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Cool Carpentry Project: Grow Light Bookshelf

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 09, 2014

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...


These shoes need a cobbler!  Photo: katesheets/Flickr

Resolve to Repair in 2014

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 02, 2014

You're probably familiar with the maxim "reduce, reuse, and recycle," adopted across green-loving households everywhere as people commit to cutting down on their waste. It's an easy...


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Kebony: Like Tropical Hardwood, But Sustainable

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 25, 2013

Tropical hardwoods have long been prized for their rich dark tones and incredible durability. Woods like teak seem to last forever, even in harsh conditions, and they acquire a beautiful...


This coffee shop features a number of reclaimed timber elements. Photo/design: Haldane Martin/Flickr

Using Reclaimed Timber in Your Home

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 19, 2013

Thinking about remodeling or building something from scratch? Chances are that you may have considered the integration of reclaimed timber from deconstructed homes into your final product,...


Meredith K. used overlays to punch up this ho-hum dresser. Photo: Meredith K./Hometalk

Dress Up Furniture With Overlays

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 18, 2013

You know how IKEA sells all this super plain, almost stark furniture? Many people use it as-is, since the utilitarian look is a totally legitimate design choice, but I view it less...