Eco-Fabulous Homes Designed to Inspire
On Sale: November 18, 2008
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For anyone with eco-friendly ideals as well as a penchant
for high style, Dreaming Green showcases seventeen
inspiring homes that are at once luxurious, beautiful, and
fashioned inside and out with green materials, design, and
While renovating their Manhattan
brownstone, Lisa Sharkey and LEED-accredited architect Paul
Gleicher’s top priority was to create a home that was light
on the earth and completely free of the harmful products
that are often found in building and decorative supplies. A
sophisticated couple who entertain frequently, Sharkey and
Gleicher also demanded a home that was beautiful from the
basement to the top floor’s sunroom. They sourced stylish
and elegant materials, designed small and large spaces for
flawless efficiency, and finished the project with
responsible yet stunning finds.
Green features the Sharkey-Gleicher brownstone as well
as sixteen other environmentally responsible, impeccably
designed residences that will stir readers to reimagine
their homes as places that marry responsibility and beauty.
From cities and suburbs to the countryside, Dreaming
Green showcases places of myriad sizes, shapes, and
styles. Each space, with its floors, gorgeous fabrics,
nontoxic paints and finishes, wall coverings, furniture,
fixtures, use of recycled materials, and other details, is a
treasure for the eye and a gift to the earth. What’s more,
Sharkey and Gleicher highlight unseen design elements that
conserve resources, such as passive heating and cooling
methods and ideas for low-impact building and renovation,
among other innovations. The spaces on display here prove
that saving the earth never needs to compromise comfort and
Make yourself at home and lose yourself
• An English Tudor–style home in Austin, Texas, that
was built from cast earth clay and utilizes a wind-powered
energy system. The home is decorated throughout with
gorgeous antiquities and salvaged materials.
upstate New York eco-farmhouse perfectly situated on a
hilltop and designed to catch the breezes from the
surrounding Berkshire hills. The owner-architect used local
craftspeople—none based more than a mile away—to further the
“buy local” ideal.
• An Ann Arbor, Michigan, “sunhome”
built to capture the sun’s rays for maximum heating and
lighting. The modern marvel is U-shaped to accommodate an
eighty-year-old magnolia growing on the property.
glamorous southern showplace in Atlanta, Georgia, which the
owners christened “Ecomanor.” It hearkens back to the
stateliness of an earlier time but is also a model of
contemporary energy efficiency and sustainability.
Lavishly photographed, Dreaming Green also
boasts an invaluable resource section—a boon to anyone
embarking on making a green home, renovating a current
residence into one, or just dreaming about doing so.
Dreaming Green is both a practical guide and a rich
source of inspiration.
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