PomPom Planet-friendly Paradise

Babies grow out of everything at incredible speeds, and it’s too easy to end up entangled in a mess of virtually unrecyclable items – particularly when it feels like everything made for babies made of plastic – toys, decorations, sometimes even garments. Look, plastic is a material that has permeated all of our lives, appearing frequently on children’s things to the point where unless we are reminded, its almost easy to forget that many of its components are highly toxic. We have plastic toys at home – gifted and bought – so there is absolutely no judgement here, but I am really trying to find alternatives to break this vicious cycle, and I don’t think that I am alone…

New mums Katherine and Cecily didn’t notice how much plastic they were using until they’d been parenting for six months. Once their sleeping schedules began to make sense again, they were surprised to find themselves surrounded by the waste created by the material. The two realised they weren’t doing the planet or their sense of aesthetics any favours – and they decided to act on it. The worlds of fashion and design are evolving towards something friendlier to our present and future, and it’s great to see that mindset extending to children’s products. I always say with Red Carpet Green Dress that supporting sustainability is not only a ‘way to do good’, it is also (and right now this is of more timely importance) a way to empower and support businesses creating good products and delivering good services. In this case independent businesses like PomPom promoting good products.

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Interview with Travis, Medley Home’s Own

Founded in 2005, Medley is the brainchild of the two Nagle brothers: Ryan, a graphic designer, and Travis, a marketing and branding expert. The two of them come from a home of creators: their father had a woodshop and their mother worked as an artist. Throughout their lives, these brothers had a keen love for working with their hands, and a sense of wood-based products as a way towards self-expression. I loved writing more about their wonderful brand and speaking to co-founder Travis to learn about the story behind Medley. Have a read here…

Travis Nagle (Right) pictured with brother Ryan Schultz (Left).

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your brand. 

I’m Travis Nagle, co-founder of Medley. We make furniture in Los Angeles one at a time using the finest eco materials, and a more enjoyable shopping experience along the way.

Tell us about the vision for your brand? 

At Medley we think about furniture as part of a larger ecosystem we all share, our beautiful planet. In addition, our personal ecosystem of our homes are also precious. We’re trying to shift the way people think about furniture, getting back to a much higher level of quality and cleaner materials for a healthy planet and healthy home.

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Medley’s Organic and Tailor-Made Furniture

The 20th century brought about many advancements which have undoubtedly made life easier and more convenient for so many, though often at the expense of being respectful of our much-loved planet. Items that were once made painstakingly one-by-one and only when strictly necessary, became mass-produced and homogenous – from t-shirts to chest of drawers. In the furniture industry, with standardisation came the loss of unique pieces able to tell a rich story – finding furniture that you can claim as your ‘bespoke’ own can be challenging, particularly when you’re looking to create an environment that connects with your visual and sensory tastes. The people behind Medley were well aware of this modern-day challenge, and opted to return to the basics with a modern and refreshing twist: beautiful and contemporary furniture made to order and customised for each customer.

Medley stands on the idea that a house is where a person’s authentic personality comes to light, and I love that so entirely. Individuality is never clearer than when filling up a new home with furniture and decorations – when I visit friends or family at home, I learn so much more about them. Anyone who has ever tried their hand at interior decorating their space knows that finding the perfect pieces to fill spaces makes all the difference between a house and a home. Well aware of that, Medley offers a groundbreaking proposal in the 21st century: fully customisable furniture, focusing on quality over quantity.

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A conversation with Moonshine, expert craftsmanship lighting up the world

Lately, I’ve been on a mission to find home brands that fit this bill, and few have astonished me quite like the Moonshine Lamp Co. Have a read of my interview with founder Rob Lewbel here…

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your brand…

I am Rob Lewbel, the founder of Moonshine Lamp, a lighting design and fabrication company located in Claremont, California. I worked in the movie industry in California for several years, watching and learning about creative design in the fabulous world of make believe. We take a customized approach to our lighting, similar to a fine furniture maker. Clients can chose from our extensive catalog of products or ask us to come up with a one of a kind piece to fit within their room design.

Tell us about the vision for your brand?

We want to expand our catalog into a highly artistic yet approachable style, incorporating customizable elements of metal and wood finish, glass options and the ability to scale any piece to balance a space and blend with the decor style of our clients’ vision.

How has your business grown from when you started to now?

We began making single pendant lamp fixtures exclusively from recycled glass bottles that we acquired from local restaurants and bars here in Claremont. As the owner of a brick and mortar store that features items made by may local artists, I wanted to contribute to our unique offerings. We started with one single glass bottle pendant and now have over 100 designs in our catalog.

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Mad about moonshine

As someone who works in sustainable fashion, one of the essential things on my agenda is helping people outside the industry see the marriage between conscious living and aesthetics. There’s a world out there of very creative people with a great eye who have embarked on sustainable projects, using organically grown or recycled materials as their base to make excellent, useful, and beautiful things. These days, there is more of a demand for sustainably produced products, but there is also a growing range of aesthetically pleasing items made with the future of our world in mind. Lately, I’ve been on a mission to find home brands that fit this bill, and few have astonished me quite like the Moonshine Lamp Co.

A California-based company, Moonshine creates beautiful installation lights. From the very beginning, sustainability was an essential part of the brands identity – it just operated without using the jargon. In fact, the entire concept was born from a weekend handyman project of repurposing old bottles into lamps. After seeing the business potential in his idea, founder Rob Lewbel turned his weekend project into a company which years later has become a profitable and sought-after brand in Southern California. In the beginning, back in 2012, Rob would drive around the city to find bottles, stopping at dumpsters; now, he tips bartenders and busboys at local restaurants so that they will save the venues bottles for him. Nearly a decade after that first foraging weekend, many of Moonshine’s pieces are made of reclaimed glass and bottles, with details of copper and wood harvested from downed trees. For the details made from wood, the brand also partners with local wood companies that source wood from sustainably managed local forests. Each of the Moonshine lamps is handcrafted and made in the company’s studio workshop in Claremont, CA, to the specs given by each specific customer. While they have a set of fixtures on the site, the fact that Moonshine is a smaller operation leads to a far more flexible creation process. As such, it’s easy to combine details from different lamp models to create a customised experience that works best with your tastes and spaces.  Read more…

Comfortable and Organic Rest with The Futon Shop and Honest Sleep

As a new mum, my primary main job (and one of the most important ones I have right now) is keeping my little one nurtured and safe. That begins with giving him love and guidance but also includes surrounding him with things that will keep him from harm. When it comes to wanting the safest home environment for my child and trying to live in a way that is less damaging to the planet, I am not special. I genuinely believe that most parents want to do the same and have become more and more concerned about the items they put in the bodies, on their bodies and around themselves, inside their home. In my efforts to raise a healthy and conscious little human, I have become passionate about being sure to surround him with the best natural materials I can find. That is why I am most honoured to be a champion of conscious home brands like The Futon Shop and Honest Sleep.

The Futon Shop is the brainchild of Suzanne Diamond, a trailblazer in the world of sustainable design. Throughout the four-decade run of her business, Diamond has made it her job to be involved in every stage of production, for a true farm to home experience. She deals directly with farmers and their plantations and also handles manufacturers herself, and by doing so has almost entirely cut the middleman in favour of a hands-on approach to her business, turning herself into something of an encyclopaedia of her industry. Diamond prides herself on ensuring that only the highest quality inputs are used, and then oversees production at the San Francisco workshop, ensuring a streamlined and meticulous process.

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A conversation with Honest Sleep

FS Natural Home, and its three incredible divisions – The Futon Shop, Honest Sleep, and Organic Sofas, are the brainchild of Suzanne Diamond, a trailblazer in the world of sustainable furniture design. Throughout the four-decade run in the business, Diamond has made it her job to be involved in every stage of production, for a true farm to home experience. Take a look at what I learned through my recent conversation with her…

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your brand…

My name is Suzanne Diamond and I am the founder and CEO of FS Natural Home. My story dates back over 40 years. In 1976, over 4 decades ago while living in Los Angeles I was pregnant with my first child, living and breathing a macrobiotic lifestyle. I embraced the macrobiotic Japanese way of living, as it incorporated macrobiotic diet and lifestyle. Macrobiotic is a whole body and mind lifestyle including farm to table for food, (local and organic)   and natural clothing and bedding wherever possible. I learned to make Japanese style futon mattresses from natural cotton ingredients and this was my every night bed. 

Being a new mom, I wanted the best for my child and my search for a crib mattress was challenging because I only found mattresses made with polyurethane foam and toxic flame retardants. I decided to make my own mattress for my child which was high quality and toxic-free. My newborn loved his crib futon and friends started asking me to make futons for their homes. 

Once I started making futon mattresses for my family and friends, I started getting more requests from my eco-conscious neighbors. I decided to put a sign in the local health food store and the orders started coming in. The Futon Shop was born and now 4 decades later, FS Natural Home by The Futon Shop is a California family business that is a vertical retailer with 10 stores in California, a national dealer network of retailers selling our brands all around America and a large network in Canada and includes our e-commerce online presence.

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