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SFC Names #GetYourGreenOn Competition Winners

Interior designer Katherine Snedeker of Dallas-based The Arrangement has been named winner of the 2017 Sustainable Design Excellence Award, the top honor in the Sustainable Furnishings Council’s annual #GetYourGreenOn competition.

Snedeker was honored for her repurposing of a 1978 storage warehouse for residential use. The open, airy and one-of-a-kind home features products from SFC members Phillips Collection Loloi, Feizy, Classic Home and Vanguard Furniture.

Snedeker said she encountered unexpected challenges in the project, some of which required environmental soil testing and asbestos removal, as well as the need for a customized retractable window shade system that blocks sunlight and insulates in the winter.

“The utmost issue became the health and well-being of the inhabitants,” Snedeker explained. “Upon discovering asbestos on some of the building surfaces, we followed EPA hazmat standards for removal of the contaminated surfaces. The environmental footprint took on greater importance as we progressed, refining the intent of the project and to be as eco-minded as possible.”

“The design aesthetics were critical, too, as open great room spaces are difficult to make intimate and welcoming,” Snedeker continued. “Muted colors of antique wool rugs were used as the foundation of the design. The responsibly sourced, wood-and-steel, live-edge tables are easily clustered together or separated depending upon client’s needs. And the 12-foot wood slab sofas are backed by recycled metal and covered in low-emission fabrics with a high cotton content.”

Other competition winners were Jessica Garcia of Des-Syn Inc. in Atlanta, who won the Shared Spaces Award for projects $30,000 and above; and Kirsten Flynn of Sustainable Home in Palo Alto, Calif., who won the Shared Spaces Award for projects $30,000 and Under.

Garcia’s winning great room features SFC-member products from Lee Industries and Loloi, plus it adheres to the “Natural, Sustainable and Responsible” guidelines of the educational resource group Wellness Within Your Walls.

“We furnished the interiors with SFC member products to create a home that is not only beautifully built and designed, but also sustainable and free of harmful toxins,” Garcia explained. “The home is designed to embrace an abundance of natural light, with views that expand beyond the windows become part of the interior environment. This well-collected home is accented by beautiful paintings and ceramic sculptures, and demonstrates global understanding.”

In addition to featuring product from SFC members Two Sisters Eco Textiles, Ekla Home and Suite Sleep, Flynn’s winning ranch home renovation is energy- and water-efficient and will earn a GreenPoint Rated certification (a California home rating system).

“This was a ground-up green reimagining of a ranch home, with the goal of creating a design that was beautiful and healthy for the inhabitants and the planet, as well as address the client’s strong concerns about healthy indoor environments,” Flynn said. “The clients are family-oriented, enjoy color and wanted a modern take on Craftsman style.”

Garcia also picked up a second category award for outdoor spaces $30,000 and above for her cabana and terrace, a transition area connected by bi-fold glass doors, increases the usable square footage of the home.

Two other entrants were named #GetYourGreenOn category finalists.

Lisa Peck and Christina Rymer of LiLu Interiors in Minneapolis were finalists for the Shared Spaces $30,000 and Above Award, while Bernadette Upton of EcoDecor Inc. in North Palm Beach, Fla., was a finalist in the Shared Spaces $30,000 and Under category.

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