Started at Re-Nest
: March 2010
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.
You most enjoy writing about
: Green Tours, especially those involving historic preservation and creative reuse.
Your personal home style is
: warm and welcoming. A blend of vintage, family pieces, and new additions. Everything has a story.
Your green home must-have is
: as much sunlight as possible, to allow for better passive solar and a generally better attitude.
Your ideal Saturday morning is
: I 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
: get out and discover more fun, funky sights and treasures during a week-long adventure on hubby's motorcycle.
Green Tours by Therese
• 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
• 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