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Fantasy Hour: Grassy Knolls & Hidden Abodes

Looking for something to daydream about? These woodland hideaways blend scenery with inspired whimsy. Some call them Hobbit homes, but let’s try on permaculture-minded, fairy-tale inspired woodland hideaways. Dug into a hillside or camouflaging with their natural environment, they could even be called latter-day Smurf dwellings. What’s so appealing about […]

20 Shelter and Design Websites That Inspire Us

Flagrantly admitting to our not-so-secret blog crushes. Sometimes it can be hard getting up in the morning, especially if your job is to wake up (literally and consciously) and produce clickable, provocative, enlightening, relevant, visually evocative content about sustainable design, travel, culture and ideas. We love it, no doubt, especially […]

Video: Holi

VideoLife is extraordinary. Embrace it. Take a moment, slow down and appreciate the simple beauties wherever you are. Holi from Variable on Vimeo.

7 Alternative New Year’s Resolutions Because YOLO!

Make New Year’s resolutions that matter because you only live once. With the new year approaching, you may be tempted to give into making lame New Year’s resolutions. Don’t do it. Losing weight, becoming more organized, and saving more money are just overrated. These are the kind of resolutions that […]

What Do You Call Yourself?

Titles are everything. Are you… girlfriend, or lover? husband, or partner? teacher, or trainer? leader, or director? decorator, or designer? advisor, or counselor? blogger, or writer? crafter, or artist?

5 Questions Series with Kelly Beall of Design Crush

Wherein we ask our favorite design bloggers, curators and forecasters what inspires them.   We’re crushing all over the place this week. For today’s installment of our 5 Questions series, we’re giving you shelter care of Kelly Beall: freelance graphic designer and author of Design Crush. She started the sleek […]

7 Ways to Celebrate National Yoga Month

It’s time for asanas.  September is National Yoga Month–a full month devoted to sharing and celebrating the myriad health benefits of yoga. All month studios and instructors throughout the world come together to share free classes, host events, and educate communities about all aspects of yoga. We’re joining in with […]

11 Quote Art Prints to Fill Your Walls With Quotivation

These quote art prints belong in your home because, as a wise man once said, “quotes are the absolute tippy tops.” Okay, it was me. But hear me out. These artifacts of human truth and experience often enter our lives at exactly the time we need them, and breed motivation, […]

Someday/Today: Mirror, Mirror

I heart this mirror from Grain, but my budget can afford only DIY decor right now. Someday… I hope to hang one of these modern mirrors in my bedroom. Grain uses string to wrap the edge of the mirror and the colorful combination they have chosen reminds me of South […]

5 Inspirational Books for 2014

It’s already close to the middle of 2014 and you’re in need of some mid-year inspiration. Here are 5 inspirational books that will give you the extra nudge you need to boost your mood and your outlook. Enjoy!

31 Quotes on Peaceful and Conscious Living

Here are some of our favorite quotes to inspire living intentionally and with peace. What’s your favorite? 1. You cannot control the results, only your actions. -Allan Lokos 2. The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness […]

5 Inspirational Books for 2014

It’s already close to the middle of 2014 and you’re in need of some mid-year inspiration. Here are 5 inspirational books that will give you the extra nudge you need to boost your mood and your outlook. Enjoy!

Visual Poetry: Lindbergh

“How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?” – Charles Lindbergh Editor’s note: […]

Design Inspiration: Tricking Out the Corners

The modest corner takes center stage. Ralph Emerson said, “If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.” Johnny Castle put it much more simply, “nobody puts Baby […]

11 Quote Art Prints to Fill Your Walls With Quotivation

These quote art prints belong in your home because, as a wise man once said, “quotes are the absolute tippy tops.” Okay, it was me. But hear me out. These artifacts of human truth and experience often enter our lives at exactly the time we need them, and breed motivation, […]

11 DIY Alternatives to Traditional Christmas Trees

Why fell another conifer when you can deck your halls with an alterna-tree? It takes on average, about a decade for Christmas trees to reach the ideal height only to be kept on display for a few weeks before being hauled off to the dump. There are artificial trees of […]

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7 Alternative New Year’s Resolutions Because YOLO!

Make New Year’s resolutions that matter because you only live once. With the new year approaching, you may be tempted to give into making lame New Year’s resolutions. Don’t do it. Losing weight, becoming more organized, and saving more money are just overrated. These are the kind of resolutions that […]

11 Quote Art Prints to Fill Your Walls With Quotivation

These quote art prints belong in your home because, as a wise man once said, “quotes are the absolute tippy tops.” Okay, it was me. But hear me out. These artifacts of human truth and experience often enter our lives at exactly the time we need them, and breed motivation, […]

5 Inspirational Books for 2014

It’s already close to the middle of 2014 and you’re in need of some mid-year inspiration. Here are 5 inspirational books that will give you the extra nudge you need to boost your mood and your outlook. Enjoy!

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7 Alternative New Year’s Resolutions Because YOLO!

Make New Year’s resolutions that matter because you only live once. With the new year approaching, you may be tempted to give into making lame New Year’s resolutions. Don’t do it. Losing weight, becoming more organized, and saving more money are just overrated. These are the kind of resolutions that […]