The Green Design Center Connection

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We here at Olson House are so excited to be a Green Design Center retail partner. I’m sure some of you may be asking what that even means. Well, here’s the scoop. The Green Design Center, or GDC, as I like to refer to them in acronym form, was founded by Andrew Pace, a nationally recognized expert on green and healthy building products, in 1992 when he saw that there was a need to provide homeowners, contractors, architects and designers with sustainable and healthy building materials. Andy and his team at the GDC put serious research into all of their products, and other products on the market, to cut through any green-washing and learn what a product is really made of and how it is created. Andy has consulted on numerous LEED®, NAHB®, Healthy Child, Healthy World® and Green Built Homes® projects throughout his career. The result? The products they offer are safe and healthy for your home, office, and other interior environment. They offer such great products as AFM/Safecoat paint, wood, linoleum and cork flooring, ceramic tile, air filters, and much, much more! They also offer interesting accessories like Milk Paint, Zents perfumes and S’well bottles (the big summer hit here at Olson House) which keep liquids cold 24 hours & hot for 12, and they super look cool and are well-made to boot.


Andy Pace, founder of the Green Design Center, in an exotic foreign land.

I first met Andy when I was working on a building design project in Milwaukee which was looking to achieve LEED certification.  I was in need of interesting & beautiful yet durable & sustainable counter-top materials for my very discerning client, and was beyond impressed with Andy’s material knowledge. We found the perfect material that my client fell in love with.  I’m honored that I get to work with Andy, Kelsey & the GDC team on a regular basis!

What does this mean for Olson House, being a retail partner? It means that for those who live in the east side of the Milwaukee/North Shore region don’t have to drive to the south-west side of Waukesha which feels to me like inches from a road trip. Any of the products available at the Green Design Center you can purchase or order here.  We are all about saving the planet, especially the adorable animals, here in our little store.  And part of that is helping to create a healthy home for you, your family and pets.  It’s an exciting adventure, doing our little part to help our corner of the world!  I am happy to answer any questions, show you samples, work with you on design, and create the healthy, beautiful space that will bring you joy and comfort.

Have a great day!




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