Daylight savings time ended in almost all of the US yesterday, which means that the lights at home are going to burn an hour more than they did last week. California studied this very question a few years back and concluded that everyone in California will use, on average, about 3400 megawatts more per day-about. So you're unlikely to see a big difference in your bill; saving energy, it seems, makes sense only when you think of it at a macro level. More resources: Switch to compact fluorescents to save money on your electric bill. Try out energy-efficient track lighting to get light just where you need it. Monitor your home's consumption of electricity with TED... ...or use Mr. Sketch for a low-tech way to keep track of energyimage by davidallag via sxc.
Your morning shower or evening bath is not the time to check in on your Facebook notifications or Tweet to your followers. It is the perfect time to study up on emoticons for your marathon chat sessions.... The Text Talk Vinyl Shower Curtain from Bed Bath & Beyond features a design that includes all your favorite emoticons and their non-cyber meaning, plus we're sure a bunch of cool new emoticons you don't even know about. If you're so inclined to get your bathroom geeked out with drooling, hugging and smiling cyber-faces, pick one up at the Bed Bath & Beyond Web site for $14.99.
Need to dress up your laptop to take it into the office? We saw this laptop bag pop up all over the net this week. It comes from the husband/wife team, Barry's Farm, and we found it pretty clever. We headed over to see what else they had to offer. What we discovered was a plethora of funny laptop sleeves to choose from. We thought we'd share with you some of our faves. Which includes this clever monster case Not into bright blue fuzz? There are also a range of vinyl cases with hedgehogs and ice cream cones. We just recently splurged on a new Macbook, and we can't wait to choose one of these to store it in. What's great about this site, is that they offer a range of pre-sized cases, and if your's is not listed, you can customize the dimensions to fit your own laptop.
More playful than a pillow, not as dominating as a whole sofa, they're the perfect spark for my creative fire. The latest object of my affection is this chic, Southwest-inspired beauty. If money was no object, here's how I'd design a room around this pretty piece. The Dale chair features a classic shape with a touch of flirty fun. I'd echo the pattern in a complimentary kilim rug and allude to the nailhead detail with metal accents. I'd keep it urban with a modern take on the chesterfield sofa, add a dose of rustic wood, and soften it with a few ruffles and curves.
Lately, we've been in love with deep, rich blues and Candy Pop's shade is right up our alley. Walls reminiscent of blue candy mixed with design elements similar to those in Marie Antoinette, this is one bedroom we could get comfortable in. More views of Candy Pop's fancy blue bedroom after the jump! Vintage floral curtains and antique lighting fixtures will upgrade any bedroom instantly. We also love how Candy Pop mixes mirrored accents and clear furniture which adds to the drama of a bedroom. A great combo-the classic Ghost chair paired with a romantic vanity. The bedside lamp shade reminds us of cotton candy and we love how the pair are settled on a decorative plate.
When we first spotted this adorable piece, we thought it was a table covered with a lacy table cloth. We were surprised to find that it was actually a side table with elaborate cut outs in it. 'This great hardwood construction cubic side table, $199, by Brocade Home and measures 16' all around. The butterfly pattern runs across the entire cube and is a lovely addition to any room. If white isn't quite your thing, the table is also available in coffee.
I removed the room's door, which I never closed anyway. Talk about a great space saver! Without the door swinging into the room, I could use the entire wall. After painting the rest of the room an energizing bright white, I treated this wall with chalkboard paint, which both minimizes the visual presence of the crate and shelving brackets and gives me a surface for writing notes. My office eventually will double as a sleeping space for visiting nieces and nephews, so the chalkboard wall will be fun for them too. My desk, which I pushed out of the way for the 'After' photo, is now in the center of the room, directly beneath the light. The barre is behind the desk, where the crate used to be, and I now have plenty of room for my daily stretching. The other side of the room is still in progress, but I promise to show a Before & After of the entire office when I'm done.
While checking out some photos at Taverne-Agency, we got so inspired by this one photo of a neutral living room with an effective and sophisticated pop of jewel-toned purple. Usually when we see rooms with all the requisite designer touches, it's hard to see how this would translate in our own home without getting the exact same or similar pieces. This solution to making a colorful statement is simple: if you're a bit bored of your neutral-toned room, add one strong color accessory and call it a day.
Shortly after our son was born, we came across a Magic Cabin catalog and as we turned each page we became completely enchanted with every item inside. Simple and natural is often best when it comes to children�s toys and Magic Cabin is a retailer which takes this notion to heart. Founded by stay-at-home mom Sara McDonald, Magic Cabin began in 1989 with a 12-page hand-drawn catalog which featured McDonald�s popular Waldorf-style dolls, and since then Magic Cabin has grown immensely. Wooden toys, beeswax candle-making kits, dress up clothing and even furniture are to be found there. Magic Cabin's wooden toys are beautiful artisanal works with great attention to detail. They can easily be passed down from sibling to sibling as they are made from hearty, natural materials rather than cheap plastics. Having the word Magic in their name is no misnomer as nearly everything they offer has a soupcon of whimsy and enchantment. Some pieces that stand out are their Tree Fort made from salvaged branches, their toddler walker with wooden blocks made from solid beechwood, and a colorful flowered clothes rack made from Baltic birch. As stated on their Web site, 'Our mission is to provide quality natural-fiber dolls that represent all the colors of humanity; toys with simple designs to encourage creative, imaginative play.'
It's come to my attention through an unofficial office poll that many, many households are still showering with a stationary shower head and I feel it's my duty to tell you you're missing out. It's adjustable so people of different heights can shower comfortably. This is especially helpful when cleaning and rinsing the shower. I can get the water flow close to my own head when rinsing out heavy conditioner to make sure it's all gone. I can fill a tall bucket with hot water by setting it in the tub. I can spray my boyfriend in the face after he scares me by yelling 'Boo' while I'm in the shower. Ana Bath 5 inch 5 function shower head. $52.99 at Amazon. Time to tell us about your shower habits: do you share my love of the hand held or do you have another style to share?
Even in a small apartment, different seating areas mean that your TV isn't always in the position for optimal viewing. Enter the Rulla TV Swivel Stand from Ikea-basically, a 'Lazy susan' for your TV. 'At only 3/4' high and only $12.99, the Rulla is a convenient way to make your TV more, well, convenient to you. Here's the practically invisible Rulla in action; it blends especially well with the silver TV. In this room, the couch is visible in the picture; the loveseat is to the left of the view of the picture, on a right angle to the couch. The Rulla TV Swivel Stand makes head-on viewing possible from any seated position in the room.
The difference between a bookshelf and a book shelf is not simply an extra tap on the space bar. The former is exactly what you think it is, a shelving system for books. The latter is a shelf made from a book, which looks amazing, especially when used to hold other books. We love this easy but oh-so-pleasing shelf from Instructables. Using an old book, an L-bracket and a couple of screws, this eye-catching shelf can be made in no time at all. The intriguing thing about this project is the lack of visible supports. The final effect is a mind-bending visual that will definitely make people stop and scratch their heads. Be sure to scroll through the comments section beneath the tutorial-the user-submitted photos really give you a sense of this project's potential.