Davidson Gap eco-friendly idea house
Southern Living, Van Chaplin

Green Living: Southern Style

"Since protecting our environment and conserving natural resources are crucial, we saw ... an opportunity to incorporate as many earth-friendly building techniques, materials, appliances, and furnishings as our design team could muster. And perhaps the best part of it is this: No design detail or novel decorating touch was forfeited in the process."
--Robert C. Martin, Architecture Editor, Southern Living

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eco-friendly family room
Southern Living, Laurey Glenn

A Place to Gather

With natural fibers and fabrics (from the wool rug to the linen-upholstered sofa) and a metal fireplace as the focal point, this eco-friendly family room successfully mixes contemporary and casual style. Plus, the open shelving allows plenty of room to display family pictures boasting fond memories.

Go green with veneer flooring from Armstrong.

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Eco-friendly idea house kitchen
Southern Living, Laurey Glenn

Easy on the Eyes

Counter-to-ceiling recycled tiles, recycled maple cabinetry, and energy-efficient appliances give green design a fresh look. The subtle color palette sets an inviting tone in the kitchen and connects it to the dining and living areas in the first-floor open floor plan.

Go green with ENERGY STAR qualified kitchen appliances.

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Eco-friendly master bathroom
Southern Living, Laurey Glenn

At-Home Spa

The master bathroom offers everything one needs to relax and unwind -- and save water and resources at the same time. Natural grass wallpaper, a dual-flush toilet, and porcelain tile made in Tennessee are key elements to the green design.

Go green by using Plyboo paneling on cabinetry or a vanity.

See how the designer brought this bath to life.

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Eco-friendly master bedroom
Southern Living, Laurey Glenn

Organically Beautiful

Serenity takes charge in the master bedroom. Local artists supplied the room with a reclaimed wooden bed frame and paintings inspired by the home's surroundings. Linen and hemp window treatments, linen lampshades, and organic bedding give the space a plush and cozy feel.

Go green by purchasing artwork from local artists.

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Eco-friendly bunkroom
Southern Living, Van Chaplin

Room for All

"Since kids will be kids, give them a sleeping area that is flexible enough to handle one or a whole slumber party. The bunk beds (by artist David deHoll) are made from reclaimed scraps of metal. All exposed edges have been rounded or eased to prevent any scrapes or bruises."
--Robert C. Martin, Architecture Editor, Southern Living

Go green by using low VOC paints and sealants.

See how to make a kids' room come alive.

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Eco-friendly children's bathroom
Southern Living, Van Chaplin

Little Ones in Mind

Shallow sinks, pull-out steps by the vanity, and plenty of space to wash up make this bathroom ideal for children. The use of pebbles (in the flooring) and recycled tile are both eco-conscience options.

Go green by using Armstrong Definitions Panels (as room/space dividers or, as shown here, on cabinet doors).

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Eco-friendly study
Southern Living, Laurey Glenn

More to See

Click here for more room-by-room tours with interior designer Traci Kearns.

Click here to take more virtual tours of the 2008 Southern Living Idea House.

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