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Apartment Therapy’s tips for waking up more easily on winter mornings

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”  ― Meister Eckhart

Carpé Diem.  Ten tips for waking up…

Perfect for small urban kitchen gardens or those with limited outdoor space, Pod is afogponic indoor gardening system for cultivating herbs and vegetables.

Similar to hydroponic gardening, the fogponic “plug-and-play” growing system automatically distributes nutrients and water as a fog or mist rather than liquid, rendering Pod easy to clean and maintain.

Bonus: it’s modular design also promotes cultivating community by sharing and exchanging produce with others.

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Pod from Greenfingers on Vimeo.

Pod was created as a collaborative student project by industrial designers Casey LinAdam Ben-Dror, Robert Skene, Nick Johnston at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Via Yanko Design.

Cheery poinsettias make great holiday gifts.

Garden writer Ciscoe Morris offers tips on selecting and caring for a poinsettia, and reminds us to turn off irrigation systems as winter approaches.

Special to The Seattle Times

If you’re planning to give the special person in your life a poinsettia as a holiday gift, you aren’t alone. Poinsettias are the best-selling potted plant in the U.S., with well over 50 million sold during the six weeks before Christmas every year. Although there are more than 100 varieties available, if you’re really trying to impress that special someone, choose a red one. 

Read the whole article…Picking the perfect poinsettia | Ciscoe Morris | Home & Garden | The Seattle Times.

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Here’s a quick primer on the mortgage-interest deduction and related housing write-offs.

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Nation’s Housing

WASHINGTON — Limiting the homeowner mortgage-interest deduction came up in two of the presidential debates, but specifics about who would be affected and how much they might lose in tax benefits were minimal. To put some rough numbers on the issue, here’s a quick primer on the mortgage-interest deduction and related housing write-offs.

Read the whole article –> Mortgage deductions: What are the stakes | Homes & Real Estate | The Seattle Times.

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Well done…down under.

Ciolino House 1 Modern Australian Residence Spiced Up With Eclectic Additions by Greg Natale

Greg Natale Design completed the Ciolino House, a modern Australian residence in the shape of a large white rectangular box, almost completely opening up towards an inner courtyard with swimming pool. The “perfect” geometry of the exterior is brought indoors, where the layout and the furniture arrangements inspire obsessive neatness. The open plan living and dining area is not just invaded by natural light, but also by fresh air, as sliding glass doors can be easily maneuvered in order to connect with the outdoors.  Read the article…

Wanted Dead or Alive: 10 Criminally Outdated Design Features

What worked in 1980 doesn’t necessarily work in 2012. Don’t believe us? Look in your closet. Chances are, you’ve weeded out the parachute pants, leg warmers and shoulder pads. Similarly, interior design choices are cyclic. Even expensive, must-have features eventually become outdated and need to be replaced.

Is your home stuck in a time warp? That’s fine, if that’s what you like. But if you’re contemplating selling, you’ll want to eliminate the generation gap between your house and potential buyers. Where to start?


Gas cooktop

Gas stoves are preferred over electric models by many serious — and even casual — home cooks. Their reasons vary:

  • Gas stoves heat more quickly.
  • They allow for better temperature control.
  • They cool down quickly.

Unfortunately, the house you’re thinking of purchasing comes with an electric range. The good news: It’s often not all that difficult to convert from electric to gas cooking.