Announcing the Winners of the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest!

December 12, 2013 by  
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Drumroll please……. You came, you voted, and now it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner of our  Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest ! We received over 200 images of ugly kitchens from all over the country, and after narrowing these submissions down to just 10 finalists, we left it up to you to decide which dilapidated kitchen was the most deserving of a super sweet  $1,750 kitchen revamp courtesy of Moen . So who won our fab makeover with a chance of getting one of Moen’s beautiful new touchless, water-saving MotionSense  faucets? We’d like to congratulate Patricia Blake who took the cake with her photo, the ‘ Ugliest Faucet in Town ‘! Read on to see her winning entry, and to see our three runners-up. GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  Ugliest Faucet In Town  by Patricia Blake If sinks could talk, Patricia Blake’s would be sputtering “Please…help…me.” Patricia’s faucet and sink have been in her house in Utah since 1970 and are still somewhat functional (if you don’t mind battling with the knobs to turn the water off and on). Because she’s on social security, Patricia hasn’t been able to replace her ancient fixtures but now she’s getting a   $1,750 kitchen upgrade courtesy of Moen !  We hope she chooses to upgrade her ugly faucet with Moen’s elegant, touchless sensor faucet, the  MotionSense . RUNNERS-UP These kitchens were our Project Kitchen Upgrade runners-up and they’ll each be going home with brand new Moen  faucets  (worth up to $700)! Ugh  by Juli Bencivengo Juli from Ohio couldn’t stand looking at her “pathetic sink” for one more day. She has always been committed to making improvements to reduce her family’s carbon footprint and hopefully she’ll continue saving water and resources now that she’ll have her choice of chic new Moen faucets. Grandma’s Kitchen is the Real Underdog  by Nilea Rohrer-Parvin On the modest budget of a retired elementary school teacher from Arkansas, Nilea was renovating her 90-year-old mother’s 65-year-old home to make it accessible for her handicapped needs.  The kitchen had always been the heart of the home, and is where Nilea’s mother taught her grandson to cook, pulled taffy with her Girl Scout troop and tutored neighborhood kids. But these days, her only chore is washing dishes the old fashioned way: standing at the sink looking out the window (claiming it is good exercise for her arthritis and eyesight). Nilea can’t wait to delight her mother with one of Moen’s elegant and efficient faucets…hopefully with the sprayer she’s always wanted! 1928 Kitchen with Hideous 1960s Update  by Kim Tocco Kim’s charming home was built in 1928 in Michigan. When she first saw the kitchen, she suspected that it had not been updated since the 1960s. The colorful, patterned carpet evokes a feeling of the mod era and was likely quite trendy in its time. The bright orange countertops are certainly cheery, but begged to be updated. And that’s exactly what we hope Kim will do with her new Moen faucet. MOEN MOTIONSENSE Imagine the convenience of having a kitchen faucet that can sense what you’re trying to accomplish and respond to what you need, the moment you need it.  MotionSense  makes it happen. With MotionSense, users can control the faucet in three ways – including the handle and two sensors that eliminate the need to touch the faucet at all. A simple hand movement near the Wave or Ready sensor activates water flow and sets things in motion. This versatile, hands-free control makes it surprisingly easy to accomplish a variety of routine tasks with speed and efficiency. Plus, it helps you prevent the spread of dirt and germs in your kitchen so there are fewer chances for cross-contamination. Efficient operation even includes water savings because the MotionSense’s lower sensor will automatically supply water only when the user’s hands or an object are directly below the spout. No one will ever need to let the faucet run unnecessarily again. MotionSense is powered by a battery pack or optional AC power adapter that is as straightforward to install as a standard kitchen faucet. Intelligent, yet intuitively simple, Moen’s MotionSense was fine-tuned after extensive consumer behavior research. It’s another in a long list of  Moen  innovations that are designed to delight. We’re huge fans of the Moen MotionSense here at  Inhabitat.com  and  DoItYourself.com , not only for its elegant design and convenience, but also for its earth-friendly sensibility. Sensor faucets help you conserve water and time by allowing you to turn the faucet off and on with a wave of your hand. If you’ve ever struggled to turn your tap on and off while washing dishes, lathering your hands with soap, or holding a pot with both hands and thought “what a waste” seeing water go down the drain, you’ll understand why sensor faucets are so convenient and environmentally-friendly.  MotionSense  makes doing dishes extra convenient by employing two hands-free sensors on their faucets: the Wave sensor on the top of the faucet, and the Ready sensor near the spout. Of course, you can also turn MotionSense faucets on the old-fashioned way too, but we’re pretty sure that once you get used to hands-free, you’ll never go back. + Moen MotionSense        

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Niko Niko’s Plantable Holiday Cards Bloom Into Fresh Wildflowers

December 12, 2013 by  
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Looking for the perfect Christmas card for the green thumb on your list? Niko Niko has created a series of amazing seed-sown cards that sprout colorful wildflowers when they’re planted in soil! The cards are made from handmade paper that contains flower seeds , and they feature cute festive illustrations. 300,000 trees are felled in the UK ever year to produce greetings cards , however Niko Niko’s plantable cards are a great way to make the wasteful tradition a bit more sustainable.They’re also a symbolic way to start the new year: with a little earth and water, the card will sprout new life to welcome in 2014. Check out Niko Niko ‘s website for more plantable postcard designs, which are available for €3.95. Send a friend or loved one warm wishes with plant-growing potential! + Niko Niko Images via Niko Niko        

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Vote for Your Favorite Images in The LightCollector Photo Contest!

February 18, 2013 by  
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Drumroll please……. We’ve received over 300 incredible light-inspired photographs in our LightCollector photography contest over the past few weeks, and now it’s time to vote for your favorite images to decide which photographer is most deserving of the sweet  $1000 cash prize! Will it be this stunning image of a museum escalator , or this mesmerizing photograph of a skylight inside a museum that takes the grand prize? Voting starts today to determine the top 20 finalists . The top 20 entries with the most votes will go head to head to compete for the grand prize of $1000!. So vote for your favorite entries today and if you entered this contest, round up your friends and family and make sure they vote for your photo. Voting is easy, you just need to create a Light Collector account (either on the website or through your mobile phone). HOW TO VOTE ON THE LIGHT-COLLECTOR WEBSITE > STEP 1: Go to the Light Collector website and search for photos with the tag  #INHABITAT . . STEP 2: Click the heart on the bottom right hand corner of the photo to vote it up. Please use Safari, Firefox or IE browser since Chrome seems to not work with this website. Be sure to tell your friends and family to vote on your images (and leave comments) if you entered! The 20 images with the most votes will make it into our final round of judging and have a shot at the $1000 GRAND PRIZE . Read the rest of Vote for Your Favorite Images in The LightCollector Photo Contest! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: inhabitat competition , inhabitat contest , lightcollector , lightcollector for android , lightcollector for iphone , Phillips , photo apps , photo apps for android , photo apps for iphone , photo competition , photo contest , photo editing , photo sharing devices , photography apps , photography contest

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Enter The LightCollector Photo Contest for a Shot at $1000!

January 9, 2013 by  
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Are you a designer, architect or artist who finds inspiration in photography? If so, you’ll want to check out Philips’ new  LightCollector photo app  to collect inspiration on from the world around you. Available for both Apple and Android mobile devices , LightCollector  is a mobile photography app that provides creative folks with a platform to collect, curate and share inspirational images and work to a global online network of peers, colleagues, experts and influencers. To get your creative juices flowing for the new year, we’ve teamed up with Philips  and Light Collective to host a fantastic new photography contest that invites creatives to upload their best light-inspired photos for a chance to win a sweet  $1000 cash prize ! We will be gathering all the images we receive through the LightCollector app and putting them up to a public vote to determine the most provocative, beautiful and inspiring. The top 20 entries will be included in a final round of judging by a panel made up of Inhabitat editors and industry professionals. Think you’ve got what it takes to get that winning image and the $1000 prize ? Here’s how you can enter the competition: HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST STEP 1: Download the LightCollector app  onto your mobile device ( Android users here , Apple users here ). You will need to register for an account in order to properly tag your images so we can see them and count you in the contest. IF YOU’RE AN IPHONE USER: . IF YOU’RE AN ANDROID USER: . . STEP 2: Upload your photos using LightCollector on your mobile device . Tag the photo with  #INHABITAT  and note the location each photo was taken (photos without a location designated will not be published) . STEP 3: Be sure to tell your friends and family to vote on your images. The 20 images with the most votes will make it into our final round of judging and have a shot at the $1000 GRAND PRIZE . . *IMPORTANT: You must follow each of these steps to be considered for the $1000 prize. Entries that do not meet these submission requirements will not be considered! . The deadline to submit your photos is Friday, February 15th. Read the rest of Enter The LightCollector Photo Contest for a Shot at $1000! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: light catcher for android , light catcher for iphone , light collector , light collector app , lightcollector , lightcollector for android , lightcollector for iphone , Phillips , photo apps , photo apps for android , photo apps for iphone , photo cloud , photo competition , photo contest , photo contest cash prize , photo editing , photo filters , photo sharing devices , photo sharing tools , photography apps , share photos , social media photos , where to share photos

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Audi Unveils LED Lighting Headlights of the Future at CES 2013

January 9, 2013 by  
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The 2013 International CES officially kicked off this week in Las Vegas, and many automakers are using the show to showcase their latest vehicle technologies, which range from fully autonomous cars to new navigation and audio technologies. This year Audi is using the show to preview what it describes as the “lighting technologies of tomorrow.” The face of all of Audi’s models are dominated by futuristic looking LED headlights that increase visibility, but the lighting on future Audi will also reduce the chances of a collision. Read the rest of Audi Unveils LED Lighting Headlights of the Future at CES 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 International CES , active safety , AUDI , Audi LED lights , ces , CES 2013 , green lighting , LED lights , LED taillights , lighting technology

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The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide

January 4, 2013 by  
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Shutter-happy creatives will love using the  LightCollector  app, a cool new crowd-sourcing smart phone tool that funnels all the best light-inspired photos out there into a one-stop database of lighting photography. The app was designed by lighting consultancy Light Collective  and electronics brand Philips as a way for lighting designers, architects and creatives to collect and share their inspirations with their peers and colleagues. Using the app is extremely simple: Simply upload your photos and tag them with their location and any other relevant information, then watch them be added to a cool mood-board of fantastic images for everyone to see via the app or LightCollector ‘s website. Other awesome features include geo-tagging so that you can view pictures have been taken around you, and like any good social media tool, you can comment and favorite images that you really love and may want to reference later. Read the rest of The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apps for architects , apps for designers , light collector , light collector app , lightcollector , lightcollector app , lightcollector for android , lightcollector for iphone , lighting apps , Phillips , photo apps , photo apps for android , photo apps for iphone , photo cloud , photo competition , photo contest , photo contest cash prize , photo editing , photo filters , photo sharing devices , photo sharing tools , photography apps , share photos , social media photos , where to share photos

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January 4, 2013 by  
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Shutter-happy creatives will love using the  LightCollector  app, a cool new crowd-sourcing smart phone tool that funnels all the best light-inspired photos out there into a one-stop database of lighting photography. The app was designed by lighting consultancy Light Collective  and electronics brand Philips as a way for lighting designers, architects and creatives to collect and share their inspirations with their peers and colleagues. Using the app is extremely simple: Simply upload your photos and tag them with their location and any other relevant information, then watch them be added to a cool mood-board of fantastic images for everyone to see via the app or LightCollector ‘s website. Other awesome features include geo-tagging so that you can view pictures have been taken around you, and like any good social media tool, you can comment and favorite images that you really love and may want to reference later. Read the rest of The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apps for architects , apps for designers , light collector , light collector app , lightcollector , lightcollector app , lightcollector for android , lightcollector for iphone , lighting apps , Phillips , photo apps , photo apps for android , photo apps for iphone , photo cloud , photo competition , photo contest , photo contest cash prize , photo editing , photo filters , photo sharing devices , photo sharing tools , photography apps , share photos , social media photos , where to share photos

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Starbucks Aims to Reduce Waste With $1 Reusable Plastic Cups

January 4, 2013 by  
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In an attempt to reduce their customers’ waste, Starbucks is introducing a reusable plastic cup for frequent customers. At $1 a pop, the logo-emblazoned plastic cups are shaped like their traditional paper cups, and fit regular plastic lids. The staff will even rinse out the cups with boiling water each time you bring it back, in case your office doesn’t have a kitchen sink. Read the rest of Starbucks Aims to Reduce Waste With $1 Reusable Plastic Cups Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , starbucks , Starbucks eco-friendly , Starbucks reusable plastic cup , sustainable design

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In an attempt to reduce their customers’ waste, Starbucks is introducing a reusable plastic cup for frequent customers. At $1 a pop, the logo-emblazoned plastic cups are shaped like their traditional paper cups, and fit regular plastic lids. The staff will even rinse out the cups with boiling water each time you bring it back, in case your office doesn’t have a kitchen sink. Read the rest of Starbucks Aims to Reduce Waste With $1 Reusable Plastic Cups Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , starbucks , Starbucks eco-friendly , Starbucks reusable plastic cup , sustainable design

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LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

January 4, 2013 by  
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