Not only does The Green Toad have one of the coolest names to come out of the hardware world in decades, the painting system just might revolutionize how we all paint in the future. This is how it works: The Green Toad system consists of ergonomic handles (available in standard grip as well as in 'extra contour' for larger hands)
We've all had white rooms where furniture was dumped and that was that. One day you look in and decide you can't stand it for one more minute. This guest room was in serious need of some TLC.
The homeowner wanted to keep the four poster bed and her grandfather's desk. Instead of limiting the options of the decorator, this seemed to have set up a nice roadmap for the trip. Take a look at how designer, Anne Turner Carroll turned this blank slate into an eye-popping cozy guest hideaway.
A chair that looks like the one above could easily be passed-over in a thrift store or at a rummage sale. But Rachel saw beyond its forlorn state and got down to business. Although it was her first re-upholstery project, she successfully took it from frumpy to fresh:
Second hand shops and rummage sales are FULL of eating utensils. For these projects from HGTV's Decorating Cents, we don't even need matching utensils. Actually, mis-matched would even be better!
Patchwork works brilliantly in this sustainable movement.
4 Ply Silk pathwork dress Cassandra Bromfield
Patchwork footstool using silk fabrics from old Wedding dresses Zoe Murphy
Silk Shantung gown with mother of pearl buttons Cassandra Bromfield
Chair built from wood waste and cutoffs Amy Hunting
China Silk Patchwork Jacket with lace: Cassandra Bromfield
Patchwork Pillow Clarissa Hulse
Foodie Fridays have made me feel all Home Ecky. However, it's Mr. Mod who's the baker around here. In response to my nagging, he agreed to supervise my attempt at baking by lending me the secret to his souped up German Chocolate Cake recipe. We started with a boxed German Chocolate cake and then turned it all creamy rich and dark chocolate-y. As if that's not enough, we've turbo-texturized the canned coconut pecan icing too.
The bow tie and other details are done with a simple butter cream icing tinted with food coloring. I was shooting for lavender, but we ended up with a preppy looking bunny.
Ready? Here we go...
Make this pillow and save $20.
Inspired by this pillow at Urban Outfitters.
Get the full - and easy - tutorial here.
Photo Images: Paul Octavious
"Bored with his reading, Paul pushed away from the table, stood up and began stacking
and balancing books. Thus it began. He soon discovered his real calling."
Feel like Burmese tonight? How about Aztec? No? Oh! I know...Tunisian! Wherever in the world your tummy wants to take you, you can find the ticket at the World Hearth Circle of International Cooking. From Afghani to
This season, instead of spraying weed killer on your dandelions, how about picking them and turning them into wine? Not only would it be better for the environment, but it's gotta be one of the most fun ways to win the dandelion wars. (And you'll have a little something with which to toast your victory!)