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Friday, December 24th, 2010

In the Press: iVillage Cool Holiday Gifts

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iVillage Gift GuideiVillage put together a neat little gift guide featuring resident Hatch blogger extraordinaire, Becky! Check it out here.

Depicted:

• Harry Allen Pig Bank ($190 at Design Public)
Normann Copenhagen Salt and Pepper Set ($44 at Design Public)
• Vitra Cork Stool ($405 at Design Public)
• City Stamp Set ($24 at Design Public)

Read More http://www.ivillage.com/cool-holiday-gifts/7-b-300634#ixzz19X7IMcNL

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Holiday Decor Favorites Around the Interwebs…

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Well, this image does NOT come from our Flickr group, but from one of our favorite bloggers, Decor Demon. He whipped up a chocolate, purple, white and bronze Christmas with inexpensive purchases from Target, WalMart, and Big Lots! He even involved an appropriately accessorized sock monkey! To see the rest of his unorthodox holiday design moves, check out the entire post.

Photos by Christina Wedge for Decor Demon

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays

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We’re sticking with the holidays this week, and thanks so much to Flickr member sfgirlbybay for posting this close up to our Fresh New Spaces Group!

reindeer games.

P.S. In case you’ve been hanging out with that waste of an iPad Winona Ryder who claims she doesn’t go on the internet, you know all about Miss Victoria and her fabulous blog, but just in case you don’t, I’m mentioning it! For more of her holiday decorating, check out this post in particular.

Got a great holiday shot? Please add it to the group this week and we’ll pepper the blog with them for the next week!

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Friday, December 10th, 2010

Flickr Faves On Fridays: Neutral Holiday

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christmas decorations

We’re loving the latest photos posted to our Fresh New Faces Flickr Group by The Style Files- perfect for those who aren’t all about the green and red! Thanks so much Danielle!

christmas decorations

christmas decorations

images via The Style Files on Flickr. To see more of The Style Files, check out the gorgeous blog here.

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Environmental Tuesday: Planning for the Holidays

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O.K. now that Halloween is over, the stores are filled with Yuletide tunes, people are buzzing about Black Friday insanity, and the stores are filled with all kinds of Holiday decorations. Here are a few quick tips to decrease your holiday carbon footprint.

1) Consider sending holiday cards over the interwebs. I hate this idea because holiday cards are some of the only good snail mail I receive all year long, but it will save on paper and the energy used to deliver your cards. If you can’t stand the thought, at least use recycled paper, and be sure to recycle the cards you receive.

2) Use reusable or recycled wrapping paper. If you’re like my grandparents, you neatly folded up every piece of wrapping paper you ever used and put it in a drawer, and never used it again. You can use newspaper, recycled paper, cloth bags, or a pretty extra piece of fabric you have around the house to wrap up your gifts. Here’s a fun video with some good ideas if you want to get super-crafy:

3) If you do the tree thing, don’t feel too guilty. Christmas tree farms are not the enemy. Just be sure to leave your tree out for mulch composting after the holidays. You may also consider a live tree to plant later (though honestly, in most parts of this country, January 1st is not exactly prime dig-a-hole-in-the-ground-and-plant time).

4) E-cycle: If you’re expecting to upgrade some of your electronics via some killer gifts, make sure you dispose of your old ones in a recyclable way. If they are not fit for donation or resale, check the EPA’s guidelines for E-cycling them.

5) Buy eco-friendly gifts. I love to shop handmade, and from the green sections of retail websites. I’ll be working up a list of what Design Public has to offer in this arena in the coming weeks.  Here’s one of my many faves, the k studio Birds Pillow:

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