With 2014 coming to a close, Good to be Home is about to reach it’s 1st birthday! An online magazine wouldn’t be an online magazine without the customary ‘best of the year’ post, but, for us, this is extra special, as it marks the end of our first major milestone.
Here are the top 10 posts of our year, for you to enjoy:
(Click the images to see the full posts)
10. 10 Ways you can make your Entrance Hallway Personal to You
Your entrance hallway is one of the first things a guest will notice when they enter your house and therefore there’s no surprise that many people endeavour to make theirs a little bit special. We looked at 10 ways that you can make your entrance hallway the perfect invitation into your home that is personal to you, including tips on using photographs, using elements from outside and using scents.
9. An Artist has made a House in London Entirely from Wax
Nothing whatsoever to do with the 1953 horror film (or the 2005 remake featuring Paris Hilton), Alex Chinneck’s sculpture entitled ‘A Pound of Flesh for 50p’ was built on London’s Southwark Street to celebrate a candle factory that was there for a couple of hundred years. Using 8,000 wax bricks, the house melted over a period of 30 days.
8. 10 Amazing Wooden Pallet Upcycling Ideas for Home and Garden
Upcycling has become a pretty big thing over the past couple of years and in this post we looked at the various ways your can upcycle pallets around the home and garden. We highlighted some great upcycling ideas, including cat beds (as you can see in the above image), wall art, wall planters, and even children’s bedroom furniture.
7. Meet the Man who’s turned a Boeing 727 into a Home
We cover all sorts of different types of houses and homes here on Good to be Home, but few are as bizarre and elaborate as this converted Boeing 727. 64-year-old Bruce Campbell from Oregon bought the plane for $100,000 and spent 15 years adapting it and more than doubling its price tag.
6. How To Make a Roman Blind
Poke him in the eye! Badum tsch. We like to give handy hints every now and again about DIY projects you can do at home and our DIY Roman blind infographic did just that, explaining in a series of easy steps how you can make your very own Roman blind with various different adjusting mechanisms.
5. The World’s Most Expensive Apartment set to Open in Monaco
We all know that Monaco is a little on the wealthy side but this apartment is extravagant even for those very high standards. This top floor apartment is estimated to cost in the region of £240 million, featuring several pools and even a private disco for when the music takes you. Best get saving!
4. 50 Ways your Home can Save the Earth – Infographic
One of the main focuses of Good to be Home is being kind to the environment and that’s just what our 50 Ways Your Home Could Save the Planet explored. The infographic looked at the different ways we can help the environment around our own homes, including simple tips such as turning the taps off when you clean your teeth, washing clothes at 30 degrees celsius, and installing a water butt. Check out the infographic for many more tips!
3. The Homes of Middle Earth
With Peter Jackson releasing his final foray into Middle Earth this Christmas in the form of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we thought we’d pay homage to the series with a look at the homes of Middle Earth. However, we put our own spin on Tolkien’s creations, putting them up for sale! Where would you want to live?
2. Artist Repairs Real Life Buildings with Lego
Everyone loves Lego (apart from when you step on a piece in bare feet) but German artist Jan Vormann really loves it, so much so that he has taken to using it to repair old buildings. He has travelled around the world to places such as Israel and New York using Lego to give buildings a multi-coloured facelift. It probably technically classes as graffiti but it’s pretty cool graffiti!
1. A Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet
Without a doubt our most popular article of 2014 was our vegetable growing cheat sheet infographic. It proved a massive hit with many of our readers and gives some great tips on what to vegetables to planet, when to plant them and how close to other vegetables they should be. It’s a fantastic resource and great for printing off and using at home or pinning up in the shed.
That’s all from Good to be Home for 2014. Thanks for sharing our first year with us and we’ll be back in the new year with more great articles. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!