For the past four years ecofabulous has been partnering with exemplary pre-fab architects and builders to design the Dwell on Design showhouse. The abode always promises to be the highlight of the highly acclaimed event. This year ecofabulous teamed up LivingHomes to assemble a LEED platinum, Cradle to Cradle inspired, 1232 sq ft C6 home in the LA Convention Center. I enlisted the help of my oft design partner, Kimberly Rider to create a seriously show-worthy home. Visitors always expect a recap and those who couldn’t make it want to know what we chose where…and why. We hope this helps satiate you until the much-anticipated photo tour is posted.
On the other side of the patina-ed liquid copper front door maneuvered by a William McDonough-designed handle awaited a chic, yet comfortable living room. The beautiful and inviting sofa from Environment Furniture – reclaimed peroba rosa frame and vintage army tent fabric – and their exquisite veggie-dyed rug beckoned visitors to sit. The rest of the oogled-over mid-century vignette can be found on ebay (vintage danish leather chairs, glass coffee table, glam ice bucket, leather rococo stool, faux snake skin side table and art glass). The recycled corrugated cardboard Gray Pants Scraplight “chandelier” washed the room in a warm glow. And the sustainably harvested teak Hide Square Console looked even better in our C6 than it does on the set of Mad Men, where it has a home.
To connect the living room to the kitchen, we selected a gorgeous FSC-certified wall paper by Sydney Harbour Paints. Like the rest of the lights in the house, the copper “George” pendants over the bar and netted Hood globe are from Rejuvenation. The kitchen had lots of accessories scored from green.ebay.com. Also from ebay was the mid-century hexagonal table and upholstered chairs. Fueling guests excitement was a steady flow of potato chips by O Organics. Luckily, guests could tidy their fingers without sullying the faucet thanks to Brizo’s brilliant SmartTouch technology.
The master bedroom boasted the dreamy Environment Furniture Vincent all-in-one reclaimed wood and white upholstery bed frame, headboard & side tables atop an Arzu Studio “Resourceful Red” rug. The Rejuvenation hand-blown glass Hood globe bathed the magnificent bed and stunning oxblood FSC-certified Sydney Harbour wallpaper. The sustainably-grown buckwheat pillows as well as most of the bedding and accessories (both in the bedroom & bathroom) can be found on green.ebay.com. Also in the master bath, fashion designer Jason Wu got heads turning with the beautiful black Brizo collaboration that was featured.
Atop the cream Good Weave-recommended Stephanie Odegard rug, the Environment reclaimed Salvador desk and Knightsbridge console made the room as useful as it was eye-catching. Again, custom but impressively quick-shipped (made in Oregon), the mid-century copper Corona Tri light fixture illuminated the art from Voila, creating a bit of gallery feel while Potted’s pretty planters and succulents brought in some Palm Spring’s pizazz. Chairs from GrayPants, ebay vintage and Environment Furniture.
If you don’t have kids or are uninterested in the cuddliest room in the house, skip this paragraph and no tears will be shed… In the nursery, the persimmon-hued non-VOC chalkboard wall (Sydney Harbour Paints) got a lot of action. I asked my father to draw a tree as an invitation for visitors to “etch” their names into the art. Children sat at the pre-loved table and chairs, liberally making their mark, while adults tended to playfully draw hearts or sign their names (photos were taken before the tagging began). Every baby needs a safe, sturdy, long-lasting (convertible) crib & changing table. We found an eco-friendly, affordable version at Giggle. The room was drenched in soft LED light by the retro yellow Astron Tri from Rejuvenation. Beautiful 4-piece crib bedding by RashaBella Organics complemented the saturated wall color beautifully. The corner beckoned potential parents with a curvaceous Bevara Design cream wicker chair accented with tiny vintage pillows made by redesignista Faith Blakeney.
Across the room an all ebay vignette lit up the space. And, every house I have ever done has at least one Sage Vaughn painting, because of the mesmerizing color and Vaughn’s focus on nature with a little hidden naughtiness.
With so many nooks and crannies to examine, the photo tour makes makes exploration a magical treat. Stay tuned and feel free to email info@ecofabulous if you have any specific questions. A special thanks to the design team and the generous sponsors that made this house a reality. Cheers! Zem Joaquin & team ecofabulous