Design

Hotel Felix Chicago: Leading the Way in Green Hotels

Hotel Felix Chicago: Leading the Way in Green Hotels

During our time in Chicago for the Craftsman Experience Holiday Extravaganza, we had the pleasure to stay at the Hotel Felix in downtown Chicago. The Hotel Felix is Chicago’s first hotel designed to meet Silver LEED certification. During construction they focused on using organic materials and renewable resources. Location Location […]

New Ideas for Your Laundry Rooms

Some of us homeowners are lucky to have space on our 1st floor to have a designated laundry room. Even if your laundry room is in your dungeon (Oh, I mean basement) you can incorporate these thoughts into your design, for a better use of space. And…let’s be honest, creating […]

Bodum Santos Makes Coffee Sexy

Bodum Santos Makes Coffee Sexy

If a coffee maker can be sexy then the Bodum Santos is the one. Perhaps its the smooth hour glass shape or the delicate handle and top, whatever it is, Bodum has designed an incredible looking coffee maker. Our bodum electric vacuum coffee maker served it’s last cup after continuous […]

Compact Kitchen For Small Spaces

Compact Kitchen For Small Spaces

The alternative post for this was going to be “why design students never cease to amaze me”. Designed by Kristin Laass and Norman Ebelt from Germany, this clever project (spotted on freshome) is called “Small Type” and it has the wonderful and extremely practical ability of fitting in almost any […]

The Grass Really Is Greener With Design Grass

The Grass Really Is Greener With Design Grass

You’ve got a dilemma. Maybe you live in an urban environment and are starved for lush landscaping. Or you live in an arid climate in which grass is minimized to require less water. Or you really, really love the outdoors and want to bring them inside your home. The solution? […]

Kohler Wellworth Toilet 75th Year Redesign

Kohler Wellworth Toilet 75th Year Redesign

At Greenbuild this year, Kohler introduced it’s its popular Wellworth toilet which has undergone a redesign both cosmetically and internally. They’ve been selling the Wellworth toilet since 1936 and at a retail cost of $261 it is one of the best values you’ll find in terms of quality and design […]

TOTO Double Cyclone Flush Toilets and EcoPower Faucets

TOTO Double Cyclone Flush Toilets and EcoPower Faucets

TOTO is well known for creating stylish toilets that have multi-functions such as the washlet. They were on hand Greenbuild this year sharing their latest innovations, two of which we found fascinating. Their eco-power faucets and double cyclone flushing system. TOTO EcoPower Faucets The EcoPower faucets are engineered to require […]

Dream Of A Green Christmas With Energy Star Lights

Dream Of A Green Christmas With Energy Star Lights

We don’t want to completely bypass Thanksgiving to get to Christmas, but many people opt to break out the holiday decorations the weekend after Turkey Day. And if you have Christmas lights hanging on a tree, elsewhere in your home or outside, you may want to make the switch to […]

Matching Kitchen Countertops and Cabinets from Viola Park

Matching Kitchen Countertops and Cabinets from Viola Park

We’ve got news from Viola Park which is now offering countertop packages designed to work in tandem with its base units, that they hope helps simplify the process of buying a kitchen. This eliminates the need for templating or waiting for a third party to manufacture countertops after the rest […]

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Going green has never been so stylish thanks to Hover Houses, created by Glen Irani Architects. The third in the series (pictured above), built on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, continues a trend of “maximizing outdoor living environments by structurally ‘hovering’ the building envelope above the land,” according to […]

5 Questions To Ask Your Kitchen Designer

5 Questions To Ask Your Kitchen Designer

Designing your kitchen space can seem overwhelming at times, especially in the beginning stages. You can save A LOT of time, stress and angst if you hire a kitchen professional that works in this field of design. Once you make that time-saving decision, here are 5 questions you should make […]

Painting Stripes Made Easy With U-Stripe-It & Design

Painting Stripes Made Easy With U-Stripe-It & Design

Painted stripes have a transformative power. Wide, colorful stripes add a bit of whimsy to a room, while narrow, more muted lines exude a certain sophistication. Yet when it comes to actually painting stripes, the precision work can often be tedious and time-consuming. Enter the U-Stripe-It & Design tool! Created […]

Embrace Contrast With Dark Grout

Embrace Contrast With Dark Grout

During this morning’s perusal of ApartmentTherapy, I stumbled across a fantastic idea: combining gleaming white subway tile with dark grout to create a vivid yet polished contrast. I love the way the grout makes the tiles pop — this could be a fascinating decorating technique for a kitchen or bathroom. […]

Green Home Design: Passive House

Green Home Design: Passive House

One of the trends in green home design is building Passive Houses as shown in an article last week in the New York Times, Can We Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?. Our friends at Jetson Green have been on top of this trend for awhile and have compiled […]

Unique Wallpaper Honors Space Travel

Unique Wallpaper Honors Space Travel

After designer Elizabeth Kelly of Studio Print Works bought an old farmhouse, she became enamored with the crumbling wallpaper left behind in a boy’s room. She saved several pieces and approached Studio Print Works to recreate the images, resulting in a new wallpaper collection called “Blast Off.” Part of the […]

Join The Colour Project

Join The Colour Project

Talk about painting with a purpose. The Colour Project is beginning a color movement across the world. Their site states that “Grey is out. Gloom is gone. It’s time to live our life in colour.” This amazing project is traveling all over the world, from Johannesburg to Istanbul, to bring […]

White Cabinetry Offers Timeless Appeal, Numerous Options

White Cabinetry Offers Timeless Appeal, Numerous Options

Oh, the white kitchen! How it seems to just lift the room and allow a homeowner to take a breathe of calmness when entering it’s calm surround. White is, to date, one of the most popular choices in cabinetry (and overall kitchen color schemes) and will likely remain that way […]

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

The Eames House is one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles and located just off the PCH in Pacific Palisades, California. Completed in 1949, some believe the Eames House has yet to be equaled in modern architecture. The design concept was also a precursor to the prefab home construction […]