Making Where You Live
a Better Place to Be.

Welcome to Housecraft. I started this blog by sharing stories about DIY renovations, interior design, gardening
and recipes. Over time I realized that where you live isn't just about your house. When you zoom in it's about
your the health of your body and mind. When you zoom out it's about your community. We're all our own
ecosystems. From now on I'm going to take a wider look around. Hope you'll join me.

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Fall Decor That’s Pretty, Free and Fun
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A Planked Salmon Marinade That Even Fish Haters Will Love
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The Book That Explains Why You Care About Design
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3D Printing: Are We There Yet?
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The Ultimate Turkey Soup Recipe. I Am Not Kidding.
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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

Fall Decor That’s Pretty, Free and Fun

My husband thought I was kidding when I mentioned this idea, but this year I decided to go for the gusto with my fall decorating. On walks around the city, I collected the most colourful fall leaves I could find and brought them home. A couple of shopping bags full of red, orange and yellow later, and we had an autumn wonderland in our very own home.

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A Planked Salmon Marinade That Even Fish Haters Will Love

This recipe is simple, easy and delicious. It’s a dream on planked salmon, but it also works well on chicken pieces for shish kebab. Everyone I know who has tasted this marinade has loved it. I convinced my brother in law, who absolutely hates fish, to try this marinaded planked salmon. He not only loved the taste, but is now going to start eating salmon.

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The Book That Explains Why You Care About Design

In “The Architecture of Happiness” Alain de Botton explores why we care about architecture, and how it can affect us. Mercifully free of the jargon of so many architectural books, this is a journey into the delights and challenges of the visual aspect of the worlds we build for ourselves, individually and collectively, and what they say about us.

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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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