Sneak Peek, Part II: The CharityWorks GreenHouse

Sneak Peek, Part II: The CharityWorks GreenHouse

Leah Moss
Oct 8, 2009

Not that you should need any more convincing to go check out the CharityWorks GreenHouse this weekend, but we couldn't resist sharing a few more highlights from this impressive carbon neutral show home in McLean, Virginia.

With any showhouse, it's fun to see designer's unleash their creativity without the pressure to please a paying client. However, this particular house's emphasis on green design means even more than the usual dose of creative re-imagining of recycled and salvaged objects.

• 1. & 2. Barbara Hawthorne, most often recognized for her bold, vibrantly colored modern interiors, took on the challenge of home's expansive courtyard terrace, accessible by six entrances. We loved her petite vertical herb garden and the outdoor console table made from a giant salvaged architectural remnant.
• 3.-6. Charlotte Lekakos' "guest sweet" was treasure trove of creative touches from the antler draper tie backs to the bamboo shoot picture molding. We also loved the "library bookcase" made from recycled books and found objects which add a fun twist to the closet.
Annette Hannon created a delightful "Jane Morris" Alcove and Bath, a nod to the wife of William Morris, father of the arts & crafts movement. Although it's smallest room the house, it's definitely not lacking in charm or elegant good use of space. The built in bed complete with built in bookshelves provides a generous place for book-reading, napping, or an extra sleep space for overnight guests. Wall sconces spare up floor space for a generous secretary that serves both as a dresser and a desk. Many Washingtonians seem to equate green design with minimalist modern design, but Annette was intent on proving that cozy, romantic traditional interiors have a place within the green movement as well.
Sandra Meyers with help form Jill Salisbury of Environment Language, a Chicago-based company devoted to sustainability in the furniture realm, created a restful, luxe guest room and bath. Soothing neutrals and subtle geometric patterns on furniture and fabrics highlight the beautiful architecture — exposed beams, swoon —of the space.

We will let you explore the rest of the home yourselves, and when you do you can report back to the comment board with your thoughts.

If you missed part I one the sneak peek, which includes some glimpses of my all-time favorite entryways, you can check it out here.

Check out the CharityWorks GreenHouse website to reserve your tickets and to learn more about the sustainability aspects of the home. It is open to the public Saturday, October 10- October 30.

(Images: Leah Moss)

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