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4 Super Easy DIY Ideas for How to Distress Wood

Learn simple techniques for how to distress wood. Like the look of distressed or weathered wood? Want to learn how to distress wood for your own DIY projects? Read on to learn some useful techniques and tricks to make it appear like it’s naturally weathered and rustically textured. Whether flipping […]

Daily Inspiration: 25 Pinterests We Love

Come on, pin a little. There’s nothing quite like a good inspiration board pinned with memorable quotes, tears from magazines, friends’ recipes, and pictures, but we live in the digital age, where we’re constantly finding inspiration that we can’t physically put anywhere (well, not without printing paper). Which is why we’re […]

Outdoor Entertaining: 11 Essentials for a Backyard July 4th Bash

The team at CasaSugar helps us celebrate outdoors. If you’re planning on hosting a party for Fourth of July festivities, you’ll want to make sure that your backyard is up for the challenge. Choosing decorative elements that are multifunctional is key, but it takes a bit of preparation. To ensure […]

The Cleanest Nightstands for Eco Bedrooms

His side: Self improvement books falling precariously from makeshift bookends and a highball glass half-empty with water; a  CD player and scattered CD’s from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. A sock he would have thrown in the hamper had he been more present. An urn-shaped lamp with a […]

Foodie Underground: And the Underground Winner Is…

ColumnCongratulations to our winning Foodie Underground entry by Johanna Kindvall! Last week, in celebration of Foodie Underground‘s one-year anniversary, we asked for your own foodie submissions. We received many interesting, creative recipes, photos and artwork. As I wrote last week, writing this column has been an exploration of how food […]

12 Ways to Fake a Bigger Room

“Does this mirror make my bedroom look fat?” asked the house to the looking glass. There are those of us who like our spaces small and cozy; also among us are greenies that feel confined and uncomfortable in the itty-bitty. For both camps, we’re inclined to point you in the […]

Beyond Textiles: Contemporary African Design

Fusion home décor celebrating modern African art and traditional craftsmanship. West African artisans have long been celebrated for traditional textiles and craftsmanship. Yet, as demonstrated by the rising international profile of artists like Paa Joe, so, too, changes the paradigm of how we view modern African design. Often conceptualized as […]

Making Homesteading Approachable

Urban homesteading is more doable than you think. At the risk of stirring up controversy for using The-Term-Formerly-Known-As –Urban Homesteading, I’d like to talk about the practice of achieving more self-sufficient, sustainable living in cities from a strictly aesthetic point of view. Who says keeping chickens has to be hard? […]

9 More Reasons Why We Heart Scandinavia

Norway’s Nasjonale Turistveger is taking the highway rest stop to a higher level. American rest stops are often associated with abductions, rapes, snipers, drug trafficking, and the obesity epidemic. Unless you happen to be traveling through Vermont, they’re cautionary places to quickly attend to your business without talking to strangers. […]

Seasonal Living: Spring Series – the Ritual Cleansing

Scandinavians have much to teach us about the art of the sauna and its powers of renewal. Spring is the ideal time to consider a sauna bath as a practical addition to the home. … Long before the pool opens for the summer, regular saunas will help cleanse the pores […]

Foodie Underground: Scandinavian Takeover

Notice how any recent mention of fare from Sweden, Norway and Denmark also denotes how a Scandinavian food trend is quickly making its way into all kinds of food markets? Why it’s taken so long for Scandinavian fare to hit the global market is beyond me, but with simple, down […]

Parisian Androgyny Offers Sexy Design Details

Soak in the androgynous details of this space. Does your interior have a sexual identity? Lounging in Paris, is an interior with a perfect mixture of masculine strength and feminine daintiness. The harmless over-generalization of sexual characteristics is rampant within the walls of this Paris flat, home to fashion designer […]

50 Pick Up Lines to Find Summer Love

Because life is sexier in the summer sun.  Can you help me with my organic sunscreen, it’s a little hard to smear in. Do you like this string bikini made from recycled polyester? I’m not a very good swimmer, do you have any lifeguarding experience? How about I serve you […]

NOIR: A Scandinavian Fashion Label Oozing Sexy Social Conscience

As a fashionista and an eco-advocate, I am absolutely in love with the Danish eco-luxury collection Noir and their newer street label offered at a more price conscious level, Bllack Noir. “We want to be known as the first brand to bring sophistication and sexiness to corporate social responsibility,” says […]

The 10 Stories That Defined Food in 2011

A look back at the stories that inspired what we ate and how we ate it.  When it comes to comnsuming, it’s not just about what’s on the table, it’s about how it got there and how it is being enjoyed. Over the last year we have come to make […]

A Hot Hauz

We’ve all come to learn that Scandinavian is synonymous with cool design (just think Ikea). Meet Hau Hauz. Designer Satu Makkonen draws her inspiration from nature and different cultures. She uses only natural fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, and linen to create an extensive product line. Makkonen adorns her fabrics […]

Bike Share Programs You Don’t Want to Miss Out On

Green travel isn’t just about buying carbon offsets and choosing resorts that serve local, organic fare, it’s about crafting an itinerary that’s built around more sustainable options. That’s especially true when it comes to transportation. Buzzing around a city and racking up cab fare certainly isn’t the most environmentally friendly […]

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7 Quirky Ideas for Repurposing Vintage Home Decor Goods

Repurpose vintage home decor goods because it looks cool–and because it’s better for the environment. No matter what your decorating style, there is always room to repurpose vintage home decor goods to add both form and functionality. Whether your space can be more accurately described rustic, boho, modern country, Scandinavian, mid-century, […]

9 Phenomenal Subscription Boxes Perfect for Mother’s Day

Gift mom with one of these subscription boxes for Mother’s Day this year. It’s the gift that will keep on giving. For some of us, Mother’s Day can sometimes be fraught with the gift-giving conundrum. What to gift the woman who brought you into this world and continues to nourish […]

9 Fantastic Folkloric Finds: Adding Folk Art to Your Space

Get inspired with these folk art finds to create a magical folkloric hideaway. In case you are wondering just what we mean, today’s folkloric decor and design is inspired by primitive art styles of Scandinavia, Mexico, Peru, and other countries and cultures of the world. It’s an appreciation for the timeless […]

4 Super Easy DIY Ideas for How to Distress Wood

Learn simple techniques for how to distress wood. Like the look of distressed or weathered wood? Want to learn how to distress wood for your own DIY projects? Read on to learn some useful techniques and tricks to make it appear like it’s naturally weathered and rustically textured. Whether flipping […]

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7 Quirky Ideas for Repurposing Vintage Home Decor Goods

Repurpose vintage home decor goods because it looks cool–and because it’s better for the environment. No matter what your decorating style, there is always room to repurpose vintage home decor goods to add both form and functionality. Whether your space can be more accurately described rustic, boho, modern country, Scandinavian, mid-century, […]