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Extreme Earthships in Extreme Places

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 04, 2014

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:...


Photo: Brian Moloney/Flickr

Dress Up With Wainscoting

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 02, 2014

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,...


Pop-up Passive House!

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 31, 2014

As the passive house trend spreads globally, with people building homes inspired by the standard as well as those that meet its exacting qualifications, architecture firms are getting...


Photo: Town and Country Living/Hometalk

Pretty in White

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 28, 2014

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...


Tiny house, big heart. jenine a. in her tiny house in Healdsburg, California. Photo: Nicolás Boullosa/Flickr

Head to Tiny House Boot Camp!

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 12, 2014

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...


Photo: France House Hunt/Flickr

New Uses for Ghost Metro Stations in Paris?

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 06, 2014

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...


A striking herringbone wall pattern. Photo: Royal Designs/Hometalk

Dress Up With Fun Wall Patterns!

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 06, 2014

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...


Photo: Juliana Phang/Flickr

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 31, 2014

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...