Trying to narrow down my ten favorite posts of the year is tough, but what I really noticed — and loved — was our ramped up focus on gorgeous green house tours, creative and useful home hacks, and inspirational lifestyle posts. The following were some of the best of the year — check them out below the jump, and I think you'll agree!
My Favorite Posts from Re-Nest
- Tamsin's Windswept Dune Cottage: This amazing house tour left me speechless — the Kenyan cottage is beautiful and totally unlike anything we've featured before. The photography is vivid, colorful and out of this world. Hands-down one of the best house tours ever.
- Our Favorite Etsy Stores — And Tell Us Yours!: I love Etsy! It's one of my go-to websites for inspiration, gift ideas and all things handmade. This huge roundup post introduced me to tons of sellers, including our reader's favorites.
- How to Make Your Own Kitchen Cleaners: The concept is rediculously simple — make your own kitchen cleaners with common kitchen items such as lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar. It doesn't get much easier and eco-friendly than that.
- Vélib: Paris's Amazing Bike Share Program: During a summer trip to Paris I was totally blown away by the city's huge bike share program, and wishing for a similar system in my own town. It would be a huge benefit for anyone to have easy and affordable access to bikes without fear of them being stolen (a common city problem). This post also follows up on other bike share programs across the US and beyond.
- How To Clean Your Jeans Without Water (In the Freezer!): I am totally a jeans person — if I could wear them everyday I would. I definitely have invested in my fair share of high-quality threads, so I love any tip that will extend my jean's life AND requires less maintenance!
- Rebecca's Vintage Brownstone: Rebecca's house is my dream home. I love vintage brownstones and her's has all of my favorite elements: a mix of vintage and modern furnishings and building elements, original molding and metal ceiling tiles, a modern and open kitchen, great greenspace, lots of fireplaces and solar panels.
- Interview: Jay Bolus of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry: Going to GreenBuild was a great experience to get to know the best professionals, products and and techniques in the green building field — and my interview with Jay McDonough was a highlight. Jay is the vice president of technical operations and director of science for McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and does Cradle to Cradle consulting. This interview goes into great detail on his background in eco-engineering, as well as his tips and opinions on how to shop smartly and live more sustainably.
- How To Grow an Indoor Salad Greens Windowbox Garden: If you love salads and are looking to start gardening at home, this is a must-read tutorial. During peak growing time the indoor garden will produce everything you need for one salad a day — amazing! Read more of our Home Hacks here.
- The Bathroom Barn Door: I love Cambria's Green Style series of post — sometimes a great photo is all you need for inspiration. This style of sliding barn door has been popping up in several of our house tours and posts, and I am totally envious and want one for my own home!
- Inspiration Roundup: Vertical Gardens: I've been obsessed with vertical gardens for awhile now, they're so versatile, functional and beautiful — and like many of the other things featured on our website I want it for my own home, but will have to live vicariously through these photos for now. Also, don't miss this amazing six-story vertical garden here.
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