Green is where the Heart Is for April 5th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 05 April 2017 04:00

"Spring is sprung, the grass is ris. I wonders where the birdies is.” ~Anonymous

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Wake up!  Wake up!  It’s time to play.  Spring is here along with wood energy expanding to get us up and move us forward.  This green energy of spring is unbridled and powerful.  It is the energy of a single blade of grass seeking the sun.  Neither asphalt nor blacktop can stop its desire to perform photosynthesis.
As you emerge from a winter of hibernation and examine your deck furniture, cushions and outdoor rugs you may feel compelled to prepare for a season of fun and relaxation by cleaning out the old and bringing in the new.
Carolina Beach Furniture carries several lines of furniture made of recycled plastic, which look like painted wood – only better.  This material holds up to the elements in our beach environment for years to come.  Stainless steel hardware prevents rusting of screws.  The weight on these pieces is so heavy they will not blow over with our blustery weather.  The best part is that you are helping the planet by using a product made from recycled milk jugs and other plastic items.  And did I mention they come in a wide variety of colors?  You can find tables, chairs, rockers, and gliders.  Relax in the Adirondack chairs in front of the store located at 1021 North Lake Park Blvd., CB.
If you have furniture with cushions that need recovered, come inside and check out the Sunbrella fabrics.  Don’t make the mistake I made my first year of living here when I purchased fabric advertised at a local discount store as “indoor/outdoor” fabric.  I purchased the fabric and spent many hours making new covers for my cushions.  They looked beautiful in May, but by September the sun had completely faded the colors.  I learned my lesson.  Saving a little bit of money on the fabric at the beginning cost me a lot in labor in the long run.  The next year I had to recover them again but this time I would ONLY consider using Sunbrella brand fabric because this patented solution dyed acrylic fabric does not fade in the sun and is warranted up to five years to prove it. 
Sunbrella is an environmentally conscious company.  They are GREENGUARD® certified for indoor air quality.  Yes, I said indoor. 
Theses fabrics come in many different textures, patterns, colors and because of their washablity and durability they can be used safely indoors and out. 
This comes in handy with guests or vacationers that may not be thinking about sunscreen on the backs of their legs as they come inside to eat a bologna sandwich for lunch. 
Sunbrella can be washed with bleach and it resists mold and mildew. 
Mildew grows on dirt, pollen and other organic matter, so simple routine cleanings will prevent mildew from forming.
I hear the birdies outside my window.  It is time to wake up and revitalize your outdoor living space!!  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, over 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile. 


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