Category Archives: Home Decoration Notes

On My Radar: January

Some things on my radar right now:

1. This new West Elm chair looks so high end with it’s contrast buttons and piping. Plus I love the shape.

2. When it’s this cold I dread washing my hair because I can’t let it air dry- so I tend to go 3-4 days between shampoos and this Oribe Dry spray is the BEST for adding back some volume and texture to roots. Plus it makes hair nice and “grippy” for updos!

3. When I travel I always am looking for little bags or pouches to put my delicate jewelry in- this little pouch from Claire Vivier would be so perfect and the monogram makes it feel luxe (a great gift for friends too!)

4. This print pillow from CB2 is a steal and adds so much style- I’d love it on a bed with white and black linens!

5. I head to C

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Winter Vacation Essentials

I hope all of you are getting prepared to take some time off for the holidays. I sure am. I’m going to take a little hiatus until December 26th. This is the first time in seven years I have ever done this, but I hope you understand and will check back in before the new year! Until then, here are some essentials to pack up for your time away (or home!)

blush // luminizer // pajamas // slippers //  chargers // wine // hot chocolate // suitcase // scarf // gloves // books: Me Before You : The Good House : The Signature of All Things // cookie recipe

Utah’s Zero Home Has Noteworthy Numbers

A Utah home is drawing big attention for its little numbers. The Zero Home outside of Salt Lake City in Herriman, Utah, is a net-zero smart home that has a HERS rating of zero and it is the first home to certified as net zero in Climate Zone 5. The production home also received U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Challenge Home certification, is Energy Star certified, and is priced at $350,000 and up.

The home, designed by KTGY Group Architecture + Planning and part of Garbett Home’s Bellasol community, is priced based on price per square foot of other homes in the area. Purchase prices begin at $350,000, and four floor plants that feature three to five bedrooms, 2.5 or 3.5 bathrooms, and a four car garage are available. The garage may also include a charging station for an electric vehicle. The Bellasol community is located in the 2,500-acres master-planned Rosecrest community in Herriman. G

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Gift Guide: For Her (& Black Friday Guide)

Ok, shoppers, on your mark, get set….

While Monday tend to be the best online shopping day, today has some crazy deals too. So here is my gift guide for her, along with some notes on sales happening today!

1. Monogrammed jammies are luxurious yet under $100.

2. & 3.  Lacquered jewelry boxes for her dresser that are kind of reminiscent of Tiffany & Hermes boxes. Such great accents!

4. A beyond cool lucite cuff (30% off)

5. The most chic monogrammed clutch (I have it and get endless compliments).

6. What girl wouldn’t want a collection of Diptique candles? GENIUS. Someone buy this for me please.

7. The perfect little date night makeup kit from Bobbi Brown.

8. A ladylike print for her bathroom- super affordable and awesome.

9. A mo

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2013 Solar Decathlon: Team Ontario Wins Engineering Contest

Engineering Contest Results

Rank | Team | Points awarded 1. Team Ontario   95.0 2. Czech Republic   94.0 Tie 3. Team Austria   93.0 Tie 3. North Carolina   93.0 Tie 3. Las Vegas   93.0 See all of the entries to the 2013 Solar Decathlon in ARCHITECT’s Project Gallery. On the official Solar Decathlon blog, engineering judge Kent Peterson, chief engineer and vice president of P2S Engineering, lauded Team Ontario for its integration of both active and passive strategies to maintain thermal comfort. According to officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, this was the first year that all of the houses were net-positive, meaning that they all produced more energy than they consumed. Visit Ecobuildingpulse’s landing page for all things 2013 Solar Decathlon.