Green Homes

I’m Loving the 2012 HGTV Green Home

Each year, I eagerly anticipate the reveal of the new HGTV Green Home. Then I enter the contest…and promptly forget to write about it. I’m more than a little late, given that the entry period is technically over, but I had to get in a post, because this is my favorite green home in years.

Of course, I may be biased, given that the home is just a short drive from me here in metro Atlanta, but I really do dig this house, and the community that it’s in. The home is in the Serenbe community, a purposefully-designed sustainable town within a town that is truly set up to encourage a greener lifestyle. It’s really the perfect location for HGTV’s green home, simply because it’s sustainability reaches far beyond the walls of the house itself. Serenbe embodies the idea that green is a lifestyle, rather than just a style.

The home, though, is still pretty darn stylish. Like all of HGTV’s giveaway homes, the decorating choices won’t be loved by everyone. But I can honestly say that I’m pretty happy with all the rooms. And decor, you can change. Living in a home that is truly green, however, is a lot harder to fix on a long weekend.

Shall we take a tour?

Here are some of my favorite spaces:


Barbecue Courtyard

Living Room

Georgia Room

The Retreat

Given that there’s a living room AND a Georgia room, I’d personally convert this space into a home office or a fourth bedroom (albeit a small one).

Master Bedroom

Love the neutral color palette with pops of turquoise (ie. my favorite color). And this outdoor space right off the master? Gorgeous!

Guest/Second Bedroom

Kids Room

I’m really loving the patterned headboards, shots of lime green and the cozy loft above the beds, complete with bean bags and TV.

Craft Room

My only complaint about this room is its location: right outside the kids room. Of course, that is personal preference. If the craft room is used for the kids, the way it is staged, then the location is perfect. However, I’d be the one doing all the crafting, and I’d probably convert it to office/craft room. So right next to the kids’ room isn’t exactly the place that would allow the most focus.

Overall, I really like the house, and although I entered only a few times, a girl can hope, right?

What do you think of this year’s green home? Could you see yourself living in it? Why or why not?

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Sheena
    June 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I am LOVING the home, even more so because of its location. We’d like to move to the south and Georgia is on our list. What makes it even better is that I’d have tons of my favorite ladies to hang out with! Score!

    Now back to the home. I was looking for a backyard for a garden and some chickens. I’m sure we could make something work though. I tried to enter everyday on both sites, but I missed some days. I also planned on mailing in some entries but Greg was all like, “Don’t be wasting stamps!” LOL He would be salty if we won.

    • jennae
      June 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Sheena, the location definitely made me a little biased. Having left Georgia several times, only to return, I’m pretty sure this is where we want to stay. To be able to live in a sustainable community so close to Atlanta would be like a dream came true! And yeah…I think ou could make room for gardening and backyard chickens. The home does seem to be sitting on a decent lot with some unused outdoor space.

      As for Greg and the stamps…lmfao!

  • Lynn
    June 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Overall, like the house and love the decor, especially the acrylic table with logs inside it in the orange-walled “retreat” (gray and orange or gray and yellow are my new favorite combos).

    My biggest issue is the fact that you have to climb stairs to get to the main floor of the house. I’m sure this is a site issue, but it’s not all that practical. I haven’t seen where the garage is, but if you are carrying groceries inside and up those stairs (although maybe the garage is close to the “family entrance?”), it would be a real deal killer for me.

    All the outdoor spaces are fabulous although the climate in Atlanta wouldn’t be conducive to spending a lot of time outside in the summer for me. I don’t do humidity! Otherwise, I’d more to Serenbe in a minute!

    • jennae
      June 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Lynn, hearing you say that reminded me that I forgot to post a photo of the garage. It is, unfortunately, in a very inconvenient location: Detached from the house in an uphill area. You actually have to walk down some stairs to get from the garage to the house — which would be horribly inconvenient for moving in or out, bringing in groceries, etc. but at least it comes furnished, right? Lol.

      As for the outdoor spaces, it does get pretty humid in Georgia, but we it out on our patio all the time. These are uncovered, but I can still envision us using them regularly.

  • Lynn
    June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hard to believe the architect didn’t think about the garage, but it probably would have cost a lot more to attach it. I lived in a house when our kids were young where the garage was at the opposite end of a long long hall. I swore when I moved out I’d never do that again. Well, NEVER is a long time, but when we built a house, you walked into the house through a very small pantry, then into the kitchen. It was bliss.

    Went to college in Florida so I’m afraid I’m familiar with humidity and lived in Tucson for 23 years. Between the two if I never saw another day over 70 with no humidity, I’d be thrilled. But for those who love the heat and don’t mind humidity, I hear Georgia is the place to be!

  • franky
    June 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    this is a really lovely home, when you say sustainable living does that mean the materials to built the home is environmentally friendly? I’m just curious. I love all the rooms in this home the only room that im not a big fan of is the kitchen. its just a little too monochromatic for me, adding a punch of color would’ve been nice but the overall of the home is beautiful and the deck is to die for!

    • jennae
      June 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Franky, to my knowledge, it means that both the materials and practices used to build the home, as well as the furnishings and decor, are all environmentally friendly. In this case, it is also about the neighborhood in which the home was built, because Serenbe is designed to be a green, largely self-sufficient, community.

      The kitchen is a little monochromatic and sparse, but since it’s so open to the living room, I don’t mind that so much. There’s no competition between the decor in the two rooms, if you will 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

  • jenny
    July 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I would love to live in this house! The kitchen is perfect and the retreat room would make a perfect office, although I may get too distracted by the big window to complete all work for Dish each day. I’d have to say that the living room takes the cake for my favorite part of the house. I definitely feel the same enthusiasm you do for this beautiful home giveaway. Actually, it’s safe to say that I’m enthusiastic about everything HGTV does. I was looking through my DVR recently, and almost everything recording is from that channel. Luckily, I have the Hopper DVR with tons of recording space to accommodate my HGTV addiction! I never saw who the winner of this competition was though. Did you catch who the lucky person was?


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