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Scented candles, Formaldehyde, Paint and Plants

A informative article recently on the BBC’s “Trust me I’m a Doctor” investigated air quality in six similar modern homes in the UK. They were particularly interested in what happens to the fragrances we use to in our homes, to freshen or clean rooms, when they are released into the air inside our homes. According to the programme, although the ingredients in scented candles, plug … Continue reading Scented candles, Formaldehyde, Paint and Plants

Farrow & Ball Foodie Paint Names (spot the odd one out).

Cardigan River and Food Festival

We can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny summers Saturday than mingling with foodies and talking about the things we love: sustainable home renovation and decorating products. That’s why each year we attend the local River and Food Festival in Cardigan. It’s a great day out and this year was no exception. The weather was wonderful, the event organisation was fabulous and … Continue reading Cardigan River and Food Festival

Earthborn pigments come in a wide range of natural colours.

Create your own Colour with Natural Pigments

Sometimes only you know the colour that’s in your head, and having sifted through all the colour charts and tried as many sample pots as you dare, you’re still no nearer to finding quite the right thing for the job. Earthborn’s eco-friendly mineral pigments can used for all sorts of things to make unique colours that you won’t see anywhere else. These pigments can be … Continue reading Create your own Colour with Natural Pigments

Choosing the right paint Colour

There are no strict rules for picking the right paint colour. We all have our own styles, our own ideas of what looks good and what doesn’t, and our own ways of expressing our inner selves through the medium of our homes. However, there are a few pointers which could help us all achieve that balance of style and individuality without compromise. When approaching your … Continue reading Choosing the right paint Colour

Learn to Shabby Chic with us on Sunday 15th March

This month at Celtic Sustainables we’re running our second Shabby Chic furniture painting day. Local shabby chic professional, Jennie, will come along to our shop in Cardigan to teach us everything from sanding to stencilling. Shabby chic is a super eco-friendly style of décor as it’s all about reusing old bits of furniture left lying around the house. Instead of buying new things, you can … Continue reading Learn to Shabby Chic with us on Sunday 15th March

How to Spring Clean without the Chemicals

Spring is fast approaching, and in keeping with the season we’re beginning to think about how to kick off a fresh start around the home. But the idea of freshness that many companies would lead us to believe is the cleanest is really more of a chemical attack on your home. A lot of the common cleaning products we see on the shelves and in … Continue reading How to Spring Clean without the Chemicals

Keim Natural Mineral Paints from Celtic Sustainables

Keim Mineral Paints began their story in Bavaria in 1878, when A.W. Keim created the system to reproduce the appearance of lime fresco finishes with the ability to withstand harsh weather. The system is now used worldwide, and is available to order here in the UK and Ireland from Celtic Sustainables. Ingredients The Keimsystem is based on liquid silicate paint with ingredients including potassium silicate … Continue reading Keim Natural Mineral Paints from Celtic Sustainables

Announcing: the Key Farrow & Ball Colours for 2015

The colours of 2015 will reflect our increasing tendency to view home as a sanctuary away from the hustling world beyond the front door. The key Farrow & Ball colours for 2015; Pink Ground, Light Blue, Breakfast Room Green, and Tanner’s Brown are pale, authentic, and indicative of our need to fall back into line with a slower pace of life away from the bursting … Continue reading Announcing: the Key Farrow & Ball Colours for 2015

Owen & Philippa Gale, Pembrokeshire

 “We knew that with interiors on this scale, the paint had to be perfect. The finish and texture of Farrow & Ball is just that.” When searching for a project to take on back in 2011, Philippa and Owen Gale discovered Hammet House. A rambling Georgian hotel, the building was the perfect venue for the business they hoped to run. “As we drove down the … Continue reading Owen & Philippa Gale, Pembrokeshire

Julie & George Nicolson, Dumfries & Galloway

“It was important for us to use sustainable and natural materials as we wanted the building to breathe. Claypaint was ideal for the purpose.” Not wanting to do just anything with their £30,000 savings, Julie and George Nicolson took a risk and commissioned local designer Sam Booth of ECHO Living to build a one-of-a-kind modular holiday home in the Scottish countryside. The experimental build, which was … Continue reading Julie & George Nicolson, Dumfries & Galloway