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Stahl Firepit: Modern Firepit for the Modern Home

With a simple design that only gets better over time, the Stahl Firepit makes a great addition to your carefully manicured yard or patio. It’s crafted from hand-selected quarter-inch A36 hot rolled steel that’s purposely left raw, allowing it to naturally lighten as you use it and develop a unique autumn-hued patina. It measures 32″ by 30″ and stands about a foot tall, and has an ingenious slotted five-piece build that lets you easily take it apart and reassemble as needed. Continue reading Stahl Firepit: Modern Firepit for the Modern Home

Black Barn Conversion: The Ancient Party Barn

Built from a derelict farm in the hills outside Folkestone in Kent, the Black Barn Conversion melds what could be salvaged from the existing structure with an interesting mix of found materials. The centerpiece of the main area is a tapered brick chimney that supports both a portion of the mezzanine that houses the bed and bathrooms and a cantilevered waxed steel staircase. Huge insulated shutters recall the original barn doors while protecting an equally grand rotating window, and the original green oak framing — or the portion of it that could be repaired — is largely cosmetic, with a steel exoskeleton providing support for decades to come.

THE ANCIENT PARTY BARN IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE

“We are thrilled that the Ancient Party Barn has been shortlisted for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Award.”

The RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize is funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, and was set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993.

The prize, which rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.

Photos: Keith Collie and Will Scott / Liddicoat & Goldhill

SONY LED LIGHT BULB SPEAKER

You need light. You want music. Unfortunately, your space only has a solitary light fitting. Not to worry — the Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker can take care of both. As the name says, this multi-function gadget fits into the same fittings as ordinary bulbs, providing up to 360-lumens of app-controlled lighting, as well as an integrated 2 Watt speaker system that’s ideal for filling small spaces. It connects with your phone via Bluetooth, and also has a remote that can be paired over NFC, but as with many gadgets this unusual, there’s no word yet on a US release. Check it out >

The Time Travel Experiment – IKEA

When it comes to designing a modern home at a reasonable price – IKEA is the place to go. IKEA has been inspiring upcoming entrepreneurs to college students to homeowners to push the envelope when designing their space for years. IKEA has the ability to give new light in every dull room and now that goes for their advertising as well. Continue reading The Time Travel Experiment – IKEA

Need to More storage? Why not use the Yard -The YardStash III

The YardStash III builds on the success of the top selling and top rated YardStash II and includes new features for even better space saving outdoor storage and protection. Guaranteed to keep your bicycles, gardening tools, pool equipment, kids’ toys and other outdoor gear dry and accessible. No shortcuts – just the best materials. Heavy duty UV protected polyester, industrial grade vinyl tarpaulin roof, strong top and bottom zippers, sealed seams, reinforced integrated floor, thick interior weatherproof coating and a patented design to shrug off the elements. The compact, space-saving footprint respects your outdoor living spaces and the quick set-up (less than 15 minutes for one person) gives a nod to ease-of-use.

Fits into the tight spaces outside your home or apartment with plenty of room (74″ wide x 30″ deep x 65″ tall) to protect two adult bikes from Mother Nature.

Go get one >

BOWERS & WILKIN

B&W makes the world’s most advanced home cinema, hi-fi and iPod speakers, and are used by Abbey Road Studios and music lovers everywhere. Bowers & Wilkins’ car audio speaker systems are also now available in the Jaguar XF. Signature Diamond is a tweeter dome whose reproduction of high frequencies is as near perfect as it is physically possible to achieve. Encased in smoothly sculptured marble, this remarkable driver sits strikingly on the plinth-like cabinet, where it is partnered by the Kevlar bass/midrange driver. It creates a sound so immediate, so detailed, so textured, you’ll want to touch it.

High-Performancing Appliances for the High-Performing Person – GAGGENAU

Gaggenau is the world’s preeminent brand of high-performance restaurant-grade cooking technology for the modern home. Specializing in cutting-edge, built-in home appliances, its sleek portfolio includes ovens, gas, electric and induction cook-tops, modular refrigeration and freezer columns, ventilation, dishwashers and wine storage units. Gaggenau also produces specialty appliances such as steamers, grills and deep fryers, and the Asian-influenced Teppan Yaki – all crafted for the luxury American kitchen.

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Create a small home theater in any room with these 5 tips

Most people think they have to overhaul a sprawling basement or game room in order to create a true home theater experience. But that’s certainly not the case. You can create a true home theater, a room that lets you escape from the outside world and immerse yourself in top-notch audio and larger-than-life video in so much as a spare room. Kid leaving for college this summer? Boom! You’ve got a home theater. Have an extra room over the garage? Boom, a home theater. Is that spacious utility/mud room room really necessary? Boom goes the dynamite, you have a home theater. We relied on the expertise of guest blogger Glenn Thomas, owner and technician of REEL HOME Theater, one of whose specialties is creating small home theaters in any room. Here, he gives us his five tips from the front lines for doing just that. Glenn also offers up one of his favorite equipment lists for smaller rooms and budgets. Continue reading Create a small home theater in any room with these 5 tips