The Apas Monolith Water Cooler Simplifies the Design of Hydration

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                                It&#8217;s not always easy to remember to drink the 13 cups (men) or 9 cups (women) of liquids per day as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (note: <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">the recommendation</a> doesn&#8217;t limit itself to water, but also food and beverages <em>containing</em> liquids, so enjoy that extra cup of coffee or tea). More than any caffeinated beverage, juice, or soda, water continues to be the best bet for healthy hydration and the minds behind the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Apas Monolith Water Cooler</a> want to make our daily intake easier than ever.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Apas Monolith Water Cooler in comparison to the average water cooler – one that might be sitting in your kitchen or office break room right now – is the absence of any visible water bottle. The Monolith is designed to accommodate 3 to 5 gallon bottles, but moves storage to the bottom section. The streamlined design
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Desktop Wallpaper: August 2017

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                                This month’s wallpaper was designed by one of our favorite brands, <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hygge &amp; West</a>. This dreamy, celestial pattern was created in collaboration with Katie Rodgers who combines her love of watercolors and fashion for her site, <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Paper Fashion</a> (side note: I’ve also been a long-time fan of Katie and have taken her <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Skillshare class</a> before, which I highly recommend!).
A little bit about Hygge & West: their wallpapers are all screen printed by hand and are Class A fire-rated, fade resistant, extremely durable and washable. Besides those facts though, I love Hygge & West for their modern wallpaper patterns and their eye for collaborating with talented designers and creatives (past collaborations include Rifle Paper Co., Oh Joy!, and Heath Ceramics). I can’t wait to install one of their prints in my future home but until then, I’ll just install this one on all my devices. Click on
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Skagen’s Signatur Hybrid Smartwatch Dials In Connectivity

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                                Named after the Jutland peninsula&#8217;s northernmost town, it wouldn&#8217;t be all surprising to mistake the contemporary American watch brand Skagen for one originating from Denmark, the name symbolic rather than historical. Nevertheless, Skagen has done well for decades representing the ideals of modern Danish design for the American market, minimalist timepieces with distinct features that belie their affordable prices. The <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Skagen Signatur Hybrid Smartwatch</a> represent a continuation of the brand&#8217;s trademark sleek and modern design language, a collection of four timepieces merging the horological heritage of mechanical movement with unobtrusive connectivity features to keep wearer informed without distraction.
Skagen’s hybrid approach to the smartwatch manifests in a discreet notification system, one relying upon subtle cues rather than overt display notifications that may intrude on concentration, delivering the wearer updates using a secondary dial with four color-coded dial sections to silently communicate whether a call, text, or app notification needs attention
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The Science of Livable Design

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                                It was only a generation or two ago the kitchen’s role within a home was primarily defined as functional – a utilitarian space hidden from view dedicated to the preparation of food and little else. Today, kitchens flourish as an extension of our living areas, hearth and heart of our homes, and where friends and family are most apt to be found congregating and mingling before, during, and after mealtime daily. If home is where the heart is, it’s most often located somewhere in the vicinity of the kitchen…a domestic home base increasingly expected to balance aesthetic impression with dependable function.
So it’s no longer enough to pick out the requisite premium kitchen appliances and cabinetry in planning the ideal kitchen. Discerning home owners, in
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10 Technologies Reshaping the Bedroom to Version 2.0

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                                Ideally the bedroom is a dedicated domain for sleep – a calm, quiet, and peaceful oasis in our otherwise busy, loud, and stressful lives. But as goes with most everything in our WiFi connected lives, the bedroom typically inhabits a multi-purpose duty beyond sleep and intimacy. It&#8217;s where we read, work, watch television, browse online, and anything else imaginable beyond the unconscious spell of slumber. Finding the balance between a restful, healthy atmosphere with our perpetually plugged-in lifestyles takes planning, so we&#8217;ve gathered several technologies designed to optimize comfort, convenience, and health.
1. The Frame by Samsung
If you’re going to insist on keeping a television in the room, why not make it one as handsomely minimal and unobtrusive as this 4K UHD display. The real excuse for permitting this TV in the bedroom is The Frame takes advantage of all those pixels by turning into a digital art display,
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