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Greening the Home

If it’s not in your budget for a major remodel, such as solar panels and green roofs, there are smaller things you can do in your home to reduce climate change.

1. Get the compact florescent bulbs. If every American replaced one bulb in the home with a CFL, we would save for than $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. [source] You can get a CFL at any hardware store, and if for some reason you live in an area where they’re not available, you can get them online.

2. Stop buying bottled water. Do you know where bottled water companies get their water? In most cases it’s just tap water that goes through filtering process to remove all the chemicals and impurities. While it does make it taste better, you can achieve the same, great tasting result with an undersink Reverse Osmosis filter. You can get a really great one for around $200. I have been purchasing filters and supplies from this company for over a decade and they are probably the nicest and most informed people in the business.

3. Buy a water saving showerhead. 
For less than $20 you can replace your showerhead with a more efficient one which will save over 10,000 of water annually. [link to retailer]

4. Switch to more eco-friendly cleaning products. Using typical household cleaners come with a host of problems, such as contamination of water supply, how to dispose of the bottles when you’re done, etc. You can use products that are less harmful, such as 7th generation, or you can make your own products with household staples like vinegar and baking soda.

5. Stop the junk mail.  Over 8 million trees are consumed annually in the production catalogs. You can sign up for Catalog Choice, which is a free online service which allows you to log on and request that you stop receiving specific  catalogs. For example, if you always get the Sharper Image catalog but look forward to your DWR catalog, all you have to do is log on and provide your identifying code on the label and they’ll contact the Sharper Image for you, with no interruption to your other catalog deliveries. 

antibodi collection by patricia urquiola

Patricia Urquiola is one of todays most prolific designers of beautiful, thought-provoking design. The collective body of her work is both cohesive yet disparate enough to not be predictable.

The Antibody is available with flat seats or, in what really makes this line stand out, with raised flaps or “flowers” of material.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,644.00
Availability: Buy antibodi collection by patricia urquiola here

fragment of stars bench

This is great because it doesn’t look like a bench, and when people aren’t sitting on it, it will look like more of an art piece.

Measures 72″ l x 17″d x 17″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,550.00
Availability: Buy fragment of stars bench here

Icon by Eric Morel

This is quite stunning and would make a powerful statement on a blank wall. It measures 15 inches high and is 9 inches wide.

One of today’s most familiar and traditional symbols in a dramatically updated form; the Icon is a provocative reflection of modern faith meets consumerism by Eric Morel.

Each set consists of a rubber Jesus figure and 4 nails.

(This item’s link and price was updated 05/05/10.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Availability: Buy Icon by Eric Morel here

Bull Denim Woven Cotton Cities Bag

I’m sort of addicted to cotton totes. I like the Helvetica city list, and more importantly, you can be one less person contributing to the large number of bags (somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year according to National Geographic) going into landfills.

100% Cotton Canvas construction
Reinforced tacks at double handle
Print of major cities on both sides
Approximately 16-1/2” x 15-1/2” (41.9cm x 39.37cm)

By the way, today is the first of a series devoted to green topics, thanks to Blog Action Day.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Bull Denim Woven Cotton Cities Bag here

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Take a seat for the cure

DWR has 10 limited-edition Florence Knoll Benches (donated by Knoll) for auction, and all proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

“On Thursday, October 25, nine auctions will be held at nine DWR Studios across the country. The proceeds will go to the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, so your donation will benefit your community. Auctions will take place at the following DWR Studios:

* Bethesda, Maryland
* Chicago, Illinois (North Ave)
* Dallas, Texas
* Newport Beach, California
* New York, New York (Flatiron)
* Portland, Oregon
* Princeton, New Jersey
* San Francisco, California (Potrero Hill)
* South Beach, Florida

Online bidding for one bench will begin October 16 and conclude October 25. All proceeds from the online auction will benefit the national chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

Woods Wallpaper

How great would this look on an accent wall or in a hallway?

Pattern repeat, 72cm. Roll size 10m x 52cm.
$45 for shipping to USA.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.71
Availability: Buy Woods Wallpaper here

Glass Gizard Desk

This desk is pretty simple and perfect. It’s black curved glass top and simple shelf make it perfect for any office. Imported from France.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,767.85
Availability: Buy Glass Gizard Desk here

flos apollo

The Flos Apollo by Marc Newson.

“Beautifully machined from solid aluminum bar stock, the apollo is a perfect addition to your design orientated life-style. Stylish yet durable…. the ultimate in hand-held lighting. Includes an orange plastic case and leather strap.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy flos apollo here

Blu Dot Nook Bed

Ooo, an upholstered bed that doesn’t break the bank. The Blu Dot Nook Bed is so perfectly cozy and would look good in any modern bedroom. Sign me up.

Available in aqua, chalk, dark roast, guacamole, smoke and stone. Other sizes available.

-Padded solid hardwood & plywood frame
-Wool / poly blend upholstery
-Powder-coated steel & pre-cambered ply slat system

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,499
Available from: Blu Dot

Wallpaper* Retail Directory

Wallpaper* Magazine is launching an extensive retail directory, which can be seen in both the November issue of Wallpaper*, and online later today. The directory will not only feature fashion and home furnishing must-sees, but other retail categories as well and will no doubt be a indispensable resource for travelers and shoppers alike.
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Lightweight by Mischa Vos

It doesn’t get any more simple than this. A light bulb on a weighted cord which you can raise and lower depending on the amount of light needed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.00
Availability: Buy Lightweight by Mischa Vos here

Blu Dot Bonnie and Clyde Sectional Sofa

This is an unbelievable price for such a well constructed and designed sofa. Blu Dot are kind of the new kids to the game, so they are eschewing a lot of the conventional design beliefs, such as a well made sofa needs to cost a fortune.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,798.00
Availability: Buy Blu Dot Bonnie and Clyde Sectional Sofa here

LaCie Golden Disk

Do you have that nagging feeling that you need to back-up the contents of your computer? I know I do. I don’t think I’ve backed up my hard drive in over a year. This 500 GB LaCie Golden Disk hard drive designed by Ora-Ïto may make the task more fun.

Available for both PC and Mac, plug & play, driver-free (Windows® 2000, Windows® XP & Mac® OS X), and fan-free for quiet operation. The Golden Disk comes with our LaCie ‘1-Click’ Backup Software for easy backups (Windows & Mac).

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Availability: Buy LaCie Golden Disk here

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supernova pendant light

In the right space, such as over a dining table or in an entryway, this lamp would create a stunning effect. It’s
constructed of a series of parallel disks in multicolored lacquered aluminum.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,774.00
Availability: Buy supernova pendant light here