Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Designing Green - Jessica's Glamourous Foursquare

Jessica Helgerson is by far the most inspiring green designer I've ever come across. She's gotten no shortage of coverage in the blogger design world, but I'm surprised that no one has mentioned her green credentials. I'm only too happy to oblige! Jessica is always careful to design homes (along with architect hubby Yianni Doulis) that maximize efficiency and reduce and recycle materials during construction. You may remember her mid-century mod bungalow I posted about a few months ago... well, a trip to her website revealed a pleasant surprise, namely the (green-with-envy) photos you see here. A new project - a remodel of a turn-of-the-century Portland Foursquare for a 'hipster' young couple who wanted a glam home but still wanted to preserve its history. One of this home's green features is locally made sofa's, chairs and other furnishings, as well as a blend of modern and vintage. I love that Jessica has created balance, but its the design tension in the home that grabs you, making such a lasting impression - the ethnic patterns, the dose of contrasting green foliage, black against white, and even the texture she creates by using different materials and unexpected shapes, such as the bubble lamp over the dining room table. Really, really, wonderful.

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