Since the apartment is small with plenty of natural light, Danny emphasized color—a cheery green in the kitchen, dining room, and office, a soothing blue in the bedroom—using paints free of toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds). In the kitchen, he installed Energy Star–qualified appliances, which use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard models, and took down the unattractive mirrors lining the wall, replacing them with pressed-flower eco-resin wallboard.
Above the dining table hangs a chandelier he created by removing the shade from a $40 Ikea light fixture, covering the frame in chicken wire, and adding branches and faux birds.
Dinnerware and table, JCPenney. Countertops, Dupont Zodiaq. Cabinets, KraftMaid Cabinetry. All appliances, Electrolux. Eco-resin wallboard, 3form.