Dirt and grime are bound to build up the longer an item sits outside. Just take a clean, damp cloth and wipe it away, making sure to get into the crevasses of the weave. If needed, use a vacuum to get the excess dirt off.
Oil-based stains and paints are considered hazardous waste. Take them to a hazardous waste collection site. As far as oil-stained rags (or latex paint cans), let them dry completely on a nonflammable surface (like metal) away from any buildings. Once completely dry, toss in the trash.
This itty-bitty appliance has been compared to an EasyBake oven, but it makes real coffee, toast and even eggs on its 6” griddle. So when you can’t get away from your desk for a meal break, you can still whip up actual food in your room. Take that, Cup o’ Noodles.
This gorgeous garden gets less structured and more native the farther you get away from the home. Large square planters contain succulents and flowers in an orderly manner, while native plants and ornamental grasses take over as the land extends in the distance. A wood deck provides a perfect vantage point to enjoy the Japanese-style garden.
This newly built, lovely Lake Minnetonka home was placed on the lot in order to take advantage of the beautiful view of the lake. To make better use of the home's lower level space, homeowners commissioned designers to create a new pool, a spa, walking paths, a patio for outdoor entertaining and retaining walls to help control the flow of rainwater away from their home and new outdoor space.
This fun packing tape image transfer method is perfect for adding your Instagram photos to little flower pots! Take a laser-printed Instagram photo and firmly cover it
with packing tape, leaving a tape border around the edges of the image. Submerge the tape in water for a few minutes. Using your fingertips, gently roll the wet paper away from the back of the tape until it feels smooth. The ink will remain on the tape and the paper will wash away. Let dry completely. The tape will become sticky again; just stick your image to the front of your succulent pots!
Designers say start with the area rug first. From its design, you can choose colors to paint your walls and find throw pillows and paintings to complete the decor. Just make sure to follow this rule of thumb: The area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall. When you take into consideration the different uses, shapes and design preferences, however, other factors weigh in as well.
Whether you’re camping, hanging out at the pool or working in your garden, it’s nice to have the sound and security of a radio with you. What’s not nice is having to worry about its battery life. Solar-powered speakers take that concern away, and many, like the Eton Rugged Ruckus (pictured) can even act as a portable battery and allow you to charge small devices like mobile phones.
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
"Light the tree from the top down working in sections rather than round and round the tree," says Barnhardt. "Work the lights in toward the trunk of the tree, and then back out to the tip of the next branch, securing it by slipping the tip between the two wires of your strand of lights. When it's time to take the lights away, just pull gently on the cord for each section. To get the lighting evenly placed on your tree, step back, squint your eyes to make things blurry and look for dark spots. Rearrange or add lights as needed. These techniques work well on our towering trees at Biltmore and on my little seven-foot fresh tree at home." Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estates.