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Entertaining and Environmental: 12 Free Green DIY Projects

Stuck inside on a rainy, dreary day? Have a hankering to start a new, crafty project? Using random objects and materials from around your home, these fun and eco-friendly DIY projects will cost you little to nothing. Scrap Paper Notebook You have a scrap paper galore in the drawer next […]

Chopstick Baskets: a Hit or a Miss?

It is estimated that restaurants discard billions of single-use chopsticks every year. Whenever I hear an astounding figure like that, I wonder why more aren’t recycled or reclaimed in an effort to reduce waste. The team at Kwytza Kraft is of the same mind. These resourceful artisans sanitize and craft […]

Why We Feel We Need Gigantic Furniture

Bigger isn’t always better. There it lurks by the window, veiling its girth under a swath of drapery in feigned modesty. You inch towards it, lured by its seduction, its “comfiness.” The giganta-loveseat, a chromosone short of evolving into a Great White Sofa awaits. Sit your tush in that thing […]

7 Stunning Entryway Ideas for a Welcoming Home

While the kitchen may be the soul of the house, the entryway makes the first impression. Up your game with these easy entryway ideas. Whether you want to add some more personality to your home or are looking to up the curb appeal, implementing entryway ideas can be a fantastic […]

Camping Without a Butler

One of the decisive trends for 2011 is nature. Pure, rustic nature. The call of the wild and the desire to mingle with Mother Nature will manifest in our homes, travel plans, and urban environments. As technology continues to present shiny little devices to keep us connected, our innate desire […]

5 Sparkly Ways to Get the Glam Home Decor Look

One of the hottest home decor trends coming in 2014 is glam. Short for glamorous, glam decor is all about elegance, luxury, mood and drama. It can look and be very luxe (read as expensive), and sure, when the fabulously rich style their homes it is, but it is possible […]

Color by Numbers: Pantone Addicts Find a Suitable Hue

A dozen+ Pantone prints, accessories and other objects that will leave you 382 M with envy. From Jubilee-sanctioned hues to the United Colors of humanity, Pantone-mania seems to be ubiquitous – and not just amongst the designer set. Lay color observers are drawn to the Pantone tone, be it the […]

Leslie Hoffman of Earth Pledge Takes Shelter

“An unremarkable house can become a beautiful, sustainable shelter,” says Leslie Hoffman, President and Executive Director of  Earth Pledge. She’s proving it with her own island development. The project is described on Hoffman’s Gimme Shelter blog as “a showcase for environmentally responsible building practices, sustainable products and brands and creative […]

School of Hard Nots

Teaching the nation’s future fabric designers not to use flame retardants and harsh dyes is one thing. Teaming up with a leading manufacturer who is going the green route is another. These are the lessons being learned at the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley, California, founded 35 […]

Practical, Gorgeous, Versatile Decor with Root of the Earth Bowls

The Root of the Earth bowl is delightfully true to its name. Discarded root balls from Chinese fir trees are hand-carved to create eco-friendly kitchenware with a rustic, natural appeal. These charming bowls can serve both a practical and decorative purpose, whether you decide to use them to store fruit […]

Which Transplants Should You Buy For Your Garden?

VideoLate to the growing season? Find out which plants are best to buy. You’ve spaced on getting your seeds started for your garden. We can excuse this one time, only if you promise to watch this video to learn what transplants you should buy from the farmers market so that […]

13 Fun and Functional Drink Coasters for Entertaining

Get your home ready for the holiday entertaining season with these clever drink coasters to protect your furniture. In our household, as in many US households, autumn and winter are the indoor entertaining months. Spring and summer are the outdoor entertaining months, but the cooler weather removes that most excellent […]

Commit Airocide: NASA’s Revolutionary Air Purifier

Pioneered by NASA, this completely filterless air purification technology eliminates pollutants that aggravate your allergies and make you feel sick. When someone says “air pollution” I almost instantly envision power plant smoke stacks and smog over Los Angeles. It’s disturbing to realize that the air inside our homes can be […]

Cast Iron Reasons to Go Back to Basics

Silicone’s useful in all sorts of way (here’s an example) – as long as it’s not overheated. That means non-stick pans and silicone kitchen implements are a worry. So let’s get back to basics. Natural clay vessels look and cook great, as Bonnie has noted. But let’s not throw the […]

5 Tips for a Spray-Paint Makeover

Color’s a powerful thing. Our moods are tied in with the colors of the seasons – and that’s why I’m a fan of seasonal redecorating (as Tina is, here). Does the hue of your room suddenly feel out of place? A lick of paint is the quickest of makeovers. Except […]

Stylish Letterpress, Meet Green

Lately my obsession for letterpress cards has turned into an obsession with letterpress posters. Fortunately for me, Keep Calm Ltd. and its founders, Lucas & Hayley have expanded their business. You may have heard of them: they made quite a splash last year with their reprint of the popular British […]

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7 Must-Have Tea Accessories for the Perfect Cuppa

Whether you are a regular tea drinker or turn to tea when the weather cools, there are some must-have tea accessories to make your tea sipping most magical. Hot tea can be your wake-up drink in the morning or part of your bedtime routine in the evening. From Earl Grey to […]

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Have a Happy Home: the Psychology of Interior Design

Living a better and more efficient life begins at home, which is why the psychology of interior design is so vitally important to creating a happy home. Whether you’re a professional or a do-it-yourselfer, residential interior design is a multifaceted field that often involves various stages of renovating, remodeling, and […]

11 Decorative DIY Crafts Using Natural Materials

This summer bring a bit of the outdoors inside with one – or eleven – of our natural DIY crafts. Have you been searching for some fresh DIY crafts to fill your summer weekends with? Then look no further because we’ve got you covered with some of the prettiest home […]

13 Creative DIY Garden Planters to Make Your Garden Green(er)

Whether you want to plant a few potted plants around your deck or undertake a more expansive garden overhaul, consider repurposing unwanted items into useful garden planters. We all know that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and that is certainly true for the creative gardener. Instead of investing […]

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, […]