A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a Violet Fizz

by Alexandra Hedin

created at: 03/25/2012
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

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Alternative Uses for Vinegar: Free Cheat Sheet Download

by Bruno Bornsztein

Alternative Uses for Vinegar

This month we're focusing on cleaning and organization, and we're giving away a series of helpful cheat sheet PDFs from the Curbly library. So far, we've shared a kitchen cleaning cheat sheet, a bathroom cleaning cheat sheet, and a general house cleaning cheat sheet. Today we have one on "Alternative Uses for Vinegar". Read on to find out how to download it!

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This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

by K Emily Bond

created at: 03/13/2012

Over at EcoSalon this past month – where Shelter is where the heart is and the green is always greener – we obsessed over Pantone in theory (the app) vs. practice (the hotel); celebrated Valentine’s Day like practical gals and fixed up a broken heart; font-renewed and blissed out; voyeured our way into the homes of some of our favorite design bloggers and curators and prodded the real life ethics of one of America’s most up-and-coming box...

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Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

by Craftmel

created at: 03/13/2012

It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap.  Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs).   If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes.

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Make It: DIY Paint-Dipped Wooden Utensils!

by Capree K

created at: 03/01/2012

The paint-dipping craze isn't going anywhere anytime soon, kids.  Which is a-okay in my book (I secretly love it... okay it's not really that big of a secret).  If you feel compelled to dip everything within a 5 mile radius in paint as well, you'll love this DIY idea!   

Wooden spatulas and utensils can be found here.  After that, all you need is some craft paint in your color(s) of choice and some food-safe...

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This Month in Green Design: A Home Made from Cars, Stylish Coffee Shops, and an Inflatable House

by K Emily Bond

created at: 02/13/2012

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and brings us a monthly column on the latest in conscious and green design.

I’ve been mulling over the perfect opening for my first in a series of guest posts on green design and thus decided that the very best way for to dig in would be…to say, hello.

Hi.

I’m the Shelter editor at EcoSalon, where we write about a great many things pretty and green. Our aim is to make green...

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My Colortopia: It Can Be Easy to Choose Paint Colors

by Bruno Bornsztein

I don't know about you, but that giant wall of color swatches at the home improvement store scares me to death. Whenever Alicia and I are painting a new room, we walk up to the paint department and I just stand there, mute, hoping she won't make me be the one to choose a color. 

MyColortopia

Well, Glidden paint has a new online tool that may eventually make the color-swatch-wall-paralysis problem moot.  It's called My Colortopia – a place where color-noobs and color-lovers alike can get advice on interior design and painting decisions.

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Color Wall on Bath Shower Doors

by Frithmobiles
created at: 01/23/2012
 
I added some super color to my bathroom, by putting cut shower curtains tapped onto the inside of the shower door.  Above I hung a shower rod with another pattern similar colors, and it has bee cut to the size of the ceiling down to the door tops, with magnets/metal washers holding it down flat.  This wall creates an insulation for keeping the warmth of the shower, so you'll use less water.  And less steams up the rest of the room...

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Roundup: 5 Images of Protest

by DIY Maven

Man Being Arrested Protesting at the Democratic National Convention Photographic Print

In solidarity with SOPA and PIPA protesters today, I thought I'd round up some classic images of protest. These black and white photographs couldn't have much better composition if they had been planned. As it was, they weren't. That spontaneity adds to their story. (All prints are available in a variety of sizes and prices, as well as on stretched canvas, at All Posters.) 

The image pictured above of a man being arrested is from the LIFE archives. It was captured at the

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