Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Several weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend an event at the fabulous EcoManor. The event was hosted by the Fashion Group International and included a panel discussion of environmental issues relevant to fashion, beauty, and design. (board members pictured above)

The panel included: Mark Eisen an environmental marketing consultant and former director of environmental marketing for the Home Depot, Alyson Hoag owner of Authentic Beauty, Sandy Skinner owner and designer or the LA fashion line ecoSkins, and Jillian Pritchard, an eco friendly interior designer. (pictured above)

I was fortunate enough to not only attend, but assist in preparing questions for the panel and photograph the event for the FGI Atlanta facebook page. It was both thrilling and slightly nerve racking!

EcoManor is the home of Laura and Rutherford Seydel and their three children. Laura is the daughter of CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner. They sit on the board and serve on a long list of local and national organizations, and are constantly involved in different environmental projects.

EcoManor is the family's ultimate commitment to sustainability and environmentalism! It was the first LEED certified home in the city of Atlanta. This home takes conscious living to another level. While I was surprised by the traditional style and decor, my expectations about what a real ecofriendly home would look like were exceeded! Every detail was considered and every resource examined, it is truly inspiring to see how this family lives!

My favorite parts of the house include:
  • The beautiful orchids at the entry.
  • The insane art collection from around the world, with their children's masterpieces mixed in.
  • The endless collection of books, topics varied.
  • The random turtles under the coffee table.
  • The stainless steel dinner table, and the unusual centerpieces.
  • The green roof above the garage with raised beds planted with veggies and herbs.


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