A semi-tarnished champagne bucket or used water pitcher can make a chic and unique flower vase, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle. If you have a covered porch or patio, don't be afraid to buy indoor pieces and spray paint them with outdoor protectant, she adds. Also, you can create a bar cart by buying an existing side table or thrift store steal and gluing a tray you already own to the top it. Then paint it or stamp it with your initials or a welcome message for guests.
The Opal Ice Maker is the first appliance that allows you to make soft, chewable nugget ice at home just like you find in restaurants and at fast-food chains. But if you want one, you’ll need to sign up now for delivery in July 2016 — it’s a prototype product being funded by Indiegogo. Opal was designed by GE’s FirstBuild™ Community, a collaborative manufacturing initiative with a microfactory on the campus of the University of Louisville. FirstBuild is a way for innovative appliance ideas to get produced and marketed quickly — other cool ideas they’ve turned out include an easy-load oven with slide-out drawers and a refrigerator water pitcher that refills automatically.
The master bathroom’s water closet offers privacy and includes a top-of-the-line intelligent toilet with lots of advanced features with framed abstract art that decorates the wall above. A pitched sun tunnel with solar night light brings natural light inside the water closet.
Give summer’s favorite thirst quencher a refreshing twist by adding mint sprigs to your pitcher. Just add washed mint stems to a pitcher of lemonade, and let it sit at least 30 minutes. Strain before serving—or not. Serve over ice in tall glasses garnished with a mint stem and lemon wedge. Mint also blends well with iced tea and makes a cooling herb water. To maximize mint flavor, before adding leaves to your brew, crush them slightly to release essential oils. Bruised edges will brown, but it won’t harm your beverage. Simply strain leaves before serving.
Round windows add architectural interest to this carriage house's exterior. The windows, which are set in curved walls, have their brick tipped out and pitched down to drain water. A beautiful cupola crowns the structure, adding height to its design.