More interest in green design means prices are coming down, too. “It’s a myth that it costs more to be green,” Trudy says. “The more demand we put on the market, the easier it will be for us to go to Home Depot and choose from healthy products; eventually that’s all that will be there.”
Ideas from her living room:
- The fireplace mantel and built-ins were made from solid wood rather than plywood and particle board, which typically contain formaldehyde that can off-gas (emit toxins). Where veneers were used, they were attached with a non-formaldehyde wood glue to formaldehyde-free material underneath.
- Natural fabrics cover custom-made cushions filled with cotton and wool rather than polyester or foam.
Sofa (“Westport Sofa’’); fabric (silk); club chairs (“Westport’’); fabric (chenille in flax); wood-frame chairs (“Salon Deco Chair’’); ottoman (“Cube Ottoman’’); fabric (super kidskin in flax); bar-stool fabric (“Ponte’’/Platinum): J. Robert Scott, 212/755-4910, jrobertscott.com.
Bar stools: Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd., 800/366-4442,
donghia.com, trade only.
Cocktail table (“Billy Baldwin Cocktail Table’’); end table; metal lamp: John Boone Inc., 212/758-0012, trade only. White canvas sun blinds: Back Bay Shutter, 781/221-0100, backbayshutter.com. Painting over mantel (The Last Race—America’s Cup 1920, by Michael Keane): Quidley & Co., 508/228-4300. Area rug (“Dolomite’’/Snowfield): Earth Weave Carpet Mills, 706/278-8200. Paint (custom): Best Paint Inc., 206/783-9938, bestpaintco.com.
Fireplace screen and tools (custom brushed steel): LeForge Francaise, 646/742-0864,
laforgefrancaise.com, trade only. Glass boats (by Mark Petrovic): Dane Gallery, 508/228-7779, danegallery.com. Han dog (antique):
Greenwich Oriental Antiques, 203/629-0500.
Ivory cane (antique); ivory pointer (antique); tea caddy (antique): owner’s collection.
Glass lamp: Wicker Works, 415/970-5400, thewickerworks.com.