by Jordan Stauder @ 7:09 am post a comment »
These attractive heating panels from BRZ Brands, dubbed “Hot Art™,” are far and away the prettiest space heaters coming to market this fall. Hanging on the wall as your typical home décor piece, these works of art act as highly efficient room-heaters, using the same infrared heating technology as the many umbrella-like heaters you find on restaurant patios in the winter. Hot Art pieces serve as hidden, energy efficient heaters in the home and can even be placed in covered areas outdoors, providing a much-needed aesthetic makeover to the common space heater. But how are they more energy efficient? Let us compare them to your conventional space heater. (more…)
Thursday, October 30, 2014
by Sheila Thomas @ 9:09 am post a comment »
Something wicked this way comes: Adding some low impact flare to your Halloween décor
As with any holiday, when looking around for fun decorations it’s important to think about the materials those decorations are made from and what will become of them when they are tossed out. So keeping this in mind and counting down to the last day before Halloween – I’m going to share a fun and simple DIY anyone can do to add some last minute-flare using basic cardboard. (more…)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 9:00 am post a comment »
If you live in an environment that is prone to extreme weather events like big winter snowstorms, high winds, or hurricanes you might want to contemplate what’s going to happen when the lights go out (and they will). One solution – an energy-efficient LED light bulb which contains a rechargeable battery that keeps the bulb lit when the power goes out and operates like a normal LED light bulb when the juice is on.
The SmartCharge LED Bulb was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that reached 183% of its target. SmartCharge is a nifty solution for folks who experience frequent power loss, or those who can’t afford to be left in the dark. (more…)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
by Sheila Thomas @ 10:15 am post a comment »
LED vs. Wick: shedding a little light …
A glowing Jack-O-Lantern is about as iconic Halloween as you can get. But lately, more and more families have been switching out their old fashioned candles for new battery-powered LED options. As LEDs grow in popularity they are slowly replacing traditional candles. So the question becomes, are these battery-powered LEDs more eco-friendly than their candle counterparts?
Let’s breakdown some environmental pros and cons of each option. An LED candle:
- CONS – it has a plastic body and powered by batteries.
- PROS – they last longer than a candle (so we won’t go through as many) and they come with no risk of fire or fumes. Here are some rechargeable battery-powered LED votive solutions on amazon.com.
Whereas traditional candles:
- PROS – usually burn themselves out leaving little behind so there is less waste for the landfills
- CONS – most candles on the market are made from paraffin wax, which is a petroleum product derived from oil. Burning this type of candle increases dependence on oil and also releases byproducts like carbon dioxide, toxic toluene and benzene. Exposure to these substances is linked to nervous system damage and endocrine disruption. Lastly, there is always a risk of fire.
Perhaps it’s these negatives of a conventional candle that has families turning to the LED option … but with anything battery-powered we need to take into consideration what impact the batteries have. One-time use batteries are commonly alkaline batteries and when they’re done they are discarded. Almost all Halloween candle LED substitutes use one-time use batteries. And the batteries contain harmful materials like cadmium, lead, mercury, copper, zinc, manganese and potassium that we don’t want leaching into ground water. Because of their toxic nature they can’t be tossed in the recycling bin, nor can they be tossed in the trash. Every city handles battery disposal differently but they do need to be collected and disposed of properly.
(above) Candy Corn Soy Votive Candles with Cotton Wicks, scented with phthalate-free scented oil (3-pack, $9) @ theprismaticpeacock on etsy.
Which brings me back to the candle option … you can make your traditional candle cleaner and greener by: (more…)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
by Maureen O'Connor @ 9:42 am post a comment »
Does your little lover of nature need some woodland creatures or rustic art to adorn their room? These handmade artworks will add rustic charm to any kid’s room or nursery. These sweet pieces of wall art have been designed and made by the husband and wife team of Denise and Robert Devenie of Devenie Designs.
Woodland creatures, trees and messages are featured on weathered reclaimed planks that have been hand painted, refinished and sealed. A cool way to add inspiration to (more…)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 9:20 am post a comment »
Art or furniture? The answer is – both. design Provocateur is a New Jersey based collection of artists, architects and designers led by Robert delPazzo. The design group creates furniture and decor that merges art and design with discarded, recycled and vintage materials to create unexpected art furniture – like their “Louis XV” gilt lounge chairs (above). The chairs have been re-upholstered with custom printed cloth featuring a thought-provoking image of the burning rainforest. (The rainforest image was custom printed on the fabric by Duggal of New York)
The striking vintage chaise lounge (above) has been custom painted by artist Nelma Guimaraes. This OOAK piece features a secret storage compartment under the cushion and oodles of exotic style.
The “Dirty Secrets Bench” (above) is constructed from an eclectic assortment of chairs backs and furniture pieces – all (more…)
Thursday, October 2, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 10:02 am post a comment »
What could be more rewarding than joining a growing trend in eco-friendly interior design and saving precious trees? If you’re a friend of the Earth and decorating your abode the answer is probably – not much! That being the case, we thought we’d do a quick roundup of 5 great home decorating solutions that all involve reclaimed wood.
This modern looking bed frame and headboard (above) possesses clean lines, modern styling and all the character of the reclaimed wood from which it’s constructed … and it’s suitable for regular or memory foam mattresses. Made from reclaimed antique pine, and/or oak, the bed can be ordered in any size. The twin is $840 from BarnWoodFurniture
(above) A modern dresser created from vintage, reclaimed wood, this classy OOAK piece features: touch release drawers, salvaged wood, finished birch and reclaimed heart pine. $1,350.00 from Croft House LA (more…)
Thursday, September 25, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 10:25 am post a comment »
I’ve got a feeling we may see one of these reclaimed barnwood coffee tables on the set of Talking Dead this season … Furniture pieces with a rustic industrial style can enhance a space with either a retro or modern decor – and the basic material (reclaimed wood) is eco-friendly and sustainable.
These handmade tables by the The Zen Artist possess a great rustic patina that’s created by the alternating arrangement of weathered rectangles of (more…)