Every now and then you come across a pretty picture that has you longing for a Mediterranean holiday. This would fit perfectly into the house I imagined while reading Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. And the name of house is something else that has stayed in my mind for the longest time – Bramasol.
What’s the one thing in the house that guests are forced to notice from up close? I would say the faucet. Still, a mundane faucet can go completely unnoticed. A beautiful and unique one, though, will register even as one goes about a task as mindless as washing hands. And boy, are there some breath-taking faucets out there!
And if you thought it can’t get much better than that, well, you thought wrong! A cascading faucet almost has something zen-ish about it, doesn’t it? I can almost hear the soothing the sound of the water falling gently. Sigh!
Do you see it or am I just delusional? I could swear that this faucet’s modeled after a tulip. I love designs that borrow from nature.
This faucet from Kohler is simply stunning. I wouldn’t really be bothered about getting a wash basin with matching designs.I think it’d be best with a white sink, because I’d want my faucet to get the full attention that it deserves!
I’m not sure if you’d be impressed by the faucet below after all that you’ve seen already. But I still like it for its curvy yet minimalistic design.
I’ve realized only recently that there is almost nothing in the house that can’t be subject to design scrutiny. Think of all those little things in your house that you barely notice is there. Take a minute off to ask yourself whether those humdrum elements could look or serve you better. And I’m willing to bet that the answer is going to be in the affirmative!
This is probably the most gorgeous platter that I have ever laid eyes on. People will tell you that mango wood is cheap and inferior wood, but don’t listen to them! I love the deep grains that are characteristic of mango wood, and I’m yet to see more beautiful ones in any other kind of wood. Imagine how awesome this platter would look against a white or gray counter top! Simply splendid!
Product design is usually all about combining functionality with aesthetics. On rarer occasions, it offers the designer a chance for some tease and mischief. They say that opportunity comes knocking at our doors in all forms, and clearly, even in the form of a humble milk bottle. With some etching cream and a stencil, this would now be a fairly simple DIY project. But I continue to be awed by the kind of ideas and thinking that go into these products the first time they’re rolled out. I sometimes envy the deviously creative minds, and I wish I could rent it from their owners just once in a way!
Some time back, I’d made a post on why it’s important to have a sink console near your dining table. Now I’m willing to go a bit further than that. I realize it’s hard enough to tidy up the living room and kitchen before you invite guests over for drinks and dinner. I’d hate having to clean the bedrooms too, just because a guest might want to use a toilet in there. So wouldn’t it be nice to have an unattached toilet, close to where you’re entertaining? It’s no mean feat trying to find space for that extra toilet, considering how much space you’d expect it to occupy. But what if you could shrink the toilet? What if it occupied just a little more space than your refrigerator? Here’s what I found when I was hunting for toilets under the stairs.
I doubt I’d feel guilty about turning a seemingly dead space under the stairs into a functional toilet. I cannot think of a more space-saving design for a toilet, which still has the space for everything you’d possibly need. I did initially think that it’d be a bit awkward and inconvenient to use a sink that’s right above the pot. But I watched videos of people doing that without a problem, and I realized that my apprehensions were just a mind-block against an unconventional design.
This is one of my favorite discoveries ever. ‘Retrofit’ is a term I came across for the first time not so long ago. It refers to fitting a product with new components to improvise, upgrade or increase the efficiency of the original product. And I don’t think there’s a better term to describe Sink Positive’s patented invention that you see below. All that it involves is a ten-minute installation to change the lid of your tank. Do that, and you have a wonderful sink over your toilet. But this is no ordinary sink! When you flush, the faucet automatically releases clean water to wash your hands with. The soapy water that leaves your hand is then saved for the next flush. And no, dirty water does not come out of the faucet. So let’s weigh the benefits here. You have a touch-free faucet. Every flush mildly cleanses your commode with soapy water. You save water. And you save another precious thing called space. What’s not to love about it?
Had I seen this a bit earlier, I would definitely have featured it as an Earth Day Special! But that’s alright. Because, whether you like it or not, every day is Earth Day for us, earthlings!