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Dimmable LED Bulb by Insteon

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Control this low-energy bulb from your smartphone $29.99

Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to the world's first remote-controlled LED bulb. Insteon's networked 8W LED bulb, which glows at the same intensity as a 60-100W incandescent, makes dimming the lights to set the mood as easy as a couple taps on your smartphone. Of course, remote-controlled ambience comes at a price, in this case $29.99 for each bulb plus $99.99 for the SmartLinc......read more

Dyson Air Multiplier Fan

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No blades and 15 times more air. $299.99

Leave it to Dyson to come up with the most beautiful, (pricey), and energy efficient fan. Using an airfoil-shaped ramp (like a cross-section through an airplane wing), airflow is amplified 15 times. Apparently this creates "smooth, powerful airflow," with no need for fast-spinning blades. Up to 5.28 gallons of air per second is drawn in by an energy efficient brushless motor....read more

Solar Stepping Stones

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Step into the light $25.00

Create a clear walkway through your garden with Solar Stepping Stones that light up automatically at night. Solar Stepping Stones provide a lighted path marker for lawns or gardens, and since its included batteries are recharged by the sun, no electricity is required. ...read more

Pottok Prints

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Eco wallpaper patterned by the great graphic artist Geoff McFetridge. Hand silkscreened in Los Angeles using water-based inks.

If you’re looking to liven up your walls, look no further than Pottok Prints, which offers a bunch of irresistible, tongue-in-cheek wallpaper designs from Geoff McFetridge, the great LA-based graphic artist. Printed on recyclable paper and hand silkscreened using water-based inks. A frequent collaborator of Spike Jonze, you can also see McFetridge's handiwork in the title sequence of Where......read more

Stump Stools

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Handsome indoor/outdoor stools made from a fallen Northwest rainforest maple tree . $570.00

Vancouver-based Cumulus Project is an online concept store offering one unique object for sale at any given time. Once it sells, the next item is unveiled. The project debuts with this wonderful set of three Stump Stools made from a fallen maple tree found on the forest floor in Storm Bay, B.C. The upholstery is white leather and copper tacks over sustainably-harvested-latex foam. Small,......read more

Lighten Up: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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Waiting for their tour bus, the band considers a more conscious approach to taking their show on the road.

The past year was an explosive one for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the Los Angeles ten-piece outfit whose 2009 debut album 'Up From Below' was a runaway hit. The band has been touring pretty much constantly since the record hit the streets, and they're getting a taste of success. At the same time, they're seeing first hand the kind of waste that accompanies a road tour if no steps are......read more

Chiquita Stool

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Renewable ratten-pole seating from designer Kenneth Cobonpue. $635.00

Kenneth Cobonpue's signature furniture designs are made with locally sourced natural and organic fibers. His Chiquita stool, made from rattan poles (rattan is a fast growing type of palm tree), is a wonderful convergence of form, function and fun. While the end of poles may not look like a comfortable place to sit, don't be deceived. Underneath the sticks is a layer of soft, bouncy foam......read more

The Grid House

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Modular Brazilian home settles into its natural surroundings.

We normally associate the grid with two-dimensional design, like print. With the Grid House, a home in Serra da Mantiqueira, Brazil, Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Architects apply a structural grid to the third dimension. The Grid House was developed according to the topography of the land; it sits within a valley, providing privacy and protection from the elements. Because of high......read more

Urban Gardening: Best Backyard Chicken Breeds

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Which feathered friends make great garden helpers?

Getting your first backyard chicken is a big step, one of life's key milestones rivaled only by losing your virginity and getting your first car. So you better go in prepared. With spring around the corner, fuzzy chicks are showing up at pet and feed stores, waiting for someone to take them to their new backyard homes. With amazing names like Black Austrolorps and Buff Orpingtons, how do you know......read more

Hanging Terrarium

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A minature ecosystem sure to bring life to any room. $88.00

The best part about terrariums, apart from the fact that they look like miniature sci-fi jungle worlds, is that they require next to no work. They are self-contained ecosystems that feed and water themselves. So terrariums are perfect for lazy plant lovers, like us. This one, available via Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver, is hand-blown using 100% recycled glass. The perfect home for an assortment......read more

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