INFOGRAPHIC: 33 Clever tricks to make any tiny space feel bigger

June 9, 2015 by  
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Wish you could expand your house without paying for a costly renovation? Vanessa Arbuthnott has you covered with this infographic featuring 33 clever tricks for making any small space feel bigger. Whether it’s a studio bedroom that needs some extra space or a cluttered kitchen, these tips are perfect for all the major rooms of your house. Even better, these helpful and low-cost suggestions are accompanied by short explanations that break down how a certain color change or proposed organization style can make a big difference. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 33 Clever tricks to make any tiny space feel bigger Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: infographic , reader submitted content , space-saving , space-saving tricks , Vanessa Arbuthnott

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ASMO Charger ends vampire power draw and helps prevent home fires

June 9, 2015 by  
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After his fiancee’s home was burned to the ground by a mobile phone charger that was left plugged in, Finland-based Asmo Saloranta decided to create a charger that not only helps prevent fires, but puts an end to vampire power draw. A recent study by the National Resources Defense Council found that vampire power – the energy used by chargers and devices plugged in but not in use – costs Americans a total of $19 billion dollars each year. Enter the ASMO Charger, the device that puts a stop to vampire draw.  After achieving funding in just 9 hours on Indiegogo , the charger is ready for manufacturing and taking pre-orders. Manufacturing starts this summer and chargers will be delivered in October. Each charger is manufactured in Finland, despite the fact that many told Asmo that manufacturing there would be too expensive. “There is a reason why it’s much cheaper to manufacture electronics in some countries, because in there child labor is cheap, energy from coal power plants is cheap and humans do not have any value,” says Asmo Saloranta. “The costs of manufacturing in Finland are higher, but the ethical and the moral comfort are more important to me. I wanted to sleep my nights well, and I do.” If you want to nab your own ASMO Charger check out the Indiegogo campaign. + ASMO Charger on Indiegogo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ASMO , ASMO Charger , device charging , eco charging , eco device charging , green power , Indiegogo campaigns , mobile device charging , power draw , reader submission , Vampire Power , vampire power draw

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Take a Bath of Knowledge with Vanessa Mancini’s Tub Made of Books

February 22, 2012 by  
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If you like to unwind by soaking in the tub with a good book , how about bathing in literature instead with artist Vanessa Mancini’s ‘Bath of Knowledge’? This novel idea (excuse the pun) is made almost entirely out of books , each one cut and fitted by the artist herself. The books have been layered onto a metal frame that rests on top of four antique feet shaped like lions. Encompassed in tightly crafted book slabs, this tub is as both charming and captivating as the literature it draws from. Read the rest of Take a Bath of Knowledge with Vanessa Mancini’s Tub Made of Books Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artwork literature , bath of knowledge , book bathtub , books sculpture , recycled book art , Recycled Materials , sustainable art , vanessa mancini

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Sleeping Naked is Green

February 1, 2010 by  
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A couple years ago, we became acquainted with Toronto-based journalist Vanessa Farquharson.  A fellow eco-blogger, Vanessa shared with us and her readers on greenasathistle.com her mission to make one lifestyle change every day on her way toward living as greenly as possible.  Vanessa’s story was recently published as a book, Sleeping Naked is Green – How an Eco-cynic unplugged her fridge, sold her car, and found love in 365 days , which we think you’ll really enjoy.  Vanessa starts out small (switching to un-bleached paper towels) and builds up to the big stuff, like selling her car, while keeping us entertained with her irreverent, yet cheery, outlook on the whole process.  Vanessa discontinued writing her blog at the end of last year, so be sure to pick up a copy of her book to read all about her 365-day journey toward the greenest, sexiest life possible.

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