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A Stunning Eco-Friendly House Tour

eco-friendly house tour

Looking for a visually inspiring eco-friendly house tour? I’ve got such a good one for you today, that’s a real treat for your eyes. Read on!

I love a good look around other people’s houses, especially when they’re as stunning as Artemis Russell’s vintage-inspired home.

Artemis is a blogger at Junkaholique (one of my all-time favourite blogs) and jewellery maker from the Isle of Wight.  Artemis and her husband Nao have furnished their beautiful home mostly with secondhand car-boot, flea-market, and charity shop finds.  This has created a stunning, yet simple look, that’s warm, inviting, and easy on the environment.  

Artemis’s Eco-Friendly House Tour

As such, I couldn’t resist giving you this eco-friendly house tour:

junkaholique living room
artemis russell living room
eco friendly dining room
atermis russell junkaholique
eco friendly house tour interior
eco friendly house tour

I love all of her vintage and antique finds that together make this home so unique and so homely.  It clearly looks like a labour of love!

Artemis and Nao live here with their young daughter, and it looks like such a fun place for their daughter to grow up in. From the toys dotted around here and there, to the art station on the dining room table ready for some crafting adventures.

home made mobile

And speaking of crafting, Artemis is also one crafty mama. She has made a lot of items for her home, including this beautiful whale and fish mobile for her daughter. And can we just marvel for a minute at her home-made Wendy house:

diy wendy house

Talk about dream Wendy house!

I’m completely smitten with Artemis’s house as a whole. As such, I could post a million more photos of her gorgeous eco-friendly house!  Instead, go have a look at Junkaholique and be prepared to lose a good few hours dreamily browsing her archives! You can also follow Artemis along on Instagram for more inspiration.

ps: if you enjoyed this post then you can find more eco-friendly house tours here!

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Ideas For Your Ethical Kid’s Bedroom

ethical kid's bedroom

Looking for some inspiration for your ethical kid’s bedroom? Here’s how we kitted out our daughter’s bedroom, to help give you some ideas of what to look for.

We don’t often buy furniture for our home, but when we do we like it to last a long time.  We’ve just had to transition our daughter’s room from a nursery to a toddler’s bedroom. Therefore, I thought I’d share with you how we did it, as we tried to decorate as sustainably and ethically as we could.

Our Ethical Kid’s Bedroom

The Bed

Our daughter had been happily sleeping in her cot for the best part of a year. However, between Christmas and New Year she mastered the art of skillfully and stealthily climbing out of it in one silent manoeuvre.  Worried about a potential injury, especially if she started climbing in the middle of the night, we swiftly dismantled the cot. I then put the cot mattress on the floor for her to sleep on whilst we made arrangements for a new ‘big girl’ bed.

I initially thought about getting her a toddler bed. But then I thought she’d only be in it a year or two before we would need to get her a single bed.  This didn’t seem particularly sustainable or purse-friendly – it wasn’t what I had in mind for a kid’s ethical bedroom – so I got busy scouring Gumtree. On my first search, I came across a beautiful secondhand single bed for only £30.  The lady selling it was moving house and had no room for it in her new place.  

Roping in a favour from a friend with a van we picked up the bed. It had a few paint marks on it but after a quick scrub with some warm soapy water, a scouring pad, and some good old bicarbonate of soda and it came up trumps!  We hope it will last at the very least until our daughter leaves home (in the very very distant future)!

uk made mattress

The Mattress

The bed came with a mattress but I feel a bit funny about secondhand mattresses. What can I say, in my time I’ve lived in too many badly furnished student flats! Therefore the lady selling the bed came down in price for me as I left her the mattress.  

I struggled to find an affordable eco-friendly mattress for our ethical kid’s bedroom. John Lewis has a hemp one, but at £425 it was quite considerably out of our budget. Instead, I went down the most ethical route I could within our tight budget. As well as budget-busting mattresses, John Lewis also stocks a good range of UK-made mattresses. These are reportedly made from ‘responsibly sourced materials’, which start from £60 for a single.  

I wasn’t sure how a cheaper mattress would stand up over the years to repeatedly being jumped up and down on by a small person. Therefore I opted to go for their £100 mattress in the hope that it will last a long time.  I can report that it’s incredibly comfortable. So far I think it was a good choice!

ethical mattress

I found a bed guard in my local Barnados charity shop for £3.99. They have a dedicated children’s shop near me that exclusively sells donated baby and toddler equipment, clothes, toys, and everything else. On the day I visited, I had my pick between four different bed guards!

The Duvet

For the duvet, I wanted one that was easily washable in the washing machine, and ideally would be both eco-friendly and ethical.  In the end, I found one in Marks & Spencer for £29.50. It’s made in the UK and its anti-allergen filling is made from recycled plastic bottles.  It can be washed in the machine up to 50°C too, so it fitted the bill perfectly.  For chilly nights I also picked up a vintage hand-crocheted blanket on eBay.

The Bed Linen

We already had a load of spare pillows so didn’t need to buy any. However, we did need bedding – the final item we needed to finish our ethical kid’s bedroom.

We don’t have any independent department stores or textiles shops near us. Therefore, I did a quick search online and found Palmers Department Stores – a family-run independent business based in Norfolk. They were having a good sale on textiles and were running an extra 10% off promotion that I found on their Facebook page (who needs Amazon?!).  I managed to pick up some duvet covers there. I didn’t want anything character-based or overly kiddie that she’d probably grow out of in a few years, so went for something fresh and floral instead.

Our daughter absolutely adores her new “big bed” and we love her ethical kid’s bedroom.  For us the most important thing is that she is sleeping through the night in it, so we’re calling it an all-around success!  Although her bed isn’t particularly kiddie the rest of her room has her toys, books, and prints on the wall,  helping to create a fun room for her that can easily be adapted as she grows.

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