Glee’s Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are sharing a fun holiday send-up with their new Christmas carol inspired by Febreze, The 12 Stinks of Christmas! Check out the song above and get some hints on dealing with each culprit with this handy tip sheet:
Congratulations to Maryann D., the winner of our Schlage giveaway! Now that our own home makeover is complete, I wanted to share the finished results:
Our new Schlage fittings in Satin Brass look fantastic and are a big improvement! Not only do the doors have a better aesthetic appearance, but it’s made a difference functionally as well – the doors feel a lot more solid now, closing firmly. Anyone who has older doors in their house probably knows how they can be a little squirrely – I was pleasantly surprised what a difference it made in how easy it is to open and close the inside doors now; and the deadbolts on the front and back doors are also very nice and reinforced. This is one of those small changes you can make that lends a large overall improvement to the home. I’m looking forward to enjoying my new Schlage fittings for many years to come!
You’ve probably guessed by now that I love everything retro. Vintage cookbooks, vintage clothes – and even a vintage home. Our house was built in 1929, and while we made a lot of big changes during our decade (!!!) of major home renovations, we have kept much of the home original. As any homeowner knows, it’s always a work in progress, so we’re always working on small projects to spruce up, improve, and add efficiency.
One simple project that can make a big difference in how your home looks is your door fittings. We’ve been wanting to update the handles and locks on the front and back door for a while now, so when Schlage offered the chance to do a mini-makeover, I thought this would be a convenient time to do it. Schlage have been around for 95 years – even longer than my house! – so they know a thing or two about quality made to last. New for 2015, Schlage are debuting hardware with new finishes in Satin Brass and Polished Nickel, and I thought the Satin Brass in particular would look nice with our existing decor.
Schlage sent us enough hardware to change our all the doorknobs in the whole house, so everything can match – which it so rarely does in old houses. 😉 Now, in 99% of homes, changing out door handles is a ten minute project that requires no special know-how – which makes it an awesome DIY project to dip your toes in the water, since you can make a big improvement to your room’s appearance with minimal work! Now, for a home like ours that has its original doors, it’s a little more involved since we have to update the doors to accommodate modern fittings. We’ve been meaning to do this for a while, so it’ll be nice to get this taken care of! It’s looking awesome so far:
I’ll be sharing more of our makeover once it’s finished, so stay tuned! And in the meantime, be sure to follow the Schlage Blog and social channels on Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for more DIY inspiration!
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One MomStart reader will win $500 of Schlage door hardware in the new finishes of Satin Brass or Polished Nickel, in the style of the winner’s choosing – that’s enough to make over one floor of your home!
See the Rafflecopter widget below for full details and to enter. By entering this giveaway, you agree to complete a written questionnaire with feedback surrounding Schlage products and installation. Once the prize has been shipped to the lucky winner and they’ve had time to install and use the hardware, a Schlage representative will get in touch for feedback. Opinions you provide will be used in future communications from Schlage. Giveaway is open to residents of the continental US (No PO boxes) who are 18 years of age or older. Giveaway closes on November 9th, 2015 at 11:00 PM PST; winner will be drawn the following day. Click here for our giveaway rules.
As the world celebrates the arrival of the royal princess today, experts from My Colortopia are sharing some tips on how to give any child’s nursery the royal treatment:
A great way to add a “Royal” touch to a baby’s room and continues as a strong trend in décor is the use of metallics.
- Pairing coral or pink with gold accents adding sparkly touches bring an element of surprise and delight to your baby’s space.
- Should you want to use gold as a wall color, Warm Gold represents the trend making a nice feature wall.
- Gold metallics are great in several places in the room, not just the walls, like furniture or fabrics.
“Royal Navy” can be used in combination with any color in the palette, and adds a sense of luxury and depth, allowing the room to grow with your little one.
- Using more sophisticated colors in a nursery can allow for easy updates for your baby’s years to come.
- Using framed artwork and pictures is fun project and a great look with this sophisticated color palette. It provides “art gallery” look with the frames while bringing in more whimsical baby and children related images like nursery rhymes, toys, cartoons, etc.
Colors that reflects nature are always in season, creating a soft and warm feeling in your little one’s room.
- Pastels in bright hues are also popular right now, including pinks, corals, aqua and mint greens. These can be incorporated in fun patterns and geometric shapes on feature walls, or even in textured fabrics.
- Neutrals are a big trend in capturing this nature element. You will see them often paired with soft pastels and even some textured items like different woods.
Neutrals paired with other colors continues to create a great room for your little one. But neutrals are not just the white or off-white you think about when thinking neutral.
- Grey is wonderful neutral that looks great paired with many colors. Purples and Greys are a great combination, using soft shades of these can be perfect for a nursery.
- A more neutral palette is less about the standard pink and blue, more about the Grey and Charcoals or Beige and Browns that work easily as you want to welcome your baby by using accessories, bedding and changing up the fabrics.
- You can add whimsy with neutrals by considering painting patterns and shapes. Neutrals by no means needs to be dull.
For more ideas, check out the Nursery Quiz at MyColortopia.com.
As you may recall from my review last month, select Swiffer and Febreze products are now certified asthma & allergy friendly™. One of their fans is Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who shows us how he’s tackling Spring cleaning in this fun video!
Organizing my makeup has always proved to be a challenge, because my bathroom storage space is limited. Although we’ve completely remodeled the bathroom to make the most of every inch, the layout still poses challenges. I store most of my makeup on a shelf area that extends next to the shower, and the way the shelf is designed makes it a little awkward to put things on. To make matters worse, since all of my makeup items are small, it’s hard to keep them organized – usually, when I deep clean, I arrange everything into neat little piles that promptly roll away or get knocked over when I have to reach to the back of the shelf. Because of its odd position in between the wall and shower, it’s a little cramped and hard to keep in order, so I’d kind of give up trying. Here is what it looked like:
I KNOW, I KNOW! The rest of my house looks a lot nicer than this, I swear. 😉 It’s always bugged me, and with as much makeup as I wear, it’s not efficient either. So when I was challenged by QVC host Jill Bauer to make over an area of my home as a Spring cleaning project, I knew immediately what I wanted to do! You will likely remember Jill from some of the fun crafts we shared last fall, but here’s a refresher:
QVC’s Jill Bauer hosts the network’s popular show, You’re Home with Jill® and provides fans with simple solutions for their busy lives through innovative products, a library of stress-free DIY projects, and crowd-pleasing recipes. Fans can connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @jillbauerqvc.
I received a Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer to help me along, which fits nicely in my shelf space. I put everything on the shelf into a box, then put it into the organizer piece by piece. Once all the makeup was in place, I tucked a few large items (such as a big makeup brush clutch and cotton swabs) to the side or behind the organizer, but aside from those key items, I put every item into the organizer to get it off the counter. I’m really pleased with the finished result!
This organizer worked out even better than I expected. All of the small compartments make it so much easier to separate and store those little makeup items, keeping them right at my reach whenever I need them.
This has already made my life so much easier, and it was a quick project to do. As a perfectionist, it’s hard to even start a project if I know I’m not going to perfectly organize every single thing I own, but I realized it was so much smarter to start with the stuff I actually use constantly, rather than spending 5 hours color coding the eyeshadows I put on twice a year. 😉 Now that I have a makeup organizer, I could never go back to storing it without one. Why did I not find this years ago?! Thanks for the inspiration, Jill, my bathroom looks so much nicer now!
Spring has sprung, which means that it’s time to spruce up our homes with a little Spring cleaning! But in your effort to get things cleaner, did you realize that you might actually be stirring up allergens? If you’ve ever cleaned off something dusty and ended up sneezing your head off, you know what I’m talking about! That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has partnered with Febreze and Swiffer to make your springtime cleaning easier.
Select products from both Swiffer and Febreze are now certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the AAFA, which means that they can help reduce inanimate allergens around the house. I received a basket of these new asthma & allergy friendly products, and it was perfect timing to help me out today as I unpack and get organized on my first day back from my LA trip!
I’ve been buying Swiffer Dusters for years, and they are so awesome for cleaning off my chandelier and shelves! Swiffer Duster and Swiffer 360 Duster are both unscented and lock in dust and up to 70% of inanimate allergens – three times what a feather duster can do. I’ve been sneezing like crazy the past week, so I’m glad to not kick up any more dust than I need to while tidying up!
Unscented Swiffer Dry Sweeper is great for cleaning hardwood floors like mine, trapping and locking dust.
Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer is a scent-free product that you can spray on upholstery to reduce odors and up to 95% of inanimate allergens. I love to spray regular Febreze Fabric Refresher on my couch when I’m cleaning, so it’s great to have an unscented version to use, since many of my friends and family are sensitive to scents.
I’ve been cleaning my home with Febreze and Swiffer products for longer that I can remember, and I’m so happy that they have these allergy-friendly additions to the family to help us breathe easier while we freshen up our homes!
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One MomStart reader will win a prize package of 1 Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer, Unscented, 1 Swiffer Duster and 360 Duster, Unscented, and 1 Swiffer Dry Sweeper, Unscented, to help with your Spring cleaning!
Enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends on April 14th, 2015 at 11:00 PM PST and is open to residents of the continental US, 18+ – sorry, no PO boxes. Winner will be drawn on April 15th. See the Rafflecopter widget for full details and click here to read our giveaway rules.
We spent a solid decade renovating this house, and while you’re never “Done” when it comes home improvements, we’re at the point now where we’re focused more on finishing touches. One thing I did after we finished repainting all the rooms was start swapping out most of the curtains for blinds, which look and work so much better for us. Since the house was built in 1929, none of the windows are a standard size, which makes it a pain to find something the right size. We have one “Oddball” room next to the kitchen – the future dining room – that has only one window and is very dark. The window is mostly covered by a large bush, and since the room has just the one window and is an odd size, we hadn’t yet bought a new covering for it.
So when I had a chance to try out a Waverly Signature Solid Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shade from Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper, I thought this would be a good time to pick up a new covering for this window and scratch another item off my to-do list.
On the product page, I was able to select the measurements I needed, mount type, and color. I pulled up the product page on my iPad and actually held it up next to the windowframe to match the color as closely as I could; I was curious to see how it would look in real life versus the screen. You can order a free sample from the product page, so you don’t have to guess at all, but I just went ahead and got what I thought would look the best based on the page – Glacier – since I was working with the company directly. And it looked great in real life, too!
Jai was in charge of installing this, and it took him a little while to do because he ran into a few snags. As he put it, “It all worked out well, but it wasn’t a breeze.” The shade has a somewhat unique way of rising and lowering (Compared to other shades we’ve used), and the instructions for installing on this portion were very detailed, so the most confusing parts of installation were well covered. However, he said that the instructions for portions of installation that were less tricky, but still had to be figured out, didn’t have as much instruction provided.
The other snag was that they didn’t provide a way to change the length of the cord. 9 out of 10 times, this wouldn’t be a problem; but it just so happened that the windowsill was at exactly the spot where he needed to shorten the cord a little. Since he wasn’t able to, he had to comprise and just installed it directly on the windowsill at an angle.
Now that it’s installed, our Waverly Signature Solid Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shade has been awesome. It’s changed my mind about roller shades – typically, I prefer standard blinds, where you can control the light and open slightly to filter, versus having one solid covering. I thought, “Well, I can settle for a shade instead,” but it hasn’t been settling at all. Because it is a light filtering shade, the room still retains a lot of light even when it’s completely rolled down – which is important, because this is the only window in this very dark room. The style matches the paint wonderfully and works well for a room where I need just one single covering. I really love it and I’m glad to have an attractive and functional addition to this room!
Do you have any shades or blinds in your home?
If you’re still trying to puzzle out a holiday gift for the hard-to-shop-for man on your list, a new tool could be just the thing that keeps on giving all year long. Jai is one of the handiest guys around, so I knew right away that anything from Rockwell Tools would be on the top of his holiday list. When we had the chance to try a tool out for MomStart, he decided that a BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw would be just the thing for his many furniture projects. Over the last few years, Jai has built several pieces of furniture from scratch, including our entertainment center, end table, and shelving; so he decided to use his new saw to create an extra shelf for our living room!
The BladeRunner X2 is impressive for a number of reasons. Not only was it the ideal thing for Jai’s furniture crafting project, but it’s so lightweight and easy to move that it makes it feasible for a home like ours, which doesn’t have a garage and is limited in workshop space.
Making a Shelf With The BladeRunner X2
We have a corner in our living room that I’ve always wanted to make shelves for but just didn’t have the time, materials, and tools in one place to get started. When I found out that I was going to try out a Rockwell BladeRunner X2, I knew that this was the first project I wanted to tackle. I’ve made a few of the pieces of furniture we have in our living room and I wanted to match the basic style so I used some 1×10″ and 1×12″ scraps which were left over from an earlier cabinet project.
I wanted to make the shelves rounded, rather than just straight and diagonal, to have a softer look and to offer a little more room. The width of the boards wasn’t quite enough to make a full quarter circle so Beeb and I used a makeshift compass to get the ideal curve that would fit the corner, but still use the full width of the boards. It just takes some trial and error adjusting the length of the string (dental floss in this case) and the placement of the tack.
Once we traced, cut, and sanded the first board, I used it as the template to trace the second board.
I wanted to make the shelf two boards thick and rounded underneath to match the other shelf so I offset the lower board back a little and glued them together making just enough room to wrap a 1/4″ round strip of trim in the space between them. I used small sections of the quarter round trim to find the right spacing.
I’m glad the curve of the arc ended up being a little shallow because it took some effort to wrap the rounded trim without breaking it. My first attempt snapped so I had to wet the trim to soften it for the second attempt to work. If you have a router, it would certainly be easier to use that to make the same rounded edge effect.
I used some other pieces of trim as the supports for the shelf. I used the Bladerunner X2 to make a diagonal cut along the front, just for looks, and sanded them.
After applying the stain (Watco Danish Oil Dark Walnut) and several coats of varnish (Varithane clear, gloss, water-based polyurethane) the shelf was complete.”
Hear more from Jai on what makes this saw awesome in his video review:
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A few years ago, we went through a very demoralizing experience where vandals smashed out our car window not once, but twice. It was a very helpless feeling to have our property destroyed because some person driving down the road thought it would be funny to cause random destruction. This was prior to our having a driveway – the house never had one originally, so we built one during our renovations – so our car was parked on the shoulder of the road and easy to reach. One of the things we did to try and prevent it from happening again was install a security camera, along with with a large sign right over the front door notifying anyone walking by that our home had a surveillance system. People definitely took notice of the addition to our home and we haven’t subsequently had any issues with vandals, so I definitely feel like it helped.
With that in mind, I’m always looking for ways to make our system as effective and efficient as possible. So I was intrigued to learn about the link-U Hybrid SmartCam by Link-Union, a new kind of monitoring camera that automatically uses your home network or 3G/4G connections to access your camera anytime without extensive setup. Installation is usually the biggest hurdle for putting in a security camera, so it’s no surprise that their Indiegogo preorder campaign is going strong!
link-U Hybrid SmartCam is like having a central home hub: As well as providing all the crucial aspects of a surveillance system, the link-U can also remotely lock your doors and garage, control light fixtures, control window alarms, fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors – all from your smartphone. And since the system comes with an 8-hour battery backup, it will stay online during a power outage – which is super helpful here on the Oregon coast since we’re going into storm season! For more on the many features of link-U, check out this video:
Do you have a video system in your home? What do you think of this concept?