Tech gets a bad rap when it comes to being earth friendly. While some gadgets and appliances are known to suck up a ton of energy, there’s a growing trend to create products that make love, not war with the earth. Check out these eco-chic tech goodies and accessories:
Tote your 17″ laptop around in this super-stylish cedar-wood case.
Not for the budget-conscious!
$412 US, Out of Gray.
They’re at it again! IKEA goes all-the way eco with these solar powered desk lamps.
Shines for approx. 4 hours when fully charged.
$20 each, IKEA.
My delicate iPhone is an extension of my arm, so it needs hardcore protection.
This shell from gadget case gods, Incase, is composed of 40% recycled bamboo
and 60% plastic, offering uber-durability.
$35, Apple Store.
Present Mother Earth with a gift worth giving this Earth Day.
The Soji Modern solar lantern is a gorgeous outdoor lighting solution that charges from the sun’s rays, turning itself on automatically at dusk, then off at dawn.
$47 US, Pure Modern.
Although it’s been around for ages, I’m amazed at how many people don’t know about Blackle.com. A search engine powered by Google, Blackle saves energy by using a black screen while you surf the web (a white screen sucks up more energy). It’s free to use, so there’s no excuse not to do your part, techies!
Happy Earth Day! As I was thinking what to post for today, it occurred to me that everyone was going to be inundated with all sorts of advice about what to do to make the Earth a better place. I could add to that, but instead decided just to say, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, enjoy whatever the day has to offer!
Here in Toronto, it’s raining, the grass is looking nice and green, the weekend will be amazingly warm — life is good! So, once again, Happy Earth Day!
My style-sleuthing is leading me to Copenhagen this summer and I came across these crazy Danish digs…
Hotel Fox is situated in the heart of the Danish capital, and touts itself as “the world’s most exciting and creative lifestyle hotel”. Designed by 21 international artists from the fields of graphic design, urban art and illustration, Hotel Fox is a gallery of 61 no-two-alike rooms of sheer, wacked-out whimsy…Â
My fave room is the “King’s Court 1″, designed by Birgit Amadori of Germany. A little bit fairy tale, a little bit Manga, it’s spare but strangely sumptuous at the same time. I’m also a sucker for great blue-and-white combos. And the Medusa on the walls is so very Versace!
Andreas Mindt’s startling “Highlights” room breathes life into the stark simplicity of an achromatic scheme with flowing lines and a real sense of motion. Not a room you’d want to be in after a dizzying night of partying, though.
Brisbane design collective Rinzen, conceived the “Dryads” room as a playful little fantasy-land. The raised bed is intended to suggest “walking into the heart of the forest”, surrounded by trees and fallen foliage.Â
Light, bright and refreshingly bonkers! I wonder what it would be like in person…
It’s a fight to the finish line — at least, in my head it is. Who will win the coveted award of downloading the billionth Apple iPhone/iPod application? The stakes are high with this one, as the winner gets a $10,000 US iTunes giftcard, an iPod Touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. With swag like that up for grabs, I am determined to win, and have been downloading apps like crazy for the past few days. The internet is abuzz with dates on when the tally will hit a billion, the favourite being April 23rd (follow the countdown on the Apple website).
To get you on the road to the grand prize, here are a few of my fave apps:
Tweetie: One of the most popular Twitter apps. Allows you to use all of the conveniences of web-based Twitter on your iPhone/iPod Touch. ($2.99)
Camera Zoom:The answer to your iPhone camera’s prayers. This app is only $.99 and gives yo 4x digital zoom on your phone’s camera. When zooming, it looks a bit blurry, but focuses automatically when you hit the capture button.
Urbanspoon:Not sure where to go for dinner? Let this app decide. Your device’s GPS finds your location and Urbanspoon will randomly suggest a place to eat and give you contact details. You can also manually search within their database.
Remote: I love this app for those lazy Sundays when I don’t want to get off the couch to change the music on my iMac. Remote allows you to control your iTunes music and playlists on your computer directly from your iPhone or iPod touch. Best part? It’s free!
Who Has The Biggest Brain?:This is my fave game to play while riding the subway in the morning. The perfect way to exercise the brain, this game tests your skills in 4 segments (analytics, math, memory, visual processing) and analyzes your brain size based on how well you scored combined with how fast you worked. ($.99)
Anthropologie’s first Canadian location opens in Toronto tomorrow at the Shops at Don Mills and we’re beside ourselves with excitement!
Among the fashions and home decor items are eco-friendly goodies, including these lovely finds. Can’t wait to see what else we uncover in the coming months. You can order online if you’re not in T.O. area, while two other stores are slated to open soon: one in the West Edmonton Mall and another store in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
< Paperie Petting Zoo by Stray Dog Designs
Handcrafted from recycled cement bags Price: $248.79
Capri Blue Candle-In-A-Jar >
Made from recycled glass and soy wax Price: $31.41
< Eco Jot Notebook Set
Made from recycled paper and cardstock
Set of 3 Price: $17.59
It is with deep sadness and regret that I wish to inform you that IKEA’s Arvinn chair is not long for this world…
Parting with a favourite piece can be such sweet sorrow. The Arvinn – perhaps the ultimate folding cafe chair – will remain in stock in the woody Antique Stain, but I always preferred the White option, and that’s the one that’s headed for the great IKEA Museum in the Sky by the end of June. At only $50 bones a pop, I’d strongly suggest you rush out and pick up as much of these as you can before they start disappearing forever. They’re a fantastic small space solution â€” just hang them on the wall folded when they’re not in use â€” and the price point simply can’t be beat.
I was also surprised to find another iconic IKEA release has recently vanished from shelves, and that’s the Stockholm green glass vase:
This was one of those contemporary classics that seemed to pop up in every interior, making it more of a natural choice for discontinuation (is that even a word?), if only because of its overexposure. Still love it, though.
But there’s no single IKEA piece that I miss quite like the Lack sofa table.
This pared-down, Parsons-style stunner was probably the most versatile table that IKEA’s ever released. I’ve owned about five or six of them â€” three of which were purchased the second I heard these were being discontinued in mid-2005 â€” and they’ve served me so well. As a standard sofa table, anchoring a floating piece of furniture in a room; as a console in the front hall; and even as a makeshift breakfast bar, the Lack tackled all of my small space dilemmas with simplicity and style, and is sorely missed.
Of course, discontinuingÂ stock is a spring cleaning ritual that meansÂ exciting new releases are just around the corner. I’m off to Sweden at the end of May to report on all the amazing new products IKEA’s dreamt up for 2009 that will have your “loving your home” more than ever. Will keep you posted!
If you have a sofa or chair that’s looking a little tattered and tired, don’t even think about getting rid of it, think slipcover instead!
Today I put my ivory slipcovers back onto my sofa, chairs and ottoman in my living room, and I’m always amazed at how different they make my place look — from cosy wintertime palette to bright, light springtime look in practically no time at all! (I say practically because no matter how easy-breezy everyone makes slipcovers sound, there is effort involved, don’t kid yourself. My sofa is big and the slipcover takes some wrestling to get it to fit smoothly over the sofa’s red velvet upholstery. The whole notion of just pulling it off and tossing it into the laundry isn’t something I take lightly!)
Nonetheless, slipcovers are a great way to save an old piece of furniture and keep it going for a few more years or simply update your look for the changing seasons.
I got mine at Potato Skins in Toronto, but there are any number of slipcover makers around, and if you have upholstered IKEA furniture, check out Bemz.
It’s true, folksÂ – we’re going off the rails on the Twitter train! Spreading like wildfire, Twitter is the newest internet phenomenon, and we at Style at Home can’t get enough of it. We love the idea of sharing (or ‘tweeting’ as it’s called) what’s going on here at the office and what’s newsworthy in the world of home decor.
Not familiar with Twitter? Here’s a quick lesson:
Similar to status updates on Facebook, Twitter allows you to post updates of up to 140 characters on what your current status is (whether it be your plans for the night, an exciting website you discovered, a topic you think warrants discussion, etc.). You can have people follow your tweets and you can follow others as well. Did someone tweet something you think is funny or want to comment on? Simply type the ‘@’ symbol, followed by their username and your response, and it will be sent to them as a reply. It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends or see what your fave celebrities, stores and magazines are working on.
Check out what the Style at Home editors are tweeting about!
It`s been a while since I`ve blogged about one of my favourite things: stationery! In recent years, I admit I`ve become a bit of a tech junkie; if you`re one, too, check out Lauren McPhillips` blog Tech Style. I love my little gadgets like my laptop, BlackBerry and iPod Touch. But even still, I love the tactile nature of notebooks and journals. I love feeling the smooth cover of a beautiful diary beneath my fingers and flipping through the pages of an old agenda book. So, despite being pretty nicely outfitted with gadgets, I still find myself turning to the old standbys of pen and paper to record important things. My newest find are these lovely products from Jenni Bick.Â Featuring an assortment of journals, photo albums, specialty papers, invitations and gift-wrap, this site is a paper lover`s treasure trove. Two of my favourites are pictured here. Snow & Graham sticky note blocks (above) are $14.50 each and the Moderno Italian bonded leather journals (right) in pretty spring colours are $25 each.
For more information, visit jennibick.com.
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