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Banned: Light Bulbs…What Would Thomas Edison Think?

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When I first heard about a ban on the sale of incandescent light bulbs several years ago, I hoped that I had misunderstood.

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Scrap Lights

We all want to reduce the amount of trash we produce; “green design” is all the rage right now.  But, let’s face it – unless a recycled or “green” product looks good, no one is actually going to use it.

I just found these light fixtures, made from corrugated cardboard; they are both recycled and pretty cool looking!  While they don’t take a very high wattage bulb, due to the heat produced and the resulting fire hazard, they do make a fun accent.  Thoughts?  Would you use them in your home or business?  Or do they still look too “green” for you?

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Green Design: Save the Earth or Save Money?

I read an interesting article in the October 2009 issue of Architect Magazine the other day.  (Yes, I am WAY behind on reading my stack of magazines!)  They did a survey of US architects, to find out whether they feel world climate change is caused by human sources, whether it is not really occuring at all, and how those beliefs factor into green design in their practices.

It was interesting to see that nearly half of the architects surveyed did not choose green design because of climate change issues.  In fact, many of them felt mankind had little to do with climate change!  Instead, they choose green design features, such as water-saving plumbing fixtures or the addition of solar collection systems because of the cost savings involved.

What do you think?  Do you feel climate change is a bunch of garbage?  Or, do you feel that mankind is causing horrific changes to our planet?  If you are an architect or interior designer, what changes do you make to your designs to make them more “green?”  And, do you make those changes for cost savings or to save the planet?   I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on this controversial issue.

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Victorian Elegance

I have been working on a new construction project for nearly a year.  It’s not often that I have the opportunity to work on a new home in the Victorian style!  My clients have been fantastic to work with, and I have enjoyed the entire process.  The home is being built by Landsted, LLC, in Hudson, WI.  What a joy to see it come together!  Take a sneak peek at some of the pics I just snapped – the home is scheduled to be completed at the end of the month, and I will take some finished shots to share with you all.  The home is equipped with the latest in green technologies, allowing the lucky homeowners to drastically cut their heating and cooling bills, save water and reduce their overall energy consumption.  Even the granite used in the home has been harvested within 500 miles of the home.  I’ll have more information on the details of the home when I post photos of the completed project.  Let me know what you think so far! 

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