Thursday, April 24, 2008

House & new product ideas

I came across some interesting new products in Better Homes & Gardens (May 2008 issue), including vinyl wainscoting for bathrooms (plastproinc.com) and a firepit/fireplace with a ceramic hearth (available at Kmart).
 
In Home: The Design & Remodeling Resource (May 2008), I learned about bamboo veneer for cabinets, Asko's UltraCare integrated washer & dryer (stacked); Samsung's new 29-cubic-foot French door refrigerator (the largest on the market; it has thinner walls), American Standard's Green Tea whirlpool with an EverClean system that inhibits mold growth in the tub's circulation system [think about that, folks], microwaves in drawers (Dacor & Sharp), a washable mouse (Belkin), earthtone countertops (page 36), cabinet options (page 42), a warming drawer for towels, a faucet with a motion detector and no handles (Moen),  and luxury grab bars (jaclo.com).
 
And I saw a beautiful shower and tub (separate) wrapped in 6x12-inch stone tiles and learned how to reface your kitchen cabinets (repaint or use the doors as templates for new ones; they have detailed instructions).  Don't forget to look for granite or other products leftover from other people's remodels. 
 
In a Kohler e-newsletter, I came across this amazing faucet:
 

With unprecedented efficiency and a uniquely modern design, the Karbon™ articulating faucet introduces a revolutionary functionality to the kitchen.  Intelligently engineered to hold any pose for hands-free operation, the Karbon faucet allows you to streamline your workflow. You can extend the faucet to fill large pots, lower it into the sink for cleanup, fold it compactlyout of the way, or position it anywhere in between.  See how it works.

 
Elsewhere I saw stuffed animal (sea turtle & lady bug) night lights with star cutouts on their backs; they project eight constellations.  And in a catalog recently I saw a fiber optics night light.
 
And in a Haagan-Dazs ad in Better Homes & Gardens is the URL for a website that tells you how you can help the honeybee (which are dying off everywhere): helpthehoneybees.com

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