Rubie Green's Gorgeous Organic Prints and My Grandma's Chaise


I dedicated my book, The Eco Chick Guide to Life to my grandma for a reason; she taught me most of what I know about being both eco and chicky- an inveterate animal-lover, ecosystem preserver, and queen of all things green, she was also a truly independent, fabulous, and inspiring woman.

Luckily for me, I’ve inherited many of her wonderful possessions, from antique middle-eastern lamps to vintage saris, all bought on her round-the-world travels. And some of my grandma’s stuff was inherited from her mother, like the circa- 1915-1925 chaise, above, which was very well used by my gram and then by me. She used to sit in it and read, and there I’d find her when I came home from school, engrossed in a the novel-of-the-week.

So when it came time to recover the chaise I wanted to go further than reuse and do something that would look fabulous and also be really ecofriendly. I had read about Rubie Green in Domino Magazine several times, and thought her classy-cool fabrics would be the perfect pairing to my grandma’s chaise. I chose the organic cotton “Lakeview” pattern from this page.

I am so happy with how it turned out! This classic pattern compliments the lines of the chaise and it’s a nice soft but tough fabric sure to last for years. See the befores below.


My grandma’s chaise before, 1

My grandma’s chaise before, 2

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.