Archives For DIY

When it comes to Halloween DIYs, whether costume, decor, or entertaining in nature, it must be acknowledged that Martha Stewart is the one true master of the holiday. Need proof? Look through this rundown of Martha’s Halloween costumes throughout the years. Impressive, to say the least.

If you need last-minute dress up ideas, spooky cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or just want to perk up your porch before the trick-or-treaters come knocking, we suggest going straight to the source. To save you some time, we’ve found a few favorites below that will instantly improve your Halloween. Happy haunting!

Cast a shadow with some spooky silhouettes:

Going to a party? Pick up glue, glasses, and plastic insects and your costume is covered:

Whip up some creepy cocktails for your Halloween happy hour:

Take your porch from standard to scary with these hanging paper bats:

Source: Martha Stewart Living

It seems there’s still room for innovation in the DIY department after all.

We found this fantastic projects over at A Beautiful Mess. A combination outdoor coffee table/herb garden, this project only costs about $75. (You can find the full instructions and materials list here.)

So next time you’re relaxing on your patio, you can freshen up your cocktail with home-grown herbs—plucked from the coffee table.

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Images: Joshua Rhodes and Sarah Rhodes

With our headquarters located in Portland, Oregon, we at Househappy are pretty accustomed to the idea of city chickens.

But in other cities that are newer to urban farming, like Manhattan, navigating the do’s and don’ts can be tricky. The New York Times recently wrote about the difficulties of growing your own in the Big Apple—especially when it comes to neighbors and real estate valuations.

Some brokers say that a well-maintained urban farm can add to a property’s value, while others say that a vegetable garden is a better asset than a rustic chicken coop. (Although chicken diapers can help with smell and mess.) And for those with neighbors who raise chickens, rabbits, or bees, selling an adjacent unit could be difficult if potential buyers see the hobby as a nuisance.

So is the city chicken here to stay? Are micro gardens the future of nourishing city dwellers?


Image: Flickr

1. Loving Cassandra Smith’s hand-painted knots. (

2. Need a good cry? Check out this dog’s last day on earth. (

3. I scream, you scream. We all scream for ice cream. (

4. Stylish flat-pack furniture, now a reality. (

5. Charles and Ray Eames do modern materials. (

6. A year of photos from outside one woman’s window. (

7. DIY bug bite balm. (

8. Making friends at #ICSF! (

9. Let Jenny Lewis take you into the weekend! (

Apartment Therapy just posted this awesome roundup of DIY projects featuring elements from a skateboard deck.

The skateboard’s simple, slightly undulating shape is perfectly suited to contemporary furniture and accessories, including this hanging shelf, outdoor swing, and stacked bookcase. See the rest of the projects here.

Source + Images: ApartmentTherapy

The sun is shining, the skies are blue—summer seems closer than ever. Apartment Therapy put together a collection of inventive DIY projects that use inexpensive cinderblocks to define and decorate outdoor spaces.

Another bright idea for your backyard.


Images via Apartment Therapy

Why let walls have all the fun? Holly Becker over at Decor8 put together this roundup of 14 fabulous approaches to flooring—from Japanese washi tape “rugs” to salvaged wood.

Photos: Decor8