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  • Extreme earthships in extreme places

    Extreme earthships in extreme places

    What is an Earthship, you ask? Good question. It's a highly sustainable building created entirely from recycled and natural materials, typically integrated together in a seamless whole:...
    What is an Earthship, you ask? Good question. It's a highly sustainable building created entirely from recycled and natural materials, typically integrated together in a seamless whole: think a...
  • Get down with rainwater collection

    Get down with rainwater collection

    Right now, the wet stuff is pouring outside; it's raining so hard that it looks a lot like someone is sitting on a cloud and upending bathtubs over the side, watching the water cascade...
    Right now, the wet stuff is pouring outside; it's raining so hard that it looks a lot like someone is sitting on a cloud and upending bathtubs over the side, watching the water cascade down in...
  • Your april garden checklist

    Your april garden checklist

    I know it's spring outside because the wisteria planted by my front door has begun to burst into bloom. It started with a single delicate spray of flowers at the end of March, but now,...
    I know it's spring outside because the wisteria planted by my front door has begun to burst into bloom. It started with a single delicate spray of flowers at the end of March, but now, the whole...
  • The rabbit hole of decor

    The rabbit hole of decor

    Lewis Carroll's classic novel has been captivating minds for generations, and it's been inspiring decor for almost as long. There's something about those rich, lush, captivating...
    Lewis Carroll's classic novel has been captivating minds for generations, and it's been inspiring decor for almost as long. There's something about those rich, lush, captivating scenes...
  • Dress up your house with wainscoting

    Dress up your house with wainscoting

    Ever walked into a home and felt like it's just a little more classy than your average house? Chances are that sleek interior look was helped along by crown molding, or wainscoting.
    Ever walked into a home and felt like it's just a little more classy than your average house? Chances are that sleek interior look was helped along by crown molding, or wainscoting.
  • Plums: blossoms of spring

    Plums: blossoms of spring

    Around the world, the first sign of spring after the appearance of delicate crocuses poking their way through a crust of snow is plum blossoms, which burst out earlier than every other...
    Around the world, the first sign of spring after the appearance of delicate crocuses poking their way through a crust of snow is plum blossoms, which burst out earlier than every other fruit tree for...
  • 10 innovative uses for chicken wire

    10 innovative uses for chicken wire

    With a name like "chicken wire," you'd think this popular metal fencing product is a bit of a one-trick pony, but it's actually anything but. Sure, you can use chicken wire for...
    With a name like "chicken wire," you'd think this popular metal fencing product is a bit of a one-trick pony, but it's actually anything but. Sure, you can use chicken wire for building safe...
  • How to be an eco-friendly pet owner

    How to be an eco-friendly pet owner

    Those of us who are fond of the environment and our pets sometimes feel like eco-traitors, thanks to the periodic stories about how pets are ecologically unsound.
    Those of us who are fond of the environment and our pets sometimes feel like eco-traitors, thanks to the periodic stories about how pets are ecologically unsound.
  • Are there dangerous chemicals in my garden hose?

    Are there dangerous chemicals in my garden hose?

    Every now and then I read something that reminds me of the ubquitous and far-reaching dangers in the world around me. It seems like I can't even enjoy the simplest things in life these...
    Every now and then I read something that reminds me of the ubquitous and far-reaching dangers in the world around me. It seems like I can't even enjoy the simplest things in life these days...
  • Pretty in white

    Pretty in white

    One of the great things about Hometalk is that I get to live thousands of redesigns, home decor experiments, and more vicariously. I can see what DIY remodelers are up to and follow...
    One of the great things about Hometalk is that I get to live thousands of redesigns, home decor experiments, and more vicariously. I can see what DIY remodelers are up to and follow projects from...
  • Cooking to health

    Cooking to health

    Medical school is already a whirlwind of classes, intensive training, and first-hand experience with patients and other health care providers. Yet, as our understanding of medicine grows,...
    Medical school is already a whirlwind of classes, intensive training, and first-hand experience with patients and other health care providers. Yet, as our understanding of medicine grows, it's...
  • Green building pitfalls

    Green building pitfalls

    Thanks to growing social awareness of how much trouble the planet is in, more and more people are building green and demanding enviromentally-friendly options in their housing. An entire...
    Thanks to growing social awareness of how much trouble the planet is in, more and more people are building green and demanding enviromentally-friendly options in their housing. An entire industry had...
  • Seamless hardwood floor repairs

    Seamless hardwood floor repairs

    Old hardwood floors are enchanting. While they're easy to admire, they can be tricky to restore and repair for the very reasons that make them so desirable.
    Old hardwood floors are enchanting. While they're easy to admire, they can be tricky to restore and repair for the very reasons that make them so desirable.
  • 6 fun (and unusual) spring veggies to grow

    6 fun (and unusual) spring veggies to grow

    Now that spring is here (FINALLY) and the garden is ramping up, you might be thinking about getting started with easy, high-yield spring veggies. These lists usually include things like...
    Now that spring is here (FINALLY) and the garden is ramping up, you might be thinking about getting started with easy, high-yield spring veggies. These lists usually include things like spinach,...
  • 10 disturbing water scarcity facts

    10 disturbing water scarcity facts

    Friday, 21 March marked World Water Day, a consciousness-raising global event to make people aware of ongoing water scarcity, particularly in the Global South. While many of us in places...
    Friday, 21 March marked World Water Day, a consciousness-raising global event to make people aware of ongoing water scarcity, particularly in the Global South. While many of us in places like the...
  • Banish fruit flies, naturally!

    Banish fruit flies, naturally!

    No one wants to see a little cloud of insects hovering around the kitchen, darting in and out of the garbage. Yet, even in a clean house, fruit flies can start to multiply in the warmer months.
    No one wants to see a little cloud of insects hovering around the kitchen, darting in and out of the garbage, or making merry in the compost. Yet, even in a clean house, fruit flies can start to multiply in the warmer months.
  • Refresh your backsplash!

    Refresh your backsplash!

    We know everyone's obsessed with subway tile, and we get it. It sure is sleek, gorgeous, and classic. But it's also getting kind of...old. Sorry, but true. Everyone has it, and it...
    We know everyone's obsessed with subway tile, and we get it. It sure is sleek, gorgeous, and classic. But it's also getting kind of...old. Sorry, but true. Everyone has it, and it seems like...
  • Spring roof maintenance tips

    Spring roof maintenance tips

    SPRING HAS SPRUNG! My friends, I am so excited, because, honestly, I was kind of over winter. While of course snow and other delightful weather will be lingering across the country, the...
    SPRING HAS SPRUNG! My friends, I am so excited, because, honestly, I was kind of over winter. While of course snow and other delightful weather will be lingering across the country, the crocuses are...
  • Making a/c smarter

    Making a/c smarter

    Air conditioning eats up a lot of energy in the summer months, whether you're talking a whole-building system or a simple wall-mounted unit. Many people leave it running constantly,...
    Air conditioning eats up a lot of energy in the summer months, whether you're talking a whole-building system or a simple wall-mounted unit. Many people leave it running constantly, even when...
  • Ugh, what happened to the compost?!

    Ugh, what happened to the compost?!

    Ah, compost. That rich, earthy smell, those happy worms, those organic materials breaking down to provide fantastic soil for nourishing your garden. You just want to stick your hands in and...
    Ah, compost. That rich, earthy smell, those happy worms, those organic materials breaking down to provide fantastic soil for nourishing your garden. You just want to stick your hands in and wiggle...
  • Duck, duck, goose! raising waterfowl

    Duck, duck, goose! raising waterfowl

    Whether you want eggs, meat, a friendly face, or a guardian animal, ducks and geese are a great choice if you want to think beyond chickens. These personable, active birds are a fantastic...
    Whether you want eggs, meat, a friendly face, or a guardian animal, ducks and geese are a great choice if you want to think beyond chickens. These personable, active birds are a fantastic addition to...
  • Congress restores subsidy for high-risk flood insurance

    Congress restores subsidy for high-risk flood insurance

    Catastrophic damage to your home is probably one of your worst nightmares as a homeowner, whether you live in a blizzard-prone area, a region wracked by earthquakes, or a floodplain. The...
    Catastrophic damage to your home is probably one of your worst nightmares as a homeowner, whether you live in a blizzard-prone area, a region wracked by earthquakes, or a floodplain. The National...
  • Gardeners, start your seedlings

    Gardeners, start your seedlings

    Spring is springing, and it's finally time to start your seedlings for your garden.
    Spring is springing, and it's finally time to start your seedlings for your garden.
  • 5 hot basement remodels

    5 hot basement remodels

    Basements. They can be dank, sour, horrible holes in the ground, grim utility areas, or...spacious, light-filled, beautiful spaces for lounging, watching movies, hosting guests, playing...
    Basements. They can be dank, sour, horrible holes in the ground, grim utility areas, or...spacious, light-filled, beautiful spaces for lounging, watching movies, hosting guests, playing games, and...
  • Uses for wood chips

    Uses for wood chips

    As I write this morning, the warm early March sun is beaming down and I can hear the sound of a neighbor's chainsaw busily at work a few acres away. While this weather might be...
    As I write this morning, the warm early March sun is beaming down and I can hear the sound of a neighbor's chainsaw busily at work a few acres away. While this weather might be deceptive, with...
  • Concrete that tricks your eye

    Concrete that tricks your eye

    Setting up for a home show is nervewracking business for designers, contractors, and other building professionals. They want to showcase the latest styles as well as innovative...
    Setting up for a home show is nervewracking business for designers, contractors, and other building professionals. They want to showcase the latest styles as well as innovative developments, but...
  • How to store food right

    How to store food right

    Before you set up a food storage system, plan ahead to anticipate basic safety needs.
    Before you set up a food storage system, plan ahead to anticipate basic safety needs.
  • Can you handle a free historic home?

    Can you handle a free historic home?

    It's a deal that sounds too good to be true: a beautiful historic home offered for free or for a very low price to anyone who's willing to move it, usually by a developer or...
    It's a deal that sounds too good to be true: a beautiful historic home offered for free or for a very low price to anyone who's willing to move it, usually by a developer or organization that...
  • Taking pride in the nursery

    Taking pride in the nursery

    Think ahead and design a room that will evolve with your baby as she grows.
    Think ahead and design a room that will evolve with your baby as she grows.
  • 13 unusual recyclables

    13 unusual recyclables

    Can I recycle this? It's a question that comes up often around the house.
    Can I recycle this? It's a question that comes up often around the house.
  • Showers of delight

    Showers of delight

    Until recently, "enjoy" was not a word most people associated with showers. Enjoyment meant long soaks in the bathtub. Showering was a utilitarian experience, used to rinse off the...
    Until recently, "enjoy" was not a word most people associated with showers. Enjoyment meant long soaks in the bathtub. Showering was a utilitarian experience, used to rinse off the effects of a...
  • Fun with terrariums!

    Fun with terrariums!

    Looking for a cool and unusual gift this spring? Have you considered a terrarium? I always thought of these as kind of fuddy-duddy things, until I started checking out some of the...
    Looking for a cool and unusual gift this spring? Have you considered a terrarium? I always thought of these as kind of fuddy-duddy things, until I started checking out some of the amazing and...
  • 10 curious uses for altoid tins

    10 curious uses for altoid tins

    The Altoid tin is one of the most iconic packages in the world -- or at least, some corners of it. For those who enjoy fresh breath, these "curiously strong" mints are a must-have, but...
    The Altoid tin is one of the most iconic packages in the world -- or at least, some corners of it. For those who enjoy fresh breath, these "curiously strong" mints are a must-have, but my,...
  • The horrors of drain abuse

    The horrors of drain abuse

    Drain abuse. It's a crime...or at least it ought to be considered one. Your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom drains work hard for years at maintaining high standards of household...
    Drain abuse. It's a crime...or at least it ought to be considered one. Your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom drains work hard for years at maintaining high standards of household hygiene...
  • Hiring a plumber

    Hiring a plumber

    If you're thinking of hiring a plumber, whether you need an emergency Los Angeles plumber or you're thinking about a long-term project, there are some things to know before you...
    If you're thinking of hiring a plumber, whether you need an emergency Los Angeles plumber or you're thinking about a long-term project, there are some things to know before you dive in....
  • A trip to lion city

    A trip to lion city

    Have you ever wondered what would happen to a city submerged? That question is being answered in many corners of the world, where strategically placed dams have created reservoirs that...
    Have you ever wondered what would happen to a city submerged? That question is being answered in many corners of the world, where strategically placed dams have created reservoirs that surge over ...
  • Your spring pruning guide

    Your spring pruning guide

    Are you scared of pruning? Lots of gardeners who are picking up the shears for the first time are definitely worried about making a mistake that will damage or even kill their plants.
    Are you scared of pruning? Lots of gardeners who are picking up the shears for the first time are definitely worried about making a mistake that will damage or even kill their plants.
  • Make your own stone bench

    Make your own stone bench

    There's something wonderful about stone benches in the garden. They're timeless, classic, and elegant, and they can turn any space into a magical fairyland or pleasant place to...
    There's something wonderful about stone benches in the garden. They're timeless, classic, and elegant, and they can turn any space into a magical fairyland or pleasant place to rest....
  • 6 sweet uses for lint

    6 sweet uses for lint

    Every time you dry your clothes, you fish a little ball of fuzz out of the lint trap (at least, we hope it's every time: a clean lint trap is safer and helps your dryer work more...
    Every time you dry your clothes, you fish a little ball of fuzz out of the lint trap (at least, we hope it's every time: a clean lint trap is safer and helps your dryer work more...
  • March garden checklist

    March garden checklist

    I don't know about you, but my bulbs are in bloom as the days are lengthening and it starts to seem like winter might actually end for real at some point in the near future. What...
    I don't know about you, but my bulbs are in bloom as the days are lengthening and it starts to seem like winter might actually end for real at some point in the near future. What will I be up...
  • Deicing the safe way

    Deicing the safe way

    With a cold, snowy winter lingering in many parts of the United States, many of you may be struggling with a perennial winter problem: an icy front walk.
    With a cold, snowy winter lingering in many parts of the United States, many of you may be struggling with a perennial winter problem: an icy front walk.
  • Creative uses for jewelry

    Creative uses for jewelry

    As I grow older, I've found that I wear jewelry much less, while at the same time acquiring more as relatives and friends pass on and I end up with pieces of theirs. Some of their...
    As I grow older, I've found that I wear jewelry much less, while at the same time acquiring more as relatives and friends pass on and I end up with pieces of theirs. Some of their jewelry is...
  • 10 uses for bottle caps

    10 uses for bottle caps

    The pop of a cap rocketing off a beer or old-fashioned soda, followed by the hiss of carbonation, is a familiar sound, but what happens next? If you're a tidier, like me, you...
    The pop of a cap rocketing off a beer or old-fashioned soda, followed by the hiss of carbonation, is a familiar sound, but what happens next? If you're a tidier, like me, you probably toss...
  • The progression of a house fire

    The progression of a house fire

    A few simple measures can radically reduce the risk of fires in the home.
    A few simple measures can radically reduce the risk of fires in the home.
  • Growing a bee-friendly garden

    Growing a bee-friendly garden

    Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? Worried about bee deaths? You'd better think twice about the source of your plants.
    Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? Worried about bee deaths? You'd better think twice about the source of your plants.
  • 10 uses for tea tree oil

    10 uses for tea tree oil

    Tea tree oil is one of Australia's most amazing exports (after Hugh Jackman, of course). This aromatic oil doesn't just smell great: it also naturally kills a number of...
    Tea tree oil is one of Australia's most amazing exports (after Hugh Jackman, of course). This aromatic oil doesn't just smell great: it also naturally kills a number of microorganisms and...
  • Grow lights: great for growing indoors!

    Grow lights: great for growing indoors!

    You might have heard people talking about grow lights lately -- including us, with our recent grow light bookshelf tutorial -- but do you know what they are? How do they work? Do you need...
    You might have heard people talking about grow lights lately -- including us, with our recent grow light bookshelf tutorial -- but do you know what they are? How do they work? Do you need one? What...
  • Green cleaning in the kitchen

    Green cleaning in the kitchen

    Even if you're a dedicated housekeeper, the kitchen is one of those rooms that tends to attract messes. You can blame it on the kids, the dog, or the chef, but however you slice it,...
    Even if you're a dedicated housekeeper, the kitchen is one of those rooms that tends to attract messes. You can blame it on the kids, the dog, or the chef, but however you slice it, kitchens...
  • Dreaming of a new kitchen?

    Dreaming of a new kitchen?

    Thinking about remodeling the kitchen? Before you pick up the phone to call a contractor about the kitchen of your dreams, you have some things to think about.
    Thinking about remodeling the kitchen? Before you pick up the phone to call a contractor about the kitchen of your dreams, you have some things to think about.
  • All about...textile recycling!

    All about...textile recycling!

    Many households are pushing closer and closer to a zero waste goal, with the city of San Francisco actually setting a city-wide model for residents. If you can find ways to compost, reuse,...
    Many households are pushing closer and closer to a zero waste goal, with the city of San Francisco actually setting a city-wide model for residents. If you can find ways to compost, reuse, recycle,...
  • Diy recycled door coffee table

    Diy recycled door coffee table

    I'm pretty sure you can teach an old door new tricks, and Hometalk users have pretty well proved it with their wide assortment of reclaimed door projects large and small. One of my...
    I'm pretty sure you can teach an old door new tricks, and Hometalk users have pretty well proved it with their wide assortment of reclaimed door projects large and small. One of my favorites...
  • 10 new uses for cornstarch

    10 new uses for cornstarch

    It comes in a classic yellow box or container, you might use it to make pudding, it's great for making oobleck...but did you know that cornstarch actually has some really cool, and...
    It comes in a classic yellow box or container, you might use it to make pudding, it's great for making oobleck...but did you know that cornstarch actually has some really cool, and handy, uses...
  • The peculiar history of the toilet

    The peculiar history of the toilet

    Mention the unmentionable -- toilets and the, um, urgent function thereof -- to the average person and youre likely to provoke a flushed face and a nervous giggle. Should you continue the...
    Mention the unmentionable -- toilets and the, um, urgent function thereof -- to the average person and youre likely to provoke a flushed face and a nervous giggle. Should you continue the...
  • Faucet, tap, or spigot?

    Faucet, tap, or spigot?

    Back in 1937, the Gershwin brothers composed a cute and comic love song entitled "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," which poked gentle fun at the contrast between American and British...
    Back in 1937, the Gershwin brothers composed a cute and comic love song entitled "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," which poked gentle fun at the contrast between American and British English. In...
  • Upgrade your home, thrifty style

    Upgrade your home, thrifty style

    Have you been dreaming of concrete-finish counters, a sleek panel wall, or some other luxury finish for your home, but goggling at the actual price tag? It can be frustrating to add...
    Have you been dreaming of concrete-finish counters, a sleek panel wall, or some other luxury finish for your home, but goggling at the actual price tag? It can be frustrating to add upgrades to your...
  • Head to tiny house boot camp!

    Head to tiny house boot camp!

    My obsession with tiny houses knows no bounds, and I'm particularly in love with upcycled projects made from materials people find around them in their communities. Upcycling and...
    My obsession with tiny houses knows no bounds, and I'm particularly in love with upcycled projects made from materials people find around them in their communities. Upcycling and recycling...
  • Fun garden pots for spring

    Fun garden pots for spring

    It's almost time to hit the nursery and pick up some splendid starts, flowers, seeds, and more for spring, but if you're like me, you might be facing a small problem: most of your...
    It's almost time to hit the nursery and pick up some splendid starts, flowers, seeds, and more for spring, but if you're like me, you might be facing a small problem: most of your gardening...
  • Grow your dream garden...in a window

    Grow your dream garden...in a window

    Forget a few pots of herbs on a windowsill. The modern window garden is a work of art and genius, a masterpiece of food production in a cramped space that allows you to grow an amazing...
    Forget a few pots of herbs on a windowsill. The modern window garden is a work of art and genius, a masterpiece of food production in a cramped space that allows you to grow an amazing amount of food...
  • 7 unexpected uses for honey

    7 unexpected uses for honey

    Honey sure is great stuff. Bees may make it to provide nutrition to members of the hive, but we've been liberally "borrowing" it for centuries.
    Honey sure is great stuff. Bees may make it to provide nutrition to members of the hive, but we've been liberally "borrowing" it for centuries.
  • 4 cute gifts with seeds

    4 cute gifts with seeds

    Is there anything cooler than the gift of life? As we're getting ready for spring, it's definitely time to start thinking about lovely seasonally-appropriate gifts, so I rounded up...
    Is there anything cooler than the gift of life? As we're getting ready for spring, it's definitely time to start thinking about lovely seasonally-appropriate gifts, so I rounded up four...
  • New uses for ghost metro stations in paris?

    New uses for ghost metro stations in paris?

    Remember that episode of Sherlock where they have a stop a bomb from going off under Parliament, carried under the historic building via a train moving through decommissioned Underground...
    Remember that episode of Sherlock where they have a stop a bomb from going off under Parliament, carried under the historic building via a train moving through decommissioned Underground stations,...
  • Dress up with fun wall patterns!

    Dress up with fun wall patterns!

    I've been spotting a new trend popping up on more and more home design, home improvement, and home fashion blogs: wall patterns. These bold paint effects are easy to do, they're far...
    I've been spotting a new trend popping up on more and more home design, home improvement, and home fashion blogs: wall patterns. These bold paint effects are easy to do, they're far more...
  • Who's the greenest floor of all?

    Who's the greenest floor of all?

    Your choice of flooring isn't just an aesthetic decision, it's also an environmental one.
    Your choice of flooring isn't just an aesthetic decision, it's also an environmental one.
  • Install thermostats on radiators for efficiency

    Install thermostats on radiators for efficiency

    Does your Chicago heating system rely heavily on old steam radiators? You're not the only one -- across the US, this type of heating is common, with some systems boasting radiators that...
    Does your Chicago heating system rely heavily on old steam radiators? You're not the only one -- across the US, this type of heating is common, with some systems boasting radiators that are...
  • Gung hay fat choy!

    Gung hay fat choy!

    A warm welcome to the Year of the Horse! Here's hoping you get many lai see from older relatives, and get to eat lots of delicious sweets and round foods to ring in luck and prosperity...
    A warm welcome to the Year of the Horse! Here's hoping you get many lai see from older relatives, and get to eat lots of delicious sweets and round foods to ring in luck and prosperity over the...
  • 10 amazing uses for tension rods

    10 amazing uses for tension rods

    If you've ever been a college student, or just an adult who doesn't stand on ceremony, you've probably dealt with a tension rod. These nifty little rods expand and collapse to...
    If you've ever been a college student, or just an adult who doesn't stand on ceremony, you've probably dealt with a tension rod. These nifty little rods expand and collapse to fit...
  • February garden checklist

    February garden checklist

    January is about to draw to a close, which means it's time to talk turkey...I mean, February. This shortest month of the year will hopefully bring about the end of the coldest winter...
    January is about to draw to a close, which means it's time to talk turkey...I mean, February. This shortest month of the year will hopefully bring about the end of the coldest winter weather for...
  • Put down the splenda!

    Put down the splenda!

    It's January, which means many people are trying to lose weight as a part of their New Year's resolutions. Sugar's a common target in diets, because it's a large source of...
    It's January, which means many people are trying to lose weight as a part of their New Year's resolutions. Sugar's a common target in diets, because it's a large source of calories...
  • Converting to xeriscaping

    Converting to xeriscaping

    With a drought just declared in California, I have my garden on the brain, and I'm not the only one. Many people in my community have allowed their gardens to die over the last few...
    With a drought just declared in California, I have my garden on the brain, and I'm not the only one. Many people in my community have allowed their gardens to die over the last few months in...
  • Searching for America's top (re)model

    Searching for America's top (re)model

    Are you remodeling all or part of your house this year? Whether you're preparing to move into a home and you want it to be just perfect, or you're working on the home you live in...
    Are you remodeling all or part of your house this year? Whether you're preparing to move into a home and you want it to be just perfect, or you're working on the home you live in now, you...
  • Let's talk heirloom corn!

    Let's talk heirloom corn!

    Corn was one of many brilliant domestications performed in Mesoamerican culture, with roots tracing back to ancient Peru and Mexico. Brilliant indigenous peoples took corn from a grass with...
    Corn was one of many brilliant domestications performed in Mesoamerican culture, with roots tracing back to ancient Peru and Mexico. Brilliant indigenous peoples took corn from a grass with a tiny...
  • Restoring a scottish castle on the hudson

    Restoring a scottish castle on the hudson

    If you're an urban exploration lover like me, you might spend your time scoping out cool abandoned places to visit, and your travel plans could, now and then, include stops at...
    If you're an urban exploration lover like me, you might spend your time scoping out cool abandoned places to visit, and your travel plans could, now and then, include stops at interesting sites....
  • These dewey decimals got style!

    These dewey decimals got style!

    I don't want to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but the number of people who still remember card catalogs is starting to wane, and half of kids these days probably wouldn't know what to...
    I don't want to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but the number of people who still remember card catalogs is starting to wane, and half of kids these days probably wouldn't know what to do with one...
  • Roger that! community garden under threat

    Roger that! community garden under threat

    As developers encroach on all available land in urban areas, the tension between green space and developed space is growing more serious, as evidenced in New York, where green space is at a...
    As developers encroach on all available land in urban areas, the tension between green space and developed space is growing more serious, as evidenced in New York, where green space is at a premium....
  • Reasons to install gfci outlets

    Reasons to install gfci outlets

    Have you ever heard people talking about "GFCI outlets" and wondered what sort of gobbledegook is coming out of their mouths, let alone whether it's relevant to you? If so, you're...
    Have you ever heard people talking about "GFCI outlets" and wondered what sort of gobbledegook is coming out of their mouths, let alone whether it's relevant to you? If so, you're not alone:...
  • 11 cool uses for jars

    11 cool uses for jars

    We all know that mason jars are super hip in home decor right now, but what about jars in general?
    We all know that mason jars are super hip in home decor right now, but what about jars in general?
  • We've been splitting wood all wrong

    We've been splitting wood all wrong

    Splitting wood is one of the least favorite tasks of woodstove owners, and even for people who are just chopping for a decorative fireplace or pit, it gets unfun very rapidly. The...
    Splitting wood is one of the least favorite tasks of woodstove owners, and even for people who are just chopping for a decorative fireplace or pit, it gets unfun very rapidly. The repetitive motion...
  • 10 tips to go green in the laundry room

    10 tips to go green in the laundry room

    The EPA estimates that if Americans went green in the laundry room, they'd save three trillion gallons of water annually, along with over $18 billion per year.
    The EPA estimates that if Americans went green in the laundry room, they'd save three trillion gallons of water annually, along with over $18 billion per year.
  • Gardening for dummies

    Gardening for dummies

    First things first: you don't need to be a green thumb to grow a garden
    First things first: you don't need to be a green thumb to grow a garden
  • Installing crown molding

    Installing crown molding

    Step into any older home, and chances are that your eyes are going to be drawn to the beautiful molding. Once a must-have in home design, molding has fallen by the wayside in newer...
    Step into any older home, and chances are that your eyes are going to be drawn to the beautiful molding. Once a must-have in home design, molding has fallen by the wayside in newer construction in...
  • 18 uses for rubber bands

    18 uses for rubber bands

    Got a rubber band ball made up of the seemingly endless rubber bands that seem to trickle into your house when you're not looking? Take it apart. That ball is a total waste of an...
    Got a rubber band ball made up of the seemingly endless rubber bands that seem to trickle into your house when you're not looking? Take it apart. That ball is a total waste of an incredibly...
  • Shape up your garage

    Shape up your garage

    How long has it been since you've been able to park your car in your garage? Or, uh, find something you needed in the garage? Is your garage a terrifying danger zone of toppling boxes,...
    How long has it been since you've been able to park your car in your garage? Or, uh, find something you needed in the garage? Is your garage a terrifying danger zone of toppling boxes, jumbled...
  • Where to put your beehive

    Where to put your beehive

    We love bees and beekeeping here at Networx, and if you're considering starting your own apiary this year, congratulations! Bees can be rewarding and tons of fun to keep, and thankfully...
    We love bees and beekeeping here at Networx, and if you're considering starting your own apiary this year, congratulations! Bees can be rewarding and tons of fun to keep, and thankfully there are...
  • Make your own cheese press

    Make your own cheese press

    Did you know that making your own cheese is actually pretty darn easy?
    Did you know that making your own cheese is actually pretty darn easy?
  • Amazing rammed earth construction

    Amazing rammed earth construction

    I'm absolutely besotted with this amazing school design in Muyinga, Burundi, covered by Inhabitat. Faced with the need to provide educational accommodations for d/Deaf and hard of...
    I'm absolutely besotted with this amazing school design in Muyinga, Burundi, covered by Inhabitat. Faced with the need to provide educational accommodations for d/Deaf and hard of hearing...
  • Build a geodesic dome greenhouse!

    Build a geodesic dome greenhouse!

    So I hear you want to build a greenhouse. You're tired of this frigid weather, you want to get some starts going early, or maybe you just have a hankering to grow some things that...
    So I hear you want to build a greenhouse. You're tired of this frigid weather, you want to get some starts going early, or maybe you just have a hankering to grow some things that prefer to grow...
  • Seven fun uses for matchboxes

    Seven fun uses for matchboxes

    Whether they're strike on the box or not, matches can be useful around the house, and you may well have a packet or box rattling around somewhere. But what do you do with a matchbox...
    Whether they're strike on the box or not, matches can be useful around the house, and you may well have a packet or box rattling around somewhere. But what do you do with a matchbox when all the...
  • 6 inspiring garden paths

    6 inspiring garden paths

    A good pathway can totally change a garden. If you've got a muddy, messy path surrounded by beautiful plants, your plants won't seem quite as flashy, thanks to that ho-hum trail...
    A good pathway can totally change a garden. If you've got a muddy, messy path surrounded by beautiful plants, your plants won't seem quite as flashy, thanks to that ho-hum trail slashing...
  • Water-saving tips for drought times

    Water-saving tips for drought times

    I grew up in a house that relied solely on a 1,000 gallon tank of rainwater for our water supply. Once we ran out, that was it, and running out was a serious concern some summers,...
    I grew up in a house that relied solely on a 1,000 gallon tank of rainwater for our water supply. Once we ran out, that was it, and running out was a serious concern some summers, especially in...
  • Resolution central: greening the bathroom

    Resolution central: greening the bathroom

    Did you make a resolution this year to keep up with housework? We commend you, but we also know it can be hard work, especially when you're already knee-deep in work, social life, and...
    Did you make a resolution this year to keep up with housework? We commend you, but we also know it can be hard work, especially when you're already knee-deep in work, social life, and other...
  • Cool carpentry project: grow light bookshelf

    Cool carpentry project: grow light bookshelf

    I love multipurpose objects with a passion. They appeal to my aesthetic sense and also to my desire to live a low-impact life: why have three things when I could have one thing that does...
    I love multipurpose objects with a passion. They appeal to my aesthetic sense and also to my desire to live a low-impact life: why have three things when I could have one thing that does all three?...
  • Grow an avocado...you know you want to!

    Grow an avocado...you know you want to!

    I don't know about you, but I'm an avocado fiend. I adore these delicious little fruits, particularly the rich, creamy Hass that's widely cultivated in California and parts of...
    I don't know about you, but I'm an avocado fiend. I adore these delicious little fruits, particularly the rich, creamy Hass that's widely cultivated in California and parts of the...
  • 5 crafty cleaning tips

    5 crafty cleaning tips

    As we move into a new year, many of us are thinking about those pesky little cleaning projects we've been putting off: that grody grout in the bathroom, another go at Aunt Lucy's...
    As we move into a new year, many of us are thinking about those pesky little cleaning projects we've been putting off: that grody grout in the bathroom, another go at Aunt Lucy's antique...
  • Saving frost-bitten plants

    Saving frost-bitten plants

    If you've been living through the polar vortex, or just plain cold temperatures, you may have been worried about a lot of things, including your garden. While your plants took night...
    If you've been living through the polar vortex, or just plain cold temperatures, you may have been worried about a lot of things, including your garden. While your plants took night after night...
  • Clever home upgrade: hot buffet

    Clever home upgrade: hot buffet

    I was really struck this morning by this super cool project featured on This Old House: a hot buffet, made with an existing radiator. The hot buffet project is part of a roundup of fifty...
    I was really struck this morning by this super cool project featured on This Old House: a hot buffet, made with an existing radiator. The hot buffet project is part of a roundup of fifty tips to...
  • 8 great uses for beeswax

    8 great uses for beeswax

    Beeswax. If you're a bee, it's an important part of the structure of your hive. If you're a human, it makes a great scented candle material, offering a smooth-burning wax for...
    Beeswax. If you're a bee, it's an important part of the structure of your hive. If you're a human, it makes a great scented candle material, offering a smooth-burning wax for delightful...
  • What's in season for your table

    What's in season for your table

    Are you getting ready to host a feast (or bring a dish to one?) under a snug Baltimore roof this season? While you're planning out your menu and setting up your grocery list, give a...
    Are you getting ready to host a feast (or bring a dish to one?) under a snug Baltimore roof this season? While you're planning out your menu and setting up your grocery list, give a thought to...
  • Organize your office for under $500

    Organize your office for under $500

    Whether you work from home full-time or need a functional space in your home to perform some work-related tasks, a home office can be a very important room in the household. Unfortunately,...
    Whether you work from home full-time or need a functional space in your home to perform some work-related tasks, a home office can be a very important room in the household. Unfortunately, home...
  • Protecting your plants from frost

    Protecting your plants from frost

    With November rapidly galloping towards a close, the nights are starting to get very, very chilly in many corners of the US. In some regions, frost is already on the ground.
    With November rapidly galloping towards a close, the nights are starting to get very, very chilly in many corners of the US. In some regions, frost is already on the ground.
  • Renovate a bathroom in 24 hours

    Renovate a bathroom in 24 hours

    If you live in an older home, you may well be grinding your teeth over your bathroom. Considering how much time we spend in our bathrooms, there's good reason to want yours to be a...
    If you live in an older home, you may well be grinding your teeth over your bathroom. Considering how much time we spend in our bathrooms, there's good reason to want yours to be a pleasant place...
  • 6 wood pallet scavenging tips for your next project

    6 wood pallet scavenging tips for your next project

    As every great DIYer knows, wood pallets are an immensely useful construction material. You can use them in a wide range of projects, in a huge assortment of ways, and they're totally...
    As every great DIYer knows, wood pallets are an immensely useful construction material. You can use them in a wide range of projects, in a huge assortment of ways, and they're totally free, which...
  • 7 uses for candle stubs

    7 uses for candle stubs

    What do you do with those little nubbins of wax that are too short to burn, but just large enough to make you feel guilty for tossing them?
    What do you do with those little nubbins of wax that are too short to burn, but just large enough to make you feel guilty for tossing them?
  • Attic remodels increase value, square footage

    Attic remodels increase value, square footage

    If your house feels a little cramped for your needs, there are a wide variety of solutions to the problem. You could move around some walls inside to use the space more efficiently, for...
    If your house feels a little cramped for your needs, there are a wide variety of solutions to the problem. You could move around some walls inside to use the space more efficiently, for example, or...
  • Make a rental a home

    Make a rental a home

    I'm a huge advocate for renting, because it carries tremendous advantages, especially for many young people. But one problem we renters perennially face is that our houses don't...
    I'm a huge advocate for renting, because it carries tremendous advantages, especially for many young people. But one problem we renters perennially face is that our houses don't always feel...
  • Make bookcases pop with contrasting backings!

    Make bookcases pop with contrasting backings!

    I'm really excited about the emerging trend I'm spotting with bookcases, cabinets, shelving, and similar furniture designed for storage and display: painting, wallpapering, or...
    I'm really excited about the emerging trend I'm spotting with bookcases, cabinets, shelving, and similar furniture designed for storage and display: painting, wallpapering, or otherwise...
  • Building? Be sure to pick the right home site

    Building? Be sure to pick the right home site

    Location, location, location!
    Location, location, location!
  • 4 World Trade Center opens for business

    4 World Trade Center opens for business

    It's an auspicious day for New York City today, with a ribbon cutting for 4 World Trade Center, the first of the buildings in the new World Trade Center complex to open for business....
    It's an auspicious day for New York City today, with a ribbon cutting for 4 World Trade Center, the first of the buildings in the new World Trade Center complex to open for business. Although the...
  • Home Depot wants your old Christmas lights

    Home Depot wants your old Christmas lights

    We know it's only early November, but signs of the winter holidays are everywhere around us, including lights, lights, lights! Which are a welcome sight in the northern reaches where it...
    We know it's only early November, but signs of the winter holidays are everywhere around us, including lights, lights, lights! Which are a welcome sight in the northern reaches where it feels...
  • Making modern architecture blend in

    Making modern architecture blend in

    Ever walk down the block and see a new house sticking out like a sore thumb? It's a particularly common problem with modern architecture, which stands out in historic communities...
    Ever walk down the block and see a new house sticking out like a sore thumb? It's a particularly common problem with modern architecture, which stands out in historic communities because it looks...
  • A huge leap for 3d printing with metal printer

    A huge leap for 3d printing with metal printer

    Ever been in the middle of a home improvement project and realized you have the wrong hardware or need another box of screws? It means a traipse to the hardware store, and you have to...
    Ever been in the middle of a home improvement project and realized you have the wrong hardware or need another box of screws? It means a traipse to the hardware store, and you have to remember what...
  • 20K project builds smart homes for under 20k

    20K project builds smart homes for under 20k

    Sometimes the definition of "affordable housing" is enough to raise eyebrows, but in Alabama, a state with some extremely poverished regions, a group of architecture students decided to...
    Sometimes the definition of "affordable housing" is enough to raise eyebrows, but in Alabama, a state with some extremely poverished regions, a group of architecture students decided to take it...
  • It's time to winterize

    It's time to winterize

    Thanks to the time change, it's starting to feel like the middle of the night all the time -- at least, that's how it is in the northern reaches of the US. That means that it's...
    Thanks to the time change, it's starting to feel like the middle of the night all the time -- at least, that's how it is in the northern reaches of the US. That means that it's time to...
  • 10 uses for milk cartons

    10 uses for milk cartons

    You absolutely can recycle them, but did you know that there are also tons of other things you can do with them?
    You absolutely can recycle them, but did you know that there are also tons of other things you can do with them?
  • Ways to refresh the living room

    Ways to refresh the living room

    The holidays are almost upon us, and you might be concerned about the state of your house. Over at Hometalk, users have declared that they're most worried about their living rooms,...
    The holidays are almost upon us, and you might be concerned about the state of your house. Over at Hometalk, users have declared that they're most worried about their living rooms, which...
  • Care for your drain the natural way

    Care for your drain the natural way

    Slow-draining plumbing fixtures are a pain in the showerhead. It always starts as a slow creep so you can try to trick yourself into think that nothing's wrong, but eventually, you have...
    Slow-draining plumbing fixtures are a pain in the showerhead. It always starts as a slow creep so you can try to trick yourself into think that nothing's wrong, but eventually, you have to admit...
  • 9 uses for pumpkin

    9 uses for pumpkin

    I'll let you in on a little secret: you can do a lot more with pumpkins than turn them into Halloween decorations or pie. Sure, you might have heard of pumpkin spice lattes,...
    I'll let you in on a little secret: you can do a lot more with pumpkins than turn them into Halloween decorations or pie. Sure, you might have heard of pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin...
  • Whole-house recycling? why not?

    Whole-house recycling? why not?

    Ever see a beautiful old house put to the wrecking ball? It makes me cry every time I do, and not just because I'm always sad to see the destruction of something old, gorgeous, and...
    Ever see a beautiful old house put to the wrecking ball? It makes me cry every time I do, and not just because I'm always sad to see the destruction of something old, gorgeous, and imbued with...
  • November garden checklist

    November garden checklist

    It's Halloween (eek!) today, which means that we're counting down rapidly towards the end of the year. Tomorrow, a new month dawns, and that means it's time to start thinking...
    It's Halloween (eek!) today, which means that we're counting down rapidly towards the end of the year. Tomorrow, a new month dawns, and that means it's time to start thinking about what...
  • Factcheck: how wasteful are steam boilers?

    Factcheck: how wasteful are steam boilers?

    Vintage boilers are common in older apartment buildings and homes, complete with their delightful clanking radiators. (As anyone who has tried to sleep in a room with a radiator going full...
    Vintage boilers are common in older apartment buildings and homes, complete with their delightful clanking radiators. (As anyone who has tried to sleep in a room with a radiator going full bore can...
  • Is a gas fireplace for you?

    Is a gas fireplace for you?

    The crackle of flames in a fireplace is especially appealing this time of year. It conjures up images of lounging on comfortable furniture, drinking hot chocolate, and snuggling.
    The crackle of flames in a fireplace is especially appealing this time of year. It conjures up images of lounging on comfortable furniture, drinking hot chocolate, and snuggling.
  • Last-minute halloween ideas

    Last-minute halloween ideas

    Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, and if you're having second thoughts about your decision not to decorate or wondering if your house isn't quite scary enough, it's...
    Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, and if you're having second thoughts about your decision not to decorate or wondering if your house isn't quite scary enough, it's okay!...
  • Which beehive is best?

    Which beehive is best?

    We love bees! These spunky little insects serve a great dual purpose in the garden. For one thing, they're pollinators, ensuring that your fruits, veggies, flowers, and more get the...
    We love bees! These spunky little insects serve a great dual purpose in the garden. For one thing, they're pollinators, ensuring that your fruits, veggies, flowers, and more get the pollen they...
  • What's your centerpiece this fall?

    What's your centerpiece this fall?

    This fall, lots of households are planning on entertaining family, friends, and colleagues. Now that you've finished your bathroom renovation and freshened up the paint to make the...
    This fall, lots of households are planning on entertaining family, friends, and colleagues. Now that you've finished your bathroom renovation and freshened up the paint to make the house look its...
  • Starpath provides efficient ambient lighting at night

    Starpath provides efficient ambient lighting at night

    On especially clear, moonless nights I can look up and see the Milky Way scattered across the sky, looking like diamonds someone has carelessly spilled across the heavens -- or like a trail...
    On especially clear, moonless nights I can look up and see the Milky Way scattered across the sky, looking like diamonds someone has carelessly spilled across the heavens -- or like a trail leading...
  • We tested it: electric chainsaw

    We tested it: electric chainsaw

    Up until a week ago, I've been cutting most of the tree parts on my biggish suburban lot with a Sawzall fitted with a pruning blade. This worked surprisingly well and, most...
    Up until a week ago, I've been cutting most of the tree parts on my biggish suburban lot with a Sawzall fitted with a pruning blade. This worked surprisingly well and, most importantly, I...
  • We tested it: eco-friendly cleaning: cream of tartar

    We tested it: eco-friendly cleaning: cream of tartar

    Id been hearing this buzz in my hippie circles about making all kinds of awesome eco-friendly home cleaning products using cream of tartar. Cream of tartar? Before I could commit to...
    Id been hearing this buzz in my hippie circles about making all kinds of awesome eco-friendly home cleaning products using cream of tartar. Cream of tartar? Before I could commit to cleaning with it,...
  • 8 unexpected uses for mustard

    8 unexpected uses for mustard

    Mustard. This small, humble seed is used in cuisines the world over, from the sharp spicy mustard served with dim sum to the rich, seedy variety applied to sandwiches.
    Mustard. This small, humble seed is used in cuisines the world over, from the sharp spicy mustard served with dim sum to the rich, seedy variety applied to sandwiches.
  • Taking farming offshore

    Taking farming offshore

    Hydroponic gardening is already a well-established method of producing fruits and vegetables in controlled conditions for maximum flavor and efficiency, with growing adoption among...
    Hydroponic gardening is already a well-established method of producing fruits and vegetables in controlled conditions for maximum flavor and efficiency, with growing adoption among landscapers. All...
  • Eco-friendly mold removal tips

    Eco-friendly mold removal tips

    Few things are quite as unpleasant as uncovering a patch of mold.
    Few things are quite as unpleasant as uncovering a patch of mold.
  • Get spooked at historical haunted buildings

    Get spooked at historical haunted buildings

    Every Halloween, some of the best opportunities for touring and staying in haunted houses arise, including historic homes with fascinating architectural and cultural histories.
    Every Halloween, some of the best opportunities for touring and staying in haunted houses arise, including historic homes with fascinating architectural and cultural histories.
  • 6 charming uses for old windows

    6 charming uses for old windows

    Old windows are kind of captivating, in their own way. They can't be used in a house because their frames are too battered, the glass is single-paned, they're often the wrong size,...
    Old windows are kind of captivating, in their own way. They can't be used in a house because their frames are too battered, the glass is single-paned, they're often the wrong size, or they...
  • Keep ghouls out this halloween!

    Keep ghouls out this halloween!

    At this time of year, it seems like every channel is running a horror movie marathon stretching deep into the wee hours of the morning, and it's enough to send you burrowing deeper into...
    At this time of year, it seems like every channel is running a horror movie marathon stretching deep into the wee hours of the morning, and it's enough to send you burrowing deeper into your bed...
  • 10 uses for paper towels

    10 uses for paper towels

    Paper towels are most commonly marketed to clean up spills, which is really not the best use of their talents. While these absorbent paper sheets can be great at cleaning up spills,...
    Paper towels are most commonly marketed to clean up spills, which is really not the best use of their talents. While these absorbent paper sheets can be great at cleaning up spills, it's much...
  • Making the most of a small kitchen

    Making the most of a small kitchen

    I have, like many people, a tiny kitchen. I would say microscopic, except that I've seen the kitchens in some of my friends' New York apartments, and by comparison, mine is...
    I have, like many people, a tiny kitchen. I would say microscopic, except that I've seen the kitchens in some of my friends' New York apartments, and by comparison, mine is palatial. This is...
  • You can build a house out of cardboard?!

    You can build a house out of cardboard?!

    We took a look at some cool uses for cardboard recently, but this may actually take the cake. Architect Shigeru Ban built an entire house out of cardboard tubes, putting new meaning to the...
    We took a look at some cool uses for cardboard recently, but this may actually take the cake. Architect Shigeru Ban built an entire house out of cardboard tubes, putting new meaning to the idea of...
  • How safe is spray foam insulation?

    How safe is spray foam insulation?

    Polyurethane foam insulation has attracted considerable attention in recent years as a green, affordable, and highly effective building material. This material is mixed on site and blown...
    Polyurethane foam insulation has attracted considerable attention in recent years as a green, affordable, and highly effective building material. This material is mixed on site and blown into (and...
  • 5 interesting compost management systems

    5 interesting compost management systems

    Compost: everybody's doing it, or they should be. Food waste is a major contributor to landfills, which is why some cities are starting to get aggressive about requiring composting,...
    Compost: everybody's doing it, or they should be. Food waste is a major contributor to landfills, which is why some cities are starting to get aggressive about requiring composting, with their...
  • Settling in to a new neighborhood

    Settling in to a new neighborhood

    Moving can be a stressful period in your life, especially if you're making a long-distance move. You need to pack everything up on one end and sell your house, prepare it for new...
    Moving can be a stressful period in your life, especially if you're making a long-distance move. You need to pack everything up on one end and sell your house, prepare it for new tenants, or...
  • Make your garden work this fall and winter

    Make your garden work this fall and winter

    The days feel like they're getting shorter by the minute (which, technically, they are), and the garden seems to be backsliding into laziness; with the exception of some squash, most of...
    The days feel like they're getting shorter by the minute (which, technically, they are), and the garden seems to be backsliding into laziness; with the exception of some squash, most of the beds...
  • 8 treehouses to envy

    8 treehouses to envy

    Treehouses are pretty much the aspiration of every kid, and no wonder; there's something about them that makes them feel like a magic, private clubhouse. Many kids who grew up around...
    Treehouses are pretty much the aspiration of every kid, and no wonder; there's something about them that makes them feel like a magic, private clubhouse. Many kids who grew up around trees had at...
  • When old wiring is dangerous, not quaint

    When old wiring is dangerous, not quaint

    Buying, and living in, an older home can be totally charming. But along with the quaint comes the antiquated.
    Buying, and living in, an older home can be totally charming. But along with the quaint comes the antiquated.
  • Can't help but lover this cantilever home

    Can't help but lover this cantilever home

    I love cantilever houses. There's something about this style of construction that's just so transcendent, making part of a house soar above the ground and thrusting residents into...
    I love cantilever houses. There's something about this style of construction that's just so transcendent, making part of a house soar above the ground and thrusting residents into the beauty...
  • Go underground for year-round gardening

    Go underground for year-round gardening

    Winter is already nipping quickly at the heels of fall in some regions of the Northern Hemisphere, even when it seems like fall has barely begun. We can talk about winter-friendly crops...
    Winter is already nipping quickly at the heels of fall in some regions of the Northern Hemisphere, even when it seems like fall has barely begun. We can talk about winter-friendly crops (and we will,...
  • Green your wallpaper!

    Green your wallpaper!

    Wallpaper feels like it's going out of style in many corners of the world, but it's actually pretty great stuff -- as long as we're not talking horrible floral patterns from the...
    Wallpaper feels like it's going out of style in many corners of the world, but it's actually pretty great stuff -- as long as we're not talking horrible floral patterns from the 80s, that...
  • How will you be decorating your pumpkins?

    How will you be decorating your pumpkins?

    By this time of year, those pumpkins you planted should be ripening up, and if you didn't plant any, you might be spotting a few in fields by the side of the road, or in giant...
    By this time of year, those pumpkins you planted should be ripening up, and if you didn't plant any, you might be spotting a few in fields by the side of the road, or in giant containers at the...
  • 10 uses for cardboard

    10 uses for cardboard

    Cardboard is a ubiquitous packaging material, especially if, like me, you order a lot of things from the internet. You could let those cardboard boxes, supports, and more stack up until you...
    Cardboard is a ubiquitous packaging material, especially if, like me, you order a lot of things from the internet. You could let those cardboard boxes, supports, and more stack up until you head to...
  • Is your roof ready for fall?

    Is your roof ready for fall?

    The equinox has passed. It's officially fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, and while you might be making plans for Halloween, you should also be looking up to your roof. There are...
    The equinox has passed. It's officially fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, and while you might be making plans for Halloween, you should also be looking up to your roof. There are some things...
  • Small bath? don't panic!

    Small bath? don't panic!

    Small bathrooms are a common problem, especially in older homes, where apparently people were either microscopic, or didn't mind cramming in next to the tub to wash their hands at the...
    Small bathrooms are a common problem, especially in older homes, where apparently people were either microscopic, or didn't mind cramming in next to the tub to wash their hands at the sink. And...
  • Straight talk on meat and dairy in the compost

    Straight talk on meat and dairy in the compost

    There are a lot of questions surrounding compost, what you can put in it, and what you shouldn't toss in the compost bin.
    There are a lot of questions surrounding compost, what you can put in it, and what you shouldn't toss in the compost bin.
  • Green cleaning tips for cat pee

    Green cleaning tips for cat pee

    I love my cats. What I don't love is their pee. When it's confined to the litterbox, that's great, but sometimes they miss, or they're not feeling well, and they don't...
    I love my cats. What I don't love is their pee. When it's confined to the litterbox, that's great, but sometimes they miss, or they're not feeling well, and they don't quite make...
  • Going underground in wales

    Going underground in wales

    Anyone who read Laura Ingalls Wilder as a child probably remembers her sod house built on the banks of the creek. It was cold, dark, humid, and gloomy, thanks to the limited windows and...
    Anyone who read Laura Ingalls Wilder as a child probably remembers her sod house built on the banks of the creek. It was cold, dark, humid, and gloomy, thanks to the limited windows and poor...
  • Old-fashioned touches for your home

    Old-fashioned touches for your home

    Whether you live in a historic home that's been mutilated by "remodels," a modern home with a historic aesthetic that lacks many of the accents you might expect, or a new home that you...
    Whether you live in a historic home that's been mutilated by "remodels," a modern home with a historic aesthetic that lacks many of the accents you might expect, or a new home that you want to...
  • 9 refreshing uses for hydrogen peroxide

    9 refreshing uses for hydrogen peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide. It's that weird-smelling stuff that comes in the brown bottle that your dad used to dab on your skinned knees when you were a kid. It was kind of cool to watch it...
    Hydrogen peroxide. It's that weird-smelling stuff that comes in the brown bottle that your dad used to dab on your skinned knees when you were a kid. It was kind of cool to watch it bubble up,...
  • We tested it: homemade daily shower spray

    We tested it: homemade daily shower spray

    My boyfriend has this contraption called an Automatic Shower Cleaner. Have you heard of this? I've done some research and basically, it's a magical device made by unicorns in The...
    My boyfriend has this contraption called an Automatic Shower Cleaner. Have you heard of this? I've done some research and basically, it's a magical device made by unicorns in The Land of...
  • Your guide to green lawn care

    Your guide to green lawn care

    A lawn doesn't have to be an ecological disaster area with these tips.
    A lawn doesn't have to be an ecological disaster area with these tips.
  • 12 uses for epsom salt

    12 uses for epsom salt

    When I hear the words "Epsom salt," I think of those containers I see in the store and how you're supposed to add Epsom salt to a bath when you have aching muscles. So I got curious...
    When I hear the words "Epsom salt," I think of those containers I see in the store and how you're supposed to add Epsom salt to a bath when you have aching muscles. So I got curious when I saw...
  • Tips for making a small house work for you

    Tips for making a small house work for you

    Living in a small space can sometimes feel suffocating, especially if you like entertaining. It's one reason many people gravitate towards larger homes, even with the tiny house...
    Living in a small space can sometimes feel suffocating, especially if you like entertaining. It's one reason many people gravitate towards larger homes, even with the tiny house movement in the...
  • Recovering from flooding? watch out in the garden

    Recovering from flooding? watch out in the garden

    With terrible floods ongoing in several regions of the world at the moment, including in Colorado and Russia, pictures of partially-drowned homes and cars, soggy gardens, and flood refugees...
    With terrible floods ongoing in several regions of the world at the moment, including in Colorado and Russia, pictures of partially-drowned homes and cars, soggy gardens, and flood refugees seem to...
  • Using color to set the mood in your home

    Using color to set the mood in your home

    The use of color in a room can change it dramatically.
    The use of color in a room can change it dramatically.
  • Microhomes do it small

    Microhomes do it small

    For years, people have been aspiring to the biggest house possible; the mark of success in the United States is, after all, a sprawling manse with multiple bedrooms and baths, a swath of...
    For years, people have been aspiring to the biggest house possible; the mark of success in the United States is, after all, a sprawling manse with multiple bedrooms and baths, a swath of bright green...
  • Budget makeovers? yes please!

    Budget makeovers? yes please!

    Remodeling always sounds like a major endeavor. You have to hire a contractor, deal with work crews in and out of the house for weeks, rearrange your life, and, oh yeah, write some really big...
    Remodeling always sounds like a major endeavor. You have to hire a contractor, deal with work crews in and out of the house for weeks, rearrange your life, and, oh yeah, write some really big checks....
  • Super-cute houseboats double as affordable housing

    Super-cute houseboats double as affordable housing

    Every time I drive to San Francisco and pass the houseboats in Sausalito, I think that it might be fun to live on one of them (although my cats might disagree). There's something amazing...
    Every time I drive to San Francisco and pass the houseboats in Sausalito, I think that it might be fun to live on one of them (although my cats might disagree). There's something amazing about...
  • Gowanus residents protesting community garden

    Gowanus residents protesting community garden

    Here's a strange story out of New York: residents of Gowanus are fighting the installation of a community garden on an empty lot in their neighborhood. They're claiming the garden...
    Here's a strange story out of New York: residents of Gowanus are fighting the installation of a community garden on an empty lot in their neighborhood. They're claiming the garden (which is...
  • 14 great uses for salt

    14 great uses for salt

    You might think of it primarily as that thing on the dinner table you use to add some flavor to your food, but the uses of salt extend far beyond that.
    You might think of it primarily as that thing on the dinner table you use to add some flavor to your food, but the uses of salt extend far beyond that.
  • Flip-flop house takes bauhaus to the beach

    Flip-flop house takes bauhaus to the beach

    Bauhaus is definitely not for everyone. This classically austere, crisp, sharp design doesn't get everyone's architectural juices going, which is a pity, because when it's good,...
    Bauhaus is definitely not for everyone. This classically austere, crisp, sharp design doesn't get everyone's architectural juices going, which is a pity, because when it's good, it's...
  • Freshen up your foyer!

    Freshen up your foyer!

    If you're anything like me, periodically you just get totally frustrated with your house and you wander around restlessly for several days rearranging furniture, marking up pages in home...
    If you're anything like me, periodically you just get totally frustrated with your house and you wander around restlessly for several days rearranging furniture, marking up pages in home design...
  • A great leap for solar power in California

    A great leap for solar power in California

    John Upton at Grist has a report on two important bills in California that stand to substantially increase the market for solar energy in the state. The already forward-thinking state is...
    John Upton at Grist has a report on two important bills in California that stand to substantially increase the market for solar energy in the state. The already forward-thinking state is adding to...
  • Cleaning filthy water with bugs and slime?

    Cleaning filthy water with bugs and slime?

    You know how they say it takes one to know one? Researchers in Australia took this to a new level recently with the development of a water filter based on bugs and slime that cleans...
    You know how they say it takes one to know one? Researchers in Australia took this to a new level recently with the development of a water filter based on bugs and slime that cleans contaminated...
  • The hanging gardens of the parkroyal hotel pickering

    The hanging gardens of the parkroyal hotel pickering

    I want to go to Singapore just to stay in this hotel. The Parkroyal Hotel Pickering is not your average luxury hotel, although it has all the fittings you'd expect, including stunning...
    I want to go to Singapore just to stay in this hotel. The Parkroyal Hotel Pickering is not your average luxury hotel, although it has all the fittings you'd expect, including stunning views and...
  • This ain't your grandpa's flatpack house

    This ain't your grandpa's flatpack house

    I've done my fair share of battle with IKEA furniture. I'm guessing you have too -- if not with IKEA, than with other flatpack brands. Incomprehensible directions, utterly confusing...
    I've done my fair share of battle with IKEA furniture. I'm guessing you have too -- if not with IKEA, than with other flatpack brands. Incomprehensible directions, utterly confusing drawings,...
  • We tested it: moka coffee

    We tested it: moka coffee

    As with many things food-related, the Italians are peerless in the art of making coffee. Just walk into any bar on any street in any town in Italy and ask for a caff, and you'll know what...
    As with many things food-related, the Italians are peerless in the art of making coffee. Just walk into any bar on any street in any town in Italy and ask for a caff, and you'll know what I mean....
  • 11 nifty uses for milk

    11 nifty uses for milk

    Mmm, milk. For those who aren't allergic or refraining for ethical/religious reasons, milk is pretty awesome. But you don't just have to put it in your mouth (and there are uses yet...
    Mmm, milk. For those who aren't allergic or refraining for ethical/religious reasons, milk is pretty awesome. But you don't just have to put it in your mouth (and there are uses yet for that...
  • 5 fun painted furniture projects

    5 fun painted furniture projects

    I love the look of creative painted furniture projects. Truly crafty people can come up with outstanding stuff, and their projects can be such an inspiration. Even better, they're usually...
    I love the look of creative painted furniture projects. Truly crafty people can come up with outstanding stuff, and their projects can be such an inspiration. Even better, they're usually happy...
  • Add-as-you go houses accomodate changing needs

    Add-as-you go houses accomodate changing needs

    When you're building a house from the ground up, you have a lot of important choices to make, and you get to make some key decisions that will affect life in the home for the rest of...
    When you're building a house from the ground up, you have a lot of important choices to make, and you get to make some key decisions that will affect life in the home for the rest of its...
  • Bees in the fridge?!

    Bees in the fridge?!

    We spend a lot of time talking about honeybees here at Networx, because they're fantastic pollinators and they produce a tasty byproduct. However, honeybees are just one among over...
    We spend a lot of time talking about honeybees here at Networx, because they're fantastic pollinators and they produce a tasty byproduct. However, honeybees are just one among over 20,000...
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