Archive for August, 2010

Emerging Trends in Collectible Furniture

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Leigh and Leslie Keno are twin brothers who are antiques experts, frequently seen on the popular Antiques Roadshow television program. On the Traditional Home website, they have provided some valuable tips for homeowners who want to invest in collectibles that will increase in value. These are some of the emerging trends to look for:

  • Midcentury furniture designed by artisans like Charles and Ray Eames.
  • Classic furniture from the early 1800s based on designs from ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Amish quilts from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania made before 1940.
  • High-end plastic furniture produced under the name Lucite.
  • Carpets and latch-hook rugs designed by sculptor Alexander Calder (show above).
  • Read the complete article at Traditional Home.

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    Recycled Jumbo Jet becomes Dream House with an Ocean View

    Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

    The ultimate home recycling project is currently nearing completion in Malibu, California.  On a lot overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a home is being constructed from the remains of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.  The project was started 3 years ago and will be finished in an estimated 6 months.  The jet was purchased for $35,000 from a collection of retired aircraft that were being stored in the California desert.  The project is so unique that it required approval from over a dozen government agencies, a process that took 18 months.  The 2,000 square foot home is expected to have a final cost of $2 million.

    View photos of the nearly-completed house here. This YouTube video shows some of the earliest stages of the construction project:

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    Green Design Ideas for Every Style

    Monday, August 16th, 2010

    No matter what your personal design style is, you can use the principles of green decorating to create a more eco-friendly home.  Here are a few types for green decorating from HGTV designer Linda Woodrum:

  • Shop Locally – Look for products that are manufactured near your home.  You’ll be supporting the local economy and the items you buy will have required less energy for transport.
  • Keep the Air Clean – Pay attention to cleaning products and paint — avoid toxic fumes whenever possible.
  • Look for Eco-Friendly Home Furnishings – Manufacturers have heard the demand for more eco-friendly furniture and carpets.  Look for sustainable woods like bamboo and for carpets made from natural fibers and recycled materials. 
    Read more of Linda’s suggestions on the HGTV website.  If you have a baby, then you’ll want to read this blog post about creating a green nursery.

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    Hands-Free Kitchen Gadgets

    Monday, August 09th, 2010

    One of the most frustrating things about working in the kitchen is trying to get a paper towel or turn on the faucet when your hands are dirty.  Now a new generation of high-tech gadgets solves this problem with cleverly placed sensors.  Automatic touchless gadgets are among the newest and most innovative kitchen accessories.   

    iTouchless Towel-Matic Paper Towel Dispenser – This handy gadgets detects your hand and dispenses a paper towel, stopping every time exactly at the towel perforation.  Runs on 4 D size batteries or with optional adapter.     

    Touchless Stainless Steel Trashcan – This 13-gallon trash can opens automatically when movement occurs within 6”, then closes after 3 seconds of no movement.  Can also be opened manually. 

    Smart Spout Electronic Faucet – Smart kitchen faucet detects your hands and turns on automatically.  The perfect solution when your hands are dirty or when you’re holding a pot or dish.  Faucet can also be turned on manually.

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