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IKEA Movable Walls for Small Spaces

    As urban living is increasing, IKEA came up with an idea that can create more options to small spaces: movable walls. For example, a movable wall can separate a living and bedroom in a studio apartment. IKEA told the Wall Street Journal that it has been testing an 1980s style apartment with movable walls for the past two years. General feedback is that apartment feels bigger than its actual 215 sq ft size. Head of Research Mikael Ydholm says the products are another three years from hitting the…

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Eco-City Furniture Living 

Lovesac, Life Changes so Should Your Furniture

  Lovesac alternative furniture is built to last and guaranteed forever. What else is great about this product? It is made up of “sanctionals” that allow you to change the shape of furniture while you use it.  4 bases and 5 sides is the best way to get started which allows you to built any Lovesac shape. Get tired of the covered? You can change the covers for a new look. What if a friend crashes on your couch? You can turn it into a bed by moving the side…

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Furniture Living 

Crashed Ferrari Table

  There are plenty of ways to recycle scrap metal from a car, but this coffee table made from a bale of scrap metal from a crashed Ferrari must be one of the quirkiest bits of furniture humour, delivered with a straight face. Made by French designer Charly Molinelli (http://molinellidesign.com/), the table features a glass top, through which the remains of a wrecked Ferrari are prominently displayed. The design process was simple enough; literally the crashed car was placed in the table. Not much more extra resources were used to…

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Furniture Living 

Celebrity Green Home Tips

  Jessica Alba is gung-ho about creating an eco-friendly home for her family. Right down to the backyard grass that surrounds her outdoor pool. She is a green client of all my client and really cares about the earth. Alba chose Forever Lawn, a waterless “grass” that’s created from recycled tires and has a 15-year guarantee. It’s expensive, but in Beverly Hills if you do something ‘green’, you get 25 percent off your entire water bill, excluding the pool. As for the pool, Alba opted for saltwater so when the…

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Furniture Living 

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs

  Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are designed to use up to 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs while offering the same amount of light. They work by passing an electrical current through a mixture of argon and mercury which then emits ultraviolet light. Because of this technology, CFL bulbs require fewer watts of energy than incandescent bulbs to operate at the same luminosity. For example, a 40-watt incandescent bulb emits the same amount of light as an 11-14 watt CFL. The lifespan of a CFL varies depending on…

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Furniture Living 

Solar Shingles

  Solar shingles, also called photovoltaic shingles, are solar cells designed to look like conventional asphalt shingles. There are several varieties of solar shingles, including shingle-sized solid panels that take the place of a number of conventional shingles in a strip, semi-rigid designs containing several silicon solar cells that are sized more like conventional shingles, and newer systems using various thin film solar cell technologies that match conventional shingles both in size and flexibility. Solar shingles are manufactured by companies including (Ecotech) ecotechshingles.com, SunPower Corporation, U.S. Green Energy Corporation, United…

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Furniture Living 

DishWash vs. HandWash

  In trying to live a “green” lifestyle, what is better, to hand wash or dish wash kitchen appliances? The water conservation predicament between a shower vs. bath is easy, shower uses less water. However, measuring cleanliness and energy efficiency in the kitchen needs more measurement. 113 people from 7 different European nations were used as a part of an experiment by a University of Bonn professor to find out the answer.  The experiment results are: Average handwashing used 103 litres of water and 2.5 kilowatt hours of water-heating energy….

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Furniture Products 

Eco-Friendly Home Appliances

  Are you interested in upgrading to eco-friendly products? A way to  confirm if an appliance is an eco-appliance is if it is Energy Star and EPEAT certified.   Washing Machines The Haier WasH2O has created a new approach to clothes washing — without detergent. It uses chemistry to rid the need of carcinogenic chemicals that are found in most detergents. It breaks down water molecules into OH- and H+ ions. OH- cleans the clothes by attracting and holding the stains, while the H+ ions sterilize the clothing. As of…

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