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By Trent Hamm

Hopen and Micke decoupage restyling

Materials: Hopen wardrobe, two little Micke desks Description: Hi! I'm an architect and I love interior design and IKEA furniture. Sometimes I use to modify and personalize furniture by Ikea to adapt them to my projects... Here you can give a look at one of my last works, the restyling of a children room.

Reader Mailbag: Easter Eggs

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Same ideas, different life 2. Credit card switch worries 3. Extreme Couponing 4. Take-home pay concerns 5. Hunting for mushrooms? 6. A big mess 7. Blogging jobs 8. Confusing frugality with cheapness 9.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, April

Advertise here with BSA Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Breaking Free From Consumerist Chains

‘Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends…. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.’ ~Henry David Thoreau Post written by Leo Babauta. We are not consumers.

Curbing distractions when you work in an open office

Similar to the open classroom trend in the 1970s, open offices became a popular layout design in the 1990s and continuing to today for businesses wanting to increase collaboration, break down hierarchical barriers, and save on overhead (cubical and permanent walls are more expensive than no walls).

Rebalancing in Real Life, Part II: Research and Development

Last week, I mentioned that I’ve begun the process of rebalancing my investment portfolio. When I opened my accounts with Fidelity Investments in 2009, I chose an asset allocation (though I can’t remember why).

Freelance Freedom #204: Email Problem

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3 Power Tricks To Supercharge Your Day With Gratitude

Why is it so hard for you to say, “thank you” to you, when you say thank you to complete strangers every day (or at least I hope you do). If someone holds the door, or even when a waiter brings you the check asking you for money, you say “thank you”. Heck many times you take the time to give lip service to be polite, but at least you say it, right? So if it’s

16 Great Tips That'll Add More Hours To Your Day

Everyday it seems that one of my friends is whining about how tied up he is in his work and household chores, and how he wished he had more than 24 hours to accomplish things. As if they were placed on Earth with some lesser amount of time than the rest of us. Don't get me wrong, I have time management issues too.

Lessons in Manliness from Bass Reeves

Who was the greatest Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Old West? Wyatt Earp? Wild Bill Hickok? How about Bass Reeves? Bass who? Deputy U.S.

"It Is Hard, So Terribly Hard, To Please Yourself."

“It is hard, so terribly hard, to please yourself.

The Top 3 Daily Time-Wasters & How To Tame Them

Do your workdays get eaten up by the small stuff - email, meetings, and social media - while the "big stuff" sits on the back burner? If the answer is YES, read this tip.

5 Tips for Making the Most of a Conference

We collect business cards, capture great quotations, stumble into great conversations... But how can we really measure the value of attending a conference?

Review: The Smartest 401(k) Book You’ll Ever Read

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.

Studio Bed Solution

Materials: Mandal Bed Frame and Mattress Description: We designed the project based on an idea in the NY Times about a Cube in a loft apartment. The designer used the basic idea, but applied it to a studio without a high ceiling. To keep the cost lower than starting from scratch we used an IKEA bed frame. We also wanted to have extra storage and the Mandal has drawer space in the frame.