Flowing Spiral Wood Staircase is a Work of Art

This is one of the most jaw dropping wood staircases we have ever seen. When one thinks of a spiral staircase, the wrought iron model comes to mind with narrow stairs, open backs. When Carney Logan Burke (CLB) Architects built Rabbit Brush Residence in Jackson, Wyoming, they had something else in mind. Such elegant solid wood paneling up a fully closed railing makes this stairway so stunning. It puts us in mind of a yacht staircase – on the most magnificent yacht you could imagine! … (read more)

Small vacuums that make short work of big messes

Small vacuums that make short work of big messes

Knowing that most people don’t want to haul out a big vacuum for a small job, Consumer Reports put 20 hand and stick vacuums through a series of tests that mimic everyday messes. We used the lightweight vacuums to pick up a mixture of sand, uncooked rice, and generic Cheerios—stand-ins for the dirt and debris that end up on the floor in most homes. Seven models, starting at $ 35, made our list of top vacuums including two that were … (read more)

Personal blenders make quick work of your morning smoothie

Personal blenders make quick work of your morning smoothie

Taking your morning smoothie on the road used to require a separate travel cup. So-called personal blenders simplify the process by combining blending and drinking in a single device. The containers on these mini mixers typically hold 2 to 3 cups and feature a travel lid and handle or carry hook. Consumer Reports’ latest blender Ratings include five personal models ranging in price from $ 20 to $ 120. While none delivered the all-around performance needed to make our … (read more)