Favorite Pushing-the-Envelope House
Above is the BEFORE picture of a 1930s wooden country cottage in Frankfurt, Germany.
And here are the AFTER exterior and interior pictures for the newly renovated house. Meixner Schluter Wendt Architects incorporated a new architectural envelope around the old frame and used the original as a furnishing highlight within the new structure. Absolutely stunning.
Favorite Family Giving Idea
In this season of giving, D2S editors encourage your family to make a donation to the International Rescue Committee, doing great work all around the world, particularly for people who don't have homes. Founded at the suggestion of Albert Einstein, the IRC is the charity leader in effectiveness, giving 90 cents for every donated dollar directly to benefit people in dire need. Check out their leadership team, which reads like a Who's Who of world leaders, celebrities, and captains of business and industry.
Favorite Hot Appliance
UK-based Fagor came out this year with the niftiest new laundry system, their DrIron. It's the first ever drier and ironing machine. Clothes come out wrinkle-free due to a unique moisture extraction system. Clothes last a lot longer when you don't have to iron them, too.
Favorite Last-Minute Gift Ideas
There are hundreds of artist-made, blown-glass holiday ornaments at The Artful Home website. Support artisans and deck your halls at the same time.
We drooled over this c1885 silver-plate Egyptian Revival revolving warming dish from One of a Kind Antiques.
Favorite Auction Item Worth Fighting Over
Rago Arts and Auction Center recently had their Jewelry/Great Estates sale, and this Steuben Gold Aurene two-handled vase and compote with calcite exterior caught our attention (among other delights).
Favorite Office Furniture Contest
We love the funny contest Steelcase is putting on right now. The winner of the "What's your uncomfortable office moment?" contest wins one of their Leap chairs.