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Ecofabulous Creates Truly Eco-Friendly Show Home For Dwell On Design (PHOTOS)

With so many nooks and crannies to examine, the photo tour makes exploration a magical treat.

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For the past four years Ecofabulous has been partnering with exemplary pre-fab architects and builders to design the Dwell on Design showhouse. The abode always promises to be the highlight of the highly acclaimed event. This year, Ecofabulous teamed up with LivingHomes to assemble an LEED platinum Cradle to Cradle inspired, 1232 sq ft C6 home in the LA Convention Center. I enlisted the help of my loft design partner Kimberly Rider to create a show-worthy home. Visitors always expect a recap, and those who couldn’t make it want to know what we chose where and why. We hope this helps satiate you until the much-anticipated photo tour is posted.

On the other side of the patina, behind the liquid copper front door with a William McDonough-designed handle, awaited a chic yet comfortable living room. The beautiful and inviting sofa from Environment Furniture -– made of reclaimed peroba rosa frame and vintage army tent fabric –- and the exquisite veggie-dyed rug beckoned visitors to sit. The rest of the oogle-worthy mid-century vignette pieces can be found on eBay (vintage danish leather chairs, glass coffee table, glam ice bucket, leather rococo stool, faux snake skin side table and art glass). The recycled cardboard Gray Pants Scraplight “chandelier” washed the room in a warm glow, and the sustainably harvested teak Hide Square Console looked even better in our C6 than it does on the set of "Mad Men."

To connect the living room to the kitchen, we selected a gorgeous FSC-certified wall paper by Sydney Harbour Paints. Like the rest of the lights in the house, the copper “George” pendants over the bar and the netted Hood globe are both from Rejuvenation. The kitchen had lots of accessories scored from Also from eBay was the mid-century hexagonal table and upholstered chairs. Fueling the guests' excitement was a steady flow of potato chips by O Organics. Luckily, guests could tidy their fingers without sullying the faucet thanks to Brizo’s brilliant SmartTouch technology.

The master bedroom boasted the dreamy Vincent all-in-one reclaimed wood and white upholstery bed frame and an Arzu Studio “Resourceful Red” rug. The Rejuvenation hand-blown glass Hood globe illuminated the magnificent space. The sustainably-grown buckwheat pillows, along with the bedding and accessories (both in the bedroom & bathroom,) can be found on Also in the master bath, fashion designer Jason Wu got heads turning with the beautiful black Brizo collaboration that was featured.

Atop the cream Good Weave-recommended Stephanie Odegard rug were the reclaimed Salvador desk and the Knightsbridge console, which made the room as useful as it was eye-catching. The mid-century copper Corona Tri light fixture illuminated the art from Voila, creating a bit of a gallery feel while Potted’s pretty planters and succulents brought in some Palm Spring’s pizazz. The chairs are from GrayPants, eBay vintage and Environment Furniture.


Ecofabulous Dwell On Design Show Home

If you don’t have kids or are uninterested in the cutest room in the house, skip this paragraph and no tears will be shed. In the nursery, the persimmon-hued non-VOC chalkboard wall (Sydney Harbour Paints) got a lot of action. I asked my father to draw a tree as an invitation for visitors to “etch” their names into the art. Children sat at the pre-loved table and chairs, liberally making their mark, while adults tended to playfully draw hearts or sign their names (photos were taken before the tagging began). Every baby needs a safe, sturdy and long-lasting (convertible) crib and changing table. We found an eco-friendly, affordable version at Giggle. The room was drenched in soft LED light by the retro yellow Astron Tri from Rejuvenation. Beautiful 4-piece crib bedding by RashaBella Organics complemented the saturated wall color beautifully. The corner beckoned parents with a curvaceous Bevara Design cream wicker chair accented with tiny vintage pillows made by redesignista Faith Blakeney. Across the room is an all eBay vignette lighting up the space. And of course, every house I have ever done has at least one Sage Vaughn painting.

With so many nooks and crannies to examine, the photo tour makes exploration a magical treat. Stay tuned and feel free to email info@ecofabulous if you have any specific questions. A special thanks to the design team and the generous sponsors that made this house a reality. Cheers! Zem Joaquin & Team Ecofabulous