"It isn't often that you hear an interior designer say her mantra is 'reduce, reuse, recycle' but Tracey Stephens isn't your usual designer."
Bergen Record ~ Homescapes

Green Design ~ Eco-Friendly Design ~ Sustainability ~ Environmental Stewardship

Sustainability has been at the heart of my design process for the last decade and has only become more urgent over the years. I find that many of my clients want to be green in their everyday lives, but are unsure how to go about it. That’s where my years of knowledge and expertise come in. Through sustainable practices and the use of non-toxic materials, I create comfortable, inviting, aesthetically pleasing, and functional kitchens and bathrooms that are healthy, efficient, and safe for both people and the environment. I believe we all have a responsibility to our planet, and green design is a critical component in keeping our air pure, our water clean, and our wildlife plentiful for many generations to come.

What makes a project green?

There are many ways to design an environmentally friendly project by choosing sustainable materials and practices. For example, a green kitchen remodel could mean:

  • Your new kitchen is designed within the existing footprint of the home. You don’t need more space to create a beautiful kitchen.
  • Your old cabinets and appliances are donated to charity for resale. You receive a tax donation credit, the buyer gets your used goods for a reduced price, and the items are kept out of the landfill.
  • Demolition debris is sorted, recycled, and reused as much as possible.
  • Your new cabinets are made from responsibly harvested lumber and without formaldehyde.
  • All appliances, lighting, and new windows and doors are energy efficient.
  • Insulation is made from recycled content with no fiberglass or formaldehyde.
  • Non-toxic paint is used on all walls, ceiling, trim, and cabinets.
  • Tile is made from recycled materials and has a lead-free glaze.
  • Your new countertops are made with recycled content.
  • Products are sourced from local companies to reduce the transportation carbon footprint.
  • Suppliers are companies who have committed to protecting the environment.

Green designs function and look just as great – if not better – than non-sustainable ones. While the differences may not be visible, you will certainly notice them in your energy savings (good for your wallet!) and your reduced environmental footprint (good for everyone!).

Click on a green project below to learn more about it.

Family bath
Grren design
sustainable kitchen