Book Review & Giveaway- “The Green Home”

Giveaway details follow are at the end of the post, but we suggest you read the review first!

When I first started to focus strictly on sustainable design five years ago, the pickings were thin when it came to green interior design books..  As in, there were exactly two books, only one of which was really any use.

Even as I watched the list of available books grow, I still considered writing one of my own, because I didn’t find anyone addressing the subject of green residential interior design the way I thought it should be.  Luckily, I never got around to it because Sunset Design Guides has just released the book I probably would have written (if I had the talent!).

Taking full advantage of Sunset Magazine’s wealth of images, author Bridget Biscotti Bradley has created an inspiring collection of sustainable design ideas and arranged them in her easy to understand book, The Green Home.  Assisted by a “design panel” made up of such green design luminaries as Eric Corey Freed, Kelly LaPlante, and Michelle Kaufman, Bradley makes a compelling case for the ease with which green design principles can be woven into any remodeling project.

Photography by Frank Gaglione

“Living green may seem difficult, expensive, and out of reach.  But when you break it down into simple solutions for each room of the house, you’ll see that it’s really not”  – Bridget Biscotti Bradley

One aspect of the book that I find particularly refreshing is the amazing array of styles and materials shown in the images.  Everything from chic and modern…

to rough and rustic.

Using the knowledge she has gained as the owner of Reclaim, an eco-home store in Menlo Park, CA, Bradley guides us through the various pros and cons of different materials and green design solutions.  The book is well organized into sections such as “Getting Started”, “Bedrooms and Nurseries”, and “Light and Comfort”.  Instead of presenting a long to-do list of changes that homeowners need to make right away, Bradley encourages the reader not to rip everything out and start over, but rather to make more conscientious choices going forward.  Almost invariably, the book hits the nail on the head when it comes to why we can, and should, design green.

This isn’t to say I didn’t have my occasional disagreement with her advice, including her recommendation to use “pure cotton” bedding because it’s sustainable, when in fact, unless cotton is organic, the amount of pesticides used to grow it are fundamentally unsustainable.  (Note: It’s been brought to my attention that the reference to “pure cotton” appears in a sidebar, and may not have been written by the author.  Bradley does go on to describe the benefits of organic cotton bedding on page 113). However, these small quibbles rarely came up, and overall the book is by far the best I’ve seen on the market.  In fact, I was GOING to give up my copy to some lucky reader, but I’ve decided to be selfish and keep it for myself.  It’s that good!

Giveaway

So here’s what I’m going to do,… I think this book is such a worthy addition to any designer or homeowner’s library, I’ve procured two additional copies to giveaway to you, dear readers.  The ways to enter are simple:

1.  Leave a comment after this post, saying what your dream green remodeling project would be.

2.  Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook account, and then come back and leave a comment telling us you’ve done so.

3.  Find @TIRevolution on Twitter, follow us, and say hi!  Then come back and leave a comment telling us you’ve done so.

Each one is a separate entry, so don’t forget to enter them as separate comments!  That way everyone has three different ways to win!

Entries will be taken until midnight PST, Thursday, March 11th, with the winners via random selection, to be announced the following Friday.  Good luck!

11 Responses to “Book Review & Giveaway- “The Green Home””

  1. Justina B. Says:

    I really want to update my kitchen! It’s old, ugly 80′s cabinets that are falling apart. I hope to be able to afford some with FSC certified wood.

  2. Green Bag Lady Says:

    Rachel–

    I posted about your give away on my site.

    I would LOVE to remodel my kitchen ALL green! I already got my counter top idea from one of your back posts about recycled glass counter tops. Love it! I think I will just go to your blog and copy all the ideas when the time comes, hope you don’t mind. . .

    Teresa

  3. Claire Says:

    I would love to make our house more green. We need to have more insulation to keep the cold air out. Winter in NY is not fun specially when the house is not properly sealed. Would love to also redo our washroom.

    Claire

  4. Sudha Says:

    I would love to remodel my parents’ house with a complete green hand///i mean as of now it is an old fashioned home…i would love to remodel it with minimal footprint

  5. Sudha Says:

    posting a comment – check
    posting it on facebook – check
    tweet!- done

  6. Preethi Says:

    My dream kitchen would be something rustic and country style. I woul love to have lots of wood, wicker and colorful ceramics.

  7. Preethi Says:

    Added u on my facebook wall
    http://www.facebook.com/preethi.prabhu

  8. Preethi Says:

    Following you on twitter. and tweeted the giveaway :)
    Boy! Am i too desperate to win the giveaway :)

  9. Lori Says:

    Posted on facebook!
    My dream green project would be to eliminate carpet from all apartments. As an apartment dweller myself, I hate that they use the cheapest carpet they can get and there’s nothing I can do to take it out (besides move somewhere else).

  10. Sudha Says:

    hey i dint realise that i had forgotten to post the facebook link…;P…i have to win this …i have to win this..lol

    http://www.facebook.com/people/Sudha-Srinath/629822489#!/sudhasrinathiyer

  11. Morgan G Says:

    Oddly enough, my dream green remodeling project centers around the garage. There are SO many nasty chemicals in there and there’s absolutely no rhyme or reason to it. Such a sad, dark space. I dream of a clean, cute, well-organized garage where I have a whole wall of shelving dedicated to my gardening books, tools and products and all of our toys are neatly displayed…and a husband that can keep it that way.

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