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Friday, 27 October


My Fail-Proof Paint Colors for a Monochromatic Home "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

We all know that one of the easiest updates you can make to your house is to update the paint, right?! In fact its always the first place that I start. But, Id be lying if I said that picking the perfect color is easy. There are SO MANY factors that come into play. but guys Ive tested more paint colors than I care to count and today Im dishing on my Fail-Proof hues!!

Over the last 15 years weve witnessed  beige walls move into the grey territory and just the last few years its moving again  into whites and blacks. Its almost impossible to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest without seeing some variation of a modern farmhouse with white walls and black windows. Monochromatic is huge, and for good reason. Its the perfect back drop for almost every style choice. Ive said it for years, if you LOVE color like I do, white walls give you freedom to use ALLLLLL the colors. If you hate color, chances are great that you already are on team white walls. You just cant go wrong. Or can you?

All of the colors below are described as white. 5 out of the 6 have White in the name, and on a wooden background they all look white.

Within every color are a whole range of undertones. These are the exact same colors on a white background! I mean, that is crazy right!?



Monarch Butterflies + Best of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This week, like so many others, has been a challenging news week. Ive been trying to maintain a balance of staying plugged-in (and active) and also quiet and finding space for rest and care. It can be discouraging, but Ive found so much joy and beauty in Instagram lately, especially in the pages of our hashtag challenge feeds. You all have shared so many stunning moments of natural beauty, serenity and hope. This one (of Monarch Butterflies at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden) taken by @mol_dek (Molly Dektar) is a favorite of mine, and I hope it will bring you the same sense of peace and love that it brought to me when I saw it. Until Monday, heres to a wonderful weekend! Some of our favorite links from around the web and Design*Sponge this week are below! xo, grace

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15 Indie Shop Mugs To Spend The Winter With "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Mugs are a bit like the whole magnet collection on the fridge phenomenon. They just keep appearing and taking up more and more kitchen real estate. While homes (and kitchen cabinet interiors) tend to be a whole lot more curated in the Instagram and shelfie age, Ive been reminiscing about opening my grandmothers cupboards in Florida and being visually overwhelmed by not only the sheer number of mugs contained within, but also the colors, slogans and multiple zodiac-related graphics emblazoned on too many mugs to count.  But boy, was her collection charming! I currently own three mugs and only one of them did I purchase for my personal own pleasure (thanks TJMaxx clearance section & Pantone!)

Since I bought my first home (at 50!) and kicked my eleven-year old out of the master bedroom, Ive been doing a bit of #adulting. For me that means adding some small things to my home that are within my budget think real shaving cream, a full set of matching cutlery and a mug or two Ive chosen to start my morning with. So long Shepherdstown Chronicle (local newspaper) freebie mug! May you find a new home in a college dorm where youre held gently and filled with powdered hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows.

Here are some of our favorite indie shop mugs to hold all your warm beverage this seasons! Caitlin

Watercolor Painting above by Pamela Baron. Available here on Tictail as a beautiful print!


Becky Sterns Retro Raspberry Pi Tumblr GIF Camera "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This great project puts a clever animated gif-making apparatus into a vintage camera housing, and uploads the results to a Tumblr page.

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The post Becky Sterns Retro Raspberry Pi Tumblr GIF Camera appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.


Before & After: A Dated Basement Family Room Gets a Bright White Remodel "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Seeing potential in almost any space is a skill that comes easily to Michelle Gage, an interior designer in the Philadelphia, PA area. She works with her clients to unveil what could be in their spaces while utilizing the same budget-savvy eye to make-over her own 1920s colonial home in Havertown, PA. Michelle and her husband, Alex, have been working room by room in their house to make it home. Theyve recently transformed their dated basement into a gorgeous family room.

Michelle and Alex wanted to do this project for less than $1,000 minus the cost of furniture and accessories which meant doing the process themselves from start to finish. The basement was one of the last spaces we tackled. We started by ripping out some of the paneling and a dated church-pew-like bench. Alex built a custom cabinet for the TV and dcor. We painted the walls a fresh white coat. One hurdle we faced was asbestos tile. We couldnt rip it up, so we had to layer flooring on top of it, Michelle says. This faux-wood floor looks like the real deal, but snaps into place and was super affordable. The exposed beams were left the same, keeping the richness and charm from the wood in the space. Michelle chose furniture that layers color and texture in a cozy way and utilized eclectic accessories from years of collecting as the focal point in the space. The clean look of the bookshelves, beams and paneling is complemented by the collected feel of the accessories and decor. Through some cosmetic changes, Michelle and Alex have turned a space that they never used into a place that they enjoy every evening. Lauren

Photography by Kyle Born

Image above: Built-in cabinetry adds a focal point and makes the room feel taller. The white paint on the paneling breaks up the brown tones in the space.



Quickly Build Transitional Dwellings with Shelter 2.0 CNC Templates "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Shelter 2.0 is a flat-packed plywood structure that anyone can build pretty much anywhere with the assistance of a CNC router.

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The post Quickly Build Transitional Dwellings with Shelter 2.0 CNC Templates appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.


Tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej: New Theory Sustainable Agriculture and the Sufficiency Economy "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This plan makes farmers more self-reliant through holistic land management, while living harmoniously with nature and within society.

This plan makes farmers more self-reliant through holistic land management, while living harmoniously with nature and within society.

This is the one year anniversary of the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and so it is fitting to highlight the great work he has done in Thailand. The Kings policies helped raise the standard of living for tens of millions of people in Thailand and make the country one of the largest food exporters in the world. In my opinion, King Bhumibol Adulyadej may be the greatest environmentalist of the last century. Westerners are often unaware of the Kings work because most of the information is in Thai, not English.
Sufficiency economy is the name of a Thai development approach that has been applied by over 23,000 villages in Thailand.

Sufficiency economy is the name of a Thai development approach that has been applied by over 23,000 villages in Thailand.

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Thursday, 26 October


Double-Barrel 3D Printed Candy Corn Wrist Shooter "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Download and print the custom design, then put your candy corn to good use. Just don't aim at anyone's heads, please. 

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Last Minute Halloween: Costumes, Food, Decor, and More "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

46 quick, easy, and awesome costume ideas, plus last minute decorating ideas and tips.

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Makers and Disaster Relief: Replacement Parts "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The people of the Caribbean need a small, portable casting system that can safely melt any found metals to create replacement parts.

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The post Makers and Disaster Relief: Replacement Parts appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.


A Vermont Cabin Built by Hand to House a Familys History "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

How often do you find a creative project looming and think, If only I could just get away, hole up in the woods and think through this? Its a thought that has crossed my mind with each passing season. For Robin MacArthur, its a thought that crossed her mind, and she did something about it a very big thing about it. She and her husband built a cabin with their own hands, dug the septic trenches and all!

Robin and her husband Ty both grew up in idyllic Vermont, but as a couple, they spent stints living and creating in Providence, New York and Philadelphia. Robin is a musician and author (her second book, Heart Spring Mountain comes out this January), and Ty is a composer for documentary films. They also collaborate musically under the moniker Red Heart The Ticker, but as they ventured away from Vermont, they came to a decision. We realized that the only way we had a shot at having artistic careers was if we moved back to my parents land in Vermont and built ourselves a cabin where we could live mortgage- and rent-free. The dream!

The land itself was storied already. Robins grandparents moved to an abandoned farmhouse on three-hundred acres of land in Marlboro, VT in 1950. Her parents later built a house on that land, and when Robin was 16 and restless and stir-crazy in my parents house, she and her dad built a cabin up the road. It was her teenage refuge, and the very beginnings of the cabin she would build with her husband, nestled beautifully in a west-facing clearing full of sweet smelling ferns. I never imagined that I would spend most of my life in that spot, but who ever predicts the future?

Robin and Tys creative retreat started out rustically one room, an outhouse and no running water. It was sufficient at the time, but as their family g...


Your Merc Questions ANSWERED! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Happy Wednesday! As I was lying in bed at 3am responding to DMs on Instagram, I had 2 thoughts. 1. GO BACK TO BED. And 2. You should do a Q&A post to bring everyone up to speed.

Here are your most common questions about the Merc, if youve got more, leave them below and Ill add them to this post!

What IS the Merc?

The Merc is the old Santa Clara Mercantile store. It was built in 1928 and has been vacant off and on for the better part of 25 years! We bought it and are turning it into our house! You can read all about it here!!

Is the Merc a house, or a store, or what?

Yes to all of the above. Because of the Commercial Mixed Use zoning (you can dive deeper into that here!) we can live in it, but we have to have something commercial. For now, the front office is our commercial space. (You can see our floor plans here) Im still trying to define exactly how I want to use it. Im LOVING the idea of hosting pop up shops for local and out of town small businesses. (St. George doesnt exactly have an abundance of cool places.) Im also using it for design consults, shop work, and just general business stuff. The rest of the space is our house, but because we have so much space inside and out Im excited to see how things play out. Who even knows what this is going to end up being!

Are you worried that people will think your house is a store and walk inside?

I mean, Im sure it will happen but were going to do our best to prevent it. (Think private residence and by appointment signs.) Also the Merc is on a fairly busy road and weve got a 2 year old, so in an effort to lock him in, well be just as efficient at locking people out. Which means that people wont be able to just walk in.

Whats going on with the easement and your neighbors?!

The easement was such a source of stress before we bought the Merc, almost to the point where we didnt get it. (You can dive deeper into that situation and our weird prop...


Phone-Screen-Driven Ono 3D Printer In Action at Maker Faire New York "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

There have been questions from the maker community about the viability of the Ono printer, so we set out to see it in action.

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10 Storefronts With Showstopper Awnings "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I have always loved a good awning on a storefront. Im mostly drawn to striped versions, but I love really unique and clever ones, too. Awnings typically cover doors and windows, creating a great cover for outdoor seating. They are both eye-catching and functional, and instantly Im transported to locations like Paris or London, with their charming awning-covered cafes and storefronts.

The 10 awnings Ive rounded up today showcase beautiful materials and designs that make me so happy. If you know of a storefront with a great awning, tag it with #dsstorefronts on Instagram. Wed love to have a look. And if I see a striped, scalloped awning, my heart might just explode! Enjoy! Erin

Image above: I love, love the Holiday Cafe in Paris. Its been making its way around the Internet and rightfully so. Image found on Babyccino Kids.



Transform a Tuff Shed into a Solar-Powered Workspace "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Build yourself a solar powered office out of a Tuff Shed, giving yourself a workspace to maintain isolation between your work and the rest of your life.

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Zero Waste Travel: Tips for a Zero Waste Road Trip "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Having a zero waste and plastic-free routine at home is one thing, but making it work whilst on holidays (and away from home) is quite another. Theres dealing with new places and situations; having limited options to buy anything in bulk or recycle; and being without many of the tools that make zero waste living []


Good Earth Nepal is now Good Earth Global "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Nepal recently became the first country on Earth to officially recommend and approve of Earthbag technology. Our Earthbag designs have been published in the federal governments official Reconstruction Catalog and ordinary Nepali families can now build their own Earthbag homes, with government rebuilding aid. With these developments Nepal has emerged as a world leader in sustainable building for the masses.

We now seek to export these breakthroughs to other developing countries, and with this new challenge are changing our name from Good Earth Nepal to Good Earth Global.

As reflected in our current project roster Good Earth Globals commitment to assisting Nepalis most in need is stronger than ever, and we thank the Nepali people for providing us and those around the world with enlightened leadership and renewed hope for a safer, cleaner planet.

Good Earth Global
Summary of completed earthbag projects
Please support all the smaller NGOs in Nepal that are doing great work. They get way more accomplished per dollar of donations than huge NGOs. Most of them can be found simply by searching this blog for keyword Nepal.


Wednesday, 25 October


Can a Paper Blade on a Dremel Tool Actually Cut Card, Plastic, Wood? "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Check out this eyeopening experiment to see if a rotary tool can do some serious cutting with two sheets of paper.

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DIY $7 Rustic Blanket Ladder "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

If you are looking for an easy, beginner project, that will give you a lot of bang for your buck, look no further! All you need to build this guy is 3 boards, 2 tools and less than $10! You can download the FREE Printable Plans HERE and then grab a coffee and come build {...Read More...}

The post DIY $7 Rustic Blanket Ladder appeared first on Shanty 2 Chic.


A jungle trail walk through Mauis historic Kepaniwai Park "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Aloha! It feels so good to be writing again! If you wish to follow my adventures to the minute, Ive been sharing on Instagram HERE. Anyway, my getaway thus far has proven to be very restful, and with even a little drama attached! The weather was perfect when I arrived. Time spent dashing from beach to []

The post A jungle trail walk through Mauis historic Kepaniwai Park appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.


Mirror with Hooks "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This post is brought to you by Liberty Hardware.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Everyone needs more hooks and more mirrors, right? Especially in a dark entryway.

My sister has a dark entryway that desperately needed more coat storage and more light bouncing around.  And I'm a fan of a mirror in every entryway - I always take one glance at myself before I head out into public, you never know, you may have paint or cookie dough splattered on you, or your hair may be sideways. 

So we need a mirror with hooks.  And we don't want to shell out $200 for one.  You guessed it ...

Mirror with Hooks

Here's how we DIYed this baby for about $25.

We picked up a $6 wall mirror

And some 1x3s and a 1x8 (about 16 feet of 1x3 and 6 feet of 1x8 depending on your mirror size).  We cut the boards to fit around the mirror, sides first, and then top and bottom.  Do measure and cut to fit.

Made some sawdust on my Kreg Jig (if you don't have one, get one).  Just two pocket holes on each end of the side boards.


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