Sunday, September 27, 2009

Flush, Flush Brush, Brush

What's all the fuss? Bathrooms, that's what. Here's how you can make the home of your porcelain goddess, green. Speaking of which, let's start there. You ever sit there, doing your business and think "Gee, I bet there's gotta be a way to make a toilet without water, that doesn't smell, and maybe I could even use the out come in my garden." Ha Ha! Alas! There is! Sun-Mar makes a composting toilet that does just that, no water, no smell and the remains become compost for the garden!

What of sinks? Gore Design Co makes some crafty and earth friendly sinks that we'd be honored to call our own. Not only do they not use plastic, use a water based concealer, they cut down their need for new materials, and much more, but they also come in designs like we've never seen before! You can check them out above.

And shower heads? Shower heads come with a low flow option now too. Delta makes a great one called Fluidics H2OKinetics that lets you choose to low flow or not. From reviews we hear you can't tell the difference. So why not save some water, your hair won't mind, we promise.

So, there's a taste of some ways to design your bathroom with the you and the planet in mind. Have some ideas of your own? Let us know! Want more ideas? Let us know!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sliding panels with a Punch!

Check these out! These panels are some of the coolest kids we know! They come in unique shapes, patterns, colors, and sizes. And of course, *dund didd dund!!*, it's made from recycled materials! They also come as sliding walls or doors! There are three types of recycled products that you can get in a sliding form. Varia, Chroma and 100 Percent are our three green players. Varia and Chroma are both made of 40% post-consumer recycled materials and 100 Percent is, you guessed it, made of 100% pre-consumer recycled materials. Not only that but 3Form, the geniuses that make these products, are on their way to zero materials (zero, zilch, none, nada, you heard it right) going to landfills, and they are doing amazing things to be energy efficient. For example, they car-pool or bike, have incentives for the employees who use hybrid vehicles, use renewable energy sources, and more. Swoon...our heros... If you want to hear more about 3Form or you would like to see some 3Form in your home, contact us and we'll help you get there.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Dollars-for-dishware is the new Cash-for-clunkers! Cash-for-clunkers was such a success, the government thought they'd throw a bone to the appliance companies such as Whirlpool, Electrolux, and General Electric to name a few. The bill is new and little is known thus far about it, but no worries, more info is coming out Oct. 15th. What we do know is the following:

  • It must be a high-efficiency household appliances, furnaces and air-conditioning systems
  • Congress authorized $300 million for the program earlier this year as part of the federal economic-stimulus bill.
  • Appliances covered by the program include dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators. They must carry Energy Star ratings, to show they meet energy-efficiency standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy.
  • Best part, you don't have to trade in your old appliances, unlike the cash-for-clunkers program!
Well, that's all she wrote for now because, well, that's all we know. When more comes out we'll be sure and give you the heads up on what's up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

All that noise, noise noise!!

Love your home entertainment sounds system, but not exactly egger to hear Jurassic Park being played at full volume while you're reading in the study? Guess what...we have a secret.... Gather 'round children as we tell of wallpaper that is sound proof. Gasp! Can it be?? Yes, yes it can and it is!! This stuff is super thick, comes in five textures, AND can be painted over. No more "HEY KIDS, CAN YOU TURN THAT DOWN, I CAN HARDLY HEAR MYSELF THINK!" Just you time. It's called Sempatech and it's made by our buddies Roos. You know them, those cool guys that make the glass, eco-friendly wallpaper. Same dudes. Email us for further info on how you line some walls with this little wonder.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mmm...Pizza, pizza!!

Shoooot, you're gonna wish you were in the Cleveland area after we tell you this (Heck, maybe you even are!) September 12th & 13th here at Villa we're giving away a patio pizza oven!! You can come hang out with us and meet us/me the lady behind the curtain. You'll find us here Saturday from 10-6pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. Bring the kids, bring your partners, and bring your hungry bellies because we're going to have pizza up the wazoo all for you! If lady luck is on your side, she's going to grant you with a free outdoor pizza oven. You enter, we hope you win! Remember we're located at:
30152 Detroit Rd.
Westlake,OH 44145