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About Me

Kristen Menichelli is a kitchen and bath designer with over 12 years experience transforming spaces. She began her career in theatrical design, and later transitioned to home design and remodeling, with an emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly design.

While she has a strong personal style, Kristen believes in creating spaces that are true reflections of their owner’s personality and lifestyle. She has a keen eye for the practical as well as the artistic, and her aesthetic infuses warmth into sophisticated spaces. She loves a challenge and enjoys working with clients who have a unique artistic vision.

Her referral-based company, Green House Designs, provides full-service kitchen and bathroom design and purchasing packages, as well as e-designs for the DIY crowd.

 She is experienced in sustainability practices for the kitchen and bath industry and specializes in eco-friendly designs.

A North Carolina native, Kristen has lived in the DC area since 2008. She enjoys gardening, traveling with her husband John, and tending to the whims of her two pet rabbits.

Why Eco-Friendly Design?

As a consumer, you’re presented with an overwhelming amount of product options when you decide to remodel your kitchen or bath. From cabinets to flooring, there are an infinite number of aesthetic and functional choices to be made. But where do you begin when you want to make an informed choice based on the sustainability of that product, or its impact on the health of you and your family?

 

  • Did you know some cabinets still contain formaldehyde? I can help you avoid those and other harmful VOC’s that can affect your health.

  • Did you know some wood flooring companies don’t manage their forests well? I can help you find those that certify their material from the forest to the consumer.

  • Have you ever considered how granite countertops aren’t a renewable resource on our planet? I actively seek out countertop materials that contain recycled content or come from well managed resources.

 

I share many of the same concerns you do. As a person allergies, asthma, and sensitivities to commonly used chemicals, I understand how difficult it is to find products that won’t make me ill AND align with my personal values.

 Working with a local “green” contractor for several years, I started to understand the importance of the putting People and the Planet before Profits. In building this design firm, I’m always striving towards a healthy balance between social equity, environmental concerns and local economies.

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As a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Green House Designs has pledged to uphold the following values:

  1. We seek legally-logged wood from vendors who have a verifiable chain of custody

  2. We reduce unsustainable raw resources and known toxic substances in all phases of our business

  3. We recycle in our operations, purchase recycled content and create recyclable products

  4. We reduce and reuse packing/packaging materials and reduce transportation needs

  5. We recognize Life Cycle Analysis as the best measure of a product’s environmental impact

  6. We educate our customers on sustainability and supply them with meaningful certifications

  7. We partner with our employees in making choices for sustainability, including personal and company energy reductions, paying a Living Wage, and maintaining high safety standards

  8. We contribute to the economic and environmental health of our local and global communities This confirms our commitment to advancing sustainable practices throughout the home furnishings industry.

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