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Elegant and Whimsical Bath Fixtures

Gregg and I just got back from New York where we celebrated Gregg’s birthday. While we were there we could not help but check out the real estate on Fifth Avenue.  In one great apartment, we found a toilet fit for for a Queen…

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Afterwards, I just had to do some Googling to see what other elaborate and whimsical pieces of porcelain were out there..

Here are some interesting finds.

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This Bling Bling toilet is diamond encrusted and will only set you back $75,000.

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Luxury High Tech Modern Houseboat

Looking for some inspiration today, I turned to a blog I love but hadn’t looked at in a while.  Appropriately titled If It’s Hip It’s Here,  I didn’t have to search far into their posts to find this inspiring houseboat, the MetroShip by Ballinger & Co.  Inspired by an open New York City loft apartment, this boat was conceived in London and handmade in the USA.  It’s a luxury item fit for the 2010 fantasy gift list in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

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This 48ft x 12ft modern houseboat has 7 ft. ceilings and has been designed as an intimate luxury loft that also just happens to float.  It’s fitted with translucent aluminum grid panels; an aluminum, fiberglass or steel hull; premium windows & doors and a one piece fiberglass roof system. The kitchen is equipped by Viking & Gaggenau. The bath has an Italian vanity & Kohler shower. It is internet- ready and the Danish sound system & Sony HDTV’s will not disappoint the high tech user.

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Open and airy, it features  waterproof hardwood floors and double-glazed windows. The kitchen is centrally located for better stability and is enhanced by  an oversized island with hand-made white gloss cabinets.

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This is one deck, yes, but the Roof Deck is also ready to be converted into additional outdoor living space!

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The bedroom is an oversized open plan with a W Hotel bed.  Optional bedroom “pods” are available that rise up from the floor level at the push of a button.

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At night it truly glows with sophistication thanks to maintenance-free translucent thermal aluminum walls.  It’s all yours for $250,000.

If this is not quite up to par.. watch for the Mega MetroShip 110′ Yacht….coming soon…

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Modern and Unique Holiday Decorating

Modern Holiday Decor

The time for Holiday decorating has come and so I thought I would share some inspirations for a more modern style of decorating in case you have grown as  tired of the traditional as I have. Here are some unique ideas from “House and Home” and “Living Etc.”  that I found inspiring.
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Modern Eco-Treehouse

If you are toying with the idea of buying a playhouse or treehouse for Christmas this year, here is an exceptional one the whole family would enjoy–and maybe even move into.  I’m not sure it’s in the budget this year, but I am sure our Godson, Cole, would think we were pretty amazing if we put a big red bow around this in his backyard!

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Germany’s treehouse makers, Baumraum, have created a brilliant arboreal home design.  Impressive, with its curvy body perched atop super-skinny spider-like “legs”, the unique and modern shape with its clean lines and cool features are signature Baumraum.

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It was conceived to show off housing company, WeberHaus’, homes, and resides in a fun interacting way at World of Living , their showspace/amusement park for sustainable housing. As if the treehouse itself were not cool enough, there is also a terrace and stairs spiraling the oak, suspended by a steel cable and heavy-duty webbing belts.

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WeberHaus has been self-build specialists for more than 50 years, with much experience in energy- efficient and sustainable homes.

Modern society increasingly demands more sustainable environmentally-friendly homes. 
Through the use of geothermics and thermal insulation, energy efficiency and lower energy costs are all part of the self-build homes. These ultimate eco homes are tailor-made with bespoke timber frame panels and built entirely to meet your specifications and requirements. You dream-–they build, with focus on quality, innovation, and the environment.

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The vaulted interior deceives visitors with wallpaper depicting giant oak leaves as if the house itself were a tree. In fact, the walls are all made of native oak.  Two skylights and large windows daylight the space and allow views in all directions over the park and into the tree crown.

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The treehouse was built in the company’s apprentice workshop in collaboration with external partners.  It was then put on a truck and carted to its destination.

Westminster Abbey is chosen for The Royal Wedding

William and Kate choose Westminster Abbey and Friday April 29, 2011 for the location and date of their Royal Wedding.

Location of Royal Wedding, Westminster Abbey

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“Love Blue” Tokyo Designers Week

Last week,  thousands of creators and design enthusiasts descended on the world’s trendiest capital for Tokyo Designers Week— the 25th annual design event that brings together variety in design. The theme of Tokyo Designers Week for this year was “Environment” and was to be regarded as not just natural environment concerning issues such as global warming but in a more collective means of “living environment” including conditions of our mind and body in  affluent living.  Visitors were not only able to meet the young avant-garde designers and become familiar with their work but also to buy self-produced or limited edition pieces directly from the designers.
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Throughout the event, participating corporations, organizations and independent designers introduced new environmental approaches and solutions. As most people were using the term “green“, Blue, actually “Love Blue,” was the theme of this year’s exhibition. “Blue is the color of the sky and the sea as well as the technology of the future.”  With a total of 353 exhibitors, the main event has been divided into 18 categories relating to the environment, from water and air to playing and living,  to organic and energy,  to eating and sleeping.
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Dezeen and Design Association teamed up to give Ten designers and artists a free exhibition and some construction budget space in the Environmental Container Design & Art Competition during this competition.  The winner, Hope Tree, designed by 24 degree Studio,  created a mesmerizing installation that combined paper and light within a 20-foot shipping container. The openings were illuminated by LED string lighting, which allowed for coverage of the entire space with minimal watt usage.
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