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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Being that Libby Kirwin comes from a long line of Irish ancestors, we thought it would only be appropriate to salute the color green. We love using this color for interior design, creating a feeling of vitality and freshness. Below are some gorgeous images featuring some great green decor. Erin Go Bragh!

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No, we’re not talking about Ireland…we’re talking about the absolutely stunning color of emerald! While scanning through another one of our favorite mags this past weekend we were drawn to this magnetic color of deep, sparkling, pop-off-the-page -green. Emerald is a captivating color that we love to see in fashion, jewels (obvi!) and interior design. Below are some of our favorite takes on this glorious green.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to live in an energy-efficient home that is powered by sunlight, a garden that is irrigated with recycled rain water and furniture made from reclaimed industrial materials that look identical to pieces pulled from the glossy pages of the Pottery Barn catalog? Your utility bills would certainly be lower, but your coolness factor would shoot through the roof! Thankfully, the green building trend combined with sustainable design has been on the up and up. More and more homeowners are becoming educated about the benefits of green architecture- we are glad to see more solar panels on roofs, more rain recycling barrels attached to gutters and overall-  a larger presence of resource-efficient structures in the everyday home.
Green pioneers like William McDonough have paved the way for sustainable architecture- traveling around the world to design and construct environmentally sound businesses and residences. Local superstar Ross Cann of A4 Architecture is implementing sustainable design whenever possible in his recent projects as well. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul- it can be a gradual process so don’t get overwhelmed. You can switch over to using organic paints, you can research reclaimed pieces of furniture and begin to explore and perhaps slowly transition over to solar panels. Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact on the natural environment, and more importantly on our own health.
Here are a few of our favorite green designs. The holidays are just around the corner- let’s all be sure to add one green item to our lists!

Green Architecture: Insulated with recycled newspapers featuring underfloor heating powered by solar panels on the roof.

Green home designed by William McDonough- made with locally sourced, sustainable materials.

Rain recycling barrel to water your garden with!

Residential solar panels

Stunning reclaimed teak countertop

 

  Greek Chicken Salad.  LOVE greek salad!

If all you want to do this summer is chill out, then heating up your stove to make dinner isn’t going to help. To keep the sweltering temperatures outside, consider no-cook, dinner-worthy salads and wraps. The bonus? Quick and easy preparation.

Ingredients

  • 4 large hearts romaine lettuce, torn
  • 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 English cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, preferably heirloom, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and cut into strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and cut into strips
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • Kalamata olives, pitted
  • Green olives, pitted
  • Anchovies (optional)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Store-bought stuffed grape leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. Place lettuce on a large, deep oval platter. Arrange feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, each pepper, onion, each type of olive, anchovies, and grape leaves, if using, in rows on top of the lettuce.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad just before serving.

 

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In February my husband and I treat our bodies to the Dr. Junger Clean Program. It is a 3 week plan to revitalize the body. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan and the results speak for themselves.

The trigger for these seasonal detox sessions, she says, is recognizing her physical symptoms: “I’ll wake up exhausted; I can feel my adrenal cortex being really high. When I get into bed, my heart will pound, my skin won’t be good, I’ll feel cranky, and then I’ll just know it’s time.” Read more: Gwyneth Paltrow Interview – Gwyneth Paltrow Quotes on Health, Family and Fashion – Harper’s BAZAAR

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