Modern Space With a Coastal View

This remodeled bathroom in Mukilteo, Washington, shows how a sleek, modern, spa-like space needn’t be overwhelmingly white. Designer Kristine Tyler of Tree Frog Design took a cramped, dated master bathroom and created a whole new look, with a gray, white and blue color scheme, a wet room with frameless glass, a sculptural freestanding soaking tub and an eye-catching chandelier. “I came in and took measurements, did a case study of the space and asked, ‘How do we make this a more functional space?’ ” Tyler says.

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Photos by Snowberry Lane Photography

Bathroom at a Glance
Who uses it: A couple in their 50s
Location: Mukilteo, Washington
Size: 176 square feet (16 square meters)
Designer: Kristine Tyler of Tree Frog Design

Tyler used dark and light gray large-format tile across the walls and floors. She persuaded the homeowners not to cut off the tile on the back wall at the shower and instead to extend it across the entire wall. “It makes the space feel more expansive. In the ‘before’ picture you notice that the tiles are only encompassing the shower, and it divides up the room and makes the space feel more choppy,” she says.

Tyler stopped by the site one day during the renovation and made sure the tile was installed up to the ceiling peak in the shower area. “The tile installer mentioned that they were planning on capping it off at 84 inches. The homeowner met me there and I encouraged them to extend the tile all the way up, so the eye isn’t drawn to the transition,” she says.

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After: A soaking tub was on the homeowners’ wish list, so Tyler sourced this sculptural beauty, along with an elegant floor-mounted tub filler. The team also installed a wall-mounted towel warmer. A view of Puget Sound through the window is an added bathing treat.

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The chrome-finish tub filler with hand shower adds an architectural element to complement the sculptural curves of the tub.

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The unique spiral pendant light makes a striking statement above the tub. The swirling fixture uses an integrated LED bulb that projects light inward for a soft glow.

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Before: The previous bathroom was functional but a bit cramped and needed refreshing. “Mostly they were interested in turning a dated bathroom with lots of beige into a sleek, contemporary bathroom to suit their taste,” Tyler says.

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After: The team removed the enclosed shower and replaced the original cherry vanity with a sleek new floating version to completely transform the space. Tyler replaced the long mirror with vibrant blue tiles in random lengths on the vanity wall to enliven the space with color.

“The textured look behind the glass and the different sizes add an interesting texture to the backsplash,” she

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Interior Secretary’s View: ‘Made in America’ starts with Minnesota mining

Failed policies from previous administrations undercut the American manufacturing and mining industries, putting Americans out of work and China in the driver’s seat to control the products we rely on every day for electric power, communications, internet connectivity, and national security. President Donald Trump has championed policies to bring these jobs back to the United States, and his administration is continuing to take major steps forward to ensure our rightful place in the mining, processing, and manufacturing of critical minerals.

Following President Trump’s Executive Order 13817 in 2017, the Department of the Interior produced a list of 35 minerals — including rare earth elements and other metals such as lithium, indium, tellurium, gallium, and platinum-group metals — and determined that the supply chains for these critical minerals are vital to our nation’s national security and economic vitality.

The United States used to be the leader in mineral production and processing. Now, for 31 of 35 critical minerals, the United States imports over half of its annual consumption with no domestic production at all for 14 critical minerals. Everything from solar panels to smartphones to medical devices to the military equipment our soldiers need to protect our nation require these critical minerals. For many of these minerals, China largely controls the market for mining, processing, and manufacturing.

President Trump signed an executive order and declared a national emergency on Sept. 30 to expand the domestic mining industry. Critical minerals can and should be sourced from the United States by American workers, and the Trump administration is making sure this happens. The Department of the Interior and the rest of the federal government have been directed by the president to take bold action to support the mining and processing of minerals here at home.

Through his executive order, President Trump has taken decisive action to put Americans back to work and to restore economic growth. As directed by the president, I will be working with the secretary of Defense to examine how the presidential authority that we have been delegated can be used to provide grants to procure and install equipment to produce and process critical minerals here in the United States, which would accelerate the reopening and expansion of American mines and processing plants. This program could help ensure that new technologies are invented and manufactured in America and exported around the world.

Developing our critical minerals and production capacity at home is good for national security, good for jobs, and good for the environment. American workers are up to the task of efficiently and safely supplying these minerals. The United States boasts some of the strongest protections for workers and our environment in the world, which means producing and processing critical minerals domestically will result in a lower net environmental impact.

President Trump has made it clear that we will not put American workers on the sidelines by continuing to rely on other countries, particularly after the supply-chain disruptions from foreign markets we saw at the onset of the pandemic.

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Freeport Mayor’s View: City seeks home improvements grant – News – Rockford Register Star

As we rapidly approach the end of the construction season, the City is quickly working to wrap up a variety of infrastructure projects. We had a busy year executing infrastructure projects and approving additional work that will be completed over the next year and a half.

In the past few months alone, the City completed the $3 million Float Avenue infrastructure project, repaved Sunset Drive, Hurd Street, Boggess Street, as well as portions of Ottawa Avenue and Winneshiek Street. Anyone who has driven over Locust Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and Pleasant Street will appreciate the much-needed repairs that were conducted in the past week. We are also in the middle of milling the street and overlaying Highland Drive in its entirety and are planning on road repair on portions of South Demeter Drive before the weather, and leaf pickup season, prohibits us from further infrastructure improvement projects.

In addition to these water and sewer projects, the City also began utilizing our $2 million grant to replace lead service lines in the City. While all these projects can be an inconvenience to drivers attempting to navigate the construction zones, we appreciate the patience of the residents as this work is critical for upgrading our City’s infrastructure and improving our quality of life.

If you’ve driven along Burchard Avenue, you’ve no doubt noticed the long-term activity around the water tower, including a large drill. We are in the middle of drilling for our new water well #11. Once completed, this new well will allow us to draw water from the Mount Simon aquifer, which our testing has shown to have even higher quality water than provided by our other wells. Next year you’ll see construction on the water treatment plant that will be built adjacent to the well. Once operational, the well will be capable of producing 2,200 gallons of water per minute. This new treatment plant will replace our current Brick Street plant, which has been in service since 1882. We continue to seek supplemental sources of funding, such as grants, for this and all our infrastructure projects.

The City also implemented plans to aggressively continue infrastructure work next year. In addition to the work discussed above, the Council recently approved the Phase 2 Water Main and Looping project which will begin immediately and go through the next year and a half. This $2 million project, which is part of our longer-term Capital Improvement Plan, includes water main replacement along portions of the streets of Cleveland, Jefferson, Monroe, Santa Fe, Meadows, Sylvan and South. Approximately 20%, or $400,000, of this project will be forgiven by the IEPA upon completion, allowing us to stretch our capital improvement funds further. We were also pleased to award the lowest bid to a local bidder, providing an additional benefit to our local economy.

The City continues to pursue all sources of funding to stretch our local dollars and recently applied for two Community Development Block Grants along the Adams Avenue Corridor. If awarded, one grant

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Ugly Story From American History, Inspiring Stories Of Art, On View At Shofuso Japanese House And Garden

The Underground Railroad will always serve as America’s greatest example of ordinary citizens sticking their necks out to help those suffering under the crushing weight of the nation’s racist institutions. Another example can currently be found in a most unusual place, the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia during its new exhibition, “Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia.”

Organized by The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the exhibition celebrates the friendships and transcultural exchanges between Junzo Yoshimura (1908–1997, Japan), George Nakashima (1905-1990, US), Noémi Pernessin Raymond (1889-1980, France) and Antonin Raymond (1888–1976, Austria-Hungary), through their collaborative architectural projects.

Their brilliant artwork takes on added dimensions when their remarkable back stories are discovered.

The married Raymonds first visited Japan in 1919 to work for Frank Lloyd Wright on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. They subsequently set up their own architectural offices in Tokyo in 1922, where they would live and practice for the next 18 years.

Yoshimura started working for the Raymond’s architectural office in 1928 when he was still a student and continued to work with the Raymonds until 1941.

Nakashima started working at the Raymond’s firm in 1934 until his return to Seattle in 1941. Shortly after returning to the U.S., the Nakashima family was sent to the Minidoka internment camp in Hunt, Idaho.

Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, 120,000 people of Japanese descent living on America’s West Coast were sent to internment camps. They were American citizens, like Nakashima, his wife, also of Japanese descent, and their baby daughter.

In 1943, the Raymonds interceded and successfully vouched for the Nakashimas, thus allowing the family to take refuge at the Raymonds’ Farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania where they would eventually settle and set up Nakashima’s house, studio and workshop.  

George Nakashima and his wife, Marion Okajima, were both American citizens, both born in the United States. Both were college graduates with degrees from prestigious universities, George with an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT, Marion a degree from UCLA – exceedingly rare for a woman in 1940s America. George Nakashima had traveled the world as an American citizen.

That didn’t matter.

Both had Japanese ancestry so they were rounded up by the U.S. government and their freedom was taken away. No crime was committed. No trial was held.

The Raymond’s, neither of whom were born in the United States, but both possessing the golden ticket to opportunity in American–being white–possessed the influence to free the American-born and

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A “view” from the Rose Garden: The nine

President Donald Trump announced his first two Supreme Court nominees in the East Room of the White House, and both in prime time on a weeknight. Many people commented on the vaguely game-show suspense the former host of “The Apprentice” brought to the process: the surprising lack of leaks about the pick, the hint that two finalists might appear for the announcement that went to then-Judge Neil Gorsuch in 2017, and the president again entering the room by himself before revealing then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second pick in 2018.

Amy Coney Barrett accepts President Trump’s nomination in the Rose Garden (Mark Walsh)

Saturday’s announcement has been set for the Rose Garden at 5 p.m., obviously not prime time and on a weekend day when big news isn’t usually announced. But the president had to consider the timing of memorials for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose seat he is aiming to fill. Then there is the presidential debate on Tuesday, and the urgency of getting the ball rolling on the confirmation process with a goal of a Senate floor vote before Election Day.

When I arrive at the White House, the press office assures me the ceremony is still on for the Rose Garden, despite a threatening cloud cover and thick humidity. I think back to coming here for President Barack Obama’s 2016 Rose Garden ceremony to announce Merrick Garland for the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat. That was a beautifully sunny March day, but the weather couldn’t help Garland’s nomination.

Besides the weekend vibe at the White House (there are no big-name TV correspondents here) and the threatening weather, today’s event has been drained of suspense by the leaks that emerged about 24 hours earlier, when multiple news outlets reported that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, long at the top of the president’s list, will indeed be the choice.

When the press is escorted to the Rose Garden, many guests are already seated. There is some slight distance between the chairs because of COVID-19, but only a few guests are wearing masks. A military band is out on the South Lawn, playing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and similar martial choices.

It’s time to see who’s here. Corey Lewandowski, the president’s one-time campaign manager, had walked past the press office earlier and now is seated near the front. Gary Bauer, who served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, led the Family Research Council, and ran for the Republican presidential nomination, is seated in the middle.

Mercedes Schlapp, a former Trump White House staff member who is now working on the president’s re-election campaign, is seated near the front. Her husband, Matthew Schlapp, the chair of the Conservative Political Action Committee, is seated farther back, next to Thomas Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch.

John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who has helped draw up names for Trump’s Supreme Court lists, is here, wearing a mask. I don’t see Leonard Leo, who also helped draw up such lists when

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Flexible Garden Hosess Market Assures To Achieve $26.12 Billion By 2027 | Grand View Research, Inc – Press Release

Flexible Garden Hosess Market Assures To Achieve $26.12 Billion By 2027 | Grand View Research, Inc

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According to report published by Grand View Research, the global flexible garden hoses market size was valued at USD 1.0 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2020 to 2027.

The global flexible garden hoses market is anticipated to witness a growth upsurge during the forecast timeframe and is likely to register a CAGR of 4.3%. A flexible garden hose is a well-known and widely accepted tool to replace the work of carrying heavy watering cans for watering purposes. The flexible garden hose can also be used for cleaning vehicles, garden tools, garden furniture, etc. quickly and easily.

Consumer inclination towards nursery activities, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, is driving demand for gardening supplies like flexible garden hose. In August 2020, Central Garden & Pet announced vendor awards for 2020, which consists of participants from leading companies in the independent garden retailer center market. All these factors are likely to kickoff flexible garden hoses sales during the forecast period.

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The U.S. flexible garden hoses market size, by product, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

Covid-19 Effect:

As the COVID-19 pandemic sets in, an increasingly growing number of people are gaining interest in gardening activities. With the struggle to slow the pandemic crisis leaving most households self-isolated and food-obsessed. Novices have been observed to have a greater inclination for indoor plantation. According to the national garden bureau in March 2020, people were buying curbside from local IGCs, planting a veggie garden, plantation of an herb garden, redesigning the plantings in the front of the house, and create a new indoor display of plants.

Key Takeaways from the report:

  • The medium-duty hoses in terms of revenue dominated the market in 2019, with a share of 45.3%. The growth of this segment can be owed to its flexibility and that is specially designed for lawn care and gardening needs. They are made with tough and weather-resistant vinyl cover for year-round use and a longer product life. These factors are set to drive growth in the coming years.
  • Based on the distribution channel, the offline distribution channel segment accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 78.0% in 2019. The market is driven by the availability of a wide variety of products and numerous brands under one roof.
  • The conventional hoses product segment held the largest share of 62.7% in 2019

  • By performance, the medium-duty hoses segment accounted for the largest share of 45.3% in 2019

  • The offline distribution channel segment was valued at USD 822.8 million in 2019

  • Asia Pacific is expected to witness substantial growth over the forecast period with a revenue-based CAGR of 5.7% from 2020 to 2027.

Global flexible garden hoses market share, by product, 2019 (%)

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Major Players:

  • Craftsman
  • Legacy Manufacturing Co.
  • Water Right Inc.
  • Melnor
  • Gilmour 
  • Teknor Apex Company
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Terraflex 
  • Swan Products,
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