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Apr 14, 2014

Dudes and Decor: An Interior Design Primer for Guys

We all know the stereotypes for the ways guys "decorate" their spaces: outdated recliners, a nest of media and electronics cables, and movie posters tacked to the… read more

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Apr 11, 2014

How to: Make Your Own DIY Large-Scale Graphic Wall Art

Chalkboard Wall DIY

We love a bold, graphic wall treatment - whether type-based, a mural, or ever-changing chalkboard… read more

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Apr 11, 2014

Weekend Project: Turn Yard Waste into an Awesome Lounge Chair

With winter finally making its way out of our lives (for now), there's a whole lotta cleaning to do. Inside? Sure, but this also includes trimming all of those "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows"-looking branches and debris from your yard from all those record setting wind storms this year (yes, that happened… read more

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Apr 10, 2014

The Hair Care Bunch: An Introduction to Men's Styling Products

I have no shame in admitting it: I'm a hair product guy. Not a lot, of course, and if I do it right, you can barely tell, but it's useful. See, I have a rather short forehead and thick, heavy, straight hair that simply just falls forward and flat. It can't even hold a part without some help. So, lest I look bummed out (literally, flat hair on my forehead makes me look sad) or live with what my white (affectionately?) calls my "sick hair" [cause that's how I look on a sick day], I use a little help to give my face some… read more

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Apr 10, 2014

The Story Structures of Radio Programs...Drawn onto Cocktail Napkins

Head's up, fellow radio/podcast fans: Bradley Campbell did a bit of analysis into what it takes to put together a great piece of audio content, and diagrammed each show's structure on that most inspiring of canvases: the back of a… read more

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Apr 10, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Metallic Desk Organizer

Metallic DIY pencil holder

Somehow, at least at my office, it only takes five minutes to completely wreck my desk, but a good forty-five to clean it back… read more

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Apr 09, 2014

10 Essential Gin Cocktails You Should Try This Spring

created at: 04/09/2014

Any time of year, gin is a favorite spirit. It mixes well while retaining its character, and its aromatics complement a great range of flavors. But there's something so special, so obvious, about gin and springtime. If flavors had colors, gin's would be green, and it's a perfect chance to start putting ice back in our cocktails because the external temperatures are finally… read more

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Apr 09, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: April 9, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

British sculptor and environmentalist has been making organic art for more than four decades, and it looks just as contemporary as when he conceived… read more

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Apr 08, 2014

How to: Hang a Sliding "Barn" Door Anywhere in Your Home

created at: 04/08/2014

If I could have my druthers, I doubt I'd live in a house. I wouldn't go for a loft, necessarily, but some sort of converted work/live space filled with architectural and industrial details instead of a chair rail. But, likely, I'll end up in a standard single family home, hopefully with a great kitchen and a little yard. Doesn't sound so bad,… read more

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Apr 08, 2014

Filson Ages Gracefully

Last week, A Continuous Lean published this fascinating piece on Filson, the legendary Seattle-based outfitter. It begins, "The oldest person in the world is 115 years old. Filson is 116."… read more

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Apr 08, 2014

The Wonders Within Your Head

There's a lot going on in your head right now.  Your head, my head, all human… read more

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Apr 07, 2014

How to: Make a Wooden Vintage Bulb Lamp

Nothing beats a great lighting project, and I especially like the thoroughness of this original. It's more than just a "get an existing lamp kit and put it on some sort of structure;" rather, it walks you thorough not just the woodworking but also the easy electric work required to put something like this together.… read more

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Apr 07, 2014

Classic Album Covers Placed in their Google Street View Locations

The concept of placing album covers with urban scenes in their original geographic context isn't a new one, but I think this take, which uses Google Street View and Photoshop rather than a handheld LP and a camera, somehow manages to add something novel to the… read more

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Apr 01, 2014

25 Men You Should Be Following on Instagram

created at: 04/01/2014

Looking for some… read more

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Apr 01, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Welcome Mat

created at: 03/31/2014

This past winter was an intense one for most of us in North America...you know, you were there. It wreaked some serious havoc, including taking its toll on my welcome mat. After four straight months of boots covered in salt and ice and black sludge, it was time to say… read more

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Mar 31, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Swiss Army-Style Flip Out Key Ring

created at: 03/31/2014

The key bulge. That tangle of metal in your pocket that does no one any favors, and is usually more hassle than its worth...until you're out and you actually nread more

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Mar 28, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a DIY Hanging Garden

This weekend project combines the best of both worlds: it's functional, providing plenty of space to grow small culinary herbs or succulents or a safe place to start seeds indoors while it's still frosty outside, and its large scale allows it to fill a whole wall, providing color, texture, and a bit of pattern.    … read more

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Mar 28, 2014

Legendary Designer Milton Glaser Critiques Modern Beer Art

created at: 03/28/2014

Iconic designer and graphic artist Milton Glaser - the mind behind the I ♥ NY logo, that Bob Dylan poster with the colorful hair, and the co-founder of New York Magazine - takes a look at the bottle and can labels of contemporary beer… read more

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Mar 27, 2014

How to: Make Custom 3D Paper Letters

If you've been in the craft store during the last few years, you've seen the walls of chipboard or basswood letters. Which are cool, except for one thing: the typefaces are, at best, limited, and at worse...awful. (Curlz… read more

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Mar 27, 2014

25 Whiskey Quotes from the Famous Drinkers Who Loved It Best

created at: 03/27/2014

Most have heard, and can quote, the famous line attributed (probably inappropriately) to Benjamin Franklin, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." And plenty of us have likely created our adages to remind ourselves of experiences with tequila, wine, or some other overindulgence. But, throughout the last few hundred years, many of our greatest writers, thinkers, and humorists have dedicated their lines to that most aged and crafted of spirits:… read more

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