Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

Image: LumberJocks

If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.

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Top 5 Green Cleaning Tips

by DIY Maven

 

Top 5 Green Cleaning Tips

 

 

Green cleaning products are great, but like with all cleaners, some work better than others. Kastle has given quite a few a test drive. She has posted her findings, along with her favorite eco-friendly cleaners, over at Daily Green. Here's some you might want to put on your shopping list:

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Turn an Armoire Into a Custom Kitchen Pantry

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Turn an Armoire Into a Custom Kitchen Pantry

Do you cry out in the night for a kitchen pantry? It's not impossible, if you have a few square feet of floor space, you can easily convert an unwanted armoire into a smart, stylish pantry that either fits in your kitchen or stands right around the corner. Ebay and Craigslist are inundated with old TV and bedroom armoires, available for next to nothing. Here are few we found for sale and ideas for customizing...

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Incredibly Wasteful Food Packaging

by DIY Maven

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Julie over at The Daily Green News reminds us NOT to buy in individual portions with an eye-opening show-and-tell of some of the most wasteful food packaging available. Some of the products that have been individually wrapped for our convenience are actually laughable. Example: pickle-chip cups. Anyway here's a quick rundown:

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Ikea Unveils New Line of Solar-Powered Lights

by Chris Gardner

Is Ikea a pioneer in ecologically sustainable business practices, or just another corporation capitalizing on a fad? Their infamous flat pack approach has to cut down on carbon emissions besides just passing the savings onto you. Their bike trailer movement in Scandanavia is excellent, and they were one of the first large companies to say no to plastic bags.

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And in a few weeks, they're bring solar powered lighting to the masses.

  

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What to Do with Your Post-Holiday Waste and Wrapping Paper.

by Chris Gardner

What to Do with Your Post-Holiday Waste and Wrapping Paper.

Christmas on a Friday means lots of things - four day weekends for many 9-5ers, a few days after New Years before the kids head back to school...and that you have to hang onto your wrapping paper and waste until at least Monday when the sanitation department people get back to work. But, of course, you'd never just lug it to the curb and send if off to landfill land.

But what should you do with it?

Here's two tips from Inhabitat:

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Solar Spanish Tiles.

by Chris Gardner

No more big boxes atop your roof...from now on, you can go green Mediterranean -style.

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Solé Power Tiles allow homeowners to make eco-friendly choices without having to sacrifice style...if you want a blue mission roof, that is.

"Created by SRS Energy, the Solé Power Tile features flexible solar panels produced by United Solar Ovonic.  Each of these is embedded inside the high-performance polymer tiles, which are lightweight, unbreakable and...

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The Trash Temple.

by Chris Gardner

Buddy, if we'd had one of these on the playground when I was a kid, "King of the Hill" would have been a whole different experience.

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This ziggurat of zaniness was created by Salzig Design, a graphic and industrial design firm. It was built in Heijplaat, an old neighborhood in Rotterdam, and made from 100 tons of plastic bottle bales.

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Via TreeHugger.

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How To: Use Air Conditioner Condensation to Water Plants.

by Chris Gardner

Condensation...it's everyone's first science experiment. Place a cold thing in a warm environment, and water vapor gets cooled to its dew point.

How To: Use Air Conditioner Condensation to Water Plants.

So, what's a big cold thing in an even bigger warm environment? Well, your air conditioner, for one, and it condensates with the best of them. Translation: free water, perfect for giving your garden a drink.

From DIYNetwork: "No matter what kind of air conditioner you have, whole house or window box, it...

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Modern Desert Home

by DIY Maven

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This home in Pioneertown, CA was designed by architect Lloyd Russell. His customer wanted something simple. The 'ultimate desert structure' is made with recycled materials and features its own canopy that not only provides shade and shelter, it creates a passive cooling method too.

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