Thursday, May 22, 2008

Home ideas

Here's a useful idea, though I'd rather have a Shoji screen.  I came across it in the June 2008 issue of Home magazine (the Remodeling & Design Resource): Graber's panel accents sliding shades; they can also be hung from an aluminum track to make a room divider.  There are 52 choices.  And I found textured bamboo furniture (mariayee.com) and a different-looking flueless fireplace from EcoSmart. 
 
If you want to disguise your TV set, you can hide it behind a two-way mirror or art reproductions; or you can make it go up and down into a cabinet.  Wallpaper designs are internationally inspired now.  Okay, there have Oriental-inspired wallcoverings for centuries, as I recall.
 
I saw a beautiful retro range ('30s) in a Heartland Appliances ad in that issue too.  For a selection of deck materials showing pros, cons, care, and cost, see page 44.  There are a several home makeover articles, along with new construction articles and photos.  In one of the remodel pieces, I saw a photo of a lovely vintage Wedgewood range.  There is something modern and classic about those old stoves!
 
And I saw a mention of a blog that's morphing into a website/online magazine: Remodelista.com.  I'm about to check that out.  Link: Remodelista: Home design and remodeling resource
 
And from a Kohler e-newsletter:
 
An ideal combination of form and function, the Fountainhead VibrAcoustic™ bath introduces a revolution in bathing. Sound vibration, chromatherapy and music are choreographed in four pre-set compositions that guide you to profound relaxation. Drawing on the science of sound therapy, the Fountainhead VibrAcoustic bath helps to slow your breathing and heart rate, gently resounding throughout your body. Forever changing the way you think about bathing.

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