I've been known to beg Calgon to take me away on occasion, but somehow my cramped bathroom and uncomfortable bathtub never seem to do the trick. In honor of those times in the upcoming holiday season when we all will wish for a relaxing break from the holiday lines and hectic schedules, here are some bathtubs worthy of that much needed escape.
Scenario: you've just moved in, everything is everywhere and all you want is to feel at home already. For us, that means among other things, having our books out and accessible. We didn't have a decent bookcase, so books stayed in boxes that took up valuable space, if only we'd seen this things might have looked better. These images from theshutdoor's Flickr page prove you can make piles of books look good with a little effort. We realise this storage solution is not for everybody for obvious reasons - accessibility is somewhat limited, but as a temporary solution while you are looking for a permanent book storage system, it can work. To avoid a big messy pile that screams 'just moved in and overwhelmed' try creating smaller, carefully arranged piles of books in different rooms or areas. Please don't stack them too high, or you may have to cry 'timber. Theshutdoor's whole house is very serene and full of light, check it out here.
We first started paying attention to the whole mattress debate three years ago when a good friend chucked their old bed, did a ton of research and then chose the EXPENSIVE Dux Bed. Readers consistently give these mattresses high quality, high price and high service votes. A Swedish design, the Dux Bed claims its fame from the huge multiple of springs in each mattress: 3,600 springs compared to the up to 900 springs found in conventional queen-size mattresses. This allows you just the right amount of firmness and softness so that your spine is straight and not bent. Dux Beds come in a few diffferent configurations, are extremely well made, have tons of springs and top layers of latex to conform to the body. A queen size will run you from $6,500, but should last you 20 years.... What's not to like?
Above: This kitchen transformation from My Domaine is quite lovely, but the thing that really caught my eye is the scalloped edges of the marble backsplash. The green and black color scheme of this kitchen is especially striking, but if you take a second glance, you might also be intrigued by those diamond-shaped cutouts, which are perfect for finger pulls - no hardware needed. This beautiful, uber-modern kitchen from Ecora has a special treat: a mirrored toe kick. This kitchen, spotted on Yatzer, has a glowing light strip recessed into the countertop. We've done a bit of coverage before on the world's most beautiful kitchen sinks, but I think this integral marble sink from Il Granito might take the cake. Even if you're not into the unusual color scheme in this kitchen from Gisbert Poeppler, here's a clever detail to steal - a shallow drawer, situated on the back of the countertop, that's perfect for storing tiny little sundries. Here's an especially lovely integrated drain board in a kitchen designed by French architect Eric Bommel. A copper sink is a bit humbler than a marble one, but no less lovely. This pegboard toe kick, in a kitchen spotted on Pocket Witch, is weird and quirky and wonderful. I love the inset stone countertop in this kitchen from Nordic Design - not nearly as expensive as installing stone in the entire kitchen, but just enough for a little grace note.
Q: I love our newly remodeled kitchen but, as soon as it was finished, I realized how much work the rest of the house needed - particularly our living space. The floor plan doesn't seem to lend itself well to proper, traditional placement of the furniture. The front door opens right in front of the only wall where it makes sense to place the TV. We do plan on eventually mounting the TV and hopefully getting a more narrow media stand. Would love any ideas on what type of furniture to buy for this room and where to place it. Would also like ideas on what to do on the large, bare wall behind the TV. We have 3 kids 5 and under so we would prefer furniture that can stand up to some wear. Editor: Leave your suggestions for rach4136 in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Milk may do a body good, but it doesn't do recycling any good. The Tetra Pak and other similar gable-top cartons that your milk and juice come in are coated with polyethylene, so most curbside recycling programs won't take them. Using a European technology, Iowa-based manufacturer ReWall turns poly-coated products into recycled wall boards, tile backers, sheathing, and decorative panels. Its line of 100% post-consumer recycled materials includes NakedBoard, which is suitable for supporting tile in wet areas, and EssentialBoard, which can be substituted for drywall. ReWall's recycling process starts with poly-coated cartons, cups and their components. The materials are shredded and then moved through a proprietary process that heats and compresses all that plastic, paper and ink into a final product. The environmentally-friendly process uses no added glue, water or chemicals in manufacturing. ReWall currently reuses 100 tons of materials a month, but plans to triple that figure later this year by partnering with recyclers to retrieve poly-coated paper waste bound for the landfill.
In many of the bathroom month posts, readers have expressed their love of Foam Soap Pumps. They drastically reduce the amount of soap you use and many find the feeling of foam more pleasant than a dense gel. In yesterday's Look! Do It Yourself Soap Saver post, reader CWillows shared the link to the Stainless Steel Foam Soap Pump, pictured at left. While we won't go into specifics concerning the hand model's manicure, we will share more details about this soap pump.... The stainless steel top screws on to a polycarbonate base. A small amount of liquid soap is all it takes to create a foamy soap. The product description reminds us that this type of non-aerosol pump is not for use with hand soaps that contain moisturizers.
Here on Re-nest we talk a lot about capturing water for and conserving water in our gardens. We haven't talked too much about designing gardens that limit runoff. When it comes to the environment, that's just as important. She calls it 'a manual on how to design and manage a garden that captures and keeps the water that it gets.' What's so important about capturing and keeping water? Well the more you capture and keep, the less you need to use. Kent stresses, if you capture it, you keep it from running off into the ocean, especially if you live near the coast. That's incredibly important, because the water that runs-off from our gardens tends to pick up to carry things like pesticides, oil, and cleaning solutions along with them.
Okay, now that we know how to clean it, we want to take a closer look at Kartell's Jolly side table. It's available in crystal clear and transparent colors like gray, yellow, orange, blue, and green. 'The table's a perfect 15.75' cube, made of a single sheet of 'Folded' plastic. Use one as an end table or two or three as a coffee table. Using such transparent furniture in a small space does a lot for continuity. It lets your floor or area rug show right through the tabletop, doesn't break up fields of material, making your place look more spacious. We like these simple little guys for their clarity, playfulness, and versatility.
Q: I've recently moved into a renovated rental, which is great... except that the bathroom and kitchen are very modern, whereas my style is more Mid-century modern/vintage industrial. How can I add style to these spaces without changing out everything? -Sent by Teedz. Editor: From your photos, the bathroom looks reasonably neutral in style but man, that kitchen is so shiny and new, verging on futuristic and clinical. Of course, I've lived in 100-year-old homes most of my life, so what's 'Futuristic' to me might just be 'Regular'. How can Teedz bring some Mid-century and vintage warmth, style, and maybe just a little bit of funk to this hypermodern home? Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
If you're more of an occasional entertainer, a large table doesn't need to be a permanent fixture. The Swallow Table is a project by design student Austeja Platukyte that disassembles easily for flat storage. The underside of the table has CNC cutouts that hold the legs when they're not in use, keeping everything together. The tabletop also has slots at either end for a linen tablecloth.