Photo Gallery: Eco-Chic Interiors
Sustainable yet stylish interiors.
Loads of glass and an open floor plan means this kitchen gets plenty of natural light, so less power is needed. A special window coating keeps heat in during the winter and out in the summer. The sleek kitchen island is made from reclaimed Douglas fir.
This kitchen eating corner features banquette cushions made from natural latex instead of petrochemical-based foam. The tabletop is PaperStone, a durable counter material made of recycled paper and natural resin.
Homeowners Brian Phillips and Ed Scherer made some changes to their kitchen to allow for a more spacious, energy-efficient spot for cooking and entertaining. They replaced their old cabinets with custom-built cabinetry made from maple, an indigenous, renewable resource. Smaller, energy-efficient appliances were also added to the room, including a hot water on demand system that reduced electricity bills by 30 per cent. The back wall was replaced by beautiful insulated glass doors that flood the space with natural light and also retain heat.
The owners of this Eastern Ontario home wanted to build ” a modern house with all the conveniences that was also an example of living sustainably.” A leather Eames chair, streamlined sofa and a wood, metal and glass coffee table are modern, minimalist touches in this living room. The wall of windows and massive beams emphasize height in the open-concept space while also providing a natural heat source. In the summer, an overhanging roof keeps the sun from coming in at all.
Reclaimed wood is used throughout the main floor of this playful, modern Toronto home. The cantilevered staircase is made from salvaged timbers, providing texture and enhancing the open look of the living-cum-dining space. Reclaimed hemlock was used for the kitchen floors and continues into the dining room for a cohesive look.
Modular leather sofas flank a Niels Bendtsen glass coffee table in this sparsely furnished space. Vancouver architect Clinton Cuddington modified a prefab fireplace unit,
removing its faux-brick insert, to create the clean-lined wood-burning fireplace and its twin log storage cubby. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximize natural light.
In this stylishly subdued space, the furniture delivers a hit of personality and texture by using natural materials, from the chunky raw-wood coffee table to the woven seagrass chairs. A graphic painting of tree trunks enhances the organic motif of the decorating and the hide rug anchors the seating area.
It’s easy to go green in the bedroom: this sleek platform bed is made from salvaged maple and pine wood. The bedding is made from sustainable, organic cotton.
The principal bedroom in architect Clinton Cuddington’s Vancouver home blends style with sustainability. A partial wall conceals the bathroom and walk-in closet but doesn’t separate the spaces to allow for the free flow of air, light and heat. This is just one of many eco-friendly heating related elements in the home. The room also uses organic bedding, natural wool carpet and non-CFC underlay.
Every room in this sprawling rancher on Skaha Lake was built with the environment in mind. Renewable, durable materials take centre stage in the bedroom, like the cedar framed sliding glass panels. The panels retain heat in the winter and can be opened completely in the summer to allow for breezes to cool the house, eliminating the need for air conditioning, which can account for 40 to 50 per cent of an Okanagan household’s energy consumption. A mix of old and new elements, like a modern bed and antique armoire add character.