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April 2007


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Clean Design
By Ann Sample

FIGHTING HER MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY, DESIGNER TRUDY DEJARDIN CREATES AN ALLERGEN-FREE HOME THAT EVOKES THE ROMANCE OF THE SEA

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When Trudy Dujardin, ASID, began her career 30 years ago, she had no plan to specialize in sustainable and low-toxic design. (That happened after a good bit of sneezing and wheezing.) Rather, she wanted to create beautiful interiors.

Her interest in green living developed in the 1980s, when she designed her family home on an ecologically threatened slice of Nantucket coastline. Ten years later, after being diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity—a condition from which sufferers react strongly to small amounts of common chemicals—Dujardin became an expert on low-toxic design, a topic she can expound upon with the passion and knowledge of a university professor. Despite going green, which until recently conjured images of bland futons and tatami mats, her work never lost its edge. She is among the group of early designers who began to create allergen-free interiors with an aesthetically pleasing finesse.

Several years ago, Dujardin bought a second home, this time in Norwalk. She shares it with her husband Frank Fasanelli—also in the interior design field—and B.B., their bichon frisé. Just steps from the Long Island Sound, the small cape has been overhauled and expanded to suit their needs. "Like the house I built in Nantucket, I call this home holistic," says Dujardin. "I credit the two homes with making me—and keeping me—well."

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