Tending: Photo-realistic rugs start a conversation

The search is never ending for that perfect rug. The size, shape, color, design, especially the price – all these factors go into, what is typically, a focal point of a room. Now that detail can be an explosion of personality and comfort in your home. The FoFloor rugs from Bungalow Flooring are the coolest new way to soften hard floors and create depth.

These rugs have been selling – pardon the cliché – but like hot cakes. And it’s not hard to see why.bungalow-4

These lively floor mats are made with woven polyester faces that capture near photo-realistic images and graphics, adding a distinguishable element of depth to any space. With a wide selection of a variety of images and sizes, you are sure to find something to bring out your personal style.

The image quality is what really makes these mats stand out. With a choice of anything from tile mosaics and cozy cabin wood, to stone walkways and graffiti walls – the choices are endless.

These rugs are built to last too. They’re manufactured from 4-mil neoprene, which offers low profile construction that also creates comfort when standing on hard surfaces. These mats are designed to eliminate bunching under doors, tripping hazards and the skid resistant backing will not curl or crack. These one-of-a-kind rugs stay in place on hard surfaces like wood, concrete or tile – although they are just at home atop carpeting in your living room or bedrooms.

Each pattern comes in at least three sizes, including: area ( 66 X 46 inches), runner (60 X 25 inches) and large (36 X 23 inches.)

If you love color, the Big Bloom is perfect for you. This vibrant, floral rug is the spitting image of a full garden bouquet. Pink and yellow daises as well as mums sit together to create a striking image, perfect for the bathroom, bedroom or craft space.

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If you have more of a classic style, either the Cottage print or Herringstone Path will blend in seamlessly with your décor. The cozy log cabin print of the Cottage rug is the perfect addition to any cabin, vacation home or just any décor of those who would rather be up-north.  The stone path print offers the same classic, charming characteristic.

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Crafters will love the Basket Weave print. This rug features an up close image of a standard bamboo basket weave. The large print is sure to pop out alongside any home décor.

And for those who dream of the beach, the Nautical print is ideal. An up close image of starfish and seashells on a clean, sandy beach adds the calming effect of lounging at your favorite water-side spot. Highlight nautical themes in the bathroom, master bedroom and more.

bungalow-5Finally, as if you need more reason, these rugs are American made. Strong, quality craftsmanship is a guarantee and Bungalow Flooring FoFloor mats are machine washable. So use them anywhere in the home and don’t worry about messes – simply throw them in the wash when needed.

Add style, comfort and what is sure to be a conversation starter to any area of your home with one of these fabulous photo-realistic rugs.

As always, find these products and more like them at stacksandstacks.com.

Celebrating all things made in America

In the United States, a lot of holidays hold significant meaning for different people. We all incorporate our own family traditions to create a personal memory. But there are a select few days that — despite whatever labels you choose to adorn yourself with — produce the same shinning pride and gratitude within all of us.fireworks

Independence Day, July 4th, the Fourth of July – this day is one, small 24-hour time period to admire and cherish this beautiful land we call home.

With that pride comes a desire to produce and consume items with the sought after “Made in America” label. This year, as we gather to celebrate our independence, let’s show our gratitude for the hardworking men and women who continue the tradition of quality American craftsmanship.

Stacks and Stacks is proud to offer a variety of products made in the USA. Here are a few notable ones:

Sterilite

Sterilite products have helped simplify and organize our lives for more than 75 years. Manufactured in the U.S., their storage solutions are found in homes, schools and offices. You may even be surprised to find out how many of their products are already in your home.

steriliteOne of their most common products is the Plastic Storage Basket. This basket, complete with handles and ventilation holes, is available in three different sizes. This storage piece is perfect for putting away kid’s toys, stashing cleaning products under the sink, transporting small items throughout the home and more.  Anything you can think of, this handy little basket can handle it.

While Sterilite is great for the classic storage pieces we love, they are always creating new items as well. A newer piece from them is the Stackable Containers. Made from durable clear plastic, this container is made from two interlocking bins with a top lid. Side latches keep the two containers and lid securely together. Perfect for craft items, small tools, school or art supplies and more, this portable organizer is ideal for the home or office – or traveling between the two.

Buddeez

Another American made brand that is quite popular on our site is Buddeez – their entire product line is manufactured here in the states. Buddeez made their debut on the market with their keep-fresh Bread Dispenser. This handy item remains the only bread dispenser on the market. Designed to store an entire loaf of sandwich bread in the bag, this tube-like container allows you to easily access every slice.buddeez

Buddeez is also known for their Bag-In Dispenser for Bulk Foods. This food-safe plastic container is designed to store and dispense bagged bulk items – like sugar, rice, cereal and more – right in the bag. The side handle and top flip-open lid both make pouring easy.

This piece is a popular one, and the reviews prove it: “I use these containers to store cereal. It helps dry cereal from going stale in the box. The containers fit nicely in my cupboard. I highly recommend them. They'd also be great for rice!”

This year, celebrate our great country by supporting local manufacturers.

Find these products and more like them at stacksandstacks.com.

Out of sight, but not out of mind: the miracle of deck boxes

Summer invites so many occasions that require organizing — and most of them are outdoors. But there are numerous ways to simplify, sort and move on to the next project.

If you have a lot of patio pieces or even gardening supplies you don’t want tucked too deeply into the unreachable depths of the garage, consider deck boxes. These sturdy, weather-proof storage pieces are an excellent alternative to over-filling your garage or shed.

These outdoor organizers are moisture-safe and fade resistant, perfect for harsh winters and brutal summers. The uses for these convenient chests are limitless:

  • Store patio furniture cushions or covers
  • Stow away garden tools and flower potsdeck-box-1
  • Store the weed whacker, lawn waste bags or other lawn maintenance tools
  • Dry off and protect pool noodles, toys and other summer water accessories
  • Keep charcoal and BBQ accessories dry
  • Create an outdoor toy chest for those kid favorites that spend summer in the elements
  • Create extra seating for outdoor get-togethers

The options are limitless with different styles, sizes and color. Here are a few of our favorites, by size:

Small: Outdoor Storage Seat (Rated 4.8 out of 5)

This 22-gallon storage bin is designed to create space and seating. Stow away garden tools and other outdoor necessities within its water-proof, moisture safe interior. When closed, this storage box turns into a secure and comfy seat to add around the patio table or just to rest during your outdoor work. This bin comes in a fade-proof beige color that accents any patio décor with ease and is protected all year long from sun bleaching. Constructed from heavy duty resin, this outdoor piece is sure to power through year after year of hot summers and biting winters.

Medium: Deck Box with Wheels (Rated 4 out of 5)

deck-box-2If you’re doing a lot of work or entertaining throughout the yard, this rolling deck box is the perfect solution. This larger storage piece has a 73 gallon capacity, perfect for furniture covers or pads. In addition to the convenient casters, this box has side handles to make transporting a cinch. This storage container is made out of a durable poly-resin that is perfect for standing up to the weather.

Large: Outdoor Storage Box (Rated 4.1 out of 5)

The classic – this outdoor deck chest is the king of deck boxes. Its 99 gallon capacity easily accommodates patio cushions, lawn tools, garden necessities and more. Also weather-proof and moisture safe, this box is top of the line. The lid even has a spot to attach a lock so contents can be kept safe from any would-be intruders. Store it alongside the shed, on the patio and tucked beside the house – your belongings will always be safe in this durable storage piece.deck-box-3

Add any one of these backyard beauties to your organized outdoors and enjoy the satisfaction of organizing yet another part of your life.

As always, find these products and more like them at stacksandstacks.com.

Great Deals for the Garden from Griffith Creek

With Spring just around the corner, do you have that urge to get out in the garden like I do? We have gathered some great promotional items (and promotional prices!) from Griffith Creek to get you started on the path towards a healthy, productive and organized garden this year. Sale lasts thru May 31st.

Raised Garden Bed
With a planting depth of 15", this Raised Garden Bed is perfect for growing flowers and plants, but also vegetables. The elevated design means no bending over and allows for storage underneath, a great choice for apartment patios and small backyards. Includes a coconut fiber insert, as shown. $175 with free shipping.* Read more

Smarter Hangers… for an Organized Closet

clutterfree-cascade-hangers.jpgWe are always looking for smart organizing tools for the home, and everyone's favorite topic this time of year is the closet. Instead of looking for ways to add more storage to your closet this year, why not look for ways to use your closet more wisely? Enter these smarter hangers, the ClutterFREE Cascade Hangers. Available in packs of 50 or 100, these clothes hangers have thought of everything for you, truly one of the best closet hangers around.
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Decorate Your Home with our Labor Day Furniture Deals!

There are great deals to be found this weekend, especially if you're shopping for home furnishings. Whether you've been looking for that special piece to complete a look in your living room or are ready for a complete room makeover, we've got something for you!

Bento Club Chair
Perfect for the retro or modern styled home, the Bento Club Chair is comfortable and chic. Use it in the living room, study or even as a reading chair in the bedroom. Read more

Take Advantage of the Heat – Air Dry Solutions

3-piece Steel Clothes Drying PostAlthough the summer is definitely my favorite season of the year, there are some downsides to this sweltering season. While the warm weather, long nights and carefree vibe make everything feel a little easier, utility costs seem to rise with the heat. With cost-savings in mind there are several ways to turn this weakness into a benefit. Perhaps the easiest way of all is air-drying your freshly-washed laundry.

While the hot weather forces you to turn on the AC and is an energy-suck, it also is a great substitute for machine-drying clothes! In many locations, the summertime means no fear of rain or precipitation, and you can leave those clothes out to dry for hours without worry. Read more

Over the Door Hooks – Six Different Ways

Sure, we've all heard of Over the Door Shoe Racks and Coat Hooks. But there's simply more to closet storage than just that! When space is at a premium in your home, look to the backs of your doors for extra hanging and storage space. Whether it is the hall closet, bedroom or back of the bathroom door, there is an over the door organizer out there to solve almost any storage dilemma.

Here are some of the more unique forms of Over the Door Racks you will find:

Bamboo Accents Game Storage Over Door Rack
Video Game Storage on the back of the door? So smart. Anyone with kids knows how quickly video games and their related equipment can take over your life. This one is perfect for the kids' bedroom door, pantry or wherever else they like to hang out. Read more

Products to Make Life Easier… Under $50

We all could use a little more time. Maybe a little more time to exercise, play with the kids, or simply read that dusty book that's been sitting on the nightstand for months. Home product manufacturers have responded to this need by creating products that save you a little time here and there while at home, to allow you to enjoy more of the things that truly make you happy.

Here, our best picks, all under $50:

Stainless Steel Hair Dryer Holder
Motels have had it right for years! A wall mounted hair dryer makes this must-have hair tool easy to grab and easy to stash. Read more

Organizing the Kitchen in Style

Keeping the kitchen neat and tidy requires the right tools. But those tools don't have to drag your style down! Cabinet, pantry and even spice organizers come in a variety of colors, designs and materials, ready to take your kitchen to the next level in terms of functionality and style.

Here are our picks for getting the kitchen in order, without sacrificing your signature look:

Antiqued Copper Kitchen Canisters - Set of Four
These Antiqued Copper Kitchen Canisters are truly a thing of beauty and can hold all of your baking staples like flour, sugar, and even coffee. The elegant design allows for placement right on the countertop! Read more

Spring Cleaning On the Brain…

I can't speak for spring-weather, but like it or not, friends, spring cleaning is just around the corner. Why not make it easier on yourself this year? I have a spring cleaning tradition which is to add one special tool to my cleaning arsenal each year. Sometimes I go for an eco-friendly option, sometimes for a new appliance like a steam cleaner, and sometimes I keep it simple with a new home-made natural cleaner (vinegar with a few drops of your favorite essential oil is a favorite of many).

Here are some great tools to make cleaning your home in the spring (and year-round) easier, cheaper and more earth-friendly:

QuantumReach - Versatile Broom and Duster
The QuantumReach Versatile Broom and Duster has an adjustable head and extends to reach underneath sofas, tables and up to the ceiling. It comes complete with interchangeable pads for a variety of chores. Read more

A Workable Home Office

Whether you work from home or not, a workable home office that has a touch of your style helps to keep you cheerful and on task while you do work of any kind! And it also allows your office to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your home, a must when space is at a premium. So take the time to tidy your desk once or twice a week, and bring in a vase of flowers or a potted plant from time to time to lighten the mood. In addition to those quick fixes, you can add stylish desk organizers and other pieces that work within your budget to create an office look that's all your own.

Color:
Leather Journal
Brighten up any office space with a splash of color. These Leather Journals are available in springy and bright hues and make a dull pad of paper a thing of the past. Plus this way you can take your lists with you, stashing in your purse! Read more

Must Have Travel Gadgets

Whether you’re looking to escape winter weather with a tropical getaway or already planning your spring break family vacation, there are a few must have travel gadgets you’ll never travel without again.

Luggage Scale by Taylor Precision
For anyone who likes to buy souvenirs or do a little shopping while on vacation a luggage scale is essential. It might not seem like a must have item when you’re packing, but you’ll wish you had brought one when you find yourself at the airport with an overweight bag. Look for a compact luggage scale that won’t take up much room and you can ensure you save yourself both time and money at the airport. Read more

Photos in Limbo

Accordion Photo KeeperA month or two after the holidays, I always feel like I have been bombarded with stacks of new photos! Like it or not, these pictures are simply not going to make it into frame or album for a few more months to come. So I have a few boxes on hand just for these photos in limbo. Photo boxes are an inexpensive organizing tool and are also quite often pretty. As much as I want to frame every photo of the kids, there are simply too many to make that happen. The photo box allows me to keep those precious shots without the immediate pressure of having to display them. I also like to keep these excess photos to give away to family and I like to think the kids might want to take them with them someday into adulthood. Read more

Dogs and Cats (Solutions)

Cat WashroomAbout a year ago my wife and I decided to adopt a dog since we had become settled in our new apartment and figured it would add some companionship and a give us reason to get out and hike every weekend. There was only one small issue, which is that we have had a cat for about four years and she is certainly the “queen of her domain”. We were a little apprehensive bringing the dog home for a “foster” night to test the waters, but it turned out to be a great fit and the two animals have become fast friends.

Unfortunately we ran into another little problem with the relationship our dog has with the cat – (brace yourself because it is gross) – she loves to raid the cat’s litter box. Read more

What is a Snobby, French Press Drinking Coffee-Lover to Do?

Coffee Picture - courtesy of nomilknocryIf you are like me, every day has to begin with a piping hot cup of coffee. Without that hot libation, my day simply is shot – and on a few occasions I have had to go without. Blurry-eyed and in a daze, I set about my daily tasks as if I was moving in slow motion. My wife and I prefer to brew our coffee using the French Press method because it is quick and (in my humble opinion) yields an exponentially tastier cup of coffee. Read more

Super (Organize Sports Equipment) Sunday

Sports OrganizerIn the spirit of the Superbowl, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight this Smart Organizer System for Sports! If you have kids or are into sports yourself, all of that sporting equipment is probably driving you bananas on some level. I like this sports organizer because it is wall mounted and includes a ball net, easy for everyone to use and it keeps equipment off the floor!

4 Weeks to an Organized Home: Week 4 – Conquer Those Cabinets!

4 Weeks to an Organized HomeCabinets are an ongoing battle for most of us, and I’m going to risk alienation on an organizing blog by saying: maybe that’s not such a bad thing. So go ahead and prepare yourself for a yearly visit into the depths of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. It’s a good exercise anyway because you can pull older canned goods forward so they don’t expire, and the same goes for medicines and toiletries in the bathroom. Plus you can dust and check for signs of mildew or pests while you are in there.

So grab a damp cloth, a recycle bin, and join me in this last step on our journey to an organized home.

    Here’s what works in cabinets:

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4 Weeks to an Organized Home: Week 3 – Closet Mania!

organize the closetFear not my friends, closets are easier than you think to organize. They have something going for them that you might not have thought of: they don’t have to be pretty. When you are organizing any other area of the home, you have to consider aesthetics, but with the closet, not so much. This allows you to search high and low for unused storage space and to make use of inexpensive storage items (plastic). Read more