With my bookmarks overflowing from Re-Nest posts, 10 favorites were hard to find. But here is a little teaser: my favorites represent ideas, styles, and eco-friendly living musts. Here are the posts that inspired me this year!
My Favorite Posts from Re-Nest
- Decoding Household Chemicals Series: I know the drum roll was slightly less exciting when you read the word "chemicals" but this is number one on my list for good reason. Although I adore the beautiful designs and inspirational style that pop up across our designer world these days, I am concerned that the pretty packaging masks some of the less than pretty things inside. So I adore Angie for writing her series on "Decoding Household Chemicals" to help us stay safe and then beautiful, not the other way around. Here's to a healthy 2011!
- New Organic Bedding from Amy Butler: Now I am an Amy Butler fanatic. I love her color combinations and patterns, so when Cambria told us there was Amy Butler organic bedding to be had you can imagine my excitement. I even wrote about her eco wallpaper collaboration project with Graham & Brown. I promise my house isn't covered in matching Amy Butler prints...but that is an interesting idea now that you mention it.
- Turning an Old Book into a Planter: I'm a fan of good creative reuse projects, and I think this is such a great and unexpected twist to reusing defunk old books. They can be personalized by book title, color, or plant.
- What Crafting Skill Would You Still Like To Learn?: Alright, I admit that when Sarah Rae posed this question it got me thinking. We see so many great projects throughout the year that provide inspiration. Yet her question asks if I can really hone my energy on improving one crafting skill, just one, what would it be? I still haven't answered it yet, but 2011 should ring in a decision.
- The Secrets Behind Great Small Spaces: The creativity that working with a small space inspires is one of a kind. I loved this post from Cambria on quick and easy tips to give you the eye of a designer. I like it, I like it alot.
- Etsy Finds: Bicycles Galore!: In case you were wondering the answer is yes. I adore Etsy. For me it symbolizes our collective creativity and ability to shop local, handmade, and indie all in one place. So Re-Nest's Etsy Find posts are always some of my favorites.
- Alternative Non-Stuff Gift Ideas for your No Gifts Please People: Seeing as I am 'one of them' I loved Cambria's post about ways to still give something without it being something material, especially when you live apart. Classes, time, and donating to charity in your name were some of my favorites. I think I have more than enough 'stuff' so I love these ideas for gift giving year round.
- Matthew and Emma's Eco Environment: I know, I know this is a Green Tour archive, but I loved their living walls and integrated plant look way to much not to highlight it again. The bright green leaves contrasted against the industrial brick still makes me smile.
- 10 Ways to Re-use a Card Catalog: Since old card catalogs usually have a lot of character, I really liked Sarah's ideas for transforming them into 10 different things (especially as a shoe organizer). It was a great way to re-frame our thinking around reusing old furniture.
- Green City Guide to Berlin: I love to travel. Oh how I do. I got the chance to visit Berlin a few years ago and I just loved it. From the old to the new architecture, the way the city is laid out, and the ease of getting around on none other than your own two feet, I was one happy traveler. So now I will have to go back and check out some of these great green tips to make my next visit more of an eco-exploration!
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