paints and coatings

  • marvin

    Citing the Warroad, Minn.-based company's product quality, technical support, and willingness to take on almost any design challenge, our readers ranked Marvin as their preferred window brand whenever the budget allows it.

  • moore please

    michael mcdonough architect: Benjamin Moore's Pristine Eco-Spec paints are low-odor, water-based paints and are available in flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss.

  • voc this way

    michael g. imber, architect: Farrow & Bell has used a raw material formula for its paints and wallpapers for more than 100 years and its paints' pure pigments emit very low VOC levels.

  • from the ground up

    As public interest in eco-friendly houses grows, so too does demand for green building products. Made with ingredients that are less harsh than conventional sources, these materials are easier to live with and, presumably, healthier for the environment.

  • under cover

    Always an environmentally friendly product, Fine Paints of Europe has lowered VOCs even further with its ECO line. ECO has a VOC of 42, about 90 percent less than conventional solvent-borne coatings, the company says.

  • gripping experience

    Hand-stitched leather doorknobs from Turnstyle Designs make opening the door a tactile treat. Individually crafted in England from vegetable tanned, full-hide leather, the spheres come in black, chestnut, or chocolate. To enhance the feel of real leather, Turnstyle developed a shape that's...

  • flamboyant fish

    Aquarius Series ceramic tiles add a touch of the Caribbean to any room. Five sea-inspired designs (among them, starfish and ocean waves) come in 4- or 5-inch square tiles, coordinating borders, and accent pieces.

  • macchiato madness

    The high-design Profi-Coffee Center cooks up complex coffee-house concoctions or simply brews a cup of freshly ground java. The built-in, plumbed, stainless steel, self-cleaning, automated unit guides bean fiends through one-touch menu options or minute grind ratios and temperatures.

  • tourist trap

    More attractive than the fabled falls is the Niagara bathroom set created by hip Italian designer Paolo LaCivita. Lacquered oak cabinets come in 16-inch or 60-inch drawer units and mix with matching counters of various lengths for powder rooms or master suites.

  • hot seat

    Myson, manufacturers of European radiators, expands its U.S. offerings with steamy new designs such as this bench radiator. The artful piece of furniture incorporates a five- or six-column radiator beneath a laminated beech seat.

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