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design-happens-green-home-mcgee110x400It’s an exciting day in the world of Freebie Fridays. We’re giving you the chance to win an original work of art from artist Carrie McGee, whose piece 5 Strands is featured in the 2010 HGTV Green Home in Plymouth, Mass. Carrie has created the new piece, Oscillations, just for Design Happens readers. Oscillations was made by using rust, metal leaf and oil paint on acrylic blocks to create a truly unique work of art. For a chance to win this beautiful piece, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, June 28.  To find out more about Carrie’s piece, check out Gail, the HGTV Green Home Super Fan’s video. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. Mark your calenders for June 28 at 8 e/p for an in-depth tour of the home with Sabrina Soto. At the end of the show, watch as Jamie Durie hands over the keys and $100,000 to one lucky winner. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

This week we want to know, what are you doing to make your home more eco-friendly? Cutting down on energy usage by properly insulating your walls? Minimizing the need for irrigation by planting hardy, native plants? You have until 12/11c Monday to answer. Click for official rules. The 2010 HGTV Green Home is only the second home in Massachusetts to achieve Gold certification by the National Association of Home Builders — see why here.

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  1. Kristen says:

    We use energy efficient bulbs and recycle as much as possible. We also got a little car that's nearly as good on gas as a hybrid (but more affordable!), but still walk whenever possible.

    I must admit I was kind of sad when I saw that the new way to win was the artwork a second chance at the Green Home (I really, REALLY wanted it, like everyone else!) — but it is beautiful and the artist is so generous for offering her work to another lucky winner :) Thanks to Carrie and HGTV!

  2. Roxy says:

    This is a gorgeous piece of art. Hope I win it. (I wonder what is so "Interesting" about the green home winner's home state.)

  3. seahavenmom says:

    what a pleasant piece of art, and love the name… Oscillations…, it brings about the thought of the rhythm and flow of ocean waves. Thank you for the opportunity to win this memento. We have been getting progressively better at recycling and changing our habits for a greener lifestyle. you know it takes us "old dogs" a while to learn new tricks! haha one thing I do as a quilter is use my stash for every scrap possible before resorting to buying new fabric. This sometimes makes it more difficult to cut and piece, but it is a better use of my resources.

  4. DBCoop says:

    Living in S CA inland region, there's plenty to be done to conserve energy (and water) during the hot summer months. I've had a whole-house fan installed, which is great for pulling in cooler evening air throughout the home without running the A/C, and an attic fan, for pulling hot air out of the attic space during the daytime hours.

    To save water, I've limited the amount of lawn planted, adding drought-tolerant plantings with a drip system to conserve even more.

    Thankfully, my home is very well insulated from ceiling to side walls, and my A/C unit has been replaced with the most efficient SEER rating, which reflects in my energy consumption and remarkably lower energy costs.

  5. Vacationing says:

    Love the artwork in the house, the dog picture was my favorite.

  6. rking89 says:

    Go green/organic are two different things so I have found out lol.I am trying to do both a little at a time.We cange our toilets water heater and washer/dryer.We have for years line dryed some of our clothes.We dry our sheets and towels to kill germs.I am slowly changing my cleaners. To get rid of bleach lime away comet and go too method cleaners and green works.Laundry soap buying concentrate instead of big bulky bottles filled with water.My next project is to get rid of carpet.I have changed lightbulbs to the eco friendly ones.We recycle and use our own bags to
    shop.My proudest moment was going from 2 full trashcans a week to 1 half a trash can a week.
    Buying smarter and less but the most important thing is to read and become educated on what you buy and use.I am still a newbie but I hope I am making the difference.
    The art work is beautiful.

  7. Hi everybloggie,

    What a beautiful, sunshine and blue skies day after last evening's sudden, stormy squall ! The Seacoast took a battering by the Weather Fairy :O( I had my hair cut this morning, and a gal in the salon had black and blue knees and elbows ~ she'd been out in a boat off the coast of Portsmouth and was caught in the squall ! Yikes. I would have been a cowering, whimpering wreck below decks ! heheh.
    Now, my entry to try to win that fabulous Art…

  8. I'd love to win the fabulous Art Work, thanks HGTV !
    I've the perfect spot for the incredible One Strand piece ~ in my kitchen bay window seating nook, the light will catch those acrylic lozenges and just make the piece come alive !

    I try to find Earth friendly solutions to problems ~ for instance, I was doing a linen closet " tidy-up" ~ as seen on the HGTV DIY website. The " how to " video inspired me…however, I needed to remove the old shelf stickers before my new baskets went in..how to get them off without nasty chemicals? You would not believe how well a little vinegar and TOOTHPASTE works ! Those stickers came off easily and left my paintwork clean and shiny :O) Earth ONE, Toxic chemicals ZERO .

  9. amarieslife says:

    CFlights. Also, i recycle as much as I can. When we purchaase new appliances, I will make every effort to ensure they're eco-friendly, or at least energy efficient. We do the most we can with our resources.

  10. Bellecook says:

    I have a staircase and would certainly entertain that fabulous artwork there… and we also compost in our yard… our Siberian Husky helps out too! LOL And, we do all the appropriate recycling for our area. But, still Dreaming that we're the Winners of the 2010 Green Dream Home Giveaway!

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