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MAY-JUN 2019

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G R E AT E R N A S H V I L L E H O U S E & H O M E & G A R D E N ™ 48 48 The Green Perspecve on Tile Good news! While most home products a re categorized ranging from neutral, bad, worst in terms of environmental impact, le can be categorized ranging from best, good, and alright. This is because le is by far one of the most environmentally friendly or environmentally neutral building materials available. Usually we have sort of dark stascs when we discuss building materials but with le, we really don't have anything too bleak. Here's why! Durability—Tile can last a lifeme so be sure to choose a style you love, will connue to love, and a style someone else could po- tenally love! Look for le that has integral color (or encaus(c if you are looking at con- crete (le), which means the color is the same all the way through. If a small piece chips off, you will hardly be able to tell! Off Gassing—Tile typically has no "new car smell" and contains virtually zero VOCS (vola(le organic compounds). Just make sure your (le isn't manufactured using syn- the(c binders or epoxy finishes that con- tain harmful substances. Easy to Maintain—Tile doesn't take much to keep it looking sharp and it is very easy to keep clean. Oen, you just need warm water and a mild cleaning agent. Recycled Content—Look for (le com- prised of either post-industrial waste (for example, waste crea(ng during the manu- facturing process of certain (les is turned into a different type of (le made of post-in- dustrial waste) or recycled content. Most (le companies are very transparent when it c omes to recycled content so just ask. Try to keep raw clay in the earth! Source Locally—Tile is manufactured all over the world and all over the United States. Ask where your (le is made and try and buy local! No need to ship (le from across the world when you could source a nearly iden(cal product from across the state (or across town). Historic Preservaon—Many owners of older, historic homes find themselves with a bit of a conundrum when it comes to ren- ova(ons. On one hand, they want to alter the layout of a bathroom but they want to preserve the beau(ful historic (le. It is a tough decision. We find more and more clients embracing the characteris(cs of their older homes and trying to find cre- a(ve ways to maintain at least por(ons of the exis(ng (le. Just be mindful, deliberate, and considerate. Trends—By now, you've learned a lot about style forecas(ng from this issue so now is the (me to consider what direc(on is right for you. Remember, (meless does- n't mean boring and even a simple white (le can be done in an intriguing, beau(ful, interes(ng way. If a bolder look is some- thing you crave, don't be afraid to take the leap. Just choose your products mindfully and enjoy the style for countless years to come. ◆ —By Kate Gray Fudim Editor's Note: Kate Gray Fudim is an inte- rior designer with Beth Haley Design. Kate has a master's degree in Interior Architec- ture and Design with an emphasis in sustain- able design. Beth Haley Design, an urban interior design firm, focuses on remodeling and revitalizing established homes, as well as creang smulang, funconal, sustain- able spaces in new homes.. E-mail your questions to her at or visit green interiors

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