There is nothing average about Karen Kalmek. As the owner of Green Home Chicago, a 3-year-old store in the Windy City that carries Merida’s full line of area rugs, Karen has launched what is fast becoming Chicago’s #1 sustainable home design destination for interior designers, architectural firms, and eco-savvy consumers. The store’s wide range of sustainable products, including rugs, tile, furniture and all manner of home accessories, has been carefully selected based on a 10-point rating system. This “Green Scorecard” rates each item in the store based on whether it is vintage/reclaimed, 3rd party certified, locally made, cradle-to-cradle, etc.
I was thrilled to visit Karen in October in her gorgeous Fulton Market showroom. With her collaborative approach to customer service and passion for beautiful and sustainable products, Green Home Chicago is fast earning a reputation as the midwest’s premiere green design destination.
“We have included Merida rugs in our collection of products because of their commitment to the environment and their community. The Pipeline sisal area rug shown on our showroom floor is both classy and sustainable. We love the fact that Merida’s sisal is completely natural and that the backing is 100% latex.” -Karen Kalmek, owner, Green Home Chicago
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