The Mindfully Made Wangari Sofa

The Mindfully Made Wangari Sofa

At TREE, we are committed to source eco-friendly pieces that bring warmth, joy, and a guilt-free conscience to your home. We are proud to offer sophisticated, sustainable, and reclaimed materials that are either FSC™-certified, or sustainably sourced to ensure that our signature collections meet the highest eco-craftsmanship standards.

We are excited to add the Wangari Sofa to our beautiful, sustainable collection here at TREE. We named this timelessly modern sofa ‘Wangari’ in honor of Wangari Maatai. Wangari Maathai was an environmentalism activist, politician, the founder of the Green Belt Movement, and the first African American Nobel Prize Winner.

Historically, the textile industry has been a common contributor to water waste and freshwater pollution. Now, production is shifting to better match growing consumer consciousness and we're eager to play a part in that progress. We love the sustainable values that have gone into the creation of the Wangari. Read more below.

"When we plants trees, we plants the seeds of peace and hope."
- Wangari Maathai

As for the sofa’s eco-chic craftsmanship, water bottles diverted from landfills are creatively repurposed to produce recycled yarn, then woven into its luxurious fabrics.

Wangari's Sustainable Process:

  • Constructed with FSC-certified woods
  • Post-consumer bottles are collected, washed, chopped, melted into chips, then made into yarns
  • The back, seat, and arms are constructed with PET bottle fibers
  • Produced in a North America-based factory that generates more energy via solar power than the factory utilizes
The average number of water bottles diverted with Wangari Sofa styles

We welcome you to experience this sophisticated, eco-chic sofa in our Heritage Gallery today. The billowy cushioning and exaggerated proportions bring fresh European vibes to everyday lounging, with overfilled arms for structure and softness alike. We are excited to add an exceptional piece like this to our TREE collection of eco-chic furniture from the heart.

SHOP WANGARI SOFAS

*each style available in a variety of colors and fabrics*

November 05, 2020 — Cristiana Ventura
Gather With Gratitude

Gather With Gratitude

During this time of year, one of our favorite traditions is gathering around the dining table with our loved ones and expressing all of the things that bring us joy and gratitude. There is something truly enchanting about this beloved tradition. It helps us reflect on our perspectives while connecting on deeper levels with one another.

Where will you be gathering with gratitude this year? On the sofa, while cuddled up with hot tea and a fluffy throw? Or are you seated at the dining table with your family for a delicious seasonal meal? Perhaps you are content on a gorgeous velvet accent chair, documenting your thankfulness in a diary. No matter where you choose to spend your time, we hope you decide to gather with those who bring your joy and express gratitude with honesty and comfort.

There are so many reasons why an extendable dining table makes sense while extending your heart this season! Extend for more delicious meals, more loving friends, more social distancing, more love, and gratitude – you name it!

Here are some of our favorite extendable dining tables on the gallery floor right now that are available to receive before Thanksgiving.

October 28, 2020 — Cristiana Ventura
Warm Up Your Home For Autumn

Warm Up Your Home For Autumn

The temperature is cooling down and the leaves are changing. Though we love summer and the warmth it brings, we adore the changing scenery during this time of year. We have gone through constant changes and shifts over the past few months, but this new transition is one that finally feels familiar and natural. This is an honest time for contemplation as we begin to reflect on the year heading into the end of the 2020. Along with shifts and changes, autumn is also when many people embrace change by restyling their homes with layers and warm tones to imitate the beauty outside. Here are some of our favorite design tips to warm up your space!

Layers on Layers

Whether it is on your floor, your sofa, or in your bedroom, utilize layers to make your space warmer, more restful, and inviting. We love layering various elements in a vignette while focusing on color and lighting. Play with different hues from the same fall-inspired palette–bring in the beautiful natural colors found in the changing trees. We love pairing creamy neutrals with rich oranges, rusty reds, and mustard yellows. You can play with one color and find various shades to use throughout your home, or mix in all of them!

Mixing together lighting elements is key to curating a deep and cozy atmosphere in your home. Using warm-toned light bulbs in light fixtures is a quick fix, but we love taking it a step further by increasing the quantity of smaller table lamps and candles of various sizes to illuminate your home more cozily and romantically.

Texture is Everything

Rich textiles are a lovely way to not only warm up your space but the perfect excuse to make each little corner a special one that you want to snuggle into with a good book and a cup of tea each night. Velvets are always popular for fall and winter, but we love layering various textures together. Not only do we love piling together chunky knit throws during this time of year, but we challenge you to experiment with a variety of upholstery types throughout living rooms and bedrooms. As for your floor, pairing a handwoven jute rug with a vibrant overdyed rug or a vintage vinyl is one of our favorite timeless looks!

Embracing the perfectly imperfect marvel found in natural reclaimed woods is another one of our favorite design styles perfect for fall. The use of rough-hewn natural wood brings to life a one of a kind rustic feel to your home–wooden stump stools or side tables make for a perfect addition in any corner.

Fall Florals

At TREE, we always like to bring height to each room with the use of alluring houseplants of different sizes. Year-round, fresh greenery brightens up a room while bringing literal life to your home sanctuary. For the autumn season, we love a mix of fresh and dried plants and flowers. Dried eucalyptus, wheat sprigs or pampas grass are perfect additions to a ceramic or recycled-glass vase. To keep the look fresh and modern, mix and match glasses and vases while pairing them with a single stem.

While you refresh your space this season, remember that this Autumn 2020 is a beautiful reminder that good things are ahead and change is eager to be embraced. As we enter this new season brimming with gratitude, let’s open our hearts, minds, and homes to the joys and comforts associated with the holidays ahead.

September 30, 2020 — Cristiana Ventura
End of Summer Sale

End of Summer Sale

We want to illustrate the ins-and-outs of our September 3-20, 2020 End of Summer Sale. Not only are there are many fabulous pieces involved, but we are excited to be partnering with a few of our favorite brands to offer you even more luxurious eco-friendly pieces at stellar prices you will love. Some of the items in these collections are even being discounted for the first time ever.

Whether it's new products or simply highlighting our best sellers, we are eager to offer some of our favorite curated pieces as part of our End of Summer Sale. Shop online or in our Heritage Gallery in Tacoma, WA to share the love for these stunning furniture pieces with us!

Ethnicraft

Ethnicraft creates beautiful furniture and decorative objects that are the foundation for people’s homes that inspire the stories of their lives. Their values of good design from honest sustainable materials are what makes our partnership so strong and unique. Their clean lines with scandinavian style withstand trends and associate well with different styles, carrying over the stories of one lifetime into another.

Now is the time to extend your heart and your home into the new season full of gratitude. Ethnicraft's double extendable tables are the perfect way to get started with Thanksgiving in mind.

Here are some of our favorite Ethnicraft sale picks:

TREE Exclusives

At TREE, our signature collection is carefully curated. We believe in only bringing items that meet the our high standards of eco-craftsmanship.

Here are some of our sale favorites:

September 02, 2020 — Cristiana Ventura
A Pure Mattress For A Healthy Home

A Pure Mattress For A Healthy Home

Unhealthy chemicals in many standard mattresses and furniture pieces may be bringing harm into your home. At TREE we have a commitment to offer eco-friendly sustainable furniture and decor to our local community. TREE serves as your portal to a new home, and a healthier, more comfortable life. Now with OMI Mattresses, we are able to guarantee the products are not only pure, but certified organic!

"Sleep is the best meditation." - Dalai Lama

 

 

TREE is excited to newly offer OMI (Organic Mattresses Inc.) mattresses online as well as displayed on our gallery floor. OMI’s values of purity and transparency not only align with ours, but they also prioritize luxury in the process. We want to help you help you design a beautiful home at reflects your unique style while ensuring you have full trust and confidence in the pieces you choose. Inviting people into your home is an intimate process requiring connection and trust. We believe the furniture pieces you choose to sleep, sit and eat on each day should maintain the same careful consideration before coming in to your home.

In 2013, OMI became the first mattress manufacturer in America to offer a fully certified organic latex mattress (they were the first to certify an innerspring mattress years earlier, in 2008). OMI is the only US-based sleep-products manufacturer committed exclusively to the production of natural and certified organic mattresses and bedding.

Each mattress and sleep product is custom made in their Eco-Factory in North California. They are committed to their pure guarantee, which ensures not only the final product is organic certified, but each piece of material that goes into their high-quality sensitive safe mattresses are also certified with various global organic standards.

As a strictly natural and organic production facility, the space demands regular audits. This transparent manufacturing process is what makes OMI mattresses so special to TREE. By hand crafting each of their items in their highly specified location (which includes an ozone sanitization air filtration system), we are able to confirm and verify these beautiful mattresses will be pure, clean and safe for the entire family through the entire process, all the way from bed to thread.

Harmful VOC Chemicals

According to Sleep Safe in a Toxic World by Walter Bader, memory-foam mattresses emit 61 volatile organic compounds (VOC) chemicals into your bedroom. These VOCs are emitted as gas from solids or liquids and they are a major concern of the EPA and state air quality boards all over the United States. In the case of most mattresses, these VOCs are from fibers, foams, adhesives, fire retardants and more. When Brader sent several memory foam mattresses for testing, some of the 61 harmful VOCs including known carcinogens like benzene and naphthalene. This exposure puts sleepers and families at risk for a variety of unanticipated health risks and reactions, especially to those who are particularly sensitive to chemical emissions.

We know this is information can be frightening, but we think it is important to educate our community. Now more than ever, we are even more honored and excited to partner with OMI and to offer our community safer and healthier mattress options. Here at TREE, we not only want to help you design a home that reflects you, but we want you to be confident with the furniture and decor you love.

August 25, 2020 — Cristiana Ventura
Interior Design for Remote Home Learning

Is Your Home Ready For Remote Learning?

Schools across the world are preparing for a school year of remote learning. This is new and uncharted territory for not only for teachers and institutions, but also for students and parents. With the vast amount of shifts and pivots already this year, turning a home into a classroom seems to be just another anxiety inducing challenge. 

We understand that nobody is trying to be the perfect parent during this unprecedented time; all are simply trying to get by and keep their family healthy. We encourage you to step back and look at remote learning with a sense of humbleness and openness. 

“A spirited, unruly student is preferable. It’s much easier to direct passion than to try and inspire it.” ~ Joan Desmond

See below for our favorite pieces necessary for creating an honest and inspiring home learning space, made for any home and learning style.



Craftsman Work Table - This collaborative table is perfect for not only the children, but also for the whole family. The large table surface makes for an open space large enough for laptops, books, markers and even crayons to be scattered across and shared by all. The seats swivel out as needed and can tuck it away when not in use. 

 

Trestle Dining Table Sustainably sourced TREE tacoma

Trestle Redefined Dining Table - Put your children at a table made with reclaimed or sustainably sourced wood, and encourage them to embrace the beautiful imperfections found in nature. Mix in seating, pair with a matching bench, or even use swivel stools that you can move throughout the house.

 


Blackbird Ethnicraft TREE desk

Ethnicraft Oak Blackbird Desk - This striking desk made from sustainably sourced wood makes for the perfect study spot you can be proud to show off. The Blackbird desk combines soft round legs and eye-catching graphic lines into its light and airy design, fabulous for any fashion-forward teenager.

 

 

Tree Tacoma Circuit Corner Home Learning

Circuit Corner - The soft edges of this corner invite connection and coziness all around, making the ideal nook perfect for snuggling up with a good book.

 


“Replace the fear of the unknown with curiosity.” - Anonymous

 

 

August 07, 2020 — Hello TREE
TREE Redesign Your Home Office

A Home Office To Inspire Creativity & Productivity

With the health and safety of employees being the highest priority for businesses right now, remote working is at an all-time during the COVID-19 pandemic. We always say your home is your sanctuary. But now with remote working on the rise, many are finding that their mindful sanctuary is shifting.

Your home not only provides your family shelter from the elements but it's consistently there to bring you comfort at the end of a long day. We want to help you embrace this time as one of adventure and instead one of fear–starting with the place you spend a significant amount of time, your office.

 

“Happiness, not in another place but this place …not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman

 

See below for our tips to help you design a workspace that will not only encourage creativity and productivity but also protect your home and your heart from any of the stress and chaos your career may carry.

 

1. Placement is intentional

Mindfulness teacher and author, Eckhart Tolle once said, “Wherever you are, be there totally.” This famous quote is both relevant to mindfulness, as well as physical space. We fully believe in the method of working in a separate room from the one you sleep in, as the visual queue of your lofty bed automatically registers your mind that it is time to sleep and wind down. By having a dedicated space to work, you can clear your mind and start the day with intention. Of course we know space can be limited, so you can modify with strategic desk positioning. Desk placement is vital to both productivity and creativity within your work space. If you are someone who thrives in open spaces, shift your desk so you have the door or the window directly in your view. By shifting your desk away from the wall, your space will encourage collaboration and invite new ideas. Another option is to place your workspace near a window if space is limited. Further, desk positioning is also key when considering your posture. The body isn’t meant to be stationary, so a standing adjustable desk is a mindful way to not only encourage circulation but also flow and connection in your home.

Nicole’s Picks: Gander DeskBok Adjustable Desk, Oak Blackbird Desk & the Junction Desk.

 

2. Find a chair that works for you

If you find yourself easily distracted or that you do majority of your work sorting through digital data, a swivel chair may not be the right fit for you. A comfortable stationary desk chair will help you stay put and focused. But if you need to multitask to be productive, a swivel chair will be perfect. By being able to move and turn easily, you will feel more connected in your space. You can reach for the correct papers and books behind you, or even effortlessly turn to help the kids with their homework. 

Nicole’s Picks: Radius Chair, Bryden Desk Chair & the Bok Dining Chair

 

3. Ground your space

Adding an accent rug is an innovative way to integrate texture and color in your office. Find one that balances your desk and chair while breathing warm energy into your room. Bonus: area rugs can help with noise reduction and reduce echoing - perfect for your conference calls!

Nicole’s Picks: Blue One-Off Over-dyed Rug & the Obsidian Rug

 

4. Bring in the greenery

Live plants not only provide beautiful luscious color into your office. But it is proven that indoor plants improve concentration and reduce stress levels (add source). Some of our favorite low maintenance greens are Pathos and Snake plants. When you need a break, stop and take time to appreciate your houseplants or even your garden. Witness their color, texture and growth overtime and reflect on your own professional journey and growth.

 

5. Use colors from nature

Whether it be with your walls or with a statement painting, we encourage you to use a variety of low-wavelength colors. Low-wavelength colors include greens and blues–the primary hues most commonly found in Mother Nature. These tones encourage gentleness and an overall positive well-being.

 

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit” - Ralph Waldo Emerson