Review: The High Sierra Shower Head

As part of our Artemisia Lab program, we’ve been testing the High Sierra shower head. Invented in 2006 by David Malcom, the patented design is inspired by agricultural irrigation nozzles. The result is a high-efficiency, 1.5 gallon-per-minute shower head that isn’t just an incremental improvement over the crowded field of competitors but is in a league by itself because it relies on a totally different design. This compact, plumbing fixture, which is shaped kind of like a D-cell battery, could go head to head with any shower head, even higher-flow ones, and win.

Cork Flooring: Easy on the Eyes...and the Toes

Cork Flooring: Easy on the Eyes...and the Toes

When it comes to materials choices for your home, flooring is one of the biggest design decisions you will make. It’s a major visual presence in every room, and, unless you jump around a lot, you will be in almost constant physical contact with it.

Fall Turns into Winter in the Methow

This is one of my favorite times of year in the Methow Valley. The summer rush is over, and the ski season isn't quite in full swing. Alex, Leon, and I had the good fortune to be able to spend a long four-day weekend at the house, and it was wonderfully relaxing. We've started renting the house on Airbnb over the last few months, and it has been great to see how well our guests have taken care of it.