Gallery: 8 Green Design Valentines for the Designers We Love

Design crush: Mila Zelkha of Mint Condition Homes Why she's hot: Roses are usually red and violets are definitely blue but Mint Condition Homes come in a lot more colors. Mila Zelkha’s transformation of abandoned and bank owned homes throughout Oakland,
 

Design crush: Mila Zelkha of Mint Condition Homes

Why she's hot: Roses are usually red and violets are definitely blue but Mint Condition Homes come in a lot more colors. Mila Zelkha’s transformation of abandoned and bank owned homes throughout Oakland, California into little polished jewels makes our hearts skip a beat. Architect, restoration artist, real estate agent, and green building advocate, she doesnt just restore houses, she wakes the hidden talent in these humble craftsmen abodes. Her work is not only for the love of vintage housing but for first time home buyers to have an affordable heirloom that is healthy and energy efficient. Alas, we are not the only admirers -- the members of Build It Green selected her as the Green Building Champion for 2010.

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