Incorporating mementos from your travels into your decor can be a great way to remember your adventures and utilize all the maps and scraps of paper that you pick up along the way. These DIYs show you how.
I see yard sales as necessary evils. As an accumulator of stuff (it's an occupational hazard), I inevitably end up with a basement that needs to be cleansed AT LEAST once every twelve months. It's that time of year again, and a couple of weeks ago I stopped dragging my feet and pulled some stuff together for a sale. Long story short: about two people came and bought stuff.
We've written quite a bit about color dipped furniture — you know, the thing where you paint the legs of a chair (or desk, or dresser, or what have you) so it looks like it's wearing little furniture socks. But what if you prefer something a little more attention-getting, a little more ambitious (or you just can't decide between two different finishes)? You could try this half-and-half look.
This past April, New York City widened its recycling program. An announcement made by Mayor Bloomberg indicated that that the Department of Sanitation now accepts rigid plastics (think ice coffee cups and yogurt containers). I recently had the opportunity to ask Christina Salvi, Assistant Director of the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education (OROE), about the new curbside recycling expansion, future plans for recycling things like food waste and single use tableware, and common recycling mistakes.
I stumbled on the idea of using tea tins for a mini container garden the other day when looking around for an attractive option that would fit on my windowsill. Perusing Pinterest later I found that plenty of people have had the same thought with great results.
Krista hunted for an inexpensive desk for about six months, with no luck, until her husband found a small one on the curb that was destined for the trash. It was in really bad shape, but it was free, so the price was just right. See what Krista did with her furniture roadkill after the jump.
I've recently started using Craigslist more in my latest city of residence, as we're doing a lot of work on our house and have lots of salvaged material up for grabs. This is the third city I've lived in as an adult, and I can now say fairly confidently that each city I have lived in has had a distinct Craigslist culture.
Let me take a second to enlighten anyone who's never been to a thrift store or heard that Macklemore song: there are broken keyboards. Everywhere. And because they're so abundant, broken keyboards can usually be had for really cheap. But wait...what can you do with a broken keyboard? Make this pencil cup, for starters.
I recently moved to an apartment in San Francisco with a very small footprint — its saving grace is that it is connected to a large shared yard, a huge boon for an aspiring gardener in an urban area. I've been given the go ahead from the landlord to plant, but find myself reluctant to spend too much on something I can't take with me.