Archive - 2013

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Recommended Reading: “Mirei Shigemori: Modernizing the Japanese Garden” by Christian Tschumi
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Gifts For Interior Design and Architecture Geeks
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Why Interior Design Matters
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Create Unbelievably Flavourful Thai Curry Paste
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Turn The Closet You Have Into The Closet You Want
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Make Your Garden More Wildlife-Friendly
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Blog Podium – Why You Should Go Next Year
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Bedroom Makeover Reveal
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Chai Spice Oatmeal
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When More is More: Layering Case Study

Gifts For Interior Design and Architecture Geeks

The 2014 holiday season was chock full of drool-worthy loot. Here’s some of it – but your search for the perfect gift may take you to EBay if you’re shopping for these things now.

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Why Interior Design Matters

I have often wondered why I care if the things around me are beautiful or not. If “form follows function,” as Louis Sullivan once said, then as long as an interior layout is serviceable, isn’t that enough? Why go to the time and considerable trouble of renovating? Here are 3 important reasons.

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Create Unbelievably Flavourful Thai Curry Paste

Spicy, savoury, and succulent, there are lots of dishes that are perfect to banish the chill of winter or to cool the heat of summer. But the critical ingredient in many of these recipes – the curry paste – is often an off-the-shelf variety that isn’t exactly the symphony of flavour explosions we’re all looking for. If you really want to push your Thai curries over the top, make your own curry paste from scratch and use it in your recipe. It takes a few hours to make, but there are many advantages that will make this worth your while.

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Turn The Closet You Have Into The Closet You Want

You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to have a closet that looks good and lets you see everything you have at once. Here’s a look at the closet we started with, and my plan to make it so much more. It may not be as awesome as this stock photo, but it’s an improvement.

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Make Your Garden More Wildlife-Friendly

Sandy Garland of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden takes me on a tour (video!). She shows me some wonderful and inexpensive ways to help local wildlife with garden design and plant choices.

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Blog Podium – Why You Should Go Next Year

Over 250 bloggers from as far away as Newfoundland and New York City came together in Toronto on a rainy September Saturday to learn, share experiences, and have fun. I travelled to Blog Podium 2013 to connect with other home and design bloggers, and to find ways to make Housecraft better. Here’s what I learned.

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