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A Little Nature Indoors

For the last couple of months, I've been noticing a trend: indoor gardens popping up everywhere. It's a great way of bringing the outside in your home in a very simple, but beautiful way. West Elm just came out with an updated high style, low maintenance collection of beautiful vessels, designed by extremely talented style director Shane Powers. He created four different kinds of containers, each with a specific function: hand blown glass bubbles for air plants, tall glass jars for floating water plants, Greek and Roman-inspired clay forms for cut flowers and a modular three-tiered mini-garden for cactus and succulents. What's incredible is that no soil is needed in this new concept for the indoor garden. I just love everything Shane does.

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A Fab Solar House

In my recent trip to Spain I came across this very interesting article about a solar house contest produced by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where the Fab Lab House received the audience award for the best of its kind. Because of its organic shape some referred to is as the peanut home, cinnamon submarine, forest Zeppelin or even whale belly. But whatever you might want to call this unique home, its contribution to green living is quite significant as it introduced the most efficient flexible solar panels in the world as of yet — a significant breakthrough in the architectural integration of solar systems.

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Please Rewind

One of the things I enjoy the most when I travel is to discover new and unique little shops that offer never-before-seen treasures. In my three short days in Antwerp, Belgium, I found many stores that caught my attention, but one in particular stood out for its approach to green living — it was the perfect marriage between ecology and design. 

Everything in Rewind has been created using recycled goods and materials in a very clever way, and of course without compromising their aesthetics. The store works with sixty designers and artists from across Europe and often organize exhibitions for artists working on recovering materials or re-thinking their surroundings in an ecological manner. I was really amazed how ingeniously some of these materials were transformed in such beautiful and unique pieces, and they have nothing to envy their high-end counterparts.

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A Bowl of Many Layers

The nifty Fruit Bowl 128 go its name from the amount of layers it's made of — its beautiful surface resembles a terrain model. Designed by Dutch Studio SEMdesignthe bowl is handmade by gluing 128 different pieces of recycled cardboard together. Its sculptural shape looks gorgeous with or without fruits in it. Are you thrilled by challenges? Well, how about making your own bowl. The designers offer a free manual that walks you, step by step, through the project. Come on, you can do it

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A Classic With a Twist

Reminiscent of classic industrial metal lamps from the 20th century, the Batucada table task lamp is designed by Brazilian designer Brunno Jahara and produced by Vialight. The lamp is a continuation of the Batucada Collection, where the designer hammers and smashes objects such as centerpieces, vases and lamps. It uses LED technology and is made of low impact materials such as aluminum, which is 100% recyclable. Even though every lamp is unique, the hammered surfaces reflect the light and lend character to the lamps. As part of the Miami Design Week, the Batucada lamp will be displayed at Ornare showroom in the Design District starting tomorrow November 29. I think it's a great addition to the collection!

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A Show of Tiles

I am thrilled to announce our first sponsor. TileShowroom has partnered with TheDesignerPad to offer all of you a fantastic source of tiles for all your DIY projects. What I love most about them is the large selection of natural, recycled glass tiles they have — especially the wide range of colors finishes available. To celebrate this amazing partnership, they're giving all our readers an extra 15% off their already competitive prices, with every purchase of more than $100. Just mention code THEDESIGNERPAD to receive the discount. Don't miss out on this great deal!

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Who's there?

Aren't these adorable? What a fab way to add some whimsy to your entrance door. These fun peephole covers are the perfect disguise for such boring-looking piece of hardware. And on top of it, they're made out of birch wood from sustainably managed forests, making them a great eco-friendly product. I'm sure they'll put a huge happy smile on all those guests knocking at your door.

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Contain yourself

Some of the massive freight containers that pollute our landscape every time we drive by any of our country's many ports, are now seeing better days. They're being recycled into very affordable and innovative living spaces. Container architecture is becoming a hot trend. From having a lonesome purpose in life, these dreadful steel boxes are now becoming small homes, vacation cabins, business and even multi-unit buildings. It's an eco-friendly and a very flexible option to build.

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