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Spruce Up Your Home with Recycled Wooden Pallets

by Courtney Soinski

As you know, we’re always looking for new ways to reuse items to decorate homes on a budget. Today we’ll be highlighting recycled wooden pallets. These are often just thrown out with the trash, but they can be used in so many innovative, creative and functional ways throughout your home! Wooden pallets can be manipulated to create things ranging from storage items, beds or coffee tables to window boxes, shoe cabinets or rockers.

Here are our top 10 favorite DIY home design ideas using recycled wooden pallets:

1. Front Porch Swing.

This is a very low cost and creative solution. All you need is strong ropes and 2 sturdy wooden pallets.

swing

2. Coat Rack.

Paint this pallet however you want then just add some hooks for an adorable coat rack!

coat rack

3. Coffee Table.  

Cute and functional coffee table on wheels made from recycled wooden pallets.

coffee table

4. Indoor Flower Display.

Bring the outdoors in! A great way to have bursts of color and a pretty garden on the wall.

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5. Chairs.

Outdoor seating area made with recycled wooden pallets. Great for entertaining!

chairs

6. Hanging Pot Rack.

Keep your pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils organized in this wooden pallet hanging pot rack.

pot rack

7. Pet Bed.

Whether you have a dog or cat, this is a great DIY idea for your furry friend, made from reused wooden pallets.

dogcat

8. Shoe Rack.

Innovation way to store and organize your shoes at home.

shoes

9. Kitchen Shelf.

Use recycled wooden pallets serve as a shelf that stores items in the kitchen. Looks cool, too!

shelf

10. Bed Frame.

Very inexpensive and fashionable way to use wooden pallets as a durable bed frame.

 bed

Step-by-step instructions for each wooden pallet project:

            Front Porch Swing
            Coat Rack
            Coffee Table
            Indoor Flower Display
            Chairs
            Hanging Pot Rack
            Pet Bed
            Shoe Rack
            Kitchen Shelf
            Bed Frame

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How to Cut Energy Costs in the Heat of Summer

by Courtney Soinski

Thecq5dam.web.420.270re are so many awesome things about Summer like poolside relaxation and cookouts with friends, but what about all the money you’re blowing on energy costs at home?  Thankfully, there are ways that you can cut costs during this time of year.  You’ll also be doing the environment a favor – According to the Energy Department, about half of a household’s overall energy is used up by heating and cooling in the home.

Here are 5 helpful ways to cut down on pesky energy costs this Summer.

1. Clean your filters.

This is a major energy sucker in homes during the Summer season.  Clean out your air filters at least once a month, which can be done very easily.  All you have to do is run water through the filters and let them air dry.  It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it . . . and wallet will thank you!

2. Keep that cold air in!

During this time of year, it’s especially important to keep all the cold air that’s coming out of your home’s vents to stay in your home and not seap outdoors.  You can do this by applying inexpensive plastic film around older windows to prevent a draft.  Other solutions include foam and caulking in problem areas along with extra attic insulation.  Close the doors and vents in unused rooms to save even more energy.

3. Step away from the oven.

Did you know that baking a cake or any hot foods like casseroles will make your A/C go into overdrive?  You can prevent this from happening by cooking colder foods, which will keep you cooler than eating hot foods. Make sense, right? If you can’t live without those hot foods, use an outdoor grill or toaster oven.

4. Program your thermostat.

According to Geoff Godwin, division vice president of Emerson, programming your thermostat appropriately will save you about 30% in energy costs per year.  Set it up so that the temperature automatically rises when you’re not at home during the day.  Most shocking to me is that about 25 million people own a programmable thermostat, but only half of them actually use the feature.

5. Unplug what you’re not using.

If you’re just hitting the power button on your TV after watching a show, you’re doing it all wrong.  Even though the power is off on your electronics, they are still sucking energy as long as they’re plugged in.  To save on costs, make sure you unplug things that you’re not using.  If you don’t want to have to worry about unplugging things all the time, another option is to use a Smart Strip, which will cut power when it’s not needed.

Source:  Money.USNews.com

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Designer Tips for Making Your Summer Party Pop

By John Voket

Summer is in full swing, and many of us are currently planning our summer parties. However, there is quite a distance between wanting to throw a great summer party and actually pulling it off. So we’ll look at some of the big challenges summer party hosts may face.

When it comes to planning a summer party, lifestyle expert Ceci Carmichael recently told blogger Candace Rose Anderson that people avoid entertaining because they just think it’ll be so full of stress and they’re not going to have a good time anyway.

Carmichael’s best advice—plan ahead. That means two weeks out get your list all set, get your menu all set and then along the way take bite size chunks out of it so that the day before you aren’t walking a tightrope between vacuuming and cooking at the same time.

Party planner to the stars Mindy Weiss (stylemepretty.com) advises aspiring party hosts to mind these tips:

tablerunner2Freshen up with Color

Don’t be afraid to add pop to your party with bright colors. Purchase a fun, colored table runner for outdoor tables and a set of patterned napkins for a fresh look. Include a few brightly colored dinner plates alongside basic white dishes. That simple pop of color adds excitement to the table.

picnic2Plan a Picnic in Your Own Backyard

Surprise your guests by setting up an outdoor picnic area. Spread multi-colored throws, blankets even large quilts on your grass and add bright colored pillows. The “eclectic look” is in! Place fun trays on the blankets filled with guacamole and chips or bottles of water and glassed bottled soda pop.

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Light up the Garden

Lanterns placed throughout your outdoor area are always noticed! They can hang from gazebos or line the walkway into the party. These lanterns use battery-powered candles as an alternative to regular candles… they’re gorgeous and are safe too!

 

barcartInvest in a Bar Cart

Freshen up your bar by adding a bar cart to the area where your guests are gathering. The bar cart can be filled with alcoholic drinks for the party goers, or for an outdoor family event try beautiful pitchers of lemonade or iced lavender hibiscus tea. Recently, I took my bar cart and filled it will fun desserts that the guests could try at their leisure.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

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