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Domestic Science: Handmade Brushes from Takada Tawashi

Practical and pretty: tawashi brushes made from the fibers of the windmill palm have been used in Japan for centuries. For 70 years, Takada’s artisans have been handcrafting tawashi brushes one at a time, using materials harvested from trees cultivated in Wakayama Prefecture, in southwestern Japan. “While scrubbing brushes are usually rough and thick and made of synthetic fibers,” the company says, “tawashi brushes don’t scratch the surface being washed. Takada brushes reflect the expertise of Japanese craftsmen, who know how to turn a natural material into a high-quality, eco-friendly tool.” Here’s a roundup of brushes available for online purchase:…

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Solving a Basement Odor Problem

Henry has completed a basement renovation at his 1950s Toronto bungalow and is now grappling with an unexpected problem: One room of the house smells strongly of old, damp brick. From all appearances, the renovation was done carefully. The foundation wall, consisting of concrete block with brick above, now includes exterior waterproofing, damp-proofing membranes, and a layer of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam in an interior 2×4 wall. And yet, he writes in a Q&A post, all is not well. The odor is coming from the floor and/or wall of one of the rooms in the northeast part of the house,…

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5 Baths with Simple, Artful Styling from the Remodelista Archives

Today we’re revisiting a few of our all-time favorite baths, notable for their simple, artful order: sinkside soap dishes and efficient medicine cabinets alongside candles, pretty cloths, and small sprays of flowers. Just add a faucet, towel bar, or robe hook from Hausera alongside. Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista. Above: In architect Sheila Narusawa’s own Cape Cod home, a simple bathroom counter is neatly fitted with the essentials (scrub brushes, soap dishes), plus a few nice-to-haves (twin candlesticks, books, and bottles of perfume). Above: A glass-fronted medicine cabinet displays vintage-style toiletries in Dagmar Daley’s San Francisco Victorian. Above: Stylish…

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15 Favorites: Black Kitchen Backsplashes

Ten years ago black kitchen backsplashes were hard to come by, but lately we tend to run into them over and over again (and we covet the look). Here are 15 kitchen backdrops that have gone to the dark side. Do you dare add black to your kitchen? Above: Blogger Nina Holst of Stylizimo made the backsplash herself using hardware-store birch plywood that she stained black. See Kitchen Upgrade: The Low-Cost DIY Black Backsplash. Above: A backsplash made of glossy black tile from Kitchen of the Week: A Study in Black by Designer Nicole Hollis. Above: Designer C.S. Valentin created a chalkboard…

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Lundies House: A Historical Manse Converted Into a Hygge-Ready Scandi-Scot Guesthouse

Wildland Limited was founded in 2007 by Danish conservationist and businessman Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife, Anne, to help protect the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Since then, they’ve scooped up breathtaking property after property, methodically restoring and converting each of the 12 estates in their portfolio into guesthouses for visitors who like to spend days exploring the outdoors and nights enjoying refined accommodations. (As the custodians of some 220,000 acres, they are now Scotland’s biggest private landowners, according to the BBC.) Of the dozen properties they own, half have been restored so far, including Lundies House, their…

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Greg Duyka: Emerging Technology as a Hiring Tool

Greg Duyka: Emerging Technology as a Hiring Tool | 2019-11-01 | 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 cookie policy.…

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