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Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home from the Foundation to the Furniture Hardcover – April 1, 2010

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Robin Wilson is a nationally known eco-friendly and healthy home interior designer focused on sustainable, reusable, recyclable and non-toxic options. Her style is classic with a modern touch, with a focus on unique textures, organic fibers, with background in LEED requirements due to her work on other projects. She has been regularly featured in news (CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC) and print as an expert on eco-friendly options for residential and commercial projects.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608320308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Wilson is an eco-friendly interior designer and a lifestyle brand with products sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and is the first woman with a branded line of custom kitchen & bath cabinetry sold by over 400 Holiday Kitchens dealers nationwide. She was first featured in Oprah's magazines and her work and brand has been featured in national press such as House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Esquire, Essence, and Natural Homes & Gardens, among others.

Her design firm continues to handle select projects across the country. She is an ambassador to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and has partnered with consumer products giant Panasonic to promote their latest line of cutting edge products for the home. In May 2013, her furniture line, Nest Home by Robin Wilson, premiered at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York.

She is author of Clean Design (Greenleaf, 2015) and IPPY award winning Kennedy Green House (Greenleaf, 2010). She regularly appears on the speakers circuit, on television and offers commentary in print on design, wellness, sustainability and allergy & asthma issues.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., had a problem. Black mold took over his house and caused significant health problems for his kids. They attempted extensive renovations, but that didn't fix the problem. So they decided to rebuild their house using the best available green technology.

Though better for the environment, green technology is still worse for the pocketbook. The project went over budget, just as the economic crisis was putting strains on the Kennedy family income. In addition, this is a very large project to begin with. The original original building was a summer home for the Scribner family. The residence includes many outbuildings on twelve acres, not counting a pond and woods. When finished, the project cost a million dollars - - not counting the contributions of many sponsors and discounted services from many professionals.

Those professionals expected to get something in return for that investment, and this book is apparently part of that something. It showcases consultants, architect firms, producers and the ecofriendly lines of some global corporations. Some of them, such as a well-known plumbing fixtures company, apparently have some very nice ecofriendly product lines. Even if you don't have a Kennedy family budget, you could learn something about what's available from this book.

Still, the project struck me as a monument to consumerism. Branding matters to the client and certainly to the project team. This isn't a particularly ecofriendly project. The client has elegant design tastes and an opulent lifestyle, all of which burns energy and raw materials. The family has a very large house in the countryside. Presumably they do not have access to public transportation, and they presumably drive everywhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Liston on February 16, 2011
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When Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his family realized that their house had been infested with hazardous black mold, they were faced with an extremely difficult undertaking - tear down their beloved home. Yet in the midst of this family tragedy, they did much more than just rebuild a place to live; they ensured that meticulously high `green' standards were utilized throughout the entire process. This is a family that could have easily just constructed a monstrous and showy house that concentrated on suiting their lifestyle. But they didn't. And the result is nothing short of both amazing and admirable.

"Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home from the Foundation to the Furniture" is a stunning visual testament to the Kennedy's commitment to environmentally-friendly living. Author Robin Wilson captures the building design development and final results with unparalleled style, an upbeat personality, and obvious enthusiasm - she really puts you there! She shows just how America's royal family sets this `green' precedence for others while including tips on how the rest of us can incorporate these standards in our own homes. Her inclusion of examples, the `Green Pages' with various options, drawings, company names and contact information, and merging recycled items with the new ones give readers a place to start on their own journey towards `green living'. Wilson proves that even without a Kennedy-sized bank account, it's possible to build or renovate with dramatic style and all while respecting the fragile environment.

Beautifully written and chock-full of vibrant photography, it serves as both a quick education guide to environmentally conscious systems and an entertaining coffee table book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Frederick on March 19, 2010
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I've looked at a lot of home design and renovation books over the years, and assumed this one would be just another coffee table book filled with pretty pictures. What a surprise! Kennedy Green House is actually full of useful information. It is a case study of how one home was reconstructed using state-of-the-art -- but readily available, off-the-shelf -- eco-friendly products and techniques. The book takes you through the whole process, from planning to execution to how the renovated home was furnished, step-by-step and room-by-room. I particularly like the "green pages" that lay out the eco-friendly options for specific rooms and applications (like flooring). The fact that the book is filled with useful information does not mean it is not also stylish. The photography is beautiful, and the design, dimensions and quality of production make it suitable for the coffee table if that fits with your decorating style. The Kennedy family backstory adds extra interest. I recommend this book to anyone who is considering renovating or redecorating and wants to incorporate environmentally-friendly features.
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