Friday, July 30, 2010

Kitchen Likes: Wood Counters

A few more inspiring pics with wood counters. Thinking more seriously about wood counters. Again.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Modern Garden Hose Hangers

After purchasing a blue rubber hose last week at target (not online, but in stores only), I decided we needed to have something equally pretty to hang it on (rather than just letting it hang out all over the patio).  Here are a few options.

1. Go Rhino Garden Hose Holder.  Comes in black, white or red.  Unfortunately has a logo on it, but in black might not be too bad.  $36.95
2. Yard Butler Garden Hose Hanger.  Possibly my favorite (and cheapest) so far.  Basic and not too ugly.  $10.69
3. Wall Mount Iron Garden Hose Holder.  A little bit country, but simple.  $54.99
4. Via Remodelista, this Steel Hose Hanger.  Pretty, but perhaps not as practical since it hangs on the faucet.  18 Euros
5. Universal Stainless Hanger.  Simple, basic, clean, but perhaps dangerous?  I do like the simplicity though.  And out of stock, but takes 3-4 weeks.  $31 on sale
6. Race Caddy Hose Hanger.  Similar to number 1, but comes in 26 colors!  Also has lame logo. $24.99

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Yard Butler HHRP-4 Garden Hose Hanger - Rust Proof
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Landscape Befores

So just to see how horrific our backyard is, here are a few pics. Views from inside and out. These were taken before we got a new fence (last week) along the back and south sides, unfortunately we had to keep the north side which is that hideous basic panel with lattice at the top. Hoping to cover that side with rolled bamboo at some point. Note the two-tone falling down fence.   We removed ivy that had covered about 1/3 of the yard, and wherever the ivy was pulled off the fence, it was red.  Nice!

Next up will be our plan.  I've been getting estimates to have the gravel area put it, the concrete paver patio, stairs to to the raised area and a retaining wall for that raised area, and new lawn area and it's about 6-11k!  That doesn't include the deck from the backdoor or the deck under the two large trees, so I guess we are doing it on our own! Stay tuned.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Modern Fire Pit | Check

Purchased this Firesense Hotspot Revolver Fire Pit on overstock for $180 plus bing 10% cashback. Most places it's selling for 250ish. Even though at this point we haven't done anything to the backyard maybe this will be motivation! At least we can roast marshmallows this summer! Also looked at the sparky fire pit at CB2, which I do like better with the curving bowl, but at $250 plus shipping is a bit much.  This one saves some $$$ and I always love something that does double duty with it's bamboo wood table top.  Funny, the CB2 one has no reviews but apparently it got reviews last year, bad ones at that.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Landscape Likes | Concrete Patio

This looks like the patio we want to put in the northwest corner of the backyard. I still need to post our plan for the backyard (as well as our "before" or actually current photos) that the wonderful Stacie Crooks drafted up for us. I'm very excited about it - but it will take lots of time, money and effort. I'm calling it the 10-yr plan, but hopefully it will be more like the 5-yr. We'll see!
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Landscape Likes | Corten Steel and Richlite Raised Beds

From a Valerie Easton article.

I just saw some corten steel edging that looked awesome, and here are these beds... I think I may have seen them walking around the Ravenna area... I'll have to go back and take pics. Wonder how much something like this would run. Guess it's back to the sheet metal shops.

And another paperstone/richlite application - raised bed/retaining wall... interesting...
Take for example these artful, practical raised beds built of repurposed steel, designed by Cameron Scott for Seattle management consultant and foodie Joan Caine.
Caine wanted a garden crafted of sustainable materials in which to grow herbs, lettuces, and vegetables to use in her daily cooking. Cameron came up with a solution so sculptural that the front garden looks great even in the dead of winter. He used Corten, or oxidized steel, which starts out black when it's raw, then turns rusty, but never rusts through. Scott coated the inside of the beds with a natural rubber product to protect the metal from leaching into the soil. The steel is so thin it doesn't take up much space, and it heats the soil up in springtime, getting Joan's vegetables off to a good start. "Her vegetables have just jumped right out of the beds," says Cameron, "the tomatoes love the extra heat."
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Kitchen Likes: Paperstone

Have started thinking about paperstone counters again, since we could install ourselves... probably a 3/4" thick slab. The paperstone headquarters is nearby and they have "handyman specials" which might/could work for us. Or there's always ecohaus - our sink side (96") in the slate color would be $613. Or if we could find a handyman special it would be a little to a lot less.
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