Sweep Dreams Broom: Recycle This

We oftentimes try to perk up the drudgery that is housework here at TBE. Why? Because we’re too budget conscious to pay for a house cleaner and don’t like being miserable on a daily – okay weekly . . . okay bi-weekly – basis. Lucky for us there are plenty of products out there to […]

Leaf Print Fabrics: The Look for Less

The leaves are turning brilliant shades of crimson and gold, and while they are beautiful to look at out the windows, we wanted a way to bring the fall colors indoors. Enter leaf printing. This simple technique uses fall leaves, fabric paint and a little imagination to bring their designs to life in your home. […]

Making Granola: Eco-Food Tip

Recently, while visiting with a college friend, there was a discussion about making our own yogurt and roasting our own coffee. She, thoroughly appalled at our “hippie” leanings, sarcastically asked if we had begun baking our own granola. We happily replied that we had. Making granola is not reserved for hemp wearing, dreadlocked, VW bus […]

Fashion Trend: Houndstooth Print


Though traditional plaid has been heralded as the pattern for fall, we’re seeing more and more houndstooth and quite frankly, we’re feeling more warm and fuzzy about that trend—there’s something both modern and classic about it, which is an ideal combination for those of us over, say, 21 who would like to participate. Our advice? […]

Abaete, Lela Rose and alice+olivia at Payless

Payless has become a front-runner when it comes to bringing budget designer collections to the masses, which is why we find ourselves scanning their website eagerly each Spring and Fall to see what new treats await us . . . Right now, Abaete, Lela Rose and alice+olivia all have new styles online and in stores, […]

Metallic Napkin Rings: The Look for Less

We love the formal look of metallic napkin rings. There’s something about the shine and gloss added to a place setting that really sets it off and makes the whole thing glow. Not to mention, they can make even an informal barbecue seem like an elegant meal. What we don’t like is the price – […]

How to Make a Customized Serving Tray

Looking for a pretty tray to display small items on, or to serve drinks or snacks on? A customized serving tray can be used for many different decorating uses, and won’t take up much space. Make one yourself for a custom look – you just need some glue, a tray and some fabric and you’ll […]

Get Your Rock Posters Here: Go Green

When you’re getting your rock on the last thing you want to think about is your impact on the environment (unless you’re at Burning Man – then, yeah, you’ll be thinking about it). Luckily those clever gig poster designers at The Decoder Ring Design Concern have done all the responsible fretting for you. The creators […]

Money Mess: Personal Finance Advice

It’s not too tough to realize when your personal finances have spiraled out of control, especially if bill collectors are calling you all hours of the day and your electricity is shut off because you haven’t paid your bill in a couple of months. What about the period of time leading up to this financial […]