DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

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So, you’re trapped indoors because it’s -90 degrees outside, and you’re going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up the wall at this time of year? Make stuff. Getting crafty doesn’t mean that you have to go and spend all of your (meagre) left over X-mas cash on supplies: there are a bunch of crafty things that you can make with items that are probably hiding around your house right now. Do you have any household twine? Jute or hemp cord? Empty bottles? Brilliant! Hit the jump to see some of the cool things you can make with them right now.

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DIY: How to Make Homemade Valentine's Day Fortune Cookies for Your Sweet!

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8 Real Life Love Nests Built by Romantic Couples

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Chairish Launches a New App That Makes Finding and Selling Pre-Loved Furniture Easier

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Last year we reported on the launch of Chairish, an awesome new website that connects designer furniture enthusiasts with one another to create a hub for shopping and selling exceptional pre-owned home furnishings. Now we’re happy to announce that Chairish has just released a brand new app for iPhone users that makes it even easier for design aficionados to buy, sell, and ogle all the fabulous, one-of-a-kind furnishings and decor for sale on their site!

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Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for 'Message in a Bottle' Exhibit

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Submit Your Architecture Projects to the 2014 Holcim Awards – $2 Million in Prize Money Awarded!

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Since accepting its first application back in 2005, the Holcim Awards has recognized more that 150 innovative architecture projects from across the globe that have advanced sustainability in the built environment. Now in it’s eighth year, the  has become one of the most important international design competitions, highlighting exceptional work from designers around the world that want to contribute to a greener, more resilient built environment. As in years past, the 2014 competition is looking for bold ideas from both industry professionals and “next generation” designers (i.e. young professionals and students) that contribute to sustainability within architecture, building, civil engineering, landscape and urban design, as well as construction materials and technologies. The Holicm foundation will be awarding a cool $2 million in prize money (WOW!) to the most exceptional projects evaluated under the five “target issues” for sustainable construction at both a regional and global level. Entries must be submitted online at by March 24, 2014.



5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

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This year, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the streets, dragon costumes all around, and the entire continent of Asia is in celebration. But what is Chinese New Year all about?  This momentous occasion marks the beginning of spring in the Lunar calendar, a time for new beginnings and renewal. To ring in this new year, why not make some feng shui adjustments to bring some balance to your home? Feng shui is an Asian art of placement — or as I like to say, the original “green design”. Through observing and shifting the built environment, feng shui teaches us how to live in harmony with nature. Keep reading to learn more.

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3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Space for the Lunar New Year Using Feng Shui

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The Lunar New Year, fondly known as Chinese New Year, falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. The year of the water snake will come to a close and the year of the wood horse will begin. According to the lunar calendar, this occasion marks the beginning of spring. Similar to the solar new year, it is a time to celebrate new beginnings and start fresh. In feng shui tradition, we don’t look backwards so much as forwards. How can we welcome the best energy at this time? The best way to do this is to do a little new year space clearing. Here I’ll share with you three steps to clear your space and make room for some positive chi!

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7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

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Innovative New 'Design For Human Health' Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

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There are thousands of design programs across the country, but not a single one focusing exclusively on design for human health from the human perspective. This really seems crazy when you think about it, as the built environment surrounds us in every facet of our lives and shapes physical and mental health in so many ways. From the choice between fluorescent lights versus natural daylighting, to what kind of materials to use in flooring and finishes (toxic, non-toxic), to heating, cooling and ventilation decisions, to flow and transportation within buildings and between buildings, every design decision impacts people’s health and wellbeing—either positively or negatively. Now is the time that design professionals take this subject to the next level. There are “healthcare design” specialty programs that teach designers how to design better hospitals and doctor’s offices, but there has never been an accredited US graduate design degree that focuses specifically on how to design the built environment (eg. offices, schools, homes) for optimal human health. Until now, that is! We’re thrilled to hear that Boston Architectural College has just launched a new masters degree program, Design for Human Health—the first graduate program in design studies that is broadly focused on the intersection between good design and human health.

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Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

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If you have any interaction with the public at all, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of sickly people out there right now. Half my Facebook feed consists of folks who are whinging about their sore throats, hacking coughs, and other less-than-fun symptoms, and chances are that any store you step into will have at least one nose-blowing, wheezing sad sack wandering about. We can try to prevent ourselves from getting sick by eating well, getting enough rest, washing our hands, and loading up on vitamins, but if and when the cold gremlins win out, it’s good to have some soothing home remedies at hand.

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9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

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IKEA furniture is often looked down upon for being mass-produced, but its cookie cutter attributes also make it a perfect medium for hacking into cool and original custom pieces. We recently rounded up some of our favorite DIY hacks from from space-saving loft beds to an elegant glass divider wall to a slide-out storage compartment. Click here to see them all.



FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

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“If I hadn’t have been a part of this program, I would have left school and I wouldn’t have given it a second thought,” explains Stevie Mizelle, a student featured in the new film IF YOU BUILD IT, which premiered in New York City last week. The feature length documentary chronicles the story of Studio H design innovators Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller as they turn a Bertie County, North Carolina shop class into a design studio and lead ten high school students in the development and build of full-scale projects of their very own. Forced to think outside of the proverbial box, the kids are pushed to hone both their skills and minds – a task that proves to be challenging yet rewarding. Director Patrick Creadon affectionately likens the film to “Extreme Home Makeover” meets “The Breakfast Club”. Inhabitat attended the premiere and checked the movie out for ourselves – read on to see what we thought!

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

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In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t know what’s going to happen, or when, but you know it will, and there’s a lot of opportunity in being first to recover. Resilience is a hot commodity, and nobody knows resilience like nature. Companies with a premium on out-of-the-box thinking find that really good innovation comes from mixing things up. Nature, however, does it all the time, and it’s a tried and true recipe when the going gets tough. For instance, water fleas (known to scientists as Daphnia) clone themselves most of the year. But as soon as that pond starts to dry up, BAM, it’s sexy time! They will try anything and everything to survive, hoping that they find something works. So is there a method behind this madness, and can we learn something from them? Find out in our newest entry of  The Biomimicry Manual!

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VW's Passat BlueMotion Has the Highest Fuel Economy Rating of any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedans

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PHOTOS: Patrick Blanc Hangs 67 Extraordinary Vertical Garden Tubes in Miami

PHOTOS: Patrick Blanc Hangs 67 Extraordinary Vertical Garden Tubes in…

Blanc first popularized vertical gardens in 1988 with a green wall at the Museum of Science and Industry in Paris. At Herzog & de Meuron's behest, he has since reinvented the…

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Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Heads up transportation fans - today Inhabitat is reporting LIVE from the floor of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where we'll be bringing you a first look…

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DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your…

Fun and easy to make, dishcloths and washcloths can be whipped together in a few hours from scrap yarn you may have lying around the house. We can never have too many of them, as…

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