low-impact remodeling

I want to redo my kitchen. but… it’s mostly still functional.  just ugly.  dated. how can I make it new/ fresh without throwing away decent appliances and creating extra waste?     things I’m tired of: the off-white/ orange color scheme the wood edging around the cabinets the laminate countertops The fridge is the only…

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t.v.

the debate: I say- “nobody I know owns a TV, so I’m going to guess that television ownership is declining and probably around 70% now”. He says-  “no wonder you can’t identify with most people, you are so seriously in the minority.” wikipedia proves him right. TV ownership in the US is still 99%. Then…

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minimalism vs making

I have a fascination with the idea of minimal and nomadic lifestyles.  There are various web memes regarding these subjects, such as the one of living with only 50 or 75 or 100 possessions (those numbers exclude furniture and shared items such as kitchen tools) or spending one’s life in a nomadic fashion, through perpetual…

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reality tv

I’ve gotten quite a few emails in the past few weeks regarding Project Runway, including some from Bunim Murray, the entity responsible for casting the show. Some background:  I have a retail store combined with my sewing studio on wharf street in Portland.  At least once a week, sometimes everyday, someone walks in for the…

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new glasses

I had this mistaken idea that Thailand would be, you know, sort of third world compared to the US.  While there are elements of that, when viewed in full, the comfort and conveniences, as well as the modernity and cleanliness far exceed what I expect when traveling in american cities.  It’s just all for about…

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tiny houses

loud paper: in praise of modesty   saw this book in the bookstore this evening.  absolutely beautiful.  makes me want to go out and build a small house.  or add a loft to my condo. and organize things better.   more great tiny house links on designboom

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finding stuff.

Here is my traveling GPS set-up:  I use the Garmin Nuvi for ‘heads-up’ navigation, but hold the PN-40 closeby in order to see the surrounding areas, check out terrain and natural features, and do POI searches. Sunday, however, was my first time actually using the PN40 for it’s intended outdoors/hiking/geocaching type activities.  I was so…

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