July 27, 2011

House Feature: Healthy Home 2010

Hi! I know it’s been a while! Last week was very busy and exhausting! First my daughter was sick with high temperature for over four days that turned into a coughing with runny nose while my husband has been sick for the past few weeks to getting ready for my drive up to WA and my vacation that is coming up.

I saw this home in Traditional Home Magazine and I knew that I had to share it with you. This home is newly build but does not have the new home smell. You won’t smell any odors from the recently installed carpet or the fresh paint. The decor of the showhome was inspired after the homeowner, Victoria Di Lorio, toured a LEED house in Chicago.

While doing research on green homes Victoria found and joined an organization called Healthy Child Healthy Word. The organization is hoping to alert families to chemical hazards and educating on creating healthful environments and embracing nontoxic practices. She used them as an inspiration when decorating the house.

The walls and trim in the house are finished with Benjamin Moore low-VOC Natura paint. The naturally stain- resistant wool rug is colored with vegetable dyes. The furniture in the living room are created with sustainable woods. 

Light fixtures throughout the house are on dimmers to save energy. Compact fluorescent bulbs were not used because of their mercury content.

The floors are locally sourced and sustainable white oak that are finished with a low-VOC stain and water based topcoat.

The sofa table and fireplace surround were locally made with wood from a walnut tree fallen in a storm. The tiles on the fireplace are made from bronze, a metal that can be recycled repeatedly.

They used 100% organic cotton sheets in the bedroom.

The tub is framed by quartz surfacing from Cambria, a U.S. company practicing eco-kind process. The bath fixtures such as the faucets, toilets, and other Kohler plumbing fixtures are water sense-certified to conserve water usage.

The fairy-tale mural on the wall is actually painted on a canvas and framed by white molding. One day the painting can be removed and used somewhere else. 

All images via Traditional Home

Victoria created the showhouse mostly to educate others about the “…simple,everyday lifestyle choices they can make that will create healthier environments for families.”  Her simple suggestions: “  Take off your shoes when you step into the house, open windows for 10 minutes a week, ask questions about how products are made. All those things add up.”

I say the house looks pretty good, no design was sacrificed in the name of being green. What do you think? Are you environmentally aware? Do you turn off the lights when you leave a room?




1 comment

  1. Okay...love lots about these pictures. Mostly, I love how they did a mural which can sometimes be too literal and cheesy...but not this one! It's so dreamy and can easily transition with age {until a certain point, of course}. The light fixture in the master is also beautiful!


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