Gimme some spinach! We all know that spinach gave Popeye his power, but did you know it could also power your house? Inhabitat featured this fascinating piece about a house designed by Matthew Coates & Tim Meldrum that was the winner of the Cradle to Cradle contest. The house gets its electricity from spinach! Well, to be percise, it actually gets its power by solar energy, via a 'Solid-state photosynthetic solar based skin, who's main component for generating electricity from the sun is a protein called Photosystem 1, which is derived from spinach.' Posted originally from: AT:LA. The system also includes grey and black water recycling and the excess energy developed by the spinach based skin can be used to help power other sources or sent back to the grid. A fascinating concept that will definitely be something to watch as it continues to develop.
My design style is usually punctuated with color, however lately I have wanted to it all strip away and live in a house filled entirely with black and white furnishings. While this may sound stark and cold, I think personal effects, soft fabrics and a plush rug would warm up the space. Here is the living room of my vision - a luxe interpretation of black and white. Regency Bullseye Fireplace made out of limestone, English Fireplaces3.
Nothing says style like a shiny, black, Baby Grand Piano, but did you ever think you'd house one in your toddler's room? Well, what better time than the holidays to surprise a little one with the gift of music? Schoenhut Pianos have been around since 1872 when the toy piano company was founded by a German immigrant named Albert Schoenhut. Each handcrafted piano has a spellbinding sound produced by tiny hammers striking metal rods, and they never have to be tuned. There are many beginner 'Pianos', many of them digital, out there for aspiring little ones, but this one is the closest thing to the real deal. The width between the keys is the same as an adult piano so students will learn how to stretch their fingers properly, and each piano includes a songbook that helps children learn using Schoenhut's patented Learning system. If you're not up for the baby grand just yet, check out the other models including the 'My First Piano' model. I don't know, maybe it's just because I wish I'd had piano lessons when I was little, but I love the idea of one of these glossy guys sitting under the tree with a big red bow. Check out their website at toypiano.com where you can even hear a sampling of toy piano playing by Julliard graduate, Margaret Leng Tan.
On a recent long-distance move, I was perplexed when it came to moving a large drum shade from A to point B. It would have taken a gargantuan box to enclose and protect it. I suspended the shade overhead. Tying a line from side to side near the top of the cargo area provides a place to suspend fragile items, thus preventing them being smooshed or knocked around during the move. That upper-most space in moving trucks is often unused and this is a way to put it to use. To keep the shade clean, I wrapped it in a large 55-gallon trash bag before hanging it. On arriving at the destination, I opened the bag and found the shade in perfect condition. It was perfectly safe hanging from above, dangling and swinging its way across the miles!
Here are some suggestions for how to choose cabinetry that will make your modern kitchen sing. Frameless cabinets require full overlay doors, and they tend to look more modern. Framed cabinets can skew either traditional or modern, depending on which types of doors you choose. Inset doors are attached within the cabinet box, like they would be in a piece of furniture, instead of covering the cabinet box; this configurations is seen in the lower cabinets in Charlotte and Boris's home. Full overlay doors are the most common choice for modern cabinetry. It is, of course, possible to have full overlay doors in a traditional style, but this is the most common foundation for a modern kitchen. One easy way to take your kitchen to the modern side is to choose flat-front cabinet doors. If you want a modern kitchen, your cabinetry should be relatively simple, without too many decorative elements. Salvaged wood can, with the right design, still look modern, but if you want to keep things simple, remember that smooth is the way to go. We are all familiar with the modern, white kitchen, as well as with the fact that painted cabinets have had a resurgence.
We all know that you're not 'supposed' to have a TV in your bedroom, that it gets in the way of romance, that it can make it difficult to sleep, and that your bedroom should be for sleeping not for watching. If you do, have you had any of the negative side effects that are claimed in Feng Shui books? Are you a convert, having had a TV in the bedroom and now being adamant against it? If you're living in a studio, you might not have the option of putting the TV in another room, so then what? Do you have it hidden, facing away? I only ever had one in my room as a teenager and it definitely kept me awake. In my adult-hood I've tried to keep the bedroom simple and tht has meant no tv.
The majority of you are 'Over' wall stickers. Look! If you put hooks on it it makes this wall sticker even cooler!
Q: I am about to move into a new apartment, and the front room is currently painted deep red, ceiling and all. I do like the color, but it definitely makes the room feel dark, and maybe a bit smaller than it is. Painting the ceiling a different color is not an option, since there is no 'Edge,' where the wall and ceiling meet, the sides are rounded. Colors for the fireplace, windows, curtains, lighting ideas? Furniture that goes with deep red? I am starting from scratch, so all suggestions appreciated. Just in case it matters, the room that you can see off to the left will be the living room, and it is being painted a light gray color. Editor: Please share your suggestions and advice with Megan in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
This image of Altman's new Nuva faucet surprised us a bit: It's one of the few modern faucets we've seen in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. Sleek and modern faucets have always been most popular in a shiny chrome or brushed finish - and oil-rubbed bronze is usually reserved for the more traditional styles.... Even on the Altman's website it is difficult to find an example or description of the Nuva faucet pictured. We imagine this finish is an option that is just not purchased very often.