What a chore to pick only ten favorite posts for the whole year! Here they are, in no particular order: posts that inspired me to clean more, organize our home, repaint a piece of furniture, and generally got me jump-started on a new green project at home.
My Favorite Posts from Re-Nest
- Green Style: A Row of Vintage Chairs in the Kitchen: This falls under inspiration. I have always wanted to incorporate some sort of vintage seating in our home, and this is right up my "dream home" alley. Gotta love the grey wallpaper and perfect accessories; and yes, I see you back there, subway tile.
- Reusable Fabric Gift Wrap from Chewing the Cud: This holiday season, I actually succeeded at giving only local and handmade goods. And many of them were wrapped furoshiki-style with these awesome organic cotton wraps. I called them "tea towels," but kept one for us and will never, ever use it to wipe up a mess. It's too cute! I admire folks with this kind of talent.
- How To Make a Modern Wood Pallet Coffee Table : This post grabbed me not because of its subject matter (which is awesome in and of itself, don't get me wrong), but see that rocking chair in the photo? That looks an awful lot like our Ikea couch and chair in birch, which I have grown tired of. Now I'm headed straight home to paint the frames and recover the cushions. An altogether new re-use inspired by that post—which is what Re-Nest is all about.
- The Second Life of Stamps: I've held on to a small collection of wooden stamps, and am always looking for the next great life they'll lead. I'm thinking drawer pulls are in order, thanks to this post.
- Dogs and Carpet: Simple Tips for Clean Carpets: This one speaks to me because, well, look at those sweet dogs! Also, I used these tips for keeping our carpet looking a little cleaner (cutting back on muddy paws helps, that's for sure!)
- A Walnut Bike Shelf : I have a thing for gorgeous bikes (it's my husband's fault), but always wonder how to store such a work of art. Which brings me to the walnut bike shelf from Knife & Saw. All together now. . . wow.
- Homekeeping Help: 7 Tips For Maintaining Your Mattress: Having just plunked down a good chunk of change on an all-natural, organic mattress (well worth every bit, as this last week of sleep has been some of the soundest in a long, long while!), these tips will come in extra handy. Say nothing of the gorgeous, colorful, inspiring photo.
- 7 Books To Read for Sustainable Eating : I'd like to call 2010 the Year I Discovered Non-Fiction. At every turn, I was reading another sustainable-food-related book. I'd add a few to this list: Real Food, by Nina Planck; Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer; and In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan.
- Green Style: The Prettiest Pantry We've Seen: Prettiest pantry, indeed. Upon seeing this photo, I immediately went home to start perfecting my pantry. It still doesn't look like this, but we all need goals, right?
- Eating Less Meat: Is Fake Meat the Answer?: As 2010 was my first full meat-less year, this question came up a lot. I managed to avoid fake meats for the most part (though I caved a couple of times, ordering veggie "soysage" at local breakfast spots), but was fascinated to hear what other veggies had to say about this very topic.
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