! But choose carefully, because they are mixed in with synthetics.

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EcoBalanza

“Modern artisan furniture” made with nontoxic and earthwise materials: certified fabrics, organic cotton and wool, durable hemp, FSC-certified wood, natural latex, hand-tied recycled steel coils, and water-based no-VOC adhesives. They make “premium quality, natural, hand-crafted, stylish, and comfortable upholstered furniture manufactured in an environmentally conscious manner with materials sourced from local suppliers whenever possible. Ecobalanza independently manages all aspects: from design to material sourcing to manufacture, to ensure the quality and integrity of every piece our artisans create.” Choose from a variety of styles and fabrics or ask them to make your own custom design.

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Pacific Rim Woodworking

Heirloom quality bedroom furniture using traditional construction methods such as mortise and tenon and dovetail. Since 1981, Pacific Rim Woodworking has offered hand-crafted, solid maple furniture at affordable prices. We use Western Maple grown in managed forests in Washington and Oregon. To highlight the natural beauty of this distinctive hardwood, we hand-rub each piece with our own finish. Enduring quality and simple elegance are the hallmarks of our contemporary American style.”

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Carolina Morning

Natural, affordable, adjustable furniture designed to support  your body. The innovative Eco Backrest™ adjusts to six positions and can be placed on a bed or directly on the floor for a truly comfortable chair. It can also be used as a laptop workstation. The modular couch (stuffed with organic kapok/wool)  doubles as a guest bed, a simple desk chair made of all natural materials, and more. Lots of pieces that can be put together in various ways, all designed to support your body.

Listen to my interview with Patrick Clark from Carolina Morning.

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Room Doctor Furniture Company

“The World’s Most Affordable Eco-Friendly Furniture.” Founded in 1989 with the idea of designing and manufacturing low-cost, American-made, solid-wood furniture that is easy to assemble and use. Their eco-friendly furniture is unmatched in terms of cost, durability and sustainability. We primarily use Southern Yellow Pine, our nations’ most abundant, sustainably-harvested wood source to produce our lines of futon frames, platform beds, bunk and loft beds, bookshelves and other coordinating pieces…We believe in environmental and social responsibility and are dedicated to promoting these ideals…Our commitment is to help our employees and community grow and prosper by providing safe, chemical-free home furnishings under our Xtreme Furniture brand while our longer-term goal is to achieve energy independence using a combination of wind, solar, geo-thermal, and bio-mass resources.”

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Urban Hardwoods

"Enduring furniture that honors the natural beauty of the wood" made from reclaimed urban trees (down trees and trimmings collected from tree services and utility companies). Selection includes dining tables, side and end tables, coffee tables, and custom work. Also flooring, doors, countertops, fine cabinets, and desks.

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Furnature

“An extensive line of chairs, sofas, loveseats, and ottomans for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity…Many healthy, ecology conscious individuals are also purchasing our products because they prefer to live in a clean, unpolluted environment.” These are top quality products with classic designs made by a family-owned company with third- and fourth-generation furniture makers. They will even make custom pieces to your design specifications. All pieces are made with 100% organic cotton barrier cloth, frames made from kiln-dried, untreated, hard rock maple, water-based glues, chemical-free wood finishes and organic or non-organic natural fiber upholstery fabrics (pre-washing option to remove fabrics finishes available).

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Ekla Home

Simple, stylish, sustainable sofas. “We believe in sustainable design. Each piece of furniture we produce is timeless in style, hand crafted, provides lasting comfort and is composed of non-toxic materials. Our deliberately small-scale company produces elegant, tactile pieces that adhere to the strictest environmental practices. Investigate our materials to see why our furniture is healthful for your family, our workers and the earth.” This is one of those websites that I love because they communicate well what they are about. Their list of standards they hold themselves to is longer than I can print here. They list all the materials they use. You can even earn LEED credits with their furniture.

Listen to my interview with Ekla Home CEO and Founder Emily May Bird Kroll.

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