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By Chanpory Rith

Ikea's Magnetic table DIY

Materials: The necessesary tools needed: Ikea Spontan magnetic board (choose the version you prefer), Loose magnets (without any housing), All-purpose-glue, Screwdriver, 4 screws, 4 loose legs (possibly Lack table), 4 bolts for the screws Description: Where did the idea come from?

Candy Smokes: Is This Cool With You?

I recently swung through NYC’s largest, hippest candy store with my wife and a small gaggle of 10 year old girls.

Shallow Bottoms and Deep Bottoms

For many people, making a significant change in their life requires them to hit bottom. They have to reach a low point of some sort where the drawbacks of continuing down their current path are so severe that they overcome the addictions or behavioral tendencies that have taken them down their current path. I’ve discussed my own personal finance bottom on here many times.

Observing gadgets while traveling

Last week I spend a few days in New York city and as always traveling is a good source of inspiration. A couple of observations on gadgets I made during this trip:The personal entertainment systems on intercontinental flights are up for something new.

Workspace of the Week: A designer’s dream

This week’s Workspace of the Week is NKeppol’s home studio: I love NKeppol’s description for why there are two desks in this space for only one user: The Aria desk holds two screens hooked up to a Mac Pro for digital work.

Mod, Verner Pantonesque Lamp

Materials: IKEA PS MASKROS, Copic Markers Description: I loved the IKEA PS MASKROS in the store, but I found it wanting, especially since I am in love with Verner Panton's VP Globe Lamp designed in 1969. Besides, this lamp offers the perfect opportunity to accent your existing decor in a completely custom way, AND it is easy (although a bit time consuming). 1. Buy the lamp.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Portfolios and Blog Content

Advertise here with BSA In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at portfolios and blog content. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com. Question 1 I’m currently working outside the field of programming.

Ask the Readers: Pay Off the Mortgage or Keep the Money in Savings?

It’s tough to write a personal-finance blog for five years without repeating topics. New readers come and old readers go. Meanwhile, the needs of existing readers are constantly changing. I try not to repeat material too often, but sometimes it’s clear it’s time to revisit a subject.

5 Simple Principles for Losing Weight

I’ve been on a bit of a diet craze the last 4 months. To be honest. Dieting is lame! I don’t care who you are and where you’re from. You can’t honestly tell me that dieting is the best thing ever. We diet not because we wholeheartedly want to.

Insert a Little Pareto Into Your Day

Joseph Juran died on Feb 28, 2008 at the age of 103.

Personal Finance 101: What Is an Asset?

When I’m writing about personal finance issues, I often use a subset of terms that, to me, feel like common sense. Stocks. Bonds. Savings. Frugality.

How to Plan a (Successful) Canoe Trip

“The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness, and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past, and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfactions. When a man is part of his canoe, he is part of all that canoes have ever known.” – Sigurd Olson This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM.

Plant pot coffee table

Materials: 4 plant pots "BJURÖN", 4 legs of an older IKEA-couchtable (with screws etc.) and minimum 8 screws and nuts and driller for wood Description: I bought this plant pots (20x20x17cm), because I liked them, but I had no idea, what to use it for. After a few months I had it: I needed a little, easily moveable table for my laptop, with some practical storage for some computer-stuff.

Searching for inspiration for a multipurpose guest room

Our new house has a guest room, which is something completely alien to us. Not really knowing what to do with the space, my husband and I bought a bed and nightstand, hung some artwork, and then closed the door to keep out the cat. (The image at right is the catalog staging of the bed and nightstand we have.

Wall Mushroom Lamps

Materials: 3x Hemma + Shades, cork coaster, screws, electrical tape, Description: I've seen these lamps, three in a row, at a friend's desk, and I liked it so much that I wanted to have them in my apartment. However, I did not need a desk light, but new lights at the corner of the sofa. So I crafted the following: 1) Remove the small rubber things under the bases.