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The Suite Life: Beds & Baths | 2019 Idea House

The Suite Life: Beds & Baths | 2019 Idea House 3 × Clean Air for a Healthier Sleep Clean Air for a Healthier Sleep Photo by Jen Fabry Today's newly-constructed homes and remodels are designed to be airtight. The simple act of breathing overnight in these confined spaces can lead to rising C02 levels—and restless sleep. To combat the issue, this inconspicuous smart sensor on the nightstand continuously monitors indoor air quality, activating the ventilation system and purifying the air when needed.HEALTHY HOME SYSTEM: Cosmos by Panasonic 4 × See-Through Fireplace with a View See-Through Fireplace with a View Photo by Nat Rea Opposite…

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A Multigenerational Family’s Cabin Retreat, Unchanged by Time

This is, hands down, the most romantic story I’ve ever heard involving a house. In the 1960s, Chessa Osburn’s maternal grandparents bought property on an island in Howe Sound, near Vancouver. They hired a young architect, fresh out of graduate school and himself a summer resident on the island (his parents owned a vacation home there, too), to design a small cabin for them. As they expected, he created a perfect waterfront retreat. Less expected, but welcome nonetheless: He and their daughter fell in love. Chessa, co-founder of Twenty One Tonnes, one of our favorite boutiques in Vancouver (see her…

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California Startup to Offer MDF Made from Rice Straw

A California company is nearing completion of a manufacturing plant that soon will be turning out medium-density fiberboard (MDF) made from rice straw instead of wood fiber. CalPlant 1 is building the $315 million facility on 276 acres of land in Willows, California, some 85 miles north of Sacramento, in an important rice-growing region. When complete, the company says, the plant will produce the equivalent of 140 million square feet of 3/4-inch MDF per year. MDF, almost all of which is currently made with waste wood fiber, is widely used in cabinets, doors, and floor substrates. CalPlant 1 said its…

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A la Francaise: Our Maison & Objet Report

A couple of weeks ago, Francesca (my fellow Remodelista design maven) and I found ourselves in Paris, surveying Maison & Objet by day and wandering the streets around the Marais by night. Here’s a visual account of our favorite moments from the twice-yearly design fair, in no particular order: Laura Gonzalez, Designer of the Year Above: A residential project by Laura Gonzalez. Interior designer and architect Laura Gonzales was awarded the 2019 Maison & Objet  Designer of the Year award for “the magic she’s worked on Lapérouse, Hotel Christine, the Brasserie La Lorraine, and the Cartier stores in Paris, Stockholm and Zurich.…

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Homeowners Save Money by Going Green for Energy Awareness Month

Homeowners Save Money by Going Green for Energy Awareness Month | 2019-10-11 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our…

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Expert Advice: How to Hire a Truly Great Painter for Your Home

Ask for insurance information. Request the name and contact of their insurer. Even if the contractor presents you with a certificate of insurance, they could call right after your meeting and cancel. Call the insurer yourself to make sure that their insurance is up to date. Above: I attempted to paint my detailed pantry myself for a Remodelista post. Truth be told, it was so time-consuming that I was able to only apply one coat to the outsides of just one side of the room. To finish the painstaking work, including on the interior cabinets, I called on Catchlight. Step…

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