Upcycled Storage Jars

 

Photo From Lewisville Love

What a great way to reuse and upcycle old jars like these. Clean the label off which might need a product like Goo Be Gone. The top has been spray painted with a silver spray paint that is designed to be used on outside plastic to ensure durability. You can also use steel wool to rough up the plastic to help ensure the paint sticks. Labels like these can be purchased in many craft stores. Use these for spices, nuts, chocolate chips or other snacks and kitchen needs. But don’t just stop in the kitchen. These could work in a bathroom for bath powders, bath bombs, hair bands and first aid supplies. Use in a home office for supplies like staples, rubber bands, new tape rolls, paper clips and other odds and ends.

Bring In Some Magic In Your Landscape Courtesy Faux Ancient Sequoia Tree

urlEvery office has its own virtues and story. The landscaping and décor in the offices should convey its virtues to the viewers and it pays a great role in drawing people at the offices and maintaining the environment at office. So, the landscaping at the public places and offices should be done carefully keeping in mind the message conveyed to the viewers. Some modern landscaping ideas like having an entire tall tree in the office can bring in the magic and elegance to your office. Something like the ancient Sequoia tree can do wonders to your office environment and would be a great example of modern landscaping ideas.

Reasons for using the artificial greenery

Using the natural Sequoia tree at your office landscape would be impossible as it is very rarely available and planting an entire tree in the landscape would be impossible. So, the idea of using artificial greenery is useful and it will be advantageous than using any natural plants in the office. The large artificial plants like the Sequoia will be a great view in the office and the item is suitable for indoor use as well as in the outdoors. So, a rare sight of an entire tree in the office will be awesome landscaping idea.

Advantages of artificial greenery

Here are some of the advantages of artificial greenery over the natural ones:

  • The artificial plants, as they are not natural, won’t have a natural growth rate, death and decay. So, once you have invested on it, you need not worry about it going old or dying. You can instead shift it from one place to another as per requirement.
  • As the artificial plants don’t have any death or decay, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the litter from the office on a daily basis. Talking about the large artificial plants like Sequoia, they will generate a lot of leaves and other waste which will be a major issue.
  • The artificial greenery will not require regular maintenance like the real ones and won’t require regular watering and daily care. It can go on forever without care.
  • Using the artificial greenery, the large artificial plans like sequoia will be possible inside the office for landscaping which will be impossible using the natural plants.
  • A hygienic environment will also be maintained in the office which would not have been possible using the natural tree as it will attract a lot of flies and birds which will again litter the place.
  • The large artificial plants like sequoia will also be best for indoor and outdoor use as natural plants will only be available outdoors where it will get sunlight and other ideal conditions for growth.
  • The artificial greenery is made from fire retardant material which will reduce a fire breakout in the office.

Bring in the magic of the faux Sequoia tree

The office landscape is usually known to be monotonous and a boring one. But bringing in some really interesting landscaping or décor items like the artificial Sequoia tree can turn on the office atmosphere from a dull and boring one to an interesting one almost instantly. It will not only draw more and more people to your office, but will also keep them interested and mesmerized with such an amazing view in the office. Having an amazing and charming landscape in the office will also keep the employees morale high and they will be interested to work more and that will help your company in turn.

The ancient sequoia also has a specialty of its own to stand out among the rest as a landscaping item. It is known to be the world’s largest living tree and its cones and seed are also special. So, having an ancient giant faux sequoia in your office will not only seem magical and unreal but will also bring in the elements of ancient nature. You can also create your own theme of landscaping for your office indoors and outdoors. The faux ancient sequoia is available in different sizes from 4’ to 8’ which allows you to choose your own size for your office landscape.

Placing the faux ancient sequoia tree at the office indoors

The office indoors can be a great place for your magical landscaping item or the faux ancient sequoia tree. The advantage with indoors is that artificial greenery, especially the large artificial plants will look more unreal and charming when they are placed indoors. They will catch the attention and draw more people. Here are some of the locations to put your faux sequoia tree:

  • The reception- it is the best place if you want to treat your visitors with the magical view of the ancient sequoia tree in your office. The awesomeness will leave people mesmerized.
  • Near the entrance- it is a great spot if you want people to catch a glimpse of the ancient sequoia tree right after entering the office, placing it near the entrance will be a great option.
  • At the cafeteria- you can also place the ancient sequoia tree at the cafeteria where workaholics meet for refreshment and relaxing. The magnificent sight will be pleasing to the eye.
  • Conference room- the faux sequoia tree can also be placed at the conference room for refreshing the mood at the serious and monotonous business conferences.

Placing the faux ancient sequoia tree at the office outdoors

At the outdoors, having a large artificial plant will seem quite natural but a sequoia tree will always be a treat to the eyes. You can place the faux sequoia tree at the main entrance or at any lawn where maximum people can see it. You can also gain the attention and admiration of all the people by placing it at any party or official gathering. You can also try some of your ideas and look for the best results.

Summary

The artificial sequoia is a great option for indoor as well as outdoor landscaping in the offices as it is magnificent and has an unreal attribute associated with it. You can bring in its awesomeness in to your office by placing landscaping with the faux sequoia tree.

A great source for silk plants for your office space is www.CommercialSilk.com – you will find an amazing assortment of items for all of your needs.

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Top Interior Trends for 2017 By Diana Smith

Since 2017 is coming, it is the perfect time to redecorate your home and start the new year with a change. A new year means a new beginning, so why not give your living areas a fresh start as well. If you like keeping up with trends, here are some you might want to incorporate into your home décor.

Colours

When it comes to colours, 2017 will be dressed in playful, vivid and vibrant colours. The most popular are the different shades of pink, especially flesh, red and peach. Navy blue, deep blue and green are popular colours for furniture items and accessories.  Dark purple and black with glossy surfaces are a match made in designer heaven. A matte finish will be popular in 2017, adding to the elegance of your home. This will put focus on the form, rather than the surface.

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As experts point out, the main characteristics of furniture in 2017 will be:

  • Roundedness – Round furniture is the thing of the future. Hard materials, such as marble, with curved edges will give the impression of softness and provide a tactile experience.
  • Custom-made furniture – The ongoing trend that will continue into 2017 is creating your own furniture. Many companies encourage their clients to provide their own ideas and thus contribute to the process of making their own furniture. Not only are the customers allowed to customise colour and finishes, but they can also determine the shape and the size.
  • Functionality – No useless items will be present in the house. Each item should be functional and useful.  Multi-purpose furniture for several purposes will contribute to the stylishness and the spaciousness of your living area.image-21

Kitchens

Kitchen designs in 2017 will include many special features that will make your kitchen stand out. For example, you can include a dining table with casters that will allow you to alter seating arrangement depending on the occasion. However, some classic features, such as open shelves and raw materials, are here to stay.  Since minimalism will continue to be big in 2017, many hidden cabinets or pop-out kitchen items will enable a practical use of space.

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Bathrooms

Bathrooms should no longer resemble cold, sterile areas. Instead, they should have the feel of warm living spaces. By using different ornaments, graphic wallpaper, and even some furniture items that you wouldn’t usually opt for, you can create a unique bathroom in line with the 2017 trends. Another possible look to go for is the one typical of spas, which will transform your bathroom into an area for fit for relaxing. Include some plants, bring in a music player and light up some candles, and you’ll have a spa experince of your own in no time.

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Living Rooms

The experts suggest that a more eclectic interior design is a way to go, which means that you can include a variety of different styles that are to your liking. You can decorate the living room in a way that will reflect your own personality and interests, and emphasise different details. With the technological advances, you can now incorporate a fireplace into your home without having to worry about the smell and indoor air pollution. In 2017, fireplaces will be the centre of the room, replacing the TVs. If you don’t have any spare room, you can use a corner next to the windows of your living room to create an area drenched in sunlight, since sunrooms are all the rage 2017.image-5

Bedrooms

Individuality and uniqueness should prevail in your bedroom, as well. Find a style that works for you the most, whether it’s an elegant matte décor, or a room filled with antique furniture. Patterns are rising in popularity, so if they are to your taste, they’ll be a great choice for 2017. If you are ready, you can try out some bold ideas, such as a contemporary room wrapped in wooden walls and ceiling.

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Materials

As regards the materials that 2017 is bringing, make room for black metal. This simple, but elegant material will be used in combination with wood, or glass. Some designers even offer entire furniture items made of matte black metal. Natural materials typically used outside will find their way in, so don’t hesitate to use decorative concrete to create an interesting, unique and functional living area.

Waiting for the new year is exciting, and we all like entering it with a change. Instead of buying a new phone that will be outdated in only a couple of months, why not redecorate your home and enjoy it for a longer than that.

How To Craft The Perfect Home Office By Diana Smith

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Having a full time stay-at-home job or simply telecommuting seems like truly great idea. Working in a friendly environment while your loved ones are just few steps away, taking a break whenever you want – this particular kind of job arrangement does offer tons of advantages. But what about disadvantages? Well, it should be mentioned that, while pleasant, your home is not really the environment that allows you to unleash tons of productivity. No problem here. All you need to make it work is an isolated home office. Let’s see how to set one up.

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Find a Proper Space

Ideally, your home office should inhabit the space of some abandoned room or a basement with the door that will physically separate you from all the other household activities and cut the noise to the minimum. If you don’t own such space, you can separate a part of another room with a folding door or simply set up your office in the corner of some of the less populated areas of your home. Alternatively, you can solve this problem by buying a shipping container and using it as a backyard office.

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Take Care of the Essentials

And by the essentials, we mean chair, desk, and any other thing you can’t finish your job without. As for the desk, its only requirement should be to provide you enough space to get the job done. If you are short on space, you can get away even with a wall mounted table. The chair, on the other hand, is a whole another story. You will spend a lot of time sitting there, so find the one that is comfortable, adjustable, and offers great lumbar support. Other home office essentials may include PC, printer, scanner or a separate phone line.

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Make the Office Pleasant and Inviting

The more appealing and inviting your home office is, the more time you will want to spend there, and rest assured – that time will translate to increased productivity. That is why you should ditch the utilitarian mantra and make your home office as relaxed and cozy as possible. Hang the pictures of the places you would like the visit, fulfill your childhood decorating dreams or do whatever you want to make the office your little piece of Heaven. It would also be a good idea to use full-spectrum lighting if your office does not receive too much natural light.

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Storage, Storage, Storage

Clutter is poison to productivity. The best way to put an early end to it is to pack your office with enough storage space. Fortunately, various shelving solutions can fit into virtually any space, so you don’t have any excuse for keeping the papers scattered around the office. What you should do instead is to organize storage into distinct sections, mark them with different colors or signs and keep the empty walk and document scavenging on the bare minimum.

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Lose Distractions

We already mentioned that your office should be inviting and pleasant. However, if you go overboard you may hurt your productivity. The first thing you should do to prevent this from happening is to clean your office of all the media you like to consume (If music gets you going, you can make yourself a playlist on the PC, though). Second, lose the unnecessary furniture. Your chair may be comfortable but the sofa will always look more inviting. Third, if you have chosen some gimmick (e.g. music, cottage, industrial) stick to it. Odd elements will constantly distract you.

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If you follow these few tips, your home office will become a neat and well-organized piece of space that will strike the perfect balance between pleasant and productive. You will finally be able to use all the advantages of stay-at-home jobs without worrying that the household will consume you. Enjoy, and have a pleasant day at work.

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Gingerbread House Pattern

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Save each of the five images above. Print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper borderless. Do this by selecting the image one at a time and click print. Options should come up: uncheck option to fit in frame and select 8.5′ x 11′ borderless and print. These will give you uniform pattern. To make it slightly small you can check the 8.5′ x 11′ with border. This plan can have moderate changes made by decoration to make it a church, house, post office or school.