Earth Day Interview: Amanda Moore of re:place

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Toxins, VOC's, lead paint. Decorating a nursery can turn a parent green alright--but more from worry than from desire to hug a tree. Amanda Moore, green mom and founder of re:place offers parents a stress-free and stylish way to nest.

Amanda's company, re:place, is a New York firm specializing in contemporary sustainable design. Shall we name drop? Why not! Amanda recently completed Leonardo DiCaprio'??s green downtown bachelor pad (oh, to be the bamboo on his floors) and Charlie Sheen'??s LA nursery. How does she land these big names? Talent and a holistic design approach. Since Momtrends knows not every parent can fly Amanda out to re-do their digs, I caught up with her via email to get some free tips.

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What are some green trends you see in design for kids?

'??Green'? kids furniture has finally become a lasting trend. It was only years ago that there were just a few vendors selling furniture in non-toxic finishes but the amount of options increases constantly. It'??s imperative for us and our clients that the crib (where the majority of a baby'??s first years are spent) are free of toxic finishes. Options for green bedding and mattresses have also increased with companies like Q Collection and Cotton Monkey offering great organic cotton bedding options and affordable non-toxic mattresses.

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Manufacturers used to believe that durability was the only priority for flooring for new parents so we ended up with a market full of really cute, chemical-filled nylon rugs for kids room. But now all-natural rugs with kid-friendly patterns and colors combinations are abound. Melissa & Doug have taken us back to an era of creative wooden toys that many modern kids prefer over the blinking, beeping, PVC-filled plastic fare filling the aisles at Toys R Us.

How can families incorporate Green Décor into their homes?

For most families, greening the home starts in everyday retail choices that have little to do with design or décor (low energy CFC light bulbs, products with less packaging, recycling every possible and teaching children about it, and so on). Having said this, keeping two questions in mind '??what is this made out of?'? and '??where did this come from'? when shopping for any new décor purchases are key. Selecting only the most naturally made products can transform your home from a toxic-filled trap into a clean, safe, relaxing haven. When possible, start with the big pieces you will have for years like mattresses, sofas, and tables.

The positive impact that choosing these items consciously is tremendous. A plastic accessory or non-organic pillow here and there will have a less detrimental impact. Blogs and green retail comparison sites are all over the web today to help every consumer navigate the options. The Lazy Environmentalist, Green Your Décor, and Ideal Bite are all great web-based resources. Many families hire an eco-friendly nursery design specialist like myself to take the guesswork and editing out of the process, leaving them to focus on the excitement of expecting and the fabulous end result.

Re:place has a special package for people who begin a project in April or May: Receive 10% off of a new project for an entire room or home.

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