know the rose dried flowers australia sustainable interior styling tips by liz linforth from studio mae interiors

Studio Mae is a holistic interior design firm focused on creating spaces that enhance your wellbeing on every level - visually, mentally and physically. That means non-toxic, eco-friendly and designed to last generations. Co-founder Liz Linforth has shared with us her tips for sustainable interior styling that you can implement right now. These ideas are thoughtful, practical and encourage us to tread lightly on our precious planet.

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At Studio Mae, design for us isn’t just a look, it’s design with feeling. It’s conscious. By conscious design we mean design that is thoughtful, practical and enables us to tread very lightly on our planet. Although we specify products that only positively impact our client’s (and environment’s) wellbeing, our industry is a significant contributor to environmental damage.

Did you know the average piece of home furniture generates the same amount of greenhouse gas that burning 5.3 gallons of petrol does? By making lifestyle changes (even small ones), we can make a big difference if we all take part. One area that you can look at straight away, especially if you’re planning any home improvements this year, is your home interior.

Quick tips to styling sustainably right now

1. Keep, reuse and repurpose furniture

If you aren’t planning any redecoration, the best thing you can do is hold onto what you’ve got. It’s about moving towards slower, more conscious consumption. We currently plough through home furnishings at alarming speed, discarding and disposing with every new trend. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we chuck over 9 million tons of furniture into landfill every year.

The message here is to refurbish, repurpose, reuse and re-love what you already have. Bring new life to it, use that piece of furniture or ornament in another room or give it a new use.

If you’re downsizing or really can’t keep hold of that armchair any longer, rather than a visit to the tip, give the furniture away, donate it to charity, sell it locally at a car boot sale or online via Facebook Marketplace or eBay, for example.

know the rose dried flowers australia sustainable interior styling tips by liz linforth from studio mae interiors

2. Shop naturally and ethically

As human beings we have evolved from nature so, instinctively, we are attracted to the beauty and imperfections found in furniture made from natural materials. This is great news for our health but also that of our planet. What is good for the environment is good for us too.

A great place to find these unique and natural furniture pieces is at sustainable or ethical furniture companies. Look for pieces made by local artisans or give vintage furniture a second life in your home. This will add so much more depth to your interior than mass produced or flat-packed furniture. Each unique piece tells its own story and adds richness to yours.

3. Harness nature & style with plants

By bringing natural elements into your home, you can reduce the negative impact of artificial elements. We often refer to this as biophilia in the interior design world.

Every space deserves some greenery and being exposed to nature as often as possible has been proven to reduce stress and enhance our immune system. For the bathroom, choose plants like ferns that thrive in steam or dried eucalyptus and lavender leaves that will produce beautiful medicinal oils when exposed to steam and moist conditions.

If you’re not green fingered, maximise your views of the nature outside or fake it ‘til you make it with dried flowers and images of nature in your home instead.

know the rose dried flowers australia sustainable interior styling tips by liz linforth from studio mae interiors

4. Create a healthy ambiance

We all know that a touch of the Scandinavian hygge in the home can create a sense of calm and wellness but go easy on the scented candles. Scented candles made from paraffin wax in particular release carcinogenic compounds (formaldehyde, acetone, benzene and VOCs) when burnt. These are dangerous for our health and environment.

Instead, opt for beeswax candles. They are natural air purifiers and have a lovely honey scent. They burn more slowly too so last longer. Win!

know the rose dried flowers australia sustainable interior styling tips by liz linforth from studio mae interiors

 Words: Liz Linforth Images: Studio Mae

October 06, 2022 — Rosie Browning