Now that I have a decent collection of wine crates (thanks to the swap meet), I need to decide how I'll decorate with them. I love how their rustic qualities make them appropriate for indoors or outdoors, and with their French winery labels (mainly) they look chic in the kitchen or juxtaposed with a modern living room. I've gathered together some of my favorite inspiration for using these vino boxes in your home. Do you have any other ideas?
Sometimes finding the perfect window covering can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Sure you could settle for that beige linen option sold at most every home store, but where's the fun in that? Before rushing out to purchase something blasé, do a little hunting around your own home and you may be surprised with the options sitting in your own backyard, er, linen closet.
April is only a few days away, which signals that Spring is really here! It's also the month that we celebrate Earth Day — a globally recognized day of eco-activism and environmental awareness. I say, let's get ahead of the game by celebrating Earth Day today and every day. Here are some easy ways to green your fitness. By simply tweaking your daily habits just a bit, you'll be doing your part to reduce, recycle, and reuse. And all the while, you'll still be getting in the best shape of your life!
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I stopped by Flora Grubb the other morning to grab some delicious Ritual coffee and to check out the amazing garden store for inspiration and ideas. Before picking up a gorgeous spear-like Sansaveria, I wandered around the gardens, taking in all of the beautiful plants. I was particularly taken with the way Flora Grubb had reimagined this classic car.
I love the way it's been "reclaimed" by nature in a rather Land of the Lost fashion. While this project is definitely more art installation than practical idea for your backyard garden, I do love the idea of creatively reusing unexpected materials as planters. What's around your house that you could re-use as a planter? Could you use an old candelabra to display air plants? How about using cracked bowls as flower pots? Tell me, what have you used around your home as an unexpected garden or indoor-plant vessel?
Although I thought that I had enough reusable bags, it's true that I don't have any market bags hand painted with French messages — and what could be more eco chic than French market bags? The Visez Vert Market Bag ($18) asks you to "aim green," and is illustrated with the Eiffel Tower and scrolls.
This generously-sized bag (14 inches tall) is excellent for small grocery loads or for trips to the drugstore for medicine cabinet essentials. And if you get it stained, no worries — the art is permanent, so you can wash it as much as is necessary.
Yesterday I told you about some cool tiny Texas homes, and today I'm back with an amazing story about one Texas couple's vision to help anyone who wants to own a house to do so, with lots of hands-on work and about $20,000-$50,000. Phoenix Commotion was started in 1996 by Dan and Marsha Phillips, who mortgaged their house to start a business building affordable houses from free, salvaged, and recycled materials. The company caters their homes to the working poor, including single mothers, who need energy-efficient, affordable, comfortable homes. The homes are built with such unexpected materials as wine corks and frame samples, which are used in beautiful and innovative ways.
This program recently partnered with the program Brigid’s Paradigm, and built their first home together in Huntsville, TX. The next project will be a number of homes in Houston's 5th Ward.
To qualify for the project, potential participants must provide $500, good credit, and proof of a stable job. The homes are built by the future owners, along with mentors who help to guide the unskilled workers. A 1-person home will only be built at 240 square feet, which increases energy efficiency, along with the homes' uses of insulation, tank-less hot water heaters, and rain barrels.
To see a video about Dan's work, just read more
Here is her comment, number 52, from the Speak Up: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:
I just talked to my family about getting canvas bags yesterday! how bizarre.
i NEVER just let the water run. if im washing my face brushing my teeth, even taking a shower, i turn the water off while im lathering up!!! its amazing how much water we waste.
ill just be excited if anyone wins. that means less garbage for us all!
Congratulations!!!! Now you have a canvas tote to start your collection. Good tips on conserving water too.
Please note - the winner has been selected. Details to follow. Thanks to everyone who participated.
I am always looking for ways to help out Mother Earth - you know the mantra Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. So in celebration of Earth Day which is coming up on the 22nd (that is this Sunday) I want to know what you do to cut down on the amount of waste you make. We are all trying to be environmentally friendly and I am sure we can all learn from each other. Awwww....
Comment below and you might win this great FitSugar tote bag to use when you go to the grocery store instead of plastic bags (that never break down) or paper bags (poor trees).
To enter the contest for the giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment below about how you reduce, reuse or recycle. I will randomly select the winner by Friday, April 20th by 2pm PST.
Good luck!!!! I can't wait to hear what you have to say.