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By Jules

Low End to High End Half Bath via As Is

Materials: Nexus Yellow Brown cabinet cover panels; drill, jig or circular saw, tape measure Description: This half bath in our 1950s house was utterly dull and style-less.

What Competition?

The email came from a friend in the fitness world who was about to strike out on his own after building his personal training business in space rented within a gym. The scenario’s not all that uncommon. It’s how many personal trainers get started. Gym owners get rent and trainers get an as-needed space to train in.

Staying organized during an office move

In some ways, moving offices is more stressful than moving a home. Personal appointments can be scheduled around a home move, but work demands continue regardless of an office move. Some things need to be unpacked right away during a home move (toilet paper, bed sheets), but for the most part you can take a few days, weeks, or months to put your belongings in their new locations.

Using a Collection Agency for Unpaid Invoices

Credit: Yuri_Arcurs on Photodune When collections are an absolute hassle, it’s nice to know that there’s an alternative — you can use a collection agency. It’s not a perfect option, but it can be better than spending all of your time chasing after a client for an unpaid invoice.

How to Spend Your Way to Happiness (Part One)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. You know the old adage “money can’t buy happiness”? Researchers Elizabeth Dunn, Dan Gilbert, and Timothy Wilson say it’s a myth.

How to Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

They say we all live to serve.

Why We Should Declare War On Friction

Friction is perhaps the greatest frustration of any creative person, team, or entrepreneur. It wears us down everyday, and it's time to fight back!

Kids Art Table, Ikea Style

Materials: Lack coffee table, Mala roll art paper, painter's tape, sandpaper, spray on primer, gray or black chalkboard spray paint, length of scrap wood for paper tearing edge, 6 washers, 2 wood screws, 7/8 in dowel rod, roll of art paper (picked up a few at Ikea), Levolor universal drapery mount (cheapest I found was at Amazon) Description: I was inspired by this project on Martha Stewart

9 Tips to Qut Nagging.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 9 tips to quit nagging.. From what I hear from other people, it's clear that I'm not the only person who struggles with nagging.

Frugality Tips and “Red Flags”

A few days ago, a friend of mine told me that she runs a dehumidifier in her laundry room because it gets fairly steamy in there at times when the washer and dryer are both running. She takes the tray from the dehumidifier and adds it to the washing machine in order to save money on her water bill. Right off the bat, this tip struck me as being a bit out of balance.

"Très chic" Kitty Litter Bin Obscurer

Materials: BESTA shelving unit + BESTA glossy swinging door, basic litter bin, dishwasher mat, PetSafe Big Cat Door, optional deodorizers Description: This our a take on Jon's "Flaren stealth cat litter box" also listed on the site.

Welcome, Watchers of the Nate Berkus Show!

I've already heard from so many people who heard about The Happiness Project on the Nate Berkus show. If this is your first visit here, welcome!

Excel Transpose Trick

This one minute video shows you how to take a list of items in a column and copy it to a row.

Fireplace: Frump to Fab!

Materials: Nexus YB cabinet and drawer fronts; tape measure, paper, tape, power drill, jig saw Description: Our 1950s house came with a very frumpy fireplace in the living room. Even before we had unpacked, I started demolishing the mint green paneling, the rickety DIY shelving and the shiny brass fireplace insert!

The Art of Winemaking: Part I

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Matthew Nagy. Matthew has worked as a vintage winemaker in California, New York, and New Zealand. Let’s face it. Wine rarely conjures up the same aura of manliness that a good scotch or a great stout does. But many of the eminent men of history have enjoyed and delighted in a nice glass of red or white.