Combining Elements Together in Your Home

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Ancient civilizations believed that the four elements made up up everything in the Universe. While modern civilizations may not hold the same beliefs, there’s no denying that the four elements have remained very important to our lives and our sense of style for thousands of years. Continue reading

Hansgrohe – World Class Designers

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Hansgrohe is honored to have many of the world’s most successful designers & architects working for them. Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were judged by a highly-qualified judging panel in 2009 to be part of an elite group of the top 25 designers and are considered the world’s best in their craft. They offer a new perspective on bathroom designs and have stepped forward as technical innovators. Hansgrohe credits these designers with having a hand in the brand winning more than 300 internationally renowned awards for their bathroom faucets, showers and shower systems, as well as helping them to set multiple new trends. Continue reading

Toto Residential and Commercial Bathroom Fixtures and Fittings

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TOTO has revolutionized the bath experience with an innovative line of commercial and residential bathroom fixtures and fittings designed to provide a superior experience. No other manufacturer offers TOTO’s unique combination of design, innovation, technology, attention to detail and quality. Experience nature’s purest element in its truest form – delivered in luxury and opulence.

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TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer with nearly a century of experience. Offering a complete line of decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, bathroom accessories, shower and flush valves, toilets, lavatory sinks, bidets, washlets, Air Baths and more.

TOTO embraced water and energy conservation years before government mandates. Through constantly evolving manufacturing practices and advanced technology, TOTO consistently leads the way in plumbing fixture efficiency and sustainability. TOTO is Luxury in Balance.

Happy Floors Tile Collection for Kitchen & Bath

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Happy Floors Tile is a national distributor with a heavy emphasis on providing customers with environmentally responsible products, using recyclable material, ensuring that they only have minimal negative impact on the environment. These floors are designed to appeal to a variety of people, with options designed for home, business, indoor, and outdoor uses. There is literally no part of your home that you cannot beautify with this tasteful tile. These floors are eco-friendly, meaning that you can give yourself a big pat on the back for helping to conserve our planet’s natural resources.

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Now you too can have a beautiful looking home, with tile flooring so gorgeous it will give you pride for the rest of your life. With a tile floor by Happy Floors, a home becomes a place of elegance and class.

Trend Mosaic & Agglomerate Tiles for Kitchen, Bathroom & Pool

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Trend is an international manufacturer and distributor of mosaic tile collections produced in recycled glass, 24 carat gold and venetian enamel. It also produces engineered agglomerates containing recycled fragmented glass, quartz and granite. Trend supplies products suitable for the decoration of private spaces, urban areas and works of art. Trend tiles are great for backsplash appliques, wall tile, floor tile, countertops, aquatic tile, patio tile, and entryway tile.

Trend Mosaic-Tile-Kitchen-Backsplash-Ideas-5As one of the world’s leading producers of colored glass tiles, Venetian enamel, gold leaf tesserae and agglomerate slab, Trend has demonstrated a unique ability to synthesise the essential principles of Italian tradition, with a dynamic creativity attuned to today’s interior designers, architects and artists.

In addition, Trend moved early and aggressively to reduce the ecological impact of its processes and products. Production is now designed to consume fewer raw materials and energy resources, to recycle otherwise wasted materials, and to increase the natural durability of its products.

Things You May Not Know About Finishes

Chrome finishingsFinishes are more than an aesthetic detail, yet we probably have never taken the time to learn how the products in our industry achieve their finish and why one may be more durable than another. We know chrome is tougher than gold, but why?

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2015 Color of the year: What will be your favorite design?

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With winter upon us most of us are thinking about getting through the long days of winter but as we spend more time indoors we start to think about redecorating and sprucing things up. So what are the trends for the Spring 2015? Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green and Classic Blue along with Toasted Almond, Strawberry Ice, Tangerine, Custard, Marsala and Glacier Gray a mix of cooler color and warm tones. We also can’t leave out a nice mix of muted brights, pastels and nature-like neutrals to draw the eye to your favorite spots in your home.

2015 interior design and decorating ideas reflect the trends in architecture and art while emphasizing your individuality, simplicity and Green living ideas. Decorators are creating new, bold and fabulous designs by mixing traditional and contemporary, ethnic and retro, glamorous and rustic, and chic and barbarism.

You are now able to be completely free and creative to design a room that has both antique and modern bathroom furniture, ceramic and colored glass to create a warm cozy and inviting room one that you will find you will spend most of your days. Or you can take the distressed look of exposed brick walls and concrete surfaces mixed with soft and chic fabrics, delicate floral designs and the rich shine of polished metal to create a spectacular living space that will give you the look and feel of stepping into the past while remaining firmly rooted to the present.

When you are wanting to go green in your decorating don’t pass up reclaimed wood for your wood floors or walls, think about using old wood doors or even pallets to create interesting tables that will surely be the topic of conversations. You cannot go wrong or be too over the top in 2015 with your colors, textures or fabric styles, be creative and experiment to create your hidden oasis!

Eco-Friendly Kitchens

EcoWhat makes for an eco-friendly kitchen? That is a a really great question and the answer lies within your design technique, products and materials used.

Basically, it is biodegradable, sustainable items that are intended or perceived to have no harmful effect on the natural environment and its inhabitants. When it comes down to it, you can live healthier. Who doesn’t want that?

Now, there are a few different ways you can go about incorporating this into your daily lifestyle, while still being elegant and affordable. It will be an economical and ecological design, so to speak. They are very simple ideas that include:

1 Bamboo: This is the latest in environmentally, friendly kitchens. It can be used for backsplashes and flooring. Plus, as an added bonus, this material is really great for cutting boards for those fellow cooks out there.

2 Scrap wood: Basically, it is wood that nobody else desires, but it is still really good, hard wood that can be utilized.

3 Lighting: Try using fluorescents, in order to, cut down on lighting costs. They cut your energy use down by 50 percent. That is money right in your pocket.

4 Cork: This is a renewable resource made completely from the bark off of a tree. It is sound-absorbing, hypoallergenic and even resistant to mold and mildew. This is an excellent choice for kitchens!

Natural fabrics: Choose cotton or wool for your dining chairs and window dressings, especially since, man-made fabrics do contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment.

Now, there are many other possibilities that you could employ, but, as you can see, you can give your home a really lovely and beautiful, green makeover with these easy tips. You will be helping your environment with this terrific update. The heart of your home will truly be transformed for the better. Plus, you will absolutely, positively love the new look and feel of your kitchen design. The benefits will speak for themselves.

Create Your Eco-Friendly Bathroom

eco bathrmIf you love the environment, why stop at just one eco-friendly room in your house? Why not make your bathroom eco-friendly too? It just makes perfect sense.

There are so many ways you can improve this five by eight sized room. Having an eco-friendly bathroom will be a great way to start going green. This will be a wonderful economical choice. Continue reading