Bed Bugs on the Brain – Back to School Solutions

SecureTravel Bedbug & Dustmite Proof Dorm KitWhen I went to college, bed bugs were still just a myth, part of a cute little saying that started with "Good Night, Sleep Tight…" However, any parent sending their child off to the dorms nowadays probably has bed bugs on the brain. Not only do you not want your student to get bit, you probably don't want them to bring these little pests back home to you on those treasured weekend visits.

Thankfully, this week's featured product, the SecureTravel Bedbug & Dustmite Proof Dorm Kit has everything you need to protect your young student. Included with the set are a twin XL mattress zip up encasement, pillowcase and two special laundry bags to keep bugs at bay. They are also designed to help with dustmites, perfect for kids with asthma or allergies.

So if you are about to send your teen off to the dorms for the first time, and you've got bed bugs on the brain, arm yourself with these great tools to bring peace back to your mind.

Bedroom Storage – Stylish and Savvy Solutions

Ideally, the bedroom should be a place of calm where you can go to relax. Yet often we find ourselves overwhelmed by clutter in there just as we are in other areas of the home. If you have already maxed out your closet space and are wisely utilizing the area underneath your bed for overflow, but still find yourself in need of storage, here are some stylish bedroom furnishings that double as storage vessels for everything from personal items to linens.

Make the most use of your nightstand. Look for one, like the "Myriad" Foliage Trunk End Table, that has built in storage and a versatile style. If you access items daily in your nightstand, however, choose one with drawers or even a cabinet door on the front to hide clutter but still provide ease of use. Read more

Taking Baby Steps to a Modern Makeover

For years I’ve resisted furniture and decorative pieces that could be considered “modern” or “contemporary”.

tableI think my aversion to this style comes from growing up in the 1980’s. Remember what modern looked like back then? Very stark, sterile and cold. Black and chrome were the ultimate combination. What was modern then is now totally outdated.

Lately I’ve been looking at my furniture and thinking, am I stuck in a style rut? Has my avoidance of modern furniture made my house look like my grandmother’s? Perhaps I could just introduce a few pieces here and there to update my look. That way I won’t feel overwhelmed by committing to a specific style, one that not everyone can pull off. Read more

Hangadoo Pet Organizer – Product of the Week

Hangadoo Pets OrganizerDog lovers gather 'round! This week's featured product is designed to make life with your pooch easier and more enjoyable! The Hangadoo Pets Organizer is a wonderful tool for organizing all of your pet's stuff. This handy pet organizer hangs over a hook, closet rod and even comes with an over the door so you can grab and go on your way out the back (or front) door. The cute colors and paw print pattern keep the look fun and whimsical. This makes a great storage place for leashes, collars, medicines, treats and more!

Made in the USA – Homewares for the 4th of July!

In honor of Independence Day, we have lined up the best storage and organization products made in America just for you! Proving that American-Made counts, these creative manufacturers have been busy finding ways to make homewares better and more affordable by making them here, at home.

Here are our favorite picks of organizing products Made in the USA!

Jewelry Rax
Made in the USA and relatively new on the market, the Jewelry Rax is a true organizing hero. This handy jewelry organizer mounts to the wall and offers easy access to your most frequently used gems. 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

Does Your Office Moonlight as a Guestroom? No Problem.

Brenton DaybedThis week's featured product helps you achieve the balance between office and guest room elegantly. When setting up a home office, you want it to be sophisticated, fresh, neat, tidy and stylish. So what do you do when your home office doubles as a guest room for out-of-towners? Futons and daybeds offer a simple fix for this dilemma. Instead of placing a whole bed in the office (when it will only be used sporadically), start with a sofa-like sleeper to give you a sitting area during the day, and a sleeping area at night.

The Brenton Daybed with Trundle fits the bill perfectly. Read more

Garden on Wheels – Product of the Week

LGarden Elevated Gardening SystemThis week's featured product will bring a smile to the face of all gardeners, beginners and pros alike! The LGarden Elevated Gardening System is literally a garden on wheels. This handy cart is great for apartment dwellers on their patios, or for enhancing an already busy garden area outside the home. With a powder coated steel frame and wooden accents to soften the look, this rolling planter looks great and boasts a 500 weight capacity rating (anyone who has ever tried to pick up a large bag of dirt will know why.)

Here, the top reasons why this handy garden helper shines: 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

Finally, a Shoe Rack for Boot Lovers

Adjustable Boot-Shoe TreeWhy hasn't anyone thought of this before? We ladies love our boots, and so does this week's featured product! The Adjustable Boot-Shoe Tree can hold up to 6 pairs of boots, or a combination of boots and shoes (3 pairs of boots plus 12 pairs of shoes). With a customizable design, this shoe and boot rack is the ultimate in versatile apparel organizers, taking you through the fall and winter months with ample space for your tall boots, and then allowing you to swap some of that boot storage out for shoes when the weather heats up and the flats and sandals come out.

The makers of this shoe rack have thought of everything: Read more

Bronze Takes the Bathroom by Storm

Bronze Cameo Bowl BrushOut with the new, in with the old? Bronze, a color we think of as coming from a different, long-ago time, is finding its way into modern bathrooms in the form of accessories and organizers, taking center stage! Chrome is still the number one choice for many bathrooms, followed by brushed stainless steel, but if you are tired of the cool metallic finishes and are looking for something a bit warmer, bronze is your new best friend! This week's featured product, the Cameo Bowl Brush is part of a collection of bathroom accessories, organizers and cleaning tools, all with a bronze finish.

You may think bronze is an old fashioned color that will give your home an unwanted antique look, 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

Outdoor Storage Cabinets for a Resort at Home

Montego Bay One Door Multi-Purpose Storage CabinetThis week's featured product is designed equally with storage and style in mind. The Montego Bay One Door Multi-Purpose Storage Cabinet is a true show-stopper, with a spa-like resort feel! This outdoor cabinet, part of a collection that includes a deck box and a patio bar, is made of beautiful eucalyptus with a rich, warm brown finish. The shutter like door and accent pieces are reminiscent of tropical decor, perfect for the home with a pool or even just a patio in need of storage. This model and stands tall and narrow, a great space-saving design for modern storage needs. Removable shelves on the inside allow for a variety of items, from stacks of beach towels to extra throw pillows, patio furniture cushions or even toys.

Here are some new and fresh ideas to best utilize this handy patio storage cabinet: Read more

Wall Mounted Drying Rack – Product of the Week

Telefix 100 Wall Mount Laundry Drying RackWith the weather warming up, air-drying your laundry takes center stage! This week's featured product calls on a space efficient design and sturdy construction to make the grade (and better). The Telefix 100 Wall Mount Laundry Drying Rack looks just like a simple, wall hugging towel rack when it is recessed. But with a simple sliding action, it becomes a laundry drying wonder with 26 feet of drying space. Eight bars pull out to hang anything from towels to delicates, linens and more. The materials are durable and rust resistant, ready for use inside or outside the home. As we all know, drip drying laundry helps take a load off the environment, and preserves clothing for longevity. Read more

Convertible Coffee Table: Product of the Week

Altra Coffee TableWe've all heard of convertible furniture, as in sofa beds and sleeper chairs, but have you ever seen a convertible coffee table? The Altra Extension Coffee Table is both accent table and laptop workstation! Such a great idea for those evenings where you have some work to finish up or personal business to take care of on the computer but are tired of sitting at your desk. This handy table features a center section that lifts up to the perfect height for writing, typing, and can even be used by kids for drawing and playtime. 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

Fabric Bins in Every Color – Product of the Week

Fabric BinsThese Non Woven Storage Cubes are brand new on the market, and are ready to solve storage problems throughout the home in every room! With colors ranging from neutral canvas to bright green, red and navy blue, these fabric bins can do any organizing job in style. Take a quick look around the living room, office or bedroom, and allow your eyes to settle on the first bit of clutter they come across. Read more

Product of the Week: Over the Door Jewelry Organizer

Over the Door Jewelry OrganizerWell this is the first I've seen of its kind! I have seen plenty of wall mounted jewelry armoires, in drawer jewelry dividers, and even come across the occasional closet rod jewelry pocket organizer, but this new Space Saving Over-the-Door Jewelry Armoire is [good] news to me!

As you know, the back of the door is a great place to find storage for a variety of items, from shoes to purses, accessories and more. This Jewelry cabinet is ultra smart because it features a mirror on its front which gives you a convenient place to get ready, and also gives it a finished look to reduce the cluttered look in a room. 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.

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

Color for the Patio (When the Flowers Aren't In Bloom)

Outdoor Accent Pillows - Set of 2Is it just me or does it seem like winter will never end? Today is the first day of spring, so even though it is pouring rain outside right now, I refuse to give into this winter nonsense anymore. Time to start planning the garden, patio and other outdoor areas for me so that I'm ready when the clouds break! Adding color to the patio can be as simple as planting annual blossoms in small pots or along a path border. But this early in the season can be risky, with frosts still expected in much of the country. Read more

Food Storage, Stainless Steel Style

Stainless Steel 3 Piece Pop Container SetWhy store your food staples in dull containers when you can add food storage and style to your kitchen at the same time? This week's featured product gives you the best of both worlds, kicking up your kitchen style a notch or two. The Stainless Steel 3 Piece Pop Container Set offers airtight storage of dried foods like beans, rice, pasta or flour and has a modern look, perfect if you are limited on pantry space and need to keep food out on the counters. The clear plastic containers are BPA, PVC and phthalate free and feature an updated stainless steel lid with a button to seal or open the container. Rounded corners allow for easy pouring without spillage. When space is at a premium in the kitchen, think outside the bag for food storage options. Read more

A TV Stand to Stand Up to March Madness…

Asher 50I consider myself to be a pretty avid basketball fan, particularly college basketball. So I am not sure what my excuse was last year when I was woefully underprepared for the year’s biggest basketball tournament, the NCCA Final Four. It all started when I basically ignored the regular season and had no idea which teams were looking strong heading into the tournament – my bracket ended up being a total mess. To make matters worse, I had no idea what weekend the first round of the tournament was, so my media stand was a mess and terribly inadequate for the task at hand. I did not have time to upgrade my stand in time for the big game, so we were left watching the game on a fold out table! Read more

Going TV Stand(less) – Product of the Week

Tempered Glass DVD Wall ShelfIf you are ready to go completely "Stand-Less", as in no more TV Stand, this will make your life easier in an instant! Many people are choosing to mount their flat screen televisions on the wall these days. But most of us still use a TV stand for storage and mainly as a place to set the DVD player, stereo and receiver. If you can do without the storage, why not mount a sleek, modern shelf, like this Tempered Glass DVD Wall Shelf to the wall to hold your components and ditch the TV stand? Read more

Indoor/Outdoor Accent Table – Product of the Week

18.5With SIX (!) color choices and a versatile style resume, the 18.5" Metal spiral Accent Table is this week's featured product! It's almost time to dust off that patio and dress it up with color and comfort for warmer seasons to come. This table is a great addition to the patio, garden or inside the home. Use it in the entryway as a catch-all for keys and wallets, in the living room to rest the remote or even next to the bed. The style could certainly be characterized as modern, but it also has a vintage feel that works well in eclectic home styles as well. A powder coated finish ensures long-term use out in the elements, and the wire design makes it a cinch to clean and dust!