Archives for March 2015

Wake Up Tired Furniture With Paint, Paper and Fabric

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 9.37.00 AMGive ordinary pieces a new spin with crafty updates, like a fresh tabletop, decorated sideboard and wall-size pinboard

Not the DIY type but still hankering for a creative interiors project? The answer could be style hacking — shorthand for taking an existing piece of furniture, be it a tired old chair or an off-the-shelf bookcase, and adding some quirky, crafty personality. (The trend began a while back when clever folks discovered they could give Ikea staples new life with a few smart style tweaks.)

Style hacking sits in that happy space between DIY madness (new headboard built from scratch? No problem!) and mass-manufactured blandness. The result can mean an original piece for the price of a tester pot of paint or a roll of wallpaper — ideal if, like many of us, you’re on a budget but don’t want cookie cutter interiors. The following projects are achievable even for beginners.

11 Ways to Save Water at Home

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 9.34.40 AMWhether you live in a drought-stricken area or just want to help preserve a precious resource, here are things you can do to use less water

Americans have been blessed with a steady supply of clean water, for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s a privilege we often take for granted. But with much of the western United States in a severe, years-long drought, attention is turning to water use — and abuse. California regulators this week tightened emergency restrictions on water use, including for residential landscapes, and said tougher restrictions could be on the way. California governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers unveiled a $1 billion planThursday to address the state’s drought. Other areas of the country also are promoting water-saving programs.

Although agriculture and business account for a large portion of U.S. water consumption, residential usage is substantial — and it’s within each person’s control. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportsthat the average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water a day. The agency says that by switching to more efficient appliances and fixtures, we can cut our water use by 30 percent. Being water wise takes more than just machinery, however. A little care and common sense go a long way toward minimizing waste of this increasingly precious commodity. Here are 11 tips for reducing water consumption at home. Not only will your water bills go down, but every drop you save will help ensure that our taps will never run dry.

Glass Ceiling: Transparent Design Fills Loft with Light


A glass floor above the foyer of this stunning loft in Stockholm visually connects two stories and lets natural light stream through both spaces, ensuring that the master bedroom in the attic still feels open to the rest of the home. Design firm Tradition painted the walls and ceilings white to enhance that sense of openness, accenting the interiors with warm wood flooring and stainless steel details.
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The ground floor of the 1,260-square-foot loft on scenic Norrbackagatan Street houses the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, home office and second bedroom, while the upstairs is a suite in which the furniture situated on the glass floor seems to float.
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21 Tips for Organizing Your Stuff

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 11.00.38 AMRestore order at home with these ideas for tidying up cupboards, shelves, doors and more

While decluttering should always be the first priority when getting your home in order, there comes a time when you need solutions for what to do with the stuff that’s left. When your home is organized well, finding what you need is quick and easy, supplies and tools are stored where you use them, and each member of the household knows just where his or her stuff goes. In other words, life is easier. Here are 21 ideas for organizing all around the house.

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Foolproof Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.48.52 AMIf you find yourself fumbling through cupboards to find what you’re looking for, it’s time to take action with these simple steps

You know that feeling when you’re trying to whip up a quick dinner after work and everything in your kitchen seems to be conspiring against you? You can’t find the ingredients you could have sworn you had, things are tumbling off the shelves, and nothing is where it should be. If you know what I’m talking about, then it’s time to declutter your kitchen.

A good way of figuring out what constitutes clutter is to ask yourself two questions: Does it serve you anymore? Does it bring you joy? If the answer to both of these questions is no, chances are you won’t even notice when the item is gone. So let’s have a look at common space wasters and how to get rid of them.

12 Fresh Updates to Get Ready for Spring

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.47.12 AMAs spring approaches, embrace the brighter days with these uplifting changes and additions to your home

It’s that tricky time of year when spring is almost here but there are still some chilly days ahead. While you’re waiting for the sunshine and greenery to make a proper appearance, try boosting your mood by adding a few cheery touches to your home.

Bathroom Ideas: Shower Curtain or Shower Doors?

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.44.39 AMIs glass or a curtain the perfect partner for your shower-bath combo? Here are 5 good reasons for each bathroom solution

If you don’t have the space (or budget) for a separate shower enclosure and bath, you’ve probably decided on a combined shower-bath. But should you go with a shower curtain or glass shower doors to enclose it? Some of us might gravitate toward the softer look of a colorful piece of waterproof fabric that can be changed at will, while others might love the no-nonsense efficiency of a sheer pane of glass. To help point you in the right direction, here are five benefits each of shower curtains and glass doors.

INSTRUMENT 1 by Antiphon is the latest project taking Kickstarter by storm. The revolutionary musical instrument uses a patented technology that turns basic musical gestures into any sound you want to create, strum a guitar, bow a violin, tap a piano, loop a beat, all this on a single instrument! The innovative device can connect to hundreds of apps on mobile devices and computers, and can literally make any sound imaginable. watch the video below

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