Natural quartz surfaces wrap the cooking station and top most of the kitchen's counters. The Silestone quartz emits low-to-no emissions of toxic chemicals and has built-in antimicrobial protection that deters the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew; Silestone (800/291-1311). Efficient appliances from Bosch use less energy. The company also is committed to low-impact manufacturing processes.
Teak look-alike cabinets from Poggenpohl have a melamine finish; the company does not use protected species or woods from rain forests. Poggenpohl's wood cabinets are finished with durable eco-safe water-based stains and lacquers. Installing dimmers on recessed ceiling fixtures reduces energy consumption. Low-voltage interior cabinet lights also require less electricity.
The rooms were painted with zero-VOC paints (no measurable toxic emissions) from Sherwin Williams' Harmony Interior Latex collection. The paints are durable, come in a range of colors and gloss levels, and have antimicrobial properties to resist mildew. A recycled antique chest was fitted with an extended wood top for a charming breakfast bar.
Recycled materials are used to make the low-VOC-emitting vinyl wall coverings in the Second Look collection by Versa for Tri-Kes. The wall coverings have the same look and durability as standard vinyl, plus they are recyclable post use. Margreet rescued a vintage table from her mother's garage, had it refinished, and stained benches to match. Natural fabrics cover the seating pieces.
A detail of the low-VOC-emitting vinyl wall covering used in the dining area.
Cork coverings from Tri-Kes on walls and ceiling are made from the renewable bark of cork trees. The cork is hung like standard wall coverings and the thickness and texture of the material make it ideal for covering damaged surfaces. To avoid waste, Vasi and Margreet decorated with many recycled furnishings, including salvaged cabinets (painted black), countertops, and sink in the wine room.
A detail of the cork wall covering used in the wine room.
Kravet is launching a line of eco-friendly fabrics, blending style with sustainable living. The fabric is 100-percent recycled polyester, and the collection consists of color sets evocative of nature-Fire, Earth, and Ocean. The line is recyclable down to the dyes, finishes, and even sample books. Kravet has adopted green practices on a corporate level, too, by establishing a company-wide recycling program and circulating weekly green tips to the staff. -April Hardwick
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This Long Island showhouse proves eco-friendly design can be beautiful too
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Green design can be beautiful, and designers Vasi Ypsilanti and Margreet Cevasco proved the point when they chose earth-friendly products for a showhouse in Long Island, New York. "You don't have to compromise on quality and good design because a product is green," Vasi says. Even if only a handful of products in a building project are from sustainable sources that's a start, she adds. "If 70 percent of the products are green, what a difference that makes in how you live and in what manufacturers produce." Vasi and Margreet designed the kitchen, a wine room, and a breakfast room in a designer showhouse at Caumsett State Historic Park in Long Island.
Eco-kind products in the kitchen include:
A solid bamboo floor, made from fast-growing, renewable bamboo plants; Natural Cork (800/404-2675). Solar-reducing woven shades made from reeds, grasses, and bamboo that filter natural light to keep a room cooler; Hunter Douglas. A recycled stainless table that was in the house previously. Its sleek lines inspired the room's mix of traditional and modern elements. Painted concrete floor tiles, which are air-not kiln-dried and require less energy to make. The tiles also absorb and radiate heat, pleasantly warming the room.
Photography: Elizabeth Glasgow
Kitchen design: Vasi Ypsilantis, CKD, The Breakfast Room Ltd., 1492 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030; 516/365-8500, thebreakfastroom.com.
Interior design: Margreet Cevasco, Margreet Cevasco Design, Sea Cliff, NY; 516/656-4690; and Manhasset, NY; 516/365-8518, cdxodesign.com.
Flooring (Handscraped Bamboo, color, Apricot #605CH1): Natural Cork, 800/404-2675.
Painted concrete tiles: available through The Powder Room, 516/365-5577.
Stainless-steel table: original to home.
Shades (Provenance woven wood shades; fabric, "Tahiti''; color, "Straw Hut''): Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, 800/937-7895, hunterdouglas.com. Available through Goldcoast Window, 516/609-0328.
Wall paint ("Bamboo Shoot'' #SW7733, Harmony interior latex); ceiling paint ("Alabaster'' #SW7008, Harmony interior latex); trim paint ("Alabaster'' #SW7008 Proclassic water-based): The Sherwin-Williams Co., 800/382-6567, sherwinwilliams.com.
Black countertops on sink cabinetry (honed Black Absolute granite): Renaissance Marble Works Inc., 516/326-3288.
Cabinetry holding sinks; hanging light fixture: The Breakfast Room Ltd., 516/365-8500. Sinks (New England Series #WCUD-3718R and #WCUD-3718L); faucets (Metrohaus Series #WHLX78559, polished chrome): Whitehaus Collection, 800/527-6690, whitehauscollection.com.