How Kitchen Design Has Evolved Over the Last Century

by , 12/21/13

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Over the last 50 years, cooking has very much become a social affair. Guests who once sat snacking and chatting away on the couch are now convening in the kitchen and helping hosts prepare meals. But what brought on this shift that took us from the sofa to the stovetop? Modern design, social changes, and a rise in the popularity of cooking shows certainly elevated cooking from a tedious chore to an art that’s turned us average folk into serious chefs. Today, many homes have accumulated elaborate collections of pots, pans, peelers, smashers and a multitude of other cooking appliances and ingredients made for whipping up everything from Thai curries to complex French desserts. But it’s not just what’s in our drawers and pantries that has changed as a result of these trends, but also the physical design of the kitchen itself. A century ago, kitchens were relegated to the back of the house, but since then the have become focal points in our homes. So, how have architects and appliance designers adapted?

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Bang & Olufsen's BeoPlay H6 Headphones are a Design Lover's Dream

by , 12/19/13


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I travel all the time for my work as a design editor – and that means I never know where my next office will be. It could be a bustling cafe in New York City, a cramped jet, an active construction site, or an echoing NASA airplane hanger. All I need is a laptop and a pair of headphones – and Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H6 Headphones are the perfect fit for all of these situations. B&O recently sent me a pair of H6 headphones to review and I was thoroughly impressed with their cutting-edge components, timeless aesthetics, and well-thought-out features. Read on for a look at the perfect pair of headphones for design-savvy audiophiles on the go!

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Under $50!

by , 12/19/13

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Looking for unique gifts for your friends and family but don’t have a ton of money to spend? Inhabitat has curated a brand new green gift guide for the 2013 holiday season filled with eco-friendly goodies that can be scooped up for $50 or less. From a set of earbuds made from wood to a mojito molecular mixology kit to an incredible solar-powered bulb that can also charge a mobile phone, check out our Gifts Under $50 Guide for the best affordable, eco gifts out there!

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This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

by , 12/18/13

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DIY Gift: 5 Holiday Breakfast Basket Ideas

by , 12/17/13

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Breakfast time during the holidays can get a bit harried, especially if people are woken at the crack of dawn by excited, shrieking kidlets eager to tear their gifts open. Rather than relegating your friends and loved ones to a bleary morning full of burnt toast and instant coffee, why not set them up with a basket full of breakfast delights? Folks without kids can appreciate these as well, especially if the baskets are full of little niblets that can be eaten in bed. These baskets are easy to put together, and can be customized for everyone on your list. We’ve got five ideas to get started with ahead.

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14 Green Gifts for the Home

by , 12/17/13

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The greenest presents of all are practical items that the recipient will actually use – which is why we love giving gifts for the home. Whether it be a nifty gadget that turns old bottles into new cups or a solar-powered flashlight that can be stuck to a window to soak up the sun, these handy gifts will brighten your giftee’s day as well as their abode!

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DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

by , 12/16/13

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15 Great Green Gifts for Your Parents

by , 12/16/13

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This holiday, show the parental unit how much you care with green gifts that they’ll actually like and use. Our Green Gift Guide for Mom and Dad is filled with eco-friendly presents your parents will be delighted to receive, from fresh herbs they can grow themselves to decorative hooks made of real branches to cozy wool throws made in the USA. Check them all out here!

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Green Gadget Gifts

by , 12/15/13

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2013 has been an incredible year for green gadgets – from the advent of affordable 3d printers to innovative new renewable energy generators – and we’ve rounded up some of this year’s best and brightest in our 2013 Green Gadget Gift Guide. From a book that unfolds into an LED lamp to solar-powered headphones and a smart pot that keeps plants alive, read on for 17 high-tech green gifts sure to please the gadget geek on your list!

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6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

by , 12/15/13

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

by , 12/14/13

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Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and city planners as well. In November 2012, ‘Resilient Design’ was a trending search term in Google, moving from near obscurity in the months before the devastating super storm to a popular catchphrase post-Sandy. Natural disasters like this, and more recently the typhoon that hit the Philippines in early November, serve to remind those of us in the green design community that while building with pure “save-the-earth” ecological motivation is certainly important, low-VOC-paints and LEED points don’t matter much if a building becomes uninhabitable due to flooding, earthquake, power outages or some other natural or manmade disaster. That’s where resilient design comes into play. According to the Resilient Design Institute, resilient design is defined as “the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to vulnerabilities to disaster and disruption of normal life”.

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14 Verdant Gifts for the Green Thumb

by , 12/14/13

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Give your friends and family the gift of gardening with presents that help them cultivate their green thumbs. Growing plants is a relaxing and educational experience that will keep giving long after this holiday season, so check out our selection of 14 gifts for plant lovers here.

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Gifts Under $20

by , 12/14/13

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This year, why not make Black Friday a little less black by skipping the drudgery of the mall by checking out Inhabitat’s savvy Green Gifts Under $20 Guide? It’s filled with all different kinds of enticing presents from recycled LEGO necklaces to grow your own mushroom kits to stylish metal straws – all for less than an Abraham Lincoln. Check out all of these truly affordable green gifts right here.

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6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

by , 12/14/13

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Charming Rewined Candles Are Made Out of Real Repurposed Wine Bottles

by , 12/13/13

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14 Customized Gifts That Put a Personal Touch on the Holidays

14 Customized Gifts That Put a Personal Touch on the Holidays

Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task - one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present…

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Announcing the Winners of the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest!

Announcing the Winners of the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest!

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…

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6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto…

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