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Pixel Wallpaper

By: Diy maven Jun 30, 2008

A bit less in-your-face than its fabric counterpart is this pixelated wallpaper by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. The pixels repeat, creating a geometric pattern. Sold as a double roll, it'll  cover about 56 square feet of wall space. Available at Burke Decor for 40 bucks a roll. (Note to stencil manufacturers: Make a pixel stencil for DIYers!)

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Choosing the Right Colors to Paint the Exterior of Your House

By: Diy maven Jun 30, 2008

My Home Ideas has a quick little guide to help you determine what colors you might want to paint the exterior of your house. Some of their go-to architects recommend color combinations that will surely inspire. What's cool is they depict the same house in warm, classic, simple and bold colors, giving illustration to the architects' opinions.

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Air Conditioner Calculator (Or, how to figure out how big of an air conditioner you need to buy.)

By: Diy maven Jun 30, 2008

Hot summer days are just around the corner. If you're thinking of investing in a new window air conditioner, you'll want to buy one big enough--but not TOO big--to cool your room. To help you figure out just what size of an air conditioner you need, Good Housekeeping has a handy air conditioner calculator. Just enter the square feet of the room that needs to be cooled, an estimate of how well insulated the room is, if it's sunny and,… Continue Reading

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Ten Steps to Rejuvenate Your Messy Home Office.

By: Chrisjob Jun 28, 2008

If you do any work at home, you've gathered plenty of stuff in your workspace: papers, office supplies, cables, books, etc. Keep these items organized and reduced with these ten tips to keep your home office effecient and less wasteful.

1. Identify your needs
2. Start with an empty room
3. Go wireless
4. Keep the desk clean
5. Go paperless
6. Use the wall space
7. Get the perfect chair
8. Improve the lighting
9. Go green
10. Keep it fresh !...always!… Continue Reading

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How To: Handcut Felt Mural.

By: Chrisjob Jun 28, 2008

Designer Mariana Leung spent all her funds purchasing and renovating her new home, leaving very little to decorate her new space. So, she turned to her fabric scrap bin to create this handmade wall mural out of leftover felt. And with some felt, painter's tape, and scissors of your own, you can follow her tutorial and do such yourself.

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The House Stays in the Picture...

By: Lilybee Jun 27, 2008

created on: 06/27/08

Last September Ed Norton and chums were filming some scenes for the new Hulk movie on Yonge Street in Toronto, about half a block away from our flat. Whilst watching the movie we played 'spot the subtly altered landmark'.

It got me to thinking, how does one get one's house in the movies? A bit of research came up with this info.

I'd say it's probably easier to be a pushy stage parent to your house if you… Continue Reading

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Tutorial: Noren - Traditional Japanese Fabric Dividers.

By: Chrisjob Jun 27, 2008

Japanese sewing machine company Janome offers a great tutorial and a bit of info on noren (æš–ç°¾) : traditional japanese fabric dividers that are hung on walls, windows, doorways, or in between rooms. Simply join the pieces, hem, then reinforce by sewing a triangle. They provide tips for adding traditional embroidery, but I think they look mighty sharp in a basic mod fabric, as below, from Whip Up.

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DIY Magnetic Whiteboard Speech Bubble.

By: Chrisjob Jun 27, 2008

Chris Burke states, "I needed a new whiteboard so I found some paint at Home Depot that allows you to paint a whiteboard anywhere you'd like. I figured why not put a layer of magnetic paint underneath it. The only thing left to do is paint my face underneath the arrow." It took Chris around five coats to get a smooth finish ready for markers.

Easy enough.


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Hitting the Big Time...

By: Lilybee Jun 27, 2008


Over at Ohdeedoh they have a post about oversize baby bottle lamps, with a link to a company called

Now I LOVE stuff that is either comically large or perfectly miniature. (I clutch the tiny booze bottles on airplanes and pretend to be a giant... for hours... sometimes out loud.)

Here's a roundup of the house ware type stuff you could acquire if you are similarly afflicted.

A… Continue Reading

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Programmable Sky Ceilings

By: Diy maven Jun 27, 2008

Sky Factory, the guys who brought us faux skylights, now has a programmable version. It simulates sunrises and sunsets, bringing a little life to the cubical set. It has medically therapeutic benefits as well.  Fabulous! Via.

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