Before & After: Charity Works Green House (Part Two) / by Raji Radhakrishnan

Last week for #ThrowbackThursday we discussed the details of the Foyer & Galleries Raji planned for the 2009 Charity Works Green House - an Eco-friendly and green home designed by Cunningham Quill Architects and built by Mark Turner of GreenSpur in a quaint neighborhood in McLean, VA. As promised in Part One of this blog post, here are the after photos of the show house spaces Raji designed - a series of small, narrow hallways and an entryway.

The entry way stairs as originally designed:

Designed by Raji RM & Associates

Designed by Raji RM & Associates

The architectural detail the paneling provided was key to these spaces and an important first impression for the Craftsman style house. We used five feet tall wainscot paneling from Mouldings & Millwork's eco-friendly line SPERO. The paint on the walls, ceiling and wood work is Pointing by Farrow & Ball and was from one of their low VOC lines available at that time. The custom runner that Raji designed was made of hard-wearing wool (which is necessary for high traffic areas such as the stairs), as opposed to hemp which was considered but rejected since it will not adhere well to the folds of a stair case. The Renaissance style bench and the French Umbrella stand like all other furnishings used in the foyer & galleries were all vintage and from our own 20th Century Decorative Arts gallery - maison et toi. The art works seen here are by Vik Muniz (After Motherwell VII & VIII).

The other side of the entry way after the paneling went up:

Forgive the awkward photography but it is due to the extremely narrow spacing of the entry way which did not give us much wiggle room to get a clear shot of the space with all the details! The narrow console seen here is one of the most interesting pieces Raji designed. The front piece alone is an original remnant of an 18th Century French balcony which Raji then decided to re-use to make into a console table.

So many more details were added in every turn and corner of the Foyer & Galleries at the 2009 Charity Works Green House. The best part is, so much of our work now continues to be as Eco-friendly as possible and not to mention how much we love using vintage and antique furniture!

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