lighting innovation hue

hue personal wireless lighting Light you can control from your smart device. When it comes to wireless lights, hue is about as smart as it gets. To get started, just download the free app to your smart phone or tablet. … you can use the app to control your wireless bulbs. The LED technology inside every hue wireless LED bulb is a little bit special. That’s because it can display different tones of white light – from warm yellow white to vibrant blue white. Of course, it can also recreate any color in the spectrum. Naturally. And they couldn’t be easier to install. Just pick the lights or lamps you want to give the hue makeover and screw the wireless bulbs in. Then turn the light switch on, so there’s electricity running to the bulb, and you’re all done. It really is that simple. PAINT WITH LIGHT
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a new look for carpet tiles (it's green, too!)

“…green design can be both beautiful and functional.  That philosophy is certainly something we hold near and dear to our collective hearts at FLOR.”

what is flor?

A Responsible Choice

FLOR believes in a closed-loop product life cycle, which means we carefully consider our environmental-footprint in every step along the way: design, manufacturing, use, delivery and reclaiming old FLOR.

  • Design: FLOR is designed with the end in mind. Our 19.7-inch squares are beautiful, functional and recyclable.
  • Manufacturing: Our manufacturing processes are as energy-efficient as possible. We use renewable energy sources and technologies which help reduce our emissions and waste.
  • Use: FLOR’s modular, square format means that it is a flexible, practical and scalable design system.
  • Delivery: FLOR is efficiently packaged in easy-to-manage boxes delivered direct to your door.
  • Reclaiming: FLOR is designed to be taken apart so face fibers and backing materials can be recycled into new product through our Return & Recycle Program.

check out the new boston store:
236 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585.9933


elegant ceiling fan

Suddenly, the ceiling fan goes from afterthought to first thought.

“We’ll work directly with you to build and ship your individual fan. Fill out the information online and one of our experts will contact you, or give us a call at 1-855-MY-HAIKU.”

Haiku Fans HQ

2425 Merchant Street
Lexington, KY 40511 USA
Phone: 1-855-MY-HAIKU

modern sliding partitions


“So you like sliding doors but are not sure about managing an antique industrial monstrosity with the associated rollers, bar and latch system? This marvelously simple sliding door solution turns the wall into the framework and turns a complex mechanical system into a modern minimalist interior design solution”




glue as a solution to noise pollution?

A newsletter I recieved today from ‘This Old House’ expert Bruce Irving Renovation Consulting had this little gem of a solution:

green glue noiseproofing compound

“Noise is the bane of city and even suburban life. One of the first questions my clients ask when looking at properties is “How loud is it?  Can you hear the upstairs/downstairs/next door neighbors?”  Memories of life in my first condo are darkened by the footsteps and conversations that intruded from the unit above.

If only I’d gotten ahold of some of this stuff—Green Glue is a ‘viscoelastic’ compound that, when applied between two or more layers of drywall or plywood, dampens noise by converting sound vibrations into tiny amounts of heat.  It can reduce room-to-room and floor-to-floor transmission by as much as 90% and is good for both new construction and dealing with existing structures. About $30 a tube.

The manufacturer has one of the most informative, geeky-yet-understandable websites I’ve ever seen, complete with construction details and explaining everything from ‘dealing with impact noise’ to ‘upgrading existing floors’  And they’re not afraid to compare their stuff to other strategies, as in  ‘Green Glue vs. Extra Dry Wall’ and ‘Green Glue vs Resilient Channel.’”

Green Glue Noiseproofing products

little gems: multiuse solar powered pavers

Iceberg Mini $15 each

unlease your creativity

according to the literature from solar lightd factory, “Our Iceberg Mini solar LED lights shoot brilliant color from within its enveloping glass frame. Hermetically sealed to block out water and dust. Ultra bright LEDs visible hundreds of meters away. The Iceberg is a paver light by design, but our customers have assigned them a wide variety of uses. Some have sprinkled them at events such as weddings to add a touch of color. Others have used them as table top lighting at restaurants to rave reviews.”

“Easy installation. Zero maintenance. Totally self-contained light. No wires, no transformers, no external power sources, no electricity bills, immune to power outages. Photo sensors turn it on automatically at dusk and turns it off during the day. Easy installation: 1) find a place with sunlight 2) dig a hole 3) put it there. Can be paired with wood, stone, cement, dirt, grass, and more.

crisp, brilliant color

This requires absolutely no explanation. Our retail line of Icebergs come in four bright colors - white, green, blue, and red. They’re bright.

hermetically sealed

Our Iceberg solar lights have an Ingress Protection rating of IP68, the highest possible rating. They’re as dust- and water- proof as they come. Rain or shine, dust storm or thunder storm, your lights will be fine. We’ve been testing them by throwing them into swimming pools and letting them sit for months - they’re still going strong.

tough, industrial glass casing

Not only is our Iceberg extremely durable - they can bear up to 2 metric tonnes - but they let the LEDs shine beautifully.”

for more information go to  solar lights factory

Call: (214) 676 0481


recycled aluminum countertops

looking for something different for your countertops?

recycled alumium has a modern but friendly look…

alkemi has created this new material…

“ALKEMI-acrylic is a beautiful and sustainable surfacing alternative, made using pre-consumer waste aluminum flake, solid surface scrap, and recycled acrylic.

SCS certified 91% recycled content

With no VOC content, ALKEMI-acrylic is safe for people and friendly to the environment.

ALKEMI-acrylic may be fabricated and installed by qualified solid surface professionals using conventional tools and methods. Versatile and practical, it is the perfect surfacing material alternative for both horizontal and vertical decorative interior surface applications.”

water from air

Technically speaking, the WaterMill is an atmospheric water collection device that condenses water vapor and purifies it. In English: It’s a home appliance that makes drinking water for your whole family - using only air…. Here’s how it works: The system draws in moist, outside air through an air filter. The moist air passes over a cooling element, condensing the moist air into water droplets. This water is then collected, passed through a specialized carbon filter and is then exposed to an ultraviolet sterilizer, eliminating bacteria… The result? You have taken control of your family’s drinking water needs… Once drinking water is created, it goes to the point of use devices in your home: your refrigerator, spigot, water cooler or backsplash dispenser.
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DNA Stairs

 Check out this new spiral stair that flows elegantly from one level to another …


Concept… The Strand

The single defining feature of the DNA stair is that it should look like a DNA strand. This look is achieved by the central staircase support and balustrade, which I have dubbed the ‘strand’. The domestic DNA strand consists of 3 main elements:

  • A large diameter helical tube which supports the treads and inner balustrade.
  • A small diameter helical tube that forms the inner handrail.
  • Balusters which support the handrail and links the two helical tube

Gas Stones- an alternative to fake logs


While the gas stove popularity has grown significantly over the past ten years, the look of fake logs just doesn’t do it for many homeowners. There are options now, and the alternative of beach stones can be used in interiors that are both natural and modern.

“Gas Stones are clean, crisp and contemporary.  They are like a breath of fresh air in the hearth industry.” says Holly Markham, owner of European Home.  Very popular in Europe and designed by Gavin Scott Design of England, Gas Stones consists of a natural gas or propane burner, ceramic basket in white or black, a set of hand painted ceramic beach stones and a remote control.

Gas Stones are $1200 retail plus $50.00 shipping.  Gas Stones can be purchased through some fireplace retailers or directly through European Home, based in Melrose, MA.