Fall Furniture Finds

WB-1609 Washington 68Fall seems to be the time to update your living room, at least that’s what furniture manufacturers seem to think! To prove it, there is an array of living room furniture sales going on throughout the weekend, including these fun modern sofas and seating pieces from Diamond Sofa which are up to 10% off, but only through September 30th!

If you like a look that is just a touch more classic, check out these deals: Read more

Summer Clothes Storage 101

summer clothes storageOne of the most well-known and oft-recited laws in the world of fashion is, “Never wear white after Labor Day”. Of course, this strict rule of thumb begs the question: Where does one keep all of those white garments during the fall and the winter?

While some fashionistas are blessed with walk-in closets that provide ample amounts of space to store your off-season outfits, the vast majority of us have to make do with what we have and find a way to squeeze those out-of-season duds into what available space we have left. Read more

Setting Up Your Dorm for Learning

desk lampsWhat an exciting time it is, moving away from home and starting your new life away at college. But don’t forget that you are there to learn and study, not just play all the time! When you are setting up your desk area or “office” at the dorm or apartment, keep in mind some of the following strategies for learning success!

Quiet – Anyone who has lived in the same house (or room!) with two other people knows that it is virtually impossible to study through a bunch of noise. Roommates should set up a block of time (or two) each day that is reserved for quiet studying only. That means no cell phone chatting, TV watching or loud music.
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Cooking in the Dorm – Yes, You Can

small-appliances-blendersI’ve seen some pretty creative uses for a George Foreman grill, mostly while I lived in the dorms. Cooking for yourself in a dorm is possible, and actually it is a great way to cut down on meal plan costs during that first year of school. Freshman dorms don’t typically come with kitchens. All you are going to have in your room is a sink (if you’re lucky) and some electrical outlets. But add a few small appliances to the mix and you can cook many meals from your home away from home! Before moving in, contact your roommates and see if anyone can bring any of the following items with them.

Here are some ideas to get you started: Read more

Dorm Room Cooking 101

Easy-Grip Silicone/Wood Handle 14Dorm room cooking doesn’t have to mean peanut butter sandwiches and ramen soup for dinner every night. Having just the right kitchen essentials can make it easy to whip up a meal just like mom makes but in the comfort of your own dorm room kitchen.

No kitchen is complete without a nonstick skillet on hand. Perfect for making a stack of pancakes on the weekend or scrambled eggs before running off to class, a non-stick pan makes it easier to keep food from getting burned and, obviously, stuck, making it a must have dorm accessory. The Stainless 12″ Fry Pan – Nonstick combines the best of both worlds, with a sturdy stainless steel base and durable non-stick coating. Read more

Waste Cans As Decor – Who Knew?

Pebblz Wastecan by InterdesignA small dorm room can be a difficult space to add your own personal style to. Since dorm rooms usually come outfitted with beds and desks it takes the right dorm accessories to bring a one of a kind look to the cookie cutter dorm room. With so little space it’s important to add functional items, like desk lamps and bed linens, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Use these functional pieces as a way to add a fun color or texture to the room.

If you’re looking to inject a little fun and color, try the vintage style of the Retrobin. With a foot peddle design this trash can is perfect for keeping trash contained and also has a sleek bullet shape that gives it some style. Read more

Clip-On Lamps – A Dorm Necessity

clip on lampsIt might be the start of the semester, but it won’t be long before midterms and late nights studying are here. Having a comfortable and functional workspace is key for cutting down on stress. The right lighting is necessary for keeping tired eyes from getting strained. Whether you have a dorm room with lots of space for a large desk or a compact work area, a clip on desk lamp is a convenient way to add adjustable lighting wherever you decide to study. Read more

Coffee Makers – A Back To School Money Saver

Farberware Stainless 2-4 Cup Percolator“I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon” – Ronald Reagan

Perhaps as the president of the United States, Ronald Reagan was able to find time to take a nice long afternoon nap, but as a returning college student, you know sleeping through Philosophy 322 is just not going to get the job done (or the degree earned!). For many students that are preparing to head back to college for the semester, a piping hot cup of Joe can be the perfect antidote to a monotonous Geology instructor with a penchant for using the scientific name of every mineral. Read more

Easy, Quick Lighting Ideas

White+Toucan+Frosted+Glass+Smart+SconceOne of the easiest ways to give any room, inside or out, a makeover is to simply switch up the lighting. Lighting is one of the most important, and often one of the most overlooked, parts of a room’s decorative theme. Thankfully, it is also easy to tackle yourself, and very affordable.

Here are some easy, quick ways to freshen up the lighting around your home without the help of a contractor. Add one of these projects to your DIY short list for the summer! Read more

Window Box Planters Tips

Nantucket Window BoxFor me, nothing says summer like gardening. In the same way that fall would not be the same without raking leaves, summer would not be the same without watering, weeding, deadheading and fertilizing. Not surprisingly, container gardening has surged to new levels in recent years, as many people rediscover the joy of gardening. Gardening in pots and larger containers, like this large raised garden, has many advantages over ground level gardening. One of them is water conservation. Read more

Important: Keep Hydrated This Summer

5-Gallon Water Bottle Storage Rack, ChromeMy cousin is an office manager for a team of salt-minors just outside of Barstow, CA. If you know anything about that part of Southern California, it is one of the hottest, unforgiving climates in the country. For a point of reference, it is about 50 miles from Death Valley.

Summers in Barstow can get up into the 100’s, meaning it is very important for the team of minors to stay hydrated at all times, especially because they are performing hard manual labor. Just a week ago, they had a scare when one of the guys passed out from heat stroke. He ended up being ok, but my cousin wanted to be sure that nothing like this ever happened again. Read more

Graduation Gifts for Him

Excalibur Wardrobe Valet - With 3-Outlet 2-Prong Extension CordIn keeping with our graduation gift theme (cuz it’s not too late!), here are some great gift ideas for guys! When a young adult graduates from college, you want to look for a gift that is truly special and, most importantly, useful. Theoretically, your student will be setting up a new life for himself, which may include moving out on his own.

Here is a list of fun graduation gift ideas for that special guy in your life: Read more

Old Faves Get a Modern Look

umbrella standSometimes it seems to me that much of the good stuff has already been invented. I’m not talking technology here, I’m thinking more along the lines of stuff for the home. But many of us prefer a more modern look to our home decor style, so how can we incorporate these old fashioned items into our contemporary decor scheme? If you are a weekend DIY-er, you can certainly update the look of a piece of furniture simply by changing up the color. If you are me, you simply look for already -made fashionable upgrades to some old time favorite home accessories. Read more

Outdoor Furniture – Pick of the Season

Garden Leaves Park BenchIf you’ve got the outdoor space, you should definitely consider adding an outdoor bench to your patio furniture collection. Why? Because no other piece of furniture beckons you to come and sit, relax and enjoy a bit of nature like a garden bench does. Maybe it’s because we grew up sitting on benches at parks or at Grandma’s house, I don’t know for sure. All I know is that a garden bench adds charm and functional seating to any outdoor space.

My pick of this season is the Garden Leaves Park Bench, which features a beautiful cast iron leaf design on its back. Why? Read on… Read more

Bed Risers, Organizer’s BFF

Black Bed Risers - Set of 8I think many professional organizers will agree with me that Bed Risers are a wonderful tool for getting the house organized, starting with the bedroom. Whenever a client has run out of room in her closet and is desperate for more storage space, the first place I look is under the bed. And if there isn’t any space down there, she is always relieved to hear that we can create that space in an instant.

Bed risers come in all shapes and sizes, here are some of my favorite picks and tips on using them: Read more

Grad Life – Part Three: Eco Style

Reversible Bamboo Duvet CoverWhen searching for the right gift for your graduate, it’s important to keep in mind that this generation of students is very tuned into the needs of the environment. Thankfully, there are eco-friendly products available for nearly every area of the home, so you will have no problem finding what you, or your student, needs.

Environmentally friendly homewares usually fall into one of the following categories: Chemical free (cleaners), organic (linens), energy efficient (appliances), or renewable resources (everything else). Choosing a product from one of these categories shows that you care about your grad’s interests and commitment toward a better world. Read more

Grad Life – Part Two: Life on Your Own

end tablesFinding your style as you enter the real world can be exciting for some while overwhelming for others. This is true of both your clothing style, and of your home decor style.

The time after the academic years is one of major growth, and, naturally, a time of nesting. If you are confused about what type of style you would like to incorporate into your home, start by simply searching for different styles on the internet, specifically zeroing in on image results to get a feel for what is out there and what you like. Some terms to get you started are: “Modern Décor”, “Contemporary”, “Transitional”, “Tuscan”, “Classic”, “Country” and so on. Read more

Recent Grads: What do They Really Want?

Bungee Flat Mid Back ChairHave you ever noticed that at back to school time, we are all over our kids; buying them anything they could possibly need in hopes that they will have a successful school year, but when graduation time comes, we supply them with no more than a party and a monogrammed pen? What do graduates really need to start down the path toward adulthood? Thinking outside of the box of the usual graduation gifts, it’s obvious that they need support for the next phase of their life. Read more

Product of the Week – Magnetic Bulletin Boards!

Magnetic Bulletin Board - Metal and Corkboard by UmbraThis week’s featured product combines two classic styles of office organizers into one piece, bulletin boards and magnetic message boards! The magnetic bulletin boards by Umbra can be used with magnets and also with push pins, thanks to a hidden soft backing. This is a great organizer for the home, office, dorm room, school and more! I think this organizer is especially helpful for students, giving them two ways to hang their school work and personal notes. They may want to use magnets to hold their homework, so that they don’t have to poke holes in it, and leave the thumb tacks for notes and reminders. The modern silver finished metal design makes a nice design focal point on any wall, great for the home office too! Read more

Keep the Plastic Bags Corralled

plastic bag holderTo me, there are fewer things in life more joyful than owning a dog. They provide constant companionship and never ending loyalty. My dog has taught me responsibility, one of which is taking her out when she needs to go. Unfortunately for me, I live in an apartment building with that does not have a backyard for her to go, so I am forced to take my dog out to the nearest public park when she needs to go. Read more

Make Your Bedroom A Retreat

memory foam mattressThe bedroom should be a calming space where you can relax and unwind, not just a place for sleeping. The ideal bedroom strikes a balance between decorative touches that make it a space that reflects your personal style and practical key elements that ensure comfortable sleeping. By taking specific details into consideration you can turn our bedroom into a soothing space you can’t wait to spend time in. Read more

A Cute Little All-Purpose Plastic Tote

plastic tote bagsI really love being able to live in the city; there is just so many activities to do and things to see, and it is all available to you right at your fingertips. One of my very favorite perks of city living is that it is totally practical to walk to many of my everyday chores, things such as grocery shopping. It is so nice to be able to walk out your front door and be at the supermarket in just ten minutes, never having to worry about battling for parking or fighting off rush-hour traffic. Plus, you get a little built-in exercise every day! Read more

Keep Your Garage Neat With A Floor Mat

garage floor matKeeping your garage in working order doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be just as organized and tidy as any other room in your home.

No garage can go without some much needed storage to keep everything from gardening supplies to sporting equipment organized and quick to find. Though the garage seems to be a difficult space to keep clean, it only takes a few steps to ensure that any mess is manageable. Read more

Play Up Your Patio With Le Click Interlocking Teak Floor Tiles

le click interlocking teak floor tilesOutdoor Flooring: A Quick and Easy DIY Project for Anyone!

With Spring rapidly approaching, it’s time to start planning outdoor DIY projects , and I’ve come across one that is easy to do and easy on the budget. When we think of outdoor decorating, we often forget that what goes under our feet can make a great contribution to our outdoor decor.

One of the easiest ways to update the look of your patio, porch or deck is to add some kind of floor feature, whether it is an outdoor area rug, or floor tiles like the Le Click Interlocking Teak Floor Tiles! Read more

Storage In Style

12 plate dinner plate storage chestOrganizing itself is definitely in style, but what about the tools you use to organize – are they pulling their weight in terms of aesthetics? Nowadays, you can find almost any type of organizer that has been updated to look as good as it works. You don’t have to keep everything in unsightly plastic boxes if you don’t want to. Believe me, plastic box storage has its place, but that place is in a closet or in the garage. Not in plain view of everyone that walks through your house! There is little room for excuse anymore. Stylish organizers are available for every room of the home! Read more

Natural Window Coverings Bring the Outdoors In

kona roman bamboo shadesMy favorite types of window treatments are nature-inspired. That’s because you may need privacy, but you might not want to shut yourself off from the natural outdoor views. A natural window covering is perfect for this situation, a sort of middleman between you and your garden. The Kona Roman Bamboo Shades are a great choice for this purpose. Roman shades are perfect for adding a natural touch and sufficient light blockage and privacy to any room. The Kona shades are made of bamboo which is both eco-friendly and high quality for longevity. Read more

Home Security Basics (for Dummies)

Digital KeySafe by GE SecurityWatching the classic holiday film Home Alone last week reminded me that it’s that time of year again to take stock of our home security measures. But some people, myself included, don’t really even know where to start when it comes home security and safety.

Here is a list of ideas to get you started. Of course you’re not going to get it all done in one weekend, it might be something you pick away at during the course of the year. Read more

Greet Your Guests With Cheer!

bronze sun face door knockerThe sun is not just the star at the center of our solar system. When you think about it, its importance is really beyond our comprehension. Many early civilizations (and even people in our current one) such as the Aztecs and Incas worshiped the sun. Generally today, the sun represents happiness and hope. To some, it is not even worth getting out of bed if it isn’t a sunny day. And when you think about what the sun manages to accomplish in its day, it’s pretty incredible.

Why on earth am I romanticizing about the sun on a blog dedicated to home and personal organizing, you ask? Read more

Keepin Clean With The Forma Soap Dispenser

Forma Soap DispenserWhen it comes to cold and flu season cleaning your hands and your home is key. Stop infection from spreading by making sure you always have antibiotic soap on hand. Anything that can get touched by germ covered hands like door handles or electronics also needs to be disinfected. There are lots of cleaning products especially designed to keep your home healthy.

The most basic step is to keep a soap dispenser on hand at the kitchen sink as well as in the bathroom. The forma 2 steel and plastic soap dispenser has a large capacity and rust proof base ideal for using throughout the home. Read more