Isn't she lovely? There's not much to not like about the Tac Tea Pot (image above) designed by Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus. In fact, it's been called "the most beautiful tea service ever produced". Simple, minimal, functional. What else is there? Enduring, that's what. Gropius (1883-1969) was a genius designer of … Continue reading Simply Ceramics: From Bauhaus to Your House
I'm not referring to my favorite pasta dish or sports car, but rather the fabulous modern kitchen designs of the Italian manufacturer, Valcucine. Founded in 1980, they've perfected the art of the sleek, clean and simple space where we cook. But what I find even more commendable is their effort to be green. For almost … Continue reading Hip, Slick and Eco Never Looked So…Molto Bene!
You need only to read a few of my previous posts (here, here, here) to learn of my fascination with the eco kitchen. Lest you start thinking that I actually cook, let me set the record straight. While I appreciate a well-designed kitchen, and I am whole-heartedly green, I do not use them or even … Continue reading A Paper Kitchen
I love the French. I love their attitude, style, women, wine, croissants and beaches. Now, I'm a big fan of their cookware. Not that I cook, but I do know people who cook. And once in a while, when I'm lucky, they feed me. These are the friends who introduced me to the secret of … Continue reading Le Creme de le Eco-Cookware Crop
Most of my youth was spent searching - for something easier, cooler, smarter, sexier - anything better than whatever was boring and right in front of me. I was convinced there was something better out there just out of my sight. Maybe this belief motivated me to reach higher. Or maybe it left me in … Continue reading The Glass Is Greener
I love food and I finish everything on my plate. In other words, I don't "do" leftovers. My mother, on the other hand, has a refrigerator packed with a small army of Tupperware containers. Each one holds a fragment of this and a portion of that. She loves leftovers. Fortunately, in the world of green … Continue reading Kitchen One – Holey Green Cabinetry
If you've ever remodeled a kitchen, you're familiar with this labor-intensive process that can consume weeks, if not months, of your life. Hansen Living has taken this unappealing timetable and turned it upside down. The Danish company claims it can install their kitchens in ONE day. Do I have your attention yet? Because it only … Continue reading Hungry for an Eco-Kitchen?
If remodeling your kitchen sits on the top of your most-wanted list but on the bottom of your most-affordable, I am here to suggest an option that will give your kitchen a fresh little boost for the spring season. It's easier than you might think. And it's recycled. Adding new hardware to your kitchen cabinets … Continue reading Create a New Kitchen With Old Glass
Why throw away bits and ends that can be used to fertilize your lawn and enrich your garden soil? Almost any organic material can be used - composting is a spectacular way to recycle kitchen and garden refuse. Composting can seem a serious endeavor, not for the faint of nose or easily distracted. Why? Because … Continue reading Countertop Composting