Five Monthly Favorites

At the end of every month, I’m going to compile a list of things that I have enjoyed during that month. The list can range from activities to products to food that I can’t get enough of. I know consumerism is bad for the planet, wastes precious natural resources, and leads to increased green house…

How to: Reupholster an Ottoman (part 3)

This post is all about how to cover the base of an ottoman. This is probably the easiest part of the process. We had previously taken off all of the old fabric and removed all of the staples. Then, we cut the new fabric into strips that were wide enough to cover the sides and hang over a bit…

A Smaller Footprint on Tour: Tyresta National Park

Cities are great. They have everything. The hustle and bustle of urban life, foods from around the world, people, noise, lights. Everything. But it’s not real, it’s a Disneyland for grown-ups. A playground for the budding student, or the 30-something professionals. So, sometimes, you have to get away from it all. One option is jumping…

Enviro News: A Sad Day for the Wolves of Norway

It has come to my attention from an article in the Guardian, that Norway plans to cull two-thirds of its wolf population. I find this to be a extreme solution to the Norwegian wolf conflict. During my master’s studies, I took a course on Environmental Conflict Management and it seems to me that Norwegian officials…

How To: Reupholster an Ottoman (part 2)

So you found a friend to help you out and you’ve completed all the steps from part 1. Now it’s time for part 2 to ensue! There are only a couple short steps in this part, but in part 3 we will begin with the sewing! Woohoo! Steps: Lay out the old fabric that you…

How to: Reupholster an Ottoman (part 1)

When I moved into my new place, my mother gave me her old couch and matching ottomans (for you Brits, poofs). The ottomans are boring, faded, and they don’t really match the decor in my apartment. Since, I’m attempting to be a sustainable millennial, I decided I wanted to reupholster the ottomans rather than throw them…

Food: Avocadon’ts

Did somebody say “Avocados”! I love avocados and have been known to state guacamole as one of my favorite foods. It’s definitely in my top three. However, recently it’s come to my attention that avocados are not all that great for the environment. I was reading an article in The Guardian entitled “Can hipsters stomach…

How to: Creating a Balcony Oasis

How to create a balcony oasis: The best feeling is loving your home and being happy just by being in it. I am so content, relaxed, and happy when I sit on my balcony. This past week I have been working on making it a more enjoyable space since we have neglected it for quite…

City Inspiration: Recycling Bins

I love these minimalist designs on the new recycling bins in Stockholm. The bins are straight forward, simple to use, and they overcome language barriers for someone that may not speak or read Swedish. The graphics are very clever and I applaud Hål Sverige Rent, Stockholm Stad, and EWF ECO on the design. Also, they are…

City Inspiration: Bike Stand

I was recently in Göteborg for a wedding and while walking down the street I noticed the city’s bike stands (pictured). It looks like a car and can hold up to ten bikes. I thought this was such a creative way to show people how much space a car takes up and to get people…