Architecture Buffs, Prepare to Drool.

The Jennifer Siegal Portable Home, above.

I found this site, The Value of Architecture, from a flyer I took while in L.A. about a prefab mobile (but not like a “double-wide-with-a- redwood- deck” kind of mobile) home designed by Jennifer Siegal. They actually call it a portable home, thankyouverymuch. It has tons of green features and looks quite luxurious. So you simply find a plot of land for a little vacation retreat and they deliver this already built modern home ($249,000) right to the site! It comes complete with Boffi kitchen and bath, european fixtures, an iPort sound system and translucent polycarbonate panels.

But while perusing this site I realized it was a total gold mine for real estate and architecture buffs with a penchant for mid-century style homes! You’ll simply DIE over the array of styles (and prices) on here. I spent a good hour yesterday looking through every single page of every single city! Enjoy!

Save Me HGTV!

Do you know what would make my week better? Winning this house in the HGTV Green Home Sweepstakes!
I was watching a special tour of the home on TV while throwing myself one hell of a pity party and so now Andrew and I make sure we enter once day! Kind of the same chances of finding Ed McMahon on my doorstep with a sofa sized check, but hey, we are due some good luck! Plus, this house is GORGEOUS! Check it out, and then go to the site to enter yourself!

(note: the table lamps above are by Stray Dog Designs and I love them! Especially the tall, stalky one, which I’ve seen in other magazines recently. And they are made of all recycled materials!)
Adore this bedroom:

The buffet below left used to be a bakery display counter:

The firepit in the backyard reminds me of The Parker!

A Brilliant Fire.

I am totally enamored with this cool new invention. The EcoFire (yes more, eco stuff- thes best new design just happens to all be environmentally friendly!) is a totally brilliant concept, both design wise and functionality wise. A great way to divided a big open space without having to build in a whole fireplace! Here is the info from the site:
The EcoSmart™ Fire is flue less and does not require any installation or utility connection for fuel supply, which makes it ideal for just about any architectural environment. Fuelled by a renewable modern energy (Denatured Ethanol), it burns clean and is virtually maintenance free.

Check out some of the applications!


I love these little tumblers made from recycled wine bottles. They would totally add a great punch of color to any table setting and at under $40 for a set of 4, they won’t empty your wallet either. Sold through Heath Ceramics.
Hey, if this company needs empty wine bottles, they should come check out my recycling bin. Goldmine.

Sunset’s Eco-IdeaHouse

Another post singing the praises of Sunset Magazine. I loved this issue, specifically the IdeaHouse that they created in San Francisco! It’s completely eco-friendly and a great example of how using elements that actually help the planet can be incredibly chic. Here are some of my favorite parts of the house (which you can read about here.) I am loving the chandelier that looks like bubbles- in fact I spotted them in picture from the Governor’s Ball Oscar Party last night as well! (Was it just me or was that the most boring red carpet EVER? Where were all the celebs? Reese?Brangelina? Jake?)