Hey everyone! We figured that if this guy can look cute while drooling, it's OK for us too. Although ,we don't mean literally...anyways...
When we're coming up with design ideas for our projects, we need to get inspiration from a variety of sources. We also need to try to stay one step ahead of the market here and anticipate what's going to be hip in home remodels and what our buyers are going to be expecting from us as our brand recognition grows.
We have found products that we think look hip and are green or innovative in the tech field, but are a bit out of our budget for our projects so far. So, just like anybody else would do, we've created a wish list to drool over in the hopes of incorporating some of these things in future Hip Homes.
First on the list is this gorgeous tile from Granada Tile. It's handmade from cement and eco-friendly. This particular tile would work well in almost any design scheme - traditional, contemporary, modern, country, etc. We love the bold pattern and the classic black and white color scheme.
Next up is the Food Cycler from Food Cycle Science. This product is super hip for any gardener or someone just wanting to cut down on food waste. These nifty little guys fit nicely into a cabinet space when not in use, and won't take up too much counter space when you are using it. You can put all of your food waste (minus cow and pig bones) into the unit, start it, and within hours have soil-like compost ready to be spread in your garden! Another benefit that this guy offers is that the unit is odorless and contained with a lid. Take a moment to think about your current compost bucket in your kitchen. Chances are that it's not pretty to look at, it stinks up the area that it's in, and it's probably the main party place for any bugs that get into your home. The only drawback is that at $529, you have to be really committed to using it often enough to make it worth the price. We've "liked" the company on Facebook and have noticed that they do offer giveaways and discount codes occasionally, so it may at least be worth your time to "like" them too and take advantage of those kind of offers.
Now here's a product that's definitely in the affordable range and is guaranteed to save you money. It's the Scrubba wash bag. This bag is marketed for travel related clothes washing, but we think it could work in a home as well. It only holds about 2 days worth of light clothing, so it's definitely not going to take care of your family's laundry needs for the week, but for the green parents out there it could be great for cloth diapers, bibs, or cleaning clothes that were affected by an "accident" without having to run your machine. This baby is priced to fit anyone's budget at $54.95 and would also be ideal to have around for camping, travel, and the gym.
One of our favorite products that we've recently learned about is the Kohler Touchless Toilet. We like it for several reasons: 1) it looks cool! (that has to count for something right?) 2) we're germaphobes and not touching a lever to flush sounds amazing to us 3) it's more user-friendly for kids who may have a hard time pushing down a lever or button. Priced around $350, it's not the cheapest toilet that you can get, but if you need to replace one anyways (as we often do on our projects) it may be worth it. If you don't need/want a whole new toilet, they also sell a kit for about $75 that you can install on most existing toilets to get the same benefits.
This particular item has gotten so popular that you may have heard about it - or even have one in your home. It's the Nest Learning Thermostat. At around $250, we haven't pulled the trigger to buy one yet, but are strongly considering it in the near future. This one product alone could save you close to $170/year. After about a year and a half, it's paid for itself. Everything after that is just money in your wallet! Not only does this function as a programmable thermostat, but it has lots of cool features like a motion detector, a learning feature that learns your schedule and adjusts the temperature accordingly, and an app to control it from your phone. We often leave our own home thinking that we'll just be out for a little while and that turns into several hours. How nice would it be to change the thermostat from our phone? We think it would be great and we also think our buyers would love it too!
Last, but not least, we've got something for the hip pet-lovers out there. This dog is lying on an Urban Denim Lounge Bed by petplay.com. This company takes being green seriously. These beds, for example, are filled with post-consumer, certified safe recycled water bottles. They even offer a chart on their website so you can see for yourself just how many of these bottles were used in each bed. We like the bed that is featured in the picture above because it would go with just about any room decor, just like your denim jeans would go with any shirt. The dog looks super comfy, and since a lot of our projects offer wood flooring, your pet is going to need somewhere soft to hang out. The company offers beds of all sizes for both cats and dogs and the prices vary from $29 for a cat Chill Pad to $218 for an extra large bed like the one pictured.
Well, what do you guys think of our list? Do you currently own any of these products? If so, what do you think? If not, are you drooling over them as much as we are? Do you have any hip product recommendations that you think are worth sharing? We'd love to hear all about them!