Ever go into a gas station bathroom so nasty that you didn't want to touch anything? Apparently, so did the designers from Delta. The Delta Touch2O Faucet ($550) lets you activate the faucet with your elbow, forearm — really any extremity you have handy — so your beefed-up hands don't have to touch the controls. Just watch out for passerbys when you're trying to pull off your classic water-drop-in-the-scotch maneuver.
Despite all those Ninja Turtles PSAs reminding us to shut off the water when brushing our teeth, most of us didn't listen — in fact, a large amount of all our faucet water goes directly down the drain. Smart Faucet ($40) is an easy way to help remedy the situation. It attaches directly to your existing faucet, and gives you a steady stream of water just by pressing on the lever, while getting rid of any drips or leaks. Green, economical, and sanitary, it's the next best thing to having a floor-operated faucet.
Add some authenticity to your log cabin or similarly rustic home with Pendleton Native American Blankets ($140-$320). Inspired by authentic Native American blankets, most of these wool/cotton blend covers are available in twin, queen, and king sizes, and are woven in Pendleton's own traditional mills. After all, in this modern age of Snuggies, it's nice to have something that will keep you warm without making you look like Grimace.
Change clothes as often as you change channels? Perhaps you should look into a few Dandux Laundry Carts ($130-$230). With an industrial-quality design that dates back to 1918, each cart is made using steel and canvas, with a rubber-wrapped frame for the basket, an elevated cart with wood-reinforced base, casters designed to glide smoothly across the floor, and a snap-in divider for sorting soiled goods.
We're huge fans of American Apparel's ever-so-soft tees, so it only makes sense that we'd feel the same about their bedding. Made from the same ultra-soft fine jersey as their famed tops, American Apparel Bedding ($20-$56) is simple, comfortable, and affordable. Unclothed hottie mattress mate not included.
It doesn't get much more rugged than galvanized steel. This farmland metal has been doing the dirty work in rural America for decades, and now you can bring some of that toughness to your backyard BBQs. With traditional riveted construction and a clear sealant, these Pottery Barn Galvanized Steel Serving Pieces ($24-$69) include a Party Bucket with Bottle Opener, a Party Bucket Stand, Salt & Pepper Napkin Holder, a Round Tray, an Ice Bucket, a 3-Tiered Stand, and Drink Caddy.
Get four showers in one with the new Kohler Flipside Showerhead ($105). This unique handheld sprayer features a chrome-like finish, and a flippable inner sprayhead offering four different shower experiences — a relaxing dense downpour, a focused, invigorating spray, a drenching, circular-pattern spray, or a standard, traditional shower — that are all just a flip away. [via]
Cleanse your body while relaxing your mind in this Japanese-stye Stainless Steel Ofuro ($20,000). Made from 14-gauge, 304-grade stainless steel, this 3-inch thick, double-walled metal tub features tungsten inert gas welds for smooth seams, three non-slip steps with around-the-tub railing, and 18 air jets built into the seats and sides to massage and soothe your muscles. An elegant (and expensive) way to get your daily wash.
Created to commemorate the expedition of Jim Whittaker, who in 1963 became the first American to conquer Mount Everest, the Eddie Bauer Commemorative Whittaker Blanket ($170) is as colorful as it is tough. Whittaker's expedition was fully outfitted by Eddie Bauer, which got together with Pendleton Woolen Mills to create this unique, comfy collectible. [Thanks, Matt]
Pamper yourself with a luxury shower experience, courtesy of the Wellgems Midnight Edition Steam Spa ($4,200). Loaded with the latest in-shower creature comforts, it features 19 bath jets, 12 body shower jets, a waterfall faucet, built-in seating for two, LCD touch-screen controls, a fog-free mirror, dual handheld shower heads, an MP3 system with remote, luxury lighting, and more. Just don't forget the soap.
Add some flair to your boring laundry routine with the Rice & Feed Laundry Bag & Wastebasket ($20-$36). Made from durable fabric used in authentic feed and rice bags, the designer employs disabled and disadvantaged Cambodian villagers to handcraft each piece, adding a personal touch that can't be found in those laundry bags at Pottery Barn. [Thanks, Ryan | via]
Modern yet organic, the Kohler Antilia Wading Pool ($TBA) is a strikingly nice-looking bathroom sink. It's crafted from cast glass, which gives it an organic feel thanks to the unique texture of the glass. Available in either Ice or Storm colors, it's a great way to add some natural feel to a stark, modern wash area. [via]