Pinteresting Picks For February

New looks for the home are on the minds of LTD Commodities’ Pinterest followers. This month’s most popular pins are of unique accents that personalize a room in minutes. Create a spot for your beloved pet with a decorative gate, and get a start on this year’s outdoor renovation with a charming solar planter. Here are the Pinteresting Picks for February.

Store and display ticket stubs from movies, concerts, sporting events and more with a Ticket Memento Storage Box.

Store and display ticket stubs from movies, concerts, sporting events and more with a Ticket Memento Storage Box.

Show family pride or personalize any space with a Monogram Wall Hanging.

Show family pride or personalize any space with a Monogram Wall Hanging.

Protect your furry friend and keep your furniture safe with a Fashionable Expanding Wooden Pet Gate.

Protect your furry friend and keep your furniture safe with a Fashionable Expanding Wooden Pet Gate.

Put an elegant finishing touch on your home with a Solar Garden Post.

Put an elegant finishing touch on your home with a Solar Garden Post.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and great values from LTD! Our customers are making Valentine’s Day a family affair, and it shows in our most popular items of the week. Teens will love little gifts like an animal print frame, and all ages will be proud to wear a sophisticated pendant that comes with a message of devotion. Decorate your kitchen for the holiday, and spend some time at home with a nostalgic puzzle. Here are the Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

Animal Print Frame and Box Gift Set stores your trinkets and displays a special photo in leopard and zebra prints with rhinestone accents.

Animal Print Frame and Box Gift Set stores your trinkets and displays a special photo in leopard and zebra prints with rhinestone accents.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

Holiday Kitchen Coordinates add festive cheer while you cook and clean.

Holiday Kitchen Coordinates add festive cheer while you cook and clean.

Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with these 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles.

Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with these 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles.

Pinteresting Picks for January

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.

Mount the unique Store 'N' Slide™ in the pantry, laundry room, workshop or garage to store 5 long-handled items such as brooms, mops and dusters.

Mount the unique Store ‘N’ Slide™ in the pantry, laundry room, workshop or garage to store 5 long-handled items such as brooms, mops and dusters.

This Desktop Organizer keeps your office supplies close at hand and ready to use.

This Desktop Organizer keeps your office supplies close at hand and ready to use.

Avoid scratches and other damage caused by stacking kitchenware with this Set of 14 Felt Pan Separators.

Avoid scratches and other damage caused by stacking kitchenware with this Set of 14 Felt Pan Separators.

This wooden Ready-to-Go Vanity Shelf adds attractive storage and organization.

This wooden Ready-to-Go Vanity Shelf adds attractive storage and organization.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

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.

 

Big Pine Lodge Collection will give your home that rustic cabin appeal.

Big Pine Lodge Collection will give your home that rustic cabin appeal.

At 112" wide, this Blackout Patio Curtain covers a patio door or a pair of French doors.

At 112″ wide, this Blackout Patio Curtain covers a patio door or a pair of French doors.

68" x 68" Berber Corner Runners add texture and flair to every area of your home.

68″ x 68″ Berber Corner Runners add texture and flair to every area of your home.

Keep kitchen sponges and scrubbers close at hand with this Set of 2 Sink Caddies.

Keep kitchen sponges and scrubbers close at hand with this Set of 2 Sink Caddies.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

Happy Valentine?s Day! The day of love is here, so how could we not focus on our favorite fun and romantic items today? We really hope that you aren?t scrambling for gifts and ideas this morning, because you should already have everything wrapped and ready for a big night ahead! Here are some of the great items we?re using today for a romantic evening, or gifting to our loved ones tonight.

owl always love you!Give a Hoot Sentiment Wall Art

We all know that owls are adorable, and these cute sentiment?wall art?pieces are a great gift for your significant other, your kids, or your fun-loving parents. We love these as gifts for ourselves too! Choose from ?Owl Always Love You,? and ?I Love You To The Moon and Back.?

Marla Rae Wedding Frames

This creative Love Frame is a great gift for the newlywed couple still trying to frame a few of their wedding pictures! It?s a really unique way to display any 8×10 photo?at home. We really love this one as a gift for your sweetheart no matter how long you?ve been married. You can choose from the sign language LOVE or the hands making a heart for whichever fits your home best.

Kitchen Krumblers Apple Cinnamon Dessert Candles

What better way to set the mood than by turning off the overhead lights and lighting a few scented candles? We love the soft glow of the flickering candlelight and the amazing scents available with the Kitchen Krumblers Dessert Candles! Who needs to make cinnamon apple pie when you?ve got casino online these amazing candles?

Simmering Fragrance Chips and Warmer

Not into the whole flickering candlelight thing? Many of us have young kids and pets wandering around the house, so an open flame just isn?t going to cut it! You can still have the beautiful scent of candles for a romantic evening without the actual flame with these simmering fragrance chips and warmer! You can even trick your loved ones into thinking you?ve baked oatmeal cookies with their Oatmeal Cookie scent!

LOVE Sheets Sets

Seasonal sheets are such a fun way to spruce up the bedroom, and we are digging these adorable LOVE sheets sets for young girls this February! Pair it with an ombre pink comforter, or even a white duvet to keep the pink a little more muted. Fun and funky!

Peace, Love, & Cupcakes Beauty Sets

We love these adorable Peace, Love, & Cupcakes sets of lip-glosses, shower gels, or body mists for the young girls in our lives. These beauty sets are our go-to gifts for nieces and daughters this Valentine?s Day, and we?ve even seen girls split them up to pair with a Valentine?s Day card for all their female friends. You can get a single pack, or grab the whole bunch!

If you see something here you love – you can always order it to give as a late gift, or pack it away for next year”s Valentine”s Day!

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks For The Week

Happy Friday! We’re here to highlight some of our favorite LTD Commodities product picks for this week. Enjoy!

Battery Storage Boxes

battery storage

It might not seem like much, but having a battery when you need it can be a lifesaver! Maybe you’re trying to DVR a show but your remote’s battery is dead? Or what if the battery dies in your baby monitor in the middle of the night? You never know when you might need batteries in a pinch. Keeping a few different styles of batteries on hand is a smart and safe idea for any home, which is why we love these organized battery storage boxes. Batteries stay neatly organized, and you can mark one segment as “not dead yet” batteries that are running low on juice, but not quite gone completely. These boxes also make it easy to save on batteries – cause now you’ve got a place to store them if you buy in bulk!

 

 

Sentiment Wall Quotes

quote wall life

Looking for a way to add a little extra oomph to a bare wall? We love these sentiment wall quotes in various places throughout the home, especially for high-ceilinged rooms and large empty spaces. Choose the quote that fits your home best – life, love, or blessings, and then remember the inspiring words through daily life.

 

 

 

 

 

Cool It Freezer Packs

lunch freezer packs

Did you make a resolution to eat healthier and save money? One of the easiest ways to do this is by packing and bringing your own homemade lunch to work. Frozen diet entrees and deli sandwiches will barely make a dent in your health goals, much less your appetite! With these small freezer packs, you have no excuse not to pack yourself a healthy lunch, no matter what your job might be! This pack of four is great for shoving in your lunchbox for work, and you can send them along with the kiddies as well to keep their juices and perishables nice and cold.

 

 

 

 Under Cabinet Storage Racks

under cabinet rack

This is one of the most useful storage ideas for any home. Whether you’ve got tons of space or every inch counts, this storage rack is an easy way to make the most of any storage cabinet. With a drawer for items like towels and toilet paper and a shelf for spray bottles and paper towels, we love how this rack keeps everything off the bottom of the cabinet so it stays clean and dry. You can also use it to organize your hair and make up supplies, or to keep bath time baby toys all in one place. This is especially great for under-the-sink cabinets in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry areas.

 

 

 

Easy Grip 5-in-1 Cutter/Slicer Set

cutter slicer set

One way to make healthy eating easier is to have the right tools at your disposal. We love this easy-grip 5-in-1 set for coring apples, slicing tomatoes, chopping potatoes, dicing onions, and more. You can make decorative shapes and designs, or just make life easier when you’re preparing an early morning green smoothie!

Replace Appliances with More Efficient Models and Save Money

Save-energyDo you rely on old, outdated appliances in your home that use old technologies, that don’t advantage of newer developments in the areas of efficiency and energy savings? If so, you are probably spending a lot more money on energy every year than you need to be spending. Simply replacing your appliances could cut back significantly on your energy consumption every day. Even more than this, new appliances will obviously be more reliable and more convenient to use.

When you decide to replace your appliance, you should do some research and find out which models are the most efficient. Not only should you do research on the different models, but you should also explore any possible rebate programs that you could take advantage of. In an effort to encourage increased efficiency, many government programs have been put in place to reward consumers who invest in ultra-efficient products. You might be surprised to learn that your new appliance qualifies you for a hefty rebate or a tax rebate that will save you quite a bit of money.

Efficiency Ratings

The first thing you should look for when you are on the market for efficient appliances is the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a designation established by the Department of Environmental Protection that attests to the efficiency of a piece of equipment. A great resource for information on Energy Star products is the Energy Star website. This site will direct you to products that have been thoroughly tested and proven to show savings in terms of energy consumption.

Another source of information on the efficiency of a particular appliance is the Energy Guide label. This is an indicator that is supposed to be placed on every new appliance available on the market that shows how that appliance compares to other similar options in how efficiently it uses energy.

Size

If you are aiming for optimal efficiency in your home, you should put as much consideration into the size of the appliance you by as you put into what sorts of energy ratings it has received. Your home will be most efficient when you are using machines that are of the appropriate size for your needs. You will waste a great deal of money on energy if your air conditioner, refrigerator, or water heater is just too big for your home, and also you will pay too much on such a piece of equipment- enough that you would need to rely on www.mypaydaylender.co.uk or a similar service for financing.

Natural Gas vs. Electricity

In general, appliances that runs on natural gas use up less energy than those which run on electricity. By opting for natural gas over electricity, you can reduce your dependence on expensive energy produced at power plants, the production of which generally involves enormous environmental consequences.

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Creating a New Look for Your Kitchen on a Budget

kitchen-decorThe prices of everything are gone up in recent years. Many people find it very difficult to manage their primary and other expenses. But the desire to renovate home is never suppressed. If you want to improve your kitchen with small budget do the following things. I am sure it won’t be heavy on your pocketbook.Just be sure to set your priorities and stick to them.

Change lighting
If you hate the overhead fixture, simply change it. Changing is not difficult; just buy a vintage light fixture at a low price. And also add small lights under the cabinets. You will really fell your kitchen glittering.

Update the hardware
Buy paint and do it yourself on cabinets. Use spray paints for the handles and knobs. It will glorify their look. Spray paint gives smooth touch and is durable.

Clean backdrop
Use small subway tiles for simple back-splash.

Clear the clutter
Messed up kitchen with small stuff on counters will cause your blood pressure to rise. Clean all the clutter and don’t place not in use items on the counters.

Place a rug
If your flooring has gown down and you don’t have enough money to replace it, simply buy a 4’x6’ rug. This will add comfort and decoration at the same time.

DIY ideas
You can do something very easy to give new look to your kitchen.

  • Frame pictures from favorite recipes on canvas and hang them on front wall.
  • Use mason jars to store utensils and cutlery. Paint the jar with your favorite color. But keep everything harmonized.
  • Re-purpose an old table as Kitchen Island. Keep a flowerpot in the center of the island.
  • Use salvaged floors, pottery and pallets to create new furniture.

Use energy efficient appliances
Change your energy consuming devices with energy efficient ones. They will reduce the cost of your utility bills.

Highlight open shelves
Add accent on the wall behind the shelves with bold color. And keep the items tidy on open shelves.

Replace a faucet
This is very straight forward step to remodel your kitchen. You can get a single hand faucet at reasonable price. Make this small investment for the thing which you use many times a day.

Get a big dish rack
Replace your small dish rack with the larger one. Steel rack will be best. It is available at low price.

Cover ugly counter tops
Cover your dirty counter tops with a spared cutting board. You can paint this in beautiful color and make a superb covering.

These are few tips which can save your money as they are not so expensive.

Ramkhan is professional writer. She writes about home decoration ideas with small budget. She also shares her ideas to make your own canvas prints.

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Decorating Your Bathroom on a Budget: The Do’s and Don’ts

pink-bathtubThe bathroom may be one of the smaller rooms in your home but it doesn’t have to be boring. The possibilities are endless with a little creativity. No matter what your budget is, you can decorate your bathroom without breaking the bank. With these tips your bathroom will be your most complimented room in your home.

Paint
One of the first things many people notice when walking into a room is the color. If you are looking to update your bathroom, the walls are a great place to start.
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Choose a color that will either match or compliment your towels and other bathroom accessories. Keep in mind the walls are not the only thing you can paint. You can add a complimentary color just by painting the
cabinets or depending what style you have, the bathtub. When working with a budget, don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside the box.
•    Don’t
Assume colors will coordinate with each other. Bring a towel or a small accessory when choosing your paint color. Pictures may give you an idea of what colors would go well together but since lighting is typically not the best in bathrooms, it is best to have a swatch with you for comparison.

Hardware
The accent pieces can play a big part when reinventing a room. The hardware in your bathroom is just another great way to update your space.
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Change your metallic options out with a flat black or gray. If you have plain hardware, try to upgrade with an ornate design such as leaves or a Fleur-de-lis pattern. Just something as simple as changing out the hardware can add just enough flair that you feel like walking in the space is like a breath of fresh air.
•    Don’t
Purchase hardware without having and overall design in mind. Make your life easy and purchase hardware once you have a clear vision of the finished product. Nothing is worse than having a beautiful new space with hardware that doesn’t coordinate well.

AccessoriesBathroom-decor
Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. If you want to keep it really simplistic, just changing out your accessories will make a big impression.
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Purchase accessory sets that are exact matches to each other or purchase items that compliment your existing décor. This makes decorating a snap and can bring your room together quickly.
•    Don’t
Feel it is necessary to purchase every piece in the collection. Choose the pieces you like and most importantly need. Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to have exact matching pieces if you want if you are going for an unconventional look. Find pieces in complimentary colors or designs. Even your towels don’t have to be the same color. Choose a bold or bright color such as a blue or purple and a contrasting color such as a black or gray. Complementing what you already have makes decorating easy on the wallet.

Lighting
Lighting is an issue in many bathrooms as the windows typically tend to be smaller or nonexistent. It can lead to a dim space that is difficult to see in.
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Embrace soft lighting when natural light is not an option. Another trick is to incorporate additional mirrors to the space. Mirrors can reflect the light already available and make the space feel larger than it actually is.
•    Don’t
Think any light is good light. Harsh lighting tends to dull the room rather than brighten it.
The most important thing to remember when decorating is that it’s the little things that count. To breathe new life into a room you don’t have to do a complete overhaul. A new color on the wall or a revamp of accessories can give you a fantastic change that will appeal to your eyes and your pocket book.

Do you have some bathroom decorating tips? Share your favorite tips in the comments below.

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Add Value to your Home without Wrecking your Bank Account

add-value-to-your-homeWhen 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.

Simple Cleaning
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.

Small Reno
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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