The new NEST Thermostats, as seen on http://www.thecoolist.com/, learns your home temperature patterns from your initial manual usage so it can self adjust unless otherwise directed. Created by a team of Apple ex-employees, this über cool “learning thermostat” adapts to the user’s temperature habits - it even suggests energy efficient settings by displaying a green leaf…in case the user is inclined to learn from it as well.
It is remote controllable via computer or smart phone, I want one now.
This sleek, smart & user friendly device prices at $249 and appears to pay for itself with the savings on energy bills. To find out more go to http://www.nest.com/living-with-nest/ . So, what do you think, is this cool or what?
Marble is an elegant surface that updates the look of any kitchen. It is the preferred counter material for many bakers because of the ease of rolling out pastries and dough on its surface.
However, you should know that it requires more maintenance than granite because it is a softer and more porous material - making it susceptible to stains, cracks, scratches, or dulling of the shine. Not to worry though– with a little knowledge and discipline, your investment will be protected.
The most important thing to remember: seal marble countertops at least once a year. You will know if they need resealing if water fails to bead up when splashed on the surface. Sealing prevents stains and damage.
Ways to avoid damaging the surface:
- remember that acids are the enemy. that means anything citrus, tomatoes (even ketchup), vinegar, soda, oils, cleaning chemicals. These substances can erode, stain or cloud the surface.
- do not use regular cleaning products that can scratch the surface over time, and do not ever use abrasive cleaners or powders, or abrasive scrubbers like steel wool– they will damage the finish. Dust weekly with a soft microfiber cloth and use a pH-neutral cleaner designed for marble. Your countertop company will be happy to recommend a solution.
- wipe up any spills immediately, then wipe the area with a little water and dry immediately. Spills that are left to absorb into the counter CAN eventually lead to cracks.
- never allow wet dishes, glasses or water to stand on a marble countertop for any length of time. Water will seep into the stone and leave a permanent ring to remind you where the water was— removable only by professional polishing.
Has this scared you away from ever having marble counters? I hope not. As long as you know the rules of the territory, your marble will remain beautiful for many years. And there is always the school of thought among Europeans that scratches, scrapes and stains over time create a patina that adds character and witness to the use of the kitchen… it’s a perspective worth considering.
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A touch of the unexpected has a way of adding life to your collections of black and white photography. These timeless, beautiful photos are guaranteed to make you smile or pause in thought. They come in the framed size options of 21×25 or 30×34. If you would like to purchase any of these or see more beautiful options please contact Courtney Price Design and we will be happy to assist you.
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The previous post prompted numerous requests for help in finding interesting black & white photos with which to create “the look” of glamour. So here are some inspiring photos of timeless celebrities. I would like one of each please. These gorgeous photos can be purchased in framed sizes of either 21×25 or 30×34. If you are interested in any of these or looking for a particular celebrity (there are more more more), contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
Always classic, black & white photos continue to deliver interest and sophistication to every design style.
The above is from a store in Soho, Flair Interiors.
Black & Whites look great against any wall color.
For years Black & White photography has been a signature statement of the Ralph Lauren style.
What do you think? Do you love the look? Interested in obtaining impressive Black & White photos to create your own photography wall? If so contact Courtney Price Design to get started, or shop below. Upcoming posts will feature great Black & White photography (and art) for sale.
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If High Point is to home decor what Fashion Week is to clothing, be on alert for these trendy buzzwords for interiors following the latest High Point market: Nature-inspired, gold, menswear-inspired, TEXTURE, rustic, preppy, basket weave…
Do these trends inspire you? While I do like some of the latest elements of design, the overall look seems a little uninspired. I’m tempted to hold off a season… What do you think?
see full article here: http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2011/10/31/7-top-trends-from-high-point-market/