A strong leader knows that different team members often require different communication tactics, and the “DiSC” behavior assessment system might help you speak everyone’s language and get through to them.
A strong leader knows that different team members often require different communication tactics, and the “DiSC” behavior assessment system might help you speak everyone’s language and get through to them.
If you’re interested in conserving some water at home, this custom sink re-routes the fresh, clean water that fills your toilet tank so you can wash your hands with the same water each time you flush.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
― Maya Angelou
I’ll be the first to admit that I used to be emotionally weak in my relationships – not in a silly, desperate way, but in the same way that many of us are. I wanted somebody to make me happy, I blamed others for my sadness, and I sought to fulfill my emotional needs through other people’s constant validation.
This behavior created three distinct emotional difficulties in my life:
Fast-forward to today, and it’s clear that I’ve spent the better part of the past two decades turning things around and cultivating my emotional strength. And it has made a world of difference – my relationships are healthier and I’m happier.
When Angel and I began our blog and our coaching practice several years ago, countless people started coming to us who were suffering from the same kinds of emotional weaknesses I used to have. So I began sharing the strategies that helped me heal and, not surprisingly, they worked for these people too. We’ve refined them gradually over the years into a very useful, simple process.
The first step…
Are you emotionally weak and dependent on others for your happiness? Ask yourself these simple questions: (more…)
by Thanh Pham of Asian Efficiency
If you’re stuck and you don’t know how to rise, don’t look outside yourself. Look inside.
Have you ever felt like you were racing around in circles without making much forward progress? I know I have, many times. In the past I caught myself feeling stuck more often than I wanted to admit, and eventually I knew I needed to find a new roadmap. I was feeling utterly depressed and trapped by the same old problems and scenery. I needed to free myself!
The first thing I learned as I struggled to find my way is this:
Fear is the cage that keeps you stuck. Faith is the key that sets you free.
And the second thing I learned is that getting unstuck isn’t just a single action – it’s a process – a life-changing journey. And all journeys begin with a call to adventure, and this call is different for all of us.
Here are ten strategies (“calls”) that I’ve successfully implemented over the years to help clients and myself get unstuck, mentally and physically, even when doing so seemed impossible.
One of the simplest ways to get unstuck is to simply shift your environment.
For example, if you went from this:
Your mind and state of … “stuck” … would shift rapidly.
And the great thing is, it doesn’t have to be that dramatic a shift. You can (more…)
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton
If you love someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. They don’t know. Depression isn’t a straightforward, thought-out response to a tough situation – depression just IS, like December’s weather in Seattle.
Be mindful of the darkness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them, day in and day out, until they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a true friend to someone who’s depressed, but it’s one of the kindest, finest and most impactful things you will ever do.
Angel and I have worked with dozens of depressed people over the years, and we have experienced bouts of depression ourselves. One thing I am certain of is that there’s no “one size fits all” kind of advice for depression. The reminders below aren’t universal clarifications, but simple guidelines that will hopefully give you a general starting point for helping your depressed loved one cope and heal, gradually.
When you’re lost deep in those woods, it might take you some time to realize that you’re lost. For a while, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’ve just wandered off the path – that you’ll find your way back any moment now. Then night falls, again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and although it’s agonizing, it’s time to admit that you’ve disoriented yourself so far off the path, so deep into the woods, that you can’t even tell which direction the sun rises or sets from anymore.
You’re not choosing to be where you are, but you can’t see a way out. That’s how depression felt to me when I was struggling through it many moons ago. (more…)
There is a soup I've had stuck in my mind for the past couple of years. I encountered it at Namu Gaji, a lively, welcoming, neighborhood spot run by the three (Dennis, Daniel, and David) Lee Brothers. It is situated diagonally across from Dolores Park in San Francisco, and is the perfect place to settle in along the street-facing bank of windows to chat and people-watch over sizzling okonomiyaki or a fiery stonepot of market vegetables. I see the Namu Gaji crew often at the Saturday morning farmer's market, shopping for ingredients or feeding market-goers from their Namu stall. Lots of heart on all fronts. The soup - I don't remember it being on the menu, although it could have been. I simply remember chatting about soup with one of the waitstaff there, and this fire-brothed magic appeared. It was a cabbage soup, but feisty and invigorating with lots of spice. You could see the flecks of red throughout, and the broth had little pools of spicy goodness suspended on top. I remember thinking to myself, it was as if someone had brothed out some amazing kimchi and called it a day - deceptively simple, in the best way possible. This is what I was attempting to channel when I stepped into the kitchen to prepare today's recipe. I added mushrooms and tofu, broccoli, and some other tasty flare to make a substantial one-pot meal of it - feel free to use as many, or as few, of the suggested toppings as you like.
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Learn to paint your wood, metal or laminate kitchen cabinets like a pro! Image Source: Modern Kitchen
If you’re like most people, your cabinets take up the most visible space in your kitchen. That’s great when they’re in good shape; but if they aren’t as beautiful as they could be, we’ll show you how to paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro.
Sure, you could replace your cabinetry, but that’s a pricey undertaking. Just as painting the walls can refresh a room, painting your cabinets can make your kitchen feel brand new, bringing beauty and style back to this heavily used space.
Painting your kitchen cabinets is a budget-friendly choice for design change, but it’s not as easy as you might think — it requires a lot more prepping than painting. If you feel that it’s beyond your DIY comfort level, many professionals would be willing to take on the project. Undaunted? Go for it! Read on and learn how to paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro.
Painting your kitchen cabinets is a budget-friendly choice for design change, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Image Source: Collaborative Design
Painting your kitchen cabinets is completely manageable — as long as you have lots of time, patience and takeout. Make sure you set aside the amount of time required to devote to this project; it’s not a one-day job. Flat-front cabinets are going to be quicker to do than those with raised panels or other details, so plan accordingly.
You’ll need to choose the primer and paint to use. By taking one of the cabinet doors to a paint retailer, you can get set up with the best products for your kitchen. Cabinets require a higher-quality paint than you would use for your walls, so don’t be hesitant to splurge. (You want to paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro, remember?) They suffer daily wear and tear, so it’s best to avoid cheaper paint that may peel, crack and chip.
Painting your kitchen cabinets is completely manageable — as long as you have lots of time, patience and takeout. Image Source: To Do Something
Just as people often get a little anxious about choosing the right paint color for walls, expect to spend some time debating your color choice. Think of the design elements in your kitchen that you love — it’s easy to coordinate cabinets with something you already own.
Get lots of samples, paying special attention to the darkest color on the strip; it gives you the best idea of the undertones in that series of colors. You can test what the color will really look like next to your appliances, counters and flooring by priming and painting a large sample, such as the inside of a cabinet door or a poster board.
Vibrant kitchen cabinets, including rich colors such as cobalt blue and cranberry red, are a design trend evidenced all over the internet. Too much? Two-tone cabinets are another stylish option; this means your upper cabinets are neutral (think grey, greige or soft white) and the pop of color is saved for the lower ones.
Pastels work well to brighten up a space, if that palette appeals to you. If all of these color options make you even more anxious, white is one of the most common cabinet colors because of its clean, classic look.
Get lots of color samples, paying special attention to the darkest color on the strip; it gives you the best idea of the undertones in that series of colors. Image Source: Maple and Gray
As tempting as it may be to paint your cabinets with the doors and hardware (including hinges) still attached, don’t do it — that “time saver” will cost you in the long run. Remove the cabinet doors and drawers, making sure to label where they came from. A simple piece of masking tape with a location written on it will save you a lot of hassle later.
If you are replacing the existing hardware with new pieces, drill the holes for it at this stage, filling all other holes and spots in the wood. Take the hinges off of the cabinet fronts as well. Storing them inside the now-open cabinet is easy, and they won’t get lost while you are painting.
As tempting as it may be to paint your cabinets with the doors and hardware (including hinges) still attached, don’t do it — that “time saver” will cost you in the long run. Image Source: Home Tips
No matter how clean your kitchen is, everyone (yes, even you) needs to scrub the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers. Kitchens are work zones, and there is more dirt and grease there than any of us care to admit. Paint will not stick to dirt or grease, so make sure your surfaces are prepped properly.
Mixing one part trisodium phosphate (TSP, found at the hardware store) with four parts water will produce an effective degreaser. Use proper safety gear (gloves and goggles) when handling the cleaner, and give your cabinets a good wipe-down. Allow the cabinets to dry completely before moving on.
Mixing one part trisodium phosphate (TSP, found at the hardware store) with four parts water will produce an effective degreaser. Image Source: DIY Network
We know you don’t want to, but you need to lightly sand the painting surfaces to get them ready; paint will not stick to the finish. If you can wipe spills off your cabinets, paint will wipe off, too.
Wood cabinets should be sanded just enough to make the finish matte. If your cabinets have previously been painted and there is no chipping or peeling, then the same idea applies. But if you have painted cabinets with flakes of paint coming off, you will need to get down to bare wood.
No matter how much sanding you are doing, make sure you don’t round or wear down any edges (try a sanding block), and take care to vacuum away any dust. Finish with a tack cloth so no residue remains.
Wood cabinets should be sanded just enough to make the finish matte.Image Source: Simply Rooms
The primer that you select should be high quality and suited for the material of your cabinets (wood, metal, laminate). If you are going to be painting over a dark or stained surface, have your primer tinted to match your desired color. This step is important to keep the original color from showing through your new paint.
Use a dropcloth and painter’s tape to protect your surrounding areas, and use either a roller or paintbrush to apply your primer. Rollers work better for flat surfaces and let you cover a lot of area quickly. If you have a lot of architectural details in your cabinetry, you will be better off using a paintbrush to get into the nooks and crannies.
The primer that you select should be high quality and suited for the material of your cabinets (wood, metal, laminate). Image Source: DIY Network
Finally, it’s time to paint … and wait for the paint to dry. And paint again, and wait for that coat of paint to dry. (Yep, this is the exciting part.) Follow the same method you used for applying primer to your cabinets, whether roller or paintbrush (or a combination of the two). Apply a thin coat of paint, making sure to clean up any drips or pooling, and then wait. This may take a few days, depending on your environmental factors.
When the first coat is completely dry, lightly sand your cabinets, paint another thin coat and then wait (again, this may be days). You’ll need at least two coats of paint; depending on your coverage, you might even need a third or fourth coat (and more days of waiting).
Apply a thin coat of paint, making sure to clean up any drips or pooling, and then wait. Image Source: How to Nest
Once the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers dry completely, you’re ready to put your newly fabulous kitchen back together. Resist the temptation to do this too soon; it will result in smears and send you all the way back to Step 5 — and no one wants that.
Now that things are undoubtedly dry, you’ll be glad you took the time to label which door belongs where. If you have new hardware, put it in place as well. Then take a deep breath, stand back and admire your beautiful new kitchen.
Though it’s certainly not the simplest of household projects, you can paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro by following these steps. This could have drawbacks, however; your friends might want you to tackle theirs next.
Once the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers dry completely, you’re ready to put your newly fabulous kitchen back together. Image Source: Steven James
What if you lived in a small apartment, one that only measures 27 square meters? You could definitely make it work. Especially if you ask for help from creative minds like architect Brad Swartz. Creating a small apartment design that works for a couple included imagining ample storage and seamless space flow. Since the apartment only had one room to start with, an abundance of creativity was poured in, making it functionally expand to a one-bedroom apartment. Social spaces like living, dining and cooking were grouped together but remained separate.
A tight budget and a tight space wouldn’t have been possible to transform into a working home without space planning, good communication between the architect and the owners and a passion bordering obsession for simplicity.
Located in an apartment building in Darlinghurst NSW, Australia, the small apartment got its name from its location. The Darlinghurst Apartment can “comfortably accommodate a couple”, as the architect describes it. Living on such a small footprint embedds a dynamic vision of the space.
Overcoming cramped urban lifestyle tendencies with the help of quality design, the architect imagined a space where social and private intertwine. Maybe it seems like the apartment only has basic functions. You’d be surprised to find that storage spaces include laundry and dining spaces and hide or show different functions you would find in any home.
The small apartment design offers an affordable inner city living alternative. Space and light become your best friends when ideas come together to compose beautifully planned spaces. And then it doesn’t even matter if these spaces are small or large.
Katherine Lu‘s photographs capture the way this small apartment design fits into the lives of its owners and the other way around. Whenever you need something, you pull or push or slide something around, interacting with your environment.
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Tiny houses are becoming more popular as people look to simplify their lives. Many people today would rather live simply and focus on travel, dining out and going on adventures over working full time to pay for a massive house, the stuff that goes with a big house and its upkeep.
Did you know that there’s a tiny house movement? It’s an architectural and social statement about living a simpler, more eco-friendly life. The movement is growing — there’s a number of online communities, classifieds and websites offering tiny house plans and advice.
To be classified as part of the movement, tiny houses measure 400 square feet or less. That’s a big difference from the square footage of an average home. According to the Census Bureau, the median size of a new single-family home sold was 2,506 square feet.
One of the best parts about a tiny house is the price tag. There’s a website dedicated just for tiny houses for sale and rent. The website, tinyhouselistings.com, shows tiny houses for sale for under $50,000. The tiny house shown below is selling for $9800 and measures 312 square feet. Many people love the idea of tiny houses as a second vacation home out in the country where they can get away from it all. With a price tag of as little as a few thousand bucks, the dream can be a reality.
If you still think paying up to $50,000 for a house is steep, Oakland, California artist Gregory Kloehn builds tiny houses from recycled and unconventional materials–like dumpsters (image below)–for less than $100. He donates many of his tiny houses to the homeless.
Don’t judge the dwellers of tiny houses. They’re not all homeless or off the grid homesteaders. Many are big design and architecture fans. And according to the tinylife.com in their infographic below, 2 out of five are baby boomers, they earn more than the average American and are twice as likely to have a graduate degree.
Tiny houses come in all sorts of styles. Some are containers (like our post about container living), some come on wheels, some are tree houses and many are contemporary. Here are five of the coolest tiny houses we’ve seen (and there’s more tiny houses in the gallery on top):
The Belgian architectural firm dmvA designed the Egg House. It has a bathroom, kitchen, LED lighting, a bed and several niches for storage. The nose opens automatically and functions as a veranda.
The Dwelle Tiny House is designed to achieve zero carbon status for those concerned with their environmental impact. The house is so well designed you forget you’re living the tiny house movement.
The 100 square foot tiny house features 1 bedroom and 1 bath. At the time of posting, it was on sale for $18,000.
Author Lora Higgins lives in a 192 square feet so well organized it even has an office and a washing machine. She writes about “dreaming big and living small.”
Canadian designer Tom Chudleigh designed these cocoon-like tiny houses to hang from trees. Available for purchase or for rent at Tom’s eco-retreat in the Pacific Northwest.
Which of these tiny houses would you live in?
Homeowners often spend the majority of their time (and budget) decorating the inside of their home, but the front and back yards are huge areas of opportunity as well. Freshening up your home’s landscaping – both the front and backyards – is beneficial to resale value.
Adding value to your outdoor space involves more than just laying down a lush green lawn. A landscaped yard is more appealing than plain grass, and it’s easy to liven up the space in a weekend. Try some of these backyard landscaping ideas, and you’ll have a welcoming backyard that’s perfect for entertaining in no time.
A fire pit is a great place to gather around during any season of the year (weather permitting, of course). Fire pit ideas range from simple metal styles you can buy at most home and garden stores, to more elaborate custom styles. To decide which style is best for you figure out what you’ll be using it for. If you’re looking for a fire for roasting s’mores, then a cheaper, metal bowl will do. However, if you’re looking to create a stylish, focal point then custom is the way to go.
Are your neighbors a bit too close for comfort? If you’re looking for the benefits of a privacy fence without actually installing a fence, use plants instead. You can use tall shrubs, small trees or even large plants to obscure the view into your yard from neighboring lawns and porches. Boxwood shrubs, cypress trees and bamboo are all great options that grow quickly.
If you want to get more use out of your backyard, try adding a dining area for al fresco lunches and dinners. This can range from something as simple as a picnic table, to something as elaborate as an outdoor kitchen. For a simple backyard landscaping project, create a patio by using large paving stones or a slab of concrete. Add a table, chairs and some colorful decorations for a cozy feel. Place a grill nearby, and you’re ready for BBQs, Sunday brunch and more.
Water features are a great way to bring calmness and serenity to your backyard, and they’re also fairly simple to install. You can buy ready-made kits for ponds and waterfalls, or you can make it a DIY project. This is also a great way to take care of any drainage problems you may have during wet weather. Add a few goldfish and a few small plants to create your own personal outdoor oasis.
If you have anything particularly unappealing in your backyard-such as outdoor air conditioning units, utility meters, or old buildings-add landscaping around them. For example, you can place a lattice fence around an outdoor A/C unit (as long as it still has plenty of ventilation). You can essentially fix any eyesore you have in your backyard by adding tall or bushy potted plants.
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A “magic cake” has three layers, each with its own texture and flavor (a dense and moist base, a middle cream layer, and a light sponge top). It’s called magic because the cake divides into these layers during the baking.
Looking busy has a bad rap. Sometimes you have to look busy so you can actually work on the things that matter. Here’s how to trick others into believing you’ve got a full plate so you’ll get the breathing room to actually get things done.
If you don’t have a lot of space, you need to make creative use of what you have. Over on Instructables, polyyglot45 shows off a desk project that turns into storage, a workbench, or a desk.
If you like to work at night, or your room doesn’t have any windows that face the sun, it can be hard to come by any natural light. This light panel made from four laptop LED screens looks like a window and can give you the light you need.
Retailers don’t always ship anywhere in the world. If there’s a product you want to buy that doesn’t normally ship to your country, you can get around this with a service called Parcl.
I’m so excited to announce that it’s time for another Baking Bootcamp Series with King Arthur Flour!
Baking Bootcamp is a 3-part baking challenge that’s meant to get us in the kitchen and have us emerge with new technique, new baking knowledge, and really lovely sweet treats! Let’s bake together!
Last year we baked four delicious recipes and learned about the difference between baking flours along the way.
We made Triple Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread + Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread + Apple Pie Biscuits and Gruyere and Green Olive Rolls. Sharing our treats on Instagram and becoming better bakers along the way!
This Baking Bootcamp, we’re focusing on technique. I want to take some of baking’s most intimidating techniques and make then approachable enough for our home kitchens. Let’s push ourselves!
For our first challenge, we’re making quick puff pastry. Puff pastry is a laminated dough that focuses on incorporating cold butter into flour, creating a very rich, flaky, luscious dough. True puff pastry is a real undertaking of time, temperature, and courage. We’re going to make a quick puff pastry, using a rolling and folding technique, to create buttery and flaky breakfast rolls.
Three recipes shared on Instagram #bakingbootcamp + Three awesome sets of prizes!
The idea is simple!
• Make these Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls with quick puff pastry (they’re sooooo good!) and take a picture of your creation!
• Photograph your beautiful rolls and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #bakingbootcamp
• When you submit a photo, you’ll be entered to win a 1-year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials box valued at $250!! Official rules and details can be found here.
Let’s get baking!
Let’s start by making the quick puff pastry.
King Arthur has a post about making true laminated dough. Lots of great tips and information.
We’re making a simple laminated dough starting with 2 cups of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.
Salt into the flour to bring flavor.
We aren’t adding sugar to our puff pastry. There will be plenty of sweetness incorporated with the hazelnut filling and sugary glaze.
Plenty of butter. Flour and butter is our foundation.
About the butter. Let it be cold, cubed, salted, and fatty. Use the highest quality butter you can find. A European-style butter (extra creamy and fatty) is the way to go.
The butter to flour ratio is pretty high: 2 cups of flour to 10 ounces (that’s 2 1/2 sticks) butter.
Use a pastry cutter (or even your hands, if you’re speedy) to break the butter down into the flour.
The mixture will be very crumbly with butter, coating all of the flour in fat, and leaving big bits of butter throughout the dough. We want larger chunks of butter to create that marbling and flaky layers that make puff pastry as delicious as it is.
Create a small well in the center of the butter and flour mixture and add water, 2/3 cup of cold water to bring our simple ingredients together.
Work as quickly as you can to keep the butter as cold as you can.
The dough will be on the wet side of sticky. That’s right! No need to stir too much once the dough comes together. We’re going to roll and fold the dough to further incorporate the dough.
A well-floured work surface is key for rolling out the dough.
Commit to making a mess on your kitchen counter. It will all be worth it.
The dough is placed on the floured work surface, sprinkled with flour, and shaped into a 1 1/2-inch thick rectangle.
Lightly roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle.
The dough will be fairly soft, so you won’t need a lot of pressure in rolling.
Now a fold!
Starting with the bottom of the rectangle, fold the dough up 1/3.
Press the dough, just lightly.
And fold the top third of dough over the first.
We’re creating a dough envelope.
The dough is turned to the right one-quarter turn.
And this time the folded dough is rolled into a 1/2-inch rectangle, and folded again using the same envelope technique, turned another quarter turn, and the process is repeated six or seven turns.
With four simple ingredients, rolling and folding, rolling and folding, the dough comes together beautifully into a soft but sturdy dough.
Fold into thirds, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerator for 1 hour (or overnight) is necessary.
Chilling the dough is essential to re-chill the butter and distribute the moisture, so when we roll the dough out, we maintain all of the butter layers for beautifully flaky rolls.
The dough is rolled into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.
If the dough was in the refrigerator overnight, it will be super chilled and may need about 20 minutes to rest at room temperature and may take a bit more pressure in rolling out.
Move the rolled dough around on the floured counter to ensure that it’s not sticking.
Time to fill!
We’re going with chocolate and hazelnut flavors. They feel perfectly cozy for fall.
For the hazelnut layer I used King Arthur Flours Hazelnut Praline Paste. It’s the consistency of almond butter and is absolutely delicious as a sweet and nutty filling. You could also use a chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella in a pinch.
Spread in an even layer.
Sprinkle generously with chopped roasted hazelnuts.
And chopped dark chocolate too.
If you’re using a chocolate hazelnut spread, you may want to skip the dark chocolate sprinkles.
The long and tall end of the dough is rolled tight.
And lightly pressed together to create an even roll.
Use a bench knife to create 1 1/2-inch thick rolls.
And place in a lightly greased muffin tin for baking!
The rolls emerge from the oven bubbling and golden. They rise slightly during baking, creating really delicious, flaky golden pillows of chocolate and hazelnut.
While they cool just slightly, whisk up a simple powdered sugar glaze.
And generously spread!
These rolls are best served warm and glazed the day they’re baked.
I’m so happy to be back with another Baking Bootcamp challenge! I can’t wait to see what comes out of your oven!
Some recipe notes:
• Rolled and folded puff pastry can last int he fridge up to 4 days, and well-wrapped in the freezer for a month. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator before rolling.
• Rolls can be filled, sliced and frozen. To bake, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
A laundry room is increasing in popularity as a necessary household improvement. The 10 laundry room ideas we share will help create a space that’s organized, up to date and attractive enough to enjoy during laundry chore time.
If you are wondering where the best place to add a laundry room would be, think of convenience first. Set your laundry room up near where dirty laundry would collect, or near the bedrooms where clean laundry gets sent. Some other favorite laundry room locations include near the entry, mud-room adjacent, in the kitchen, in a bathroom or near a closet or dressing area.
Keep in mind that accidental flooding may sometimes happen. Waterproof the flooring below the laundry machine, especially if your laundry room is located on a second floor. Some good ways to waterproof include adding plastic sheeting over the subfloor, building out a shallow pan for the laundry machines to sit on or tiling the laundry floor under the machines.
Another consideration when deciding on a laundry room location is the noise from the machine’s vibrations. Laundry machines that are located on the second floor should be fitted with vibration pads that dampen the noise that occurs when the machine is in motion.
Although a few of our inspirational photos in the gallery are large rooms, a laundry room can be created in a small space or closet. With a little creativity and some planning, a useful, efficient laundry room can be yours.
Here are 10 laundry room ideas that organize, add value and upgrade your space.
Make the laundry room workspace bright and cheerful with paint. Paint is an easy, inexpensive upgrade. Choose a color theme that’s bright and uplifts your mood. Some good paint color options are vibrant citrus tones like lime green, yellow or orange. A crisp, bright white is another good option that brightens the room and the mood. Paint your walls or cabinets in the color of your choice.
Counter space is vital for folding, placing your laundry basket and other items while you work. Create a custom counter look to your laundry room by adding a counter over your side by side washer and dryer.
If you have the square footage, add an island to your laundry room to increase counter space.
For a high end, custom-cabinet look to your laundry room, add kitchen cabinets around your washer and dryer. Choose inexpensive cabinets and upgrade them with contrasting, bright wall colors or wallpaper. Remove builder-grade hardware and replace with custom drawer pulls. A versatile and contemporary drawer pull style is the bar, which can serve as a towel or hanger rack.
If you’re on a budget, visit a restaurant supply shop’s used section. Stainless work tables and shelving would be a good laundry room idea and alternative to built-in cabinets.
If you don’t have enough space to keep your washer and dryer side by side, stack them vertically. This is a great way to work with smaller spaces while still having a functional laundry area.
Another creative way to mount your washer and dryer is to mount them off the floor. Raising your washer and dryer make it easier on the back by eliminating the need to bend over to load and unload the washer and dryer. Create a storage area in the space below the washer and dryer. Some washer and dryer manufacturers offer the raised storage unit in the matching appliance finish.
Wall cubicles, floating shelves, baskets and clothes bars are all good storage options in a laundry room.
Be sure to add a dirty laundry sorting system to save time when doing laundry. A good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of three dirty laundry bins for white, light and colors or dark clothing. Asking everyone in the household to sort their own dirty laundry in the proper bin saves time.
Laundry rooms often occupy dark or windowless spaces. Good lighting is of utmost importance. Adding under-cabinet lighting or a large, overhead fixture not only brightens and enlarges the space, good lighting helps you find spots and stains on laundry items to pre-treat before washing. Better yet, add a combination of lighting including canned ceiling lights, pendants and under cabinet lighting like the image above.
Beautiful lighting fixtures are not only practical but also add to the design of a laundry room.
A wall or cabinet mounted drop-down ironing board is a great way to hide clutter. Most designs not only hide the ironing board away, but have enough room to also store the iron itself.
A wall-mounted drying rack is another good option for air drying delicates like lingerie or sweaters.
Besides paint, give your laundry room a modern look by adding visual interest to the walls with pattern and texture. Two great ways to achieve this include:
–Wallpaper. Choose a bold, modern pattern in a moisture resistant, vinyl paper that’s easy to wipe down
–Backsplash. Add a high-end backsplash design to your laundry room. While some of the most beautiful backsplash tile options can be expensive, a smaller laundry room doesn’t require much tile at all
If you have limited space, make the laundry room a multi-use room. Some laundry room ideas for a multi-purpose space include:
–A craft room
–A mud room
–A sports equipment storage room
–A household cleaning supplies storage room
One of the most successful laundry room ideas involve converting a hall, home office or guest room closet into a laundry room.
Add plenty of shelving and be aware of clearances, so doors may close when the laundry room is not in use.
Many of our laundry room ideas are easy to do. Take a look at your laundry area and see how you can upgrade yours to organize and add value to your home. What are your favorite ideas to try?
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It’s back to school season, which means pencil purchasing and lunch planning. You already know the basics for packing a healthy lunch for your kiddo , part of which is making sure your child actually eats what you pack them. The below recipes are not only infinitely tastier versions of popular pre-packaged lunch items but, since you control exactly what goes in them, they’re also healthier than their store-bought counterparts.
You just received an invitation to an event or party, and in the dress code section it says something to the effect of “business casual” or “black tie attire only.” Here’s what all of those dress code terms actually mean, and few examples of each to get you off on the right foot.
There’s no need to spend money when you can fix something yourself. If you’ve popped a button on your shirt, worn down a hem on your pants, or busted a seam in your dress, these five hand sewing techniques can help you fix things in snap.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers … because asking the right questions is the answer.
In a recent ‘subscribers only’ email (subscribe here) I wrote: “Quiet your mind. Don’t think outside the box of negativity. Think like there is no box.”
To my surprise, over 200 people quoted this short line and responded with the same general question: “How?”
I’ve thought about it for a little while this morning, and I’ve decided that the simplest and most universal explanation I can give is this: Ask yourself better questions – questions that focus your thoughts and filter out all the nonsensical noise that’s been cluttering your mind.
The calming and healing power of a positive imagination is unleashed by constraining your focus. Constraints drive creativity and force mindful thinking. It may sound counterintuitive at first but, in a backwards way, you break out of the box by stepping into the right shackles.
And that’s exactly what the questions below can help you with – shackling the noise in your head by channeling your focus into meaningful thoughts. Let these questions shift your perspective and guide you.
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
Gratitude leads to greatness. It can literally turn what you have into more than enough, jobs into joy, chaos into order, uncertainty into clarity, and bring peace to an otherwise chaotic day.
The easiest way to make your blessings count is to count your blessings. Acknowledging the good things you already have in your life is of the essence, because whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will grow stronger in your life.
When Angel and I discus the importance of gratitude with our coaching/course students, we often get a “Yeah, yeah, I know…” response. But the truth is, most of us don’t know – because we’re forgetful. In the haste of our busy lives we neglect many of the basic laws of gratitude, and thus miss out entirely on their positive effects. So here’s a good refresher, for all of us:
The Indiana Jones themed “Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar” is set to tomorrow (September 22nd 2015) at Walt Disney World’s revamped Downtown Disney, now called Disney Springs. This brand new lounge will feature small plates and unique cocktails with an “expansive bar with aviation decor and have seating for 150 guests.”
We’ve shown you concept art in the past, one of which you can see in the header above, but now Disney has revealed the restaurant/bar’s full menu which is filled with fun little Indiana Jones easter eggs and references. Hit the jump to check out the full Indiana Jones bar menu at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
The theme of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a 1940s airplane hangar turned dive bar, which is supposedly the ex-home of Indiana Jones’ sidekick and pilot. As you know, Jock Lindsey was portrayed by professional pilot Fred Sorenson in Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here is the establishment’s backstory dreamed up by Walt Disney Imagineering:
How did Indiana Jones’ barnstorming pilot Jock Lindsey end up in Disney Springs? Fans of Raiders of the Lost Ark can’t forget Indy’s easygoing pilot Jock Lindsey—owner of a pet snake named Reggie—but how did Jock arrive here? The two globetrotters stumbled on Disney Springs in 1938 while chasing down a mythology-based tip in central Florida. Attracted to the town’s natural springs and lush terrain, Jock bought some waterfront property and eventually settled down, piloting seaplane tours across the fast-growing Sunshine State. Jock eventually built an airplane hangar, air tower and runway, and invited fellow members of The Society of Explorers and Adventurers to pay him a visit. His home base soon became a popular stopover and watering hole for world travelers and locals alike. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar was born! Today, thrill-seeking families cross borders and continents to soak up the rugged charm of this artifact-strewn hangar bar, with its spare airplane parts, salvaged equipment and dusty mementos of glory days gone by.
Here is the official information from Disney about the new bar/restaurant:
If adventurous spirits have a name, it must be Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. This family-friendly, 150-seat waterfront lounge is best known for its delicious drinks and dishes and aviation-inspired décor—cleverly themed after the exploits of Indiana Jones and his seaplane pilot, Jock Lindsey. Buckle your seat belt and order a plate of Rolling Boulder Sliders (spiced meatballs on mini-buns with yogurt sauce) or a Brody Brats bratwurst, and then wash it down with a Cool-Headed Monkey with African spirits or a refreshing Reggie’s Revenge. The small plates are great for sharing, like Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs (brined in beet juice with lump crab filling) or the Tanis Tacos, Snack of Ra—or “Good Dates.” Beer, wine and the “spirits” of adventure live on in tasty cocktails like The Fountain of Youth, featuring Florida vodkas, The Bitter Barkeep with Peruvian Pisco or The Scottish Professor. Watch the sun set next to Jock’s old steamboat (in dry-dock by the pier) while you sip a tasty Hovito Mojito—Barsol Quebranta Pisco with fresh lime juice and syrup. What’s your pleasure, kid?
The Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar menu comes thanks to the official Disney World website:
Goat Cheese-stuffed Dates served with Marcona Almonds and Pickled Vegetables…safe for the whole family.
Rolling Boulders Sliders
Three Spicy Meatball Sliders served with Yogurt Sauce
Snack of Ra
African Salads and Dips with Injera and Naan Crisps designed to satisfy a well of souls
Air Pirate’s Pretzels
A flight of Everything Pretzels with House-made Mustard and Beer-Cheese Fondue
A Lost City Specialty! Filled with Falafel, Shredded Lettuce, and Cucumber-Tomato Salad
Dr. Elsa’s She-deviled Eggs
No father or son can resist these Beet Juice-brined Eggs stuffed with Lump Crab
Grilled Bratwurst served with Mustard and Pickled Cabbage. Worthy of a museum
Lao Che’s Revenge
Spicy Asian Sticky Wings direct from Club Obi Wan
“Squid! Why’d it have to be Squid?”
Fried Calamari Flatbread with Harissa Spread
Sprite® and Maraschino Cherry Juice
Teddy’s Tea (Non-Alcoholic)
Green Tea with Mint and Tangerine
Soda Water with Mint, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lime Juice
Diving Bell (Non-Alcoholic)
Simply Lemonade® and Watermelon topped with a Lemon-Lime Foam
byejoe dragon fire spirit, fresh Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Juice
Shorty’s Singapore Sling
Plymouth Gin, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Bénédictine, Cointreau, fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Absolut Mandrin Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Hibiscus Syrup, fresh Lemon Juice, and Iced Tea
The Scottish Professor
Monkey Shoulder Blended malt Scotch Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, Pear Nectar, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lemon Juice
Bavarian Radler a.k.a. “Shandy” with Paulaner Hefe-Weizen and Simply Lemonade®
Barson Quebranta Pisco, fresh Lime Juice, Mint, and Simple Syrup topped with Soda Water
The Bitter Barkeep
Barsol Quebranta Pisco, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lime Juice. Contains Pasteurized Egg Whites
Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Pineapple Juice
South African Red Wine with Van Der Rum Tangerine Liqueur
Air Pirate’s Mule
Knob Creek Disney Select Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon and fresh Lime Juice topped with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh Sweet-and-Sour
Siesta Key Silver Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tamiami Gin, Tippler’s Orange Liqueur, and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola®
byejoe dragon fire spirit, fresh Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Juice
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey bottled in Bond served with an Ice Sphere
Fountain of Youth
St. Augustine Florida Cane Vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, White Cranberry Juice, and Sweet-and-Sour
Florida Cane ‘Orlando Orange’ Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, White Cranberry Juice, and fresh Lime Juice
Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Kansas City, MO
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Chico, CA
Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale – Tampa, FL
Xingu Black Beer – Brazil
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale – Belgium
Florida Beer Devil’s Triangle IPA – Cape Canaveral, FL
Lagunitas IPA – Petaluna, CA
Left Hand Milk Stout – Longmont, CO
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider – Cincinnati, OH
Ace Pineapple Hard Cider – Sebastopol, CA
Kingfisher Lager – India
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen – Germany
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale – Atlanta, GA
Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA – Orlando, FL
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne, Épernay
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Veneto
Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
Batasiolo Moscato D’Asti Bosc, Piedmont
King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon
Bellingham Citrus Grove Chenin Blanc, South Africa
Montes Limited Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley
Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley
Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
Flowers Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Château Miraval Rosé, Provence
Meiomi Pinot Noir, California
Bodega Charcra Barda Pinot Noir, Patagonia
Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Maipo Valley
Northstar Merlot, Columbia Valley
De Torten Z Red Blend, Stellenbosch
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley
Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, Napa Valley
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Innskillin Vidal Icewine, Niagara Peninsula
Graham’s 20 yr Tawny Port, Portugal
¾-oz pout of each Single Malt Scotch Whisky – The Macallan 12 yr Speyside, Highland Park 12 yr Orkney Islands, and Bowmore 12 yr Islay
Gekkeikan Horin Junmai Daiginjo Sake – Japan
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Who here dreams about the perfect kitchen workbench every time you turn around and spill something or can’t find a place to store all the containers needed for your recipe?
Anyone who cooks had this problem at one time or another and modern design has a solution for all cooks and food lovers out there. A small kitchen feels bigger until you start cooking. Then all the nooks and crannies become temporary storage. A chopping board with containers attached sound like an amazing idea right about now. But how about the perfect cutting board?
We got an email from Johannes Schreiter with this incredibly functional piece of kitchen furniture, the innovative Frankfurter Brett kitchen workbench made in Germany. And this Kickstarter project is worth taken a closer look at.
Brothers Johannes Schreiter and Joseph Schreiter worked for three years to come up with a solution for crowded kitchen space and ended up creating a versatile, mobile and modern kitchen workbench. If you find yourself “annoyed by messy and dirty cutting boards and cluttered worktops“, then the Frankfurter Brett kitchen workbench has what it takes to organize your cooking. With an effective, patented bracket system that ensures a smooth workflow, the kitchen workbench supports these containers that slide in and out to make cooking fast and easy. You can use one container for waste, one for chopped food and the third can be used for tools.
With integrated extensible brackets on three sides, this modern kitchen workbench was imagined with the Gastronorm in mind, the international container standard for professional kitchens. These brackets can be pulled out to take up various-sized containers.
This multi purpose kitchen workbench made out of light bamboo is built for doublesided use. This makes it easy to take it outdoors to cook for a barbecue with friends or have it handy for picnics. “It redefines the cutting board and transforms it into a powerful tool. Through extensible brackets different sized containers can be attached directly to the cutting surface, food can now be simply shifted off the board into the containers.”
There are three sizes available: Mono, Mini and Phoenix. But keep in mind that “If you are not worryingly fanatic about cooking, then the PHOENIX is just oversized for you. Seriously.”
The Mono version is the original one, a sleek, mobile and multipurpose kitchen aid that adapts to any cooking situation. The Mini version is more compact thus proving highly efficient for small kitchens. The Mini Frankfurter Brett is useful for bartenders as it uses smaller container sizes and can be easily carried around and stored.
Find out even more cool stuff about the Frankfurter Brett on Kickstarter and support an idea that helps organize and speed up your cooking process. “It smoothly integrates into existing working routines and accomplishes them with the clever bracket-system.” We’ve been waiting for something like this for a while without even knowing. That’s innovation.
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We were profoundly impressed with Szymon Hanczar‘s small apartment design, a surprisingly functional crib measuring a total surface of 13 square meters (139 sq feet)! After living in this place for several years, Hanczar concluded that “13 does not have to be unlucky, and 13m2 can accommodate everything a city maverick needs. Work, studies, going out with friends, concerts, exhibitions, cinema or eating out. Life in a big city absorbs so much that many young people are redefining the term housing”. One glance through the photos below and you will understand why this place is described so positively.
“I didn’t want a spacious apartment which would involve plenty of time to take care of. On the other hand – despite the small space – it was not my intention to give up comfort and functionality. So it was really a unique challenge”, the designer stated. The tiny apartment accommodates a small kitchenette, a bedroom, a bathroom and even a hammock. A bike seems to reign over the space, helped by a suspended rack, perfectly integrated in the overall design scheme. Beige and white were used to expand the space and a Young Poland style leather carpet was added to break the minimalism. How do you think it feels to live in a home like this? [Photography by Jedrzej Stelmaszek]
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Some book lovers are particularly careful with storing their favorite authors and stories, with making sure their best reads are safe from damaging exterior factors. Israel-based studio Artori Design envisioned Book&Hero and Supershelf, a pair of bookends that create the illusion of books being constantly guarded by a superhero. We love how the black silhouette contrasts the colorful book covers, resulting in a fun addition for a home or office. The crazy addition can be used vertically or horizontally, according to the design needs of the user.
Here is an excerpt from the official project description: “Supershelf is a cool floating shelf which gives the impression of a superhero holding the books aloft, preventing them from falling to the ground. The base is concealed by the books and the superhero is affixed via a magnet to the base to give the item its dynamic appearance. A magnet is employed to suspend the superhero in the air, giving the impression of him ‘saving’ the books from an imminent fall.” The imaginative project weighs 350 grams and you can purchase it online on the designers’ website for $25. A fair price for an exquisite gift, wouldn’t you agree?
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Relationships must be worked on all the time, not only when they are broken and need to be fixed.
Every fairy tale, it seems, ends with the same predictable phrase, “happily ever after.” And yet every amazing couple I have ever known agrees that nothing about a healthy, long-term relationship is forever happy. There are moments of bliss, no doubt, and lengthy spans of fun-loving companionship. Yet these good times come at no small effort, and the guy or girl who reads such fiction and dreams his or her troubles will end when he or she departs the altar is well advised to seek at once a reality check from a real, rational couple who has stayed together through thick and thin.
And that’s exactly what I did a couple decades ago. When Angel and I were first falling in love, I went to my parents for some relationship advice. Their advice gave me some much-needed perspective at the time, but what really made a difference was the family ritual born that day. Every year since, I’ve pestered my parents (they love it) on their wedding anniversary and asked them for a relationship tip or two, and I’ve recorded their advice in my journal.
Today, on my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary, I want to share a cleaned-up, copyedited version of my parent’s relationship tips. These are the little things they do – the rituals – that have helped their relationship last 40 years and counting.
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Life can be hectic; sometimes chaos surrounds us in every imaginable direction.
But just because the world around us is in disarray, doesn’t mean the world within us has to be too.
That’s right, I’m saying there’s a way to stay sane in insane times. I’m saying you can get rid of all the insanity inside you created by others, the past, and uncontrollable events…
Just by being a simple witness of your thoughts.
It’s about sitting silently, and witnessing the thoughts passing through you. Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging, because by judging too rapidly you have lost the pure witness. The moment you rush to say, “this is good” or “this is bad,” you have already jumped head first into the chaos.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witnessing of thoughts and your reaction to them. Once the gap is there, though, you are in for a great surprise – that you are not the thoughts themselves, nor the chaos influencing them. You are the witness, a watcher, who’s capable of changing your mind and rising above the turmoil.
And this process of thought-watching is the very alchemy of true mindfulness. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, the chaotic thoughts start disappearing. You are thinking, but the mind is empty of senseless chatter.
That’s a moment of enlightenment – a moment that you become, perhaps for the first time, an unconditioned, sane, truly free human being.
And you can now begin the process of introducing new ideas that support your inner freedom, and continue to put your soul at ease. Here are nine such ideas…
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