Rachel Elmkies

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A lover of all things related to home design, architecture, and city planning, Ms. Elmkies, a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in Urban Studies, formerly served as the Associate Editor of BobVila.com and now continues her career as an associate with The Center for New York City Neighborhoods. Rachel Elmkies on LinkedIn

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APRIL 23, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Hack This Old Appliance for the Perfect Fire Pit

This story starts out like many other tales of DIY savvy. While browsing the a trendy retailer store, Sarah of House and Fig fell in love with a particular product—a geometric steel fire ...

APRIL 17, 2015 | FRIDAY
Genius! Unpack the Ultimate Picnic with This Suitcase Hack

A blanket works just fine for picnics—you know, in the way that candles worked just fine before electricity. But if you want to dine outdoors in style and comfort, Instructables author Ca...

APRIL 10, 2015 | FRIDAY
Genius! Instant DIY Hammock

We're always choosing between saving time and saving money. So when a DIY comes along that's both quick and inexpensive, people tend to take notice. That was certainly the case for the In...

APRIL 2, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Make a Candle with a Stick of Butter

Is it a MacGyver-style party trick or a practical skill for managing power-outtage emergencies? We're not positive, but we think it could be both simultaneously. Here's what you need: A s...

MARCH 26, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Shingles Made of Beer Cans

"Start drinking now if you plan to make this," writes Instructables user robbtoberfest, the genius behind this wonderfully offbeat backyard DIY project. For a 24" x 24&quot...

MARCH 19, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! Boards and Brackets Create a Window Haven

Last year, Tiffany left her roomy rental house for a compact apartment closer to downtown. Though ideally located, the apartment offered limited space—not simply for stuff, but also for a...

MARCH 18, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Clean a Shower Curtain

Though your shower curtain performs a valuable service, preventing water from cascading across your bathroom floor, you've no doubt noticed a paradox: The more showers you take, the more ...

MARCH 9, 2015 | MONDAY
Quick Tip: Clean Windows with Coffee Filters

Everyone dreads at least one household chore. Many people's least favorite is cleaning the windows. Too important to ignore, window cleaning frustrates homeowners, because even though it ...

MARCH 5, 2015 | THURSDAY
Genius! DIY Portable Fire Pit

Karen loves fires—summer bonfires, barbecues, and winter evenings spent 'round the living room hearth. Even so, she'd hesitated to add a fire pit to her backyard patio. But when she saw a...

FEBRUARY 24, 2015 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean a Refrigerator

As the only home appliance to host a rotating population of mess-making foods, it's no wonder the refrigerator ranks as the quickest of all to get seriously grimy. Within only a week, spl...