One of my favorite things about reading blogs is garnering inspiration from them. Whether it's home design advice I'm after, or learning how to compress my living habits into less space, or even how to eat—I love the tips and goals that blog posts offer. So here are a few that especially inspired me this year.
1. The Airstream Next Door: I love the idea of small-space living (though I'm one who does like to stretch her legs).
2. Greening Our Habits, Revisited: When I wrote the first post about sanitary products, I wasn't expecting much of a response. But it got the AT community talking. And revisiting the topic actually resulted in a change in my lifestyle! That's what the readers here can do: help affect change for the better.
3 Can Etsy Save the Economy?: Etsy is green to its very core: and it's one of my favorite resources for unique gifts. And hopefully, it will have a hand in helping this economy turn around. Micro and macro economics, working together! (Did anyone else pay attention in high school econ?)
4 An $80 Kitchen Makeover: This space was completely transformed on the cheap. I'm not a homeowner yet, and don't feel the need to update my rental kitchen, but this post went straight into my "inspiration folder" for future reference.
5 At On...Can You Be Green and Eat Meat?: Here was yet another post in the slew of food-related posts that encouraged my conversion to vegetarianism this year. Even if it is the new hip thing to do, I know that I've gone veggie for the reasons that make sense to me.
6 Good Question: How Do We Live in 400 Square Feet?: This post is another clue to living in a smaller space, but I must admit what gripped me was the photo. Every time I see it, I fall in love with it all over again, from the table to the kitchen to those gorgeous windows. It might just be one of my favorite photos on our site!
7 7 Outdoor Showers for Summer: These outdoor showers strike my every fancy. Living in Texas in the summer begs for any kind of cooling system, and these stylish showers would do the trick quite nicely. It's filed away for inspiration, that's for sure.
8 AT on... Living Happily With Less Stuff: I may have written this, but was never expecting quite the response it received! My then-BF (now fiance) was tickled about what folks had to say, and we were both surprised at the reaction to my anecdote. And what did we learn from this whole ordeal? We can, in fact, live happily (easily) with fewer things. Now we're trying to implement that on the forthcoming wedding registry.
9 Inspiration: Pretty Pallet Planters: This is what my mom's backyard looks like: vintage and rustic window frames, charming antiques given a new life in the garden, and DIY solutions for planters and garden beds. And who could resist a clawfoot bathtub?
10 Monte-Silo House made from Two Corrugated Grain Silos: Having grown up on a farm, any style that marries the home and an aspect of farm living has a soft spot in my heart. Take this gorgeous silo, for instance. Excuse my while I drift off to dreamland...
11 Family of Three, 380 Square Feet: My fiance is trying to convince me that he, I, and our dog can live in a 800 square feet of condo. His argument? People live in much smaller. Well, he's right—and I'm going to make sure and learn about the tricks of the trade (and all you people thinking that 800 square feet is "so big," just remember.... we're in Texas!).
12 Nancy's Mid-Century Swanky Green Tour: Ok, this one's not small, but I love this style. It's unlikely that I'll ever live in anything so swankified, but the fascinating architecture and hints of the farm (doesn't that look like a silo?) won me over.