Cupola Fireplace

by DIY Maven

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Here's another one of those fabulous fireplaces that cause so much kerfuffle in Curbly comments. The problem is it burns ethanol, which can be bad if you, you know, breathe oxygen. (At least that's what commenters have told me.) The Cupola, from Vauni, appears as if it is a burning wall-mounted art piece. At 59 pounds, it weighs about as much as a 55" flat screen TV. What I'm wondering

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DIY Mail Sorter

by DIY Maven

created at: 2010/02/10

Mail. MWT has a thing about it. It must be sorted and 'dealt with' as soon as it comes into the house. I agree, but sometimes I don't want to be bothered, which is why I let him handle it. When I saw Bright and Blithe's DIY mail sorter, I thought, 'Maybe I should make him one.' And then I thought, 'Naw.' It's still a cool idea, however. Especially for busy family types with a mud room. Can't you just picture it in a mud room?

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My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 1

by DIY Maven

 

created at: 2010/02/10

Last week I had the opportunity to take a private tour of my local Room & Board, and, I must say, in our mass-produced world, walking through their showroom is always a breath of fresh air. If you haven’t heard of Room & Board, here’s all you need to know: they sell furniture and accessories of timeless design and impeccable quality. The retailer achieves these feats by establishing relationships with family-owned companies who share their commitment to craftsmanship and sustainability. 

Because of the relationships R & B has fostered for more than 25 years, they are able to set a specific aesthetic direction, designing 90 percent of the furnishings they sell, which, as my tour guide Preston put it, are ‘steeped in classic design.’ Their inspiration is Shaker, Asian, Danish Modern, Mid-Century Modern and Arts & Crafts. If that sounds like recipe for an unfocused collection, let me assure you, it is not. It’s the very reason why Room & Board pieces can seamless bridge the gap between centuries, countries and even generations.

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Take the Shaker-inspired dining room pieces pictured above, from the new Adams Collection, for example. The clean lines of the cabinet and extension table pair perfectly with the mid-mod grasscloth pendant lamp and Danish modern Doyle chairs.

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Eco-Chic Home: Rethink, Reuse and Remake Your Way to Sustainable Style

by DIY Maven

created at: 2010/02/09

Designer and author Emily Anderson of Eco-Chic Weddings fame turns her attention to interiors with her new book Eco-Chic Home. In its pages, Emily tells us how to embrace sustainability stylishly. It starts with imagining all those cast-offs as something else, something useful and--yes--even pretty. 

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Room by room, the Emily tackles fun and easy projects that re-use hand-me-downs, thrift store and garage sale finds and everything...

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6 DIYable High End Artsy Coffee Tables

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/02/09

All Photo Images: MossOnline

You know those High End/Low End photos in magazines that illustrate how you can get a high end look for a lot less? Well, these very high end, artsy coffee table designs sold by Moss could be DIY-able for  much much less. Granted, original designs are unbeatable, but what if you just need a statement making coffee table?

Above is a cast aluminum fruit box, by designer Andrea Salvetti, that sells for $2,695.00.

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Kissing Cupcakes

by Simplyfunstuff

created at: 2010/02/08

I wanted to post a new and unique Valentine's Tutorial and this is what I came up with. Afterall, who doesn't love cupcakes? Especially ones this cute!

What You'll need:

- Cupakes (I used a quick white cake mix so I could maximize my time experimenting with the fun part - decorating)

- Pink Buttercream frosting (I made my own - let me know if you want the recipe)

- Fondant (I used stuff from a...

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