Buh Bye, Drywall…Hello, Fibers!

Drywall, also known in the building industry as gypsum board, is used extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In the early 1900s, drywall began to gain ground over the use of plaster walls. The installation of drywall saves time and money on product and labor.  The gypsum, sandwiched between two layers of paper, does have inherent fire resistant properties. These properties and its sound absorbing abilities can be increased by layering or different facings.  Combine these qualities with drywall’s easy acceptance of any finish from paint to wall covering and it’s become the standard wall material in the United States. I must say, I appreciate the ability to dramatically change a room just by splashing on a fabulous new paint color. But wait, there are so many wonderful alternatives waiting to be discovered and used. This time let’s explore fibers, that’s right, fibers!

WallArt cellulose panels

WallArt is a sweet collection of panels made from cellulose fibers removed from the waste stream of sugar cane production.

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 Okay, seriously, my favorite fiber on the planet, wool, as a dramatic semi-private wall panel from FilzFelt. Wool even cleans the air!

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Submaterial figure no. 2More incredible wool wall panels from Submaterial.  With its luscious texture and sound absorbing properties, what’s not to love?

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FilzFelt IDEOFilzFelt makes it easy to customize designs and colors to your interiors, residential or commercial.

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Submaterial dimensional 1Need depth and texture? Submaterial’s wool panels have you covered again.

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Let’s end with a slice of heaven, wool slices of heaven, that is…once again from the magicians at Submaterial.

I’ll be sharing many more exciting wall options so follow my blog and Like ImaginEco on facebook for daily design tips and inspiration. Check out my favorite exterior wall materials as well. It’s your turn to empower your life with exhilarating design.

Imagine the possibilities,

Denise

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

If I asked you to picture a fence, you’d likely envision a white painted picket fence or a silver chain link fence, the ones we see most often.  With just a little imagination we can truly make fences beautiful neighbors. Keep these in mind when you’re considering your new fence options.

corrugated galvanized steel fenceGalvanized corrugated steel panels are a sleek modern economical fence.  They are durable and virtually maintenance free.

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redwood fenceThe natural oils in redwood make it inherently resistant to insects, fire, warping, and twisting.  Redwood’s density makes it withstand weather conditions better than other woods, increasing its life span and reducing the maintenance required.  Purchase redwood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure that it has been grown and harvested responsibly. This fence combines new and reclaimed redwood.

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Cor-Ten steel fenceAnd my all time favorite material….Cor-Ten steel. Also known generically as weathering steel, its specific alloys produce a stable rust layer that becomes a protective coating. It’s durability in appropriate applications is unmatched, and its patina improves with age. This stunning fence is crafted from individually laser cut steel blades.  Use full size Cor-Ten panels for an economical, show stopping, no fuss fence.

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cedar and fir fenceRed cedar, much like redwood, is naturally resistant to insects, fire, rot, and decay. It’s hard to compete with the allure of beauty, durability, and low maintenance. Show your personality by crafting a unique pattern with different board widths.

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perforated copper panelsCopper panels create one-of-a-kind modern yet timeless fences.  When they’re perforated as in this installation, air and light can pass through.  The patina that untreated copper develops with time and exposure makes it more elegant with age. Perforated panels are available in other metals to suit your taste and budget.

What’s your favorite of these? Mine is the perforated copper. Be sure to share the good fence info with your neighbors and friends!

Imagine the possibilities,

Denise