Last night I was invited to a house party at celebrity Lisa Ling and Dr. Paul Song's home, the first Energy Neutral Home in Santa Monica with LEED for Homes Platinum Certification. The party was filled with the top Los Angeles Interior Designers, Architects and Interior Decorators. DJ Jilly Hendrix was killing it, the food and libations were delish, but the thing that impressed me the most was that the project managed to recycle or reuse 100% of the old house that stood on the site. Nothing went to landfill. Los Angeles Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Reporter Lisa Ling Home Tour with Lisa Ling and Dr. Paul Song When you enter the gates you can immediately see that the owners have a sense of humor and you're about to have a good time. Lori, Sara and Elle took the opportunity to enjoy the Conversation Pit covered in faux Grass. Huge Outdoor Lantern made from recycled Chinese Food Cartons The design of this lantern is brilliant, glowing softly, like your very own moon. The indoor outdoor entry fountain Gently flowing water invites you into the home with the solar powered fountain. Enormous Pivot Front Door Looks large, but it moves with the touch of a finger. Seating for Twelve My kind of table, lots of room to entertain or work on projects. Wedding Kimonos decorate the dining wall Chinese art and personal momentos fascinate guests at every turn. Formal Living Room Unique Local Variety Florals Environmentally Friendly Fire Place Silestone and Kohler Eco Friendly Products Adorn the Kitchen Family Room Recovered Chair from Craigslist The house is worth 4-6 million dollars, but Lisa and Paul still believe it's better to buy something used and give it a new life. I'm glad they did, this chair is gorgeous! Lots of Personality on Display in the Family Room Lisa Ling at the White House for Christmas One of the many photos in the home of Lisa with Presidents Clinton, Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Heavenly Kohler Tub Room for two makes romance and style go hand in hand. Silestone custom striped wall treatment in Zen reminds me of Fruit Striped Gum.West Elm Headboard, the company has a green agenda and affordable prices. There's nothing pretentious about Lisa and Paul. Craigslist Finds, two more pieces saved from the landfill. Inspiration is all around you in this home, "You are alive." sprayed on an urban wall. Guest Room Desk More pictures with presidents, here's one with Clinton, and a fabulous collection of anime comic books. Great Idea for a Home Office Partner Desk Love the desk layout and the accessories that demonstrate that Lisa and Paul are kids at heart with compassion for others. Playful Accessories Healthcare is a Human Right Brilliant Architecture Every where you look there are simple materials used in fantastic ways, attention to detail was obviously high on the design program. Inexpensive But Smart Moulding and Trim Solutions Interior Courtyard Radiant heated floors are powered by the many solar panels cleverly installed on the home's second level. More Gorgeous Flowers Solar Heated Pool The white wall also serves as a screen for outdoor movies. Some of the Many beautiful Ways Solar Panels are Used in This Home Their energy bill was $1.09 last month. Sometimes the power company owes them money. Jr. Designer Elle on the Patio Nothing Like Homegrown Tomatoes The house is a perfect example of being green without sacrifice and it epitomizes Los Angeles style. LEED Interior Designers Lori Dennis and Rachel Winokur I ran into Rachel Winokur, a fellow leading green interior designer in Los Angeles. I had to laugh as I watched Rachel take copious notes on her iphone , while I was busy shooting the LEED Certified home. It takes a lot of work and research to stay a top interior design firm in Los Angeles. I LOVE MY JOB!
Today the Design Camp girls were busy filming the first two on demand segments for what's to become the premier online destination for interior design education. We headed down to Mike Ragan's Rags factory to tour framing, iron work, sewing and fabric operations, learning what it takes to make a superior piece of furniture. We finished the day with Los Angeles Realtor and Leslie Romenesko, filming her insight on the secrets of staging to sell. Then we toured one of our recently staged properties, filming must know staging tips for success. We can't wait to share these amazing online interior design education videos with all of you. Coming soon.... xxoo Lori and Kelli
Celebrity Interior Designer Lori Dennis Meets the Editors: Two Days with the Top Interior Design Editors at Legends