We'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
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:
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
These 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
Well 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
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.
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
Is 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
Why 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
I 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
If 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
These are not your average message boards! No boring brown bulletin boards or white dry-erase boards here… only fresh, new ideas for use in organizing the home or keeping your inspirations close at hand.
The Mariposa Burlap Message Board is a beautiful thing on its own, or you can tack ideas, photos and notes on its fabric surface. Read more
Just 3 more days until this great sale from Anji Mountain Rug ends! Get your favorite rugs in jute, bamboo and more at up to 30% off thru Feb. 28th, 2013.
The Kashmir Deep Weave Handspun Jute and Soft Silver Coir Area Rug features a beautiful natural style, ideal in the living room or dining room. Read more
I'm thinking our friends in the Plains, Midwest and East may be needing one of these roof rakes right about now! Here's an article from the weather channel on snow removal tips, good food for thought.
Enjoy winter while it lasts, friends, and remember, hang in there, because Spring is just around the corner!
With 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!
End Tables are a necessary accent piece in most homes. Here are my picks, covering every home decor style imaginable, each under $100!
A combination of materials and nail head accents give the Edinburgh End Table personality! Read more
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.
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
The St. Louis Kitchen Organizer does double duty, holding dishes in the kitchen and files on the desktop! It has a fun St. Luis arch theme!
In honor of Valentine's Day, this week's featured product is all about love, Parisian style. For example, I LOVE these new printed glass top desks. What a fun way to cheer up the home office! The Love in Paris Office Desk features a clear glass top with pink, black and red printed words and figures, complete with the Eiffel tower. This is a great, compact desk that works perfectly with a laptop or flat-screen monitor, or simply as a writing (or homework) space. The clear top and streamlined frame are perfect for tight spaces such as the bedroom or a small corner of the office, unimposing and oozing with style! Oh, L'amour!
A 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
About 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
This week’s featured product is the Jewelry Rax by American Innotek Wall Mount Jewelry Organizer. This handy rack gets high grades in design for several reasons: it incorporates both trays and long hanging storage options all in one piece! Usually you find one or the other (but not both): trays for the drawers or dresser top and necklace hangers for the wall, but this unique piece is designed to hold it all. Read more
If 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
In 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!
Cabinets 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: