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By Jules

WOW-A Guaranteed Way To Feel Better About Yourself

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” ~Theadore Roosevelt Feeling better is easier than you think.

Golden Gate Coffee Table

Materials: Lack coffee table Description: Decided to hack my Lack coffee table after seeing a cool jukebox table in an art gallery that was _way_ out of my price range. I used: Lack coffee table, contact paper from a local shop, and a wall decal of the Golden Gate bridge. 1. Distress the coffee table.

Effektiv Hallway Bench

Materials: Effektiv low add-on unit and shelf; Effektiv plinth; electric drill; Ritva cushions Description: This was an unplanned, rather simple hack, so I didn't think to take pictures until after I put it together. I made a hallway bench from Effektiv parts, to coordinate with some other pieces I already own.

Really small spaces: Portland coop

We’ve written about very small living spaces before, but this 16-square-foot contemporary chicken coop wins the all-time prize in the category. The three hens who live in this modernist dwelling must have very refined aesthetic sensibilities.

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Engaging

This is the ninth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen.

Redesign an Outdated 90s Website and Win Adobe CS5 Web Premium!

In partnership with Adobe Business Catalyst, FreelanceSwitch is launching a fun design competition with a humongous prize!

How to Keep Track of Things to Remember

credit: Bérenger ZYLA on Flickr I’m a freelance magazine writer. Often a source will e-mail me a bit of information for an article after the interview, and I’ll think, “Oh, I’ll remember it’s here” and file it away in my assignment e-mail folder.

Organizing knitting needles

Lena Brown Designs, an artist who sells her creations on Etsy, has fashioned a product that makes this organized knitter’s heart go pitter patter — The knitting needle or art tool case: The case has 30 pockets to hold all styles of needles, brushes, materials, supplies, and tools.


Materials: Ivar chair, stretched to 48" with laminated pine board Description: The idea behind the "multivar" was to create a multi purpose piece using the simple and inexpensive Ivar dining chair side frames. I have seen the Ivar converted into bench already on this site but this is a variation on that.

What to Do When Personal Finance Becomes a Chore

Yesterday, Sierra wrote that she’s bored. She’s reached a point in her financial journey where nothing exciting seems to be happening. She’s paid off the easy debts, and now it’s a slog as she pays off her big debts (and then prepares to save for the future). Ah, yes. I remember that feeling well.

8 Ways To Stop Feeling Indifferent

Have you ever fallen to sleep at night wondering if you’ve made any difference to the world around you? Have you ever risen in the morning wondering if you even matter at all? The key to living a happy, healthy and productive life is feeling purpose, passion and genuine joy for the way you spend your days.

Apply to attend the No Impact Project's free eco-leadership training!

Looking for a fun, engaging way to get your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors involved in the environmental movement? Do you want to motivate folks in your area to take action and work together to find solutions to our environmental crises?

How Do Children Affect Their Parents' Happiness?

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how people affect each other with their positivity or negativity. That question presented itself with particular force this Saturday, because my five-year-old woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and by the end of the day, all four of us were in very crabby moods.

Broken Relationship, Broken Future?

This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the longer questions that have been languishing in the reader mailbag.

Do This For 10 (Easy) Minutes And Improve Your Entire Day

Our bodies weren’t designed for our modern lifestyle. We were never meant to sit behind desks for half our waking hours, nor were we intended to spend more time in a car than on our feet. Most of us don’t get enough fresh air, sunshine and exercise and it’s having a profound impact on our moods, energy levels and health. Worse, it’s a self perpetuating problem.