Dear John; Or Saying Goodbye to an Old Toilet

Replacing an old toilet isn’t as hard as you may think. All toilets come with do-it-yourself instructions, but here is a primer to remove a typical two-piece toilet to let you know what you’re really in for. Warning: crude material forthcoming. Tank Withdrawal First you’ll need to turn off the water at the supply line […]

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Up Yours: The Magic of Up-Lights

Let’s face it; the human face lit from below looks creepy. So, if you don’t want to look like a character from a John Carpenter movie or an aging starlet minus the pancake foundation, save the up-lighting for your abode. Negative Space, Man Positioning can up-lighters on the floor at the base of large houseplants […]

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Our Living Room

The living room began with faded wood panelling, had a brief stint with cream, an even more brief stint with yellow, and finally settled upon “November Sky”. The relationship survived its first year, which says a lot. When we moved in, the windows were lined with fluorescent panels and heavy wool drapes. I bought simple, […]

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Are Americans Getting Hip To Design?

Immigrants, expatriates, and airline-stewardesses have known it for a long time: there’s a startling gap between American and European attitudes toward design. Entering the U.S. after spending any length of time in Europe (or, for that matter, practically anywhere else) is eye-opening. Everything looks bigger, more imposing, like the world has been outlined with a […]

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How To: Make a DIY Box Joint Jig

Today we’re learning how to make a box joint jig. Read on to learn how!  Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything. And you’re welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand…but, with this easy jig, […]

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