New design and function for homes.

Orange County Register staffer Marilyn Kalfus trolls the Orange County, Calif., home store landscape, looking to do some trend spotting. She came away impressed.

Smart, small, sustainable, artisinal, techy, and soft-hued seem to be the governing themes in home design and function. Kalfus writes:

Toilets have become increasingly throne-like, with built-in, night-light bases, bidets or “Washlets,” heaters, and the ability - through a Bluetooth connection or an SD card - to play music.

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