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Patricia Gaylor’s Top Green Product Picks
Designing has always been Patricia Gaylor’s passion for as long as she can remember.
As the owner of Patricia Gaylor Interior Design in New York City and with more than 30
years of experience, she provides her clients with sustainable interior design solutions.
“My interest in sustainable design began when I was watching the demolition
process and seeing all of the material leaving the job site and being dumped into
landfills,” she said.“I wanted to see how I could reduce that amount.”
Twenty-five years later, Gaylor feels things have evolved tremendously — sustainable
design is becoming more mainstream and isn’t always seen as alternative.
“As designers, we are in the business of pleasing our clients, so if someone is not very focused on sustainability,
I can try to work around that within reason.” she said, “I try to get as ‘green’ as I can within the confines of
the budget with which I am given and deliver the most beautiful product I can with as little compromise as
If a client suggests something within the project that is not considered very sustainable, Gaylor says she will
try and ramp up in other areas to level the playing field, for example, adding low-energy lighting and Energy
With green in mind, Gaylor chose some of her favorite picks when it comes to kitchen and bath products
based on value, beauty and price.
(1) Wood-Mode’s Universal Elements glass-front cabinetry is available in 150 custom colors, and glass is a
universally green material that is easy to recycle and possesses good indoor air quality. “One of the reasons I
love Wood-Mode cabinets is because I consider them a local product,” added Gaylor. “Their manufacturing
facilities are within a 500-mile radius of my address, so trying to go local and save fuel and carbon is what I
strive to do.”
(2) With GE’s induction cooktops, almost all of the heat is used to cook, and none of it goes into the
surrounding area, which Gaylor says results in no energy wasted and an easy cleanup. They are also safe
because the surface has to make contact with a metal pot to heat up — it won’t burn skin.
(3) Whirlpool’s side-by-side, counter-depth refrigerator is now available in a new White Ice finish, which
reminds Gaylor of an iPhone. This Energy Star-rated appliance uses less than 573 kilowatt hours annually and
costs about $61/year to operate.
(4) NEOLITH porcelain slabs for countertops, floors, cabinets and walls are available in three different
thicknesses and in various colors and textures. Because the slab is a monolithic piece of material, seaming is
kept to a minimum, and you can go over existing countertops without removing the old, which saves on landfill
issues and minimizes dust and dirt, according to Gaylor. Unlike stone slabs that are mined from the earth, this
product is made entirely of natural materials.
(5) “Laminates are such a refreshing change from the tired, old granite slabs that are really ravaging the
Earth with their deep-mining techniques.” Wilsonart’s products are made with FSC-certified papers in the U.S.
and are GREENGUARD certified for excellent indoor air quality. The company offers several new wood tones. n
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