|Full Name||Nora Bouz|
|Location||Salt Spring Island|
It’s always exciting to co-create beautiful, warm, and inviting homes. What makes this even more exciting is using eco-friendly products that support the well-being of people and the planet.
Over the last month, I have been exploring more ways to integrate nature into homes through finishes and different applications. In this exploration, I had the privilege to speak with Elke Cole, a cob building expert with over 20 years of design, teaching and building cob houses and structures. The scope of Elke’s work encompasses everything from teaching internationally to public installations and private commissions.
In our conversation, we explored earthen clay, a product I came to fall in love with due to its beauty, depth, health benefits and sustainability.
You can watch my conversation with Elke by following the link below.
With the variety of earthen plaster finishes and colours, this product can be used indoors in any conventionally built structure and complements various styles, including the west coast and contemporary.
It can be used on the walls and ceilings instead of paint, sculpturing a fireplace mantle or a hood fan surround. It can be used as flooring and even as a countertop. It can be perforated or built up, using techniques like Sgraffito (an ancient Italian technique produced by applying layers of the plaster tinted in different colours then scratching to reveal parts of the under-layers) or Tadelakt (an ancient Moroccan technique used to make the plaster waterproof). Sculpturing is another technique that opens the door to endless possibilities limited only by imagination.
Some of the benefits of using earthen plaster indoors are regulating humidity and infusing negative ions in the air, which is known to boost the immune system and enhance the mood.
Aesthetically, some of the things I love about it are the perception of depth, its texture and roundness. I also find it a good substitute for wallpaper, a much more eco-friendly product made with 100% natural components and its manufacturing process is more environmentally friendly than wallpaper.
To watch my conversation with Elke:
If you want to know more about using earthen plaster in your home, feel free to reach out, and I would be happy to help.
And, if you’d like to reach out to Elke Cole with questions about building with cob or have an inquiry about her workshops, you can check out her website http://elkecole.com/ or reach her directly at email@example.com
I am a new Salt Springer and quite delighted to be here! I have 16 years of interior design under my belt, and for the last 4 years, my focus has been working with clients in Canada and the US to co-create authentically beautiful and nurturing homes that support the well-being of people and the planet.
I am passionate about finding better ways to design and build homes with lower environmental impact and love to collaborate with those with similar orientations and passions.
Well-being interior design consultant