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  • A floating vanity helps a small bath feel more spacious (Project of the Month)
  • Thomas Edison National Park (Inspiration)
  • Method makes great products (hand soaps, dishwasher tabs) and uses its business for social and environmental good. (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Add bold color to your bathroom (Project of the Month)
  • Chihuly art glass exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden (Inspiration)
  • Keep It Cool Campaign - Help crowd-solve stores leaving their doors open while blasting A/C (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Bathroom storage ideas (Project of the Month)
  • Tile Inspiration - We made a little video of kitchen backsplash ideas (Inspiration)
  • Recycle old 3 ring binders at Office Depot or Office Max (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • We did it again! 2 awards for Design Excellence from ASID NJ
    (1 kitchen & 1 bath)

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  • Modern family kitchen in South Orange (Project of the Month)
  • I love these two color feeds on Twitter & Instagram (Inspiration)
  • Antarctic Dispatches: NY Times video and interactive maps of collapsing ice (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Custom tile in South Orange kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Fireclay Tile — we love everything about them (Inspiration)
  • People’s Climate March in DC (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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More awards and features
  • Houzz Room of the Day: Happy Retro Style for a Family Kitchen
  • Houzz Bathroom Guides: 7 Designers Go-To Loos
  • Best of Houzz Design Award for 2017
  • Our project photos were saved on Houzz more than 100,000
  • 2016 Constant Contact All Star award winner

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  • This happy retro/vintage Montclair kitchen will make you smile. (Project of the Month)
  • Rural Studio in Alabama designs and builds awesome houses for $20K (Inspiration)
  • Feeling guilty about single use Keurig K-Cups? How about a reusable filter instead? (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Stylish upgrade to utility sink. Why should kitchens & baths have all the fun?! (Project of the Month)
  • English country cottage mudroom (Inspiration)
  • PBS documentary on Rachel Carson, pioneering environmental scientist and author (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Happy New Year from the Team at Tracey Stephens Interior Design!
  • Doing the Numbers (Projects of the Year)
  • Recap of four 2016 Design Excellence Awards

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  • Maplewood Guest Bath featuring glass vessel sink (Project of the Month)
  • A long weekend in Charlotte, NC featuring public art, color and tile (Inspiration)
  • Some tiny towns take on climate change (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Montclair Guest Bath - functional, bright and warm (Project of the Month)
  • Little Free Libraries - Take a book & leave a book. Find one near you! (Inspiration)
  • How2Recycle - clearly labeled packaging to help us do the right thing (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Mid-century Modern Kitchen before and after (Project of the Month)
  • Museum of Neon Art (Inspiration)
  • Low voltage radiant floor heat (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Spending time near water
  • Crushing on blue (Inspiration)
  • Pinegrove band (Proud mom shares son’s band’s success)

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  • Before and after of a small bath with gorgeous marble mosaic tile (Project of the Month)
  • Artistic Tile San Francisco Showroom - What do designers do on holiday? Go to design showrooms! The Artistic Tile showroom in Paramus is the source for this month's project. (Inspiration)
  • Do you know about the Freecycle Network? Give and get free stuff while keeping it out of landfills. (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Powder Room transformed from boring to stunning (Project of the Month)
  • Tile ideas & samples for two current bathroom projects (Inspiration)
  • Evergreen Recycling Solutions recycles construction & demolition debris including toilets, tile and lumber. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • ASID NJ 2016 — 4 Awards for Design Excellence!
    • Gold — Bathroom
    • Silver — Sustainable Design (Bathroom)
    • Bronze — Kitchen
    • Bronze — Bathroom

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  • Bright white kitchen with gorgeous marble mosaic tile detail (Project of the Month)
  • Tulip from client’s garden (Inspiration)
  • DIY Natural Bug Repellents (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Arts and Crafts Powder Room featuring a custom Tramp Art mirror (Project of the Month)
  • Feast your eyes on the joy and whimsy of Tramp Art (Inspiration)
  • Tips for Natural Moth Proofing. Happy Spring Cleaning! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Arts and Crafts Kitchen brimming with style and function. Lots of customized storage accessories, quarter sawn oak cabinets and gorgeous handmade tile. (Project of the Month)
  • Houzz is an excellent source of inspiration and a great organizing tool for sharing and saving design ideas. (Inspiration)
  • Green Lab Design provides K - 12 students with experiential learning to help them becomes advocates for sustainability. (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Social Media Update: Follow me now on Instagram @traceystephensdesign
  • We received the 2015 Constant Contact All Star Award for excellence in this newsletter!

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  • His & Hers small modern bathrooms in a Jersey City waterfront condo. (Project of the Month)
  • Amazing images of Earth from space #EarthArt (Inspiration)
  • No more snow shoveling! The Zenesis House in Paramus, NJ uses a geothermal/solar system to melt snow from the driveway. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • I won two Houzz awards: Best of Houzz 2016 Design and Best of Houzz 2016 Service. Only 3% of all Houzz professionals win both awards.
  • KBIS 2016 (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show). A field report from the annual trade show in Las Vegas with some highlights of favorites.
  • Las Vegas, baby! — some shots of hotel & restaurant design and a Cirque du Soleil show

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  • Peace on Earth ~ Goodwill to all!
  • 2015 wrap up (Projects of the Year)
  • Paris Climate Summit of 2015 (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Modern whimsical powder room. Serious wallpaper crush! (Project of the Month)
  • Images & jellyfish video from the National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD (Inspiration)
  • Conserving & protecting our precious water resources (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Flipping a cramped kitchen with a larger family room resulted in a spacious kitchen and cozy family room space. (Project of the Month)
  • The design of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia is colorful and fun, and the organic food is delicious. (Inspiration)
  • A stainless bin recessed into the counter makes kitchen composting convenient. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Remodeled modern master bathroom with sculptural freestanding tub (Project of the Month)
  • Our honeymoon in Sicily! Photos of our amazing trip. (Inspiration)
  • Which milk container is better for the environment: a cardboard box or a plastic bottle? Watch this video to find out! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Traveling is inspiring! Two readers share images of places that inspire them.

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  • Boring half bath converted to orange and white full guest bathroom (Project of the Month)
  • Field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater in rural Pennsylvania (Inspiration)
  • Chef Dan Barber, profiled in the Netflix series "Chef's Table", redefines conscious eating. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Open Concept Kitchen Remodel: Combining a kitchen, sun porch and hallway into a spacious and bright kitchen. (Project of the Month)
  • A designer showhouse visit and a Grand Opening Party at Artistic Tile (Inspiration)
  • The Pope's Encyclical on the Environment: A profound and important call to care for the entire planet! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Montclair Bathroom & Laundry: A large and unappealing bathroom was divided in two to create a bath and separate laundry space. (Project of the Month)
  • A stunning white bathroom by Waterworks (Inspiration)
  • Create an Eco Smart lawn with wildflowers (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Super Cute! Teen Bathroom : Converting a Montclair 3rd floor attic room to a colorful and organized bath for a teen girl. (Project of the Month)
  • A visit to the Barnes Foundation exhibits in Philadelphia (Inspiration)
  • On Earth Day, we collected 170 pairs of jeans to be recycled into non-toxic building insulation. Watch a video to see how jeans are turned into insulation. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Black & White Family Bath: Reconfiguring and re-styling using a black and white theme with pops of color and unique, elegant accents! (Project of the Month)
  • My March wedding (!) featured a bright and bold color theme included amazing flowers in deep yellow, red, orange, raspberry, fuscia, and lime - splendid and festive hues. Undeniably Spring! (Inspiration)
  • Mindful Spring Cleaning - recycling old clothes: On Earth Day - April 22nd - we'll be collecting used denim in Montclair. It’ll be turned into housing insulation, with a good percentage donated to communities in need. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Grey & White Kitchen with Pops of Color: A bright, fresh and welcoming space that delights the whole family! (Project of the Month)
  • Have you seen my video "An Eye for Design"? I can find inspiration just about anywhere! (Inspiration)
  • Valuing the work of bees – and bats! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • A Modern & Minimalist Master Bath: Elegant, calming and oh, so tasteful! (Project of the Month)
  • Matisse Paper Cut-Outs at MOMA: Whimsy, vision and discipline (Inspiration)
  • Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing – Gorgeous vanities and comprehensive Green Initiatives. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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Season's Greetings!
We are so grateful for all of our wonderful clients, partners, affiliates and vendors!
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  • "My bathroom makes me so happy!" Vintage apothecary bath, featured as Houzz Room of the Day. (Project of the Month)
  • Bold orange starburst at Villa Bloc (Inspiration)
  • Minor repairs make a big difference! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Follow me now on Twitter @EcoSmartStyle
  • Powder Room Facelift (Project of the Month)
  • Cabin in the woods, Czech Republic (Inspiration)
  • bambeco - sustainable home decor (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Warm + Modern Kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • The People's Climate March 9/21/14 (Inspiration + Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Classic Yet Kid-Friendly Bath in This Old House (Published Project of the Month)

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  • Houzz Kitchen of the Week (Published Project of the Month)
  • Winner! 2014 Gold Award of Excellence - Residential Small Kitchen
  • Winner! 2014 Silver Award of Excellence - Residential Small Bath

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  • Houzz Room of the Day (Published Project of the Month)
    "Creative cartography adds cheer and personality to the walls of a compact half bath."

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  • Master Bathroom featuring "Starry Night" custom mosaic tile (Project of the Month)
  • Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh (Inspiration)
  • People's Climate March, NYC on 9/21/14 (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Summer Vacation - refresh & renew!
  • Sneak peak of upcoming Projects of the Month

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  • Map Collage Powder Room (Project of the Month)
  • Solving the problem of removing trash from the Baltimore Inner Harbor (Inspiration)
  • Make it easy for your guests to recycle their drink bottles and cups (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • 'This Old House' magazine says I delivered major style and function.

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  • Vintage Cottage Kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Flight of the Conchords video(Inspiration)
  • Solar Roadways video (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Master Bath upgrade – enlarging shower & adding small vanity (Project of the Month)
  • Pinterest! (Inspiration)
  • Global climate change: Running out of time (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Designer's own tiny white bath (Project of the Month)
  • Tile mosaic that inspired the color palette of the bathroom (Inspiration)
  • World Water Day – some facts and videos (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Moody Blue Montclair Kitchen Remodel (Project of the Month)
  • Blue stained-glass window (Inspiration)
  • Recycle your old blue jeans at J Crew (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Kitchen upgrade: Small changes, big impact (Project of the Month)
  • Vochol, the Boho beaded Beetle (Inspiration)
  • New carpet smell (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Houzzabout this? (Published Project of the Month)
  • Classic black and white bath project featured twice in 1 week on Houzz.

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  • Gratitude & New Year's Wishes
  • All 5 business goals completed in 2013 (Project of the Year)
  • My wonderful clients and projects (Inspiration)

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  • Happy Thanksgivukkah - Gratitude for blessings.
  • Dining Room Design

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  • Introducing my new website (Project of the Summer)
  • In praise of happy color: Lilly Pulitzer (1931 - 2013) (Inspiration)
  • Know what's in your makeup with "Think Dirty" iPhone app (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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Summer vacation!
After steady monthly installments since first appearing in February 2010, the Newsletter takes a break.

  • Dining room transformation with paint color (Project of the Month)
  • Moroccan inspired black and white wallpaper (Inspiration)
  • Recycled tile (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Lovely little library design with custom built-in bookcases (Project of the Month)
  • Tziporah Salamon: Impeccably elegant fashionista (Inspiration)
  • GREEN your red, white & blue by making it easy for your holiday guests to reuse their drink cups and recycle them when done. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Master bedroom redesign - sneak preview with delicious fabrics (Project of the Month)
  • Repetition - Phillip Glass music + Jerome Robbins choreography = awesomeness (Inspiration)
  • Tracey is now a ReGREEN trained professional certified in green residential remodeling (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Master Bathroom Before & After in Montclair, NJ (Project of the Month)
  • Colorful painted beds (Inspiration)
  • Toxic Trespass - video of Bill Moyers interview (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Master Bedroom in Glen Ridge, NJ (Project of the Month)
  • Constant Contact Award Winner (2nd year in a row!)
  • Home buyers today want energy efficiency (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Matthew Bourne's "Sleeping Beauty - A Gothic Romance" (Inspiration)

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  • An Eye For Design - short film about some of Tracey Stephens' interior design projects, design inspirations & commitment to green design. (Project of the Month)
  • Filmmaker Catherine Stratton, 9beach Films (Inspiration)
  • Recycled bicycle wheel & chain chandelier (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • 1930s style Montclair Hall Bath (project of the Month)
  • The exuberant, witty & whimsical design of Jonathan Adler (Inspiration)
  • Slow down and unplug: Technology & Mindfulness in the age of distraction (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Season's Greetings
  • Powder room design (Project of the month)
  • Wreath made from recycled plastic (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Matisse exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Inspiration)

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  • Luscious layers of paint & light - entrance hall at The Siena, Montclair, NJ (Project of the month)
  • Blue2Green - blue jeans are recycled into denim insulation (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Poem by Rumi (Inspiration)

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  • Living/dining room at The Siena in Montclair, NJ (Project of the month)
  • Cabinet doors made from recycled and reclaimed wood (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Jersey spirit after Hurricane-Super-Storm Sandy (Inspiration)

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  • Classic Carrara marble master bathroom (Project of the month)
  • Proper paint storage & disposal (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Doris Duke's Shangri-La at the Museum of Art & Design (Inspiration)

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  • Attic bedroom retreat (Project of the month)
  • iPhone covers made from skateboard factory waste materials (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Landline phone number retired - RIP 973-744-8947!
  • Best of Essex competition
  • Summer Interns from Montclair Kimberly Academy
  • Problem solving on the job by Kira Farris
  • From plan to final design by Stephanie Brunner

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  • Designer's own kitchen backsplash (Project of the Month)
  • Broken tile mosaic (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Travel + Doing good in the world (Inspiration)

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  • Designer's own bedroom (Project of the Month)
  • Necklace from Sundance catalog (Inspiration)
  • Reducing the need for air conditioning (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Paint transforms entrance hall (Project of the Month)
  • Jack White ~ the coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time (Inspiration)
  • Zero waste living (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Modern Rustic Master Bath (Project of the Month)
  • The awesome beauty of nature (Inspiration)
  • Plastic bag recycling (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Kids's Bath: Classic + Colorful (Project of the Month)
  • Client's magazine tear-out (Inspiration)
  • Travel Inspiration (Reader Response)

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  • Award-winning kitchen - before and after (Project of the Month)
  • Travel (Inspiration)
  • Carbon Nation documentary (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • A double height entrance hall (Project of the Month)
  • New Islamic Galleries at the Met (Inspiration)
  • CD recycling (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • A Room Jewel: custom beaded chandelier (Project of the Month)
  • Fancy That: new Montclair store (Inspiration)
  • Cork recycling (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • red, white and "green" kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Pakistani and Thai decorated trucks (Inspiration)
  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum exhibit on designing cities (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Bathroom Design (Project of the Month)
  • IceStone countertop (Product Focus)
  • The "Hobbit House" in Wales (Inspiration)
  • Fall hazardous waste drop off (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Kitchen with small addition (Project of the Month)
  • Guggenheim Museum, NYC (Inspiration)
  • Insulation - healthy choices (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Vintage style family bathroom
  • Afghan cabinet (Inspiration)
  • Fridgecouch (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Montclair Powder Room: All A-Twitter
  • Whimsical painted chests (Inspiration)
  • Eco-mom blog (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Montclair Bath - so fresh & so clean
  • The Sharing Economy (Inspiration)
  • "How bad for the environment can throwing away one plastic bottle be?" wonder 30 million people. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Family friendly kitchen in Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Colorful buildings in Ireland (Inspiration)
  • A safe, green lawn (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • 1991 - 2011: Celebrating 20 years in business!

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  • Master bedroom at the Siena in Montclair (Project of the Month)
  • Jafajems store (Inspiration)
  • A healthy night's sleep (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Happy Holidays to you!
  • Recycled Christmas tree (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Cookin' in Brooklyn - Before and After (Project of the Month)
  • Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (Inspiration)
  • 11 year old future organic farmer (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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Special extra edition
  • Affordable solar energy (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • His Bath - Before and After (Project of the Month)
  • Whimsical Front Entrance (Inspiration)
  • Paperless Billing (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Her Bath - Before and After (Project of the Month)
  • A Shapely Vanity (Inspiration)
  • Healthy Personal Care Products (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Tale of Two Powder Rooms (Project of the Month)
  • Words to Live By (Inspiration)
  • Don't Throw Out Those Kicks! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Colorful Mexican tile kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Something You Love (Inspiration)
  • Breaking the paper towel and napkin habit (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Warm, welcoming & worldly dining room (Project of the Month)
  • Reusing Stuff (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Traveling the Silk Road (Inspiration)

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  • A spicy kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Conserving Electricity (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Istanbul spice market (Inspiration)

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  • Classic white and black bath (Project of the Month)
  • Conserving Water (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Hadestown - new album by Anais Mitchell (Inspiration)

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  • Small, luxurious and detail-rich living room (Project of the Month)
  • Small is beautiful (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Olana, historic artist's home (Inspiration)

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  • Sunny kitchen in Morristown, NJ (Project of the Month)
  • Talkin' Trash (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Wacky remake of a traditional cuckoo clock (Inspiration)

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