by Ross Dulmaine @ 10:09 am post a comment »
(above) These fuzzy little wool owl ornaments are made entirely out of recycled materials. A word to the wise – you can only buy them as a wholesale set of 15 from from the folks @ Woolcrazy – $120.
(above) These handmade, screen-printed ornaments will add the perfect alternative spin to your holiday celebration. The retro designs are hand-drawn and then screen printed onto ecospun felt – felt that’s made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles – and applied using earth friendly inks. Available in sets of 10 of the same color (5 colors available), 2 of each design. $10 per set from Beckamade.
Monday, December 2, 2013
by Samantha Javier @ 2:09 pm 1 comment »
If you’re like me and you love aquarium fish as well as potted plants in your home then you’ll definitely be interested in Aquasprouts. This is a neat gift idea as well as something unique to decorate your home. The aquarium is an educational aquaponic system, sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Austin, Texas-based and made in the USA, Aquasprouts combines both fish and plants into one compact, fun unit.
The aquarium is a closed loop system so that the device is sustainable and efficient for buyers. They are also self-cleaning, self-fertilizing, support fish and also grows plants in a symbiotic relationship. I was amazed that the aquariums are filterless so you don’t have to worry about messy cleanup. The system enables you to grow basil, mint, or other herbs allowing you to always have produce at hand. It can also be implemented in classrooms or for children as a learning experience about ecosystems, earth cycles, aquaculture, and gardening.
The systems are a little pricey and there are only two options of 5.5 gallons and 10 gallons at $250 and $280. However, this includes everything you need and you’ll never have to change the filter or clean it again and you will always have food growing which also saves you a lot of money. I suggest you check out this interesting product and the video under their “About Us” section for yourself at: www.aquasprouts.com
Friday, November 22, 2013
by Ross Dulmaine @ 9:50 am post a comment »
Something new from something old – there’s a lot to love here – this industrial-looking coffee table is the offspring of a marriage of materials from another age. The table’s tongue-and-groove top retains all the charm and character of the reclaimed old growth Douglas fir “decking” from which it’s made – wood recovered from an old barn in Peoria, Oregon.
The top is mounted on an old-school industrial barrel caddy designed to roll a barrel from a standing position to a side position for easy pouring. The barrel caddie’s vintage, heavy duty metal casters still retain some red paint from their factory life well over a century ago.
The table’s creator, Woodworking craftsman Gary Compton of (more…)
Monday, November 18, 2013
by Ross Dulmaine @ 1:15 pm post a comment »
HabitatUne creates great-looking handmade headboards from locally-sourced reclaimed and salvaged wood. The queen-sized headboard – pictured above and below – measures a standard 60″ wide and roughly 20″ high. I love the forced perspective created by the pattern and assembly of the wood.
The headboard is made from reclaimed wood salvaged from a vintage home that was being renovated. Another interesting feature is that the headboard hangs from the wall instead of bolting to the bed – making it a perfect customization to a platform bed, or any bed with a frame. For apartment dwellers – it measures between 1″ and 2″ in depth – so it won’t take up a lot of space in a smaller room.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
by Debra Duneier @ 7:01 am post a comment »
Every space has a life of its own and creates a response within us. You can craft the desired experience in your home or office by the color palate you select.
The Five Elements of Feng Shui are Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. These elements are symbolic of the forces at work within the universe and impact our minds, our bodies and our lives. Each element represents a component of nature and each element is represented by a color. Like the elements, each color has an energy associated with it and a feeling. Think of expressions that we commonly use like, “she saw red!” or “I feel blue.” These are examples of how subconsciously we know that colors express and influence our emotions.
The colors we choose to live with affect our mood, our ability to focus, to heal and even influence the decisions that we make!
Earth is Yellow
Yellow is the color of sunshine and washes us with optimism and clear thinking. Paint your kitchen yellow and guests will gather there and be very talkative. Conversation will flow and there will be a general feeling of well-being. Color your home office with yellow and it will (more…)
Thursday, November 7, 2013
by Ross Dulmaine @ 12:40 pm 1 comment »
I admit it – I’m a sucker for rustic modern furniture – especially when it involves designs created from reclaimed wood like this Slab Side Table created by Micah Lother and the Norsk Valley Workshop.
It’s created from a cross section of a fallen old-growth tree salvaged and recovered from the north woods. The slab stands on modern steel hairpin legs giving it the vital rustic / modern juxtaposition. The table’s surface has been finely sanded, though the sides of the table retain the tree’s natural finish, nooks, crannies, bug holes and eccentricities (sans bark). The slab is sealed with natural oil. Each table is as unique as the fallen tree from which it is sourced.