How To: Make North African Shakshuka

By: Matt allison Feb 01, 2013

created at: 02/01/2013

Last night I concocted this dish, well I thought I did, till a fellow instagrammer pointed out that in the North Africa it's affectionately known as Shakshuka and is an Israeli staple... go… Continue Reading

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How To: Butternut And Lemongrass Soup

By: Matt allison Jan 25, 2013

created at: 01/25/2013

This is one of my favourite 'one pot' winter warmers. The lemongrass adds an aromatic freshness to the dish, which is perfect for warding off those winter chills.

I like to garnish it with deep fried sage and serve it with a Parmesan encrusted crostini, but it works equally well garnished with fresh cilantro or sour cream and fresh… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Modern DIY Origami Pendant Light

By: Capreek Jan 22, 2013

created at: 01/22/2013

Currently, all our pendant lighting needs are being met, but the next time I need something awesome (and inexpensive) to light our place, I will definitely try out this DIY origami lamp!  … Continue Reading

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Not So Blue Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 18, 2013

The only things worth salvaging in this kitchen might have been the big box of Cheez-Its and the stove. Strike that...only the stove was worth saving. See a… Continue Reading

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Make It: Giant Geometric Washi Tape Jewels

By: Matt allison Jan 16, 2013


created at: 01/16/2013

If you've caught a couple of my previous posts you'll know I'm a sucker for washi tape. While I've seen some great uses before I love this larger than life geometric art feature, it's one of the coolest creative uses I've seen and very much on… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Awesome DIY Metallic Vases and Planters

By: Capreek Jan 14, 2013

created at: 01/14/2013

Who doesn't love a pop of shiny, metallic goodness? This design trend has been hot for a couple years and, judging by the huge amount of gold and copper DIY projects we keep seeing, it doesn't appear to be going out of style anytime soon. If your own space could use a little touch of shine, check out these easy vase and planter projects -- they'll add just the right amount of flair to desktops, counters, or windowsills!… Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY Fabric Storage Boxes

By: Capreek Jan 14, 2013

created at: 01/13/2013

Storage bins just got a whole lot cooler with this DIY idea from Brett Bara!… Continue Reading

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How To: Sew a French Press Coffee Cozy

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jan 11, 2013

created at: 01/09/2013

Keep your coffee warm and toasty with this quilted, do-it-yourself coffee press… Continue Reading

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Make It: Giant Confetti Wall Mural

By: Matt allison Dec 28, 2012

created at: 12/28/2012

Many of us suffer from what I call 'White Wall Syndrome'. We spend so much time analyzing what to hang on them by pinning ideas and laboring over artworks we can't afford that we don't get around to actually doing anything with them!

This simple project is a great way to get some color up on your walls without costing the earth -- and it's the perfect family holiday… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Delicious Christmas Side Dishes

By: Matt allison Dec 21, 2012

Each family has its own tradition over Christmas lunch, maybe you're being adventurous with a 3 in one bird, a glazed gammon or plump chicken, either way I've rounded up a few of my favorite sides to compliment your main meal.

created at: 12/21/2012

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sunflower Seeds, from Martha Stewart

2. Braised Leeks, from Simply Recipes

3. Creamed Spinach,… Continue Reading

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Holiday in the Southern Hemisphere: What It's Like Celebrating Christmas in Summer

By: Matt allison Dec 19, 2012

created at: 12/19/2012

We are less than a week away from Christmas. The trees are up, carols fill the airwaves, and gifts are being wrapped...but there's simply no way it's gonna be a white Christmas at my house.

You see right now here in Cape Town, South Africa the weather is a little shy of a 110 degrees, the surfs high and our pristine beaches are covered with tanned bodies flocking to 'The Fairest Cape'.  'Cause it's… Continue Reading

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How To: Bake Your Own Gingerbread House

By: Matt allison Dec 14, 2012

created at: 12/14/2012

Making your own gingerbread house is a longstanding European tradition. Gingerbread is known as lebkuchen (life cake) in German because ginger preserves the cake for a longer period of time, a classic ode to all things sugar and… Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: 40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas

By: Capreek Dec 12, 2012

created at: 12/12/2012

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian-style holiday decor ideas that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Christmas Decor

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIYContinue Reading

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How To: Make A Craft Stick Snowflake

By: Matt allison Dec 05, 2012

created at: 12/05/2012

I'm a father to two little people. Since my eldest is only 2.5 years old, this limits a lot of the craft projects out there that require power tools (though the man in me can't wait till he comes of age to enjoy them!).  This simple project is something we can tackle together and relatively safe (look, no scissors!) and particularly festive.     

It's suggested that you use a hotglue gun, but you can… Continue Reading

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Ceiling Beams in Kitchens? Not Here.

By: Diy maven Nov 30, 2012

created at: 11/30/2012

When I think of ceiling beams in kitchens, I imagine English country cottages. They seem to work in such places. In the kitchen above? Not so much. It looks as if the plan actually flipped the kitchen's original footprint. Whatever… Continue Reading

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