Author Elizabeth Sappenfield

Public personal style: painting your house

AT House Color

Apartment Therapy explores the question of house color – should you consider your neighbors or pick whatever you want? The comments lean towards “it’s your house, express yourself!” But my personal opinion is that you should be able to strike a balance between a statement …

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Smallknot – invest in a neighborhood business


Smallknot is a new site that enables investing a small, local business (via Swissmiss). It’s just getting started, so right now you can support businesses in New York or Greenville, SC. Of course, they are interested in people referring their neighborhood spot. Most of the …

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Backyard timeshare

TIMESHARE backyard

As Swiss Miss says, “Only in New York.” The Timeshare Backyard is a vacant lot complete with “luxury grass,” a bbq grill and other accouterments that you can rent by the hour.
It seems like this idea might work best in a dense, urban area, but maybe there …

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Do it with friends

If you are doing household tasks, you may as well do them with friends.  It’s a simple concept of friends helping friends, so no need to make it too stressful or complicated.
We have these friends, Mike and Sarah Wolff, who are DIY SuperStars. Not only …

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Neighbors for neighbors


Yesterday’s post about the Neighborhood Chalk project led me to NeighborsForNeighbors. It’s a pretty cool example of a community dashboard site, like we talked about in So you want to start a listserv. Based in Boston, NFN combines a message board with an event calendar and …

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Chalk it up


Here’s a great idea for a summer afternoon: get out the sidewalk chalk and participate in an international public art project.
It’s summer time and one the pleasures of summer is making sidewalk chalk. So today, is launching Neighbor Chalk and we’re inviting you to …

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So you want to start a listserv

So, you’re ready for the useful insanity of the listserv. Now what?
You’ve read our piece about The useful insanity of the listserv. You’ve been hearing your friends across the country talk about the things happening on their listservs. You’ve decided that it’s time for your …

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Put a house on Baltic


I’m sure this will make the rounds, but Movoto has surveyed the Monopoly properties then and now. Then was the 1930s when the game debuted featuring the names of streets in and around Atlantic City, NJ. Movoto looked at properties currently for sale on those …

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Monopoly in Logan Square

Chicago monopoly

To continue the theme, there is a street artist (or collective – he/she/they prefer to remain anonymous) in Chicago that has put up a few Monopoly-themed installations in the Logan Square neighborhood (via Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space). There is the Albany Street tile, …

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Get dirty with your neighbors

Kids Get Dirty At Annual Mud Day Festivities

Westland, MI knows how to get dirty and have fun. Today they are hosting the 25th Mud Day at the Nankin Mills Recreation Center (via Playgroundology). The county parks department combines 20,000 gallons of water with 200 tons of topsoil to make an incredibly filthy, oozy, …

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