We think the world of Nina Karnikowski, and the feelings mutual for Nina. For both the earth AND our linen (more on that below).
As a travel writer, sustainability expert and author of Go Lightly, How to Travel Without Hurting the Planet, she’s made a career out of exploring both the world and conscious ways of travelling and living.
As someone who works at the intersection of creativity and sustainability, Nina’s house is brimming with natural beauty and idiosyncratic charm. Her, her husband (winemaker and art director Peter Windrim) and their maremma sheepdog Milka all live together in their stunning home in Bangalow, in the hinterland above Byron Bay.
Here, it’s all natural materials, warm woods (floorboards, door frames and beams) and crisp white walls. The effect is one of tranquillity, borrowing some of what surrounds them in the calm lush of the hinterland.
Opting to dress her tables, beds and body in C+G linen was therefore a no- brainer for Nina. As she said in her love letter to linen (also on our journal, here), it’s her go-to choice “since I’ve discovered it to be one of the most low impact fabrics on Earth.” Plus, it’s a great match for the rustic, earthy materials already in her home.
We were lucky enough to visit her at home recently to chat all things sustainability, linen and snap her in her natural habitat, enjoying the quiet of her home. Read on below.
Images by Peter Windrim
CG: What is being sustainable to you?
NK: Putting people and the planet first, with every decision, action and purchase.
CG: Sustainability holds a big place in your heart - tell us more about why this is important to you and the brands you support?
NL: I have a deep love for the world, especially the natural world, and I want to do everything I can to protect it.
CG: If someone wants to incorporate sustainability into their routine, can you give some advice to them?
NK: With every activity you do, and dollar you spend, ask yourself: is this uplifting to someone other than myself, or not? Is it enhancing all life on earth, or degrading it? If the answer is the latter, don’t do it.
CG: Why is it important to invest in your health and sleep? Why linen over cotton?
NK: You cannot have good health without good sleep, it’s the cornerstone of wellbeing. Linen has a more earthy, sumptuous feel, and improves with age and wear.