Committed to living a life that's simple, sweet, and eco-friendly, this SoCal family turned to Mother Earth for their home's holistic makeover.
When these laid-back homeowners decided to renovate their Costa Mesa, California, house, they decided they wanted a green home before they even looked at a floor plan. Putting their green thumbs to work, they included solar panels, reclaimed wood floors, natural stone tiles, low-VOC paint, denim insulation, and lots of natural light to keep their home earth-friendly.
The entry features one wall coated with low-VOC paint, another constructed from concrete, a poured-in-place concrete bench, and a reclaimed wood floor. Accessories with natural textures add personality and color.
The fireplace mantel is a freebie castoff piece of reclaimed wood -- formerly a railroad tie -- the family found at a local vintage flooring company.
Store-bought cabinets hang on the wall and are topped with a slab of stone to create a built-in buffet for dinner and a display niche.
Instead of being tucked into a separate room, the home office sits near the living area so the family can congregate around the computers and share online finds. Behind the desk hangs a corkboard, which defines the office area and serves as a central message and display area.
In the master bedroom intimacy is emphasized with soothing, spa-like decor and simple accessories. Grass cloth covers the wall at the head of the bed.
The master bath's vanity is constructed from poured-in-place concrete. Mirrors are framed with rustic reclaimed wood. A salvaged mail-room basket stashes primping products under the counter and keeps things easy to reach without being in the way.
In the garage-turned-guesthouse/pool cabana/recreation room, sustainable materials abound. Cutting through the open ceilings are old barn beams, and eco-friendly paper covers the walls. The poured concrete floors are durable and easy to clean.