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S T O R Y

An aerial rendering of Green Leaf Inn, with its new wing at left and original cottage at right.

Green Leaf Inn
Delavan, Wis.

One of the most ambitious eco-oriented efforts in the U.S. hospitality industry is taking place in the Geneva Lakes vacation area in southeast Wisconsin. Four miles outside of Delavan, Wis., the husband-andwife team of Fritz Kreiss and Catherine McQueen is working to create the Green Leaf Inn, which they say will be the rst Net Zero Energy hotel in the nation. That means the inn is being designed to generate as much energy as it uses, thanks to an on-site wind turbine, a geothermal energy system and extensive use of solar panels. “The Green Leaf Inn will serve as a living laboratory and catalog of new, eco-friendly technology, products and suppliers,” says Kreiss, who has run an energy-consulting company with his wife for the past two decades. “Just as important, we’re working to show that sustainable experiences can also be luxurious. We fully expect our inn to be competitive on that score with all the traditional destinations in this area, thanks to such features as its two-person hot tubs, custom furnishings and generous use of natural light.”

A cut-away view of one of the inn’s planned rooms.

The project, which is being built to LEED platinum standards, involves two phases. First, McQueen and Kreiss are converting their former home into a threesuite cottage that will also house a dining room, commercial kitchen and laundry facilities. Phase two is a new building that will house 16 additional suites and a welcome center. The complex is slated to open in summer 2013. “The cottage is all about nding the best way to retro t green technologies into an existing structure, while the new building will offer a study in the best practices

when it comes to creating an eco-friendly building from scratch,” McQueen says. In addition to its on-site energy systems, the hotel campus will incorporate a wideranging assortment of eco-friendly materials, including wall insulation made of used blue jeans; tabletops consisting of shredded money, walnut shells and recycled paper; and desk lamps fabricated from recycled computer monitors. “We really want to push the envelope in showing the variety of materials that can be incorporated into sustainable building projects,” Kreiss says.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Boutique Design - July/August 2012

Botique Design - July/August 2012
From the Editor
Contents
In This Issue/ Editorial Advisory Board
Boutique Buzz
Unusual Origins
Q+A: Siân Moxon
Spas: Small Spaces, Big Impact
Updating a Dowager
Vendor Profile: Sarah Turner Eco-Art and Design
DreamBook: Natural Wonders
Outdoor Furnishings
Lighting
The Last Detail: Collections Cafe
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Intro
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Botique Design - July/August 2012
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Cover2
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 1
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - From the Editor
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 3
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Contents
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 5
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - In This Issue/ Editorial Advisory Board
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 7
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Boutique Buzz
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 9
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 10
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 15
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Unusual Origins
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 19
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 20
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 22
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 23
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Q+A: Siân Moxon
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 25
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 28
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 29
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Spas: Small Spaces, Big Impact
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 31
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 32
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 33
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 34
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 35
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Updating a Dowager
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 39
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Vendor Profile: Sarah Turner Eco-Art and Design
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 43
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 44
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 45
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - DreamBook: Natural Wonders
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 48
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 49
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Outdoor Furnishings
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - Lighting
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Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 61
Boutique Design - July/August 2012 - 62
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