Expert Design Ideas,1: What is Sustainable Interior Design?

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Many green-thinking interior designers today are paying more attention to sustainability in their interior design projects. How does that impact their design project, whether renovating or starting from scratch? And what should you think about when sourcing materials for your project?

We talked with Kelly Anderson of Refreshed Designs about this topic. She’s a Calgary-based interior designer focused on sustainable interior design principles.

Highlight from the interview with Kelly Anderson conducted by Jonathon Narvey:

“When I talk about sustainability, it’s often about repurposing, reusing and recycling…

Recently, I’ve been working with a young couple that are renovating and redecorating their home. It’s an older home. A lot of the furniture that they’ve got was passed down to them and is a mix of various styles.

“They’ve got a great table and chair set that’s pretty basic, with blonde wood – pine, I think. It’s ’80s (style) and dated, but the style is fine for them to use. It could be updated. We painted the table white and the chairs black and recovered the seat cushions on the chair – they get a new look without spending too much money.”

Listen to the whole interview with interior designer Kelly Anderson.


Kelly Anderson is a redesigner focusing on renovations and redesign of existing homes through her firm, Refresh Designs. Kelly also blogs about sustainable design at


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