Have you ever thought, "It's not easy being Green?" I'll admit, I sometimes share Kermit's sentiment, but in a different context....With Earth Day right around the corner (April 22nd), the benefits of living "green" are brought into greater focus.
Having said that, I try to use as many energy-efficient bulbs as I can tolerate.
Since Interior Design is directly correlated to the way we live, it only makes sense for designers to look for ways to bring Green Living into our homes in ways that are pleasing to the senses.
One of the best directions of sustainable interiors I've seen is by designer Jessica Helgerson. She backs up her earth-friendly creds by using products and materials we may not always recognize as being green simply because they are so beautiful and elegant. From what I've seen, she takes bamboo, hemp, and Low VOC paints to soaring heights!
Take a peek at this Turn-of-the-Century home she redid for a hip Portland couple. Oh, and try not to drool too much onto your keyboard...
This is the view into the living room. Believe it or not, the woodwork is not original - it was added as part of a post-gutting reconfiguration. The molding and framework was created to fit the age of the home, but given a rich ebony finish to add some serious swank.