The Design Team
A former contributing editor at House and Garden and Domino Magazines, ecofabulous founder and editor-in-chief Zem Joaquin is 7×7 Magazine’s Queen of Green and KFOG’s Eco-Expert. Mentored by William McDonough, Zem is a certified BuildItGreen design and strategy consultant and Cradle to Cradle enthusiast who helps companies and individuals create beautiful, smart, sustainable spaces and practices. Zem is the eco-luxury specialist for Planet Green’s Alter Eco and regularly contributes to various media. Much of her penchant for superior design came from her years at Splendora.com and living in Milan, Paris and London, but her love for the earth can be traced back to her early upbringing on a Palo Alto commune. As the mother of two children, Zem is committed to improving all families’ health, education and access to well-vetted information. To that end, she sits on the boards of Healthy Child, Healthy World, Global Green, and Teens for Safe Cosmetics.
An Oregon native, Caitlin Bristol focuses on developing spaces that seamlessly integrate the built environment with nature. With an extensive background in residential design, she is less concerned with the latest trends and prefers to ask her clients the question, “How do you live?” She received her BA from Santa Clara University while managing a design showroom in Palo Alto. After working on the retail side for several years, she transitioned into the custom home industry. She is currently completing a graduate program in Sustainable Design at UC Berkeley’s extension campus in San Francisco. She grew up spending summers in her mother’s native Australia, and has traveled to over twenty countries, including India and Africa where she found herself rooming with monkeys, cockroaches, bats and jumping spiders. Despite (or maybe because of) those experiences, her travels instilled a deep appreciation of nature’s beautifully efficient, waste-free, regenerative cycles. Nature is her inspiration and biomimicry her model as she creates interiors that meld sustainability with high design. It’s no surprise that her personal style blends globe-trotting eclecticism with city-girl chic.
Jeffers Design Group
Designing a home is one of life’s most inspiring experiences. It’s an opportunity to allow ourselves to dream and explore, to play with color, texture, space and light. At Jeffers Design Group, we believe in that process, and we believe in enjoying it! Our style philosophy, Sophisticated Fun, is all about creating interiors that are luxurious but livable, well-grounded but never stuffy. Because whether you’re designing your first home or your tenth, both the experience and the result should be amazing.
Reclaimed Space is about constructive building. They are focused on reversing the impact new building is having on our natural environment, resources and society. Achieving this goal starts with providing alternative energy capabilities and fully sustainable living, while building with reclaimed materials. Along with their commitment to forward-thinking and eco-responsibility, Reclaimed Spaces are always visually appealing and affordable.