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Thursday, 22 March


Bamboo Building and Agroforestry Workshops Ecuador "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Bamboo houses and workshops by Bahia Beach Construction

Bamboo houses and workshops by Bahia Beach Construction

My name is Maya Sachasinh, I am a Bay Area native, college student at UC Berkeley and a life long social and environmental permaculturalist/activist. I wanted to reach out to ask for help spreading an incredible permaculture opportunity. For the past couple years I have helped start a bamboo construction company in coastal Ecuador after many years of facilitating restoration projects and research in the coastal tropical dry forests. Bamboo construction has been a great way for us to create incentive within the community to steward the forests, plus re stimulate the economy after disastrous earthquakes in 2016 and advocate for climate resiliency through green infrastructure development. Thus was founded, Bahia Beach Construction.

Currently, we work to run supplemental green infrastructure courses for college students from over 10 universities, and after participating in some natural building workshops we received an incredible amount of demand to host a non-student trip on our new bamboo agroforestry farm. On this farm we are currently building a full on bamboo cultivation, curing, and carpentry training compound. What sets this trip apart is that folks from all over will have the opportunity to build structures with us start to finish while completing our bamboo cultivation and carpentry course, as well as have the option to design and create original designs on the farm with tools and materials provided! One of the many things we hope to create a platform for during this workshop is experimentation with knowledge of other natural and alternative builders from all walks of life.

I have ready to send an email template, promotional flyer, and 4-page brochure for this non-student program. All information about our company and registration for the workshop can be found here on out website. If there is any way you could help us by circulating this announcement through y...


Before & After: A Brooklyn Apartment Gets A Vintage-Inspired Overhaul "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Entrusting an interior designer to interpret your own personal style, and then translate it throughout the walls of your home, isnt always the easiest surrender of control. And for those with endless creativity and inspiration springing from their lifes work and surroundings, that personal style can become even more nuanced, more difficult to convey, let alone execute at the hands of someone who is not yourself.

For Nicki Pombier Berger an oral historian, educator and artist articulating her vision for a full-apartment renovation in Brooklyns Park Slope to designer Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt first included talking at length about the project at hand. For Elizabeth to fully understand the inner workings of Nickis brain and the type of space that would feed her clever idea tank, she, as Nicki says, internalized and metabolized her ideas to bring them to life. After this gathering of ideas, Nicki says, [Elizabeth] gives back a portrait of myself that I wouldnt be able to come up with on my own. Aside from the aesthetics of the home, it needed to be welcoming and functional for Nickis two sons, aged 5 and 13, one of whom has multiple disabilities.

Elizabeth, who grew up immersed in the arts from performing music to studying visual arts to jewelry design was up to the task of executing the needs of Nicki and her family, and used nature to greatly inform the apartments design. I had gone camping on and around Lake Superior with my family while I was working on this project, Elizabeth recalls. As we were walking different parts I took note. There was the beach and that became the kitchen and the dark stones became the bathroom. The deep woods were a reflective place and that was the study. There were also lots of wildflowers and that was translated to the bedroom. Nicki goes to some of the areas [where] we were with her family, and I knew those were places she really loved, so it was a good place to pull from.

A rental for over 20 years, the apartment was in need of several updates before aesthetics came into play. When w...


Behold the Intricate Beauty of the Rose Engine "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Last year, Caleb Kraft visited Maker Faire Paris and had a wonderful time. One of the exhibits that really caught his eye was the rose engine display.

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The post Behold the Intricate Beauty of the Rose Engine appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.


Biodegradable Plastic: Is It REALLY Eco-Friendly? "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

If theres one environmental claim that makes me nervous when I see it printed on plastic-like products and packaging, its biodegradable. Why? Because without context, this label is vague and potentially misleading. A one-word label like this tells us nothing about the true biodegradability of a product. What does it biodegrade into? Toxic or non-toxic? []


Spring loaded flowerbeds on auto pilot and new plans "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I understand the feeling some of you are having over my currently flowerbed-less back yard I mentioned in my recent hydrangea pruning post. My current feeling is the decision is only temporary. Ill eventually be searching for low maintenance options to help soften the corners a little. Right now Im enjoying the wide open spaces, []

The post Spring loaded flowerbeds on auto pilot and new plans appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.


How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Loneliness doesnt always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us and its often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share space with their neighbors, get to know them, and look after them. Rethink your home and how you live in it with this eye-opening talk.

If youre interested in this sort of thing, I think it would help to choose a group of like-minded individuals. You might love getting to know other gardeners who also enjoy quiet rural life. On the other hand, it might drive you nuts trying to fit in with people who mostly stare at their cell phones and talk about what they saw on TV last night as they smoke, etc.

The post How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) appeared first on Natural Building Blog.

Wednesday, 21 March


DIY Workbench "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

We get so many emails and messages asking us what are the basics to starting a workshop! One of the first pieces we suggest is a Workbench! This DIY workbench is the perfect build for beginners. You only need the 3 basic tools, that we suggest starting your workshop with, to build this. Its easy

The post DIY Workbench appeared first on Shanty 2 Chic.


Where We Shop: Making Room for Indie Shops and Box Stores "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Last week we had a community discussion about trends. I wanted to talk about why my thoughts on them had changed and what that shift taught me about judgement in design. More so than any other post in the past few years, people joined in the conversation in a big way and the viewpoints and feedback you all shared (both in the post and on social) opened my mind and renewed my faith in talking about deeper issues here. Hearing everyone share their thoughts in such open, vulnerable, and constructive ways was powerful.

Several important issues arose in those conversations that well be addressing in posts over the next few weeks, but one in particular stayed with me because its a conversation weve been having internally here at Design*Sponge for a long time: can we ethically support handmade/independent work and big box stores at the same time?

For me, the answer is complex. And its one thats still evolving because we are always discussing this issue amongst ourselves at Design*Sponge. Whether its related to ad campaigns with large retailers, sourcing shopping posts, choosing where to host events, or finding new and better ways to...


Before & After: A Bedroom Dormer Becomes An Extraordinary Nursery "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I love everything about Stacey Blakes aesthetic. From the moment you walk into her Fayetteville, NC home, theres color everywhere you look, with bright hues flowing perfectly from one room to the next. Shes not afraid to take design risks something Im working on in my own home and I think her bold choices are so awesome. When Stacey and her husband began decorating their soon-to-be daughters nursery, its no surprise that it, too, would have lots of color. However, Stacey also found the design left her a bit pleasantly surprised when she settled on white walls for part of the room, to balance it out.

It all started with the wallpaper from La Maison Pierre Frey. I dont do thematic rooms, and this wallpaper design makes it easy to transition the room from nursery to big girls room, Stacey says. The pattern is fun and brings in an element of color and whimsy, which is perfect for a nursery. Since the wallpaper is a bold pattern, she placed it only in the rooms dormer where the crib would be and repainted the rest of the space a warm white, to temper the pattern of the wallpaper. I could easily choose any color to highlight in the space because the wallpaper has a myriad of colors, but I went with yellow to use around the room mostly because I already had those mustard draperies and it made sense to just continue with that color, Stacey shares. I am also really loving the color mustard right now.

The room is very angular, with no crown molding, so Stacey chose the wall color to match as closely as possible to the ceiling co...


Carve Your Own Vintage Railway Signs "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

In one of his newest Maker Share projects, Dessie Gamble details how he carved vintage railway signs for museum exhibits.

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The post Carve Your Own Vintage Railway Signs appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.


This Drone Rocket Hybrid Can Land Vertically "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Instead of deploying a parachute, this quadcopter drone can slowly hover back down and land directly on the launchpad again.

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Mirror Mirror: 10 Beautiful Mirrors for Every Room "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Thanks to Howard Elliott for partnering with me on this post. All opinions are my own.

Now that it's officially spring (hooray!), I wanted to make a few changes in our house to mark the change in season. So I gave our bedroom a little update. I bought some ranunculus, got new linen bedding, and we finally hung a mirror above our dresser! It took me awhile to decide what style of mirror I wanted here, so this wall has been blank for months. I think this mirror was worth the wait's a beaut! I'm sharing a few photos below, plus I rounded up some beautiful mirrors for every room and style.

Midcentury dresser with curvy Venetian-style mirror


Howard Elliott mirror

Beautiful mirrors for every room

Round up: 16 Great Mirrors for Every Room & Style

1. Venetian mirrors - I've been loving Venetian style mirrors lately...they're beautifully detailed, but still work well with modern decor. We picked out the Messina mirror for above our dresser, but I also love the more ornate Regina mirror.



Cleaning Up Our Construction Mess So WE CAN MOVE INTO THE MERC!!!! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

OH MY GOSH were so close to moving into the Merc you guys!  Hopefully this weekend!!

Something that I stupidly didnt realize until we found ourselves in this renovation business is the heavy duty cleaning that has to happen before you can move in. I mean you think that everything is new, all the paint is fresh, the tile is new, tubs have never been bathed in, so all you should have to do is wipe stuff down and call it a day, right?

W-R-O-N-G-O Mandito, that is not real-ito. Ive learned some pretty great hacks, so lets dive into it!!

First and foremost, when youre cleaning your renovation, make sure that the water is turned on, cause mine wasnt and hose water is cold and usually a trek from where youre working. Second thing, you need to get yourself a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with Durafoam.

I usually get mine at Home Depot because #lifer but you can get them everywhere! They are so featherweight and durable and have a diamond pattern that makes them even more powerfully scrubbable. Want to see how we used it?


DIYers, specifically those that tile, get ready to have your life changed. If youve ever used epoxy grout you are going to nod in recognition at this.

The haze. Its there, and the only way that weve found to get it off is with De-hazer or Lacquer Thinner. Neither of which Im particularly happy about rubbing all over the walls in my house. But guess what else takes the dreaded haze off?!



China Has Officially Started Building The Worlds First Forest City "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Liuzhou, China is the world's first 'forest city'

Liuzhou, China is the worlds first forest city

The worlds first Forest City, created to fight pollution, is now under construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China.

Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, a team that develops green projects all around the world, the futuristic Forest City will be home to a community of about 30,000 people.

It will be covered in greenery, including nearly 1 million plants of more than 100 species and 40,000 trees that together absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants, and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen annually.

As a result, Forest City will help to decrease the average air temperature, improve local air quality, create noise barriers, generate habitats, and improve local biodiversity in the region.

Liuzhou Forest City will be self-sufficient, running on renewable energy sources such as geothermal and solar energy. The project is planned to be complete sometime in 2020.


The post China Has Officially Started Building The Worlds First Forest City appeared first on Natural Building Blog.

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