Monthly Archives: May 2008

hot skins

Haven’t seen much of these out at the coffee shops yet! GelaSkins has created a whole line of amazing, artist-designed protective skins for laptops, phones, and iPods. Customize your electronics with photo-quality street-style graffiti, fine art, and modern sketch work. The skins are extremely thin and completely removable. Available online and at retail stores throughout…

hema genius

Is it wrong to be in love with a website that doesn’t even speak my language? It just feels so right… http://producten.hema.nl Eric BrownEric’s background is rooted in the rental and real estate industries. He founded metro Detroit’s Urbane Apartments in 2003, after serving as senior vice president for a major Midwest apartment developer. He…

tastefully wrapped

Our fave Urbane recipe of this year so far comes from Eating Well Magazine. It’s delicious, healthy, fun, and quick (about 30 minutes to make)–and would be perfect to make with a date before jetting out to the movies. FIVE-SPICE TURKEY & LETTUCE WRAPS 1/2 cup water1/2 cup instant brown rice 2 teaspoons sesame oil…

the cloverleaf wine guys

Metro Detroit wine lovers get ready to clink and cheer, Cloverleaf Wine & Spirits has moved from Southfield to a much larger, MUCH cooler location in downtown Royal Oak! The store is now open for business in one of the city’s oldest buildings, on the east side of Main Street, just north of Lincoln. The…

how corny

Look out Paris and Britney, there’s a new fashion corndog in town—and we’re talking about a natural kind of star who can really pull it all together with more style and substance than all y’all. It’s corn. Yeah…corn. At the FutureFashion stage at this season’s New York’s Fashion Week, designers such as Proenza Schouler and…

candy coded clutches

Check out this super cute clutch made from recycled candy wrappers. The zig-zag top and pattern of the repeating barcodes creates a stylish and modern look. Just $28 from the wacky folks at Uncommon Goods. Eric BrownEric’s background is rooted in the rental and real estate industries. He founded metro Detroit’s Urbane Apartments in 2003,…

furnished and all

When Urbane Apartments started getting loads of inquiries this spring for furnished apartments, the company turned to the corporate renting pros at Leading Apartments. In just a few days, Leading Apartments had completely furnished a half-dozen Urbane spaces with everything from beds, lush bedding, modern couches, and TVs, right down to towels and coffee makers.…

conversations with your couch

ForRent.com is giving renters the chance to win $10,000 smackeroos! Just create a video explaining, through the eyes and ears of your furniture, why you should be the one to win the dough. Residents of Urbane Apartments who enter also receive a $25 gift card—as well as loads of local and community votes! Urbane residents who…

unfold and go

How cool is this?! Strida has come out with an incredibly lightweight and efficient folding bike that weighs just 22 lbs, has a greaseless chain, and a luggage rack that holds up to 30 lbs. Developed in the U.K. for urban commuters who might go from house to railway or bus to street to office,…

scrap the junk mail for good

I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely tired of filling my recycling bin with catalogs, credit cards applications, and ads from companies who want to straighten my spine, whiten my teeth, and fix my broken windshield.  Did you know that more than 100 million pieces of junk mail are delivered to U.S. residences each…

modularly speaking

Kithaus offers a new 9′x13′ ultra-modern modular room that uses an aluminum framing system, dual-insulated windows and doors, and includes a data port and electrical connection box. No foundation is necessary, so it can be used pretty much anywhere!  It’s not cheap, by any means ($300-$400 per square foot!), but how dreamy. Just imagine it as a backyard office or meditation…