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There are so many posts out there dedicated to all the things we can buy to be zero waste. This is not one of them. Yes, sometimes the things that we buy are helpful in reducing our waste now and in the future such as reusable produce bags or a compost bin. Buying things 
Happy New Year friends! Im so excited to share with you my newest addition to my shop, my DIY Lumber Cart! I built it a while back but I am just now getting around to sharing the plans. I am happy to say that I still LOVE it and get so much use out of
Happy New Year!
We are so excited about this coming year's projects and can't wait to start building again! But we wanted to take a quick second and appreciate what we worked on in 2018.
The baby sure kept us busy in 2018, but we still managed to tackle quite a few projects! If you liked any of the projects and might be inspired to build, here's the links to all the projects shown -
Some years ago I noticed a house in the middle of the road. I didnt remember a house being there and thought that I was seeing a strange mirage. The closer I got, the more real it appeared, until I was forced to slow down and drive around the thing, at which point there was no doubt about its authenticity.
A big truck tractor was towing this entire 1200 square foot house balanced on two huge steel I-beams and a bunch of wheeled dollies. Progress was slow but steady as it inexorably moved toward its next incarnation. Just that morning it had departed its original home where it had been seasonal housing for migrant workers.
Ann Bunting and Tom Dessain had searched for just the right orphaned house to adopt as their own, lovingly place on a new foundation, and refurbish. Many houses would not be suitable for such a trip; only well-built wooden structures can withstand the stress of such a move. This house had all the qualities they were looking for: charm, integrity, and affordability. The entire cost of the house and having it moved was $10,000.
By the time they had it completely fixed up with new plumbing and electric service, an insulated stucco exterior, new energy-efficient windows, a metal roof, a completely rebuilt front porch, all of the interior walls resurfaced, and miscellaneous repairs, the total cost of the project was about $50,000, including the land. Not bad for what in most regards will be as good as new!
Of course new is not what they wanted; they bought this early twentieth century house (its actual date of construction is unknown) precisely because of its special vintage quality. It reminds Tom of the house his grandmother lived in, with 9 foot ceilings, three smallish bedrooms, tongue and grooved fir flooring, cast-iron radiators, built-in cabinets, drawers and even ironing board, and the intangible quality of a by-gone era. They plan to retain the original floor plan intact, only altering a walk-in closet to become the mechanical room and turning a room off the kitchen into a dining space.
The folks at Brown dog Gadgets have published this fantastic guide to convert a plain ol LEGO BB8 model into something a bit more exciting. The brains inside this project are Crazy Circuits, which happen to interface with Lego quite nicely (you can get a few of their kits in 
Happy 2019, friends!!! New year, new goals, new ideas, and a new project I want to share with you. If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know that I recently moved back to my hometown of Spokane, Washington (I use the word "recently" but it was actually almost two years ago...man, time flies when you have little kids!). Since moving back, it really feels like Spokane is home...not just the place where I grew up, but the place where we will raise our kids and settle in for awhile. With that sense, I've had an itch to start something local--a small business that feeds my interest in design, and also contributes to our community somehow. I've mulled over lots of different ideas: decorating, staging, starting a shop, real estate photography, even buying and renovating houses to rent out on Airbnb. But, being honest with myself, the timing isn't right. This is a busy, full, and exhausting season of life: parenting a toddler and baby. I may have ideas and mental energy, but I don't have the time. Or the money! And yet...I still really wanted to do something in 2019. So Ben (my husband) encouraged me to start small, with something I know well, something that costs very little to launch: a local lifestyle blog. In general, I would not say that 2019 is a good time to start a lifestyle blog. ;) It's an OVERSATURATED field. But on a local level, here in Spokane, it's perfect!
Spokane is where I was born and raised, and it used to be lame and embarrassing (or at least, I thought so). It always had the potential to be amazing, with beautiful old buildings, the classic four seasons, and an abundance of trees, rivers, lakes, and mountains nearby. But drug problems, a lack of jobs, and property crime ruined our inner city, and what was left around the edges was suburbia, fast food, and chain stores. When I moved away for college, I was happy to leave. But my parents still lived here, so I came back to visit. Over the past several years (just as Ben and I were getting sick of Seattle), we saw Spokane really blossom into a vibrant city we could happily move to. In downtown, historic brick buildings that were boarded up have been getting revitalized. Streets that used to hold primarily bail bonds and smoke shops (see? embarrassing!!!), are getting filled with cool coffeeshops and restaurants. Beautiful houses that were neglected for years are finally being fixed up and given some love. It's been exciting and fun to see all the positive changes, and I've fallen in love with Spokane all over again (or maybe, for the first time).
In the last couple years since moving back, I've been rediscoverin...
A small panel of judges from Make: editorial and Maker Faire leadership spent some reviewing the 60+ videos produced from the 198 city-facing events in 44 countries that took place this year. Videos were primarily post-event documentation, but some were promo and one was even longer-form, real-time pace. What makes 
I think for the most part, most of us make Christmas plans, then we simply follow through. Then there are those that may tweak the rules a little here or there maybe either to change things up to introduce some new traditions or because changing circumstances require it. Changing up Christmas traditions can be a 
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In 2018 Builders Without Borders and the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation built the first straw bale house in Nepal. They collected loose straw and compacted it into bales using a steel mold and a farm jack.The bales were placed on a cemented stone foundation.Then the bales were held in place with external bamboo pins.A simple metal roof protects the house along with the earthen plaster.
You can see more pictures and description at builderswithoutborders.org
Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 458 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Helloooooo everyone! I am hopeful you had a wonderful Christmas and are still enjoying the downtime of the holidays! I certainly am! I JUST posted my home tour on Christmas Eve (thank goodness for a deadline, huh?) so I am 
Hlne Dub and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo (http://www.es-cargo.qc.ca/) have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows. Their water is gravity fed from a spring-filled cistern placed up the hill from their home, their power comes from solar energy, and they use a composting outhouse toilet. For heat they have a homemade rocket stove that is an efficient way to burn wood, and they also use it as a cooktop in the winter.
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This post is sponsored by Wovenly. All opinions are my own.
In addition to your personal goals and resolutions, do you guys make "house goals" for the year? They can be a great way of getting on the same page with your spouse and making a plan to prioritize your home. If you're not sure where to start, let me suggest getting some great rugs. I looove rugs; they are one of the easiest ways to make a big and satisfying impact. Done right, they set the foundation for a space that's stylish and comfortable. But you have to get the size right. Along with highwater drapes, too-small rugs are one of the most common design mistakes that people tend to make, and it throws off the whole room.
Not sure if your rugs are the right size? Your living room furniture should be sitting on the rug (and I don't mean the coffee table, I mean the sofa and chairs). This means at least an 8x10; 5x8 is almost certainly not big enough. In the dining room, you should be able to back up your dining chairs and still have them sitting on the rug (likely, you need a 9x12). In the entryway, if you have sidelites or a wide front door, a 2x3 will look dinky (try a runner or a 3x5 instead). And in the bedroom, your rug should extend all the way to the outer edges of your nightstands (an 8x10 is probably right). If it sounds like your rugs are too small, then upgrading those to the right size will be the single best thing you can do for the look of your home. Getting your rugs right will instantly make each room feel more "designer-y" and spacious. The good news is, this is a goal you can accomplish on your own, without a contractor. And it IS possible on a smaller budget. There are plenty of rugs out there that are affordable and good quality and beautifully designed. Here are my personal favorites, from Wovenly--a company that stands behind all of their rugs with a no risk, 60 day trial, and easy returns or exchanges. They've got rugs for every room of the house, so you can check "rugs" off your 2019 house list!
For the living room...I love the...
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Before you even say it, no. It is not too early to be talking about what to do with unwanted Christmas gifts. If we dont talk about it, those gifts will be shoved in a cupboard, where they will languish untouched for months, forgotten and unused. What a waste of resources! The best outcome for 
One of our most requested furniture builds has to be a round table! Whether its a coffee table, kitchen table or dining table, we always get requests for a round option! Well, today, we are sharing how to build this DIY Round Coffee Table and, its very easy and wont break the bank! We were
This is the first time I have seen the use of earthen and
natural insulation materials for 3D printing projects. As you can
see from the video, the walls are not actually load bearing, since
they rely on timber framing for that.
In September, WASP, or the Worlds Advanced Saving Project, debuted its new Crane construction 3D printer, in Italy. Its actually a modular 3D printing system, or infinity 3D printer, with different configurations to choose from, and was presented to the public in Massa Lombarda, where the 3D printed village of Shamballa is being constructed. The program centers around an advanced, eco-sustainable model of construction, especially due to the lower cost and higher interior comfort the walls in the Gaia model provide with their combination of raw earth and natural waste as construction materials.
The project is based on six main macro-areas, starting with the promotion of human and material resources from the territory. This area features the capitalization of human knowledge, the use of renewable energy sources and materials found on site, the democratization of technology for the purposes of production, and using local manpower, rather than people with advanced training.
The second project area is sustainable construction processes with low environmental impact, including such items as lowering construction costs, CO2 emissions, the use of concrete, and transport operations, as well as using natural waste and better planning out the construction life cycle. Recycled materials, like natural waste from the agricultural chain and rubble, make up the third area, while the fourth is centered around the digitalization of the construction site through features such as digital data acquisition through 3D scanning, site monitoring, using on-site measuring to lower the amount of mistakes, and constantly defining the correct spatial coordinates.
Multi-purposes construction is the fifth project macro-area, which includes coordinating the use of multiple methods of digital fabrication like CNC technology, embedding supply facilities during initial construction rather than after, adding natural ventilation and thermal insulation right onto the w...
Merry Christmas you guys!! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday with the people you love the most!
Every Christmas Courts siblings get together for our annual family photo. This is our 8th year and believe me when I say, this is our favorite part of Christmas. It started off as a funny gift for Courts parents and has become the highlight of our entire year. Ill link all of the past years photos below!
The year we channeled our inner hairband and went full on 80s glam rock.
Please note Brem doing spidey hands
Love you all!
Genevieve Bee is an aspiring prop maker, and this project shows that she is well on her way to having an impressive portfolio. She shared a bit of her story with us on her MakerShare page, which got us curious so we had a look at her blog. Wow. This 
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New from Sean Hodgins, the guy that built the glitter bomb mechanism for Mark Rober, an inception of a project a 3D printed Christmas ornament that contains a custom SLA 3D printing apparatus, which then prints more tiny Christmas ornaments. The grapefruit-sized globe houses a resin bath and a carriage 
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Here we are, at the end of 2018. Another year come and gone. Isnt it neat that Christmas ends up right at the end of it all? Kinda like a big, beautiful celebration to just end the year right! And with Christmas eve in full swing today, this will of course be my last post 
I gave myself a deadline on Saturday. Self, the livingroom MUST be complete, and clean for a photo shoot on Sunday! Boy, did I have my work cut out for me. I was stalling because while I had this vision of a Christmas tree forest in the livingroom, I wasnt sure what to use for 
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Together Steph and Greg Parham designed and built their dream tiny home, the San Juan. They originally moved into together in a much smaller tiny home and quickly learned what worked and what didnt. In their new build, they fixed the problem issues and combined their distinct rustic and French country styles. The result: a gorgeous home that reflects both of them. Their tiny house was directly inspired by the San Juan mountains and the 4 corners region. The curvy roof line and angular back loft back give it a ship look. Their tiny was built on a 24 trailer, but the unique loft bump out gives them an extra 5 of usable space. It features many to-die-for design features, like a manual elevator bed, and stunning reclaimed materials like local barn wood.
Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 457 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Merry (last weekend before) Christmas! And noooo, I am not ready. Im also ok with attending to life and just working with what-is. I mean whats the run away to Maui alternative? However I have made some headway with 
Lets talk last minute gifts. I am 100% a last minute gifter to the core, so I thought it would be fun to round up 5 easy and inexpensive last minute gifts that you can pick up at your local Home Depot today! No shipping, no tracking the UPS guy, just a quick drive to the store and you are golden! These are perfect for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, family, or friends! Pair them with a Home Depot gift card and you will be the favorite this holiday season. At least you would be in my life.
Glade Holiday Plug-Ins. YOU GUYS. Have you seen my instastories about these?!! The obsession is real. My favorite is the Enchanted Evergreen scent (you can get it in a Plug-In or as a candle.) I grabbed some last minute before the Holiday Pop-Up at the Merc and everyone asked about the smell and also died when I told them they were Glade. Our local stores keep selling out so run and get some before theyre gone forever!
Amaryllis Bulbs. Home Depot carries the cutest bulb kits for Amaryllis and Paper Whites. These are great for the plant lovers in your life! They have them in the garden section. Each kit has a bulb, planting disk, and planter. Once planted, these little bulbs shoot up and produce the prettiest flowers! How cute is this with a bow on the box?
Reader Morgan, from the Sustainable Life School, just uploaded
this video of a very brief history of earthbag building.
I might add that missing from this history is the role that Gernot Minke at Kassel Polytechnic College in Germany played. In 1976 he began to investigate the question of how natural building materials like sand and gravel could be used for building houses without the necessity of using binders. The use of fabric-packed bulk material was found to be a cost-efficient approach. They used pumice to pack in the bags, because it weighs less and has better thermal insulating properties than ordinary sand and gravel. Their first successful experiments were with corbelled dome shapes (an inverted catenary) which was obtained with the aid of a rotating vertical template mounted at the center of the structure.
Nader Khalili is often credited with inventing earthbag building, but I would say that Gernot Minke deserves this distinction.
Oh, what a year its been! 2018 has flown by and our team is looking forward to our annual break and a chance to regroup, celebrate with family and get ready for the next year. This year we started a new print magazine, launched a new podcast, traveled around the country to celebrate both, and put a new project onto the stove that will hopefully (fingers crossed) be starting early in the new year. We have some very BIG news coming up after the break, too, so I hope youll join us on Monday, January 7th when were back from the holidays with our regular weekly content.
Until then, all of us here at Design*Sponge are wishing you a safe and happy holiday, safe travels if youre heading anywhere and best wishes for a happy new year. I know this year has been filled with ups and downs for so many in our community and we just to send all of our love and our gratitude for your continued support, feedback and friendship. Next year Design*Sponge will turn 15 (!!) and this year we really go...
I got the following plea from the California Institute of Earth Architecture:
On December 12, 2018, the CalEarth campus was closed down by the San Bernardino County Fire Department. We cannot reopen until we complete a fire access road, which is scheduled to be built February 14-March 21, 2019 alongside a series of civil improvements required by the City of Hesperia, for an estimated cost of $165,072.
In addition to the civil improvements, we are working with the ICC (International Code Council) Evaluation Services to develop a standardized procedure for testing and assessing SuperAdobe in order to allow permittingthis would be a significant accomplishment in making this technology more mainstream and accessible.
We are committed to raising the funds to complete the civil improvement requirements and completing the ICC evaluation process, but cannot re-open the campus without your help. You can donate at www.calearth.org
As the year comes to a close, Im so happy to share the final live events we hosted for our new print magazine Good Company this year. Im especially happy to share not one but two new episodes of the podcast today that took place in Minneapolis with designer Martha McQuade, artist and designer Meg Lewis, writer/zine-founder Safy-Hallan Farah and restauranteur, Ann Kim.
I broke this event into two separate episodes because the audience Q&A portion of...
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Ive always wanted snowshoes to decorate with. As in, EVERY. SINGLE. WINTER. I just havent landed any in my area. Im not near any antique stores so this dream just never came to pass. Until this year. I knew I wanted this years Christmas theme to be forest-like and boy would snowshoes be perfect. My 
Todays post is actually two! And they both contain a Christmas miracle Welcome to #1. A link to #2 is below. Nothing like ending a year with a bang, huh? Christmas Miracle #1 Two years ago, I dreamed what Id like above my kitchen windows during Christmas. The vision that held strong was a red 
I love it when a plan comes together. This one has taken rather longer than I intended, but finally, it is ready to go. Which means, I can tell you all about it. Introducing the Community Dishes, a set of reusable crockery, cutlery and glassware to borrow and bring back, free of charge. Why? Because 
Our Checking In and Living In columns have become the place here on Design*Sponge where fantasy rules, and its pretty darn fun to pen them. Schitts Creek is one of those shows that makes you take pause from the disaster that is the nightly news or, lets be honest, the news cycle that now lasts all day and all night and hovers around us like a specter of doom. Thats why television shows (where we can escape from reality) are so damn important right now.
When one checks into the small town of Schitts Creek and the Rosebud Motel, youre whisked away into the charming lives of the formerly wealthy now down on their luck Rose family and the characters who live in a world very different from the Roses previous lives. If you havent watched the show yet, put it on your list for ASAP. It will help you laugh your way through the holidays. Theres even a Holiday special that debuted last night on Pop TV if you have a robust cable package. I dont have one so I tune into the show via Netflix and watch the seasons on repeat.
In the spirit of the holidays, and perhaps to continue down the road of holiday procrastination, I present Part 1 of a combo Living In/Checking In to Schitts Creek. Todays post includes the fabulous Catherine OHara character, Moira Rose, and the prince of facial expressions,...
Okay, listen, to be fair, its a mostly finished window seat.
And at this exact moment in timethe moment where Im on a roll building assorted cabinetry, and my mom and I are having a blast working between our two houses on the weekends, and there hasnt been a farm crisis in the last couple of weeks, and Ive actually got the time and energy to sit down and write this postthings are good. Really good. Im living the dream (as long as we all understand the dream is covered in sawdust and still doesnt shower or do the dishes quite as much as is socially acceptable.)
But let me also tell you that while things in this moment are good, its only because I have been living right on the cusp of what the actual fuck for the last several months, unsure if Im going to tip right over the edge into crazy-squirrel-lady-who-has-given-up-on-doing-anything-she-loves-ever-again or, you know, manage to claw my way out of that hole until things feel right in my life again.
(Im not joking about the Crazy Squirrel Lady part. They invaded the house and started hiding walnuts in my laundry.)
Heres the thing. My life is not now, nor will it ever be, a study in balance. Im a creature of extremes. Of periods of time when Im in the grips of a big project or a physical challenge and feel like I have the energy and vision and drive to take on the world and times when I dont. When I feel the absence of that energy so acutely that even though I know that its just a recovery period, and that I will find myself engaged and energized in my own life again at some point in the future, theres a part of me that says (very loudly and incessantly), Welp, thats it. I guess Im never going to do anything good again, and everything feels off in my life, and Im just going to be exhausted forever. Awesome.
Im compelled to say that out loud, because what I really want to do is skip over all the things that have sucked lately and just talk about is how awesome it feels to be building all kinds of shit right now. But, even though I havent been in the right space to update this site as frequently as I used to, telling an authentic story is still the most important thing to me.
And life is (almost surprisingly) good right now, but only because Im on the other side of some shit that has been really hard.
First, because I burned through a ton of energy this summer making a pretty big career change and spending a lot more time away from the farm that Im used to.
Recently we have been having issues receiving mail. Ill be the first to say that this is 100% our fault. The driveway has a bit of an incline to it, so in the winter the tiny USPS mail truck (or whatever you call that thing) has trouble getting up to the house. We also have dogs and an invisible fence, so if they are out they tend to terrorize the mail people. Which still baffles me because they see them more often than most other people they could care less about. Nevertheless, some of the packages get placed randomly in the yard, some get delivered and some just get taken back to the post office (which is frustrating). So I came up with a solution that will make everyone happy. A large mail shelter that any mail delivery driver can drop off packages in and keep them out...
The home of Charity DAmato-Crawford, her husband Ben, and their four-year-old son, Maxwell, is a prime example of the beauty thats found in expanding your horizons in order to explore something unknown. When the family was in search of a new home, their preset expectations on location restricted their search, leaving them out of options when the home they had an offer on fell through. In Cleveland, there is a historical city-divide based on which side of the Cuyahoga River you live on Eastside vs. Westside, Charity explains. After Ben quite literally Googled mid-century home in Cleveland and found a contender, he floated the idea past Charity to switch to the other side of the river, or not? We had been living (and loving) the Westside for years when one day, Ben suggested we go look at a home on the other side of the river. So off they went to Shaker Heights to check out the very first home Bens Google search turned up.
Shaker Heights is one of the first (if not the first) planned communities designed by the Van Sweringens outside of downtown Cleveland, Charity explains. It is predominantly made up of historical Georgian colonials and large brick homes, but sprinkled throughout are unique mid-century homes. From the moment I walked into the home, I was smitten. I had told Ben, dont let me look at it if you arent serious about moving to the East side, and then six weeks [later] we were planning our...
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Hey guys! Ash and I needed lots of storage at the new office, and we wanted a spot for the TV, so I designed just the solution! This is really the perfect console for any room. Its only 15 deep so it doesnt take up a ton of space, but still provides a ton of
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By earth I mean clay-rich soils and sand. Building with earth falls under the broader umbrella of natural building and the even bigger one of green building. For this article, Im sticking with just building with earth: cob and adobe, natural plasters and clay-paints.
Why earth? People have been living with earth for millennia and maybe a third of all people today still are. I suggest its a part of us and the human experience as much as music and storytelling. Theres a deep affinity within us that feels primal, natural, right when we enter an earthen home or run our hands along a sexy, slightly undulating earthen-plastered wall. Earthen construction has curves, like nature. It has personality and character and flaws that make it lovable. Earth ages well and looks timeless, like it belongs to a place or helps a place to belong.
Clay-rich soils and sand are abundant and can often be sourced locally, not requiring big companies and damaging extractions. Earth is non-toxic: theres no off-gassing and ill-begotten wars needed to secure it. Clay soils come in a variety of colors: the clays on our land are dull-red and brown but we also bring clays from afar when we travel including a vibrant red-orange clay from over the hill in Auburn, California. We also scavenge leftover pottery clay from art studios and classes which isnt local but is salvaged and provides other colors. Earth is fun to work with and building with it is democratic anyone can do it.
Heres a short rant: Have you seen the Sherwin-Williams logo Cover the Earth with the earth getting drenched in blood-red paint? Dear god, is there a more awful logo out there?
We purchased our broken down house in 2011 and have fixed it up since then with a lot of earth inside and out. Building with earth is not just for new houses and cabins but also for remodeling conventional homes, like ours. Heres what weve done (consider this my list of...
Every time we get the opportunity to share a tour of a historic home here on Design*Sponge, my heart skips a beat. It has been a dream of mine for years to one day have the opportunity to bring an old, neglected property back to life, restoring and highlighting every little detail of craftsmanship that we really donR...
Hey friends! Its our favorite time of year! We LOVE the holidays, and we are so excited to share some of our favorite products with you. We recently learned about the Air Wick holiday scents and couldnt wait to try them out! Nothing is better during this time of year than your house smelling like
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A few years back, I worked for a themed environment artist. The job description that day was to paint various boxes that were set on a parade float platform, to resemble a lit up village. The technique we were to use was super loose and dare I say messy. While my partner in crime 
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Some of the items mentioned were gifted to me. All opinions are my own.
I've been getting questions about my diaper backpack lately. It's my fourth diaper bag and my all-time favorite, so I'm happy to share the details! The brand is Azaria, and it's made with slightly textured, scratch-resistant, vegan leather. I've been carrying it every single day for months, in all kinds of weather, and it still looks brand-new. There's plenty of room inside for all the baby essentials plus my own stuff, yet it never looks too bulky. Best of all, the backpack carry lets me keep both hands free for wrangling my kids!
I have Le Mre bag in Black with a contrasting gold zipper, but it also comes in other great colors like Chestnut, Camel, and Dusty Rose. Besides being perfect as a diaper bag, it could also work well for school or work as a chic alternative to a basic backpack!
Whenever I head out of the house, I make sure to have diapers, wipes, my wallet, my phone, a waterbottle for Ian, and chapstick in my bag. In addition, here are the extra things I always try to keep inside:
1. Nursing cover - I totally love these stretchy multi-use nursing covers from Covered Goods. They are the best for nursing in public with no awkwardness, and can double as a baby blanket, car seat cover, or shopping cart cover. Super comfy and breathable, and they come in lots of cute patterns and colors!
2. Teething toys - Emmett is currently teething, so I make sure to have a few teethers handy to keep him happy. This frog is one of his favorites, and it's so cute! It's 100% natural rubber so I can feel good about him chewing on it...
Watch and laugh as multiple thieves nab this glitter-spraying package, take it to hidden locales, and open it up to unwittingly unleash a serious mess all while surreptitiously being recorded by multiple phone cameras hidden inside.
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Today our tour of global design brings us to Germany. For some Germans youll hear from below, the practical side of decorating reigns supreme, meaning function comes before form. Instead of being carefree with design choices, these creative individuals tediously think through how a space should be used and what will work best within it. Furthermore, every piece they pick must reliably fulfill its purpose and then some. All in all, homes in this style are very considered.
This laser focus on functionality doesnt mean all the spaces in Germany are rigid or lifeless. In a way, this attention to detail actually makes homes there even more interesting and humanistic. With every corner thoughtfully planned and each detail given much attention, even the most streamlined houses become extensions of those who live inside. They showcase their owners way of thinking, and thats the most personal accessory of all. Scroll...
This small home was built by Martin and Zoe, as a challenge to create Australias first council approved Earthship. Together (and with a lot of volunteer labor) they have worked within the system to create a truly impressive small home. This Earthship is filled with off-the-grid technology, including solar power, rain-water collection, grey water filtration and much more. The home uses a passive solar design and even a natural cooling system using underground tubes. Beyond all that though, its beautiful. The design and finish of this home are sure to leave you impressed!
As Owen has often written, Earthships like this could be made much more easily replacing the rammed tires with simple earthbags.
First of all, a disclaimer: we're not planning to sell our home, now or anytime soon. But real estate prices have been rising here, and a lot of our neighbors are putting their houses on the market. So I've been watching out of curiosity, to see how quickly their houses sell, and for what amount. I'm interested in real estate, and I think it's smart to plan ahead and make home improvement decisions with resale in mind (I'm not saying it should be the main factor unless you're flipping a house...but we do prioritize smart updates that add value to the house over stylistic updates that suit our personal tastes). If you're thinking of selling your home soon, you'll want to make sure you take the right steps to get it ready for the market. Its tempting to want to sell the property as is, and maybe you think youll be saving money by not completing repairs. But the last thing you want is for your house to be viewed as a fixer-upper with lots of issues that buyers will have to deal with, because that means the price you fetch won't be anywhere near what you hoped or expected. And actually, you can greatly improve the impression your home gives off with some easy repairs that don't cost much in the grand scheme of things. So which updates should you prioritize before selling your home?
1. Fix Up the Yard
Everyone knows, curb appeal counts when you're selling a house. First impressions are everything! So it's highly important to fix up the yard. Unmowed grass and an unkempt garden are signs that a property has not been well cared for. You'll also want to pay attention to any fences or structures around the property. Buyers often decide whether they want your home within the first five minutes. If the perception is poor, its possible they wont even proceed with the viewing. Depending on the extent of the issues here, you may choose to hire a landscaper. But for minor work, it's definitely possible to complete it yourself with some good old-fashioned DIY sweat equity!
2. Update the Garage Door
The garage door is a crucial area of your property because it takes up so much space. This means people's eye will immediately be drawn to it when they first view the house. Even more importantly, a garage door that's in disrepair could also be a safety hazard. Luckily, garage door repairs a...
The house that Joel and Barb Mielke built for their retirement is located in rural Preston, MN. Large windows open to a view of acres of prairie. It has wood and stone detailing.
When they designed their dream home, they wanted it to break even on electricity and after installing solar panels to create energy in the summer and a custom appliance system to use as little as possible in the winter, they did it. Both of the Mielkes are chemical engineers and Joel created the energy design. Energy balances are second nature for me, Joel says. Ive always been thrifty in the case of resources. I dont like to waste things.
They created a thermal envelope. The Mielkes house is insulated for maximum heat retention. Very few rooms in the house vent directly to the outdoors. Instead, hot air routes down and out through floor trusses. The house has triple-pane windows, to trap extra heat. The extra cost was minimal, Joel says, and the couple wanted to push it as far as we could.
The Mielkes south-facing windows are 200 sq. feet and were specially shaded and treated to let the sun in during the winter (during the summer, they should be shaded) for passive solar gain. By the end of September, were just starting to get sun into the house, Joel says. Thats an extra little bit of heat that they dont have to generate or buy. In an attempt to keep fossil fuel use to a minimum, the Mielkes also use a hefty Norwegian wood-burning stove to heat the house. They burn dead wood from the area around their house, and only harvest roughly 10 percent of the trees that fall on their land.
The Mielkes are on the grid. Their house and solar panels dont have batteries to store the energy created. So when the sun is shining, Barb says, the Mielkes export energy to the local power company, which buys their electricity. When its cloudy, they import energy to power their home. Last year, the couple generated more than twice as much electricity as they used. Weve exported enough energy to offset driving our vehicles, Joel says. Also, they didnt pay any energy bills last year. They ga...
This is a collaborative post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Sometimes you get to a point where you just want a change in life, and you cant even really say why. Especially around this time, as we reflect on the past year and consider our goals for the future. You may have clarity to realize there's something specific that needs to change, or perhaps you just have a vague sense that something is a little off and you need to get your life back on track. The change we crave may be simple and relatively easy to implement: going for regular walks to get some exercise, prioritizing date nights even if it means paying for a babysitter, or setting the alarm a little earlier to start the morning with intention. But sometimes, you need more than that. Sometimes, you need a dramatic change that will profoundly alter your life. If that's how you feel, the new year is the perfect time for a new start, a clean slate, and a fresh beginning. Here are four big ways to shake yourself out of the rut.
1. Move - Moving is a major change that shouldn't be taken lightly, as it's often expensive and stressful. You dont want to leave on a whim, or without thinking through the logistics. You also want to make sure that you do it in a proper way that makes it worthwhile to leave, and not worse for yourself. But don't let that discourage you. Sometimes, it's mentally exhausting to think about moving, but once you get the ball rolling, the actual effort isn't as overwhelming as you'd thought. In fact, most of us move every few years at least, until we find the "right place" to settle down. If you know that you need to get out of your current situation, changing where you live is the kind of drastic move (literally) that will instantly impact your life for the better.
Chances are, you will be considering this move in particular because you are ready for new experiences, and you know that moving somewhere different will be open up such possibilities for you. This is generally true, and it can direct how you make your decision about where to go. Think about what experiences you feel you are missing out on, then look for places that are likely to provide such experiences for you. Chances are, there is no one perfect place in the world that will provide you with everything you need, so there is always going to be some sort of compromise....
Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 456 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Hello, Merry & Bright friends! Or you will be after this post! First off I apologize. I had double the selections chosen for todays party features, however the post got too long. Its just getting so hard to know where 
About Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau: Sisters Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau have spent the last 20 years exploring the identity of Caribbean food from their unique vantage point as Jamaican writers, researchers, restaurateurs, and food entr...
Thanks to Candlewick Press for sending us these books to review. All opinions are my own.
I've made holiday gift guides in years past, but honestly? I'm not big on the consumer aspects of Christmas, so this year I decided it would be more genuine to skip them. We aren't getting our kids (or ourselves) anything expensive, and I can't encourage you to drop hundreds of dollars on big, flashy gifts if I'm not. But one thing I can talk about in good conscience is books. I firmly believe that a love for reading is one of the best things you can give a child. For young kids, I especially love books that have a "wow" factor that captures their imagination, like an extra-large size, intricate pop-ups, or detailed illustrations. Here are four books we've picked up recently that have that special "extra something" to deem them gift-worthy. They're all somewhat travel-related, so they'll encourage a love for adventure and exploration too. And I purposely picked books that look beautiful on the shelf. I'm not saying you should judge a book by its cover, but a gorgeous design never hurts! ;) Best of all, these books are all super affordable (under $20), so you can feel good about your gift and how much you spent.
1. A World of Cities - From the lights of Paris to the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, you can travel the world through this beautifully illustrated tour of thirty dazzling cities across the globe. Printmaker James Brown has skillfully rendered each city in a stylistic nod to vintage travel posters, while incorporating historical and cultural facts for inquisitive minds to devour (travel-loving adults will love this book too). Wander the distinctive cities of the world, all from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.
This is a collaborative post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Having a baby is a big, life-changing decision. Going back to work after youve had said baby? Also big and life-changing. Most of you know that I ended up staying home after Ian (my firstborn) arrived. After he was born early and spent his first month of life in the NICU, I just couldn't picture going back to the 40 hour, 9-5 grind (I also did not love my job, so that made it easier to quit). We made a financial plan to ensure it was possible for me to stay home, part of which involved moving to a city with a lower cost of living. For us, what we wanted became clear after Ian was born, and we did everything we could to make that happen. However, I know the internal debate over going back to work after maternity leave ends is a toughhhh one for many new mothers. Some can't afford to stop working, and others really love their careers.
Its ingrained within us to believe that we should want to be with our children every hour of the day. And we do, to an extent (have you ever set your baby down for the night fiiiinally, only to miss them and look at pictures and videos of them on your phone?). However, before we were mothers, we were women. Smart, intelligent and confident individuals with hopes and dreams and ambitions. None of that changes when you have a child; but what you want to do with your life may well do. Some mothers experience clarity with the birth of their child, and that clarity can mean a new career, or finally having the courage to reach out and ask for the promotion that theyve always been passed on. As a parent, its up to you to ensure that your children see you achieve, and in doing so you'll set an example of determination, confidence, and success. Sometimes, motherhood can be the catalyst to reinvent your career into something even better. Here are four things you might consider.
1. Flexible Work
As a parent, you need time to be with your family. Theres nothing wrong with sitting down with your boss and discussing a more flexible work schedule, with the same job but different work hours. Perhaps you can go part-time for awhile, or work from home for a time. Employers are often open to bending for the top talent, and if yours isn't, you can choose to move onto an employer that appreciates the working parent.
2. Go Back To Schoo...
Today were thrilled to welcome Pamela Hilliard Owens to share her Kwanzaa traditions and also shed light on the seven-day holiday for those who are less familiar. Pam is the founder and CEO of Your Business Your Brand Creatively (YB2C), a branding and marketing system for creative professionals, and Detroit Ink Publishing, an independent publishing company. She is also the host of the weekly YB2C Live! Podcast for Entrepreneurs. Take it away, Pam!
Kwanzaa is a Pan-African holiday created in 1966 and is a community- and family-based cultural holiday celebrated annually over seven days from December 26 through January 1. Kwanzaa merges African-American and African cultural practices and is now celebrated all over the world. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor should it be considered a Black Christmas. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Kiswahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza, which means first fruits. All in the community are invited to celebrate Kwanzaa and reflect on its values.
The celebration is centered around the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, known as the Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles in Kiswahili. One principle is highlighted on each of the seven days of Kwanzaa.
Umoja Unity: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
In partnership with the Open Institute of Social Science, a research and teaching cooperative devoted to a fairer and more just society, Good Earth Global has built an earthquake-resistant, eco-friendly kitchen and dining hall for their vacation retreat. This project has a unique heart shape that combines 2 semi-circles. The canteen also has 3 attached toilets/showers. This project serves as a model of sustainable building.
This is a collaborative post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Are you sitting at home, wishing that you were somewhere else--perhaps a spa? Then why not bring the spa to you? The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to create that relaxation at home in your bathroom, and none of these require an expensive remodel. To replicate the ambiance and total relaxation you would get at a spa, you just need to make some simple updates to the bathroom you already have. And the good news is, all of these ideas can be implemented in a few hours, leaving you the rest of the day to enjoy your at home spa(aahhh). Heres how I would go about creating a spa-like bathroom at home.
Enhance your shower and bath
The first thing to focus on is your shower and bath and how to make them more relaxing. Did you know that different shower heads give you different experiences? Rainfall and waterfall showers offer a relaxing experience, larger shower heads give you a greater flow of water, and if its power that youre after, you should opt for a smaller head (if you get the power just right, it can almost feel like a massage--how's that for a relaxing way to start your morning?). We have a combo with both a rain shower head and a smaller hand shower. If you want help looking into the types of showers heads there are and what would be best for you, there are lots of websites that offer top shower head reviews to help with those decisions.
Make minimalism a priority
If you want to create a space that you will feel totally relaxed and comfortable in, make minimalism a priority. Think about when you've been a spa. There was probably never any mess or clutter around, right? Lots of stuff isn't relaxing. So pare down the bottles of shampoo and tubes of lotion to the ones you actually use daily, put away the extra decor tchotchkes, and keep it minimalist: just a stylish and modern bathroom designed to create the ideal space for relaxation....
Christmas is my favorite time of year to decorate. It usually involves tons of fresh greenery and cutting down a tree from our local Christmas tree farm and breaking out all the old family ornaments from over the years. I dont care much about Christmas gifts, because for me it has always been about the tree and ornaments.
I will never forget Julias first Christmas and seeing her genuine confusion about why anyone would want to bring a live tree into their home. Julia is Jewish and didnt grow up celebrating Christmas, but shes kindly learned to accept my intense love of all things Christmas tree-related. After four years of buying fresh trees and always (always!) forgetting to drag them out...
It is rare that I make something once and share it straight away, but I was so impressed by this recipe that I simply had to. Soft, spreadable and cheesy tasting, this simple blend of cashews and a few other things is a taste explosion, I promise. If youve avoiding dairy, want to eat more 
For the longest while, I wasnt sure what direction I was going with the family Christmas tree this year. I do have this vision of a tree forest in the snow however my minds eye could see was anything but a faux tree. Quite the opposite! I love my faux Christmas Ikea tree but I 
Hey friends! As many of you know, Ash and I just moved into our new office and we have been fixing it up week by week. We had a big blank white wall that needed a little something, so we decided to shanty it up a bit! Check out our DIY Rustic Modern Plank Wall!
Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy and please share with your peeps! Just click the link below to download and print your own. I always print my tags on white cardstock and use a hole punch to add the hole at the top! Simple and inexpensive and pretty darn cute CLICK HERE to print your FREE
After many years of spending their weekends as freeloaders at their friends country home in Accord, NY, Juliet Feehan, who works in furniture and interiors, and her husband Jon, a Creative Director, concluded that it might be time to find a weekend home of their own. The switch from guests to homeowners in the somewhat rural area of the Hudson Valley took several years of searching until they were unexpectedly introduced to an old farmhouse just down the road from their friends house. After a quick walk-through, Juliet and Jon were convinced the house was calling out to them.
Making updates to the house was initially supposed to be an eight-week project, which felt feasible to the couple who called themselve...
Phillip Freiberg sent me some photos of a small house he visited in Thailand. The house cost less than $1000. The clay was from the back yard mixed with rice hulls. It is cool in the heat. It was built 10 years ago by someone for his father.
Last week the online publishing world said a sad but heartfelt goodbye to an important and meaningful voice in our community: Rookie Magazine. I have never felt more strongly connected and in agreement with an editors letter than with this incredible send-off letter that founder Tavi Gevinson wrote. In her final editors letter, Tavi addressed all the challenges and changes that online publishers faced and how the industry has changed in a way that makes getting authentic stories out into the world incredibly difficult. I had so many questions (and mainly just a lot of thank yous), so I was thrilled that this ending coincided with the 2018 ISSUU Generators Summit, where I was hosting a panel discussion on people using their platforms for change with Tavi, Nora Gomez-Strauss (of the Public Art Fund) and Jen Tolentino (of Rock the Vote).
Not sure if Ive ever shared this story on the blog before, however, the cupboard part of my kitchen island was a mistake. Kitchen tour HERE When the kitchen was renovated, I ordered up a distressed black cabinet that looked nothing like the rest of the wood cabinets. My goal had been for it to 
Time and time again Ive heard of homeowners and renters working tirelessly to rid their space of its dated look and bring it into the 21st century. Oftentimes items from the 1980s, in particular, are the first to get the boot when it comes time to redecorate. Im not sure if its the pastels or the floral draperies that get everyone so worked up, but many believe this specific decade offered little in terms of worthwhile interior design.
For Natasha Webb and her husband Anthony, however, the 1980s embody something too unique to forget. They say the decades penchant for experimentation with color and mixing patterns was revolutionary and is still unmatched. The 80s [were] all about putting yourself out there in every way, they tell us.
When decorating their 1983-era home in Melbourne, Australia, they strove to infuse it with this boldness. To do so Natasha started with colorful and eye-catching abstract artwork. She then sampled the brightest hues from each piece and began peppering them throughout each room. The result is a kaleidoscopic look that acts as a time machine transporting us back to a period when there werent so many rules and louder was better. Scroll down to check it out. Enjoy! Garrett
Jay Shafer is a man who many know as the Godfather of the modern tiny house movement. It was 20 years ago that he built his original tiny house on wheels and that has since inspired thousands of people all over the world to construct their own tiny homes. His new tiny house design is aimed at taking things back to the absolute basics in all aspects. That means a home which is simple and pleasant to live in, simple to build and also simple to afford. This new tiny house design cost a remarkably low sum of US $5000!
Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 455 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Hi all! On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the most chaos, wheres your decorating currently at? Today I went out for a coffee so I could get a break from looking at it all egads. Im in the 
Years ago, registries were used to help kickstart a couples life together. They typically didnt live together before marriage, and they were young. So young, in fact, they didnt own pots, pans and such. Lately, however, couples are waiting longer and longer to get married, giving them more time to curate all the essentials for adult life. With this shift came changes in what comprises wedding registries. Nowadays, its not uncommon to see charities and goods that give back popping up in registries, and I absolutely LOVE the idea.
This year, why not extend the trend and pepper charitable gifts throughout your Christmas or Hanukkah list? All you have to do is send out an e-blast asking your loved ones to donate to your favorite non-profit organization in lieu of a gift or to only give gifts from brands with a charitable component. To help you get started weve rounded up a few of our favorite brands doing good, so scroll down to check them out. Happy Holidays! ...
I just received this encouraging report from Roger Gietzen: Attached are some photos of the earthbag protect in Haiti. We are preparing now for the cement top beam and the roof. Im happy with the speed of work and the fact the walls are completed, but there are some things I could do better next time. The walls are not perfectly straight and the cement foundation was a bit expensive. Plus, because the soil was so heavy, the tubes were not practical. Luckily I have a sewing program and could get the tubes sewn into bags immediately on-site. All that being said, I believe this will be a nice strong building and will serve the community well.
The home that Jewel Marlowe (@jewelmarlowe) and her family moved into for her husband Garys ten-month military assignment in Rhode Island is the familys 12th address. Jewel, an interior design blogger, and Gary, a US Air Force fighter pilot, are used to being on the move and have learned to masterfully deal with the stress that can be associated with constant transition. We laugh to ourselves that at least our lives are not boring. Anything but boring, Jewel explains. Living all around the US and England has helped the military family develop a rich appreciation for the world around them. For Jewel, the numerous places she has called...
I really love the look of candles. I love how they flicker and make everything soooo cozy. However, I rarely burn them these days. I guess the resistance stems back from when my son was young. A flickering flame was just a dangerous thing back then. And now with jumping cats, Im still leery. Probably 
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A Harvard program to retrofit a campus building and create a living laboratory for energy-efficient architecture officially aims to develop techniques and technologies to make the built world more sustainable. The renovated building was designed by the schools Center for Green Building and Cities with strict performance targets in mind: nearly zero energy for heating and cooling, zero electric lighting during the day, operating with 100 percent natural ventilation, and producing zero carbon emissions.
Were shattering the belief that you need to build new buildings to be efficient, says Ali Malkawi, a professor of architectural technology. Currently, existing U.S. buildings are responsible for 40 percent of the countrys energy consumption, costing owners more than $230 billion annually for heating, cooling, and power.
The inefficient, aging building needed air conditioning units in the summer and heaters in the winter, and due to its location in an historic district, pinpoint accuracy in its retrofits to meet existing building codes.
HouseZero rejects the conventional sealed box approach in favor of a building that reacts to its environment. The retrofitted home uses extensive daylighting and natural ventilation, augmented by a sophisticated window actuation system that uses software and sensors to adjust, open, and close windows continuously. By working with, instead of fighting, the environment, the project shows how more reactive architecture can sharply cut energy use while increasing comfort. We wanted the building to breathe, Malkawi says, and leaving it open makes it more adaptable.
Built with an extensive network of hundreds of sensors, HouseZero will provide detailed information about the homes environment, including minute temperatures fluctuations. The information can then create computational simulations that can be used to develop even more efficient and sustainable structures.
See www.curbed.com to read the original article.
This Valley City, OH home is the third one Helena, owner and curator of 9 Vintage Girl Finds, and her husband Myron have owned. While each has presented them with unique opportunities to push their creative boundaries, their current space is special. In retrospect, its as if all of their decorating experience has inched them closer to this one: A layered house chockfull of DIY touches. Clearly the third times a charm.
Their dining room and playroom, in particular, feature two great DIYs of note. The first of which is the faux fireplace you see above. It was a gift from Helenas sister, but clever Helena couldnt just install it as is. Instead she wallpapered the interior and tiled the surround, transforming the simple piece into an eclectic focal point and perfectly-cozy backdrop for family dinners.
Focal points seem to be Helenas strong suit. The ceiling in her houses playroom is also the result of a show-stopping DIY project. A bit ago she and her husband renovated the space so their grandchildren would have a room they could make memories in when they came to visit. Beforehand, though, the ceiling caved in and exposed the lath behind the plaster. While baffled, Helena and Myron tell us staring at the hole above got their creative juices flowing. It was too cool to try to cover it up, Helena says. Instead the couple removed the wooden slats, stripp...
Perhaps its because I distinctly remember marveling at all of the blue lights on a nearby road one year when I was a kid. It was always red and green until that year in 1974 when some clever elf sent out a memo to all of the fashionable folks on the pike that said Were going BLUE this year. No doubt there was a rush on blue lights and silver tinsel that season at our local Sears.
Inspired by the those who slay holiday decorating and make it their own, w...
I had this vision of what I wish my living room to look like this Christmas I cant wait to share the inspiration picture with you! However I think Ill honour that on the day Ive hopefully done it some justice I even had it all planned right down to the throw pillows. So when 
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There are plenty of zero waste solutions and plastic-free living hacks, and many are so small and simple (when you know what they are, of course!) that they never make it to a blog post. Theyre the kinds of snippets that I share on Instagram but thats not very fair for those of you 
I am FINALLY sharing free plans for this DIY Modern Farmhouse Plate Rack! It has been up in my dining room for over a year now and I am still so in love with it! It was an easy build, it gave me an entire wall of storage/decor AND it cost about $100 in lumber!
This is the first home where we've had a "real" guest room (our last place only had enough space for a twin size bed). It makes us so happy to be able to host friends and family, and we've had a lot of people stay with us over the past year and a half. With the holidays and a few more visitors coming up, I decided it was time to tackle the last few lingering projects on my guest room to-do list. Plus, I gave it some festive styling and warm winter layers, to make it extra cozy! Since I just went through the process, I thought it would be a good time to share some tips for getting your guest room ready for hosting. Is anyone coming to stay with you over the holidays?
1. A good window treatment. The first item on my list was to replace the old window treatment! I was excited to remove the basic, utilitarian blinds and install a beautiful fabric Classic Roman shade from Bali Blinds. We have these in almost every room of the house now, and I recommend them so much. I love the way they look, and the cordless lift is so easy to use (plus, safe for kids). Besides style, Roman shades have a functional advantage over blinds: they're better at heat retention. That will help to keep this room warm and comfortable over the winter, and maybe even save us a little on our energy bills!
2. Wifi sign. I always forget to ask for the wifi password at friends' houses and end up using data, whoops. A framed sign with all the info makes it easy for guests to connect to your internet...and it makes it so you don't have to remember the password and repeat it over and over. ;) There are lots of cute printables online, but my printer was out of ink so I just hand-wrote mine. Hey, it doesn't have to be fancy!
3. Layers of cozy blankets. I want winter guests to be comfortable and warm at night, but I don't want to crank the heat up too high. So I let guests control their own temperature by providing a variety of different blankets. On this bed, I layered an amazingly soft...
Guys!! I just updated my bedding and want to tell you alllll about it! Because its the holidays and chances are that you have to pull off some semblance of a bedroom for the visitors in your life. Also you might want to go ahead and add this whole shebang to your Christmas shopping list, because everyone loves gorgeous bedding.
If you remember, we dont actually have a master bedroom in the Merc. Were crashing in Brems room until we get Phase 2 done. While the Merc is FAR from being decorated, the lastest sleeping situation makes me a little itchy. I would love to build a headboard and do it all up right, but I obviously should wait until were actually in our real life room right!? (insert nods of validation here)
So I slowly add things to make it feel like an actual bedroom and not a basement room with a bed that gets all of the crummy leftovers.
I LOVE white bedding. Its like the best form of basic. This is why its such a great gift! Everything looks amazing with it, its the equivalent of a giant fluffy cloud from heaven, and you can always tell if its clean. Do you know where my favorite place to get white bedding is? HOME DEPOT. I know youre shocked. Pick your jaw up off the floor and lets talk about it.
Actually first, lets have a vague flashback from my childhood. Fun fact, I love to read while I eat. Boxes, junk mail, the newspaper, anything. At some point during my childhood, I very distinctly remember my mom receiving The Company Store catalog. I loved looking at all of the bedding and all of the happy sleepers inside. I read that thing cover to cover on every available occasion. Their advertising totally paid off because from the age of 9 I hav had imprinted in my subconscious that The Company Store bedding is the best bedding in all the land. Jim from Marketing is probably retired, but if not, he deserves a raise!
Ok now that Ive established that, lets talk about Home Depot.
How much time have you spent diving into the treasure trove that is homedep...
Earlier this year we took you around the country in a column focused on celebrating the different regions of the United States. Through a series of interviews, creatives taught us how local culture and traditions affect the look of homes in their respective regions. It was fascinating.
The column was so eye-opening that over the next couple of months well be expanding our horizons. This winter and spring were going to be highlighting how people around the globe infuse their countrys personal flair into their spaces. Well be hearing from creative types in Germany, France, Australia and more!
The first stop on our worldwide trek is Canada. With a reputation for being a cold and wintry wonderland, this country north of the United States is home to some of the worlds most beautiful landscapes. So we werent surprised when the locals told us about the many...
Mike shared his enthusiasm through conducting workshops on how to make this stuff and demonstrating its merits at the Crestone Energy Fair. Like many locals, I became intrigued with the potential of papercrete. At the time I was collecting footage for a video program I was working on called A Sampler of Alternative Homes: Approaching Sustainable Architecture, and I decided to include papercrete in this.
While videotaping other segments for this program in New Mexico , I discovered that Mike was not the first to have discovered papercrete! Eric Patterson of Silver City, New Mexico , had actually patented the process of making the exact same material, which he called padobe, (as in paper adobe.) Eric is a printer by trade, and was looking for ways to utilize all the waste scraps of paper that accumulated at his print shop, when he and his daughter used a kitchen blender to make the first batch of paper and cement slurry. When this paste was set out to dry, it eventually cured into a very solid block, and the bells started going off in Erics head. He made a bigger blender and started making adobe block sized padobes. When he had enough of these made, he first built a wall, and then an addition to his house, as well as a domed studio using nothing but the blocks joined with a mortar of the same material.
Eric tried to commercialize on his invention for awhile, but eventually realized that it was best left in the hands of individual entrepreneurs to do with as they pleased, and he no longer tries to enforce his patent. At least two other inventors of papercrete predate both Mike and Eric; one of them made a small papercrete shed in 1991 in Texas that he claims is still as good as new. It seems that the idea of mixing cement and paper pulp is a perennial event.
Back in the early days of papercrete euphoria, experimentation was burgeoning. We decided to play with the material to plaster our earthbag house. Several houses were begun, with assistance from Mike McCain, inc...
Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 454 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Merry Christmas! I know a little early for the real deal greeting, but if youve been around these parts in the past week, youll already know its been a little like Santas Workshop lately! 3 projects in one week with 
This Costa Rica Food Forest Tour is with Eric Rivkin, the founder of La Joya Del Sol & the Viva Law Raw Project & the author of To Live For. Not only is he preparing nutrient dense, healing foods for his guests & participants, but he is also extremely knowledgeable when it comes to growing these life-giving foods & wholesome sweets! He also shows us some simple bamboo and natural earthen plastered construction on the site.
Ive been an Ottolenghi fan from day one and have enjoyed both the shops and Yotams ascent to being a household name. A favorite (and funny) Ottolenghi memory for me was when I was in London by myself and sneaked off to a movie theater that sold wine and other alcoholic beverages to see Bridget Jones Baby. (I knew it would be awful, but sometimes, thats what you want!) With my Instagram feed as my witness, the best part of the movie was when Patrick Dempsey brought Ottolenghi food to Bridget Jones apartment. Well, now we can make that fictitious Pan-Fried Salmon with Pine Nut Salsa in our own kitchens because in the newest book from the Ottolenghi family, Ottolenghi Simple, theyve created a recipe for it. It is extremely simple, can be made in a flash, and plates up beautiful...
Oftentimes a design plan flows from the selection of one singular decor feature that sets the tone and inspires the aesthetic of the entire home surrounding it. For Delhi, India-based interior designer Shivani Dogra, this was true when she was entrusted with the full-home design of a modern 2,800-square-foot home in Noida, India for a young couple and their three-year-old son. By Shivanis description, the newer build was an empty shell, and once the couple settled first on a vintage, printed panel of a view of Varanasi, India printed by Ananb, Paris, the rest of the homes design fell into place.
This would take center spot in the living room, Shivani notes about the panel. The rest of the decoration followed organically from there. We combed through nearly every good carpet seller in town and in neighboring towns to pick the right hand woven rugs tribal kilims were chosen for the TV room, silk and wool mixed vintage rugs for the living room and the bedrooms. The colors for the upholstery, curtains and other soft furnishings were inspired by these intricately hand woven, deeply hued pieces.
For the couple, a news anchor/managing editor of a media company and a consultant, a restorative home that was both peaceful and elegant was a much needed respite from the nearby bustle of the city. Shivani shares, The compass on this project was the feeling the clients wanted the space to [hold]. That guided us while making choices and though challenging, we made some inte...
Christmas trees are kinda near and dear to my heart. As a kid, our tree was always real, heavy with tinsel and tin light protectors on big, colourful glass bulbs. We were allowed (I think?) to sneak downstairs and bring one gift back upstairs to unwrap in bed, to hold us over until it was 
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December begins next week, and already many of the bloggers, instagrammers and creatives I follow are telling me what I can gift others or ask for this Christmas (all eco-friendly, ethical and low waste, naturally). I ignore them all. The idea of shopping and more stuff and gift lists and wrapping overwhelms me, and Id 
The Taichung World Flora Expo, running from Nov. 3 through April 24, 2019, will feature the tallest bamboo construction ever built in Taiwan. Designed by architect Chen Yi-chung of the Taichung-based ZUO Studio, the Bamboo Pavilion is constructed entirely with bamboo. According to Chen, the Bamboo Pavilion is constructed with Taiwan-grown bamboos to replace concrete, seeking to create a harmonious relationship between architecture and the natural environment through using a sustainable building material.
At 10m high, the curvy exterior of the pavilion also integrates with its surrounding landscape, including a pond and Makino bamboo garden designs, making it a place for visitors to connect with nature while exploring or resting inside, added Chen.
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I LOVE todays project Few things make my heart as happy as organization! We have 9 kids between us We use mops and brooms a lot. A whole lot. So many people out there have the problem we faced in our new office No broom and mop space! So, we decided to come up with
Someone asked me in comments if I could make some reclaimed wood snowmen. YES! Yes, Ive been meaning to do this forever! Give me a challenge with reclaimed wood and I am SO in. So I quickly jotted it down in my make-this list yesterday, fully planning on doing this today. As you can already 
This post is NOT sponsored - but I do work with and use Ryobi Tools (and have for many years)
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In our master bedroom we knew we wanted to do a cool feature/accent wall. After searching high and low for some inspiration we settle on, what I am calling, the double raised panel feature wall. Obviously, the cost of this wall treatment will depend on how large of a wall you are doing but to give you an idea, we spent about $600 on this one. However, we went with pre-primed poplar for the wood which was one of the pricier options but it is harder and will be a little more durable than say pine. If you wanted to save some money you could go with a paint grade pine. Overall, it was worth the money and definitely make a huge impact in this room.
Sign up HERE to receive our newest junk projects in your inbox! Get stencil from HERE Im going really minimalist this Christmas, I said to myself about 2 weeks ago. I was in the middle of this big purging spree, and I got most of my surfaces either bare or one thing on them. I 
It turns out there are good and bad things about the Lake House in November. The bad thing is that it legitimately is too cold to spend all of the daylight hours out on the kayaks. The good news is, since Im not spending all of the daylight hours I have available out in the kayak, theres plenty of time to work on some other projects in the house.
Remember how I said my mom and I are going to take it nice and slow with projects around the Lake House?
For once I was not lying. We are actually taking it nice and slow with projects around the Lake House.
My mom spends most of her time here, but occasionally shell
spend a night down in Ohio during the week, and my new favorite
thing to do in the evenings is to raid my moms
cabinet fridge and paint things in the house while shes not
Swear to god, I borrowed those sweatpants from a college boyfriend 17 years ago and they are now a testament to all of the rooms I have painted white in my life. Also, if youre thinking, wow, you really dont get a lot of paint on your pants, if thats what 17 years worth of painting looks like you should see my hair.
First of all: HOW EVEN.
Second of all: While its annoying that I literally cannot walk near a paint can without unintentionally creating some kind of skunk stripe on my head la the cat in Pep Le Pew honestly? I also really only feel like myself when Im singing loudly to the radio in an empty room, late at night, with a roller in hand and paint in my hair.
Projects at my own house always feel very complicated, so Im grateful the Lake House has brought more of those easy, fun, paint-in-my-hair DIY moments back into my life.
All of those evenings painting paid off with a newly white living room (and new couch)
And then I may have gotten a wild hair and bought some window treatments while I was at it
Using the sun to heat your house has got to be the most economical and ecologically benign way to keep comfortable when the temperatures drop. There are a number of common strategies for doing this. My favorite method is passive solar design, where there are no active fans or pumps to contend with. Most passive solar designs are basically invisible, because the room itself is the collector. It performs well because the design of the space and the choice of materials to build it cooperate in keeping the space comfortable.
The basic concept is to use south-facing windows (in the Northern Hemisphere) to allow the winter sun to enter the room, and then store the heat from that sunlight in some thermal mass material, so that the heat can be given back at night. Enough solar energy should enter the room on a sunny day in December or January to maintain a temperature of about 70 degrees F. for the 24 hour period. If the space overheats, then there is either too much glass, or too little mass. Or if the space isnt warm enough, then there is either not enough glass or there is too much mass. Slightly oversizing the design can compensate for some overcast weather.
Here are some guidelines for good design: at 8,000 ft. in Colorado use about 35% of the square footage of the floor space in any given room in actual window area. At lower elevations or more southern locations, the percentage of glass should be less. These windows can be oriented up to 25 degrees east or west of true south, and still collect over 90% of the solar energy. Interior walls and floors should have at least 4 inches of masonry material lining them. Use dark colors for the floors, and dont cover them with carpeting. Walls can be any color.
The interior thermal mass (brick, adobe, concrete, tile, rock, etc.) needs to be insulated well from the outside environment, or else that stored heat will just leak out. Straw bales, scoria (crushed volcanic rock), and wool are good natural insulating materials. The floor should be insulated, as well as the walls and ceiling. Glass is a poor insulator, so when it gets cold at night, insulating curtains or panels need to be used in the windows to hold in the heat. Windows on the north, east and west should be minimized to help with insulating the house.
It is a good idea to also consider energy efficient windows that increase the level of insulation. These can not only keep warm air in...
I am on a serious Nativity kick this year (remember my post last week?)
In all of my hunting I found a really great piece from Clinton Whiting. It wasnt available for sale on his site and I was super bummed. So I decided to go our on a limb and email him and see if he had it available for sale off his site. He didnt (SAD!) so I did what any good blogger would do, I asked him if he would let me list it in my shop for a limited run. I was OVER THE MOON when he agreed (you can download the limited edition print for just $12 here!) and couldnt wait to get it up in our sad decor-less house (remember were living at the inlaws old house while we renovate the Merc and all of their stuff is gone and all of our stuff is in storage so.)
The other dilem was that I had no tools. Heavens I dont even think we have a pair of scissors. So I had to get creative and go back to the early days of Vintage Revivals DIY for which I can vouch were both horrendous and sort of ingenious. If you dont have tools, but can wield a fierce glue gun this project is right up your alley!
(2) 4x36 Pieces of Balsa Wood (snag this at Joann or Michaels,
its WAY cheaper than buying it online!)
(2) Large Grommets
To save some cash I had this printed as a large format print (where its basically printed on normal paper, just really big normal paper) Large format prints run around $2.00 so they are a great money saving option! The problem is that the paper is very flimsy and needs some stability. I wrapped mine around a piece of poster board and it worked great, but if you want you can have it *printed on higher quality paper and it will kill 2 birds with one stone.
I printed mine out at 2030, you can have it printed almost any size you want though!
I started by wrapping the print around the posterboard and gluing it in place.
Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 453 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Howdy and welcome! I had the massive urge to get on with Christmas however, know what Ive been doing instead? Cleaning. Anyone else feel the need to gut and purge before bringing big stuff out?! Ive also been busy designing 
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! Im not going to lie, this time of year makes me a little itchy. I mean, there is nothing like opening your inbox and seeing an email from every company youve ever bought something from shouting at you to HURRY AND BUY SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!
It might be the rebel in me that just wants to buck the system, but today instead of sharing the same Black Friday deals that everyone else is, I thought it would be a little more meaningful to share some of my favorite small shops. Shops run by people just like you and me that are doing it. Taking care of their families, letting their creativity rule, and making my life a little happier.
I cant wait for you to meet them!!
Mandi from Pretty Ink Designs is one of my favorite minimalist graphic designers. She creates prints of LDS documents that you actually want to hang in your house. I love the 3 pack of The Living Christ, The Family Proclamation and The Articles of Faith. I also just bought the Plan of Salvation print that I am DYING to get hung in the Merc!
In the week of Thanksgiving, my anxiety goes through the roof, and it is nothing to do with preparing pumpkin pie or family social gatherings. Im not American, I dont live in America and the only reason I even know that this week is Thanksgiving is because of all the emails I receive and ads 
Hi! And Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends all the way from Oh Canada! How is everyone?! It feels like its been forever since I posted. What Ive been working on lately hasnt been very post worthy. During a time that most are gearing up for Christmas, know what Ive been doing? Cleaning. I do 
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Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! We were so excited to get our hands on the new Cricut Maker! We have heard so many cool things about it, so when they asked us to try it out, we immediately said YES! Before I tell you a little more about it, check out our video HERE! How cool
I'm making up for my long blogging break with two posts in a row! We finally finished our breakfast nook, so I wanted to show you guys. It's a tough space to photograph, but trust me, it feels sooo much better in person. If you remember, we moved our old dining table to the living room about a month ago (should I call it the great room now?). We tried a different round table here first, but ended up returning it. Assembling and disassembling furniture is no fun, so I was determined to get it right this time. I actually wanted to find a used table locally, both to save money and so I could see it in person first. But all I could find were oak pedestals, not quite the look I was going for. We already have pleeennnty of oak with the kitchen cabinets. After a lot of consideration, I decided to circle back to my original plan and get a tulip table after all. Yes, these tables are super popular and common right now, but who cares? Trend or not, I love the way they look. Like Eames chairs, there are a LOT of tulip table knockoffs out there, and the quality can vary drastically. I was nervous about ordering online since I knew I could either get a good reproduction or a cheap flimsy one...but I researched, read reviews, and went for it. I decided on InMod because I've ordered from them before so I knew they were legit, and their table is supposed to be a pretty authentic reproduction of the original Saarinen tulip table. It was delivered this week, and? I love it!!! This is the one. It's a beautiful, solid, well made table and I think it'll stand up well to daily use.
Our dining situation is FINALLY sorted out, and every room in the house feels like it's serving its correct function--at last! I'm so glad we decided to move things around now, instead of waiting for the elusive kitchen remodel which is still on the back-burner.
Luckily, now that this breakfast nook is complete, I actually don't hate the kitchen as much. I mean, I still want to remodel it eventually OF COURSE, but with the surrounding spaces looking pretty, it's not as much of an eyesore. It also helps that I convinced Ben...
People will tell you that a vacation with young kids is a contradiction, but I beg to differ. Some of my favorite vacations have been with our kids, and not in spite of them, but because of them. It's all about having the right expectations, planning for extra stops, building in kid-friendly activities, indulging in lots of good food, and staying in a fun hotel or vacation rental. This is especially important if you have little kids that still nap or go to bed early, since you'll be spending lots of downtime in your accommodations. Obviously, it sucks to be stuck somewhere lame...but if your hotel is awesome, then those quiet downtimes may end up being some of your favorite memories! It also helps to go with friends who have kids around the same age as yours. The kids get to run around, build forts, and play games together...and you can actually have uninterrupted adult conversations once they're in bed. Back in October, we spent a long weekend in Whitefish, Montana with some friends of ours, and we had so much fun together. With four kids under four! I wrote about our experience on trivago magazine, but I also wanted to share a quick trip recap here. All the photos are from my friend Corlana of Lana Jenae Photography.
Whitefish is a 4.5 hour road trip from Spokane, along one of the prettiest stretches of highway you'll ever see in the fall. After a lunch stop in Wallace, Idaho (a darling old mining town with picturesque brick buildings), we hit larch country. Larches--or tamaracks, depending on who you ask--are these amazing trees that blend in with the pines until October, when they burst into golden flame. It's so cool to see conifers turn yellow. And not just one or two, but entire hillsides of them! This was our view for the majority of the drive...STUNNING.
I am absolutely in love with this DIY Geometric Wreath. Its a tutorial that I pull out every time the holidays come around because it works with any style of decor! You can hang this wreath on your wall or on your front door. It is a quick and fun project that you can do in under an hour!
You know when you are so inspired by something it is all you can think about!? I want to Himmeli everything.
Lets back up. You are probably saying Himmeli? Lets. discuss. Himmeli is a traditional Scandinavian art. They typically make them at Christmas time and they are the most gorgeous mobiles that you have ever seen (Google it!!)
The wreath and how to make something similar lived in my every thought for days. After trying my hand at making simple Himmeli ornaments, I felt like I understood the design process a lot better. Looking at a 3 dimensional object 2 dimensionally is enough to give you an aneurism. After trying a few techniques I feel like I came up with an extremely easy technique to make a geometric wreath.
(And when I say easy, I mean my 10 year old can do it. So you can totally do it too!)
Tutorials for this type of project are notoriously confusing and make you want to give up on life completely. I am doing everything I can to combat that problem. Please dont give up on life.
I even made a video because, lets face it, sometimes it is just easier to learn things in person.
But of course I had to do a regular tutorial too. So lets get to it!
If you follow along with the Dream House Build series then you probably know (or can guess it from the title) we are building our dream house. In this dream house of ours we decided to do somewhat of an all-suite layout. That being said, our 4-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, each will have their very own bathroom. As well, the two guest rooms in the basement will have a Jack and Jill bathroom between them. More bathrooms means more time and money to get them finished. So we partnered with The Home Depot, Delta and DAP to make this dream come true on time and within budget. See all the details of how we did it on The Home Depot blog.
One of the most time-consuming parts of a bathroom is the tile. Floor tile is one thing, that goes down pretty easily, but the wall tile is a lot more difficult in my opinion. Luckily Delta came out with something to solve that problem. The new UPstile shower and tub wall system consists of three panels that are screwed and adhered to the studs with...
If you are a VR lifer, you may remember back in the early days when I did a few room makeover giveaways. It was SO MUCH FUN and also so much work. Since then, Ive been waiting for the opportunity to present itself again and a few months ago it did!! I teamed up with Sherwin-Williams as my sponsor to give a room makeover to one lucky reader!
Sherwin-Williams challenged me to find someone who could use some help with making their dream space happen. You guys saw my call for submissions on Instagram and after pouring over all of the #SWSAVEME submissions I chose the sweetest girl named Amy. Her situation is the same that so many of us find ourselves in. We buy our first house with all of the best intentions bubbling at the surface. When we move in and find that there is more work than we anticipated, its more expensive than we thought, and unlike everything you see on a room makeover show, it doesnt happen in 27 minutes.
Can anyone relate?
When they moved into their 1937 house, things like updating bathrooms and dealing with the quirks of an old house took precedence (as they should). Things like repainting a functional albeit boring living room were wayyyy down on the project list. And I could not wait to get my hands on it!
The vibe that we went for is Modern Desert. My obsession with the Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year Cavern Clay SW 7701 is verging on unhealthy. They absolutely nailed it. So, after stalking Amys Pinterest boards and catching her style, I was over the moon to find that this modern desert dweller vibe I had my heart set on would be perfect.
If you dont want to cancel Christmas, but the thought of all the excess wrapping, plastic decorations, gifts that end up in the charity shop within weeks of Christmas day and fighting all the food waste fills you with dread, todays post is for you. Because it is possible to have a low waste Christmas, 
We get SO MANY questions from you guys asking us what tools we recommend to get your tool collection started! With the Holiday season upon us, we think the timing is perfect to break it all down for you, so that you can get your Christmas Wish List started! So, weve got our 2018 Gift
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of big changes, new projects, a very cold learning curve, oh, and snow
Because why not, Michigan.
So, heres the deal. My mom and I took possession of the lake house a little less than a month ago. It was still nice (and light) enough a month ago that I had two glorious weeks of rushing home from work with just enough time to get 30 minutes of paddling in on the lake before the sun went down.
And on my very first evening out in the kayak, I came across this
Yeah, that is a real, huge, bald eagle. Pretty amazing (especially considering Ive lived a half-mile from this lake for seven years and have never once seen a bald eagle.)
My mom even managed to get out on the water her first full weekend at the lake.
And then, of course, the snow came.
Weve been simultaneously trying to 1.) get some furniture in the lake house (so my mom isnt sleeping on an air mattress forever.) 2.) Spend a little time on the water before the deep freeze, 3.) Prep the farm for winter, and 4.) Prep the lake house for winter. Which, it turns out, is a lot to do in just a couple of weeks, and is exactly how I ended up in the lake, in November, in my long johns
Our new lake neighbors are the previous owners of my moms house and have been so helpful with educating us on how things work around here. They even took most of the dock out for us, but I insisted on doing the last section, just so I could get a feel for it.
If youre into modern, simplistic, and minimalist decor this project is for you!! This easy DIY wooden dowel Christmas tree is a little bit of Christmas decor for those that maybe dont want their house to look like the North Pole 2.0. All of the supplies can be purchased at your local hardware store and it can be put together in just a few hours!
(1) 1in x 48in (for trunk)
(2) 38in x 48in
(2) 5/16in x 48in
(1) 14in x 48in
34in plywood or MDF 9in x 9in piece
Drill bits: 14in, 38in , 516in, 1in spade bit
Weve talked long and hard about doors. The doors in your house set the tone and style, but they are so often overlooked unless youre doing a complete gut job. They arent easy to replace, and you usually need lots of them. Todays post is all about giving outdated doors a budget friendly upgrade and a HUGE level up in the style department.
One of the immediate hurdles that we came to when we were updating my parents bathroom was the question of what to do with the doors. They are basic faux wood hollow core flat panel doors that are in most houses built in the early eighties. Of course we would love to swap them all out with something new and fresh but that just wasnt in our budget. That being said we couldnt just leave them as is. It would be like getting a full face Kardashian style makeover and leaving your hair in a mullet with side hair combs.
Its just not going to work.
We came to the conclusion that we were going to embrace the situation and change the interiors of the doors while leaving the outside the same. So I guess we ARE embracing the mullet style! THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN MY LIFE!!
The first thing that we did was haul the doors down to our house and gave them a light sanding. One thing to keep in mind when you are sanding something like this is that you just want to really lightly remove the surface. If you dig too deep youll break through the surface of it and expose the grainy particle board underneath. This will give you spots of texture and a sheen difference on your finish. If you happen to sand it a little too deep (dont worry, we did it in some spots too! just use a little bit of wall putty and cover it. It will even it out and look like it never happened!
The molding that we used is basic in stock Base Cap molding from Home Depot. When you are cutting molding you want to cut it at a 45 degree angle. This will ensure that the edges fit nice and tight and make a perfect 90 degree angle.
Oh my gosh I cant believe that today is finally here!! Over the last month weve worked our tails off completely renovating my parents 36 year old bathroom. When I say 36 years old I mean, NOTHING has changed in 36 years.
Actually I take that back, Im pretty sure that they changed the sink sometime around 1991, I have vague memories of it being white. But other than that, NOTHING. Everything had to go, from the blue marbled formica countertop, to the tub and surround. There was no point in updating it, unless we were updating ALL of it.
So where do you start on something that is a total gut job? I think one of the hardest things about a renovation is actually making a plan. Because my parents live out of town we wanted it to be as straightforward as possible because we would doing it in small weekend chunks. Over the course of 3 weeks, we turned this outdated room into something magical!!
The full reveal is live on the Home Depot Blog, click here to check it out in all its glory!! And check out the reveal video below!
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The owner of the Shed of the year 2018 Unique Category Winner The Boat Pod contacted me to say its up for Sale! Barnaby says It has been an amazing project just struggling to find a home for her and storage and space is getting tight. So if you are interested in this very unique
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Being a better recycler takes a little more effort. There tends to be different drop-off points for different things, and just because something is recyclable, doesnt mean it is collected at our kerbsides. If we want to be better recyclers (and of course we do!), we definitely shouldnt limit ourselves to kerbside recycling. So much 
Hey guys! We are so thrilled to have our first workshop/studio to shoot our builds for you guys. Be sure to come check out our video tour of the space HERE or below! As yall know, we have worked from our garages for the past 10 years, and this is such a fun change for
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Before we moved into the Merc, the only smart lighting wed ever used was a motion sensor switch in our garage (sort of saved our marriage). When we were working on the Merc, I knew that we wanted to use simple upgrades to make our home work better for us. The smart home feature that we use the very most is our Casta by Lutron Smart light Switches. The great thing about smart lighting is that it works on any aged home (yes mom, it would work in your house too!) The switches are the magic component. You can transform any lightbulb into a smart light that dims and is controlled by your phone or home assistant (like Alexa!) just by replacing your switches.
Everyone wants their home to feel secure, especially when you live on a public street like we do. Casta is made to handle that! You can activate their Smart Away feature and it will randomly turn the lights in your house on and off to make it appear like you are home.
Speaking of making it appear like were home. Earlier this month we were out of town working on the bathroom renovation, when I got an alert on my phone from our Nest camera saying that it detected motion in our front entryway. I opened the video and based on the movement happening, I could tell that there were people hanging out in front of the Merc. While we live on a public street, its still a little unnerving to have multiple someones hanging out by your front door. I closed the app and went on my way painting. About 10 minutes later I got another notification! They were still there!! Gahhhhh all the stressful feelings came out.
Court always tells me that Im that lady. You know the one that spoils everyone elses fun? I went into full that lady mode. I was ready to call my next door neighbor and have her mosey on over and see what was happening. Then I remembered that I could control our entryway light with the Casta app, so I switched on the interior light and watched on our Nest as the people left.
When we got home a few days later there was a random shopping cart by our front door, so ive deduced that it was e...
In this episode we go over a lot of the exterior work that got done. The siding selections and installation of that material are covered along with the preparations for paint, the painting itself and the amazing exterior stone work. Finally, we get the concrete approaches poured and the utilities connected. Check out the video below and be sure to read the full article for all the details.
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Weve always known we wanted to have a board and batten look on the exterior. We ultimately decided to go with James Hardie 4 x 10 cement board panels and batten strips to achieve that look. The battens are spaced 16 on center and hide the nails that are used to attach the panels to the studs. To break it up a little we we...
Ive never been a big wearer of make-up, and when I went plastic-free back in 2012 I decided it was easier to simply skip the make-up altogether. Six years later and make-up is something Im beginning to explore again, for a couple of reasons. The first: people often ask me what the zero waste make-up 
We were on the hunt for a new sink vanity, for the bathroom in our new office. After searching and A. not finding what we really wanted and B. seeing the prices of the vanities we didnt really love, we decided our best bet was to build one! Building a bathroom vanity might sound intimidating
Our guest room is finally done, and we are so excited to share with you the completed space and all the projects!
If we'd bought all this - we'd be in the thousands - the bed alone would double our budget!...
Its been a long while since Ive been in the thrifting game (obviously when youre eyeball deep in renovations youve got other priorities. Like not eating at McDonalds again.) I was cruising Craigslist last night and feeling like every good thing ever was gone. Man this world of instant gratification! So instead of feeling sorry for the lack of cool vintage leather and the overabundance of microfiber, I took a trip down memory lane at all of the great things that Ive scored and I thought it would be fun to look back over the years at my favorite secondhand finds.
My ultimate #1 favorite thing ever was the card catalog that I found on Craigslist. This thing was in rough shape. You can read all about how I saved it and see the original ad here! The previous owners used the little pullout shelf to spray paint on. Just typing that feels like someone stabbed me in the gut with a shiv. But after some serious TLC it is to this day my best score. Its hanging out at my SILs until Ive got a spot for it at the Merc. And honestly it makes me throw up in my mouth a little when I think of how I almost sold it. More in this post!
#2 on the list has to be The Nugget. What started as a knee jerk craigslist search on my birthday turned into one of my favorite DIY adventures. This cute vintage trailer came home with me for $1000 and after 4 months of hardcore renovation was completely unrecognizable! You can fall into the world of The Nugget here!
The next thing on the list is one that might make you green with envy. The pair of green leather chesterfield sofas that I found for $400. I somehow convinced Court to drive to the middle of nowhere Nevada to pick them...
If you havent been following along with our Dream House Build series then make sure to check that out. We are in the final stages of building our dream house now and the master closet was on the to-do list. When I designed this closet I wanted to maximize the space we had while achieving a high end, built-in look. I did so by building a platform for the units to sit on. Since my baseboard trim is 18 poplar, this platform was made from 2x8s ripped down to 7. When it was covered with MDF, and the baseboard installed the only thing showing is the MDF top. These units are 30 wide with the exception of the shelving unit but could easily be adjusted to meet your needs.
For the full plans for all of these DIY closet units make sure to check out Ryobi Nation
I dont love recycling. Id much rather things didnt need to be recycled in the first place, either because Ive avoided them or because they are being reused exactly as they are. Much better to refill a jam jar than for it to be picked up from my kerbside, driven to a resource recovery centre, 
Hey guys! As many of you may know, Ash and I just moved into our first office space and studio! This has been the most exciting step for our brand, and also pretty darn fun to decorate! We needed desks, and knew that a writing desk for each of us would fit the bill. So,
Anyone and everyone knows that youre not supposed to throw away scrap wood. But like, what are you supposed to do with it?! THIS PROJECT IS THE ONE YOUVE BEEN WAITING FOR! These cute DIY wood shelves are easy peasy and throw off a cool modern vibe and if youve got some scrap wood floating around will cost you zero dollars!
As I was working on Ivies bathroom, I knew that I needed something on the wall by the toilet. These quick shelves are perfect for small plants or as a picture ledge!
Stainless Steel Screws (and possibly wall anchors)
My boards measure 3 inches X 24 inches and 6 inches x 24 inches.
Add glue to the bottom edge of the 3 inch board and attach it to the face of the 6 inch board.
Clamp the boards together and let the glue dry for 24 hours before removing the clamps. While the boards are clamped, attach the wood screws through the underside of the 6 inch board and through the 3 inch board. This will give the shelves extra stability.
To attach the shelves to the wall, first find where your studs are. This will help determine the placement of your screws.
We only hit 1 stud with our shelves, so the second side needed to be mounted with a drywall anchor.
This is one important step, dont forget to level your shelf!
Thanks to Brightech for partnering with me on this post. All opinions are my own.
Fall in Spokane is amazing. The weather is crisp and sunny every single day. And the leaves! Oh, the leaves. It seems like every street is covered with a rainbow canopy (and matching carpet) of red, orange, yellow, green, and purple. It really is insanely beautiful. When I lived in Seattle, summer was the best season for getting outside and the weather turned rainy and dreary in the fall. I got used to that, and in my head fall was the start of indoor season. But here, there's so much wildfire smoke in the air during summer that fall is actually the best time for getting outside, taking long walks, roasting marshmallows in the fire pit (cuz there's finally no burn ban!), and having the kids play in the backyard.
We haven't done much to our yard yet (getting the inside of the house furnished and organized has been our priority). But with the trees in full color and string lights from Brightech hung over our deck, I'm actually really loving our backyard right now, as it is. We still have lots of plans for this space, but we're enjoying it in the meantime.
I don't need to tell you about string lights....
In the middle of prepping the farm for winter, traveling for work, stocking up on hay, traveling for fun, and a few unexpected life events (because why not, life?) this happened
My mom and I took possession of The Lake House!
(Like, my mom literally got the keys last week while I was on an airplane, and I had 30 minutes to run down there an snap a few pics during the 12 hours I was home before I leave again, and at some point we have to start moving her stuff in, but there are currently 30 bales of hay in the back of my truck, and Im probably not going to sleep for the next month because Im too busy thinking about how I totally need to custom build a wooden canoe a la Trent Prezzler (If you dont follow his Instagram, you should.))
Also, this is what its like being in my brain right nowits just a series of never-ending nested parentheticals all the way downso Im just going to stop and we can take a tour of the house.
Directly inside the front door is the mudroom/laundry room
Were thinking a lot about the most effective use of this space, and I can already see that Im going to be build a lot of cabinets this winter (for both houses.)
The one bathroom in the house is also off this room.
From the mudroom, you go right into the kitchen
The kitchen is a really good size and has a lot of storage
This is an early 1900s house (built in a similar style to my farmhouse, just on a smaller scale.) From w...
TODAY IS A BIG DAY. Weve partnered with Sherwin-Williams and finally finished (like totally finished) one of the rooms in the Merc! Guys, meet my teenage daughters bathroom + closet!
When we bought the Merc, this space was on our weird and frustrating Merc perks list. The wall that separates the bedroom from the bathroom was one of those this is not moving and youre going to have to work around it situations.
When I was designing this space for my daughter Ivie, I wanted it to be perfectly teenager. Lots of light surfaces, eclectic design, and rocking my favorite statement wall.
I was originally going to paint the whole room pink but decided against it. The color white that I used is THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLOR IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! Its a custom mix at Sherwin-Williams called Mandi White, you can get the formula here!
There is this half truth floating around that in rooms like a bathroom that get heavy use and moisture that you need to use a higher sheen finish (like semi-gloss) for cleanability. In my opinion thats false- if you use the right kind of paint. Sherwin-Williams Emerald Matte finish is my go to for every space in my house. Its the perfect mix of style and durability!
As I was scouring my brain for something to do on the wall, I came across an image by one of my favorite IG artists Colleen. It hit me like a ton of bricks what if I had her design a paint by numbers wall mural!! She is amazing, you should definitely go and follow her!
Globe Light |...
Did you guys catch the full reveal of my daughter Ivies bathroom?! It is one of my favorite spaces Ive ever designed!! This post is giving you all of the details on the eye candy and everything you need to know to recreate it yourself!
So lets get to sourcing!
The star of the show is the mural designed by Colleen Elizabeth, I have been obsessing over her creations for such a long time and was so excited when she said she would design one just for this space. You can see the full step by step tutorial for the Paint By Numbers mural here! The Memo Light is from Article and such a fun addition!
The black and white floor tile is from Daltile, you can get it at homedepot.com and read all about why I chose it here! I also used in stock white 44 tile for the shower and wall. Ive been wanting to tile an entire wall again after doing it in my $939 bathroom renovation and it just gives off a vibe unlike any other.
The lights are Hudson Valley Lighting Tate in aged bra...
Thank you to HomeAway/VRBO for partnering with me on this post. All opinions are my own.
We just got back from a fun trip to Whitefish, Montana and we're missing vacation already! So we decided to plan another weekend getaway with some friends in January. I'm so excited! Winter vacations are awesome, because they give you something to look forward to during the darkest and dreariest months of the year. But "winter vacation" means something different to everyone. Some people seek out snowy weather for a classic white Christmas, or head to the mountains for an annual ski vacation. Others want to escape the cold and dream of laying on the beach. I found six dreamy vacation rentals throughout the U.S., to suit six different winter vacation styles. I'm curious, which one appeals most to you?? And see if you can guess which one fits me!
Let's kick this list off with a super cool and unique opportunity. HomeAway/VRBO is giving away a once-in-a-lifetime ski experience with Eagle Point Resort in Beaver, Utah. The winner and up to 19 friends will get private ski instruction, a $5,000 travel stipend and a three-night stay in this luxurious cabin. Imagine skiing down powdery slopes with no other skiers, boarders or lift lines in sight, plus $5,000 to spend on your travels, and a gorgeous cabin to come home to. I'm not even a skiier and that sounds absolutely amazing!!! The sweepstakes just kicked off yesterday, so click to enter here.
We are back with an easy, inexpensive and oh, so needed project! This DIY Easel Mirror is not only easy to build, its cute and functional! What more could you need Grab your favorite cup of coffee and come build this cutie with us! Just click HERE or the image below to watch! How
This post is sponsored by Travelers Insurance; All opinions are my own.
There are a few moments in life when you actually feel like an adult. Truthfully, most of my life is spent looking around wondering if anyone can see through my 35 year old facade to the Barbie loving 12 year old underneath. One of the scariest/best moments of adulthood was when we bought our first house. It was in 2009. We found it listed as a short sale and it was in rough shape.
Thankfully we were able to look past the bad carpet and beige everything and see the potential. When we moved out 7 years later, this is what we had created. A home!
Buying a home can be downright terrifying, and for good reason. But if youre willing to let go of all the expectations that Pinterest has created in your mind, and open your heart to a little bit of adventure, buying a new home can be downright life changing!
Ive partnered with Travelers to share some tips for first-time home buyers, theirs are practical, mine are more pep-talky. I think you need to hear both.
Most banks require an inspection for financing, but even if they didnt, I cant stress enough what a huge deal this is. An inspector knows exactly what to look for. While we tend to see finishes and floor plans inspectors look for structural issues and damage. They are worth the investment!
I understand that some people arent interested in hiring a real estate agent, but if you choose to go that route (which we always do) find someone that understands exactly what youre looking for. A great agent will go to bat for you and work day and night to help you find the best house available.
Travelers has allllll the practical advice (check out their tips and video here) The practical advice is SO IMPORTANT, but really I want to give you a little pep talk and some perspective.
You know t...
A couple weeks ago, I shared our plans for Ian's room: a boy's bedroom that's playful and fun for a little boy, but can also work as a guest room occasionally. Today, I'm going to show you the finished photos! This was a quick project. We didn't paint or do anything labor-intensive, so the part that took the longest was assembling the bed--which we finished in a couple hours. Ian helped with the process and had so much fun! He's super proud of his new room and his big boy bed (emphasis on the "big"--how many two-year-old's get to sleep on a king size?!). Our plan is to eventually have Ian and Emmett share this bed, but for now he gets it all to himself, lucky kid.
This room came together on a pretty tight budget. I was originally going to get a vintage-style iron bed, but Ben wanted to find something upholstered to prevent head bonks. I found this channel tufted platform bed for about $300 (for a king size!) and had a coupon which made it even better. It's quite low to the ground and the headboard is also pretty short, so I don't know if would recommend it for everyone, but it's totally perfect for a kid's room.
The mattress was also an awesome budget-friendly find. There are so many of these "mattress in a box" companies nowadays. We love the convenience and we find them very comfortable. And honestly, we can't really tell a significant difference between the more/less expensive brands, so I didn't want to spend a ton--especially since this room is primarily for a little kid! I found...
It can be rough picking paint colors, but people seem to have the hardest time picking white paint. Today Im sharing my secret formula for the best white paint color EVER. If you are looking for white paint for your house, or your kitchen cabinets, or your furniture (see how to paint furniture here!) You will not be disappointed!
Have you ever picked a white color, only to have it turn pink, gray, or blue?
Check out the swatches below, on the wooden table they all look white, right?
Now check out those exact same colors on a white background.
Definitely not pure white. To me the perfect white is just white. Not yellowish, not bluish, not grayish, just white. Its not too bright or too dingy, its JUST WHITE.
The formula is Sherwin-Williams Extra White Base + 3oz. of white pigment /gallon
(It has to be Sherwin-Williams, other white bases seem to make the color too bright.)
I have used this formula in every room that Ive done since 2013. It looks good everywhere!
Thanks to Arhaus for sending me these products to review! All opinions are my own.
I've been loving the idea of cozy minimalism lately. It's not about paring your belongings down to the most sparse essentials (only one fork per person!). It's also not adopting some ultra modern style with no pillows or books. It's simply getting rid of the needless clutter that adds visual noise, so your home still feels like you, but with less individual items. One trick is to decorate with one or two large, beautiful items that you love, instead of a bunch of smaller items (especially if they're just random things you picked up from thrift stores). I've been going through and doing this in our home, and it really works. My house feels less busy and cluttered, and the decor looks so much more intentional and impactful.
Exhibit A: I've never been able to get my mantel to feel "right." I've tried so many combinations of small tchotchkes grouped together, but it's always looked messy. I finally cleared away all the random little things, and replaced them with a gorgeous tall vase from Arhaus. I added some fall branches clipped from our yard and a vase of dried wheat. On the other side, I stacked some pumpkins and placed another vase with dried billy balls. It's just right: simple and uncluttered, but still cozy and homey.
I did the same thing with our dining table. Instead of a bunch of candles or a grouping of little items, I put one...
So here is a quick Q & A with George from this years Shed of the year The bee eco shed Bee Eco Shed is the ideal place to admire the incredible life that can be found in the outdoors. George Smallwood started out building a base for a ready-made shed, but felt
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With 6,000kg of clothing and textiles discarded every 10 minutes in Australia alone, theres a huge potential for us to reduce our waste when it comes to our wardrobes. Last week I talked about how we can make better wardrobe purchases. This week Im going to talk about the other end of the spectrum: what 
If you follow us on social media, you know that we are in the process of moving into our new shop/studio space! We are so excited about this new space because we finally have a dedicated shop to shoot all of our how-to videos in! We have a shop/studio tour coming soon but while we
Thin Brick, Faux Brick, Half Brick, whatever they call it in your neck of the woods, brick veneer installed on a interior wall it can look like a million bucks. This post is a step by step guide on how to install a faux brick wall inside your home.
Our house is a builder basic beige box in Utah, very far from the urban loft vibe that I want in my heart. Once I decided to capture my inner New Yorker it was time for a makeover. The very obvious first step in turning the living room into a loft was a brick wall.
(Just a reminder, this is what we started with)
I bought my brick veneer from a local mason (the same amazing guys that we used at the restaurant). I paid $5.00+ per sq/ft. because I took all of their remnants. (The original plan was to paint it but I sort of loved it how it was!) You can also buy it at Home Depot but I would definitely check out local shops first! There are also companies that sell whole wall systems that include metal tracks and brackets. Were on a budget over here so were doing it the full DIY route!
Sometimes you need things in your life that have a little extra oomph to them. This tutorial for how to make pom poms can be used on any blanket, any pillow, any door, and in any space in your house!
When I made the giant pom pom blanket for Dylans room, it was SO cute. I loved it. Then I started seeing pink yarn all over my house. There was a problem, the poms were molting.
I really wanted to come up with a better solution before I shared the tutorial with you guys, cause that is what friends do.
The really good news is that I have figured out a way to make the poms stay together so that the blanket is easier to wash, and so that you wont feel like you have a LaLaLoopsy that has alopecia living in your house.
Typically pom pom templates are made out of cardboard. That is great and all, but when you are making 10-15 giant poms then you are going to go through quite few templates (like a new one for every 2 poms). All that wrapping breaks down the cardboard and it gets really floppy. So we need to use something stronger than cardboard.
The magic template is an embroidery hoop. Well, the inside ring of an embroidery hoop to be exact.
We have two copies to give away -a great new book from Sally with drawings from the exceptional Lee John Phillips. Enter below. How to Build a Shed by Sally Coulthard, illustrated by Lee John Phillips and published by Laurence King in October 2018, is the ultimate practical guide to building your own
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My wardrobe wasnt the first place I thought of when I went plastic-free and zero waste. No, the first place was the kitchen, and the second place was the bathroom. After all, these are the places where we generate a lot of packaging, because many of the things we buy are consumables (meaning, we use 
So I was tasked with building a portable festival bar for a local brewery called Wolverine State Brewing Company. We needed create a serving bar for beer festivals with space for all their serving equipment. Several kegs and their couplers will sit on the ground (or lower shelf), then a shelf above them will need to support several jockey boxes. Jockey boxes are coolers with coiled copper lines running through them and when filled with ice, they make sure you have cold beer at the tap. The biggest challenge is that the bar needed to be durable and portable, all while looking good at the festivals. The bar needed to be able to be disassembled and transported in a cargo van. Read on to see what we cam up with.. and if you are ever in Ann Arbor, Michigan, be sure to stop by Wolverine for a beer.
Hey friends! As many of yall may know, Ashley and I just moved into our first office/studio space and we have been busy fixing her up! One of the first things we knew we needed for this space was a coffee bar We built this super cute DIY Fancy Farmhouse Cabinet for my house,
October?! Already? Who hit the fast-forward button on my life? It's hard to believe another year is winding down, but no complaints here. I am loving fall! The best food, the best clothes, and the best weather--plus, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. Ok fine, that doesn't conjure up the same cozy feelings of nostalgia as pumpkin patches and cider pressing and crisp morning walks through the crunchy leaves...but it IS very important. So I'm partnering with Bali Blinds to share some tips on how to child-proof your windows! I'm passionate about this topic, as the mother of two little boys who get into everything. Even if you don't have young kids yourself, this is good to know if you have children in your house on a regular basis. Not to be too dramatic, but it could literally be a matter of life and death.
1. Never place a crib, bed or other low-standing furniture near a window. Children love to climb and explore their surroundings. They can accidentally fall through an open window or window screen, or become tragically entangled in a nearby window cord. For safety's sake, place cribs and furniture on window-less walls.
2. Check your home for window coverings with dangling or accessible cords. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) named corded window coverings as one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Exposed cords are a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. Identify any windows with dangling cords, and remediate them with the steps below.
3. If possible, replace older corded window coverings with todays safer products. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) recommends that you use only cordless window treatments in homes with young children. You can get cordless blinds that you lift yourself, or motorized blinds that are operated by a remote (ooh, fancy!). Look for products marked with the "Best for Kids" logo, as they have been tested by a third party lab and are certified safe for kids and pets.
4. You can order retrofit kits for FREE....
Its easy to reduce the idea of zero waste living to thinking about the products we buy (or dont buy) and the choices we make as individuals. But zero waste (and living with less waste) is a movement, and movements need people. We can only do so much when we act on our own. Sure, 
Hey guys! We are so excited to share todays project with you But, the baby is not excited about it! I win! Jed was starting to crawl, and I knew I needed to find a way to keep him from getting on our stairs. I have used store bought baby gates in the past with
Thanks to Momeni for partnering with me on this post. All opinions are my own.
I am all over the place with house projects these days! I'm still not finished with our dining room, but I decided this was a good time to start working on Ian's room too. For the past few months, he's just had a mattress on the floor. Since he and Emmett are pretty close in age (21 months apart), I'm anticipating that I will have them share a room in the near future. So I designed the room with that in mind. At first, I was thinking two separate twin beds, like people normally do with shared kid's rooms...but then I had the crazy idea to start putting our house on Airbnb. I was inspired by The Grit & Polish (who I featured in this blog post). She rents her family's personal residence for weekends here and there, and they earn extra money from it. I'm super intrigued by that idea, so I started thinking of putting a king size bed in the boy's room, that will double as a secondary guest room. Ian will have it all to himself for now, and the boys can share the big bed when Emmett gets older (I might get them two separate small duvet covers, Scandinavian-style). If we do the Airbnb thing, I'm thinking of having a separate sheet set that's just for guests so it doesn't feel weird. Even though I'll obviously be washing the sheets, I just don't want my kids using the same sheets as random strangers. With all that in mind, my goal for this room was to have it feel like a fun, playful kid's space--but also sophisticated enough to host adults occasionally.
via Emily Henderson
Here are a couple example photos that are similar to what I'm thinking: they're clearly a boy's room, but with a big bed instead of a twin. The main elements (like the rug, bed, and lighting) can easily feel more "adult" just by removing the stuffed animals and toys.
via Amber Interiors...
Back in April, I headed off to Europe to walk across Spain along the Camino Frances, from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in the north-west corner of Spain. Over 35 days I walked 800km. I talked about what I packed before I left; now Im back and the memory of those 
In this episode of the dream house build we go over the selection and installation of the garage doors and front door, a little yard clean up, getting started on the interior paint, and a pretty amazing accent wall in our master bedroom. Check out the episode below but be sure to ready through the blog post for all the details.
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There are so many decisions to make when building a house, and one that most people overlook is the garage doors. When you think about it, the garage doors take up a large portion of the front or side of your home, so make a statement with them! Thats why we settled on these amazing carriage style doors from Haas Door. Using the...
Decorative Mirrors can add character to your home but they usually come with a hefty price tag! This DIY Pub Mirror is a quick, inexpensive project that you can customize to fit your style! Change up the hardware, dont add hardware, give it a special finish. The possibilities are endless! Grab a cup of coffee
I've had this post in my drafts for weeks! Finally hitting publish even though my writing isn't quite ready, because it's been too long since my last blog post, and these photos speak for themselves anyways! :) I found the mother-daughter design team Rehabitat through Instagram, and they are one of my favorite accounts to follow. Their interiors are consistently SO inspiring to me, perfectly toeing the line between modern and traditional. I used to looove antiquing and finding pieces with a worn-in vintage aesthetic--you know, furniture with chippy paint and old steamer trunks and floral paintings in brass frames. As trends have changed, I've also been drawn to the more modern/Scandinavian look that's gotten so popular. But I still love antiques too! I struggle with mixing all these different ideas and styles together in a way that looks purposeful, not scattered. Well, Rehabitat does it so well. Maybe it's because they're from two different generations, or maybe they just have that magic touch, but they seem to effortlessly blend traditional design with clean modern lines, in a way that looks warm, inviting, layered, and totally meant to be. I find myself "saving" almost every photo they post on Instagram, and referring back to them when trying to find the right balance in my own home. I have a feeling you guys will love their work as well!
In this bathroom, I love the idea of extending the mirror past the vanity and putting a little ledge underneath it. I'm also a big fan of the mixed metals, the hanging sconces, and the vessel sink + wall mounted faucet situation.
In the same bathroom (from a different view), I looove the glossy grey tile, laid in a modern stack and paired with the wood tub surround. It looks fresh and current, but timeless too.
The last seven years of my life have been punctuated with unexpected adventures. The farm The donkeys! Almost buying a ton of farmland and then not buying and ton of farmland and being a little devastated about it! Then, being glad I didnt buy all of that farmland because of this
Backstory: A couple of years ago my mom said she really wanted to retire up by the farm but not, like, at the farm. At the time, she was looking at all of the nearby farm properties and possible land I could build a house for her on, but at some point last winter when I was working on the upstairs bath she said to me, Its taken you 3 years to finish this bathroom, theres no way youre going to be ready to build me a house before I retire in seven years. Which fair point, Mom.
So then we started talking about the lake. Its just a half mile down the road from the farm. Not a huge lake, but big enough to be all-sports. And, also, almost impossible to get a house on.
I was not worried about the impossible part because we had seven years. Surely something would come up in seven years.
Except my mom got this idea in her head, and then immediately sold her condo and moved into an apartment (so shed have her money free in case something came up) and started checking Zillow for potential lake houses every single morning for the last two years. You guys, all Im going to say is that SHE HAD A SPREADSHEET. You know Im serious about building some shit when Ive made a drunk sketch on the back of a junk-mail envelope. You know my mom is serious about some shit when she makes a spreadsheet. Just saying.
A great little house did come up a year ago, but the asking price was higher than we thought was reasonable (and that we could get a loan for) so I thought, well just wait this out and when they realize that is an unreasonable amount of money for a 900sf house well make an offer. And then in sold for cash above the asking amount in 24...
If theres one thing that is next to impossible to find without plastic, its crackers. Before I went plastic-free, Id buy packet upon packet of crackers usually with the plastic tray, then wrapped in plastic and with a final plastic or cardboard outer. Packaging overload! These days I do things very differently. I either 
We built the cutest end table for around $80 including the legs! Check out the video! How cute is this table guys?? Before we get started, you need some legs! Here is the link to the legs we purchased for our table. We used 24 height and 12 length! You can also download and print
Stunning eco-friendly shed has been crowned Shed of the Year 2018 George Smallwoods Bee Eco Shed has won the coveted title of overall winner in the 11th annual Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition Environmentally friendly shed beat musical boat-shed and Irish pub to the top spot After a nail-biting competition, Bee Eco Shed from
There isnt a piece of furniture that we love building more than a dining table! We have built so many over the years and this DIY Fancy V Dining Table might just be one of our favorites! We built it for under $100 and only 14 boards! Grab a cup of coffee and come build
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This post is sponsored by Zabitat. All opinions are my own.
I just realized that several of my recent posts have included the word "budget" in the title. Can you tell we are trying to squeeze a LOT of home improvements out of a small budget? So I'm all about ways to get the most impact for the least amount of money. If you're thinking about replacing exterior doors, one awesome hack that you should definitely look into is Zabitat. They offer decorative glass inserts for steel or fiberglass doors, so instead of buying a brand new door, you can replace the glass on your existing door for a whole new look at a fraction of the cost. Our first idea was to upgrade the glass on our front door, to increase our home's curb appeal and let in more natural light. But as I was scrolling through Zabitat's site, I came across their door glass inserts with enclosed blinds, and I knew these would be PERFECT for our French doors in the back.
There was nothing technically wrong with our old French doors. They weren't damaged or anything. But with all that glass, we didn't have much privacy in the back of our house, and we felt kind of exposed at night. Also, French doors in the dining room + one messy toddler meant daily smudges on the glass, which was hard to keep up with. The Zabitat insert has an internal grille, so instead of cleaning the individual panes (and inevitably leaving a little dust and grime in the corners of each one), I can just wipe down the whole surface continuously. Sounds like a small thing, but when it's a everyday type of chore, it makes a big difference.
I was really intimidated by the idea of messing with our exterior doors, but I needn't have worried. This truly was an easy DIY project that anyone with a few basic tools can handle. There's an installation guide here, but it's pretty basic: you unscr...
One of my favourite things about living with less waste is that there is never a single solution. There are always lots of solutions. Different options work better for different people and different situations, but there will always be a way. In Australia, 40% of our landfill bins consist of food waste. Trimmed off bits, 
Hey guys! We have the cutest and most simple DIY Herringbone Hairpin Bench to share today! I built this one for my entryway, and I couldnt be more pleased with how cute it turned out! Before we get started, be sure to check out our DIY YouTube video HERE or below! You can get the
If theres one brand thats consistently been with me since very early on in my plastic-free living and zero waste journey, its Who Gives A Crap toilet paper. The thing about Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, is that it isnt just about the toilet paper. For me, it isnt enough for a company to 
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