Designer: Annette Hannon
Favorite design trend of 2011: Green design
What does “green design” mean?
“It means many things for different people, but I think for most of my clients it meant supporting local artists, businesses, and manufacturers. They want to keep things local.”
How many projects did you work on that used green design?
“Seventy percent of my clients were interested in going green.”
Favorite green design project:
What started as a three-story addition turned into a slow redesign of much of the home’s interior. We added a formal living room, a guest suite, two additional bedroom suites for the eldest children. a laundry room, a covered stone patio, a pool kitchen and bath, a wine cellar, and an exercise room. Eventually we designed the husband’s office, the kitchen, the family room, the master bedroom, and the kids’ TV room. The client was all about getting behind locals, and we were able to use rugs from Timothy Paul and furniture from David Iatesta. We definitely used the Washington Design Center. The client wanted to keep things local in order to support the local economy.”
Why was green design a trend in 2011?
“I think it boils down to the economy. People had to focus on where they would spend their money and how to get the best value out of it. People are working from home more and more, and they need smart designs for functional spaces.”
How can readers incorporate green design into their homes?
“The easiest way to start being green is by shopping locally. Shop for vintage items or antiques, and support local artists whenever possible. Move away from incandescent lighting and try to use zero-VOC or low-VOC paint.”
What type of person would you recommend this trend to?
“Anyone who is interested in the well-being of our community as a whole and wants to see Washington do well.”
Best places to buy green design items:
Ekster Antiques (particularly their barn sales); RH Ballard; Principle Gallery; Timothy Paul
Great Day Trips 2011:
Rappahannock County, VA
Two low-key towns in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains boast quaint shopping—and one of the country’s best restaurants By Andrea Poe
|Published August 10, 2011
The Scene: A 90-minute drive from DC delivers you to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where Sperryville and “Little” Washington, two low-key towns, make for a nice day of shopping, gallery hopping, and fine dining.
What to See and Do: In Sperryville, you can browse the work of local artisans at Glassworks Gallery. Down the street, tour Copper Fox Distillery, maker of Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky. The 150-year-old Sperryville Corner Store sells local meat, produce, and cheese. Then head to Little Washington, which claims to be the country’s oldest town named Washington. There are half a dozen galleries and several boutiques, such as R.H. Ballard, which sells unusual home accessories and hard-to-find gourmet treats, such as salt from Ibiza.
Where to Eat: Sperryville’s Thornton River Grille is a casual spot for fresh wraps, burgers, and Virginia wines. The Inn at Little Washington is one of the world’s top restaurants. Another good choice: the Blue Rock Inn, offering organic dishes such as grilled salmon with bacon-and-scallion rösti amid 80 acres of fields and vineyards. Entrées in the dining room (reservations suggested) start at $24; there’s a pub and patio menu.
11774 Lee Hwy.; 540-987-8474
Copper Fox Distillery
9 River La.; 540-987-8554
Sperryville Corner Store
3710 Sperryville Pike; 540-987-8185
307 Main St.; 540-675-1411
Thornton River Grille
3710 Sperryville Pike; 540-987-8790
Inn at Little Washington
Middle and Main sts.; 540-675-3800