Jun
13
As we speak the Pure Green team is putting the finishing touches on our upcoming issue, Volume 3—The Great Outdoors. As you can imagine, I'm spending a lot of time in my office, which I've recently changed but is still very much a blank slate. Once the new issue is out and I have a moment to breathe, I'm dreaming about the ways to personlize my new space and really make it a place I love to be in. When I found this new project by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design (our favourite eco designer, who produces one grand slam after another) it nearly took my breath away. Seriously stunning. Read More
May
28
Today I was inspired by this French home - restored and rustic, yet soothing and clean. Love the neutral palette which offsets the wood tones so nicely. Read More
May
24

Inspired | Dream Hatcher

Posted By:Celine
I love how this little dwelling is at once futuristic, whimsical and primitive. Such an interesting combination, but surely a spot to spark the imagination. And what a story to go with it! You MUST visit the site to read the full story, but here is the gist: A young man named Joel Allen (25) quits his life and starts over as a carpenter. After years of living in his car, learning his new trade and gaining incredible life experiences, he decides to build the tree house, which he names the HemLoft. He meets the girl of his (unknown) dreams and they take on the project together using $10,000 worth of free, upcycled material scrounged from Craigslist. Seriously, it's quite astounding. Read More
Apr
30

Homes | Tiny House

Posted By:Celine
I get really excited when every few months I remember to check Jessica Helgerson's site, the designer whom holds highest honour in Pure Green's hall of eco design fame. I'm thrilled when I discover something new to admire, dream about and subsequently share here with you. Jessica and her team exemplify the Pure Green mantra of Green with Style, creatively incorporating creative re-use, green and non-toxic finishes. This house is an extra special treat because it's where Jessica and her family call home. Read More
Apr
23
This project is special to me as my good friend Laura Felstiner spearheaded the creation of this amazing home in Toronto. With traditional construction methods, you might expect to build a home like this from scratch in, oh, lets say a year. How does a few months sound to you? This is the beauty of modular! An incredible feat of engineering, it's almost hard to believe that this home arrived in six pieces on four flatbed trucks. Using a crane to assemble, the 2,130 square foot home was ready to go in seven hours! Read More
Mar
5

Home | Mid-Century LEED

Posted By:Celine
We were delighted to receive this submission from California architectural firm Carver + Schicketanz. Originally designed and constructed by architect John Gamble in 1965, rather than tear down the aim was to preserve the excellent structure and original design while at the same time modernizing with new (and much needed) eneregy-saving measures. The home is now Carmel's only LEED Platinum designated project. We were lucky enough to be able to ask a few questions of design principal Mary Ann Schicketanz about the project. Read More
Feb
13

Home | Stacking Green

Posted By:Celine
Saigon is not a name you often hear when talking architecture and cutting edge design. The most densely populated city in the world, Saigon has been fighting the monotony of furious urban sprawl as of late and the architect on this project, Vo Trong Nghia Co., wanted to create something radically different but that still had some of the character of traditional Saigon— "...we intended this house to inspire people to re-define and re-increase the greenery as the character of this city. “Stacking Green” is just one small house, but it is generated from the context of Saigon." Read More
Feb
9

Home | Jen & Nate

Posted By:Celine
A lovely reader submission from Jen Selk in Toronto –amazing what you can do with a little ingenuity, creativity and other people's discards!
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Feb
7
Today we're sharing the Paris home of Virginie Denny and Alfonso Vallès, shot by Petra Bindel. The most beautiful shades of gray are so calming yet the subtle hints of wood tones and colour add warmth and welcome. It feels moody and wonderfully quiet, like soft winter snow, yet easy to imagine freshened up with added greenery and flowers for spring and summer. Read More
Jan
9
By now you know we are HUGE fans of Jessica Helgerson and her design team. Time after time, without fail, each design flawlessly communicates balance: whitespace vs. colour, wood vs. painted elements, warm vs. cool, textured vs. smooth, and on... and on. We also love that Jessica's projects are nearly always remodels, improving existing structures rather than tearing down and building new. Its an inherently green principle that's also more accessible too. In this particular space we love the warm oak floors against the white walls and the introduction of colour which give this space tons of personality yet maintains a sense of openness and calm. Also, the colour is introduced in the form of fabrics and accessories within the more neutral permanent fixtures, something that's easily changed for a fresh look, minimizing waste and extra costs. Natural light plays an important role too, accentuating the wood tones and airy feel. Read More
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