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16 Fun DIY Easter Decorations to Spruce Up Your Holiday

I don't know about you guys, but I can't believe Easter is finally here. I know it is late this year, but it still seems like it snuck up on us. If you're trying to figure out how to make your home a little more holiday spirited before your family comes over though, Homes and Hues can help.

That's because we rounded up some of the funnest, cutest and simplest DIY crafts to decorate your home with. We have everything from classy to kiddy and no matter how you celebrate, you're sure to find something you like.

Even if you don't celebrate Easter, the list is worth a peek because there are plenty of fantastic ideas perfect for springtime in general.

So check it out: 16 Easy and Fun Easter Decorations You Can Make Last Minute

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Neatolinks: One Hundred Dollars For A Grilled Cheese?

7 of the World's Most Awesome Toads (WebEcoist)

11 Citizen Science Projects That Need Your Help (Mental Floss)

10 Animal "Facts" That Are Anything But (TopTenz)

The $100 Grilled Cheese Sandwich (The Consumerist)

Image: These Pictures of a Baby and His Dog Are Pretty Much The Cutest Ever (My Modern Met)

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A Minimalist Vacation Home Inside A Concrete Rock

270 square feet isn't much space to live in, but when we're talking vacation homes on the coast of Spain, it's just enough. And this gorgeous minimalist home isn't going to leave you wanting since it comes equipped with a toilet, a shower, a fireplace and a bed with an amazing view of your vacation space.

While it might not have a kitchen, you can always cook your freshly caught fish over your fireplace -or, since you're on vacation, go out to eat and treat yourself to something special.

Learn how The Truffle, as it is named, was made and see more cool pictures at Homes and Hues: That's No Rock; That's A Vacation Home

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Help Us Pick A Contest Winner By Letting Us Know What to Write About

At the start of this month, we asked you guys to go on Pinterest and tell us what to write about for a chance to win $50 worth of NeatoShop merchandise. While we got some great feedback on Facebook, not too many of you participated on Pinterest which means that we might have to do this contest again only open it up to all types of submissions.

For the time being though, it's up to you guys to pick the winner of the contest from the four submissions. Whichever idea you vote for will result in the winner getting a $50 shopping spree and one of our writers tackling the subject submitted in an upcoming feature article.

By the way, if you tried to enter the contest on Pinterest and don't see your entry here, leave a comment with the link to your pin and we'll add you in.

Also, if you're on Pinterest and didn't enter the contest but periodically come up with ideas you think would fit the blog, feel free to join our new group, Should Be On Neatorama. We hope to see you there.

What Would You Want to See As a Feature Article on Neatorama?

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The Saunalautta Can Make Your Summer Vacation Epic

When you think summer, you probably think about sun, surf, relaxation and good grilling weather, but you might not think about throwing saunas into the mix -unless you're Finnish that is. That's because the Fins have a brilliant creation known as a SaunaLauta that is basically a sauna boat.

While there are plenty of them online, this fantastic creation not only has a sauna, but also three decks so you have extra space to relax, enjoy a nap in a hammock, grill up some snacks or take an epic dive into the chilly waters after a nice sauna session. 

Best of all, you can even rent this crazy (but genius) contraption for yourself -assuming you're in the area.

Check out more pictures of the wonderful floating sauna at Homes and Hues: Sun, Wind, Surf and Sauna All At Once

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The Cherry Blossom Observation Treehouse

Sure, it's all about smelling the roses, but blooming cherry blossoms are all about looks, not their smell. That's why the Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum of Hokuto, Japan hired Architect Terunobu Fujimori to create this stunning viewing area to take full advantage of the seasonal blooms.

On the outside, the treehouse looks like a building from a fairy tale, but on the inside, it is simple and modern, which makes it a perfect setting to enjoy a cup of tea while sipping in the stunning scenery outside the window.

Learn more about the project and see more pictures at Homes and Hues: The Best Way to Stop and Take In the Cherry Blossoms

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The Most Stylish Camping Trip In the World

I don't know about you guys, but I love sleeping under the stars and listening to the sweet sounds of nature. I don't love the whole sleeping on the rock hard ground or the way that motorhomes and campers make you feel entirely removed from the experience. 

That's why I'm in love with this modified  vintage fire engine that has been converted into a tent/hotel room. It features a wood burning stove, a Victorian bed, hardwood floor recovered from an old Tudor mansion and more, but you still have basic canvas walls and ceiling surrounding you so you can really feel like you're "roughing it" even while you're cozied up in luxury.

See more pictures of the cool camper and learn where you can rent it at Homes and Hues: Camping Has Never Looked This Good

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16 Awesome Home Offices You Wish You Could Use As A Write Off

If you work from home, you know how important it is to have a good home office where you can focus on your task without any external distractions. Even a lot of people who don't work from home have an office or study for personal work outside of the office.

With tax day looming next week, we thought it seemed like a good time to look at some of the coolest, most beautiful and most unique home offices we could find over on Homes and Hues.

Whether you need a big office space you can stretch out in or just a cozy nook for you and your laptop, you're certain to find something you'll wish you could be writing off on your taxes this year.

Check out the full list over at Homes and Hues: 16 Home Offices You Wish You Could Use As A Write Off This Year

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This Floating Staircase Belongs In Design Heaven

From the side, this staircase is hardly visable, but it's far enough out of the way that you aren't likely to bump your head on it without seeing it. And, when you go down the stairs, the vertical support beams can also work as hand rails. 

It's a great way to maximize the space of a two-storey loft by minimizing the amount of space the staircase takes up -and it looks absolutely stunning.

See more pictures of this cool stairway over at Homes and Hues: A Beautiful Staircase That Floats Above Its Living Space

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Neatolinks: Easter Toys That Will Terrify Your Kids

7 Great Places With Horrible Name (Mental Floss)

Alpacas With New Wave Hair Styles (Buzzfeed)

8 Easter Toys to Give Your Kids Nightmares (InventorSpot)

10 Odd But Adorable Pet Outfits (Oddee)

Image: Evil Banana Is Evil (BoingBoing)

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Turning Outdated Tech Into Something Beautiful

You've likely already upgraded to a LCD or plasma TV and your monitor is probably the same, but did you ever consider what happened to your old TV or monitor? As it turns out, the cathode ray tubes (CRT) that made those screens work are incredibly difficult to recycle. That's why Fireclay Tile came up with a great solution for repurposing the tubes. In fact, the very properties that make the tubes so hard to recycle (they are incredibly thick and very shatter resistant) also make them perfect to use as tiles.

Learn more about how the tiles are made over at Homes and Hues: What Do You Do With Material That is Barely Recyclable? Repurpose It

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The Sustainability Treehouse Reminds Us What's Worth Protecting

While the Boy Scouts are in the news a lot these days for certain conservative policies, their basic values are noble -sustainability, education and respect for example. And their new Sustainability Treehouse in the Summit Betchel Reserve of West Virginia reinforces these important ideals by placing an emphasis on sustainability.

The building's stunning location not only emphasizes just what is at risk if we don't change our polluting ways, but the premise is also an example of just how well sustainability works -leaving basically no footprint between its solar and wind turbine generated power and rain cistern and water cleansing system.

You can find out more about the great educational facility (and see more pictures of the striking property) over at Homes and Hues: The Sustainability Treehouse Educates While It Excites

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The World's Smartest Air Conditioner

Not every home comes equipped with central air conditioning, but during the dog days of summer, it's hard to use a window-mounted A/C without spending a fortune on electricity or being totally uncomfortable. Aros is a novel way to deal with the problem as this air conditioner can link with your wifi and be controlled by your smart phone so you can turn it on before you head home, program it to turn itself off when you leave the house and set it to maximize energy efficiency when the weather changes.

Learn more about the new innovation and where you can get one for yourself over at Homes and Hues: Aros Is A Smart Air Conditioner

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Neatolinks: The Chihuahua Who Stopped The Mail

Chicken and Waffle Nachos (Quite Delish)

Why Didn't Europeans Get Wiped Out By Native American Diseases? (Today I Found Out)

One Chihuahua Has Stopped An Entire Neighborhood From Getting Their Mail (Consumerist)

In Defense of the Winter Soldier (Vista Criminal Law)

Image: Lord of the Rings House Sigils (Middle Earth News)

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18 Kids Beds You Wish You Could Have As An Adult

When I was a kid, I always longed for a racecar bed. I'm pretty much over that now, but after writing about the amazing beds you can get for your kids these days, I really want a viking ship bed now. 

Though I'd also be happy with this castle Murphy bed. 

And while I feel a little too old to sleep in a Batmobile bed, I can't help but feel a little jealous of those awesome little kids who do get to have one.

What about you guys, would you get these beds in adult sizes if they were available or are you too grown up for that? 18 Utterly Awesome Kid's Beds

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Neatolinks: Planet Cakes, Diction-Fairies, Budget Cosplay and Flying High

This Airline Was Specifically Created to Introduce People to the Mile High Club (Laughing Squid)

15 Seriously Budget Cosplay Costumes (Oddee)

Make Your Own Incredibly Realistic Planet Cakes (Make)

What Goes on Behind the Scenes at the Antiques Roadshow (Consumerist)

Image: Say Hello to the Diction-Fairy (thiscityslungs)

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The Ultimate Tool For Camping Enthusiasts

Camping is awesome, but even the biggest enthusiast will agree that sometimes getting away from it all can be a little dirty. That's where the Road Shower comes in. This solar-heated shower attaches to any standard roof rack and can heat water to temperatures over 100 degrees -adding a little room temperature water can cool it down to a comfortable level. While solar-powered camping showers are nothing new, having one that can be pressurized and that attaches to your car rack is something refreshingly new and drastically better than the alternatives. It can even be used hands free.

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Read more about the neat device over at Homes and Hues: The Road Shower Gives You Warm, Pressurized Water Wherever You Go

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Pluk Is As Simple As It Is Attractive

Suspended fruit baskets are nothing new, but having one this attractive that can also be used for so many other things sure is. The Pluk Suspended Storage Sphere doesn't just clear off your counter space, it also creates an eye-catching display of your produce, toys or even just clutter.

As long as an item is small enough to fit between the elastic bands and big enough not to fall right through them, Pluk can easily hold your goodies until you need them. Best of all, it comes in a variety of colors and materials so you can cordinate it to your home.

Read more about the storage option at Homes and Hues: A Storage Option That Turns Your Stuff Into A Focal Point

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This Artificial Marble Makes for Real Beauty

If you're designing a new structure in an area that requires all new buildings have the appearance of a stone facade, but you want to build something different, what do you do? If you're Wiel Aerts Architects, you just make up your own building material that looks like marble but is made from glass.

At least, that's what they did when they designed the Allianz Headquarters. The beautiful marble above is actually glass with multiple layers of white and black dots in it. As if that weren't cool enough, the unique "marble" ends up appearing to be different colors in different lights -as you can see in the images.

Learn more about the innovative design at Homes and Hues: Simulated Marble Makes the Allainz Headquarters Something to Remember

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Make Your Own Beautiful Fire Pit Swing Set

What's the coolest thing about this swing set? It's not that it's by a slow-moving creek, it's not even that it has a great fire pit in the middle. The best thing about this design is that you can build it yourself. 

Goods Home Design has photos and a materials list to give you the basics and the comments section on their post provides even more tricks and tips to complete this simple project in no time. There are even a few mod ideas to make it even prettier.

Read more about the set up over at Homes and Hues: Build It And They Will Rock: The Swings of Your Dreams

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21 Cool Pieces of Quentin Tarantino Fan Art

Did you know Quentin Tarantino’s birthday was last week? While we’re a little late to the party, we couldn’t miss the chance to honor one of the most celebrated directors of our time, so here’s a roundup of some absolutely delightful fan art based on Mr. Tarantino’s fantastic films.

Grand Tarantino

Quentin has brought a number of memorable characters to life and everyone has their favorites. Here is a small selection of artist Paul Mason’s favorites from different films.

The Briefcases of Quentin

If you ever find yourself in a Quentin Tarantino film and happen to see a briefcase, you might want to just turn away as soon as you see it. Yes, it will probably provide you with the most valuable thing you’ve ever come across in your life, but simply touching the case could probably get you killed before you even have a chance to open it. This minimalist poster by GGGDesign reminds us that sometimes it’s better to look and not touch.

The Square

This great piece showing some of Tarantino’s best characters playing as young children is in our own NeatoShop, which means you can even get it in tee shirt form to show your support for Theduc’s tribute to Tarantino.

The Shepherd

One of the most famous and most beloved characters of all Tarantino’s films is Jules Winnfield, the bible-quoting, God-fearing thug from Marsellus Wallace’s crew. This painting by Alice X. Zhang shows that Jules is cool like Fonzie even while wearing a baby blue shirt with cartoon characters on it.

This Is A Tasty Burger

For a movie with such an incredible amount of violence, Pulp Fiction has a whole lot of food references. This cool poster set by Pierre-Alain Dubois emphasizes what great American foods are featured in the film.

From Dusk Till Dawn

If you’ve ever wondered what Tarantino’s take on vampires would look like as an animation you might see on Adult Swim, this illustration by Jordi Peters can answer your question. Personally though, seeing this image makes me long to see the whole story in cartoon form.

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A Light to Maximize Your Space

Do you use the space in your corners -especially the corner where the ceiling meets the wall? Most of us don't, but designer Tuomas Auvine found a clever way to let us use that space with his fashionable and totally functional 45° lights. They look great in the center of a room, but they really are fantastic for utilizing that underused corner space in your home and the light, which shines in a 45 degree angle really floods your living space with warm, comforting light exactly where you need it.

See more pictures and learn more about the unique lamp at Homes and Hues: Make The Most of Your Space With the 45° Lamp

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A Photographer's Dream Home That Anyone Can Fall In Love With

Everyone loves a good view, but if anyone can appreciate the importance of good aestetics, it's a photographer. That's why I'm not surprised in the least to discover this stunning house situated just outside a national park in Wales was commissioned by a photographer.

Aside from looking absolutely stunning and providing unparalleled views of the natural surroundings, this house is also fantastic in the amount of natural light it lets in and the way the walls, made from structural insultated panels, provide a perfect space for the artist to hang up his favorite works.

Check out more stunning pictures of the property at Homes and Hues: The Perfect Home for a Photographer

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How to Get A Free NeatoShop Tee Just By Supporting the Shop

We have a lot of NeatoShop contests simply because we're proud of our tees and want to spread the love. If you already own a NeatoShop tee of your own, then you know just how awesome they are. 

If you'd like to turn one shop into two, we now have a way for you to earn a free shirt just for sharing your love of our tees.  

All you have to do is take a picture of yourself in a shirt from the NeatoShop and then upload the image to our NeatoShop Facebook page. If we like the picture enough, we'll feature it as an official image for that design in the shop and in exchange, we'll reward you with a free tee shirt of your choice. If you keep taking pictures of your shirts, who knows, maybe a single NeatoShop tee will turn into a whole wardrobe.

Obviously without seeing your pictures, we can't guarantee that we will or won't use your picture, but here are a few tips if you want to maximize your chances of getting featured:

  • Make sure the shirt design is totally visible. We love you fans, but if we're going to put a picture on our product page, it needs to show the product clearly, not just a picture of you with a tiny square of one of our shirt designs peeking out in the corner.
  • Be creative. We already have pictures of the tee shirts, we want pictures that show you having fun in your tee. You don't have to leave your face in the image if you don't want to, but there better be something really interesting about the image if your head's cut out of it.
  • Keep it clean. It goes without saying, but if you're flipping off the camera or posed reading an adult magazine, we won't be using that photo.
  • Don't go too artsy. Instagram is great and we love artistic photos, but black and white, high contrast, soft focus, etc. images won't work on our product photos, so make sure it's clear and the design's colors show up accurately.

Just imagine you could find yourself into a My Friendly Neighbor tee or any other great NeatoShop design simply for supporting the shop and the blog!

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Win SIX Free NeatoShop Tees of Your Choice!

Hey gang, want to win SIX free tees from the NeatoShop? All you have to do is like the NeatoShop Facebook page and tell us the name of your favorite design (like the Batnoir pictured) in the comments for this FB post. All submissions must be in by Sunday at 11:59 PM PST.

Want to increase your chance of getting a tee? While we can't manage referrals in this contest, we can say that with six tees up for grabs, if you happen to refer the person who ends up winning the contest they kind of owe you one of the tees they win and we will be happy to ship prizes to two different addresses. So there's certainly good reason to urge your friends to participate too.

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20 Fantastic Pieces of Furniture For Pets

Why should cool home designs be limited to human residents? Pets like to look a little classy too. And over on Homes and Hues, we've compiled some of the coolest and most fun pieces of pet furniture ever created.

There's everything from geeky designs for cats -like this Indiana Jones bridge...

to ridiculously fancy beds for dogs. Whatever you and your furry friends are into, there's sure to be something to impress you both in this delightful list.

So don't miss all the fun, go look at these 20 Wonderful Pieces of Furniture For Pets

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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An Indoor Playground Even Adults Can Enjoy

The Autostadt is essentially a German museum dedicated to car history, design and more. The MobiVersum is the family-oriented part of the attraction, which naturally features a playground to keep younsters entertained. But this isn't just any old collection of slides and swings -it's more like an interactive play sculpture.

The design is inspired by a forest, but it is abstract enough that children may just as easily imagine they are sailing the seven seas, fighting dragons or exploring the galaxy as they climb across tight ropes, crawl up tiny tunnels and slide down -well, slides. 

When the kids are played out, they can head to the museum's cooking school or go take a "driving test" where they can earn a children's driving license.

Check out more cool pictures of the beautiful playground at Homes and Hues: A Playground Like You've Never Seen Before

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Win A Captain America Mystery Box, A $100 Amazon Gift Card & More

Hey there gang, we partnered up with our friends at Today I Found Out to bring you a seriously epic contest. How epic? Well, you can be the envy of all of your friends when you receive a Captain America Mystery Box prize pack (picture below) and as if that weren't cool enough, you can buy anything your little heart desires over at Amazon with a $100 gift card. And so you don't look raggedy while doing so, you can also choose any tee from the NeatoShop and one from the Today I Found Out shop.

Even if you don't win the Grand Prize it's worth entering the contest as the second place winner will be able to pick out any two tees or hoodies from each of the sponsor's shops and the third place winner can pick out one tee or hoodie from each site's shop.

The contest ends at 11:59 PM PST on April 4, so get going!

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Neatolinks: Beer Brewed With Brains Because...Zombies?

6 Phrase Origin Myths You've Probably Heard (Mental Floss)

So There's A Zombie Beer Being Brewed With Real Brains Now (Paste Magazine)

So Many Amazing Superhero Wedding Ideas (Bridal Guide)

These 9 Women Gave Birth Without Even Realizing They Were Pregnant (Oddee)

Image: Gender Swapped Disney Characters by maby-chan (The Mary Sue)

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15 Epic Crafts Inspired by 300

Have you guys seen 300: Rise of An Empire yet? If you have and you absolutely loved it, hated it but adored the original or if you still haven’t but only because you’re biding your time, you might want to show your Spartan spirit with some delightful handmade 300 crafts. Here are a few that might inspire your loyal followers one day.

This Is Jewelry!

When it comes to 300-inspired jewelry, no one has you covered quite like GeorgeArtJewels of Athens, Greece. Sure the creator might not actually be from Sparta, but this is about as close as you can get to getting real 300 armor that is socially acceptable to wear wherever you go. Choose from a Spartan shield pendant, an officer’s helmet pendant, a Spartan helmet ring or even Leonidas’ damaged helmet in key ring form.

Spartans! Prepare for Glory!

If GeorgeArtJewels doesn’t have quite what you’re looking for, perhaps you should head over to raulsouza’s shop to see if you can get a Leonidas’ helmet ring to call your own. The shop only carries a limited selection of goods at once, so you might have to contact the seller to have him make one just for you.

The Cost of Blood is Fashion

For a truly authentic ring version of Leonidas’ helmet, you’ll want one in the right color though, and FtiagmenoStoXeri’s version is the closest you will find to the real thing in finger size. The seller is only releasing 100 of these limited edition creations, so if you want one, you’d better act soon. The seller also offers a lovely shield pendant if you’re looking for some matching accessories.

Helmets On

If you don’t like the look of Leonidas’ helmet after it’s damaged–or if you just don’t think you’re quite worthy of the big guy’s signature armor, AddingtonKarpathia has a clean version of the Spartan helmet in ring form so you can shine in your finger armor.

A Spartan's True Strength is His Crochet Skill

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