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Make a Mod Solar Lamp Trio for the Garden
Two years ago I created three trendy twine light globes for my kitchen ceiling fixture. I recently decided to move on from that crafty look and switched to something made of glass. But instead of tossing those handmade globes, I stuck them in the garage...
How to Make a Top-Down, Bottom-Up Window Shade
Since I deal with privacy issues in my high-density neighborhood, I always coveted the costly window treatments that open from the top portion of...
Decorating 101: How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?
You’ve just moved into a new home, and you’re ready to decorate. Or you’ve been in your home for a while and want to give the place a whole new look. And you want to do it yourself. The big question is: What’s it going to cost you? There’s...
Is It Time to Take Down That Wallpaper?
There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when a papered wall simply must go. Maybe you’re moving into a new home and can’t stand paisley, or perhaps your child is growing up and no longer wants cutesy animals cavorting across the walls. Whatever...
How to Turn a Vase Into a Lamp
I have a thing about lamps. It’s my grandmother’s fault. She was an art professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the 1950s and ’60s. She had wonderful taste and an eye for beauty. Any object she lived with was, to her, potentially...
Make a Custom Nautical Mirror for Less Than $30
I love the simplicity of captain’s mirrors, with their extra-special hanging detail. And, surprise, making your own is easier than you might think. For a few hours of your time and less than $30, you can make your own captain’s mirror. Here’s how....
Bring Living Color to Your Table
What makes a recipe good: simplicity, sophistication and the ability to share it. In The Plant Recipe Book, Baylor Chapman brings 100 delectable recipes to the table, in the forms of living centerpieces and sides. Chapman was gracious enough to...
Hide All Those Wires in a DIY Charging Station
Most people designate a place in their home for charging electronic devices like phones and tablets. And most people deal with the disaster zone of knotted-up cables that ensues. In my home it’s a fire hazard and a far cry from being child safe. So...
Salvage Style: A DIY Upholstery Project Makes a Grand Entrance
When it’s time to refresh any space in my home, I first take an inventory of furniture, materials and fabric that I have on hand. Even if you don’t have a stockpile of these things to work with, it’s still fairly easy to create stunning pieces from...
Make Your Own Barn-Style Door — in Any Size You Need
I have a thing for barn doors and often photograph random ones while sightseeing. I live in New England, so they’re easy to find on old barns in seaside towns or farmhouses in the country. I love the look of industrial hardware combined with a simple...
Make a Marble Lamp Base With Tile
Love the look of high-end marble lamp bases but not the $100-and-up price tag? I’m going to show you how to make your own for $20 to $30. With a few simple materials from the home improvement store, you can make your own marble base lamp in about an...
How to Build a Raised Bed for Your Veggies and Plants
For much of the year, Tom Richardson harvests everything from tomatoes to kale to carrots from six juniper beds in his parking strip farm in Seattle. Though the...
How to Help Your Town’s Beneficial Birds and Bugs
Urban Hedgerow, an art and ecological collaborative in San Francisco, has been planting wild habitats in the city landscape since 2009. In addition to raising public awareness of and creating discussion about the importance of the beneficial bugs and...
Make a Gorgeous (Cheap!) Pillow Using Vintage Clothes
If you can sew a straight line, you can easily and inexpensively create the most interesting throw pillows from vintage clothes on your sewing machine. The most brilliant thing is that you can use the existing closures like buttons or zippers as your...
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