As the other writers have said before me, it's practically impossible to pick ten favorite posts out of the thousands that were written this past year. So the following ten are really the first that came to mind, and they exemplify my passion for useful, beautiful home accessories, light and bright spaces, practical yet stylish DIY projects, and mindful purchasing.
My Favorite Posts from Re-Nest
- 8 Ways To Use Chalkboard Paint: I know, I know... chalkboard paint is soooo last year, but I couldn't help totally digging this post, especially the first one to use chalkboard paint as labels for your bulk food jars.
- Nick and Rachel's Creative Warehouse Loft: I absolutely loved this Green Tour: the colors, the light, the mix of vintage with warm wood, how beautiful and airy it feels. This is just my style.
- Useful, Beautiful, Everyday Objects: 10 Sources: I so appreciate Sarah Coffey's Marketplace posts, in particular this one she wrote for Re-Nest. I believe strongly in buying beautiful, quality items that'll last for a long time, and these 10 stores are a great place to start.
- On Buying Sustainable Plates … Slowly: I'm thankful to Emily for this thoughtful post on buying sustainably-made things that you love, even if you have to save up for them.
- Interview: Jay Bolus of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry : Rachel's interview with Jay Bolus, who does Cradle to Cradle consulting work for companies like Method, Replenish, and Herman Miller, was interesting and informative— a great insight into the C2C's philosophy and its practical applications.
- How To Build An Ace Hotel-Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf: I'm not sure how Michelle knew this tutorial was exactly what I needed, but she did! I haven't done it yet, but it is absolutely bookmarked for some lazy weekend.
- Beautifully Organized: 9 Vintage Flat File Cabinets: Beautifully organized indeed. I'm a fan of vintage file cabinets and card catalogs, so Allison's roundup was right up my alley.
- Plant Pest Remedies Straight from the Kitchen: It's no secret that I am not the world's greenest thumb, but I'm still trying. And Matthew's PlantTherapy posts were always helpful and inspiring, particularly this one on treating plant pests with ingredients from the kitchen. (No toxic sprays needed!)
- Make An Upholstered Headboard From a Wool Blanket: Thanks to Daniel (a crazy DIY talent, and he's only a college sophomore!) from Manhattan Nest for sharing this amazing project with us. Keep your eyes peeled for a vintage army blanket the next time you're in a thrift store, and this headboard could be yours.
- Green Style: Katrin's Soul-Warming Home: Katrin was an entrant in Apartment Therapy's 2009 Small Cool Contest, and her home showed up a few months later on Decor8. I loved how warm and cheerful this home is.
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