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New Living Wall Planter by Woolly Pocket

Starting in October 2012, Woolly Pocket will have a new Living Wall Planter available for sale from $26.99, according to the LA Times.  The product isn’t soft like the standard Wally made with 100% recycled PET.  It’s made with hard recycled plastic not to include BPA and equipped with a self-watering tank.  The modular planter may be installed inside or outside and will be available in white, green, brown, gray, black, orange, and yellow.

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Ideabox AKTIV with IKEA Hits Portland

As mentioned a couple weeks ago, Oregon-based Ideabox created a new prefab in collaboration with IKEA Portland for the Portland Home & Garden Show going on right now, February 22-26, 2012.  In case you’re not in the area, here are some photos of the fresh new home.  Ideabox Aktiv features tons of IKEA products and showcases a cost-effective home that can be built with open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and clean lines.

The interior includes a Kohler Persuade dual-flush toilet, an Energy Star fridge, an induction cooktop and convection oven, LED lighting, and an IKEA package that includes Tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes, and Abstrakt cabinets, etc.  Aktiv also includes a ductless, mini-split heat pump (see above photo).

The exterior features a combination of fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing-seam metal roof.

As equipped, Aktiv sells for $86,525, although Ideabox is offering an introductory priced version at the Portland Home & Garden show of $79,500.  Drop by the showcase and come back to tell us what you think of the new Ideabox/IKEA Portland collaboration.

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Best Practices in Mobile: Urban Airship to Provide Guidance on App Monetization at the CTIA Wireless 2011 Mobile Web & Apps Forum

Portland, OR (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011

Today, Urban Airship, provider of a mobile services platform that helps marketers develop more engaging and profitable mobile apps, announced that its CEO and co-founder Scott Kveton will be speaking at the CTIA mobile event – Mobile Web & Apps Forum.

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Prefab Homes Designed Specifically for Small Urban Lots Announced by Stillwater Dwellings

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

Sustainable, contemporary prefab home designer and builder Stillwater Dwellings ( today announced ten new floor plans have been added to their comprehensive collection of high-end, contemporary prefab homes. Specifically, two of the plans are designed specifically to work on 40? and 60? wide urban lots.


Stillwater?s portfolio now answers a wider range of client needs including two sleek new models specifically designed to work on 40? and 60? wide urban lots. Current designs have evolved in response to client feedback and market trends; perfect for view sites, plans align living, dining, kitchen areas, and master bedroom to take full advantage of fabulous vistas. Plans also consider spaces suitable for large and small families, or couples with home office requirements.

To Stillwater, the demand for these types of designs was overwhelming. “We found that our clients were actively looking for a more predictable, more cost-effective alternative in urban areas. They wanted a new, custom home, but the idea of engaging an architect and builder that could only give them an estimate on their home was scary. They wanted a high-end, contemporary home, but couldn’t afford it. We think we now have a great solution for those types of clients in urban areas,” Bart Mitchell, partner, Stillwater Dwellings.


Unlike common prefab home designs, Stillwater?s plans incorporate more great room spaces into smaller homes by using specialized construction and installation techniques. Some as much as 45? wide, 18? deep, and up to 13? tall.


Designed for urban living, this compact four-bed, two-car home works well on many smaller lots. Visitors are greeted by an ultra-thin steel canopy over the entry that appears to float without support. The living and dining rooms open up to a terrace, perfect for indoor/outdoor living. Securely located upstairs are the four bedrooms, plus a reading or computer space and deck off of the master bedroom.


With a distinctive entry, secure garage, and ground floor open living area opening onto a private backyard patio, this plan is perfect for most 40?x100? urban lots.. Four bedrooms plus loft space are located on the upper floor. The structure includes all the signature Stillwater details: butterfly roof, exposed beams, deep overhangs and floating steel entry canopy.


Perfect for most 50?x100? urban lots, the dramatic ground floor entry is set back yet visible from the street. A secure two car garage and living areas open up onto the private backyard terrace. A flight of steps on axis with the entry leads to an upper level with four bedrooms and two baths. Corner windows, exposed beams and our signature butterfly roofs offer light and texture in this stylish urban habitat.


Stillwater Dwellings? light-filled spaces range from simple studios ? perfect for guest quarters or detached workspaces ? to elegant 5 bedroom homes. Various plans feature asymmetrical collections of public and private rooms incorporating wings and pavilions, creating courtyards and quiet enclosures. Window-filled rooms with expansive glass doors are oriented to terraces and landscape, accommodating the trend toward indoor/outdoor living. Three distinct style packages include Modern, with its clean lines, contemporary aesthetic, and minimalist textures; Natural, showcasing warm wood and an airy color palette; and Fundamental combining value with enduring style and construction.



All Stillwater homes include a high level of green and sustainable living features: low VOC paints, dual flush toilets, ultra-high efficiency heating and hot water systems, natural wool carpeting, prefinished/engineering eco-friendly wood flooring, Marmoleum, engineered quartz slab countertops, over-insulated walls/ceilings/floors, and high-efficiency windows with argon gas and low-e film.


All Stillwater homes are built indoors, in climate-controlled conditions to the highest quality standards and the IRC code; the same code that governs conventional site built homes. Homes are transported as 96% complete modules, installed and finished on-site by Stillwater Dwellings. Stillwater believes in utilizing proven, time-tested construction methods, not ?gimmicky? process.


All Stillwater clients are given fixed, up-front pricing on their home before any construction begins. Unlike traditional site-built home clients who are given estimates that commonly are exceeded during the building process, Stillwater clients contractually know what their home will cost before they begin.


Founded in 2008, Stillwater Dwellings is a Seattle-based company that designs and builds high quality, prefabricated, contemporary homes featuring quality materials, fine detailing, and eco-friendly features. Our process is the predictable and smart alternative to site-built homes.

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Urban Atlantic And A&R Development Corp. Break Ground On $107 Million Transit-Oriented Development In Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 18, 2010

Urban Atlantic and A&R Development Corp., national leaders in real estate development and investment in urban markets, have broken ground on Rhode Island Station, a $ 107 million public-private, mixed-use, transit-oriented development that will bring 274 Class A apartments, 70,000 square feet of main street retail, and a new Metro commuter garage to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station in Northeast Washington, D.C.

Championed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the District of Columbia City Council, Rhode Island Station is a precedent-setting public-private partnership. It is the first mixed-use residential and retail development in the nation to combine U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) multifamily financing with U.S. Department of the Treasury New Markets Tax Credit equity.

The May 18th groundbreaking event highlighted the collaborative nature of the public-private partnership with remarks from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr., and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager Richard Sarles. Also attending were senior representatives of HUD and the Treasury, additional City Council members, District agency heads, local community advocates, smart growth proponents, and private sector project participants.

Urban Atlantic President Vicki Davis emphasized the importance of this partnership, stating: “We are thrilled to announce the start of construction at Rhode Island Station and are grateful to the many public and private partners who came together to accomplish a truly remarkable project in an historically challenging economic climate.”

The joint venture was awarded rights to the site in 2001 through a competitive solicitation by WMATA. The development process included rezoning and designing the 8.5-acre site to meet the needs of multiple partners, including local community residents, WMATA, the District of Columbia, and regional smart growth organizations. Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. (D-Ward 5) played a key role in promoting the redevelopment. “I am pleased that the development team was able to secure financing for this very important project that will spur the revitalization of Rhode Island Avenue and bring much-needed retail to Ward 5,” said Thomas.

“Metro will literally open doors for many more riders as a result of this project,” said WMATA’s Sarles. “It represents the kind of ‘Smart Growth’ that WMATA has been encouraging for many years as we work to provide our customers with better service and improved facilities.” As part of this project, Metro will receive a new secure parking structure for Metro patrons. In addition, funds from the long-term lease of this property will be contributed to WMATA’s Transit Investment Infrastructure Fund to assist local governments with transit-related improvements near the Metrobus and Metrorail system.

The project will create a 24-7 town center in the heart of the Rhode Island Avenue corridor on Metro’s Red Line. With 70,000 square feet of retail space, Rhode Island Station builds on the success of the adjacent Home Depot-Giant Foods shopping center with a mix of national and local restaurants, neighborhood convenience stores, and a satellite office of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles. The developers designated ten percent of the retail space to be leased to local businesses in order to ensure that community retailers are able to take advantage of the area’s newest retail opportunity. The apartments at Rhode Island Station will offer Class A finishes and amenities, and will include 20 percent affordable units, without any housing subsidies. Two private garages will be constructed along with a new garage for Metro commuters.

This transit-oriented project has been recognized for its smart growth and green design, including immediate access to public transportation, innovative shared parking, walkability and connectivity, a green roof, and energy-efficient systems and building materials. Construction is underway, with the Metro garage expected to open in the summer of 2011 and the retail and residential expected to begin opening in the spring of 2012.

Rhode Island Station is financed by the HUD FHA program; U.S. Department of the Treasury New Markets Tax Credits program; District of Columbia – PILOT financing; US Bank; the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF); Mid-City Community CDE, an affiliate of Urban Atlantic; and sponsor equity.

Project Team: The project developer is a joint venture of Urban Atlantic and A&R Development Corp. The general contractor is Bozzuto Construction, whose track record in local and minority hiring will help ensure that the project hits its District of Columbia First Source hiring (50 percent) and CBE contracting (35 percent) goals. The retail leasing broker is Asadoorian Retail Solutions; please contact Jeff Handler with leasing inquiries (703.425.0605).

About Urban Atlantic: Strategically focused on urban development, Urban Atlantic has a strong track record of completing complex, large-scale developments. The company has completed real estate developments totaling over $ 1.1 billion in value, and has placed over $ 1.3 billion in real estate investments. With one of the largest New Markets Tax Credits allocations in the Mid-Atlantic, Urban Atlantic affiliate Mid-City Community CDE is an investor in Rhode Island Station. Visit

About A&R Development Corp.: A&R Development Corp., part of the A&R family of companies, has created more than $ 1 billion in residential, commercial and mixed-use real estate projects in the mid-Atlantic region since its inception. The firm is known for its careful planning, superior design, architectural and engineering excellence, and relentless attention to detail. Visit

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Leslie Braunstein



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Urban Atlantic Development



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Urban Rebellion: Leads the Return to Rustic Living

(PRWEB) June 1, 2009

Many of us dream of a simpler life, a rustic retreat… maybe a log cabin deep in the woods or a lodge at the edge of a pristine lake. Some are able to make this a reality while others capture the lifestyle through vacation rentals. Others turn their urban or suburban homes into their own rustic retreats! In today’s busy and complex world, rustic charm is enjoying a resurgence of popularity as people seek a connection to nature and simpler times. A visit to may just inspire you to realize your rustic dreams.

Kim and Sandra Thornton had their own rustic dreams and now they have a vacation getaway for their extended family and close friends.

Since purchasing their property in the rolling hills of northeastern Alberta six years ago they have fully embraced the rustic, or as they prefer to call it, the lodge lifestyle… part time for now, but with full-time plans for the future!

In addition to major renovations to the cedar log cabin on their property, they have decorated, built log furniture, erected enormous decks on the front and back, installed numerous bird feeders, battled squirrels and bears, cleared dead trees, cut their own firewood, had a new red tin roof installed, got to know the locals, and… created a website dedicated to the lodge lifestyle.

When asked why a website, Kim replied, “It’s the culmination of our enthusiasm for everything rustic.”

“We’re able to put relevant content on the site because we’re living it. When we face a challenge, like we did with mice, we can write about how we solved the problem and at the same time invite our site visitors to share their experiences. We see this becoming a rich exchange of ideas.

“We’ve also scoured the web for a huge assortment of items perfect for this type of living, from rustic window treatments to sunflower decor, from log beds to lodge lighting, from bedding to bird houses. The site has a wealth of information including checklists for seasonal opening and closing, information on cohabiting with wildlife, naming your cabin, fire safety, a recommended reading section and so much more.” In addition site visitors will find over a thousand products to enhance the rustic or lodge lifestyle.

Whether you call it a cabin, cottage, log home, or lodge, if you enjoy the rustic lifestyle, you will find value in this website.

Thornton says they continue to add information and products weekly and look forward to the website becoming a community for like-minded people to share their ideas, stories, and even photos.

The site will likely never be “finished.” Thornton says there is just so much information to keep adding and so many great products they’re finding. But for anyone looking for information about country living, rustic decorating ideas, tips, and discussions on all things rustic, it is already a rich resource. Visit


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