Home organization definitely was on the minds of the followers of the LTD Commodities Pinterest boards this month. From a space-saving way to store your mops and brooms to creative ways to keep office supplies handy, LTD has dozens of ways to make your world less cluttered. Speed up your morning with a bathroom shelf with compartments for hair care supplies, accessories, and cosmetics. Store your kitchenware safely with our practical and pretty pan separators. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for January.
Spring is the perfect time to shake things up around your home. Whether you are looking for a big change in the living room or just some new bedding, LTD Commodities has what you need to refresh your space. Try some blackout patio curtains that look great while they help you control the amount of light in the room. Sink caddies organize your kitchen or bath, and you can add comfort to any floor with a runner designed to fit in a corner. Here are the Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.
Winter’s cold winds make it a perfect time to snuggle up inside or work on improving your indoors. Our Pinterest followers clearly had comfort on their minds in December. They dreamed of plush boot slippers to keep their toes toasty, as well as pillows and throws with mouth-watering novelty designs. In addition, they looked at inexpensive home updates to make their space work better than ever. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.
It seems like the whole country got an early blast of winter this week. We may not be mentally prepared for the arctic chill, but we can get our bedrooms ready for the cold nights ahead. Here are 5 ideas to get your bedroom cozy for winter.
Make Your Bed Every Day According to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their beds every day are 19% more likely to get a good night’s sleep. Your body needs extra energy to keep you warm in the winter. Using all that energy wears us out and if we’re not sleeping well, we can’t perform at our optimal level during waking hours. In addition to great sleep, a bed that’s made looks nice and it’s more inviting after a surviving a cold day than a pile of sheets.
Layering isn’t Just for Tank Tops If you’re not quite ready to trade in your comforter but you want a little more warmth, rather than turning up the heat, add another blanket. Find a nice fleece or plush blanket to layer between your top sheet and your comforter to add a little bit of weight and insulation for your winter slumbers.
Suitable Surfaces Textures can have a big impact on how you see your room and how you feel in it. Soft and dark textures absorb light and make it warmer. Adding a curtain panel to your ceiling, pile a few plush pillows in dark colors on your bed bed or add a cushy throw rug on the floor to visually and physically warm up the bedroom. Save the smooth and shiny surfaces for summer — they reflect light to make a room cooler.
Extra Padding While our mattresses last about seven years, we can give them a boost to make them cozy as they approach their expiration date. A new mattress pad or a feather bed can refresh your bed to make it more comfortable and cushioned when you crawl into your cocoon for the night.
Mood Lighting During warmer months, there isn’t as much demand for mood lighting, but it can be soothing in the bedroom during frigid winters. According to a study published by the Journal of Consumer Psychology, participants reported feeling warmer in a dimly lit room than they felt in a bright room even though the rooms were the same temperature. Even if your thermostat is at the lowest temperature you can handle, having a few LED candles scattered around your room might trick your brain into thinking it’s warmer than it actually is.
Warming up your bedroom for the winter is easy — and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it welcoming even on the coldest of evenings. With just a few ideas and adjustments, winter nights won’t be so bad.
Summer is a wonderful time to give your home a new look. Whether you fill your weekends with DIY projects or just want to add a little color to a room, improving your space has never been simpler. Start out with LTD’s Product Picks for the Week, and you will be done in no time!
PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride. It’s a polymer commonly used for pipes in construction because it’s strong, lightweight and inexpensive. But it’s not just for piping your bathroom or kitchen; there are many ways the creative layperson can use PVC pipe – it’s the DIY material of the moment. Some might say PVC is the new wood. Here are some ideas on how PVC pipe can simplify your home.
Kitchen Make space in your kitchen by pulling pans out of the cupboard and hanging them on the wall. This PVC pipe was cut short enough to fit a pan handle and then mounted on the wall for easy storage. Develop this idea into other simplifying methods around the house – this idea would work as a wall mount to sort cords behind an entertainment or computer console or to keep hair dryer and curling iron cords in the bathroom.
Bathroom This caddy keeps your cotton balls, q-tips and toothpaste tidy on the bathroom vanity. It’s brilliant with simplicity. Use this idea and expand it into the play room where it’s used as an art station organizer or keep pens and pencils neat in your home office. The possibilities with this idea practically come up with themselves.
Living Room How great is this coffee table? It may not simplify the living room, but it looks really cool. You can get so many PVC furniture ideas you can come up with from this table: an end table, a kitchen table, bedside table. You can make just about any kind of table using the exact same idea.
Bedroom This is probably the most useful idea for PVC pipe. The bunk bed is a complicated piece of furniture to put together with wood, hammer and nails, but it’s a fairly simple structure using PVC pipe and glue. Shrink the plans down and you can construct a bed closer to the ground or even make a dog bed. Anyway you spin it, a basic bed for children to grow out of for little money = simplified gold.
Backyard The backyard sprinkler doesn’t need to be simplified, but it can be amplified. This one is built for fun, but the idea can certainly be manipulated to make a practical garden watering system. What’s so useful about making a sprinkler with PVC pipe is you can design it to fit any garden of any shape.
Entry Way PVC pipe as a shoe rack, but it screams to be so much more. It can bring order to the bathroom for towel storage. It can easily work in a child’s bedroom to sort t-shirts, socks and underwear. As a shelf in the office it can keep bills and mail straight. If there’s stacking to be done, this storage idea can be the receptacle.
There are so many clever ways to use a PVC pipe it’s hard to believe it’s not more common. Though Polyvinyl Chloride isn’t a simple word or a simple polymer, simplify is what it does best.
Feeling like your bedroom is particularly drab of late? Want to break out of the boredom rut and spice things up a bit? Here are seven easy accent pieces that can be added to your sleeping quarters with little effort?but with big results!
Adding a few throw pillows to your bedroom is a fast and inexpensive way to incorporate a fun pop of color. Consider what mood you are hoping to set, and then choose your color pattern accordingly. For example, if you are hoping to give the room an energetic feel, look for throw pillows that have orange in them as orange tends to evoke feelings of enthusiasm and excitement. Conversely, if you are looking to make things a bit more serene, consider using greens and blues?they evoke feelings of balance and peace.
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Curtains are a seamless way of giving any bedroom a complete look. They can enhance the room with a glamorous appeal or give it a fun look that mimics your personality?the possibilities are endless! Be sure to get curtains that are the right size (otherwise the window treatment looks unfinished). And pay attention to details such as what type of header style you want (like pinch pleats or swagged) and what kind of curtain rods and finials look best.
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Incorporating additional seating in the bedroom both gives some stylish flare and adds an extra lounge spot. Consider creating a cozy reading nook or ideal location for slipping on your shoes with a corner chair or tasteful bench at the foot of the bed. This does not have to be financially taxing?you can even just reupholster a chair you already have!
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Adding one or two fun pieces of artwork is one of the simplest ways to incorporate a little creative edge to any bedroom. Consider adding an exciting piece, even if it is a little bit ?out there.? This can be anything from paintings to photographs?the sky?s the limit when it comes to choosing how best to decorate the wall space (you could even create something yourself!).
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A chandelier is a great piece to feature in any bedroom space. Not only does it add to the overall d?cor, but it is also a fantastic lighting technique. Take some time to shop around for the perfect chandelier that sits well with the general ambiance of the room. There are so many from which to choose with options from beaded to Victorian and everything in between!
A rug is a great way to help define a space. It?s also a great opportunity to link different colors that are used elsewhere in the room. Furthermore, rugs add a feeling of warmth and coziness to a room, especially if the floors are hardwood. With all of this in mind, go out and find that perfect fit for your space?and always remember that there is no rule about having a rectangular rug!
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Finally, the grand finale to any bedroom ought to be that one fun piece that really stands out and draws the attention of any guest. Ideas include a large globe situated near the desk, a bamboo divider screen between the bed and window, an antique trunk alongside the wall, or a large clock that sits above the headboard.
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The key to vamping up any dull space is incorporating color, patterns and unique pieces that unify the room and make it pop. Whether you are a senior in high school looking at health care schools in Calgary and trying to figure out how best to decorate the dorm or a senior VP at a marketing firm hoping to draw some of that work creativity into your personal life, try incorporating one or two of these accent pieces into your room?they are just the ticket to transforming any bedroom from simply fine to totally fab!
Annie Babbitt is a freelance writer whose interests include entertainment, lifestyle and current events. Annie loves helping promote change and being an advocate for those in need. She most recently has found an interest in writing about issues related to business and education and draws inspiration for her writing from companies such as ABES.
When making home improvement decisions, it is always smart to start small. Even if your home is relatively new, chances are that there will be a few cracked walls, paint that already looks a bit glum, etc. Small projects like this do not necessarily add value to your home, but they do a great job at retaining the value of your home.
If you plan on selling your home, the cleanliness and upkeep of the house will determine how long it will be on the market. It can even get buyers’ offers closer to what you are asking for. Smaller projects usually require a simple can of paint, some paint brushes, some spackle, and a bit of elbow grease. Painting the exterior is a way to add some curb appeal without the enormous expense of hiring a contractor. It’s relatively easy with the highest cost being time rather than money.
Once your house is spruced up and looking fresh. It is then time to get focus on the making tasteful renovations to the most important rooms in the house. Most home buyers base their decision on the quality of the bathrooms and kitchens, therefore renovations to these rooms add the most value. You don’t need to get carried away with updating these spaces as such renovations are among the most costly in the home improvement industry. Here are some inexpensive touch-ups your family can do to improve your kitchens and baths.
Revive the Kitchen
Let’s focus on the kitchen since it is often the heart and soul of a home. Kitchen renovations need to play to the advantages of the design of your kitchen. Kitchens need to feel as good as they look. It is easy to start with paint. The paint sets the mood of the space. Lighter colors make rooms feel larger and warm colors create set a social tone. You do not necessarily have to go with what is in fashion to add more value.
Neutral colors create a timeless look and appeal the most buyers, buyers want to picture themselves living bright colors can disrupt their fantasies. Materials chosen can affect cost. When choosing counter tops, it does not always have to be expensive granite to get the price you want. Soapstone is a wonderful material. It is durable, beautiful, and will wow any buyer. White subway tiled back-splashes are fashionable, timeless, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
DIY or Contract?
If you have the confidence and the know how to do the job yourself, then do so. But bear in mind that buyers, real estate agents, and appraisers have a sixth sense for detecting amateur work. Thus the savings from not hiring a contractor are at risk of being lost in the long-run. So if you do it yourself, be sure to do it well. If you are not handy with a hammer, then there are countless online resources that can help you find a contractor who is both reputable and affordable.
These are only some of the ways that you ways that will give you a leg up on making a return on your investment. And the other benefit of renovation is that you and your family get to enjoy the fruits of your labor while the house is still in your possession.
Matthew is an American ex-pat real estate agent and knows a thing or two about home pricing. He has closed many deals and knows real estate markets around the world. When not helping clients find with their property search in Monaco, he enjoys taking his Bulldog, Buster, on walks and enjoys Southern French Cuisine.
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