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Braille Wall Flats by Inhabit

These are by far the best in the recent world of embossed/textured wall coverings. They give pattern in such a way that adds interest without the distraction of too much detail or texture…

“Inhabit’s Embossed Wall Flats are designed to expand in any direction. With peel-and-stick adhesive tabs and an automatic pattern repeat these wall tiles are simple, modern, versatile and goof-proof. You can cover a existing wall, help disguise a not-so-smooth wall or add a modern pattern to any room setting. ”

Off-white paintable surface.
Inhabit Wall Flats are made with 100% bamboo pulp.

18″ x 18″ panels
10 panels per box
Coverage: 22.5 square feet

Purchase Information:

Price: $86.00
Availability: Buy Braille Wall Flats by Inhabit here

Snowcrash sound panels

This is something I’ve wanted to use in a project since I saw it here but I’ve never had the need to. It’s acoustic paneling that adds a most interesting visual texture to the room as well.

“The panels are targeted to be most efficient in the frequency range corresponding to human voice communication and all the common acoustic environments associated with this.”

Each panel measures 23″ x 23″ x 3.15″
Made of Recyclable moulded polyester fiber
Available in four colors

Update: This item seems to be no longer available. (11/19/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $685.00
Availability: Buy Snowcrash sound panels here

Jenn-Air® Tall Tub Dishwasher

I like how there are no buttons visible, just a handle.

“Fully integrated controls provide a smooth exterior. This dishwasher also features a tall tub interior with 5-level/7-tier UltraClean wash system and Sensor Clean cycle with ClearScan™ sensor that determines the proper cycle based on how dirty the dishes are.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $949.00
Availability: Buy Jenn-Air® Tall Tub Dishwasher here

Prologue Kitchen Sink w/Work Surface

It’s nice that this sink has a work surface incorporated…would make for very easy cleanup.

* 18-gauge stainless steel
* No faucet hole drilling
* Undercounter installation
* Single basin with recessed wet work surface
* Custom fit cutting board and colander included

42″L x 18-3/4″W x 9-3/4″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $1425.00
Availability: Buy Prologue Kitchen Sink w/Work Surface here

La Toscana wall mounted faucet & Duravit Vero Washbasin

Looking for a way to spruce up your bath? Here’s a nice little duo that’s sure to please the eye and bank account.

La Toscana wall mounted faucet, $282.39
Duravit Vero Washbasin, $348.75

(Link and price updated January 19, 2011. Thanks Josh!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $282.39
Availability: Buy La Toscana wall mounted faucet & Duravit Vero Washbasin here

Great resource for Modern Baths

I just found a great resource for modern plumbing fixtures that are not too expensive. Usually when you buy plumbing (unless you buy it all in a vanity), you have to purchase the drains and everything in an a la carte fashion. So I went though and picked what I would want to buy if I were remodeling my bath. Which I just might.

Far left is the Luka Vessel Sink priced at $247. Middle top is the drain, priced at $34.95. Middle bottom is the p-trap, also priced at $34.95. The p-trap is the plumbing that carries the water from the drain to the plumbing behind the wall. Usually they are pretty unattractive, but I was pleasantly surprised to find one so nice for so inexpensive. Finally, far right is the Roma faucet priced at $119.

So far, your new bath vanity is costing you around $435. Now all you need is a piece of furniture to go below it. This all depends on the amount of space you’re working with. You could have your carpenter just build a nice floating vanity. Obviously, you’d want it to be structurally sound enough to hold the weight of the sink and all the pressure that comes with using a sink. Not to mention you’d have to treat the furniture piece it to deal with the moisture in the area.

Not a bad starting point for a vanity make-over.

Neutra Face

Custom House Numbers allows you to select virtually any font and they will create outdoor lettering for your address. It also allows you to select height, width and finish options, whether you want your numbers to be hollow or solid, etc. They have a pricing calculator so you can weigh your options without having to email someone everytime you change your mind. That’s a nice option.

More information:

View Neutra Face here

Ikea Hacks

Speaking of Apartment Therapy, they’re currently running their “smallest coolest apartments 2006″ contest right now, and I’ve fallen in love with many of the entries but I thought this apartment has the most innovative use of the Ikea Pax wardrobe doors I’ve ever seen. Vince (the resident) used it in his tiny apartment as a movable wall that let’s light in but also provides privacy and dividing the space for different purposes.

For those of you who are DIY inclined, there are several of really great usable ideas on the site.

Pax Stordal Doors, $320

Stolmen Post, $30

Total cost approximately $800

All of this via Apartment Therapy. Please go check out their contest and vote on your favorite entries.

More information:

View Ikea Hacks here

Source: Apartment Therapy

Wet Cube Tub

I have fantasies about buying a large space and dividing it up to suit my needs. I think I just found my first piece that I could design the whole apartment around. I would definitely use privacy glass for the walls so the tub would be on display when not in use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4016.00
Availability: Buy Wet Cube Tub here

Patrick Messier: Flo Sink

This would make a nice addition to any modern bath. Drain and faucet not included.

Technical Description:
Perspex acrylic resin. 5.87 us gal (22.2L) capacity.

Size: 16.34″ width x 9.45″ height x 16.34″ depth.
Free Shipping in US.

Purchase Information:

Price: $580
Availability: Buy Patrick Messier: Flo Sink here

Budget Bath Remodel

It doesn’t actually cost that much money to revamp your bath. For less than the cost of a good bedspread, you can increase the value of your property by several thousand dollars by doing a remodel, assuming you do it properly.

You will also have to find a vanity for your sink to rest on. There are several options available to you. If you opt for marble or some other stone countertop, the cost usually includes delivery, installation and drilling any holes that are required for plumbing. Or you can do what I did when I was looking for a marble table top which is ask if the stone suppliers have any scrap in stock. I was able to find a large piece that was from the cutout of a fireplace and saved about 70% that way.

*Please double check to make sure all the pieces work together and that you have the correct clearances on your vanity.

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.95
Availability: Buy Budget Bath Remodel here

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EcoSmart® Fireplace

I love the way minimal fireplaces look, but they often require a fancy architect. Here’s a solution that doesn’t require an architect, and as an added benefit, it’s being touted as an environmentally friendly open fireplace.

It’s Flue less, easily transportable, does not require any installation or utility connection for fuel supply. It’s fuelled by a renewable energy (Denatured Ethanol), it burns clean and is virtually maintenance free.

The best part about it is that the EcoSmart® Fires can be free standing, wall mounted, fully fitted into a range of personalised finishes, shapes and colors or inserted into a closed-off fireplace. The burner can also be inserted into joinery to create a streamlined bench top feature. Without the need for flue or pipe connections, EcoSmart® Fires offer remarkable design flexibility previously unavailable to the consumer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2910.60
Availability: Buy EcoSmart® Fireplace here

Conmoto Fire Support, 2 pc. Set

This fireplace support is so simple and beautiful it takes my breath away.

Purchase Information:

Price: $550
Availability: Buy Conmoto Fire Support, 2 pc. Set here

Chiocciola Shower

Roll-in showers are great for the wheel-chair bound, assuming there is a full 60 inches diameter of turning space inside. This roll-in shower would work for anyone with discerning eye and a desire to break-up the vast expanse of tilework.

Justification: Agreed, this is not entirely affordable, but this isn’t a labor intensive install, and labor costs can really add up if you’re not careful. Scrimp a little by buying a generic shower head and tap.

Screen is matte finish acrylic with Exmar composite made from resin and quartz powder.

Available in white or sand finish.
Select left or right hand entry.

Imported from Italy.

Tap and shower head not included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12,470.00
Availability: Buy Chiocciola Shower here

ball ceiling fan

If you’re looking for an alternative to the terrible wicker patterned ceiling fans that come in most apartments, try the ball fan from y lighting.

Purchase Information:

Price: $264
Availability: Buy ball ceiling fan here