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Nature's Inspiration With Shawn Henderson + Eco Benefits of Natural Wallcovering

We caught up with this NYC-based interior designer recently on PJ's Instagram Live.

Nature's Inspiration With Shawn Henderson + Eco Benefits of Natural Wallcovering

Planet positive tips for decorating and designing with integrity

Shawn Henderson, an NYC-based interior designer and published author, believes in respecting the environment in every sense of the word. For him, this means using craftsmen whose work is true to their art forms, working with sustainable materials, using vintage furnishings, and choosing products that are honestly produced and made.


He says, "My creative process begins by listening to my clients, then contemplating how design can make their lives more beautiful. The beauty is in the details: lightness, flexibility and cleanliness. I see newfound beauty in old materials and furnishings, and often reclaim them in fresh new ways. The furniture that I design reflects familiar forms, but the lines are pared down and more pure. Often I am drawn to serene palettes punctuated with rich splashes of color. No one element stands out – the layers and unexpected mix achieves a harmonious balance."





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With Shawn's philosophy in mind, we encourage everyone to help reduce their environmental impacts, live sustainably, and inspire a more beautiful world - one wall at a time! It's definitely a year-round commitment and one we are constantly working on. To help minimize our impact on the planet, we are using rapidly renewable materials, certified wood, and recycled content. 

PJ President Phillip Bershad caught up with Shawn recently on Instagram Live. Watch the full interview at the bottom of this post. 

PHILIP: Where do you find inspiration?MI-Pine-Trees
SHAWN: I find inspiration when I’m surrounded by nature. That’s when inspiration strikes.

PHILIP: What do you think of when you think of Phillip Jeffries? 
SHAWN: I immediately think of grasscloths because they are super popular and have been around for a while, but they are such classics. The great thing about them is you can put nails in the wall without a mark showing when you remove it. They’re a great backdrop for art.




Grasscloth wallcoverings are a natural product made from authentic grass such as hemp, jute, sisal, or raffia. We partner with some of the best artisans, weavers, and mills around the world to create luxurious grasscloth wallcoverings. Many of the family-owned mills we work with have been operating for centuries. Learn more about PJ Artisans here.

When we source authentic, natural resources to make beautiful, artisanal, and specialty wallcoverings, we consciously source renewable materials, certified woods, and recycled content. It may be an extra step, but it’s an important one to ensure our products make the world more beautiful at home and afar.
Phillip Jeffries offers a wide selection of natural and environmentally friendly wallcoverings including cork. Harvested from authentic cork bark and available in its natural state or washed with matte or metallic colorations, Phillip Jeffries cork wallcoverings are the ultimate in renewable luxury. 

PHILIP: What do you love about cork wallcoverings?
SHAWN: It feels architectural to me when you put it on the walls— it feels like cork or wood. When you can add these beautiful wallcoverings without having to decorate, it feels very architectural to me. It feels decorative without being heavy handed.




Phillip Jeffries authentic cork wallcoverings are harvested from authentic cork bark and are available in a range of rich and neutral colorways. Pure organic luxury for your walls.

We also offer a wide selection of inspiring items in our 
Luxe Naturals Collection. These gorgeous wallcoverings take natural materials to a whole new dimension.

Learn more about all of Phillip Jeffries' wallcovering environmental attributes here

At Phillip Jeffries, we are working toward a goal of planting 1 million trees. It’s our promise to you, and to the planet, that our environment is a priority. Click here To Learn More About Our PJ Promise.


















About Phillip Jeffries:

Now in its fourth decade, Phillip Jeffries has emerged as the industry leader in natural, textured and specialty wallcoverings. A manufacturer and importer of unique and fine quality textured wallcoverings, the company was founded in 1976 with just 10 grasscloths. From the humble beginnings of the family garage, Phillip Jeffries now stocks more than 1,000 ready-to-ship wallcoverings in their 60,000+ square foot headquarters. Working hand-in-hand with skilled artisans, Phillip Jeffries creates the design world's most beautiful and sought-after wallcoverings. For more information,