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9 More Things You Can Make Instead of Buy

9 More Things You Can Make Instead of Buy

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We’re here with nine more suggestions of things around the house you could save money on in the long-run by DIYing.

1. Curtains If you want incredibly heavy, huge and intricate curtains — well you might be better off finding a deal to buy if you’re not particularly DIY-inclined. But, consider a DIY set of curtains before you press “purchase,” as many options exist for making your own, oftentimes for much less than you could purchase them. Try these ideas: Making Your Own Curtains: Easy Instructions from Across the Web.

2. Patterned fabric. There are a ton of beautiful, colorful, patterned fabrics out there just waiting to be made into curtains, pillows, sheets and more. But you know what? Some of them can cost a pretty penny. If you’ve got the DIY inclinations, try making your own patterns for your DIY textile projects. You could make your own mudcloth, stencil on fabric or even stamp your sheets, for example.

3. Gifts They not only cost less, but handmade gifts often mean more to both the gift giver and gift receiver. Some ideas here.

4. Toys Since a kid’s tastes change pretty rapidly, you can save money by DIYing toys to keep their attention. Try these: 10 Darling DIY Toys that You Still Have Time to Make!

5. Granola Granola can be made in bulk, just to your liking and easily at home. Why do I keep buying it? Try this great make-at-home recipe before buying your next batch of granola: How To Make the Best Granola.

I do this all the time, takes me about 30 minutes using bulk food from Central Market. Much better than store bought and with fewer calories. Can’t make enough of it to keep up with demand.

6. Floating shelves/wall hooks Need some stylish shelves and extra storage? Make your own, pretty easily! DIY Shelves: 5 Sleek DIY Shelf Storage Projects Under $50.

7. Frames for art It doesn’t always make sense to DIY your own frames for art — you can often find deals on frames for smaller pieces of art with a little bit of searching — but oversize large pieces or oddly-sized and shaped pieces could cost you a lot of money to have professional framed. Consider the price of making your own, instead. How to Build a Custom DIY Floating Frame for Artwork, DIY Ideas for Framing Large Artwork and How To Make a Magnetic DIY Frame for Artwork…in 10 Minutes are great ideas.

8. Candles Why buy a pricey candle when you can make a cute and fragrant one from a clementine? How To: Make a Clementine Candle.

9. Hummus I always forget to make hummus, and then spend a lot of money buying it pre-made from the store (because I love and eat a lot of hummus). But you can make this tasty and healthy dish at home easily — and make a lot of it at a time to save and store for snacking later. This Tasty recipe is a good place to start: How To Make Hummus from Scratch-4 Ways.

16 Creative Shelving Designs

16 Creative Shelving Designs

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Take a Great Shelfie, these storage and display ideas veer from the straight and narrow and into the realm of room-transforming. When we think of wall treatments, we often focus on wallpaper, paint or architectural moldings rather than on shelves or bookcases, even if they’re built-in. Shelves are viewed as having more in common with extraneous wall hangings, such as art and mirrors, than with feature walls. And yet, there’s that rare shelving unit that houses our books and knickknacks in such a unique way that it manages to completely transform the room it’s in. Here are examples of shelves whose scale or material makes them utterly cool alternatives to the standard boxy bookcase plunked against a wall.

….Via houzz.com

 

12 Tips to Help You Start an Edible Garden

12 Tips to Help You Start an Edible Garden

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Get on your way to growing your own vegetables with a raised bed or a few containers on the patio

You’ve dreamed of turning your lawn into a lush food-producing oasis. Perhaps you’ve had visions of stepping onto your patio before dinner to snip fresh chives and basil onto your plate. The good news is that almost anyone can grow food, whether you have a tiny apartment balcony or a big yard. And there’s still time to start many summer crops — and to plan for a cool-season garden for fresh harvests this fall….Via houzz.com

 

 

Refine Your Renovation Vision to Fit Your Budget

Refine Your Renovation Vision to Fit Your Budget

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Matching your renovation dreams and dollars can sometimes feel like a challenge. But there’s a lot you can do to get the look you want at the right price. In the first story in this series, we laid out the steps in choosing the pros you will work with and set an initial budget.

Here we’ll focus on how to work with your professionals to sharpen your renovation vision, understand its realistic cost, and refine the plan to match your budget when necessary. You’d follow the same basic process if you’re acting as your own general contractor….Via houzz.com

 

How Color Choices Impact the Feel of your Home

How Color Choices Impact the Feel of your Home

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Nowhere is that decision more crucial than in the most-used room in the house: the kitchen. To help you tackle the color challenge, we’ll break down the basics of color psychology, recommend color choices, and sneak a peek at DuPont’s new colors for their Corian® solid surfaces and Zodiaq® quartz countertops designed to help tie a whole room together in one cohesive atmosphere.

People generally choose neutral colors for counter-tops, and to help you examine how your color choices will impact a room, DuPont has recently published a Color Trend Report, looking at the most common colors typically picked in interior design: whites, greys, blues and earth tones like green and brown….inhabitat.com

 

Genius Dream Cabinet Organizers

Genius Dream Cabinet Organizers

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Imagine having your stand mixer come to you, instead of it taking up all that counter space.

There are some things you want to keep hidden from guests, like your extensive dish collection or over-the-top morning coffee routine. Luckily, these sneaky cabinets will keep them behind closed doors.

There are some things you want to keep hidden from guests, like your extensive dish collection or over-the-top morning coffee routine. Luckily, these sneaky cabinets will keep them behind closed doors.

How much better would mornings be if you had a dedicated cabinet for your favorite source of caffeine? The pot rolls out, allowing for easy pouring, while the mugs, beans and sweeteners are within reach, too.

See more at Details and Design »….countryliving.com

 

These Are the Ugliest Colors to Paint Your Home

These Are the Ugliest Colors to Paint Your Home

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After intense research, the Australian government thinks it found the world’s ugliest color. In fact, it’s using the repellent hue to discourage people from smoking—and other governments may be following suit.  So what horrific shade could possibly be so bad it might turn people off from the dirtiest of lifelong habits?

Drumroll, please! It turns out to be Pantone 448 C, a delightful shade of greenish-brownish bile, tastefully named Opaque Couche. Pretty, no?  But we like brown, usually (hello, chocolate), and we like green, too. So what is it about this particular color that makes us gag? Apparently, it might be how we process it.

“It isn’t necessarily an ugly color, really. I could see a pair of pants in that color, and they’d probably be pretty cute,” says Heather Humphrey, a founding partner of the interior design firm Alder and Tweed. “But when people pick paint colors, they want to feel happy and uplifted. And this is a color that makes you feel kind of dead and lifeless. It just brings down the mood.”

Thankfully (and perhaps unsurprisingly) Opaque Couche hasn’t shown up in any homes Humphrey has seen, but that doesn’t mean the interior design world is safe. There are plenty of “ugliest color” runners-up that do show up inside homes. In fact, they might even be in your home.  read more at realtor.com

Backyard Designs to Bring Living Outdoors

Backyard Designs to Bring Living Outdoors

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Outdoor rooms are as popular as ever, and the line between indoors and out is becoming blurrier all the time. In these New Zealand gardens, created by the winners of Landscaping New Zealand’s 2016 Landscapes of Distinction Awards, there’s an outdoor version of every room in the house. Which ideas can you apply to make your backyard more inviting?

Together Yet Alone

Christchurch-based Goom Landscapes uses the word “lifescapes” to sum up what its landscape designers try to achieve in every project: outdoor rooms that extend your living space, enhance your home’s functionality and style, and add value in the process. The New Zealand landscaping professionals group awarded this project both best design of the year and landscape of the year.

Design elements of the house repeat in the garden, linking the two spaces. The wide pavers echo the dimensions of the house, for example. And there’s a spa built into the patio, seen to the right in this photo. This barbecue area is set up well for entertaining, with seating for guests plus plenty of counter space for drinks and nibbles.  read more at houzz.com

 

25 DIY Projects – Before the End of Summer

25 DIY Projects – Before the End of Summer

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Now’s the time to wrap up these home improvement projects before the weather turns.

You’ve still got a few weeks left to tackle those last-minute DIY projects you’ve been meaning to get to all summer.

Make sure your roof gutters are unobstructed, as they may have collected leaves, branches, and other debris over the course of the summer. Clogged gutters can cause water runoff and damage your home.

It’s important to keep your firewood dry and off the ground, and a DIY firewood shed is the best way to achieve this. Here are the plans and instructions from senior home editor Roy Berendsohn for building this simple enclosure.

How to Build a Firewood Shed…… read more at popularmechanics.com

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