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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. Bellecook says:


  2. mblask says:

    Thank you Superfan, HGTV and Carrie McGee for the opportunity to win this beautiful piece of artwork!

    I'm so thrilled to read all these blogs about how everyone is incorporating eco-friendly practices into their every day lives. I wish more people did! It really doesn't take much effort, but has such a huge impact. My family and I have cut down on energy substantially by replacing all the windows in our house last year. We also recycle just about everything we can, buy local food from the farmers market, shop at our local food co-op and use green cleaning products. We've also just started to incorporate native plants into our landscaping and have a rain barrel for watering. mblask@mindspring.com

  3. Emily says:

    We are in the process of insulating our garage. It will be another side of the house that is covered with insulation and hopefully help keep he cool air and the heat in in the summer!

  4. christina says:

    where do you enter for it the artwork?

  5. cmt says:

    Very cute. Maybe a garden piece?? If I hang it over my sugar snap peas, will it make them finally grow?! :) I can see this against the house, though, tending to my plot.

  6. JacqueJ says:

    The new piece of artwork will look good in any home. Thank you for another opportunity to win.

    In our home, we recycle trashed cans, bottles, papers by dropping loads off at a recycling station. Rather than purchase expensive new equipment, I accepted an unused bike wasting away in someone else's garage and purchased a used bike stand for part of a workout routine. I keep fabaric tote bags and plastic grocery bags in my drawer at work and in my car to re-use with future purchases. We maintain our gas saving vehicles on a regular basis to extend their lifetime, generally anticipating keeping a vehicle over 10 years. We recognize dishwashers and clothes washers don't need to be run unless they are fully loaded.

  7. heathmik says:

    WOW!! I am so excited for the chance to win this beautiful work of art!!! It will look fabulous in my stairway. Thank you so much Carrie and HGTV!!

  8. Carole Ann says:

    I wish I could convince the home owners association to allow clothes lines. That's all we had when I was growing up and even though the towels felt like a loofa after hanging on the line, it still saved on electric costs. They also smelled so fresh. There is nothing like linens that have been hung outside to dry. Because I can't have a clothesline, I just improvise. I'm waiting for the HOA police to come and arrest me. LOL!!

  9. Jeanne says:

    What do I do to make my home more eco-friendly? i recycle glass and plastic items that our town requires. also newspapers and other paper. We installed new windows and storm door to cut energy costs as well as replaced our old dryer and washing machine with new energy efficient models. last year we had to replace our old gas-fired water heater and got a newer energy-star rated gas water heater. actually we have natural gas for heating and cooking so that is more eco-friendly than an oil burner. We leave our grass clippings on the lawn instead of bagging and putting in the trash. I know there is so much I can do and love hearing of new ways to help. Love that glass art piece. The original one hanging in the GH is one of my favorite things in the house! I'd love to have it as would my artist daughters! God bless to the winner. may you be blessed in your new home!

  10. kscott21 says:

    All of my paper and plactic is recycled……Lights are off if not being used, and most importantly, all shades are closed and fans turned on to conserve the AC :)

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