Last updated: Jun 18, 2008
Kimberly Rider, author of The Healthy Home Workbook: Easy Steps for Ecofriendly Living, and owner of Kimberly Rider Interiors and AtmospheraHome.com.

Imperfect objects
“Accessories, like All-Day Wabi Sabi Mugs (set of four, $45; VivaTerra.com), are a great way to support companies that sell fair-trade products. I cant resist things that are imperfect and show the hand of the maker.”



Green furniture
“Furnishings can contain chemical finishes that give off gas. But Cisco Brothers pieces feature natural fabrics, cushions, and responsibly harvested woods. I love the versatility of the Davenport Ottoman ($1,500; CiscoBrothers.com for stores) from their Harmony Collection. Add a tray, and you can serve tea on it.”

Nature-inspired paint
“Paint is one of the biggest indoor pollutants, but Zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) formulas can clear the air. I take it a step further with YOLO Colorhouse Paints (shown in Water 01, $39.95 a gallon; YoloColorhouse.com), which are inspired by natures pallette.”

Luxurious eco-bedding
“Bedding is one of the most important places to choose natural, as your immune system repairs itself while you sleep. I love that this bedding—Anna Sova Eco-Silk Sensuous Silk Neutrals (prices vary; Annasova.com)—is ecofriendly and has color!”