Look at what Cobble Hill couple Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler did with second-hand items and artwork! Who says decorating on a small budget can’t create a look worth bragging (and blogging) about?
Granted, they have the design skills necessary to pull off such a feat, having met while studying architecture at Rhode Island School of Design. Their learned skills and eye for recognizing beauty in myriad forms obviously paid off for their 850-square-foot apartment.
In this room, $10 worth of burlap is used for curtains, which is surprisingly lovely in the way it filters the light. The pair obtained lots of the apartment’s items from friends and relatives, who luckily have great taste. This sofa was Robert’s grandmother’s, as well as the Eames chair. For $70, they scored the little wood folding seats. The industrious Robert crafted the standing lamp from cast-off old ones, while the other is a Jean Prouve piece nabbed from Design Within Reach. ...read full post →
Anytime we find a fun resource for remodeling information, we share it with our readers. So here we are with a new blog from the great folks at Wind-lock called "The Tool Box." The blog is still young, having just begun in January of 2010, but the posts up so far are an indication of plenty of great information and some entertaining content! ...read full post →
Apr. 1, 2010 (Reuters) – Representatives from Martha Stewart Living confirmed this morning via satellite that domestic diva Martha Stewart has agreed to produce –and star—in CalFinder's first feature-length movie.
The film, to be titled, “Home Remodeling: Sneak Attack!” will feature Stewart and a special team of CalFinder experts entering American homes while families are on vacation and “revamping the sh— out of them, in the dark.”
Though the families will not be notified of said remodels in advance, they will, says CalFinder.com, be left with “at least some” improvement on their home’s value, as well as a plate of Boo’Berry Cream Delights baked by Stewart herself. ...read full post →
As humankind begins a new decade, it has become apparent that we have also entered into a new era of thinking, ultimately a much greener, healthier vision for the future. Conservation, recycling and energy efficiency are on the forefront of everyone's minds these days for a variety of reasons. For some, it's the fear of running out of once plentiful, now valuable resources. For others, it's the desire to leave our children with the resources to live as well as we do today. And for the rest, it may only be that making these changes will keep our pockets full, whether it be through savings on gas prices, energy bills or the cost of a can of soda. Now, more than ever, there are an abundance of organizations with visions of creating a more sustainable planet. Leading the way here in green residential home performance is Affordable Comfort, Inc. ...read full post →
The National Association of Energy Service Companies has firmly established itself as the national voice of the ESCO industry through its national and regional advocacy efforts. NAESCO is an association devoted to promoting efficiency as the first priority in a portfolio of economic and environmentally sustainable energy resources and to encourage customers and public officials to think energy efficiency first when they are making energy resource procurement or energy policy choices.
One of NAESCO's major beliefs is that energy efficiency is the fastest cleanest way to meet the nation's energy needs. Ideas like enacting an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard would result in retrofitting buildings and weatherizing homes through processes like window replacement to increase energy efficiency while simultaneously creating jobs to do so. NAESCO goes on about the benefits of a national EERS in this summary provided to CalFinder. ...read full post →