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30 of the Hippest Hotels in the World

By: Diy maven Jun 27, 2008

I have a theory that anyone who uses the word ‘hip’ isn’t, but since this list of the Top 30 Hip Hotels in 2008 is coming from Trend Hunter, I’ll suspend my belief this one time. As for me, I’d pass on my local FantaSuite and book a stay at Airstream Europe, which is in rural France, near Mirepoix. For the entire top 30 list with links, visit Trend Hunter.

Image of the 'Full Moon' in Baku, Azerbaijan, aka… Continue Reading

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Snickarper Doors From Sweden.

By: Chrisjob Jun 26, 2008

Absolutely. Freaking. Incredible.


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The Quickest and Cheapest Countertop Upgrade.

By: Chrisjob Jun 26, 2008

Plywood. It's good for nearly everything, including the kitchen counter. This how-to article from This Old House describes this easy, and significantly inexpensive option (could be less than $1 a square foot). The best part is, you don't even have to remove the old countertop to install it. Sure, it may not by high end exotic hardwood slabs, but it beats the pants off 80s pink or 90s hunter green laminate.



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A Beginner's Guide To Pantry Organization.

By: Chrisjob Jun 26, 2008

The Organized Home offers a useful article on keeping your cabinets clean and your groceries stocked and, well, findable. "It's the secret weapon of a well-organized kitchen: a working pantry. A planned reserve of foodstuffs and sundries used in the. home, a pantry saves time, money and stress in the kitchen.

Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket. Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery… Continue Reading

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Make A Light Show Lamp

By: Lilybee Jun 26, 2008

So. It's not exactly a Kanye style light show, but it does throw pretty patterns onto the wall and ceiling and it's dead easy to make.

I used

These just happened to be the most uh, 'cost effective' shade and base that Ikea had, but I'm pretty sure this would work with whatever you happen to have around.

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Inspired by Jonathan Adler? Win a $2,500 gift card!

By: Diy maven Jun 26, 2008

Jonathan Adler has partnered up with Point Click Home for ‘the happiest and chicest home in America’ contest. All you have to do is send 3 to 6 pictures of your rooms along with a 100 to 250 word description saying why Jonathan’s ‘Maximalist’ design has inspired your decor choices and ‘how you’ve transformed your home to a happy chic abode’. The contest started June 24, 08 and runs through… Continue Reading

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More Ways to Recycle Your Old Jeans

By: Diy maven Jun 26, 2008

A while back Chris posted links to some great denim recycling projects. Now, thanks to Life Hackery, here're even more ways to prolong the lives of those beloved blue jeans.

  • Turn the legs into door draft-stoppers.
  • Turn the legs into heating pads.
  • Cut the material into strips and use it to weave, knit or crochet something. LH suggests a throw rug, but my pick would be this denim bag.
  • Use jean pockets to make a hanging… Continue Reading
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Ammonite Concrete Sink

By: Diy maven Jun 26, 2008

One word: Swoon. From HighTech Design Products AG. Via.

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Tea Cup Pendant Lights.

By: Chrisjob Jun 24, 2008

A new Etsy shop, Domestic Construction, features these adorable upside down coffee and tea cup pendant lights. At around $60 for one, they're moderately expensive, but with some thrift store china, some Ikea pendant kits, and a bit of creativity, they're mos def DIYable.

Via and photo from Decor8.

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DIY [Removable] Vinyl Wall Art.

By: Chrisjob Jun 24, 2008

With a bit of contact paper, a scissors, and some creativity, you can cover your walls with these sweet handmade vinyl decals.


  • ConTact paper (a brand of low-tack, self-adhesive vinyl, commonly used by grandmas as "shelf liners", has a very matte finish)
  • Tape (preferably easily visible and low-stick, like painter's tape or masking tape)
  • Writing utensil (marker or pencil)
  • Scissors
  • Large sized… Continue Reading
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