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A magazine for stylish green living and design.


  • eco living with style

    PureGreen magazine

    Get cozy in the mountain ranges of Italy,

    January/February 2011Issue No. 4

    Take a Peek inside one ofDallas First LEED Homes

    Go Luxe in theHollywood Hills

    Comfort in theOrganic Kitchen

    The perfect antidote for chilly winter days

    The perfect winter accessories in eco style

    meet Sonja of Thieves

    Fashion Premier!

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  • Editor in ChiefCline MacKay

    Food EditorJonathan MacKay

    Fashion EditorKate Black

    Associate Style EditorsPetra Boykoff

    Michelle CarangiKirsten Grove

    Rikkianne VanKirk

    Copy EditorErica Midkiff

    Art Director/PhotographyErin Monette

    Graphic EditorsMichelle Carangi

    Anile PrakashBess Callard

    Web SpecialistJustine Brown

    ContributorsJustina Blakeney, Camilla Molders

    Contact Usinfo@puregreenliving.com

    c/o Celine MacKay

    Pure Green Magazine is published independently by Celine MacKay. Registered office is 8 Crescent Road, Unit B2, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada.

    Copyright 2011, Issue 4. All rights reserved. Any reproduction without permission is prohibited. Pure Green Magazine contains editorial content from external contributors and does not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. Pure Green Magazine accepts submissions for content regarding a professional manner is upheld, and we reserve the right to reject/modify any submitted material. Pure Green Magazine is independently published online using Issuu, and witholds to all rules and regulations set forth within Issuus publishing platform.

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  • in every issue


    Style Trends

    for 2011!p.6

    Editors Letter 8Contributors 9Workplace 22Eco Read 31Before & After 32




  • featuresPure Green Style

    Pattern Play 12Eco Tech 14Go Crazy with Navy 16Rapid Renew 19

    Pure Green Fashion

    Thieves Feature 33Winterland 51Be A Sweetheart 53Compai DIY 55

    Pure Green Homes

    Hollywood Hills 58Justinas Jungalow 74Green Labron 82

    Organic Kitchen

    Winter Comfort 96Eco Scrub DIY 110

    Pure Green Travel

    Lagacio Mountain Resort 113


  • new! Pure Green Fashion - weve got you covered from head to toe.

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  • Editors LetterHappy New Year! I cant believe we are already publishing Issue 4. I cant even describe to you how much I love what I do and how much seeing Pure Green grow means to me. Thank you for making it such a success so far! This issue is all about looking forward - as we discussed whats new and trending in green design, I couldnt help but look back too. Nearly everywhere I look I see a little recycle symbol smiling back at me, and although I dont want to make light of how far we must still go, I want to take a moment and celebrate the change thats happening around us. Being green is moving from a fad to a way of life. Our children wont recycle out of duty, theyll do it because they wont know of an alternative. Innovation will lead us, and I will live to drive a

    solar powered car. Celebrate yourself and the changes youve already made, even if the gesture is small, like not forgetting your re-usable bags or remembering your reusable water bottle. Take a moment, open your eyes and appreciate the changes that you see, from the recycled content symbols all around you, or the sea of green and blue boxes down your street on garbage day, to the abundance of organic produce in your local supermarket, the number of bicycles in front of your office building, the solar panels on your neighbours house, or to the fairtrade, certified biodynamic cuppa joe youre enjoying while youre reading this latest issue of Pure Green.While were celebrating new beginnings, I want to point out some exciting things happening around here: this issue weve introduced fashion! Were proud to be working with Kate Black, our new Fashion Editor, who will make sure our closets are stocked with the latest eco fashion. And not least of all, weve made some new friends in Montreal - Anile, Bess, Michelle and Marie-Eve - together with their graphic talent, Pure Green will evolve, becoming better and better. With that said, I hope you enjoy!

    p.s - Thats me up there looking very cozy in my winter woolies. I hope you get some time to enjoy the season!


    Pure Green is now available on iPad!

    Be sure to check for the link on our site!


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  • Erica Midkiff, Copy EditorErica, who resides in Boston, works as a copyeditor with small business owners in the creative field, primarily online. She has a passion for editing - she makes sure that your voice and your message are

    heard. More from Erica:


    Jonathan MacKayA former restaurateur and avid outdoorsman, Jonathan owns & operates Sustain with his wife Celine. He is responsible for the delectable creations in the Organic Kitchen.This issue Jonathan created recipes specifically tailored for winter comfort after a cold afternoon in the snow.More from Jonathan:www.sustainecostore.com


    A photographer for ten years, Erin specializes in weddings, portraits, editorial & commercial work. Her work has appeared in several top publications. She resides in Huntsville, Ontario, with her husband Brad and their beloved pooch, Gilbert.More from Erin: www.everimages.ca

    Erin Monett, Photographer

  • Petra BoykoffA certified interior designer living in New York City and working on luxury hotel projects and residences all over the world. Petra also writes Pretty Little Green Things, a blog dedicated to showing the beautiful side of green and the

    sustainable side of luxury. More from Petra:


    Kate BlackKate was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She founded the daily eco-fashion blog, Magnifeco.com, writing about products that are fair-trade, recycled, reusable, sustainable, organic, and/or vegan. Having lived in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Toronto, Vancouver, Zrich and now Tokyo Kate writes about eco-fashion on the global scene. More from Kate: Magnifeco.com

    Michelle CarangiFounder of Montreal-based design studio Holley & Gill, Michelle began by designing products for the home all made by hand in her hometown. Pairing this venture with a blog focused on her passion for interior design, she also regularly posts as a contributer to HGTV Canadas blog.More from Michelle: www.holleygill.com

    Kirsten GroveKirsten has been an active Interior Decorator for 7 years. She also sells re-purposed and restyled furniture and accessories at Brass Razoo in Nampa Idaho, and is the author of the popular blog Simply Grove Her favorite part of design is Prop Styling. Kirsten also has a hidden desire to design furniture and lamps. She resides outside of Boise

    Idaho with her husband and 2 children.More from Kirsten:


  • Justina BlakeneyJustina Blakeney is co-founder of Compai, a crafty, green, design studio. As a creative-director and consultant for handful of lifestyle and fashion brands, she creates brand identities, products, packaging and environments. In her spare time, Justina refashions spectacular things out of everyday objects. Blakeney is the co-author of books including the best-selling: 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim and Tie Your T-shirt Into Something Special. Her articles, tutorials and illustrations have appeared on: The Today Show, Martha Stewart Radio, Glamour, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapys book of Small, Cool, Spaces. More from Justina: www.compaiblog.com

    Rikkianne & UrsulaRikkianne Van Kirk and Ursula Arnold, co-owners of Chakra Pennywhistle, create accessories inspired by early American folk art and curious objects found in local shops. If they arent in the Chakra Pennywhistle studio, you are most likely to find them browsing through used book shops, hunting for treasure at flea markets and junk shops, or at the beach. Rikkianne will always be the one with the sketchpad, and Ursula will be the one coming up with more ideas than she can write down.More from the girls:www.chakrapennywhistle.com


    Elka KarlElka Karl is a writer, crafter, and new mom. Her latest green home improvement was replacing her homes leaky windows with new energy-efficient ones. An avid gardener, crafter, and outdoor lover, she first took her baby on a backcountry backpacking trip when he was five months old. Shes currently working on a book proposal and

    sewing embarrassing clothing for her wee one. More from Elka:


  • Introduce fun and folly with a bold graphic punch. Were loving black & white accents, geometrics and bold splashes of colour. Style editors Michelle, Elka and Celine selected their favourite eco accessories for modern hits of pattern play.






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