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Designing Your Own Custom Lamps

Hilaire was in New York City recently attending BlogFest 2011, where she spotted Eileen Kathryn Boyd promoting her new custom lamp line, Mottega. This lamp line is great! It offers about nine different shapes with many options for colors and shades. The website is extremely user-friendly and informative.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd, of EKB Interiors, is an influential interior designer from the New York area. Perhaps, the best way to recognize Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s magnificent work is to refer to her intricate yet bold use of color. Wh

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Tool Battery Claims Put to Real World Test


Is there really any difference between cordless tool batteries? That’s the question I set out to answer with my own test to verify tall claims being made right now by one major power tool manufacturer. The company is Milwaukee, and they say that their RedLithium batteries offer much longer run time than any other battery, including their own previous generation of lithium-ion batteries. RedLithium is also supposed to deliver more tool power, even with the same battery voltage. Results from my own gruelling, backwoods test surprised me, and to see the action and results for yourself, check out my video at http://bit.ly/battery-endurance 

$300 Compressed Earth Block Hybrid House

One of my regular readers, Architect Joseph Sandy, recently submitted a design to the The $300 House Open Design Challenge. It uses CEBs (compressed earth blocks) for the lower portion of the walls and a light wood frame for the upper walls and roof – leveraging the best of both building methods. The roof would be covered with corrugated metal.

CEBs are made in a press – think giant garlic press without the holds. A earthen mixture is placed in the chamber and then using a giant lever the earth is compressed into a block. Below is a short video that demonstrates how CEBs are made.

There are just a few days left in this design competition… take a closer look at Joseph’s design. If you like his approach, be sure to vote. Thanks!<

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Kollagen Intensiv

Kollagen Intensiv basis it’s success on real science. When compared with a placebo, one of its key ingredients has been proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles by as much as 354% in clinical testing.

Death By Paint Swatch

Im starting to believe that someone could suffocate in the number of paint swatches Ive managed to accumulate over the last couple of weeks. That someone will probably be me, but Im holding out until after the long weekend.

While theres so many other projects I could be working on, Ive decided the holiday weekend calls for something more relaxing. Which means Ill be texturing the drywall and painting at least three rooms in the house.

Here are some of the colors Ive been considering

Shades of gray and green in the kitchen:

Similar (or the same) color for the great room:

And blues or greens for the office area:

I love people who are like, we picked out three shades, painted some swatches, and picked the perfect color all in a day!

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120-’Zipper Dress’ design by Sebastian Errazuriz

Chilean born, New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz seeks to create works that can remind people of their mortality, invite them to look again at their lives and question their daily routines.

His convertible Zipper Dress design is nothing short of stunning in any of its possible stylistic configurations. The wearer can simply zip and unzip along any of the horizontal zipper lines to convert their clothing in a matter of seconds.

What might be most remarkable about this design is how quickly it can shift from elegant to sexy, a full-length, single-piece dress one could potentially wear to work into a skimpy, short-cut, two-piece number that could put some bikinis to shame.

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