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“Eco-Chic” Home Renovations
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Sandra Sciacca
Sandra Sciacca is a third generation owner of Sciacca’s Upholstering & Design Center. Her formal education includes a BA from Glassboro State College (Rowan University) in Communications and her Interior Design degree from Sheffield School in New York. Ms. Sciacca is a member of Window Fashions Certified Professionals (WFCP). With over 20 years experience in residential and commercial design projects, clients include local residents to health care/assisted living and hospitality establishments. Sciacca’s is a member of Angie’s List, Service Magic, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce and the Riverside Business Association.  
By Sandra Sciacca
Published on March 25, 2010
 
There is a lot of talk these days about our economy, spending holds or smaller than usual project budgets when it comes to renovations. It can be a challenge to find furnishings that will stand up to the uses of a busy household or commercial establishment.

There is a lot of talk these days about our economy, spending holds or smaller than usual project budgets when it comes to renovations. It can be a challenge to find furnishings that will stand up to the uses of a busy household or commercial establishment. With some professional guidance, this task can certainly be easier. You may also consider a bit of education on “green” textiles (and I don’t mean the color) when it comes to fabric selection. Hope-fully, this article will provide important information you can use for your next renovation.

“Eco- chic” environmentally-friendly materials and processes are part of the “go green” movement. Often the raw material used is a recycled polyester product and blended with other fibers it can be interesting texturally. We also see many commercial and residential fabrics being manufactured with naturally grown fibers. Quickly renewable resources that can be grown without harmful pesticides and chemicals are smart choices to incorporate in your selections.

Bamboo is a wonderful example of exactly this. A quick growth, sustainable source of raw material, bamboo is also naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Bamboo fiber, when used in the textile industry, offers unique and colorful collections.

There are numerous manufacturers for these types of products and thousands of collections which feature almost every color imaginable as well as patterns galore with a nod to nature: leaves, branches and fossil images.

Major textile manufacturers like Robert Allen Contract, Kravet Fabrics and Phifer Co. are just some of the companies that are utilizing this technology to provide quality textiles produced with the environment in mind and making your renovation budget worth every cent using these smart choices. To see any of these collections you can find them on line or through a design professional.

For additional information contact Sciacca’s Upholstering & Design Center at 856-461-1248 or visit www.sciacca.com.