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March 26, 2008

Green makeover

Tis the season to redecorate – and with green flourishing outside, it’s only appropriate that green should grow inside the home.

With a budget of $20,000, Harmony Design Studio set out to make a family room more comfortable for both the home owners and the environment.  But one big question loomed -- Are there adequate green and sustainable products on the market that support great interior design without having to sacrifice in terms of quality and comfort?


Used primarily for TV, reading and lounging, the seating in the family room needed to support these activities and address the following problems:

• The new seating needed to accommodate the homeowners’ size differences (she is petite, he is average) & individual preferences
• Inadequate lighting needed to be addressed
• Additional seating was needed to accommodate large family gatherings
• The overall look was to be contemporary and streamlined

The custom-designed sectional was locally made and sized appropriately for both the husband and wife, and is covered in eco-friendly Satin Wool by ‘Q Collection’, which produces biodegradable, environmentally friendly fabrics made from natural materials.  The company also uses non-toxic dyes and finishes.  This particular fabric is highly durable, which is ideal for a family room setting.

FLOR carpet tiles in sand-colored wool were chosen for the new area rug.  Made from highly renewable wool, FLOR encourages end-of-life recycling. The custom-designed solid walnut coffee table fits over a separate piece of furniture – a low combination bench/table manufactured by Bright Chair Company. The bench is covered in Cork fabric.

The lack of lighting was remedied with dimmable-floor and table lamps (dimmable options are great energy savers) and an overhead ceiling pendant. The color palette is neutral tones of ivory, sand and chocolate brown, chosen to blend with the existing furnishings and extensive granite on the countertops. As with any project, there was meaning and purpose to everything selected.


Learn more about Harmony Design Studio.


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