Our lovely Portland, Oregon backyard has transformed into a spidery wonderland during the past year. Spiders are awesome and super important for the environment, but we need our personal space! What can I do to de-spider the back yard, short of spraying with pesticides?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of Spaces posts.
Our homes are made up of lots of spaces — yards, gardens, pastures, bedrooms, redecorated kitchens, upgraded baths, ogle-worthy renos and real home tours all live here to represent the spaces of Offbeat Home.
Remember my parent's house in Maui? This summer their home improvement project was to install an above-ground pool — so very much more cost-effective than a below-ground pool, and just as refreshing. Though it may be just as refreshing, an above-ground pool is not just as attractive. So here's how we made the outside of this pool as pleasant as the inside…
Like it or not, the lavatory is a place in which we all spend quite some time. Sometimes even long stretches. Sure, a magazine might help to pass the time, but what if you've read every article twice already? In our toilet room, there is still plenty to look at, because I've turned it into a miniature art gallery, using nothing but postcards and some picture frames.
I was gifted an awesome electric kettle from my British friends with a note that said, "So you can make a proper cup of tea. Step away from the microwave!"
And I love it! It's not only great at making water hot, but it also looks great. So here's my roundup of electric kettles that'll not only help you make tea, but will also help make you happy when you see 'em in your kitchen…
Using leftover wood block samples from my office and custom hairpin legs from Etsy I made these two small tables, which together are my new coffee table. Here's how the DIY project went down…
I lucked into a nursing job that provides free furnished housing. And while it's definitely nice having free housing and not having to buy my own furniture I don't feel at home here. How can I make my furnished rental my own?
My fiance and I live in the US, and are talking about whether or not this is the best place to raise our future children. So we have been trying to find out about other countries that might be a better fit for us. I know that no country is perfect, but there's got to be a place better suited for us than here. I want to hear from people who live in different countries. What are your countries values, social norms, government and financial systems like? What are the pros and cons about living in your country?
There are two big challenges here: storage room and tidiness. It's not a very big apartment — I think it clocks in at about 425 sq. ft., and it only comes with just the closet and some poorly arranged kitchen cabinets to contain all my stuff. So most of my furniture is for the storing of things because I can't live without making and surrounding myself with art.