Cork Mosaics

Choosing the right tile to fit your style and installation needs can be difficult. Outside of visual cues most tile does not vary in performance and benefit. However, when looking, cork is another option that adds not only a fun look but many advantages over traditional materials of porcelain or ceramic. Yes, cork; a natural, green product that can be used in many applications!

Actual cork slices are taken and  set on a mesh mosaic, grouted, and sealed to provide a water tight surface. The installation is very similar to that of tile. However, instead of a cold surface you have an insulator that will keep your floor at 70 degrees year round. The benefits of using a natural product such as cork are endless. It is a renewable resource making it green, it has naturally anti-allergenic, the cork is softer than tile to give a little cushion without flexing, and it provides sound deadening. If the natural finish is not your taste you can stain it to suit your needs.



Practically Eco: Understanding the Lacey Act

Perhaps you’re one of the many who has (finally) tired of days past, where homeowners had the choice of oak, oak, or oak for their hardwood.  Today, Brazillian cherry, tigerwood, Asian maple, and acacia top the list of favorites.  Indeed, exotics are frequently the direction our clients are going for hardwood.  But, what kind of implications does having a houseful of exotic wood come with?  Is this environmentally responsible?

The short answer is that laws and regulations are ensuring that it is responsible.  The Lacey Act is one such piece of legistlation which makes it more difficult to bring uncertified woods from exotic species into the U.S.  The act puts substantial consequences in place for every party involved with getting hardwood into your home: the forester, the transporter, the importer and exporter, the designer, the specifier, the installer, and yes, even the home owner.  The fines can be staggering, so make sure that you’re asking for documentation on the hardwoods coming into your home.  Look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified labels on hardwood samples and ask your salesperson or designer if you’re unsure.

Lucky for you, Eheart’s got you covered.  We just brought in a fantastic line of exotic hardwoods that come in at less than $8 per square foot and fall into regulations seamlessly.  And, they have special features to improve the wearability–so your pets and kids no longer have to be a major concern.  Just look at some of the beautiful choices:

TREND Alert Greening and Wellness for the Bath

Most popular are two primary TRENDS in bathroom design today.  The trends are in Greening the Bath which translates directly to the wellness of the planet and in the Personal Wellness Benefits which directly relate to you personally.
In the arena of Greening the Bath are some hip products just beginning to make an impact in the market place.  As awareness increases so does the focus on these types of amenities for your bath.
One efficient and pleasantly quiet example as a Greening the Bath product is the Panasonic Whisper Green ventilation fan with motion sensor. This fan is energy efficient, quiet, and automatically goes on and turns off when there is no one in the room.  It’s available in many sizes as well as retro fit versions.

This is a Hansgrohe, Axor Electronic Faucet which gives you the flow of a sheet of water while turning off automatically to conserve water.  It has infrared sensor technology, is battery operated and has a built-in stop for cleaning.  It comes in chrome and is an example of a great idea which will Green the Bath and offer a great element of design at the same time.
It really does look great when it is installed!

The move to incorporating Wellness Benefits in your home bathroom is becoming a focal point in today’s bathroom design as well. 
The Bain Ultra Vendana System is a product everyone will enjoy.

Real daily benefits.
Authentic spa care
Treat yourself to the combined physical and mental benefits of professional- quality therapies in the comfort of your home. With BainUltra®, you get luxury care comparable to that offered by the best wellness establishments—at a fraction of the cost.
BainUltra: therapies in perfect synergy
At BainUltra, therapies are the foundation of more than three decades of innovation in personal care. The Oasis for Personal Care, VEDANA™, is the fruit of extensive research and years of expertise —the latest step in BainUltra’s ongoing quest to bring you the very best in authentic therapeutic care.
A vital need every day
Feeling better about yourself is what VEDANA is all about. Discover how the rejuvenating effects of VEDANA’s five therapies enhance your everyday health and well-being. Connect body and mind in your own daily ritual, nourish your spirit and attain the sense of balance and harmony vital to your wellness.
Superior quality components for optimal results
Top-quality care requires top-quality components and technology. VEDANA incorporates the best of both to bring you outstanding therapeutic benefits, with proven technologies like light therapy, Sound therapy, aromatherapy, and BainUltra’s high performance chromatherapy.
This system is truly worth a try in your home Wellness Environment.

Practically Eco: Tile

To help you along your “becoming a little more green journey” here are a few of my favorite green tile products.


With great versatility Oceanside glass can be used for many style applications. The recycled content can range anywhere from 30-97% with post-consumer, post-industrial, and pre-consumer content. With 26 colors, 3 different finishes, 14 mosaics, a large line of individual glass tiles and decos, and custom blending; finding the perfect tile is not a problem. You don’t have to compromise style to earn your LEED points with this product!

Image: Oceanside Glass Tile
Image: Oceanside Glass Tile

Made right here in the USA, these porcelain tiles are great applications for floors, shower walls and countertops. Containing up to 40% recycled material and an eco-compatible production process, that minimizes the negative impact on the environment. For under $4.00 sf – who says you can’t have an inexpensive great look and be green at the same time?!
Image: Florim USA – iStone, Walnut
We have many more recycled products for your “becoming a little more green journey” I would love to show you! Email me if you if you have questions on any of our green products.

Practically Eco: Countertops

Wanting to be more conscience about being green? Countertops are a great place to start and a quick update for any remodel. There is no better time to be going green; with so many manufactures trying to market us folks going green, there are many products to chose from!

Made from 100% recycled glass and concrete Icestone offers a unique and great environmentally safe product for you home. Receiving MBDC’s Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification for its durable surface and the production process used to produce it; Icestone defines green!


PaperStone is a sustainable composite material made from 100% post-

consumer recycled paper. While it will assume a pleasing, lustrous, rich-aged patina appearance over time, it is just one of wonderful characteristic of the material. Paperstone offers a variety of neutral, natural colors that can be used in many different styles of homes.

Recycled porcelain, glass, mirrors, industrial vitrified ashes and corn oil make up 75% of Eco countertops. With 10 styles and colors, I am sure one would be right for you! Eco is manufactured by the same company that produces the home brand, Silestone.

It’s all natural! Water is the only ‘chemical’ used to quarry and fabricate natural stone. Most quarries and fabrication shops recycle and reuse their water over and over again. Many quarries are out to preserve the land to what it was before they started quarrying the stone. Check out some of my previous posts to see a few more of your natural stone options.

Many of your green options will allow you to get LEED points as well. With so many color and style options, I am sure I can help find something that you’ll love!