An oversized vanity mirror reflects light and visually expands the size of the master bathroom at HGTV Smart Home 2013. A mirrored trash can and a mercury-glass lamp placed atop the counter surface continues the focus on reflective surfaces.
What looks like an ornamental stone accessory is actually a waste bin. Made from a blend of crushed stone, resin, styrene and fiberglass, this lightweight, weather-resistant trash holder from Horchow can be placed anywhere.
Keep adding kitchen waste to your compost through winter. If your compost is buried in snow, stash waste in a trash can with a tightly fitting lid through winter. Store the trash can outside in an easily accessible spot. Use a liner or not—it’s up to you. In spring, after the first few inches on the compost have thawed, remove the top layer, add your winter waste, then cover. Burying the kitchen waste helps reduce odors and prevent critter foraging.
This fabulous kitchen island is a workhorse -- it features a dishwasher, sink with gooseneck faucet, sliding trash can and -- of course -- counter prep space. Adding a multitasking piece of furniture is a great way to get more out of a smaller kitchen.
Behind its sleek, glossy façade, this kitchen island conceals tons of hidden storage. Multiple pull-outs offer spots to store dish towels, trash cans and more. Book-matched slabs of exotic granite were used to create a seamless-looking waterfall countertop.
Atlanta designer Danielle Rollins' garden is an instructive study in navy and white, a pared-back color palette that gives her space its retro, tailored feel. That color scheme is carried through in Chinoiserie containers, crisp white trellises and accents like throw pillows and whimsical painted trash cans which create design continuity.
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.
A simple trip to a salvage yard or antique store is all it takes to discover an interesting door that can easily be turned into a gorgeous desk. The desk is not only creative and functional, but a budget-friendly way to recycle an item that might have otherwise ended up in the trash.
In the garden, mint can be a thug, growing aggressively and invading surrounding soil rapidly. It spreads by above- and underground stems. Planted near stepping stones or pavers, mint quickly grows around, beneath and between them. The best way to keep mint contained in the garden is to plant it in a submerged container that is at least several feet below soil. Allow a few inches of the container to extend above soil to keep mint from wandering out. This mint is effectively contained in a half-buried plastic trash can with drainage holes drilled in the bottom.
In the bedroom of a beach house on the Indian Ocean, designer Nelly Reffret took a creative approach to the project’s extremely tight budget. She says: “I searched for bargains and only selected items that I knew would work perfectly in the space. The headboard is a discontinued Ikea style, which I painted in a sandy color. I found the suitcases on the curb during trash collection (you know that saying about someone's trash being someone's treasure...).” When combining a variety of furniture styles, she advises allowing size and scale to guide your choices. “Before starting to decide on a look, it's important to check what will fit in the space: width and depth matter. Scale is another important factor. Too many large pieces and the room will look cluttered; too many small pieces, and there will be no sense of cohesion, no sense of ‘grounding’. Having one item of large scale next to smaller items can create an interesting focal point to the room, just like the headboard does in this bedroom.”
A non-native, invasive plant, garlic mustard grows in sun or shade, dry soil or wet. Its roots produce a chemical that inhibits other plants from growing. Thanks to these adaptations, it quickly colonizes areas. In many regions it’s displacing native forest plants, and in backyard gardens, it can quickly take over planting beds. Garlic mustard is a biennial, producing a small rosette of toothed, kidney shape leaves in Year 1, followed by a tall stem topped with flowers in Year 2. Remove (pull up stems and roots) and destroy any garlic mustard that appears on your property, putting it out with the trash.
Bagworms are the larval form of a moth that attacks evergreens and other trees. The worm inside each bag feeds on the evergreen bush or tree, building a case around itself for protection from predators. The case is made from bits of the plant the insect is feeding on and slowly enlarges over time as the insect grows. Females lay eggs in the bags in late fall. The best control, if you only have a few bagworms, is to handpick the bags and drop them into soapy water or put them out with the trash. Predatory insects including wheel bugs or insect-eating birds will attack these insects, even inside their bags. You can also spray traditional or bioinsecticides. Follow directions carefully on timing. Once larvae are more mature and tucked into thicker bags, the chances of a spray reaching the worm itself are small.