Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nashville Interiors- Field Notes: Ten Take-Aways from the Jr. League’s Missionary Ridge ShowHouse

by Laurie Perrie Vaughen - June 2nd, 2016

CHATTANOOGA. The Junior League of Chattanooga is hosting a Designer Showhouse series of tours and special events to raise funds for its vital community projects. ‘A Gatsby Affair’ is set for Friday, June 3, and a wine tasting will be a hit on Tuesday, June 14. If you live in Atlanta or Nashville the tour is worth the short drive. The Missionary Ridge neighborhood of historic homes is marked with many Civil War monuments managed by the National Park Service and the entire area is a scenic route of stunning architectural gems and views of downtown Chattanooga. The Showhouse at 526 South Crest Road in Chattanooga was built in 1925 and sits on a six-acre estate with a cabana and pool. The home’s original owners were Carl and Minette Dixon, founders of Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park near Chattanooga.
... We loved everything about ‘the white room’ as everyone calls it, or bedroom 4 as it’s called in the guidebook. Eda Walldorf with Green & Lofty goes sparse with elements of wood as focal points, from a cello’s gleam to organic shapes of driftwood forming a wall installation over the bed with floating elements. You must go peruse for yourself. Eda’s hand-painted wall that allows the formal geometric pattern to improvise, drew our eye immediately. We were engaged by the shimmering gold paint and delicate lines. The chair? Yes, it’s for sale. We asked...

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Images by Laurie Perry Vaughen 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Junior League of Chattanooga to host Designer Showhouse

Hamilton County Herald, May 6th-12th, 2016

Junior League of Chattanooga next month will host a Designer Showhouse in this 7,462 square foot estate on Missionary Ridge. - (Photo by David Laprad)

Junior League of Chattanooga (JLC) next month will host a new fundraiser: the Designer Showhouse. This inaugural event will feature a variety of local design talent at a home on historic Missionary Ridge. Tours will be held Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. beginning June 4.
Proceeds from the event will go toward JLC’s various initiatives. JLC’s primary initiative is Seeds of Change, a program that works to eliminate food deserts in Hamilton County. Food deserts are defined as areas where most residents have low or no access to healthy food. More than 60,000 people are affected by this issue locally.
The Designer Showhouse will take place in a 7,462 square foot estate set on nearly seven acres of land. Each room will feature designs by a different local designer. The public will be able to purchase everything from the furniture to the fixtures featured in each room.

Designer Eda Walldorf, president of Green & Lofty, a local real estate, design, and development company, is creating and installing a bedroom arrangement. Walldorf is implementing principals for sustainable living as she prepares her space. “The design’s materials will be aimed toward repurposed and ecologically sound furnishings, with the majority sourced locally and sustainably,” Walldorf says. “Work and collections from local artists and artisans will be featured, proving an aesthetic that’s both green and distinctively unique to the region.”

John Simpson of Arcadia Restorations will be donating painting services for Walldorf’s installation. Also, Matt “Nooga” Blackwell, a local metal worker and artist, will be crafting the light fixture, Zachary Reynolds of Woodwise will be creating a customized bed from reclaimed materials, and Charley Keplinger of Scenic City Tile & Granite will be donating additional materials.
 (Photo by David Laprad)

The design will integrate each of these pieces in a coherent manner that’s synonymous with Green & Lofty’s name, says Walldorf. “The artistic installation will be uplifting and luxurious, with an elegant understated style, transforming a simple bedroom into a memorable and inspiring haven,” she says.

Walldorf is a green designer who has received the U.S. Green Building Council and American Society of Interior Designers’ nationally recognized REGREEN Trained Professional designation. She also received training from the New York School of Interior Design.
For more information about the Designer Showcase, visit or email Sponsorship opportunities are also available.                         (Photo by David Laprad)

To see more photos, pick up a copy of this week's Hamilton County Herald.
Source: Some information from JLC

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

light savings


A way to continue your journey to eco-friendly living, is understanding the different light bulb choices available, which promote energy & ultimately budget savings.

First off, there is incandescent lighting the typical bulb invented by Thomas Edison. Light is produced by heating a filament wire with an electric current which passes through until the light glows. These bulbs convert under 5% of the energy used into actual light, which makes them less than energy efficient.  They have a lifespan of about 1,000 hours, which is roughly 9,000 hours less than fluorescent light.  These are being phased out of the market, due to the federal Energy Independence Act of 2007 & which began in 2012.* 

By now, many of us probably have fluorescent bulbs in our homes; some come in a swirly design, CFL (compact fluorescent lighting).  Fluorescents are more efficient & cheaper to run than incandescents, but at a higher initial cost.  Electricity is used to agitate mercury vapor, producing a short wave of visible ultra-violet light.  This small amount of mercury is a robust neurotoxin, said to be harmful to children & pregnant women.  Compared to the reduced power plant emissions produced by manufacturing incandescent bulbs, there has been a reduction of mercury emissions in the environment with this transition to fluorescent bulb production.  Because they are classified as hazardous waste, the EPA recommends for fluorescent bulbs to be separately & safely disposed of, or recycled.
Here is a link to some of the local recycling centers for fluorescent bulbs in Chattanooga, TN.*

Finally, there's LED (light emitting diode), a form of solid-state light, with a longer life span & the greatest efficiency. They are made of lenses or small capsules, with tiny chips placed beside heat-conducting material.  Over the years, this technology has advanced to a wider variety of applications, allowing for dimmers & making it the superior energy efficient choice.  The drawback is the initial cost, which is approximately 9x's more than a CFL & 28x's more than the an incandescent bulb.  However, the lifespan is the greatest & it is the most environmentally conscious choice between all three types.  See comparison chart below.*


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

what makes your home healthy- part II

The quality of the indoor air we breath, can be significantly affected by the cleaning products we introduce into our spaces.  It is important to know that we can improve our health & surroundings by being mindful of our choices. There are many resources pointing to environmentally & health-mindful cleaners.  In today's market there's an increasing number of products that exclude toxic chemicals & irritants (found in some mainstream brands), which may linger in the air or get left behind as we clean. However, the market is flooded with "eco-friendly" or "organic" claims & labels, making it difficult to confirm their validity.  This is where well known third-party verification comes in handy, as they are the market watchdogs on behalf of the consumer.  

Another way to control which products cross your home's threshold is to avoid buying products off the shelf all together.   You can create your own cleaners, thus reducing chemicals & assuring control over all ingredients used.  Everyday natural alternatives can be found in our pantry, using common ingredients such as: lemon, baking soda, cornstarch, white vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, etc.  If you're interested in exploring this route, you might try some of these recipes for natural non-toxic cleaning products.

There are also multiple companies (locally, nationally or online) that offer concentrated products that are certified green & require only adding water.  These can greatly reduce the waste associated with packaging, as well as be healthier & more affordable in the long-haul.

Friday, October 10, 2014

have you heard of 'green washing'?

a minute to learn it

Everyday we hear an increasing number of claims about products are 'green' or 'environmentally' sensitive .

As we make every day life choices to improve our health & be mindful of our environment, it can be reassuring to know that there are Federal Regulations that set standards for products & certifications that claim to be "green" or environmentally conscious.
Green Guides outlines the "Federal Trade Commission's current views about environmental claims. The guides help marketers avoid making environmental marketing claims that are unfair or deceptive." 
It addresses topics such as: general environmental benefit claims, carbon offsets, certifications & seals of approval, compostable claims, degradable claims, free-of-claims, non-toxic claims, ozone-safe & ozone-friendly claims, recyclable claims, recycled content claims, refillable claims, renewable energy claims, renewable materials claims, source reduction claims, amongst others.

It is also believed that systems certified nationally or internationally by organizations such as ANSI(American National Standards Institute)or ISO(International Organization for Standardization)& the ISO Guide 82(pertaining to sustainability), tend to be more consistent & of higher quality & standards. Although at times, products & services that are third party verified seem to demand a premium, they offer the value of a verified claim.

Some argue that the government has done very little to enforce these guidelines as they are purely voluntary in nature.  Although they do not "bind the FTC or the public," the FTC does hold the right to enforce action, if they believe the claims are "inconsistent with the guides" and in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

beautiful design & restoration: Ramsgate Subdivision- Hixson, TN

6420 Knightsbridge Rd, Hixson, TN, Ramsgate Subdivision 
is now on the market for sale 
5BR, 4.5BA, 4,003sq/ft home with beautiful designer finishes, 
the latest Green & Lofty Design by REGREEN Trained Professional
  • All brick home originally built by Dexter White
  • Large level corner lot 
  • Fenced-in back yard 
  •  Ramsgate Subdivision includes a community pool, beautiful lush grounds, fountains, lakes & sidewalks
  • Designer finishes, healthful, energy efficient restoration by REGREEN Trained Professional, Green & Lofty LLC  
  • Energy efficiency, indoor air quality & beautiful design in mind
  • Regraded & newly landscaped yard, sodded front yard with sprinkler system
  • Large newly finished & sealed deck 
  • Sun porch or 3 season room
  • Many new vinyl clad low-e, energy efficient windows
  • New larger gutters & downspouts & french drain system, swales & encapsulated crawl space for full water management system
  • Beautiful refinished hardwood floors
  • Grand entrance to opulent front stairs & crystal chandelier.  
  • Main level master with walk-in closet & en suite bathroom 
  • Newly refinished/repainted cabinetry throughout the home with new elegant hardware & beautiful light fixtures for a fresh updated look
  • 2 additional gorgeous crystal chandeliers 
  • Family living area with elegant raised hearth fireplace downstairs beside the spacious kitchen
  • JennAir stainless steel appliances grace this updated kitchen, including a double oven, gas downdraft cooktop, dishwasher & microwave
  • Elegant herringbone tile backsplash, granite countertops & brand new oil rubbed bronze faucet & hardware in kitchen
  • Spacious 3 car garage with 3 brand new insulated garage doors & a half bathroom
  • Luxurious upstairs master suite with tray ceilings, with a raised hearth fire place, built-ins & sitting area
  • Master bathroom is also luxurious with beautiful free standing tub, newly tiled floor, separate walk-in shower with glass enclosure, tumbled & polished travertine marble
  • New granite for oversized vanity, new faucets, hardware & beautiful fixtures.  
  • His & hers walk in closets in the master bathroom & private water closet
  • Large laundry & utility area across the 2nd level master 
  • The home is set up for central vacuum & alarm systems
  • Spacious living area with cathedral ceilings upstairs with a 3rd raised hearth & elegant fireplace, sunny windows & convenient wet bar
  • 3 additional large bedrooms, with a jack & jill bathroom & a separate full bath
  • Energy Audit compliant with all recommended items to make this home live out its maximum energy efficient potential & savings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

3 Reasons Green Living Should Matter to You

Many people ask me about the benefit of joining & promoting green real estate…  The truth is, initially I got into it by default.  I married into the "Walldorf" or 'oldest real estate family' here in Chattanooga, TN. Lucky for me, I still managed to find my passion, voice & identity.

I love what I do, besides the fact that I get to tell people what to do- which has always been one of my strong suits (ha, ha)- I am completely passionate about 'green design,' which I currently get to create in my home building & restoration practice. I'm an artist at heart, and getting to make something beautiful, appealing, better is just one of the many perks in my job.  I  also get to be an evangelist at heart in disseminating the imperative message of 'green home design' & how it affects our everyday lives. 

Here are the top 3 reasons to consider as you decide whether green living should matter to you:

#1:  It truly affects our health: whether we realize it or not, the green building industry is right behind the organic food industry. People will soon understand the importance of choosing a home that is GREEN, which is ultimately about preventative health.  It saves us in doctor bills & promotes overall wellness for our families. The quality of the air we breathe 90% of the time (which we spend indoors)- matters. The materials that surround our living environment- matter.  These are just a few of the elements that affect healthy buildings…

#2 Energy efficiency- who doesn't want to save some green while being an environmental steward/hero?  People may think the initial upfront costs outweigh the actual savings, but an increasing  number of studies & factual data (from the EPA, etc)  prove that the return on investment when it comes to energy efficiency is actually within a few years of a home's purchase.  After that, we actually start putting money back into our pockets.  Who doesn't want this? Truly "Green" homes are becoming more affordable everyday, in fact, most of us can't afford not to live in one- unless you have some extra cash to spare. 

#3 Beauty: isn't it nice to be surrounded by an environment that is easy on the eyes?  It is so good for the soul to wake up everyday & look at timeless, beautiful, appealing & durable design.  One which will not tire our taste after the "trend" has passed us by.  Not to mention, a home without disposable finishes that need to be updated, in addition to an easy transition when it comes to resale.

We all need health, some form of beauty & savings to enjoy life. What better place to start than in our own homes, where we wake & sleep everyday?

For that reason, I suggest, choose green living… it will impact your pocket & your overall well-being!