Fireplaces aren't just a simple wood burning contraption of yesteryear. Modern day fireplaces can be gas, propane, or even electric - and they can look fantastic as well. Check out some great indoor and outdoor fireplaces for your modern home. 'Dimplex 50' Linear Electric Fireplace - BLF50: Providing over 4,000 BTU of heat, this remote controlled electric fireplace from Dimplex is versatile in its installation. Napoleon Linear Patio Flame: At just over 4 feet wide, this outdoor propane unit includes a kit to convert it to natural gas. A powder coated exterior and stainless steel lid gives your outdoor space an instant modern look while keeping warm. Firegear 60-inch Linear Fireplace Cabinet: This 5' long fireplace comes ready for you to finish however you like in your outdoor patio space. Napoleon 48' Linear Wall Mount Electric Fireplace EFL48: This 48' electric fireplace is reasonably priced at just over $600. Decorative stone embers and a painted black frame give this unit a sleek look.
If you've got a ton of digital photos uploaded on Facebook for grandparents or friends, and printing them out in any tangible form seems overwhelming at this point, check out Shape Collage. Download it for free and in less than a minute, it'll transform those photos into any shape imaginable. You chose the shape, and then you can adjust the size, number, and spacing of the photos included. Download it free here, or if you want to use photos that aren't online, you can upgrade to a $25 personal account. We'd be willing to give it a shot because it does something with those photos in less than a minute- maybe a good grandparent gift?
Man's best friend? More like full-fledged family. For many, a home isn't truly a home without a furry fido to share it with. In honor of the holiday, National Dog Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite person-pet portraits from our house tours. They're a heartwarming glimpse into these special relationships and will both make you smile and want to cuddle up with your own canine.
We've been talking about giving your spaces a mini green clean makeover and on today's agenda is the living room. If your living room is used as much as ours is, not only could it use a little sprucing up, but a green touch would make us feel more comfortable in the space. Try leaving your shoes at the front door when you enter your home, or even just outside the living room if you're a shoes-on person. Upholstery Is Meant To Be Cleaned: Although the thought of cleaning your upholstery sends some minds into a frantic state, we promise it isn't as difficult as it sounds. 'Mix 1/2 cup of an environmentally safe dish washing liquid and 1 cup water in a large bowl, then whip with a hand mixer until the mixture looks like whipped cream. Using a small scrub brush, gently shampoo a small area at a time, using a spatula or rubber scraper to lift away the dirty suds. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth. Rinse the cloth frequently in clean water, wringing it out until it is nearly dry.' With open windows to keep you cool a fan is a great compliment, but the dust that builds up is simply redistributed around the room if not caught. Do you have a green cleaning tip to add to the list? How do you keep your living room clean while being earth-friendly? Let us know below!
The picture doesn't give us much to work with, but this is the Green Kitchen Concept by Whirlpool. It looks like something the Jetson's might have liked and it does some things that seem pretty futuristic, as well. The Green Kitchen has one big thing going for it - it will supposedly turn its wasted water and energy into fuel. Engadget says '60-percent of the water and heat generated from diverted to fuel other appliances.' One example given on every blog we can find that mentions the green kitchen is that the heat produced in the compressor coils of the fridge would heat that hot water in the dishwasher. It's only a concept right now - but it's one we like.
This minimalist desk lamp strips the elements of a light fixture down to the bare necessities, the bulb and the wire carrying power to the bulb. There is also no switch to clutter the design, simply touch the aluminum clamp and the light source fades on or off. In addition to the desk lamp, this idea has also been extended to a chandelier, floor and wall mounted lamp. As this is still a concept, unveiled at Salone de Mobile 2007, no pricing or availability has yet been announced but you contact the designers directly here.
Re-nest's Creative Reuse series continues with this great idea from reader Heather... and check out Lisa's raised dog feeder in the image below left. We're wondering what impact the economic crisis has had on your remodeling plans. We cover a report that says that strict new regulations on green building and energy use will help the economy. We've got the scoop on the latest design from green architect Michelle Kaufmann, and we've also found some hot 80% post-consumer recycled glass tiles. Who would have thought napkin rings and an old picture frame could make this? We're wondering: have you changed your remodeling plans because of the economic situation? A new report says increasing energy efficiency standards puts more money in people's pockets-and that, in turn, helps strengthen the economy. Unlike a lot of other so-called 'Recycled' tile, Trend's latest offering is 80% post-consumer recycled. As usual, we think Michelle Kaufmann's design sensibility is fantastic. This new design takes a slightly warmer approach than we've become accustomed to.
Jason Wu's latest creative venture is a collaboration with Canvas, the online retailer who works with artisans and craftsmen from the US and abroad to create products with simple, sustainable style. The collaboration of Jason Wu and Canvas brings together two unique creative forces. Combining Jason's old world sophistication and modern sensibility with canvas' understated elegance through the use of classic propportions and creative hand finishes, they have created a collection of beautiful, yet functional seating tables, lighting and accessories.