Create a Beach-Like Look at Home

Want to create a seaside look in your bathroom, but don’t want to go overboard? Here are some tips on paint colors, surfaces, accessories and fixtures from Linda Castle of Decorated Designs for About.com.

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flower Magazine Presents “ADAC in Bloom”

(Left to right) Alex Hitz, Bobby McAlpine, Jack Staub, Remco van Vliet and Carleton Vrney. (Not pictured) Renny Reynolds.

(Left to right) Alex Hitz, Bobby McAlpine, Jack Staub, Remco van Vliet and Carleton Varney. (Not pictured) Renny Reynolds. Photo: Sylvia Small

Here’s a recap of the opening program in “ADAC in Bloom,” which was sponsored by flower magazine. The question-and-answer session on July 17 featured Renny Reynolds, Jack Staub, Bobby McAlpine, Carleton Varney, Remco van Vliet and Alex Hitz. Editor-in-Chief Margot Shaw questioned panelists about how flowers have inspired their worlds to date

Bobby McAlpine, an architect and entrepreneur, said he loves his work and is always searching for his next laboratory. He described his style as emotionally and spiritually driven. If McAlpine were a flower, he would be “closer to a common fig bush in the yard.”

Remco van Vliet is a third-generation floral designer who was trained as a Master Florist. When he was younger, he expected to become an artist or a graphic designer. Does decorating a large- or small-scale room differ? “Look at the environment,” van Vliet said. “Things shouldn’t scream out. Everything should be in harmony with the environment…as if a designer hadn’t been there.”

Author Alex Hitz is credited with making entertaining fun again. He likes roses, daffodils, and peonies. Hitz would serve a chicken pot pie and decorate with lots of roses at his fantasy dinner.

Carleton Varney, an author and one of America’s best known interior designers, asks his students to draw and describe their first memorable room. He keeps the drawing for the four years the student is enrolled at the university.”It’s the foundation and beginning of your taste,” Varney said. “There are no good or bad tastes.” Varney also talked briefly about his early work with Dorothy Draper. “She was a very impressive person who created a look that is identifiable with her,” he said. Her basic motto was “If it looks right, it is right.”

Renny Reynolds is a renowned entertaining, gardening and lifestyle expert. He credits an “extraordinary neighbor” and his parents with helping instill in him a love of propagating plants. What plant would he be? “Probably an eight-foot delphinium,” he said.

Jack Staub is considered one of the country’s leading experts on edible plants and vegetable garden design. He talked about Hortulus Farm Garden & Nursery, which he hopes to leave as a public garden, and the importance of horticultural education.

Leaking Faucets Costing You Money?

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Photo: Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

1994 was the year that federally mandated low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets started to appear on the scene in significant numbers.

On average, 10 gallons per day of your water footprint (or 14 percent of your indoor use) is lost to leaks. Short of installing new water-efficient fixtures, one of the easiest, most effective ways to cut your footprint is by repairing leaky faucets and toilets.

If you use a low-flow showerhead, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.

Every time you shave minutes off your use of hot water, you also save energy and keep dollars in your pocket.

It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, so showers are generally the more water-efficient way to bathe.

All of those flushes can add up to nearly 20 gallons a day down the toilet. If you still have a standard toilet, which uses close to 3.5 gallons a flush, you can save by retrofitting or filling your tank with something that will displace some of that water, such as a brick.

Most front-loading machines are energy- and water-efficient, using just over 20 gallons a load, while most top-loading machines, unless they are energy-efficient, use 40 gallons per load.

Nearly 22 percent of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. Save water by making sure to adjust the settings on your machine to the proper load size.

Dishwashing is a relatively small part of your water footprint—less than 2 percent of indoor use—but there are always ways to conserve. Using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing, especially if you run full loads.

Energy Star dishwashers use about 4 gallons of water per load, and even standard machines use only about 6 gallons. Hand washing generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.

Source: National Geographic

No More Damp, Moldy Towels

Jeeves Collection

Jeeves Collection

Amba Products presents a solution to the unpleasant reality of American bathrooms: damp, moldy towels. Italian-designed Amba Towel Warmers combine visual appeal with cutting-edge functionality to offer consumers an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient and affordable way to dry towels and keep bathrooms warm and mildew free.

The product range includes several collections: Jeeves, Quadro, Elory, Solo, Antus, Sirio, Traditional and Vega. All of them can also be used at pools, saunas, spas, boats, kitchens and mudrooms to control excess moisture and maintain warm, dry spaces free of mold and mildew.

Consumers also use Amba Towel Warmers to dry items of clothing that are too delicate for tumble drying.  

These durable bathroom features are made of 100 percent stainless steel so they can withstand wear and tear.

The energy-efficient units have built-in thermostats and cut-out switches to control temperature and prevent overheating, and are designed to run continuously by using the same amount of energy as one or two household light bulbs.

Although the low wattage used means that the units can be left on at all times, they are equipped with on/off switches and timers that enable consumers to control running time.

The towel warmers are installed as easily as wall lights or other household electrical fixtures and come in a variety of stylish designs.

All the models are available in a variety of finishes, including polished and brushed stainless steel and white or oil-rubbed bronze.

With prices starting at just a few hundred dollars, Amba Towel Warmers are affordable and offer opportunities for additional savings: by drying towels immediately, they help to reduce laundry loads and save water, detergent and energy. The units comply with international safety and quality standards and come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Ask a MODA Floors & Interiors design consultant for more information about Amba Towel Warmers.

Use the Internet to Boost Your Design Business

(Left to right) Panel members: Capella Kincheloe, Amy Preiser, and Susan Ferrier. Photo by Ben Rose.

(Left to right) Panel members: Capella Kincheloe, Amy Preiser, and Susan Ferrier. Photo by Ben Rose.

The Hearst Design Group recently presented “Inside Design,” a two-day informational program at ADAC. If you’re a designer and missed being there, here are some highlights from the opening program, “How to Make the Web Your Most Creative Tool.”

The speakers were ELLEDecor.com Editor Amy Preiser and interior designers Susan Ferrier and Capella Kincheloe. They discussed the four ways the Internet has changed and improved the way designers do business by playing an important role in improving communication, finding inspiration and ideas, researching and shopping, and building a web presence.

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