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Wednesday, 13 September

18:00

Before & After: A Kitchen Renovation and Expansion in London "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Caroline and John started searching for a new home in the Angel neighborhood of London three years ago. They lived in a flat in Angel at the time, and because of the easy access to Londons Financial District where Caroline and John both work, they wanted to find a house in the same neighborhood. But the search was much more exhausting than they expected. I had pretty much put a bid in (above asking price) on every home in the area and still managed to lose out. The market was going crazy, Caroline remembers. By expanding their search radius by 500 meters (or about 1/3 mile), more options appeared. From the doorstep of a house they were touring in the Newington Green neighborhood, the couple saw a Victorian terraced house with a for sale sign out front. They were instantly drawn to the house and knew it was finally the one they could call home with their children, Jack and Annabelle.

It wasnt a move-in ready home (there was carpet in the bathrooms!), but that was okay with Caroline and John. It had previously been used as a house share and it has definitely been transformed. We fell in love with it even though it needed a lot of work, Caroline shares. No matter what property you buy you are always going to change something about it, so having to do a lot of work didnt faze us too much.

The biggest project of all was tearing out the existing kitchen and expanding the space. The kitchen was the worst part of the house The kitchen extension was always going to be a project, Caroline says. To help the couple create the kitchen of their dreams, they hired interior designer Kia Stanford of Kia Designs. The expansion happened in the middle of winter, exposing the home to the elements and leaving the family without the use of a functional kitchen, but Caroline says it was so worth it.

The kitchen has since been completely transformed. A mix of colors, materials and styles works perfectly to make a space that is unique to Caroline and John. Their goal when they...

16:00

Desktop Wallpaper Downloads From Lea Carey: Day Seven "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Its the last day of our Lea Carey desktop wallpaper download series! Were so grateful to Lea for sharing seven of her fun and calming designs with us. In case you missed any of the other six days, you can catch them here: day one, two, three, four, five, six, and todays. Leas just made the move from coast to coast leaving her native San Francisco for New York and we feel like her work will soon bring some of that undeniable San Francisco flavor to the Big Apple. We wish Lea the best of luck, and we cant wait to see her new work and textile designs! Rebekah

These downloads are intended for personal use only. 

15:00

Explore Lenzs Law with Gravity-Defying Magnet Tricks "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Wow your friends with this simple to pull trick. Using the first law of thermodynamics, make it seem like you can magically defy gravity.

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14:00

Turning a Realistic Harry Potter Wand on a Wood Lathe "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Don't be afraid to try new things. A magic wand, from Harry Potter, is a good starter project for using a wood lathe.

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The post Turning a Realistic Harry Potter Wand on a Wood Lathe appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

13:00

Light Up My Life "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This post is sponsored by Lamps Plus. All opinions are my own.

When we were house hunting, one of my friends advised me to find a house that we could be happy living in as-is. She said, you'll have tons of ideas for projects and home improvements to do, and you may end up doing them all eventually, but for most people renovations aren't a quick process like on TV. It's going to take longer (and cost more) than you think, so make sure you'll be happy in the meantime. That will make the process much more fun, and less stressful on your marriage. I can already see the wisdom in her advice, because even the small changes like painting and light fixtures are taking us way longer than I thought. BUT! We are making progress, slowly but surely, and with every little change I like our house even more. Recently, we finally switched out some of our old builder grade light fixtures for pretty new ones from Lamps Plus...and they look soooo much better. Can I get a watt watt? ;) If you don't have a lot of money to spend on house renovations, but still want to do something that will make a big difference immediately, I highly recommend upgrading your lighting. It will instantly make your house feel 10x more stylish and intentional. Such a big impact for something relatively low-cost!

Light up my life: Upgrading the light fixtures in our house with Lamps Plus

Lamps Plus is my go-to shop for beautiful-yet-affordable lights in every style, from close-to-ceiling lights to hanging pendants and chandeliers. Here's a round up of some fixtures that I considered for our house, and the ones I actually chose. These rooms are not even close to being done yet (the blank walls are so embarrassing!!!!), but I'm trying to celebrate every little bit of progress. So yeah, here's where we're at. I am CLEARLY not the kind of blogger who moves in and has everything remodeled and styled super cute within a month. I want to be that girl, but hey, life is busy right now...

Round up of the best close to ceiling lights

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02:51

Activists Build Tiny Houses To Defend Against Oil Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Diy"


Ten tiny houses are about to go head-to-head with a giant proposed oil pipeline. In what some area already dubbing the next Standing Rock, Kanahus Manuel, an activist of the Secwepemc Nation is spearheading a team of builders and volunteers from all over North America to construct tiny homes with the aim of halting the expansion of the Kinder Morgans Trans Mountain pipeline which would run through 518 kilometres of Secwepemc Territory.

The proposed pipeline comes just 3 years after the disastrous incident at Mt Polley, where water and slurry with years worth of mining waste were released into Polley Lake.

This group of dedicated activists say that building the tiny homes is not only an act of resistance, but also of creation, building something beautiful, to create hope and create homes for the community.

Tiny House Warriors Facebook
Tiny House Warriors Website
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Wow, theyve lived on this land for thousands of years and never signed any treaties with westerners.

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Tuesday, 12 September

19:00

Do Artists and Designers Have an Obligation To Be Political? "IndyWatch Feed Diy"


During the chaos of the past year, the most helpful discovery I made was Up First, an NPR podcast that condenses the days news into 15 minutes or less. Its a godsend for anyone who feels fed up with the 24-hour news cycle, and with the constant commentary that accompanies it. By reducing my intake to a few minutes of the most important news, my day is less likely to involve drowning in the clickbait-and-thinkpiece maelstrom thats become the topography of the Internet. Though this eliminates some distraction, I cant help feeling overwhelmed by the current volume of political and social strife, a sentiment I know Im not alone in having.

Amidst increasingly troubling news, I noticed that more artists, whose feeds usually focused on aesthetics, were using their platforms to speak out. I felt a sense of solidarity knowing I was in the company of creatives who understood the impact their voices could have, but it also led me to a larger question:


We cant all be Ai Weiwei or Swoon, but I believe artists should understand where their work stands in relation to the contemporary political and social environment. Everything that we, as culture producers, create is cultural data that others consume. Regardless of a makers intentions, art is political once it is available to any audience. Even something as seemingly...

18:00

A Brief History of Knolling, AKA Overhead Photography "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I cant tell you how many moments I spend reframing overhead object photography in mind. Can we suspend these objects from the ceiling with string? Can we line them up vertically on floating shelves that blend into the background, or is that just creepy? Seeing beautiful images from an overhead view is generally a lovely experience. But how many can I truly appreciate after a full day on the Internet? I find myself asking, Is that all there is? and, more importantly, where the heck did this ubiquitous method come from? So I did some research. (Image above by Alea Toussaint for our digital wallpaper series. Download it for your device here.)

Flat lay photography has actually been kicking around for nearly 30 years. With its pretty, clean presentation, it turns objects into specimens ripe for the viewer to project a piece or two onto her own inner landscape. It must be one of the brains truly favorite image styles, allowing us to mix and match a macaroon onto our decidedly unremarkable countertop. So satisfying in a fantasy context these images tickle our desire response when we see the objects in real-life.

Heres what I found out about this trend.

Flat lay photography is nicknamed knolling, and technically speaking, involves objects arranged at a 90 angle from each other and then photographed from above. The nickname knolling came from a custodian at architect Frank Gehrys furniture store. Really. You see, at the time (1987) Gehry was designing furniture for Knoll and that custodian, one Andrew Kromelow, would roam the store after it closed, searching for and collecting any tools that were left out. Instead of quickly putting the tools in their place, he would arrange them on a flat surface at right angles to one another. He called this knolling because it reminded him of the angles in Florence Knolls furniture.

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16:00

Desktop Wallpaper Downloads From Lea Carey: Day Six "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Were nearly done with our series of wallpaper downloads from artist and designer Lea Carey (make sure to check out our first five days). Lea is a recent San Francisco transplant to New York. While her work feels so inherently California, we are delighted to see how the East Coast influences and inspires her new work! Make sure to stop by tomorrow to see our last day of Lea Carey desktop wallpapers. Rebekah

Check out the other wallpapers in this series: day one, day two, day three, day four, day five, and today.

These downloads are intended for personal use only.

15:00

Maker Spotlight: Sam Laturi "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Although he enjoys dabbling in laser cutters, electronics, clay, and robotics, Sam Laturi's true passions lie in metalworking.

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The post Maker Spotlight: Sam Laturi appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

14:00

Edible Innovations: Redirecting Wine Byproducts into Plant Based Leather "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

In an effort to combat the growing food waste problem, Vegea is using the byproduct of the wine creation process to make custom leather.

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The post Edible Innovations: Redirecting Wine Byproducts into Plant Based Leather appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

06:10

Cabinet Door Drying Rack "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

By Jamison Rantz

Recently we took on a full kitchen remodel in our first flip house and one of the biggest tasks was going to be painting the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. We knew trying to lay all these doors out was going to be a challenge in itself so we decided to build an inexpensive drying rack that would accommodate all of our cabinet doors and drawer fronts. At first I was looking at dowels for the arms of the rack but that can get expensive quick and this was really only going to get used once so I opted for 1x2s which can be purchased for next to nothing. That being said, I was able to come up with a quick, easy and inexpensive drying rack design (under $40) that I think most people on similar situations will find useful.

This is the beginning of lots of cabinet plans and kitchen renovations stuff to come so sit back and enjoy. Or unsubscribe, either way, youve been warned. Cheers!

Oh, and dont forget to subscribe on YouTube and for sneak peeks of our upcoming projects be sure to check out...

06:09

Home Depot Foundation Event "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

By Jamison Rantz

One thing Jamie and I have always been passionate about was helping others and teaching our children the value of being selfless and not selfish. We want to raise our children to serve others before they serve themselves, and the best way we can teach them this lesson is to show them. So when The Home Depot asked us to be part of their foundation program we were beyond excited. Not every large corporation has a heart like weve seen through the many employees at Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is about giving back to our U.S military veterans and families and supporting communities that are affected by natural disasters. We were honored to work with Team Depot and some of our awesome friends Jen Woodhouse and her husband Adam, Brad from FixThisBuildThat, and Katie and Jeremy from BowerPower, at Camp Southern Ground in Fayetteville, Ga. This camp provides a place for military veterans and their families to connect and support one another.

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01:53

The Highland Completed Home Tour "IndyWatch Feed Diy"


This is a Facebook Livestream that was recorded on Friday, September the 3rd, 2017 and features Randy Jones, owner/builder of Incredible Tiny Homes, talking about the Highland enchanted home which is 10 wide and 24 in length.

This home has many custom features such as: a synthetic thatch roof from Endureed, window boxes, custom built front door & barn door, Murphy bed, custom kitchen cabinets, and much more. The base price for a 10 x 24 Incredible Tiny Home is $50,000 plus your chosen upgrades. This home was sold for $65,000.

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Monday, 11 September

22:10

Our New Front Door! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

After the last month of working around the plaster where the front door is, we finally took it down and dun dun dun dun dun duuuuuuuuun! We have a front door! Well, almost. We have a hole for a front door. But you guys know how excited I get about holes in the building so TA DA!

It took about 5.5 hours longer than we thought it would, but just like everything at the Merc, it might not be straight but that thing will last through the apocalypse.

Speaking of apocalypse, can you believe how much better the brick looks?

Its definitely not perfect, but man oh man doesnt it look so much better?!

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