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Easy, Breezy Greenies: An Energy Star Home in New York

Going green is sumptuous and simple in this suburban New York home that emits almost no carbon.



The Arts and Crafts-style exterior features stucco and local cedar. The Nagins chose exterior colors to match the home’s natural surroundings. “We literally picked up a handful of dirt and gave it to the stucco company to match the color,” Paul says. The green and dark brown mirror the area’s trees.
Photography By Stephen Ang
Architectural details enhance the home's traditional feel.
Photography By Stephen Ang
A locally commissioned glass star fits with a sun, moon and star motif found throughout the house.
Photography By Stephen Ang
The bathroom light fixtures and hardware throughout the house are from Rejuvenation, an Oregon company specializing in authentic reproduction lighting and house parts.
Photography By Stephen Ang
Paul and Rabia’s bedroom includes pieces of 1960s art from Rabia’s father’s collection. “You see a lot of wonderful objets d’art in our house. They’re not things we’ve collected, but things our parents, aunts and uncles have,” Rabia says.
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The Nagins’ friend and ceramacist Beth Bolgla handmade each tile for the unique kitchen backsplash.
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Rabia’s mother, a professional musician, played this Steinway piano from age 5. Violinist Avi often performs here.
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Paul, Rabia and Avi relax with architect Jeffrey Hall (far left).
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Though it's only four years old, many people think Paul and Rabia's home is a restoration.
Photography By Stephen Ang
The Nagins’ home is a juxtaposition of open spaces and intimate, detailed pockets.
Photography By Stephen Ang





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