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New LEED Home in the Neighborhood

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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There is a LEED house being built in my area. What is the difference between a LEED home and a standard build?



Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to guide the building industry and provide standards for sustainability for a variety of building projects. Think green.


HGTV Green Home 2011

LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. Toward the movement of sustainability and protecting Mother Earth, LEED enables project teams, who may not have control over whole building operations, the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. The LEED green building certification program offers a rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. LEED provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

leed home


An example of an environmental strategy under Water Efficiency would be to build a rainwater harvesting system in the home which is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to runoff. Uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, water for domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses. Others may install concrete cisterns under homes to collect rainwater. Homeowners used the water collected in their cisterns to wash cars and water the lawn.

rain harvest


In LEED certification scoring, there are 136 possible base points distributed across five major credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, plus an additional 6 points for Innovation in Design and an additional 4 points for Regional Priority.

There are four levels of certification – the number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

Certified: 40–49 points
Silver: 50–59 points
Gold: 60–79 points
Platinum: 80 points and above

leed scorecard


An example of a checklist of LEED points can be found here.

If you are interested in building an LEED home, you must first register where you’ll have access to a variety of tools and resources online necessary to apply for LEED certification. Next, you are ready to identify specific LEED credits to pursue, collect information and prepare documentation to include with an application for certification. Once reviewed, Certification is the final step in the LEED review process.

Do you have any LEED homes in your area? Or were you ever fortunate to be part of the building process? It is the future of home building. I found the subject interesting and hope you did also.

If you need help planning your next home, contact me today.

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Benjamin Moore Announces 2015 Color of the Year

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

It is that time of year again. The paint companies begin to unveil their newly selected color of the year. This week, Benjamin Moore announced Guilford Green HC-116 as the color of the year for 2015:



Guilford Green is being called a neutral color that is a natural. A silvery green that works a wide range of color combinations – from neutrals to daring shades.

guilford green


It looks like a color that works well with lighter wood. Maybe try a sample with oak cabinets?

The Color Trends 2015 collection features four color families – green, blue, blush and berry. The bold, more saturated hues represent an evolution from the soft pastels that comprised the brand’s Color Trends 2014.

“We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”

The 23 colors of the Color Trends 2015 palette are highlighted below:

blush family

bm berry family

bm green

bmblue family


I think the Guilford Green works well with most of the colors. I have to point out to you that the Guilford Green samples you see on the computer screen is nothing like it looks in real life.

What do you think of the new color of the year? Do you think it will be as popular as last year’s ‘Breath of Fresh Air’? Which color family is your favorite?

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

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Move Over Chevron-The Tumbling Block Pattern Is Trending

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

A new trend is starting:

block pattern rug


Don’t you love the carpet above? I have been seeing this tumbling block pattern all over the web. On the walls:

block wallpaper

And tiles also:

block pattern


This pattern has been used for years by quilters. It is made to look three dimensional through color placement. It is really important to have distinct color groupings of light, medium and dark to create the effect of tumbling blocks. A perfect example of this is in the tile above.block quilt


How about a Jonathan Adler pillow?:

block pillow


Love this:

block quilt2


What do you think of the tumbling block pattern? I think they are going to gain in popularity because just imagine all the beautiful color combinations that can be made mixing different colors together! Have you noticed this pattern anywhere?

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My Trash To Treasure Bookcase

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


I had to share with you how my $15.00 bookcase from the local Barn Sale:


Came out after cleaning up and painting:


I used a blue paint I pulled from the fabric I found for the kitchen window treatments. The bookcase fit perfectly in this little space:



I am still shopping for the perfect pictures to hang above. I love using my special little items for accessories.

Not bad for $15.00! Love a bargain. Especially when I get to paint!

Here are a couple of my Fall decorating vignettes:


pumpkin centerpiece2

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