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Sunday, 18 February


Rent Only 0.88 a Year "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Fuggerei is a social housing complex in Germany where you can rent a house for just under one Euro per year! Find out why the rent is so cheap and learn about the fascinating life of the man behind it all, Jakob Fugger.

Lovely 500-year-old buildings in Augsburg, Germany.


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Saturday, 17 February


DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 415 "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 415 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Happy party weekend! Well, I know Im ready to party because I finally finished the final Part 3 of my Foot to Mouth story. Includes plenty of drama thrown in for good measure, with lots of lessons learned. I even []

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Floating Container Gardens "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Floating garden at installation

Floating garden at installation

Floating container gardens float on the surface of ponds and lakes. Floating gardens can be constructed of low cost materials such as plastic baskets and buckets tied together with twine. Here are two photos to illustrate what they can look like. The first photo shows a newly made floating garden and the next photo shows what it looks like after 2 months.
Floating garden after 2 months

Floating garden after 2 months

There are many advantages to floating container gardens such as never needing to water. If you live in a hot climate like I do then youll appreciate how difficult it can be to grow certain plants through long hot summers. The containers are filled with your favorite planting medium. If youre unsure of what to use, refer to previous articles on our blog about container gardening. Many people use free recycled containers that ordinarily get thrown away. One interesting variation is to simply put the containers in a kiddie swimming pool. If you do this be sure to use non-chlorinated water and take care not to create a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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Friday, 16 February


3D Printing TChallas Spear from Black Panther "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

After watching Black Panther, 3D print T'Challa's spear from the movie. It'll make for an excellent prop for a Halloween costume or cosplay.

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Iron Board Holder "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Here's a beautiful and accessible way to store your iron and ironing board.  This simple to build iron board holder is a very easy DIY project that is guaranteed to up the form and function in your laundry room.

So much better than a store bought hanger! 

Can you believe this iron board holder project cost less than $20 to make?  The free plans follow!

Download, build and share!

XO Ana

PS - If you love our diy iron board holder, check out our Laundry Room Tour with plans and sources and videos -

Or our brand new kitchen shelves (similar design, different use!) - plans coming soon



Moments of Beauty in a Dark Week + Best of the Web "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This week has shown us moments of such darkness and despair that its hard to think about covering design, art, and decorative whatevers. I know that for many this website is a place to find levity and escape from the difficult realities of day-to-day life, but this week Im struggling to do much other than grieve the losses in Parkland, Florida and the feeling that weve also lost hope in so many other areas of our community. But Im going to do my best to keep moving forward, to support those who are in need right now, and to find ways to capture small moments of beauty, hope, and life.

For me, that bright spot this week belongs to the unveiling of the Obamas Presidential Portraits. Painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, these two very different pieces have been the topic of much discussion. I had strong feelings about both, but felt that listening to...


Buh-Bye Easement!! Meet Phase 3 of The Merc Reno, The Granary!! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Weve kind of been keeping a secret. I literally cant believe that I am sitting here typing these words, we figured out a solution for the weird property lines and easement at the Merc!! If you remember (you can read alllll about the nitty gritty details about property lines here and the easement here) the property lines at the Merc are sort of a nightmare. The easement was almost a deal breaker for us. In fact I had sort of forgotten how distressing it was until I went back and read those posts. Im so glad that we didnt let it stop us!We had a chance to buy a portion of our neighbors property and jumped! Im not going to lie, its stressful draining our bank account for the second time in a year, and its changing our phase 2 timeline a little but it was an opportunity that we just felt really strongly about and took the leap.

For reference, This upside-down L is our property, the Merc is in the top left corner of the yellow section.

The entire west and south side of theMerc IS the property line, except for the small patch right outside our back door. As crappy as that was, the crappiest part was that there is an easement running through the east side parking lot so that the neighbor can have access to their property on the south. (The neighbors property is blue, the easement is green)

The Merc is basically an island. We tried to figure out solutions to keep our kids safe once we moved it, but because of the easement we couldnt put any gates or fencing up that blocked their access. We had sort of resolved that the back portion behind the workshop was going to be the yard and everything else was going to be left as it was.

BUUUUT as of yesterday, this is what our property looks like!! With the Merc smack dab in the middle and no easement!!



Magical Apple Cider Monkey Bread + Giveaway "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I have been counting down the months for the release of Jerrelle Guys first cookbook, Black Girl Baking, since last autumn! Weve had a preview of the quality and beauty of Jerrelles work from her blog, Chocolate for Basil, and her Instagram account. Believe me when I say how difficult it was to choose just one recipe to share with you this week, from that amazing chocolate cake on the cover to her pop biscuits, plum chai pie, and onion and red pepper quiche. I eventually chose the Apple Cider Monkey Bread because we are still in winter when a warming cup of tea and the spices that go along with apple cider just seem to fit. A quick note to our vegan readers: Jerrelle includes vegan options for most of her recipes, so you can also enjoy her baked goods! Kristina

Why Jerrelle loves this recipe:  The first recipe I made using yeast dough was a monkey bread on Christmas. Those holiday mornings everything is desperate to be picture perfect my family is frustrated because I force them into matching red sweaters in South Florida heat and no dessert is cooked without cinnamon, so its hard not to inhale. The yeast and cinnamon from this first memory of monkey bread was triggered when I walked through the Boston Public Market and smelled yeast, cinnamon, and the tang of apples from their apple cider doughnut holes. These scents are linked in my memory now.

To win a copy of Black Girl Baking, respond in the comments section below to the following question: What baked good sweet or savory do you most look forward to during the winter months? Do you bake it yourself? Is it on a seasonal rotation at your favorite restaurant? Tell us all about it!

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Video: Using Resin to Make Faux Stained Glass "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

If you're uncomfortable working with stained glass, colored resin offers a safer alternative that achieves similar effects.

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A Self-Sufficient Off-Grid Farm near Lake Geneva "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I spent a whirlwind week with Yannik and Delphine at their small farm near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. From harvesting plants and seeds to learning about moon cycles and living off solar power, I got to experience life in a fully functioning, off the grid home. Check out the video to see how they do it!



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Thursday, 15 February


Black History Month Spotlight: Gees Bend Quilts "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The History of Gee's Bend on Design*Sponge
Just 256 miles away from where I live in Mississippi is a small, predominantly black hamlet called Boykin, AL. Perched in the twists and turns of the Alabama River, inspired by the bend in the river that surrounds Boykin, the area is often referred to by its nickname, Gees Bend. After emancipation in 1863, the area of Gees Bend became sort of an anomaly for the South, as the slaves of Boykin turned to sharecroppers, eventually becoming the landowners they are today. The Great Depression later had a profound impact on the area, and the community saw a large portion of the already small population leave Gees Bend. To remedy the economic impact, the land that made up the former plantation was sold to the Federal Government and the Farm Security Administration, and Gees Bend Farms, Inc. was established. This pilot co-op project was intended to help sustain the inhabitants of the area. Tracts of land were sold to the former slaves that made up Gees Bend, which at the time, it was still rare for freed African American families to be landowners.

Quilting among the African American community throughout the South goes back to times of slavery, when slaves would stitch secret messages into quilts, turning them into coded maps for the Underground Railroad. A tree in a quilt might tell you which way to turn, or a green square next to a blue line might tell you that a home next to the river was a slave safe house. Dozens of messages were sewn into these quilts. (* Please see footnote below.) As early as the mid-19th century, a distinctive form of quilting was born in the area, passing from generation to generation of Gees Bend women. The first Gees Bend quilt was made in the early 1800s, although the exact year is unknown. For those women that stayed through the Great Depression, they finally started getting some of the credit they deserved for their quilting work.

The women of Gees Bend began quilting, as we know today, mostly out of necessity because their shacks were without heat, they quilted for warmth. They didnt know that they were shaping the way we see the art of quilting today, as such with this weeks unveiling of Michel...


Before & After: Updating Inherited Pieces with Ariene C. Bethea "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Before & After: Updating Inherited Pieces with Ariene C. Bethea, Design*Sponge
Growing up, we moved quite a bit. No matter where we called home, though, one constant was my moms pair of blue velvet wingback chairs. At the time, I didnt think much about them in regards to style or design. I was just a kid. For me they were simply the chairs my sister Meredith would jump onto to avoid the nipping of our always-angry Jack Russell.

My last memory of the set is as rich as that of a screaming Meredith and growling pup. We had moved back to Texas after a stint in Louisiana, and my mom was having a garage sale. Before putting the chairs on the driveway, she offered to keep them around if I thought Id ever want them. Convinced their look would be too hard to decorate around, I encouraged her to sell both. I even remember what they went for: $25 a pop. Oh, the stellar rooms I could create today if Id only realized their potential back then!

One designer with a much keener eye for potential than me is the founder of Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio, Ariene C. Bethea. Clients head to Ariene because of her knack for creating eclectic spaces that seamlessly mix hand-me-downs and pieces from different eras with modern finds. But the strategy isnt only reserved for others. Her own Charlotte, NC home has become a showcase of how to beautifully live amongst treasures from the past. For example, shes hung a piece of artwork passed down from her parents in one room, their old table serves as the command center for Arienes home office, and the sectional Ariene used to cuddle into as a child is currently the star of her living room.

Youd never know these items were as old as they are thanks to Arienes thoughtful designer hand. Today, shes taken all shes learned from decorating with the throwback pieces and put together a list of Creative Ways to Update Inherited Pieces. Her ideas have me super inspired (and dreaming about those chairs I let go). Scroll down to check out how the pieces were styled then and how Ariene has cleverly made them feel very now. Enjoy! ...


Alexa, Flush The Toilet "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Instead of dropping $6000, use an Alexa to build your own fancy toilet that will flush when you tell it to.

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3D Print Aesthetic Leg Prosthetic "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This man designed and 3D printed a custom fairing for his coworker's daughter's prosthetic leg. Best of all, the designs are open source!

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Reducing Food Waste with Worm Farms: Trialing the Hungry Bin "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Zero waste is all about circular living. Its often talked about in terms of the circular economy (which is the ideal and the one we want to work towards) as opposed to the linear economy (which is the one we have now). The idea is that materials and resources should cycle, being reused or repurposed []


Furniture Recovery And Repair Fast And Easy Extra Income "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Dont throw out that old dresser! There are a ton of ways to save furniture and extend its useful life, from drawers that wont slide to removing paint from finished surfaces! With a little finesse you can find an easy way to bring your dresser or ottoman back from the brink, and keep using it or sell it for some cash! Heres my failures and successes with a whole variety of pieces I found for free which just needed a little TLC, and now theyre ready for market!

I used to do this years ago. It was a good sideline income. As this guy explains, fixing used furniture is a good way to get free furniture for your home and make some extra cash if you want. Plus, you save perfectly good furniture from going into the landfill. If youre in a good location for yard sales you can get some incredible deals. Some people drive around early in the morning and pick up free discarded furniture on the curb. In some places its not uncommon to buy used furniture for $5-10.


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Wednesday, 14 February


How to Rig a Model Ship "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

How to create realistic rigging on a sailing ship model for a tabletop piracy game.

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The aftermath and lessons learned Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Hello friends! This post is part of the Foot to Mouth story.   You can catch up with: Part 1 preparing for surgery (includes dry socket and scooter info) Part 2  surgery day (includes the fears and accomplishments) Today, lets move on to Part 3 the aftermath and lessons learned, which will be []

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The Front Door Saga: Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Oh hey! So um, this is awkward. Remember when I shared my Front Door Part 1 post? No? Thats cause it was 2 months ago!!!

Sheesh guys, thats crazy!

So since its been a while, lets recap (or you can read the full post here)

I found my dream doors on pinterest, couldnt find them anywhere for purchase, had them bid out, cried a few tears because they were $9000, found some pretty ok doors at an antique store, started to make some customizations on them. And now its now.

We removed the giant vent panel on the bottom of the doors and added a cross piece to separate it into 2 panels. This added more character and upped the vintage vibe.

One of the things that I was so drawn to about the inspo doors was the heavy moulding detail. Ive never considered myself much of a moulding lover, until the Merc changed my heart and now I just cant get enough!!

All of the moulding that were using in the whole space came from Home Depot, but I couldnt find something thick and chunky enough for these doors so our door guy (Clint from Quarter Sawn) made some custom for us, its not the cheapest thing (I think it was around $5/foot). But because he was making the inserted panels and the moulding all of the measurements could be exact. It made our lives so much easier when we went to assemble it!

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Before & After: A Charitable Renovation for The Ali Forney Center in NYC "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

For LGBTQ youth, homelessness is often a common place many find themselves in as theyre misunderstood or cast away by family, lacking support and empathy from society, and so many more waves of adversity. Founded in 2002 in memory of Ali Forney, a gender nonconforming teen who was murdered in Harlem, The Ali Forney Center in New York City works around the clock to provide a safe haven for LGBTQ youth. The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to housing homeless LGBTQ youth, says AFC Founder and Executive Director Carl Siciliano. Nearly 40% of the homeless youth population is LGBTQ. Homeless LGBTQ youth are eight times more likely to experience violence, discrimination and suicide. AFC houses 124 youths each night, and provides services to over 1,400 homeless young people per year.

A place that sees ample foot traffic and provides a welcoming atmosphere to struggling teens can become well-worn with time, and one of AFCs living spaces was in desperate need of some love. The communal room was dark and poorly lit, the flooring was in bad shape, the room lacked proper storage, the furniture wasnt conducive to gathering, and the residents didnt even use the space. Interior designer Sean Carlson Perry, feeling a deep connection to the center, set out to gift AFC with a complete renovation of their space.

I grew up gay in Nebraska (you can imagine), and have gone through some hard times when I was younger, but I cant imagine going through what these kids go through rejection from family, rejection from society, being kicked out of their home for being who they are, having nowhere else to turn, Sean shares. Luckily there is the Ali Forney Center. I can relate to some of the challenges our LGBTQ youth go through. These projects for AFC are extra special to me and close to my heart. This is the second shelter space we have redesigned/renovated for AFC.

Seans own experiences particularly a very trying year in his life led him to launch...


Raspberry Rose Geranium Cookies "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I developed this special Valentines Day recipe as a spin-off of my signature flower pressed shortbread cookies. I love using all-natural ingredients in my baking, so when I discovered that blending up freeze dried raspberries into powder and adding that into the cookie mix yields a bright pink cookie after baking, I was thrilled.

Visually, these cookies are all-natural show stoppers and taste-wise, they are tangy heart-melters. Theyre the perfect combination for love at first sight and a long lasting relationship. Whether or not you have a date this Valentines Day, take these cookies for a spin in your oven and enjoy your new-found (cookie) love. Lori Stern

Photography by Jessica Menda and table linens from Heather Taylor


4 Lessons We Learned Making a Propane Cannon "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Who hasnt seen Mythbusters and wanted to watch something blow up in slow motion? This husband and wife couldn't resist the call and built a propane cannon.

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Ashleys Living Room Tour "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Welcome to Ashleys Living Room Tour!! We love sharing how we make the pieces that we build work in our spaces! Come take a tour with us! Just click HERE or the video below to watch (NEWS:We are celebrating the launch of our new furniture collaboration with AtHome Stores! We would love to meet

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Saturday, 03 February


Rustic Laundry Room Cabinet with Hutch "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Even a small laundry room can be a dream laundry room with the right cabinet choices.  We just completed our custom Laundry Room (full tour here) and couldn't be happier with how things turned out.  It's been a few weeks, and the honeymoon is far from over - I can't wait to use my laundry room and it is so pretty and neat and organized, I love being in the laundry room!  I think the only thing missing is a speaker so I can sing along while folding and sorting.

This is a huge change, going from piles of laundry - both clean and dirty - with clean on the bed and in short baskets and dirty on the floor and in taller hamper baskets.  The family is also loving always having their laundry put away and accessible.  I'm already weeding out closets too - since we don't need as much clothes since it's always clean!

You can see the entire laundry room and how I use it in this video

And the full blog post reveal for our laundry room here.

The big cabinet with sink and hutch has been the game changer.  I kept the height of the countertop at 32" - so folding is the perfect height.

The hutch keeps everything put away

So the countertops are open for folding laundry.  If I run out of space on the countertops, I can use the lower shelves for added clean folded clothes temporary storage area until the kids get it put away. I do the folding, the kids put it all away.  



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