Saturday, August 2, 2014

Natural soap vs. chemical detergents ...

I don't speak of my bodycare company on this blog, but I do feel compelled to share some important information about what many people slather on their skin.

Sure, everyone wants a pure, natural soap. But, I've seen far too many people unknowingly purchase laboratory chemicals to clean their skin. Take the challenge with our artisan made, ACEQUIA® natural soaps versus Softsoap® from Colgate-Palmolive.

Let's start with body wash ... Read the labels and look for the red flags.



What you put on your body does matter! Now, let's compare hand soap ...



The differences are rather startling, aren't they? Really, what do you want to put on your body? I'm not suggesting you buy ours, but I am here to share the importance of READING THE LABELS!

When you're ready to give your body a break from laboratory chemicals, there's a simplified list provided by Whole Foods Market that shows unacceptable ingredients for premium body care products. Their 'standards' are a good way to cull out the laboratory produced body products by the listed ingredients. Consumers should be as vigilant!

We also suggest a visit to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Skin Deep database created by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group. There you will find links to information about natural products and their chemical counterparts.

About the Author
Deborah Sibley is 'la savonnier' and president of Capistrano Soap Company, maker of the all-natural ACEQUIA® Bath and Body Collection. The company’s eco-luxe, chemical-free product line is handcrafted from nature’s most emollient-rich, skin-quenching ingredients by a third generation of soapmaking artisans. The luxury line includes: Natural Castile Soap, Luxe Body Wash and Skin Nourishment Lotion – products that nourish skin and come delicately scented in six signature fragrances. Find out more online at www.capistranosoap.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capistranosoap.







Reclaimed hardwoods ...

When I mentioned to my husband that we should reclaim the hardwood from our daughter's home flooring project, he was all "in." That's one of the things I love about him, his industriousness. So, our son-in-law, daughter (in her final weeks of pregnancy) and my husband began the task of removing nails from the 70-year-old oak hardwood tongue and groove flooring strips and stacking the remains.

Mid-century reclaimed hardwood floors. Photo by Alamodeus.

We transported the reclaimed wood across the state with visions of all sorts of projects floating in our heads. Definitely something for the new grandbaby, but handsome tabletops and practical chairs come to mind, too. Did I mention that wood serving trays make my head spin? I can never have enough. Add that to the project list.

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I love, love my husband's first test project: a handsome butcher block made by placing the wood on vertical ends, gluing, saw cutting, lots and lots of sanding, then numerous coats of oil to finish. Bellissimo!

Reclaimed oak flooring used to make butcher block. Images above and below via Alamodeus.
 

Next up, working with the horizontal tongue and groove surface. 

More reclaimed oak hardwood flooring. Photo by Alamodeus.
Here's what comes to mind ...

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Tabletops and island practicality with a great industrial vibe are definitely contenders.

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 Wood, stone and iron ... it just doesn't get any better than this!




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Concrete seating ...

Pour the concrete, then, pour the drinks! No need for chairs when company calls. With poured concrete used as a base for outdoor seating, there are no worries about how they'll stand up to weather extremes! When ancient Romans wanted to seat the residents of their Empire, they used concrete. Just take a look at the Colosseum in Rome that seated thousands and was largely built of concrete. It still stands today.

Curved concrete entertaining space by Dallas-Ft. Worth landscape architect Harold Leidner.

Of course, concrete is a far better seating choice with some 'tushy' comfort added. Add easy-to-sew cushions, and it's a snap to personalize any concrete seating you may imagine. 

Pool seating designed by Kathryn Ireland.

By the pool, on the patio or in a field of flowers, concrete rocks!

 

Images above via AAI (left) and Frankly Esoteric (right).

These are a few of my favorites, but the size, shape and design are only limited by imagination.

Mexican-themed outdoor seating by Los Angeles designer Sandy Koepke.

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For even more interest, a tiled, concrete seating arrangement really steals the show.



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