Buzz: Product News Roundup, Out With Outlets Edition

Tricks for concealing gadgets, accessible appliances, inspiring fireplaces, and other product news from around the web this week.

• Electrical outlets ruining the décor? Here are some tips for camouflaging these wall blemishes. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Hands-Off Edition

10 super-cool electronic faucets, a guide to LED bulbs, structural bamboo, rising material costs, and other product news from the past week.

Muiris Redwood hands-free faucet.

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Trends: Safer Bath Products That Don’t Skimp on Style

For many baby boomers, upgrading the home for aging in place is a topic they wish to avoid. And it’s no wonder: In the past, “universal design” equated to institutional-feeling products that made cozy spaces feel like hospitals.

But no more. Manufacturers have recognized that independent living shouldn’t mean sacrificing aesthetics. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Great Outdoors Edition

Outdoor-living eye candy, tornado shelters, transom windows, and other product news from around the web this week.

Eldorado Stone outdoor kitchen.

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Trends: Gardens and Kitchens, Grills and Fireplaces Lead ASLA’s Outdoor Living Trends

Americans still love their backyards, according to the results of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey, released today. Read the rest of this entry »


In Practice: 8 Design Ideas for Eye-Catching Interior Doors

This Jeld-Wen Custom Wood Contemporary interior door is made with genuine mahogany and features a chappo/wheat finish.

When it comes to interior upgrades, many pros and homeowners gravitate toward countertops and flooring and paint, with interior doors often lower on the list. But in reality, updating one or two of those plain slabs is a fairly simple way to add visual interest to a room. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Sustainability Squared Edition

A green tile standard, fanciful facades, trend-shifting demographics, and other product and design news from around the web this week.

Metropolitan Tile by IronRock is one of three brands to have achieved Green Squared certification so far.

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