Naturally Beautiful Design Tips

This coastal getaway offers a dream mix of luxury and livability with natural fabrics and smart investments.
Amy Bickers Mercer
Lasting Elegance

Look outside. What’s good for nature is almost always pleasing to the eye. The same is true for your home. For proof, look to this Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, retreat by Shanon Munn of Ambi Design Studio. The living room and master bedroom are prime examples of thoughtful design that dazzles.

Shanon doesn’t market herself as a Green designer. In fact, she hopes that one day recycling, reducing, and reusing won’t seem so special because everyone will be doing it. She approaches each project in steps. The first step is a beautiful design. Then she decides how to make it happen using environmentally friendly products.

Color Smarts
Shanon starts by using low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint on the walls. Regular paint can release low-level toxic emissions, and most new products put chemicals into the air (this is called “off-gassing”). Low-VOC paint does not off-gas and only emits a low odor during application. Brands that offer low- or no-VOC paints include Benjamin Moore Eco-Spec, Sherwin-Williams Harmony, and Duron Genesis.