DIY Heart String Art For Valentine’s Day

Sometimes an old idea, even from the 1970s, can still be recycled and used again. String art is still very popular and fun. It’s a great way to express your creativity – You can make many different shapes with many different colors.

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This heart-shaped string art DIY project is a great wedding present, but can also work as a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift!

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As a wall décor it can be very stylish and cool for your living room.

Innovative Uses For The Space Under A Staircase

While millions of homes are built with staircases, very few homeowners actually use this additional space underneath them. However, properly decorating and setting up this otherwise wasted space will offer multiple benefits.

#1 – Home Office

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One solution that’s incredibly easy and efficient is to turn the area into a functional home office. Depending on the size and shape of your staircase, this may or may not be easy. All that’s required to accomplish this is to install a desk, electrical outlet and light in the space.

#2 – Storage

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If you can’t seem to find enough room to store all of your clothes and belongings, then you should turn this area into a storage area with custom drawers. You can store additional clothes, books, DVDs, electronics, remote controls, mail or practically anything else you can think of.

#3 – Bookshelf

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A third option is to turn the additional space into a large bookshelf. This technique is especially beneficial for staircases in the foyer and/or living room. Installing one in the open communal area such as a foyer staircase will provide a stylish touch, helping to achieve a more attractive and complete home decor.

#4 – Lounging Area

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As long as there’s enough space, you can turn the area underneath a staircase into a full lounge area. The dark, cozy atmosphere is perfect for kicking back and relaxing. Lounge areas are ideal for kicking back and catching a daytime nap.

This Camper May Look Odd, But Once You See Inside, You’ll Wish You Owned One!

Created by Dutch designer Eduard Bohtlingk in 1985, the Markies camper masquerades as an unassuming box. When the sides come down, it’s soon apparent that this is no ordinary trailer.

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Vinyl awnings and clever, collapsible furniture allow this camper to expand into a comfortable, fashionable home away from home.

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The awnings can be raised or lowered, depending on the weather.

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You can even sleep under the stars on a clear night.

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With four beds, a removable divider allows for a little privacy while sleeping.

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The modern conveniences continue into the kitchenette, complete with cappuccino machine.

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Everything is carefully designed to maximize features and minimize space.

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This results in some unusual appliances, such as this sink/stovetop combo.

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Credit: ViralNova | Photography Eduard Bohtlingk

3 Tips On Mixing and Matching Bedding

It can be intimidating to work with multiple textile patterns, but when you add layers of patterns onto your bedding, you can create a much more interesting bedroom space. Create a custom look, even when the fabrics used are not! Here are 3 helpful tips to consider while boldly expressing that you don’t play it safe when it comes to your outfitting your bed.

1. Rotate the patterns. Use one on the bed spread, bed skirt, one on the pillows up front, and another on the back pillows.

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2. Leave visual “breathing room” between two patterns. Use a solid fabric between two different bold patterns. In this photo the white euro sham pillows are use as an important visual transition to the color and patterns of the throw pillows and duvet cover.

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3. Work with three different scaled fabrics. Find one large pattern, one medium, and one small patterned fabric. If you were to use the same sized patterns throughout your bedding set, it would look way too busy. Consider scale and size of your textile designs and vary them to create visual interest. In this picture, the large zebra print on the euro shams contrast well with the circle patterns on the duvet cover.

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It Looks Like A Boring Box In A Room. But What Came Out Of It Blew My Mind!

Looks can be deceiving… so make sure to never underestimate someone’s creativity. Take this box for example. It seems like it’s just a normal chest, right? What it really is will leave your jaw on the floor. You won’t see this one coming. I know didn’t.

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It’s an entire room in a box! If I could find a way to stuff an entire apartment in a box, I’d be set 😉

MIND BLOWN!!!
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Don’t Think A Table Can Blow Your Mind? Think Again, Because These Are Simply Unbelievable!

Most people don’t have the time, skill or budget to perfectly design and Feng Shui their own home. However, don’t give up if a well-designed apartment or home is your goal! An impressive interior design scheme can be accomplished simply if you have a creative focus piece, like one of these tables. These pieces of furniture are so incredible, you could design a whole room around them…

1. Sparkling Crystal Table
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creative-table-design-7-24. Ocean Sand Work Desk
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creative-table-design-6-25. Swingset Table
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creative-table-design-4-27. The Pond Table
creative-table-design-15-18. Fusion Table (Billiards/Dining)
creative-table-design-14-29. Coffee Table Kitty Hammock
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creative-table-design-12-210. Nautilus Table
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creative-table-design-3-213. Photo Album Coffee Table
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10 Awesome Man Cave Ideas

Sick of your husband watching football with his friends in the living room? Make him a man cave! The best part, you and your husband can work on these DIY Projects together…#QualityTime

1. DIY Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser

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2. Hooks Made From Wrenches

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3. Book Shelf Made Out Of Pipe Clamps

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4. A Sink…That Is Also A Tire.

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5. Beer Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher

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6. Create A Tiled Floor Using Pennies

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7. DIY Bar Made Out Of Shipping Pallets

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8. Turn Suitcases into Wall Shelving

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9. DIY Cutting Board

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10. A Vintage Ice Chest From Wood Pallets

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How to Grow Cacti Indoors

Cacti make beautiful houseplants that add character to any home. But perhaps the best part about cacti is that they are virtually impossible to kill. With a bit of soil, sunlight and minimal water they will happily grow and flower for years, which makes them a great plant for beginning gardeners and even those with notoriously brown thumbs.

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Step 1

Change your cactus’ soil. Unless you know when the cactus you purchased was potted, its a good idea to re-pot it as soon as you buy it. A cactus that is potted in quality soil does not need any fertilizer at all. Quality cactus soil should be composed of one part potting mix, one part washed sand, and one part coarse gravel. If your cactus does not grow or flower for a long while, it is a sign that its soil needs to be changed once again.

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Step 2

Water your cactus. House cacti need very little water–as little as one watering per month. To tell if your cactus needs water, insert a pencil all the way to the bottom of the soil. If moist soil clings to it, it is not yet time to water. Cactus soil should be allowed to completely dry out before it is watered again. Tap water is not good for cacti. If possible, use collected rainwater to water your cactus. Rain water causes chemical reactions in the soil that will provide most of the nutrients that it needs to thrive in its pot. If rain water is not available, use distilled water or tap water that has white vinegar added to it (one capful of white vinegar per five gallons of tap water). Never water your cacti with cold water. Bottom water your cactus by letting it sit in a saucer full of water, and do not let any water get on its flesh or roots. Cacti grow for only a few months out of the year, and when they are resting they need virtually no water. Different cacti have different growing seasons although most grow in the spring and fall and rest in the winter and summer. It is important not to over-water your cactus when it is resting. Research your particular variety of cacti to get to know its growing and resting cycles.

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Step 3

Place your cactus near a brightly lit window where it will receive sunlight for most of the day. However, if your cactus develops yellow or brown spots, it is a sign that is receiving too much light. To remedy the problem, simply move it to a spot that receives less light. If it turns a lighter green, it needs more light. Use its colors to help you find a balance.