Ideas & Projects

  • Why being a loyal cable customer will never pay off

    You frequent the same hotels and get rewarded with free hotels stays. You travel with the same airline and get awarded with free flights. Many industries reward their loyal customers with incentives and goodies, but this doesn't appear to be the case with pay-tv providers.

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  • Timeless Timekeeping: Make a Personalized Photo Clock

    People have found all kinds of creative ways to display the photos that they hold dear to them, but if you can make these decorative objects functional they will be doubly treasured. The photo wall clock tutorial from Photojojo gives detailed instructions to help you do just that. Creating this…
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  • 7 Favorites: Fair-Trade Bedcovers

    Above: The Border Bedspread from Alicia Adams Alpaca of Hudson, New York, is made from the wool of alpacas raised in Hudson, then fabricated by artisans in Peru; $895 for the queen size.

  • 4 Ways to Nail Lea Michele's Outdoor Entertaining Style

    When we caught wind that Domaine Home had a hand in revamping Lea Michele's outdoor space, we couldn't wait to see for ourselves! Lea christened her newly decorated outdoor digs by throwing a garden dinner party, and naturally, the design details were stellar. Forking over money for outdoor…

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  • Restaurant as Social Experiment: 28 Posti in Milan

    Located on a quiet side street in the heart of Navigli in Milan, 28 Posti is a 28-seat trattoria as social experiment. Designed by architect Francesco Faccin and fitted out by inmates of the nearby Penitentiary Institute of Bollate, the interior features a mix of ancient (crumbling brick and…

  • 10 Easy Pieces: Recycling Bins

    Call to action: better trash cans needed. When my next-door neighbor Felicity asked me where to find good-looking recycling bins, I spent days trying to solve the riddle. Everybody recycles—and every community has its own requirements and regulations—but somehow the design world been slow to…

  • Bob Vila Radio: Building a Raised Garden Bed

    There are lots of reasons why you might want to plant in a raised garden bed rather than directly in the soil. Raised...

    Bob Vila
  • Why do new dishwashers take so long to complete a normal cycle?

    Between federal energy standards and the Energy Star program, dishwasher manufacturers face myriad restrictions—some mandatory, some voluntary—that require them to make dishwashers that use less water. Some of today's dishwashers take more than three hours to complete a normal cycle. In the case…
  • Anti-Aging Creams of 2014

    The retinol cream that stands the test of time. Discover why dermatologists recommend this wrinkle product more than cosmetic injections.

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  • How To: Paint Glass

    Smooth and reflective, glass makes a lovely canvas for paint. If, however, you've never before tried to paint glass, ...

    Bob Vila
  • Remodeling 101: All You Need to Know About VOCs in Paint

    If you're like me, you might be a bit confused about Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs) in paint. Here's our report on what you need to know about VOCs in paint: VOCs are carbon-containing chemicals that are labeled "volatile" because they evaporate easily at room temperature, thereby entering…

  • Upscale appliances at down-to-earth prices

    If you’re ready to splurge wisely, consider this list of high-end appliances that earned top marks in Consumer Reports’ tests. This 42-inch-wide refrigerator combines very good temperature performance and excellent energy efficiency to keep your food fresh and your energy costs in check. The…
  • Fantastic Plastic: Lamps Made from Recycled Soda Bottles

    One of the most artful we’ve come across is Alvaro Catalán de Ocón’s PET lamp project. In 2011, Catalán de Ocón unveiled the first PET collection, a series of colorful, hatlike pendant lights fabricated by artisans in Colombia. More recently, in collaboration with Si Studio, he’s brought the…

  • 5 Home Repairs That Can Break the Bank (and How to Avoid Them)

    A home is like a relationship—it requires a little bit of money and attention to keep it going strong. Neglect some e...

    Bob Vila
  • Handmade in LA: VVoods Bedroom Furniture

    LA-based furniture company VVOODS is the work of two design-minded Brits, Gareth Walsh and Helen Cooper, who moved to the city and instantly fell for the aged patina and graining of California old-growth wood. Gareth, a designer and professor at UCLA's Design Media Arts department, and Helen, a…

  • Brand New Muscle Builder Takes GNC by Storm

    Discover a safe, natural muscle builder that is helping men of all ages get back in shape fast. Try this brand new supplement and build muscle.

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  • Architect Visit: The Look of Things to Come

    At first glance, the unconventional shape of the Just K house in Tübingen, Germany, might lead you to assume that we've stumbled upon an architect’s folly . Designed by architects Björn Martenson, Sonja Nagel, and Jan Theissen of German-based design practice AMUNT, the house was awarded the…

  • 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Cooking Appliances

    Being confined to small cooking quarters doesn't mean being limited to subpar appliances. Yes, we've seen cooks be creative with camping stoves and fireplaces. But if you're living day to day with a tiny kitchen, there's a growing selection of compact cooking appliances that offer big performance…

  • Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguisher Inspection

    You know you should test your smoke alarm twice a year, but what about your fire extinguisher? If yours is at the bac...

    Bob Vila
  • Semi-Subterranean Digs: Modern Take on Native Pit Houses

    Modernism meets traditional environmental systems in this elegant dwelling seemingly sliced into the ground around it, drawing on geothermal advantages without forcing its residents entirely underground. Dubbed the Edgeland Residence, this project by Bercy Chen Studio rehabilitates an existing…
  • Read the manual before buying a major product

    And a Consumer Reports staff member was disappointed after buying a $100 electronic activity tracker only to find out that it transmits data to the iPhone, not to the Android phone he owns. You can avoid these kinds of post-purchase regrets by reading the product manual or instructions before…
  • Object Lessons: Lodge Cast Iron

    In fact, they last so long that we know that the Chinese were cooking with cast iron in the 5th century BC. And yet, cast iron has seen a decline in the kitchen since Teflon aluminum pans were introduced in the 1960s. But because of the health hazards now associated with Teflon and other…

  • 74-Yr-Old Outsmarts Doctors. Reduces Her Wrinkles.

    The ultimate skin tightening regimen that is helping every day women achieve younger looking skin without breaking the bank.

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