Sustainable Furnishings Council

February Best Of Van Nice Design

Eco-Friendly Party Time!

 

“Liam” Sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, an Eco-Friendly Furniture Company

Time to have a party! Last year I completed training to become a Certified, Eco-Friendly Home Furnishings Specialist (try putting that on a business card) with the Sustainable Home Furnishings Council. There are about four hundred of us GREEN Leaders in the United States who have completed this work. Including many interior designers who are the A-Listers of design. The ones who have cable TV shows, are in the decorating magazines, publish heavy coffee table books, have their names on furniture you can get at national retailers. You know, those people! Seriously, we – me and them – have something in common: we care about our clients and want to be of service to make it easier for you to own products that are eco-friendly and sustainable. We are interior designers, furniture retailers and furniture manufactures.

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Two.Two.Two.

Photo by slightlynorth at Flickr.com

Today marks the 222nd day since the grand opening of my business Van Nice Design last November. Note: I have quite a few years interior design and decorating experience, but always working for someone else. Now I’m the one in charge. Gulp! So if you could indulge me I’d like to get all introspective on you for just a minute or two.

Van Nice Design is a work in progress. Perhaps like me, you or someone close to you have your own business or hope some day to follow your dream and start a business. For you, here are some truisms I’ve learned that I either did not know or did not fully appreciate just 222 days ago:

1. Get help with your business as soon as possible. ASAP! Figure out all the things you can get someone else to do better or more cost-effectively than you can. It can be hard letting go. After all letting go means you will have to pay that someone else to do the delegated work for you.

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Top 5 Closet Organizing Tips

Alchemilla Building in Sherman Hill Neighborhood of Des Moines, IA

At our house we are beginning to do a major cleanup over the next seven weeks. If you’re like me and don’t like to clean house (sorry, Mom!) it helps to have a deadline or an event coming up to get you all motivated. In our case the “2011 Sherman Hill Doors To The Past” tour of historic homes is coming up the last two weekends in September. Our house is one of about ten on this year’s tour. Actually we live in a section of the building shown above called Alchemilla. It is six townhomes made to look like one enormous Victorian mansion. Alchemilla was built in 2007 on a weedy vacant city lot and designed by architect Jefferey Morgan. If you want to drive by, its located at 16th Street and Pleasant Street in Des Moines, one block north of Hoyt Sherman Place and one block west of Methodist and Blank Childrens Hospitals. Better yet, come pay us a visit on the upcoming home tour.

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As a Des Moines interior designer, Patrick Van Nice has more than 17 years’ experience providing a full range of interior design service throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their two children.

If you are in need of good interior design ideas for your home, contact Patrick at: 515-577-5562, or patrick@interiordesigniowa.com

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January Best Of Van Nice Design

Want To See What’s New & Beautiful?

Twice a year in April and October interior designers look forward to seeing new introductions of furniture as well as fabrics, rugs, lighting and accessories. I like to look for new fashion trends and items to use in my client projects when getting to see the new stuff.

“Belem” Sofa by Manuel Canovas

Being a member of Interior Design Group – a showroom and work space for designers – one of the perks is sitting down with company representatives from dozens of furniture companies when they come to IDG in West Des Moines. The reps pass around photos of the big pieces (sofas, chairs, wood furniture) and present large fabric swatches (about 2′ x 2′ square) of the newest fabrics on our work table. In each meeting there could be hundreds of items to look at.

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Your Home – Healthy & Happy With Sustainable Interior Design

KITCHEN - Green Design traditional kitchen

Van Nice Design has joined the Sustainable Home Furnishings Council, a group of over 400 furniture manufacturers, stores, and interior designers across the United States.

At Van Nice Design it’s our mission to work with you, our interior design client, to give you better choices when it comes to well made, quality products and furniture for your home. Sustainable products are healthier for you and leave a smaller impact on the earth, yet make your home beautiful and comfortable.

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Keep Your Man Happy & Your Home Beautiful

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for the perfect way to appreciate the special man in your household, create a space just for him.

Luckily there are great options to create the perfect retreat using manly options that fit the interior design of your home.

Creating an Island of Comfort within Shared Spaces

The chair is the most important element of a great space for most men. It has to be comfortable and durable, but it doesn’t need to be a stuffed recliner with fuzzy fabric. I know you care about aesthetics, so let’s look at more stylish options that fit within your family room or even a dedicated space just for him:

Sports Themed Media Room eclectic media room

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As a Des Moines interior designer, Patrick Van Nice has more than 17 years’ experience providing a full range of interior design service throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their two children.

If you are in need of good interior design ideas for your home, contact Patrick at: 515-577-5562, or patrick@interiordesigniowa.com

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Your Home – Healthy & Happy With Sustainable Interior Design

KITCHEN - Green Design traditional kitchen

Van Nice Design has joined the Sustainable Home Furnishings Council, a group of over 400 furniture manufacturers, stores, and interior designers across the United States.

At Van Nice Design it’s our mission to work with you, our interior design client, to give you better choices when it comes to well made, quality products and furniture for your home. Sustainable products are healthier for you and leave a smaller impact on the earth, yet make your home beautiful and comfortable.

We have much to tell you about this exciting way of doing business. Our goal is to make green and sustainable such an everyday way of doing things, we think of it as no big deal. What do you think of sustainable furniture and products for your home? Leave us a comment at the end of this post.

Bend Residence living room

Some Tips On How To Seek Out & Buy Green Home Furnishing Products:

  • Recycling is the best, including directly recycled items such as antiques, but there are indirect means as well such as taking old case pieces and rebuilding doors and drawers to suit modern configurations, or taking non-furniture items such as wheels, door frames, or grapevine roots and fashioning furniture pieces from them.
  • Many manufacturers use reclaimed lumber from fencing, flooring, structural supports and the like to provide an appealing vintage charm with a great eco story.
  • Alternatively, a company can use good wood choices, starting with certified lumber from carefully managed forests.
  • Another approach is to emphasize wood types that are fast-growing, renewable resources commercially harvested for use in a variety of industries. Such species include Mango and Bamboo.
  • Avoid wood species known to be threatened such as new Teak and Mahogany and/or subtropical hot spots of the world known for endangered forests and illegal logging such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and South America unless you have proven certification.
  • Lastly, water-based finishes are a far superior choice vs. common varnishes, lacquers, and shellacs which can contain toxic petroleum or synthetic-based solvents. When you shop, don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Buy things that last. Quality made furniture may cost more up front at the time of purchase but will outlast poorly constructed furniture.

Patrick Van Nice, one of the Midwest’s most prominent interior designers, has more than 16 years experience providing a full range of interior design service throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their two children.

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For more information, contact Patrick at: 515-577-5562, or patrick@pvninteriors.com