Category: Green Design

Building a Sustainable Future

Niche Interiors’ commitment to sustainable, non-toxic interior design began when Principal Designer Jennifer became a Certified Green Building Professional with Build it Green in 2011. All Senior Level Designers are now LEED Accredited Professionals and we’re excited to share that Jennifer was recently...

San Francisco Landscape Architects Share Their Secrets

Landscape Architecture Firms are in demand right now, with the importance of private outdoor spaces becoming even more crucial during the pandemic. We tapped two of our favorite collaborators, Kate Stickley of Arterra Landscape Architects and Dustin Moore of...

3 Simple Ways to Green Your Home

With so much information at our fingertips it can be overwhelming to figure out which lifestyle changes would have the most positive impact on our planet and health.  We wanted to highlight a few simple, attainable changes that you...

Customizing a Napa Prefab

Our prefab project in Napa is packed full of customized touches! This was a unique challenge for Niche – to work within the constraints of a prefab home, while pushing boundaries to make it feel tailored and personalized for...

Top Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Indoor plants are enjoying a major design moment right now, but did you know they can also drastically improve your indoor air quality? In the late 1980’s NASA conducted a Clean Air Study to find the most effective indoor...

The Latest on Flame Retardants

Our recent projects in Woodside and Napa have very different styles, but share common requirements: Non-toxic finishes and no flame retardants. We continually update our eco-friendly database to track which furniture manufacturers are phasing out harmful flame retardants from...

Healthy Sofa, Healthy Home

I’m excited to share the inside scoop from last week’s Healthy Homes Conference sponsored by Build it Green and PG&E. We’re huge fans of Arlene Blum, the biophysical chemist who was largely responsible for eliminating the flame retardant requirement...

Earth Day: 3 Ways to Make a Difference

Happy Earth Day! As interior designers we’ve been given the opportunity to play our part in helping the environment. The furnishings, materials, and finishes that we source have far-reaching impacts on the health of the local and global environment...

Flame Retardants: Going, Going, Gone?

After 39 years of living with toxic sofas, we finally have cause for celebration! The new 2013 update to the California TB 117 flammability law just went into effect last month. Furniture manufacturers are no longer required to add...

The Reclaimed Wood Process: Giving Old Wood New Life

We are excited to share a guest post from Viridian Reclaimed Wood – a reclaimed wood flooring, paneling and furniture salvaging company based and operated in Portland, Oregon. Reclaimed wood is hot in the green building industry and more...