Solar PV

This has been a very exciting weekend. It’s the first weekend we can say our home has officially produced its own power!

The Beatles song keeps playing in my head: “Here comes the sun …”


Local purse artist

While I have not met the owner of this product yet, after reading about her in a local magazine I’m intrigued by her work.

Emma Ferioli sources all her materials locally (which is a big win in my book) and she creates almost everything herself (also a win). Her story reads like this: she was gifted a spinning wheel and loom and started playing around and out of it a business was born.

Don’t like the shape or number of pockets or lining material? Not a problem! She will make custom prices to fit any needs. While her prices are not cheap, they’re not any less expensive then other brand names bags that will last just as long.

I have to admit I have a recent appreciation for hand woven fabrics. I recently purchased this hand woven hot mitt from a place in Colorado that helps support individuals with mental disabilities. Great cause, great products. They are absolutely stunning.

As a bonus you get to preview my new LED under cabinet accent lighting. I am a firm believer that under cabinet lighting is a must for all kitchens. And low energy LED’s are a bonus!

Design, Inspiration, Products

Broyhill Brasillia Cabinet

This 1960’s china cabinet designed by Eames has now found a new home. We purchased it from friends of our family. The dining table & chairs that match it will find a new home too after the whole set gets assesed as to how much refinishing it needs. The chair legs are a little worn from use. In the mean time I will enjoy it’s vintage modern simplicity, that is still applicable today, until it is joined by its friends currently in my basement.


Finn Juhl Clock Replica

When I was a young child in school, we had a “regular” clock (aka not digital …) in our classroom.  (Do these even exist anymore?) Every day a different person was supposed to read the time on the clock to help us learn how to have a better understanding of time.  Well, I was incredibly poor at reading a regular clock.  (Still am.) So because of that my teacher required that for a long period of time (I can’t remember if it was a month or a week) that I would be the only one to read the clock all day long until I could easily read it.  Even with this mortifying experience, for some reason I seem drawn to using clocks as art or decoration in every room of my home. There’s something compelling about a piece of artwork that moves. Full disclosure: I once had 4 clocks within eyesight in one room of my old row house & I currently have a German hand crafted cukoo clock in my living room.

So in order to continue this trend someone needs to buy me this:



Buy here

Architectmade revives replicas of items designed by architects and sells them. This clock is a half scale replica of the design by the Swedish architect Finn Juhl. This happens to be the design that in the 1940’s made him well known. It’s made of gorgeous teak & aluminum and speaks to my inner minimalist side.

There’s no way I can afford the price tag on this beauty so I’ll just have to sit and dream of how nice it would look in my house.


Flush Technology

Today’s product is a toilet. But this is no ordinary toilet.

American Standard has created a new toilet bowl technology called VorMax. Instead of having the water drop down the bowl through many holes (like all standard toilets have since forever), it only has one place where the water comes from, thus creating basically a whirlpool around the bowl.


This technology has gotten some of the highest ratings for solid removal from the bowl.  Not to get personal, but where was this when we were building our house?!?!?!

There are several different models that now have this technology.  Check it out.

Also their commercials are slightly amusing too.

I also would like to know, is there anyone out there that has used one of these toilets? Does it live up to all they say it is? Please let me know because I’ve been let down by clean bowl & powerful flush claims before.

I was not paid for this product endorsement. The thoughts expressed are solely my own ramblings.