'Green' Home Staging: Homeowner Uses Old Neckties to Grab Attention of Home Buyers

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 General News J E 4
ALTADENA, Calif., Sept. 2 In a real estate market wherethere is a lot of inventory and buyers have many options to choose from, it isimportant to make your home stand out from the sometimes 10 other homes thatbuyers have seen that day. Like many homeowners selling during this buyersmarket, Altadena homeowners Andre and Shami are "staging" their home, exceptwith an eco-friendly twist.

How? Almost every piece of furniture and artwork has been salvaged,re-purposed or made of recycled materials. All other pieces are constructedof organic and natural materials that were made in an environmentally friendlymanner.

Their favorite is an art piece that was made out of discarded neckties andkimonos. A sampling of items include a dining table made of recycled steel, acoffee table made out of an old pigeon cage and furniture made of teakwoodfrom a building that was torn down in Asia. In addition, there are wallhangings that were made using reclaimed, recycled and discontinued papers.Also, all of the paint, glue and sealers that were used are environmentallyfriendly and water based.

The most important question is ... how does it look? Check out photos at

Why did the homeowners decide on using this type of staging? Two reasons:

During a recent remodel, they went to a local landfill and were amazed atthe number of huge dump trucks that were dropping off large loads every fewminutes. It was important to them that they do their part to help theenvironment. When they connected with a local "green" designer, she sharedthat a majority of the art pieces and furniture would have ended up in alandfill, but instead were cleaned up and made into beautiful pieces.

Second, they both have allergies, and found that when they visited modelhomes or spent a short time in a traditional furniture store, their eyes wouldwater and they were congested within moments. This was due to theformaldehyde and other compounds that are toxic for allergy sensitive people.Using furniture that did not use harsh chemicals and dyes was important tothem.

They are planning on including literature during open houses so thatbuyers can learn about the recycled and repurposed origin of each stagedpiece.Contact information: Shami Freeman

SOURCE MindEarth


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