Green Friendly Living

A lively palette makes Tom and Chris King’s home a mirror of nature.

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A dedicated staircase near the dining room leads to a second-floor TV room and bath. The tiger maple hutch in the dining room, built by local artisan Darryl DuBre, displays some of the homeowners’ collection of china. Photograph by John LewisHer collection is artfully arranged throughout the first floor. Custom-built cabinets on either side of the fireplace are stages for green-hued McCoy pottery and Yellow Ware—which in this case includes green bowls. The fireside arrangement also highlights plates from Holland, found in a Georgetown antiques store. The Dutch pieces interested Chris because her daughter for 11 years lived in Holland—she was with the Dutch National Ballet—and married a Dutchman. (He now manages the ice cream stores.) In the dining room, DuBre’s hutch holds French china that belonged to Chris’ great aunt.

The Kings’ design makes room for modern appointments. Chris chose Corian for all her homes’ countertops. “I think it’s warmer and I like the way it looks.” Since it’s just the two of them, she selected a Fisher Paykel two-drawer dishwasher, anticipating fewer dishes. But because they entertain so often, they primarily use both drawers. The microwave also acts as a convection oven. One modern appliance, a drip coffee maker, is noticeably absent. The Kings prefer the flavor that their silver percolator provides.

Among the home’s many highlights is a brick-floored sun porch, which the Kings enclosed in 2008 so they could enjoy it all year. It’s both heated and air-conditioned. The peaceful room, outfitted with wicker and wrought iron furniture, looks out at a stand of trees, where the Kings in September held their son’s rehearsal dinner. “We spend a lot of time out here when we have company,” Chris says. “We have so much family, we have to have several different eating areas.”

Though the Kings don’t plan to move anytime soon, they agree that their current home is not their last stop. They are already letting their imaginations run wild. “With our next house,” Chris says, “we are thinking of doing simple lines with a Frank Lloyd Wright influence.” The Kings also plan to build their next house with environmentally friendly materials. “We want to take advantage of some of the new technologies,” Tom says.