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Haiku Platter

Since this platter is hand wash only, I think it would be best suited in the bath for corralling countertop items so they look like one cohesive unit instead of a mish-mash of bottles and ointments. gross.

• Underpainted design
• Beveled rims
• Glass
• Hand wash

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.95
Availability: Buy Haiku Platter here

Bathroom Mat

It’s not often that a bath mat ellicits suprise and delight, yet I think I felt both when seeing this one…it’s anti-slip (of course), looks cool and allegedly provides your feet with a nice little massage action.

Available in white or blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy Bathroom Mat here

Acacia Wood Bath Accessories

I especially like the tray. It’s a good way of making all your bath accessories look organized.

“Cross at the corner. The warm grain of natural acacia wood for the bath, handcrafted with jigsaw puzzle details. Like interlocking corner joinery secured with wood pegs and floating slat tray bottoms. Fine 8″ sawtooth dovetail joinery randomly occurs on side panels to unite light and dark walnut tones. This level of craftsmanship could easily be triple the price. Big plus: eco-friendly acacia hardwood is H20-resistant.”

• Corner peg construction detail
• Acacia wood with walnut finish
• Wipe with damp cloth.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Acacia Wood Bath Accessories here

Green in Medusa

For anyone interested in green home building, there’s a couple documenting the construction of their home in the form of a blog called ‘Green In Medusa’. You can share your own experience or take notes if you’re planning a similar project.

“[The] blog is a joint effort of owners Baldomero and Stephenie Fernandez and architect Lynn Gaffney to document the design and construction process of an affordable green house in upstate New York. The aim is a transparent sharing of the triumphs and mishaps so that sustainable design becomes approachable for everyone.”

[posted by katie]

WALLFLAME STAHL

Wall mounting ‘fireplace’ runs on bio-ethanol. Available online or also through distributors in the US.

  • low fuel consumption (ca. 500 ml per hour)
  • even flames, even when the fuel is low
  • long burning (2.5 liter capacity)
  • very low heating of the housing
  • ideal safety thanks to a double-walled combustion chamber
  • ignition even at a very low fuel level
  • infinitely adjustable regulating flaps
  • unlimited usage thanks to the special ceramic combustion chamber.

More information:

View WALLFLAME STAHL here

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Hardanger Retreat

I can’t stop looking at this small retreat located in Norway. Built by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen (of Saunders Architecture), it’s an experimental structure that was self-initiated and self-financed so that they “could pursue [their] architectural vision in line with [their] convictions: uncompromising, original and respect for the landscape.” Lovely.

SIZE: 20 m2
LOCATION: Kjepsø, Hardanger Fjord, Norway

Completed 2003

Hudson Reed Pura Twin Shower Valve & Head

This makes me want to redo my shower.

Twin concealed thermostatic shower valve (1/2in NPT inlets) with Square Sheer fixed head.

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Availability: Buy Hudson Reed Pura Twin Shower Valve & Head here

Surrealien Wallpaper

This custom wallpaper is created based on the location of objects on the wall in your home. It is warped and manipulated based on doors, outlets, light fixtures and even hanging art.

More information:

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Antelope Washbasin SW003

This Corian wall mounting wash basin is quite stunning and would really make a bath space shine for a relatively low price for such an amazing piece.

Purchase Information:

Price: $646
Availability: Buy Antelope Washbasin SW003 here

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The EcoSmart™ Vision Fireplace

“The Vision is a rectangular shaped fireplace. It is a freestanding piece of furniture designed to accept the EcoSmart™ flue less burner. The EcoSmart™ Vision features a double opening with a “see-through” effect. The double sided design features a toughened glass back which can be placed near a wall, or on display as a room divider – offering ultimate flexibility to move the fire anywhere that suits your living environment and creates an impressive centerpiece. This product provides unprecedented flexibility and is designed to meet contemporary interior styling for apartments, houses, bars and restaurants.”

[posted by kris]

Sycamore House by Kovac Architects

Here’s a rather well done site showcasing a home that “will serve as a laboratory for the…ongoing research into sustainable design.” It’s worth a look to see some ideas on integrating sustainable design into a home- there’s an excellent section showing various building materials that are environmentally friendly as well as a plan of how air will circulate, cutting down on air conditioning costs, etc. You can also see a live web-cam chronicling the construction.

“The home’s seamless integration of environmental systems and green materials is expected to make it one of the first in California to garner Platiunum Certification from the USGBC LEED for Homes Program. With construction beginning this summer, Sycamore House is scheduled for completion in 2008.”

[posted by katie]

Glass Garage Doors

It sounds weird to say that glass garage doors are one of my favorite things, but they are. I especially like the idea of a garage door in the place of a large window, allowing for opening/closing at the push of a button, old-school style.

[posted by katie]

More information:

View Glass Garage Doors here

Solar LED Architectural & Landscape Lighting

If you’re needing some landscape lighting, this would be something to consider.

“Solar Cynergy’s Solar LED lighting solutions exemplify the pragmatic and combine dynamic aesthetics with functional efficiency. From safety to pathway lighting, Solar Cynergy’s Residential RSC Solar LED Series will highlight your home for lifetimes to come.”

All RSC Series are made of Polycarbonite Resin and PC/ABS
Working Temp: -4 degrees to 158 F

– Made in Japan
– NO Battery! (capacitor technology)
– 10 Year Warranty, 25+ year life
– Weather resilient!
– Drive over them!
– Perfect accent for landscapes, pathways, driveways

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.99
Availability: Buy Solar LED Architectural & Landscape Lighting here

Heat Wave Radiator by Droog

You might blow your entire furnishing budget on this, but it might just be worth it.

“All that effort trying to hide the traditional, bulky radiator is finally eliminated with Joris Laarman’s Heat Wave Radiator. Designed with both form and function in mind, the baroque-like twists and turns of this piece are full of hidden details just waiting to be discovered with a close inspection! The design is not however just a pretty face; the form itself has more surface area than the usual radiator, hence more radiated heat.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $11,119.00
Availability: Buy Heat Wave Radiator by Droog here

INSTEON SwitchLinc Relay Countdown Timer

This would be handy to have in certain rooms like closets or pantries, or anywhere else where you find that you forget to turn the lights off.

“Press the paddle top to turn on the switch and activate the built-in timer, which will automatically turn the light off in 15 minutes. Tap the paddle top again, and the light will stay on for 1 hour. Each additional tap will add another hour to the timer, up to a maximum of 24 hours. If you would like the SwitchLinc Timer to act like a standard switch, press and hold the paddle top for about 2 seconds, and it will stay on until you turn it off.”

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.99
Availability: Buy INSTEON SwitchLinc Relay Countdown Timer here