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Whether you are a parent who does an annual visit to a stuffy relative's house where your kids aren't allowed to touch anything, or you're child free but have friends coming to visit with kids in tow, you have probably felt the panic. Wi...
Whether you are a parent who does an annual visit to a stuffy relative's house where your kids aren't allowed to touch anything, or you're child free but have friends coming to visit with kids in tow, you have probably felt the panic. Will something get broken? Will I be horribly embarrassed? Will we...
about 2 hours ago
"Builder's grade, plain old wood painted in a screaming white shade." This was interior decorator Cathy Zaeske's lament regarding her ho-hum mantel. "It screamed 'wrong' to me since the day we moved in," she says. The scale and look of t...
"Builder's grade, plain old wood painted in a screaming white shade." This was interior decorator Cathy Zaeske's lament regarding her ho-hum mantel. "It screamed 'wrong' to me since the day we moved in," she says. The scale and look of this stark white mantel...
about 2 hours ago
Have you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of 10, it's because it has a simple design that functions well. But creating a simple design is harder than it looks particularly in bedrooms. Why? Because every bedroom...
Have you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of 10, it's because it has a simple design that functions well. But creating a simple design is harder than it looks particularly in bedrooms. Why? Because every bedroom absolutely has to have a bed in it. And...
about 2 hours ago
For our next scrap wood project, we're going to make a super easy and FAST chalkboard greeting card holder. Again, because this project is customizable to what you have on hand, the supply list is fluid, but for us, it included  a length...
For our next scrap wood project, we're going to make a super easy and FAST chalkboard greeting card holder. Again, because this project is customizable to what you have on hand, the supply list is fluid, but for us, it included  a length of 2" x 4", 180 grit sandpaper & orbital sander (optional), primer, chalkboard paint, and a table saw.  First we started with the 2" x 4". Ours was about 10 feet long (don't ask why we had a 10' chunk of pine in the 'scrap' pile—long story), so we decided to cut it down to a manageable 4 feet. We chose 4 feet because our console table is 4 1/2 long and out fireplace mantle is 6 feet long, so that way we could use the holder in each place. NOTE: We could have easily used a 4" x 4", just didn't have one long enough in the stash.  Next, we trimmed down all the sides of the board. This isn't especially necessary, but our board was quite rough. Including the face(s). Then we set the saw blade at 1". We marked the center of a long skinny side of our board, and plowed a channel at that mark the entire length of the board. HINT: to ensure a channel like this is in the exact center of your board, rotate the piece 180 degrees and feed it through the blade one more time.  Then we sanded all sides of the board, taking down the corners a bit just so they weren't so sharp.  Finally, a coat of primer and 2 coats of blackboard paint. And there you have it. A great way to keep greeting cards in upright and orderly position. The channel is wide enough to accommodate the overlap of cards, so this four feet of board could hold a lot. It goes without saying that the chalkboard paint means we can change the sentiment at will. Birthdays, Christmas, Groundhog Day. Whatevs. If you do choose to make one out of a 2" x 4", keep in mind it's quite shallow (less than 1 1/2"), so you could put it just about anywhere, including wide window moldings and even on the kitchen counter along the back splash. If you're worried that it might be 'tippy', ours isn't, but for added insurance—especially if you anything rambunctious in the house—you could attach a cleat or two on the back for stability reasons. Check back next week for a NEW fast and easy project made of scrap wood!
about 2 hours ago
This bath, by designer Sophie Ferjani, isn't exactly a rise-and-shine kind of space. Eclectic, perhaps even verging on the eccentric, I think it's geared more towards those who like their bathing experience atmospheric--candles, rose pet...
This bath, by designer Sophie Ferjani, isn't exactly a rise-and-shine kind of space. Eclectic, perhaps even verging on the eccentric, I think it's geared more towards those who like their bathing experience atmospheric--candles, rose petals in the water, and such--rather than mere routine hygiene.
about 2 hours ago
Eastern Europeans have long been connoisseurs of pickles, sauerkraut, and other fermented vegetables. Now the kombucha-chugging crowd is catching on (self included). I'm already contemplating a batch of gingered carrots, or perhaps some ...
Eastern Europeans have long been connoisseurs of pickles, sauerkraut, and other fermented vegetables. Now the kombucha-chugging crowd is catching on (self included). I'm already contemplating a batch of gingered carrots, or perhaps some winter sauerkraut with juniper berries and a dash of caraway. That's why I took note when I discovered these stoneware crocks by Sarah Kersten of Berkeley-based Counter Culture Pottery, which make the process especially satisfying—and easy. Photography by Jessica Anton. Above: Modeled after a traditional Chinese design, Kersten's crocks have a lid that rests in a well of water while the vegetables ferment. The water-seal feature streamlines the fermentation process by sealing the contents of the jar from outside oxygen, preventing mold and other contaminants from growing in or on the food. The water seal also serves to contain the pungent odors of the fermenting ingredients until the jar is opened. Above: The Fermentation Jars are handmade of high-fired stoneware and finished with a non-toxic, non-corrosive glaze. They come with a set of weights to keep the vegetables submerged below the brine water, and are available in a selection of whites with either a matte or gloss finish; $195 from Counter Culture Pottery. Above: In addition to white, Kersten makes a Gunmetal Black Fermentation Jar; $195. Above: Each jar holds five quarts and is 10.5 inches-tall. To learn more about fermentation, Kersten recommends checking out the work of Sandor Ellix Katz, a self-described "fermentation revivalist" who specializes in what he calls "the flavorful space between fresh and rotten." Looking for other types of ceramic storage? See our long list of recommended Ceramics.
about 3 hours ago
Now that fall is here, we're looking to wood to add warmth (and whimsy) to our interiors; these five pendant lights do the trick. Above: The four-strand Bright Beads Pendant Light Cluster, designed by Coco Reynolds of ...
Now that fall is here, we're looking to wood to add warmth (and whimsy) to our interiors; these five pendant lights do the trick. Above: The four-strand Bright Beads Pendant Light Cluster, designed by Coco Reynolds of Marz Deisgner, is AU $1,580 by Marz Designs. Above: The Profile No. 5 Wood Bead Pendant Light is $112 from FleaMarketRx on Etsy. Above: Chess Rook and Pawn Pendant Lamps are $79.95 each from CB2 (marked down from $149). Above: Onefortythree's Wood Veneered Pendant Lights are $40 each (the shop is taking new orders starting October 20, 2013). Above: The Wandlampe is €119 at Dawanda. Want to make your own? See DIY: Lamp Cord of Wooden Beads.
about 5 hours ago
Vases are wonderful tools for designing the perfect table. They are available in any shape, size and color, and can provide sculptural beauty, with or without flowers. When fall is in full force and the holidays on the horizon, its time...
Vases are wonderful tools for designing the perfect table. They are available in any shape, size and color, and can provide sculptural beauty, with or without flowers. When fall is in full force and the holidays on the horizon, its time to design a timely tabletop scene. Use one or many...
about 6 hours ago
I love Halloween! It's my favorite holiday for so many reasons. It's low stress and fun, for starters. And the decorating opportunities are endless: You can adorn your home with cute ghosts...
I love Halloween! It's my favorite holiday for so many reasons. It's low stress and fun, for starters. And the decorating opportunities are endless: You can adorn your home with cute ghosts...
about 6 hours ago
Want more Halloween fabulousness? Meet Evita of The Happy Heathen. I somehow missed her amazing mad scientist thread when she first shared it a few Hallow's Eves ago but when I finally stumbled upon it, I w...
Want more Halloween fabulousness? Meet Evita of The Happy Heathen. I somehow missed her amazing mad scientist thread when she first shared it a few Hallow's Eves ago but when I finally stumbled upon it, I was smitten. As if it wasn't already inviting in the most twisted way possible, Evita added even more creative details to round out the display. See what I mean? So fabulous! Be sure to check out The Happy Heathen for all the details (including an aged label DIY tutorial, source info and more) from the hauntress herself! Want more? Like Brooklyn Limestone on Facebook and follow me on Twitter for behind the scenes peeks, portraiture and random rants + raves.
about 7 hours ago