Patriotic Home Decor Finds – In the Unlikeliest of Places…

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We’ve all seen our share of patriotic placemats, quilts and even dishes. But if you are looking to add a touch of patriotism to your home in a new way, check out these fun Patriotic Home Decor Finds that take their posts in the un-likeliest of places. Flag-decor not your thing? You’ll still get a kick out of looking at these bright, bold home accents and their far-out locations (laundry room, anyone?).

Patriotic Present Coir Doormat
The Patriotic Present Coir Doormat is full of fun and function but is subtle in its presentation with a navy blue background, stars and two stripes tied into a bow! A perfect alternative to (or addition to) flying a flag for independence day! Read more

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Made in the USA – Homewares for the 4th of July!

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In honor of Independence Day, we have lined up the best storage and organization products made in America just for you! Proving that American-Made counts, these creative manufacturers have been busy finding ways to make homewares better and more affordable by making them here, at home.

Here are our favorite picks of organizing products Made in the USA!

Jewelry Rax
Made in the USA and relatively new on the market, the Jewelry Rax is a true organizing hero. This handy jewelry organizer mounts to the wall and offers easy access to your most frequently used gems. Read more

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Not Your Grandma’s Picnic Basket – Modern Picnic Gear for Summer Fun

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With health front and center in our minds lately, many of us are discovering the benefits of simply getting outside! And nothing says outside fun in the summer like a picnic. Luckily, this happy change in pace for people has coincided with an upgrade in picnic gear that makes outdoor eating easier for all!

Here are our picks for the best in Picnic Gear:

Mesh Pop-up Food Covers
Flies be gone! These Mesh Pop-up Food Covers are simple to use and fold down, taking up almost no space in your picnic basket. Plus, they allow you to sit back and relax without worrying about swatting those bugs away! Read more

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Outdoor Accents: Five Under $50

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While the first official day of summer is still two days away, I think most of us have already dipped our toes into the waters of this favorite of seasons! Whether you have just dusted off your patio furniture cushions or have already started getting your annuals into the ground, you are probably ready for a little outdoor decor fun, just as I am.

Here are five great Outdoor Accents, all under 50 dollars…Enjoy!

Set of 2 Rectangle Outdoor Pillows
This Set of 2 Rectangle Outdoor Pillows adds fun style or a punch of color to your patio furniture, depending on your mood! Read more

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End of School Year Clutter Control – Kids Storage Breakdown

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Are you ready for the summer? I sure am, but I wasn’t quite ready for all of the wonderful “stuff” my kids would bring home from school on the last day. And let’s face it, the package that comes home on the last day of the school year is the good stuff. It’s not the day to day worksheets that “accidentally” end up in the recycle bin throughout the year (oops!). These are the keepers (at least for another year).

Start by hanging new artwork on the walls of their room. Think of the art that kids bring home as free room decor. Choose the biggest, bold-colored pieces for them to enjoy. Next, weed out any books, whether they are decodable readers (recycle?), books made by the student, or portfolios. These should go on a bookcase in their room. And lastly, any unfinished workbooks or sheets tossed in there by the teacher should be kept where they normally do their homework. (But ONLY if you actually think they will do those sheets during the summer. Otherwise, do yourself a big favor and recycle them now.)

Wicker Night Stand Basket
When looking for a storage vessel for your kids masterpieces, think big. For artwork, 8 1/2 x 11 is probably not going to work. This oversized Wicker Night Stand Basket does the trick at over 22″ x 15″. And it’s pretty, perfect for leaving out in plain view. Read more

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5 Must Have Closet Organizers

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Are you feeling fed up with your closet?  Is it hard for you to find articles of clothing or shoes and is everything getting crushed and wrinkled?  I’m here to help folks.

If you’re about to undertake a closet makeover and you’ve done some research, then you’ve learned that there is a MULTITUDE of closet organization products.  And I know it can get overwhelming, trying to decide what’s best for you.  This post is dedicated to those who (like myself) are living with a bare bones closet that doesn’t have built in shelves or cabinets.  It’s time for you to make your closet more functional and organized!

Here are my recommendations for turning a nightmare closet into the closet of your dreams:

1.  Hanging Shelves – usually made from canvas, these products give you an instant way to store folded clothing in the closet.  If you’ve run out of dresser space for sweaters and jeans, you don’t have to stuff them into the drawers.  Hanging shelves maximize your closet’s potential, keep clothes in easy reach, and free up space in your drawers.

2. Shoe Rack – there are many schools of thought on how to best keep your shoes organized, and I would say it comes down to a case by case basis.  But overall, I believe in the traditional floor shoe rack which goes along the bottom of your closet.  There isn’t much else you can use that space for and without a shoe rack, your shoes will be in a messy pile.  And we’re trying to fix that here!

3.  Closet Doubling Rods – probably one of the most essential closet organizers!  You can get an extra rod that hangs below the built in one, giving you twice the hanging space.  Hang shorter items like blouses and sweaters here, and they won’t overlap.  I have always trusted in this Double Hanging Closet Rod.

doublerod

4.  Tie/Belt Racks – undoubtedly, you are the owner of several ties, belts and scarves.  Hang them up so they remain untangled and easy to access with something like this Accessory Rack.

5.  Shelf Organizers – even a basic closet usually has a shelf running across the top, over the clothing rod.  To make the best use of this space, purchase shelf baskets to line the top.  I use mine for holding out of season clothing, bathing suits, hats and winter gloves, and more.  Trust me, it will look so tidy and clean!

So if you’re feeling lost when it comes to closet organization, start with these five suggestions.  Don’t overwhelm yourself with fancy systems for now, just stick with the basics and you will see a huge improvement!

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Take Advantage of the Heat – Air Dry Solutions

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3-piece Steel Clothes Drying PostAlthough the summer is definitely my favorite season of the year, there are some downsides to this sweltering season. While the warm weather, long nights and carefree vibe make everything feel a little easier, utility costs seem to rise with the heat. With cost-savings in mind there are several ways to turn this weakness into a benefit. Perhaps the easiest way of all is air-drying your freshly-washed laundry.

While the hot weather forces you to turn on the AC and is an energy-suck, it also is a great substitute for machine-drying clothes! In many locations, the summertime means no fear of rain or precipitation, and you can leave those clothes out to dry for hours without worry. Read more

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Does Your Office Moonlight as a Guestroom? No Problem.

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Brenton DaybedThis week’s featured product helps you achieve the balance between office and guest room elegantly. When setting up a home office, you want it to be sophisticated, fresh, neat, tidy and stylish. So what do you do when your home office doubles as a guest room for out-of-towners? Futons and daybeds offer a simple fix for this dilemma. Instead of placing a whole bed in the office (when it will only be used sporadically), start with a sofa-like sleeper to give you a sitting area during the day, and a sleeping area at night.

The Brenton Daybed with Trundle fits the bill perfectly. Read more

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