5/20/15

Upcycle: Old drawer media console!


Creative repurposing of old drawers is one of my favorite things. This extraordinary media console by Kara Paslay is an oldie but a wonder! I love the mixture of vintage wood fronts, metal and color. She even managed to build in a hiding place for a DVD player.

Find the complete tutorial here.

Lots more images on Kara's blog.






5/11/15

Fab: What's your method?




This is an unusual post for me - one in which I overtly promote a consumer product. Why am I doing it? First, because I love the product: a new, 4x concentrated, laundry detergent from method. Second, because I've been a loyal method customer since their products first appeared on shelves in 2002. And guess what? They just opened a soap factory on the south side of Chicago!


The South Side Soapbox is to conscientious manufacturing what Wonka is to chocolate. For example, the roof isn't just green. It's a massive hydroponic farm that will provide tons of fresh produce to a neighborhood considered a food desert. Can you tell I'm a fan?

The final reason I'm happy to write this post; it involves laundry. In the last year, I've found myself saying (a lot): stop drying your clothes in a dryer. Hang them! Why? Because your clothes will last longer and it's more energy-efficient. If you're at all like me - more interested in quality and longevity than trend - you want clothing to last as long as possible!



Actually, if you're looking for ways to be a little more "green" and a little less wasteful in general, overhauling your laundry routine is good place to start.

1. Water: we waste a ton of it washing clothes. So making sure you've got a full load before you run the machine makes sense.

2. Energy: do you wash everything in hot water? Not necessary. Because a powerful, concentrated detergent, like method, works just as well in cold water.

3. Pollution: what chemicals are you wearing and sending down the drain with every wash? Make sure you're using a detergent that's naturally derived, biodegradable and hypoallergenic.

4. Packaging: Are you buying detergent in huge plastic bottles? Wouldn't it be nice if the stuff came in a container made from 100% post-consumer plastic? And wouldn't it be nice if that container was, itself, 100% recyclable? Yup, method.

5. Locally made! If you live in Chicago, method is now being made in your backyard. So support local manufacturing.

And shop online right now with a coupon! Click here and enter the code THREEFORME for $3 off your online purchase.


Does this all seem familiar to you? Then go test your laundry knowledge and win $1000 worth of beautiful clothes from method and Asos.



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



5/3/15

Regal ReFab (hollywood regency chairs)


These chairs were listed on a local Facebook trading post as "faux bamboo" - $35 for the pair. When I picked them up they were bigger and heavier than I expected them to be. Because, as it turns out, they're solid wood with their original sprung cushions in place. I have since read up on this Hollywood Regency style club chair; once very popular and apparently making a comeback in my living room. :)  
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