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Amazing Oasis: Here Are 30 Relatively Simple Things That Will Make Your Home Extremely Awesome.

Amazing Oasis: Here Are 30 Relatively Simple Things That Will Make Your Home Extremely Awesome.
If you want to make your home more efficient (and look better while you’re at it), you don’t necessarily have to break the bank. Sometimes, the simplest changes can make a world of difference. Take these 30 simple home improvement ideas, for example. You wouldn’t think that moving your outlets or adding an end table could change the flow and cool factor of your house, but it can. And if you follow these tips, it will! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Share this list with others! Source: Related:  The HomeInexpensive fixes and ideas

99 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Can Compost Anybody who has a composting bin or compost pile at their house knows that old apple cores, banana peels and potato skins can be composted. The list of items that can be composted doesn’t stop there, in fact, it barely scratches the surface. Did you know that you can compost an old tea bag? There are many compostable items, and this list will get you started with the first ninety-nine. If you are composting for an organic garden use organic starting materials. The Basics Do you compost at home? - Dr.

:: Kaplan Thompson Architects Commitment to Sustainability Kaplan Thompson Architects is dedicated to creating buildings that can lead all of us towards a new way of living in harmony with the rest of our planet. Buildings consume around 40% of our country’s resources, and in Maine especially, surrounded with well-built buildings that have already lasted at least 150 years, we know we will live with the decisions we make today for a very long time. Any construction is an intrusion onto a site, so our mandate is to unlock the puzzle of designing buildings that will actually improve the air, water and world around us. This is a goal rather than a reality, so until we can get there, the first rule is to do no harm. The basics: build smarter and smaller, and carefully re-use the buildings that our ancestors built with their enormous effort and energy. Our practices Allow natural light to wash every space in the building, eliminating expensive, hot, and energy-wasting artificial lighting.

DIY Painted Particle Board Floor (Mmmm, Teal) | Dans le Lakehouse If you follow me on Instagram, you might have caught a peek of a project that's been keeping me busy. A local computer shop is moving from their current retail and tech space to a smaller spot in need of some TLC. It's downtown, with excellent parking (a rare combination!), so things like missing baseboards and particle board floors were overlooked. At first I was a little intimidated by the amount of work to do, especially because the budget is miniscule and I'm being paid in tacos (that's not a euphemism for cash). But I'm always up for a DIY challenge! The former tenants had put down what looks like some kind of oriented strand board (or engineered wood particle board), which had become badly stained from water damage and general foot traffic. Putting something cheap over the particle board, like a peel and stick tile or even click laminate, wasn't an option because it's not 100% level (it's an older building, which exacerbates the wonky installation). The floor turned out lovely.

Lilly Upholstered Low Profile - Queen - Low Profile Beds at Hayneedle Economy, Ground, 3 Day, 2 Day, and 1 Day services will arrive via a small-parcel carrier such as FedEx, UPS, or USPS. A physical street address is required for all addresses except those being shipped to an APO or FPO, as we do not ship to P.O. boxes. Orders with an APO or FPO address can be processed only if the product lists availability for international shipping. These orders are shipped via USPS, for which there is an additional charge. Standard shipping rates for ground delivery apply to the 48 Contiguous United States only. Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO, and Puerto Rico require 1 Day or 2 Day delivery service and may incur an additional charge. High Functioning Coat Hooks Back in Los Angeles, any old coat rack or a few hooks by the door would do. Most of us would just toss a jacket in the back of the car in the winter months. But here in Vermont we need a little more. Many of the vernacular farm houses I visit have at least a half dozen hooks per person lined up in their mud rooms. Materials, for each hanger you'll need: One cleaned or refinished paint can. 2 screws long enough to reach into wall studs. Tools: Long handled screwdriver or screw gun with sufficient extensions to reach bottom of can. Step one: With the handle in a horizontal position, layout and make 2 small mounting holes at the top and bottom of the can within an inch or less of the edge. Step two: locate and mark stud position on wall for upper screw position. Step three: Screw through the upper hole of the can into the wall stud but not quite snug to the wall. Step four: Straighten the can and screw through the lower hole of the can into the wall stud snug to the wall.

Peace Lily Care Guide A long-time favorite of plant store owners and growers, the Peace Lily (or Spathiphyllum) finally got the recognition it deserves from the general public after NASA put it on its list of “Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants.” This tropical plant breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide inside its pores. While we all appreciate cleaner, oxygenated air, it’s also the easy Peace Lily care, resiliency and forgiving nature that makes them such popular house plants. One of the great advantages in caring for the Peace Lily is the fact that it sags a bit when it needs water. The basic Peace Lily Care tips below are followed by pruning, propagating and problem-solving this widely available plant. Placement: Since east windows allow direct sun rays and south windows allow indirect, but all day, light in consider putting the plant in a room that’s north or west facing instead. Light: Prefers medium, indirect sunlight. Peace Lily Outdoors Materials: 1.

A Budget-Friendly Aqua Kitchen Makeover | Dans le Lakehouse Stick a fork in it, the kitchen is done and it's time for the big reveal! What better day to show off the turquoise kitchen I've been dreaming about since last summer (actually, since August 2012) than on my 30th birthday? I wish I had added "awesome aqua kitchen" to my 30 before 30 list because a whole bunch of things didn't get done while I was making magic happen in here. UPDATE: Since sharing this post, I've added some art and reorganized a bit. I'm never "done" with a space. Anyway, here's a sneak peek at how it looks today, but read on for more before and after photos and budget breakdown. Do you remember what it looked like before? This makeover, as smitten as I am with it, is temporary-ish. The upper cabinets were removed because they were so small and offered so little storage space. To replace the storage we ripped down, Hubby and I built a simple open pantry from plywood, which was primed and painted to match the walls (using a semi-gloss finish). And the kitchen now:

Casey Daybed - White - Full - Daybeds at Hayneedle Finally. A daybed you can really stretch out on. Found only at Hayneedle, the Casey Daybed - White - Full takes the versatile daybed design and supersizes it. The full size offers plenty of room for sleeping, reading, and lounging in any room: guest room, bedroom, or office. Subtle cottage-style elements enhance the traditional design, including rounded post finials and beadboard sides and back made of solid slats of wood. A crisp white finish covers the sturdy all-wood frame, giving this daybed a stylish appearance to match its reliable construction. This exclusive full daybed comes with an optional twin-sized roll-out trundle drawer. Dimensions: Daybed: 81.25L x 55W x 46H inchesSide panel: 33H inchesFinial ball: 3H inchesSlat system: 15 inches above the floorOptional twin-size trundle: 76L x 40W x 13H inches About Fashion Bed GroupFashion Bed Group is a Leggett and Platt Company known for its innovative fashion beds, daybeds, futons, bunk beds, bed frames, and bedding support.

7 Ideas For Storing and Organizing Your Beauty Loot Like a Champ: Girls in the Beauty Department Oh, Pinterest, that loveable holder of great ideas—it's full of inspiration that'll get your beauty loot under control. Here are a few you can steal! Genius idea 1: Use Ikea spice racks for you to hold your hair supplies: Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 2: Hang a jewelry box on the wall and tuck all sorts of stuff in it. Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 3: Use pretty cake stands to stack everything up. Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 4: Use a magazine holder to hold your hairdryer. Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 5: Put the inside of your medicine cabinet to work. Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 6: Use an office supplies holder to keep things at hand. Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 7: Create a magnetic board (and glue magnets to the back of your makeup). Source: via Beth on Pinterest Life-changing, I tell you.

Feng Shui Friendly House Plants Houseplants can be an important Feng Shui tool to help activate positive energy in your home or office while they purify the air. Many people think that lucky bamboo is the only Feng Shui friendly houseplant, but there are actually many choices that can fit your décor. The best time to add a new plant is at the beginning of a new month or at the new year, when it symbolizes a healthy beginning for you and your family. If your light is too limited to grow healthy plants, or if you simply have a case of "brown thumb," silk plants are an acceptable Feng Shui alternative to living plants. Be sure to dust them often and replace them if they fade. However, it's best to avoid dried flowers because they represent stagnant energy. There are four main ways to use plants in Feng Shui - Counteract Negative Energy. Connect with the Outside World. Raise a Low Ceiling. Balance the Water Element. Lucky bamboo plant is often associated with Feng Shui friendly plants. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.