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White Interior Design Inspiration

Looking for inspiration for a bright and white interior? Here some absolutely beautiful interiors that you’ll just love.

The best thing about a white interior and neutral color scheme is that you can dress it up and down as you like. You can choose shinny and clean furnishings or go for a rustic charm.
Remember to choose some warm elements, to sooth the overall look, you’re going for clean not clinical.

The images below, will help you to get the balance right. Notice how each layout, uses a very simple pallet.

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The warm timber flooring, wooden table legs and the wicker basket are used to give balance to the room. When design your interior, remember to keep things in balance. What the main colors? What are the secondary colors? And which is the third accent color? The accent colors of this, is the two orange vases on the coffee table.

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Just because you are going for an all white look, doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to have a feature wall. This room above uses blue to make the space a little more fun and inviting. It breaks it up on the eyes, visually expanding the size of the room.

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This room is very pale, personally, I would add an accent color somewhere to just set it of. This could be a painting, a vase or a lush plant.

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This bathroom uses greeny just to give it that lift. It helps to make it inviting and reminds you that this not an art gallery, but something you can touch and feel.

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Another great use of a room accent with plants used to lighten the space emotionally and make you just want to snuggle up and read your favorite novel.

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At first this design looks very simple, however such fine details as the hexagon shaped tiles and natural timber really help to give a sophisticated and Scandinavian appearance.

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Not into green as your accent, why not gold?

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Details only your ‘design friends’ will understand and care about.

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Could a staircase like this work in your home?

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Really great space, everything has great proportions, but it’s missing that accent color to bring it from a display home, to a home of comfort.

What accent color would you pair with your white interior? Let us know in the comments below.

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Oslo Container Home

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Konbuild have been hard at work creating an affordable container home that can be shipped worldwide from East Asia. Each Oslo home can be shipped in pairs of two in on standard 40 foot high cube container. They hope to address issues, such as affordable housing, granny flats, sleep outs, bungalows with this semi flat pack home. Both side folds in for easier shipping.

The model pictured, using many Australian standard parts, such as toilets and windows.
It’s very customizable, maybe as an office, extra room or even a camping lodge.
Let us know in the comments, what you would use it for.

Quality vinyl plank flooring has beed used, with tasteful base boards and a clean white interior.
Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t top end homes, but the prices reflect that. Starting at $15,900 according to Konbuild.


So head over to their website https://konbuild.com/ to learn more.

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50+ Container Home Ideas

Currently compiling a list of container home ideas.
Which do you love, leave your comments below?

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I'll keep adding to this list, if you know the architects/proper source for any of these, please let me know. 
 


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Freedom | A modern and charming container home

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Freedom | A modern and charming container home

A beutiful container home from Minimalist Homes, the Freedom.

 Freedom by Minimalist homes.

Freedom by Minimalist homes.

 A spacious and practical interior.

A spacious and practical interior.

 Full size appliences in a small space.

Full size appliences in a small space.

 A clean look of greys, natural wood with a clean white ceiling.

A clean look of greys, natural wood with a clean white ceiling.

 Smart benches and honest wiring leaves an industrial yet homey feel.

Smart benches and honest wiring leaves an industrial yet homey feel.

 Sliding doors leave the bathroom open and spacious.

Sliding doors leave the bathroom open and spacious.

 A space saving bed design.

A space saving bed design.

 How's that, what a stunning shower! Let's get naked.

How's that, what a stunning shower! Let's get naked.

 A well thought out bathroom with maximium space.

A well thought out bathroom with maximium space.

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SHIGERU BAN ARCHITECTS | A stunningly simple container home

Check out this beutiful container home from shigeru ban architects

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Source: https://www.designboom.com/architecture/shigeru-ban-onagawa-temporary-container-housing-community-center/

http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/


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Stop Spider Mites

 Tomato and garlic companion planting infographic.

Tomato and garlic companion planting infographic.

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So after getting back to east asia after a trip to Australia. I found I had massive Spider mite infestation. I went online trying to work out the best way to remove them. Some suggested it was too late and you need to remove all the plants. However I didn't want to give up. 
Some suggestions where to use garlic water, a natural pesticide. So I blended up a bunch of garlic that I bought from my local wet market.  Then I got spraying. However reading online, you need to spray them regularly and in particular under all the leaves.  However I'm a lazy gardener, so I didn't remember to this again. Of course because of this it didn't work. 

 My ruined tomato plants. 

My ruined tomato plants. 

Having looked into companion planting before. I decided to plant all the garlic around the bases of the plants.  However I was too late for most of them. There was one small tomato plant that I had. Thankfully the garlic sproated and low and behold, it protected it! There were still infested tomato plants around, as the garlic hadn't yet grown next to them. So I removed this older plants and this one that was protected is growing very healthy, strong and fast.

 My tomato plant with garlic protection. It lives!

My tomato plant with garlic protection. It lives!

So if you're looking for an easy way to protect your tomato plants, plant some garlic cloves.

 

Have you tried companion planting? Let me know your experience in the comments below.

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The Language Vegetable Problem

Thanks to globalisation, we can now get a glimpse into the life of a person on a different continent without ever having to leave our homes. This has, of course, brought up a number of challenges, such as the loss of independent culture. But it has also brought us a lot closer to understanding each other.

It also helps that most of us speak a common language- English. Even though we share a common language, however, we have also noticed how that language is different in other parts of the world. Through our screens, we can see how people have phrases that mean something completely different to us.

For example, calling someone a madam in England is polite, but calling someone a madam in America might just get you slapped. This is a strange occurrence, but a common one that most of us get used to. Travellers often have to be careful about certain words and phrases. An American in Britain might search high and low for a zucchini, before eventually finding a Courgette.

And while many Brits in Australia might find what they are looking for in a supermarket, they’re still going to be left scratching their head over some unfamiliar terms. All this just to find some vegetables? As a frequent traveller, I call this the language-vegetable problem. It seems that we are all separated by a common language, and this raises a few questions. First and foremost, why do Brits, Americans and Australians have radically different vegetable names.

Courgette or Zucchini?

These members of the Cucurbita pepo family, were farmed in Central and South America for centuries before European explorers even got their funding. By the 1500’s they had made their way onto European dinner tables, and a dispute arose immediately.

Zucchinis in Italy, and Courgettes in France, with neither willing to compromise on their chosen names. Eventually Courgettes made it into British homes, where they stayed and due to an influx of Italian immigrants to America, the zucchini made its home there. Zucchini isn’t that hard to say, so the Americans allowed it to settle.

Now, both sides looked to Australia who also chose to use the term “zucchini”. Not to be biased or anything, but zucchini is a lot easier to say than courgette.

Beetroot or Beets?

This is a fun one. Sometimes, words change in different continents not because of immigrants or customs, but because of the people. For example, the people of Britain feel the need to say Beetroot, which comes from the Latin name Beta Vulgaris. Americans and Australians on the other hand are simple too busy to be bothered with such fuss and therefore refer to them as beets.

Spring Onion or Scallion?

There is a common misconception that green onions and scallions are the same thing. They are not. Scallions are often mistaken for green onions and can also be found under the names of “Welsh onion” and “Japanese bunching onion”. So, which of these are correct?

A true scallion has a long green stalk and a white tip that doesn’t have a bulb. Scallions can also be called spring onions and terms such as shallots, green shallots and salad onions are used to identify scallions. The actual name comes from the ancient Philistine city Ashkelon (Latin name Ascalonia), where it is rumoured that these onions were first cultivated. 

This is an interesting case of names being different due to a common misconception and the variety of names that are available. In other words, someone couldn’t remember the name of a scallion and simply described it, the name took off and stuck. While others stubbornly refuse to give up the original name. Isn’t language a wonder?

Swede or Rutabaga?

The vegetable in question was first noticed by Swedish botanist, Gaspard Bauhin, who noted it growing wild. This led to the name “Swedish turnip” or simply swede. This shortened name was made popular in many Commonwealth nations and still sticks around today, which is why Australians and Brits use the term “swede”.

At some point, Americans adopted the term “Rutabaga” from the old Swedish word Rotabagge, which when roughly translated, means “root ram”. We aren’t sure why this distinction occurred, but we’ll side with the Americans on this one because Rutabaga is a lot more fun to say than swede.

Arugula or Rocket?

In possibly one of the strangest twists ever, the Brits have the more fun name for a vegetable. This leafy green was first used by the Romans who referred to it as Ruchetta. It eventually made its way over the Alps to France, where it became Roquette. As it made its way over the English Channel, the “qu” was dropped for the “ck” which sounded more Anglican, I suppose. And the “ette” was eventually shortened to “et”.

Meanwhile, in America, the Italian term “rucola” was brought across the seas. Somehow the term was changed to Arugula, but only in America, because Italians still use Rucola.  

A Citizen of the World:

You’ve finally made it through the foreign shopping trip, and you now have all your favourite vegetables in your shopping basket. You understand that these different names are due to a series of factors.

Sometimes immigrants bring their terms with them and it sticks. Sometimes an innocent mistake on the part of some unknown person is the cause of a phrase sticking to an entire country. Sometimes most people use a certain term and it stays and sometimes a term or name is tailored for the country.

You are feeling world wise and certainly very smart. You think to yourself that maybe this whole travelling thing isn’t all that hard. And as you walk up to the cashier, feeling satisfied and contemplating immigration, you smile at the cashier.

He/she smiles back and you look down at their name badge to start a conversation, but you freeze as your eyes capture the sight. The name badges in this country are different from those back home. Great.

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Expandable Shipping Container Home [$15,900]

Konbuild is has just launched an expandable shipping container home that you can order directly from mainland China. Their website is a little scare on information at the moment, so I'm looking forward to seeing it updated. I'm a huge fan of tiny homes and container homes. So it's good to see such an affordable solution come to the market. As an Australian we call these granny flats.

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It's pretty neat how it all folds up and expands. I'm sure this will save a lot on shipping. You'll still need to build your own foundation first though.


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This is their standard Oslo version.

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Their latest model now comes with a clading and a small gable roof.


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Container homes being built for export accross the world.

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A container home under construction in mainland China.

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Homes being constructed in China.

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A finished 'Tiny Home' .

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Interior of an expandable container home.

 The homes can include a Kitchen and living space.

The homes can include a Kitchen and living space.

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Interior view of the kitchen.

 Bathroom can be included!

Bathroom can be included!


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Konbuild Update

As you can see the price for the 2018 year Oslo model is now, $15,900. Still quite reasonable.
Would you order one at this price?

Contact them at www.konbuild.com if you're interested.


Two new 2018 Models have been announced.
The Oslo Double and the Oslo Tiny Home.

 The Oslo Double, is double the size of the standard Oslo and Oslo Grand.

The Oslo Double, is double the size of the standard Oslo and Oslo Grand.

 The Oslo Tiny Home is simply a standard Oslo Grand, but on wheels!

The Oslo Tiny Home is simply a standard Oslo Grand, but on wheels!


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DIY Hexagonal Garden Beds

 How to make a DIY Hexagonal Garden Beds

How to make a DIY Hexagonal Garden Beds

Finished product first! This is about 4 weeks after planting. Closest middle hexagon holds sage, thyme, basil, cilantro, and lemon verbena. Next to the left holds arugula and brussel sprouts. Behind that holds more brussel sprouts, bok choy, green onions, shallots, and fennel. Right of that holds carrots and sweet onions. Right of that holds potatoes.

Got a bunch of cheap 2' cedar leftovers from a local lumber yard

Profile of each board type you need to cut. In total I needed 22 of the bottom board, 18 of second from bottom, 60 of third from bottom, and 54 of top. Top 3 boards each form panels that make up sides of garden box while bottom board forms post that holds each panel together.

All boards cut down to size.

6 boards of a given type with a post form an assembled panel.

All panels assembled.

I almost messed this part up -- half of the parallelogram-shaped panels should face one way and half should face the other way.

All assembled! I was really surprised how easily everything fit together given how little measuring I did.

On planting day.

4 weeks later (potatoes still haven't shown up in the far right hexagon, I'm beginning to get suspicious). Cost was about $130 for the wood, $40 for the screws, $60 for compost and $40 for a truck to haul the compost. Total cost $270.



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Bee Death Causes

 Infographic on causes of bee deaths,

Infographic on causes of bee deaths,

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Beekeeper Starter Kit

 Beekeeper Starter Kit

Beekeeper Starter Kit

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Bee Friendly Garden Guide

 Use this Bee Friendly Garden Guide to create the a home for our little friends in your garden!

Use this Bee Friendly Garden Guide to create the a home for our little friends in your garden!

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 Do your part to save the Bees.

Do your part to save the Bees.


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Potato DIY Tower

Use this guide to build your own potato DIY tower. With this setup you can grow and harvest a mass of potatoes. Have fun building guys and gals!

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Potato DIY Tower Infographic

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Veggie Container Garden Guide

Use this handy guide for working out the required container size for you vegetable garden. Container gardening is great for renters, those with limited space and for controlling what soil that you use.

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Veggie Container Garden Guide

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Plant Care Guide

Use this guide below for basic plant care. If you are just starting out, simply follow these handy tips. Get yourself on the path of having healthy and bountiful plants. Plants for eating and plants that are beauty to the eye. Learn how to read your plant. It will tell you what's wrong and what it needs. Simply observe and act! Cheers!

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Plant Care Guide

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Garden Watering Schedule

Use this basic guide for knowing how to water your plants. However it's important to note, this is just a guide. Actually the best thing to do, is to learn how to read your plants. The humidity, amount sun and soil will all effect how much water the plants needs. See this other guide I made on taking care of plants.

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Garden Watering Schedule

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