Heated Glass Towel Warmers by Thermique

Does anything feel as luxurious as a warm towel on a cold autumn morning?   Mmmmm….  Cozy!

With the Thermique Heated Glass Towel Warmer, you can have have that wonderful warm fuzzy towel without sacrificing style, or the environment.  Read the rest of this entry »

“You Look Radiant” – Art Glass Radiators

In many parts of the world, radiators are still the heating source of choice.  There are a lot of good reasons to use them, including avoiding the indoor air quality issues associated with forced air heating.  However, radiators have one little problem,…

they usually look like this. Hmmm…  not the most inspiring look for a room, is it?

Now this is a bit more like it!  Read the rest of this entry »

Dude! – Recycled Surfboards

Maybe it’s because I went to high school in “Surf City” (aka Huntington Beach, CA) or maybe it’s just because it’s a cool way to recycle, but I think these surfboard showers are wicked awesome!

All images - Will and Jane Fowler

Created by Will and Jane Fowler out of used surfboards, and then covered in glass and mirror mosaics, each shower is completely unique.

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Think of the Children! – Waterfall Vanities

I love well thought out design solutions, especially when they are both stylish AND sustainable.

Case in point, this lovely little vanity by Waterfall Bathroom Furniture.  Designed most especially with children in mind, the “The Mailbox” vanity is made in Canada of FSC certified wood, and comes with a matching footstool that tucks neatly underneath.  Available in 13 different low-VOC finish colors, to match most decors.  You can even order it with your choice of either a Caesarstone or a 3-Form countertop.

And if you are looking for something a bit more elegant, there is always “The Louis”… Read the rest of this entry »

Flush With Success – The “Japanese Toilet”

I once went to stay with a friend in Japan for a few weeks.  Although the plum trees were in bloom, the shrines were stunning, and I stood inside one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world,… in the end, it was the toilets I marveled at the most.

Nowhere I have traveled has the humble toilet been more intriguing.  From the literal hole in the ground at a park rest stop, to the futuristic, captain of the Enterprise, push button laden, wash, blow and style model I was warned not to use at an acquaintances house, the Japanese are the masters of the W.C..

Other than the really comfy, but slightly disconcerting heated seats that seemed fairly ubiquitous, the single most logical thing I saw was the integrated sink.

“Why don’t we have these back home?” I exclaimed.   “What an incredibly sensible way to save space and water!  Where can I get one?”  Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Wrap-up – 3/19/10

Well, it’s been a busy week, and I haven’t had a chance to post as often as I wanted to, but there’s always next week, right?

Thank you so much to our guest blogger this week, Susan of Susan Serra & Associates.  Due to her MANY other commitments, she was only able to offer us two posts, but they are great ones!  You can see them here, and here.  We hope to have her back at some time in the future, so she can tell us more about greening the kitchen!

On a more somber note…

Image via Treehugger - SFI certified clear cut; Steve Ringman, Seattle Times

Treehugger writes about the ongoing debate about whether the USGBC should accept SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) lumber as well as the more stringently regulated FSC certified wood.  I’m going to write my two cents worth on this next week, but for now please feel free to read my post about why FSC certification matters on HomePortfolio.com.

Next up, the death of the incandescent bulb at Toshiba, a challenge from Green Your Decor and Sylvania, and a toilet that, um, separates your, um… oh just read it! Read the rest of this entry »

What a Relief – Gore Design

Like an extension of the natural world, the irregular topography of Gore Design’s Signature Erosion Sink has a beauty all it’s own. Read the rest of this entry »

Down the Designer Drain…

Here’s something I didn’t even know I needed, but now that I’ve seen them, I must have one!

Image via Designer Drains

Yes, I know you’re laughing at me now – it’s not fancy jewelry after all – but hear me out.

These are Designer Drains, and they are made in the U.S.A. out of reclaimed .060″ thick stainless steel.  You can get them in around 30 different patterns, and four different finishes.  Both round and square shapes are available.

The next one may just be my favorite… Read the rest of this entry »