Comfort Zone

Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior
By Trudy Dujardin

Interior Design
August 2014
ISBN: 978-1-938461-17-0
240 Pages / Over 350 Illustrations

$75 USD

Dark wood floors and creamy white walls are juxtaposed in the main living room spaces. The open floor plan and the floating staircase contrast with the traditional furnishings and architectural trim. The room is saturated in shades of blue and oyster shell, with American artist Wolf Kahn’s painting as a focal point. The band-tufted wool rugs are by Elizabeth Eakins.

The kitchen, located in the 1913 addition to the house, is well-suited to Quaker customs. Its sleek lines and plain-fronted cabinets, though modern, are unadorned. The original kitchen, now the dining room, can be glimpsed through the doorway.

Rough stone, from Ann Sacks, creates a dramatic backdrop to sleek-lined furniture and an area rug composed of blocks of texture and color. Antique horse blankets have been used to cover the pillows. Unusual materials and unique applications fulfilled the client’s desire for an innovative interior.

The unusual kitchen island, in dark mahogany with early Colonial American turnings on the carved legs, is a Jacobsen design. The cabinets were restored to their original condition and the countertops were upgraded to marble. The suspended white can lighting is a Jacobsen signature. The simple beadboard walls and cabinets recall the detailing of early American farmhouse kitchens, and are painting with No-VOC paints.


Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior welcomes readers to a fresh 21st century approach to interior design, one that emphasizes beautiful rooms, healthful furnishings and building materials, and extraordinary comfort, while thoughtfully considering the world outside our doors. Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP +ID + C, presents her work as one of the country’s most accomplished interior designers with the signature passion and commitment that made her a pioneer in the sustainable design movement. Comfort Zone offers an intimate view into award-winning interiors in some of the most stunning homes in America. From chic urban apartments to luxurious coastal vacation homes, meticulously restored sea captains’ manses, and modern houses built by renowned architects, Trudy’s emphasis on creating gracious, classically elegant interiors is demonstrated with striking color photography. You’ll learn how to choose non-toxic paints and finishes for the “skin” of your home, find out what the most important room really is, discover that traditional upholstered furniture may not be the best seat in the house, and be inspired to create the comfortable, “greener” home you’ve dreamed of.

About the Author

Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP+ID+C, is nationally known for her passion for eco-elegance, as well as award-winning interiors that combine sophistication, elegant use of color, and an intuitive understanding of her clients’ lifestyles.  Her graceful approach to gently green design reflects a deep respect for Historic Preservation, the surrounding landscape, and abundant comfort. Based on her belief that a healthy home is the ultimate luxury, she is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Interior Design and Construction, recognizing her thorough understanding of green building practices and principles. As an adjunct professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, she taught the university’s first semester-length course on Sustainable Interior Design. She serves on Traditional Home Magazine’s Green Advisory Panel, has written a column, Gently Green, for Nantucket-based Portfolio Magazine, and is a member of the advisory board of atHome Magazine.  Her breathtaking interiors have appeared in the most prestigious industry publications.


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