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Now your child can wash her hands without climbing or needing a stool

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As any parent knows, there’s a bit of danger associated with very young children trying to wash their hands on their own.  When my daughter was very young, we had to keep a footstool in the bathroom so she could reach to wash her hands – so there’s a falling danger.  There’s also a scaldingRead More…


And here’s the mailbox to complement your mid-century modern home

on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Yesterday, we told you about the Modfire Astrofire modern fire box for the backyard of your mid-century modern home.  Today, we’ll show you the perfect mailbox for your home.  These mailboxes were designed by a fellow North Carolinian, and his project was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter and is now in the manufacturing stage.  NowRead More…


Strum a tune to announce your arrival

on Friday, April 25th, 2014

We’ve probably all been in shops where a little bell tied to the door chimes to announce someone is coming in.  How would you like something similar, but more musical, to announce a door opening – maybe strumming a guitar?  Place a Guitdoorbell over a door, and the swinging of the door will move a mountedRead More…


Let this robot clean your gutters

on Sunday, March 9th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I recently bought an iRobot floor cleaner, and while digging around on their site, I found they also sell a little robot that can take over the chore of cleaning out your gutters for you.   The iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot is only about 2″ tall X 3″ wide by 15.6″ long, so itRead More…


Why use candles when you could have a fireplace?

on Monday, December 30th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Normally you expect to see candles on the dining table, but you could have the Carl Mertens Guido Wahrmann Paraffin Tabletop Fireplace instead.  Two 18/10 stainless steel tubes serve as the “logs”.  They have cotton wicks and burn liquid paraffin.  They’re mounted on a piece of slate that’s inset into a walnut base.  It measuresRead More…


Have a fireplace anywhere you want one

on Monday, December 16th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Winter weather is finally here in Greensboro, and I find myself missing the fireplace I had at my old house.  With the La Strada Freestanding Floor Fireplace from Nu-Flame, you can have an indoor fireplace anywhere.  It’s 23.6″ tall X 31.5″ wide X 11.8″ thick and weighs about 49 pounds.  It has tempered glass sides andRead More…


See a new color on your walls before buying a can of paint

on Friday, October 18th, 2013

After upteen years at the same address, my family will soon be moving into a almost time-capsule mid-century condo.  Moving has a lot of work and a lot of expense associated with it (and I’m not just talking about the mortgage, either), so I want to be sure I get things right the first time.Read More…


Modgy MYVAS is a flower vase that requires almost no storage space

on Friday, July 26th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

My better half loves to garden. She has at least 50 (I stopped counting at 40) flower pots on the deck and back porch that are planted with flowers and herbs. Most of the time we enjoy them from the inside looking out because we never seem to have a vase handy. The Modgy MYVASRead More…


Venstar ColorTouch Thermostat Review

on Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

The Venstar ColorTouch Thermostat (model T5800) is a replacement for your current heating and air conditioner controller for your gas, electric or heat pump system. It adds a great set of features that will help you save money on your energy bills while also giving you more control than your current “dumb” thermostat.


Handle on Demand (HoD) Review

on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I am extremely skeptical of the “as seen on TV” items you find in the stores these days. But I was in need of something to help me carry and install many very heavy and awkward sheets of glass. The professionals use specially designed, relatively expensive suction cups to lift glass panels and stone slabs.Read More…

Peel wall

Peel Wall Light Has You Cornered

on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

This is lighting that’s just a little bit different.  This lamp from YOY is discrete and neat and is placed into the corner of the room. “The integrated form implies the lamp is part of the architecture of the room, but the purposefully exposed cable reveals that the light’s placement is temporary. The light is heldRead More…


Mint Automated Floor Cleaner Review

on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

OK, I’ll admit to a fascination with robotic floor cleaners.  I’ve owned a Roomba since 2006, so when I had the opportunity to review the Mint Automated Floor Cleaner from Evolution Robotics, I eagerly volunteered.  The Mint would address a limitation of the Roomba, because it is targeted specifically at hard surface floors, something theRead More…


Nest – A Thermostat for the 21st Century

on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Only in the last year did I finally replace my older than dirt mercury switch type thermostat with a programmable model. Although I’ve enjoyed the convenience of having the heat automatically come on in the morning before I wake up and then not come on while no one is home during the day, changing theRead More…


Sumo Omni Bean Bag Chair Review

on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

When my sister and I were really young, we both had bean bag chairs. I had a Blue one and she had Red. We loved those chairs till one bleak day when the love affair ended for my sister. That was the day that she sat in the chair only to learn seconds later thatRead More…


iPhone Paintings – iPhone Icons as Artwork

on Monday, August 8th, 2011

Show your fanboy (girl?) pride with this artwork collection of iOS icons from iPhone Paintings. Choose from a set of 16 hand painted icons on stretched canvas over a wood frame or 16 digitally printed icons on Italian artist canvas. Each individual painting/print is 20cm x 20cm. These icons don’t come cheap… If you chooseRead More…

Soggy Doggy Doormat is not just for thresholds any more.  Microfiber chenille can soak up to 7x its own weight in water.

Soggy Doggy Doormat Review

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Posted in: Pet Gadgets, Reviews

If you live in the midwest, you’ve had a rotten winter.  You’ve had snow upon snow upon a solid three to five inch thick rink of ice.  You’ve had issues with melting, leakage and if you live in Indiana, you’ve just been hammered with what feels like one gallon of rain a minute. Now compoundRead More…


Hang a classic car on your wall

on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I know this isn’t exactly a gadget, but it sure is eye catching. It’s a collection of 3D car replicas that double as shelves for your wall. Made of resin and glass, these colorful front bumbers of some classic car models from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s would be perfect for any man cave (orRead More…


Look out Roomba, the Mint Sweeper uses GPS

on Monday, September 20th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Roomba isn’t the only robotic cleaning device on the scene now. The new Mint automatic floor cleaner is designed specifically for hard surfaces like wood and linoleum and uses most popular disposable cleaning cloths (Swiffer) and re-usable microfiber cloths for dry sweeping and wet mopping floors. The square shape allows it to reach all the way into corners.Read More…


Just in Time for Fall : Amazing Rake

By: cobinrox
on Saturday, September 11th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Yeah, yeah, I hate raking leaves too.  Actually raking is not the hard part. Transferring them to trash bags is probably the worst aspect.  This rake from the ImprovementsCatalog ($40) looks interesting.  Just like a pooh-scooper (but without the grossness) this rake swoops and scoops. I’ve tried snow shovels, cardboard boxes, bear claws (which reallyRead More…


Another Way to Change the Look of Recessed Downlights

on Monday, September 6th, 2010

The Gadgeteer recently showed you how to easily change your downlights into pendant lights without hiring an electrician.  Today, we’ve found another way update the look of your recessed lights.  Sky Mall is offering Recessed Light Covers in a variety of styles from modern to traditional.  These Recessed Light Covers snap into place over yourRead More…


Always Cool Pillow – But Does it Really Work?

By: cobinrox
on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I found this on the Hammacher Schlemmer site — “The Always Cool Pillow”, $90.  I’ve tried a cool pillow that was on sale at a certain drug store a while ago that but was disappointed in it– you had to fill it with water and listen to sloggying noises (not to mention getting your headRead More…


Hinge hooks help hide hanging…stuff

on Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

One of the best methods for keeping your domicile appearing neat and tidy is to simple keep clutter out of sight.   Hinge hooks may be a helpful hero here.  Installation appears relatively simple, attaching to standard door hinges with no drilling, hardware, or holes, and they allow the use of space behind a door thatRead More…


Record-O-Clip Review

By: Griffin Peyton
on Friday, April 9th, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

Are you tired of hearing and/or reading about Apple’s newest edition to the Cupertino family? No? Well, me either…BUT, if you’d like to divert your attention for a bit, Record-O-Clip may be an equally worthy investment!


AirFlow Breeze Ultra Register Fan Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I reviewed an earlier model of the AirFlow Breeze and was not greatly impressed, but the addition of a temperature sensor in the ‘Ultra’ model makes a big difference. Let’s take a look.


Dude, where’s my bookshelf?

on Monday, February 22nd, 2010
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

With all this talk of Kindles and iPads, netbooks and notebooks, does anyone still read real books anymore?  ‘Sure,’ you say, ‘But I’ve got no room to store ‘em!’  Feast your skeptical eyes on the Conceal Bookshelf from Umbra.