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Solution For A Sagging Sofa

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

What I love most about the blogosphere is how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While perusing one of my favorite fashion reads, Fashion Is Spinach, the delightful Ms. Spinach shared an ingenious solution to her sagging sofa cushions. She had bought a mid-century wood frame […]

Live/Work in a Container City

Live/Work in a Container City

Forget my treehouse fantasy (at least for the moment). Now I’m dreaming about working out of a container. London-based company, Container City, uses shipping containers linked together to create building shapes for offices, retail spaces, artist studios or even a live/work environment. The modular technology enables construction times and cost […]

Will Work For Clothes

Will Work For Clothes

Caroline Woolard is smart. She’s created this functional-meets-fashion work dress – but it isn’t for sale. If you’d like to own one of her creations, you’ve got to offer her your services in exchange. Some items she’s received in exchange for the dress: a violin concert in her studio, a […]

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

You heard it here first when we called this trend coming to the States! A Cup of Jo spotted San Francisco florist Flora Grubb’s vertical DIY panels. Here’s what they say: You can buy 20″x20″ trays that contains 45 slanted planting cells to support plants and soil once mounted on […]

Heath Tile Overstock – One man’s seconds is another man’s treasure

Heath Tile Overstock – One man’s seconds is another man’s treasure

Heath Ceramics is a Bay Area institution. The company’s skilled craftsmen have been producing exquisite tableware and tile at the Sausalito factory for over 50 years. Lucky for us, they are only human. Because the tile is made-to-order, they often churn out pieces that don’t pass Heath’s strict standards and […]

Idea File: An Organized (and Stylish) Garage

Idea File: An Organized (and Stylish) Garage

Last week, we gave you a few ideas for late-winter maintenance including everyone’s favorite task: garage cleaning! But no matter how much you dread (or look forward to) garage cleaning and re-organization, leave it to Chicago-based blogger Nicole of Making It Lovely to transform a functional, utilitarian space into a […]

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

According to the Craft & Hobby Association, March is National Craft Month. And “crafting” is a great way to DIY some of the finer aspects of your home. Many different stores such as Joann, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby are hosting free events, classes, and workshops at their stores, and there […]

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

In Kansas City, each of the four seasons isn’t shy about making itself known to residents, whether that means 100-degree temperatures with 90 percent humidity or a below-zero plunge and an ice storm. To protect your home’s gutters year-round, consider the GutterMonster system, an unobtrusive gutter guard that boasts a […]

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

In our last post, I shared a few lessons from our rental property search phase, including how to avoid neighboring pit bulls. As escrows begin to close (three this week!) I spent much of the last week feverishly purchasing material. Here’s my method for balancing urgently needing product with desperately […]

BidForMaterials.com Marketplace

BidForMaterials.com Marketplace

The only pure internet play we saw at the 2010 Builders’ Show was BidForMaterials.com. One of their programmers was on sight and he took us through the process of listing supplies as well as how contractors bid on materials on their website. Once you sign up you have access to […]

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Falling icicles can be dangerous to you and heavy ice dams can be a detriment to your home. We came across the HOT EDGE at the 2010 Builders’ Show which looks like a great solution. It lines your existing gutter and melts ice and snow away from the edge of […]

IBS 2010 Here We Come!

IBS 2010 Here We Come!

CES 2010 was awesome! Seeing the emergence of 3D technologies was breathtaking and checking out home security advancements and personal protection was also very interesting. But the show we’ve really been waiting for is the International Builders’ Show, better known as IBS. We’ve covered this show since 2006 and this […]

5 House Siding Options Explained

5 House Siding Options Explained

The siding you choose has a big impact on how your home looks. When you consider your siding options, also take into consideration your personal taste as well as lifestyle. When you choose a siding, consider the following: + Water-resistance + Ease of installation + Aesthetics + Versatility + Durability […]

Repointing Old Brick Using Lime Mortar

Mike Senese always brings it on his Do It blog. Here he’s shared this great video for repointing brick using lime mortar from preservationworks.us. Lime mortar has been used for over 3,000 years and was an adhesive for almost every old brick building in the United States. These buildings continue […]

Wood Kitchen Countertops – Surprise, It’s Concrete!

Wood Kitchen Countertops – Surprise, It’s Concrete!

Faux bois seems to be en vogue these days and we like it! Apartment Therapy found this builder that fabricates kitchen countertops made of concrete but look like wood.

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

As the Consumer Products Safety Commission probes deeper into the tainted Chinese drywall issue they’ve also discovered that a small number of homeowners are reporting American-made drywall is causing some of the same problems: a sickening, sulfurous stench and corroded pipes and wiring. “We are not limited in the scope […]

Wood Case For Your iPhone or iPod Touch

Wood Case For Your iPhone or iPod Touch

Wrap your iPhone in a beautiful wood case and let that layer of organic material provide a natural layer between you and your phone.

How IKEA Creates 10 Million Coffee Tables Per Year

Cool video from National Geographic showing behind the scenes in an IKEA factory.

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

Featured writer Deren S. Monday wants to pass along 4 DIY skills to his kids. The first was building a fence that rots before it falls. The second is laying a caulk bead properly. I never appreciated the wonders of caulk until adulthood. I thought caulking was as simple as […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Jetson Green has tipped us to BuildingGreen’s Top 10 list of green building products for 2009. They breakdown their choices with a brief description, why it’s green and what level of LEED credit relevance it’s been awarded. One of our favorites is the Pozzotive Plus CMUs and Concrete Brick from […]