Use Origami to Fold Towels into Wild Animals!

April 14th, 2014

Sometimes, getting your kids to do their chores can be a struggle in and of itself. This towel folding infographic is a cute way to make things interesting. Staying clean and tidy in the bathroom can prove to be an uphill battle but these ideas may be able to change your perspective!

In this post you will learn how to fold a swan, a monkey, an elephant, a crab, a cute little mouse, and a slithering snake! You will use a little origami to twist, weave, and fold your towel into the animal of your choice. Grab a towel and follow these step by step instructions!

Fold Towel Animals

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Desheeting: Are Toilet Paper Companies Skimping You?

April 11th, 2014

If you feel like you’ve been replacing toilet paper rolls like mad, it’s time to give some well-deserved apologies to your kids. They haven’t been the ones using the rolls to Teepee other homes in the neighborhood.

Feel like your toilet paper holder has been shrinking? It may not be a figment of your imagination. Many prominent brands have begun reducing the width of toilet paper rolls due to pressing constraints. You’ll have to do more than read between the lines to get to the bottom of this one.

Desheeting Data

This shows just how much popular brands have been reducing the size and quantity of sheets. Courtesy of Curiouscalico.

The TP Strategy that’s Causing a Stink

Desheeting is the process of reducing the number of sheets of toilet paper or tissues while retail prices remain constant. It involves a practice where toilet paper (TP) companies shrink the volume of product in a way that is seemingly unnoticeable unless packaging specifications are compared side to side. But don’t think that this is something new. You may already be aware of this same volume-shrinking tactic being used in the food industry. Here are two examples. Did you catch the changes?
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Bathroom Behavior: The Ideal Standard Study

April 9th, 2014

Leading European bathroom specialist Ideal Standard has released a study that sought to improve the practical use of bathroom space. Led by Dr. John Curran, this comprehensive study investigates bathroom behavior in an attempt to grasp a deeper understanding that can be applied in bathroom design.

The findings of Dr. Curran’s studies has implications into many fields and industries. It holds insight into the changing dynamics within households and hints and some future changes that may be expected. Dig deeper as we delve to define your bathroom behavior.

Ideal Standard Bathroom Behavior Study

Images Courtesy of Ideal Standard

Bathroom Behaviours; How to Optimise Bathroom Space for Modern Households

Dr. John Curran presented his research, Bathroom Behaviours; How to Optimise Bathroom Space for Modern Households, at ISH 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. Over 4,000 individuals from 4 European countries participated in the study spanning from Italy, England, France, and Germany. With 19 participants, motion mapping sensors were used to monitor the space within the bathroom. This reveals which areas of the bathroom were used the most and which were less frequented. Data was taken from all hours of the day to present comprehensive findings.
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Update Your Bathroom Cabinets for Under $70

April 8th, 2014

Restaining your bathrooms cabinets is a pain-free way to update your bathroom. All that’s required is a few simple tools and the wood stain of your choice. You must sand down the cabinet so that the new finish can be applied directly to the wood surface.

You will be surprised to see how big of a difference this simple project can have! Sometimes you’re vanity just need a quick face-lift to have it feeling young again. The best part, you don’t have to reinstall your vanity or take apart any plumbing. This update can be done without removing anything but a few knobs and handles! Did I mention it’s under $60?

How to Refinish a Bathroom Vanity


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Waterless Toilets Aren’t a Myth

April 7th, 2014

Have you ever thought about how much water we could save if there was a way to get rid of waste without water? Surprise, surprise, this is already a reality. While there are a variety of dry toilets on the market, compost toilets offer benefits for both global and local environments.

Now I know what you’re thinking? “Won’t the smell be unbearable?” Let me explain before you write off these nature-friendly compost toilets. Have an open mind as you entertain the possibility of reducing water waste by nearly 20%!

How they Work

Similar to garden compost bins, compost toilets use nature’s own decomposition process to convert human waste into a rich and healthy compost. For those who don’t know, compost is a decayed organic material that is used to fertilize plants. During the decomposition process, organic matter is broken down into essential minerals that plants, flowers, and other landscapes can ingest.
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20 Modern Bathroom Designs

April 3rd, 2014

Modern bathrooms are characterized with a sense of serenity that leaves quite an impression. So just what does a modern bathroom look like you ask? Modern bathroom designs are characteristically simple, tending to shy away from ornate decorations and accents. Rather the modern look is clean and inviting as to keep from overwhelming guests.

The shift towards a new style of architecture and design began in the early 19th century. Modern design marked a shift away from traditional decor that was often hand-crafted and intricately detailed. I was looking for images that would capture the essence of modern bathroom design. The results are awe-inspiring yet all the while unique.

Luxury Red Bathroom

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Flush: The Odd Bathroom Book Swirling around the Industry

March 26th, 2014

You may want to take a seat for this. A new book has created quite a stir. Steve Gottlieb has done something that has never been before. Flush: Celebrating Baths Past & Present investigates the past, present, and future of bathroom design in a way that has never been done before.

“It dawned on me that bathrooms are a subject that everyone is interested in – generally hesitant to discuss. Given the high interest [in my original photos], I thought a book showcasing a variety of bathrooms with high quality photos could be popular…and so far as I know, no one has done anything like FLUSH before.”

Flush: Celebrating Bathroom Past & Present

Flush: Celebrating Bathroom Past & Present by Steve Gottlieb

Flush: Celebrating Baths Past & Present

The book is aimed toward interior designers and is overflowing with information about one topic: bathrooms. Everything from glamorous to retired and neglected, some of these photos will make your hair stand on end and take you on a trip down memory lane.
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Bathing Without Borders: Open Concept Bathroom Design

March 24th, 2014

The open space bathroom concept has been a signature feature in many luxury hotels around the world. This contemporary style began in hotels and has spread to residential homes. Although it is now being applauded for its edgy new look, this was not always the case.

Open plan bathroom bedroom suites blend your master bedroom with your bathroom suite. With glass walls, peek-a-boo showers, and smaller room dividers, it increases the size of both rooms.

Tradewinds has the floating bathroom vanities to complete your open space bathroom plan. Visit us today!

Open Concept Bathroom Design


No Walls Between Bedroom and Bathroom Gaining Popularity

What was once a concept reserved for meager living and budget hotels has become welcomed by those seeking a luxury lifestyle. The open space concept has been adopted in the kitchen in years past and aligns with the guiding principles of modern architecture. Open plan kitchens allow parents to prepare dinner while keeping young children within view.
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Top 10 Bathroom Spring Cleaning Tips

March 20th, 2014

Spring Cleaning may leave you wondering where you should even start. The best thing to do is make a list of things that you need to target. Once you prioritize your Spring Cleaning chores, you can head into the bathroom armed with all of the necessary supplies. Time to tackle the bathroom!

Avoiding Spring Cleaning is one of the fastest ways to have one of the most unpopular bathrooms on the block. Frankly, nobody wants to win this award. Here are the Top 10 Bathroom Spring Cleaning Tips.

Spring Cleaning Bathroom Tips

Spring Cleaning Bathroom Checklist

1. Toilet Deep Cleaning

Let’s stop beating around the bush. The thing that everybody hates to clean; the commode. Pour some bleach into your toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. This should help loosen up stains and crud. You can remove rust stains using a pumice stone. If you are experiencing any problems with your toilet, you should review this Troubleshooting Guide.
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Brilliant Space Saving Ideas for Small Bathrooms

March 19th, 2014

Sometimes a small bathroom can make you feel trapped. There, there, it doesn’t have to be this way! Small bathrooms hold something that big bathrooms can never provide; a cozy and comfortable personal nook! There are a few ways that you can go about this and the changes you make don’t have to include blowing out the wall in your bathroom.

Some of the best ways to maximize space in a small bathroom include changing your color palette, using valuable wall space, and opting for European style decor.

Space Saving Ideas for Small Bathrooms

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