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pull it, push it any way you like it

Reader Maryann e-mailed me to inquire about the drawer pulls we used in Ali’s bathroom with the walnut cabinetry. The brand is Haefle and we love the look, we used them in all of our bathrooms and also in the bedroom built-in cabinet we had made. They do need to be notched at the top of the drawer so they sit flush on the cabinet so a little extra work is needed there. We chose them in a chrome plated polish but it looks like other finishes are available.

We ordered them through our cabinet makers, but I found them online at knobsandthings.com
Cost: $4.70 each

To get the same look in our laundry room, we used the Ikea’s Strecket (shown below on the right) which come in at $3.99 a 2-pack. Much more economical. These look great with the Besta cabinets we installed in gloss white, really clean and simple. Granted they aren’t of the same quality, but depending on what you’re using them for, you can justify.

While checking out sources online, I came across this blog entry. Looks like we have the same love for the look.

me likey, likey anenome lights

I’m thinking of getting these Robert Abbey Anenome lights for our master bath. Two on either side of the mirror will keep the spa look flowing. Photos of our bath are coming this weekend! (If I can bear to get out of the tub long enough to make a post.)

I want it bad – anything by Kartell

I have had my eye on this awesome Kartell t-table for a few months and I’ve decided I have lucite lust. Can’t decide between the blue or gold. I mean how can you not love a line that produces sure-to-be classics alongside gnome side tables?

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Between this and the Louis ghost chair, I could be very satisfied. Anyone want to send me a late birthday present?

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wishy washy dishwasher

With references from friends and knowing we wanted to incorporate environmentally friendly products into our home, we chose the Fisher & Paykel Dishdrawer, a two drawer dishwasher for our kitchen remodel. The idea is that you can load just one drawer at a time and save water and energy. Perfect for our little family of three. Or so we thought. It seems that the dishwasher is going more now than before, thanks in part to the fact that it is very sensitive to overloading and over crowding. Half the time our bowls and glasses end up upside down and full of water, it must have mega gusts of water for less amount of time. Plus the washing part is a little wishy washy. We’re figuring it out, but should have gone for the old standard.

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Choose blue (renewable energy that is)

Sign up for Rocky Mountain Power’s Renewable Energy program and you’ll help reduce your carbon footprint without even making that extra trip to the recycling can. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but eat lunch in one day a week and we’ll call it even.

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Green insulation

 

We knew that we wanted to incorporate green into the remodel, and an easy and way to do that was with blown-in cellulose, a product that is made from recycled newspapers, magazines, etc. The texture is truly like basic recycled papers so when they do ceilings, they put a simple screen in the joists to hold it. I first learned about it from one of my editors Erin Bean in Utah Style & Design.

The bonus is that unlike many green options, it was actually less expensive! Add in the fact that you have no toxic VOCs etc and you are sitting pretty. We used and recommend Bonded Insulation located in Murray. It only took two days to do and they were very clean and tidy.

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Cellulose is blown into the framing
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Jeff shows his happiness that this job is contracted out!
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Light and fluffy, sort of like snow. But not, it’s gray and recycled.

flush a little, or a lot. you decide

For eau d’ toilets, we chose the Toto Aquia™ Dual Flush Toilet. The great thing about this toilet is it had a dual flush, so you can choose to flush with gusto as needed or with a gentle flow when its mellow. We had Toto toilets in Los Angeles, and Jeff loves the way the toilet lid gently falls instead of slamming when you’ve done your duty, the fact that is a bit higher for our creaking knees and an elongated seat for comfort. Plus, it’s good looking & energy efficient!

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