Meet the Re-Nest Team: Therese Maring

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Blogger: Therese Maring
Started at Re-Nest: March 2010
Lives: near Madison, Wisconsin

As one of our three Green Tour contributors, Therese photographs a variety of eco-friendly abodes—from farmhouses to modern lakeside homes—mostly in the Madison area. Her tours always convey a sense that real people live in these homes, and they have real ideas that we can be inspired by.

Meet Therese

You most enjoy writing about: ŠGreen Tours, especially those involving historic preservation and creative reuse.

Your personal home style isŠ: warm and welcoming. A blend of vintage, family pieces, and new additions. Everything has a story.

Your green home must-have isŠ: as much sunlight as possible, to allow for better passive solar and a generally better attitude.

Your ideal Saturday morning is: ŠI feel like I should say getting up early to hit the farmer's market. But it's really staying in bed listening to NPR, and then eating pancakes.

What's on your nightstand? Sun magazine; a collection from StoryCorps; books on gardening, poetry, and Amelia Earhart; and a catalog for The Clearing Folk School. Plus my glasses.

Where you go for inspiration/info/help? I'm inspired by the people who welcome me into their amazing homes for Green Tours. Some of the websites I like are Poppytalk Handmade, Vintage Roadside, and PreservationNation.org.

DIY or buy? I think of myself as an Idea Person who is, luckily, married to a Craftsman Person. ("Honey, could you build/make/design one of these?")

Favorite CFL or LED lightbulb brand? I haven't committed to a favorite yet.

Favorite green paint brand and color? Paints from Wisconsin-based Hallman/Lindsay that carry their Green Leaf Promise.

This year you're going to: Šget out and discover more fun, funky sights and treasures during a week-long adventure on hubby's motorcycle.

Green Tours by Therese

TOP ROW

Camela and Chris's Reclaimed Family Farm
Lesley & Win's "Scandinasian" Style
Beth & Lindsey's Coffeehouse Commute
Jennifer's Vintage Glam Loft
Samantha and Ron's Restorative Garden

BOTTOM ROW

Carol and Fred's Modern Eco Home
Laura and Andrew's Parkside Modern
Jennifer and Hugh's Welcoming Home
Lodging Inspiration: Arbor House, an Environmental Inn
Coni & Mike's Vintage Revamp

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