ON THE SIXTH DAY OF NEATNESS…
Well, we’re already at the halfway mark for the 12 Days of Neatness and I hope that you’re enjoying these incredibly neat products and gift ideas. For today, I couldn’t resist featuring a tool that sits at the very crossroads of neatness and usefulness. I was first introduced to the Hang & Level™ made by Under the Roof Decorating when I received it as a gift one holiday season myself. Since then, this nifty little tool is at my side whenever I need to hang any framed picture of any size. The Hang & Level takes out the frustration out of hanging pictures by assisting you with perfect placement of both the frame and the nail. At the same time, it also helps you achieve perfect alignment vertically and horizontally along your wall or against adjacent pictures. Working with the tool couldn’t be easier. Not only do they have web videos that show you exactly how to use it (you become an expert picture hanger in 2 minutes flat), but they have helpful tips on how to use the Hang & Level for multiple pictures or even creating an impressive photo gallery on your wall.
What’s even better about the Hang & Level is the customer support that Under the Roof Decorating provides for their clientele. They are extremely helpful and ready to assist if you should ever have a question or problem. I’ve used this tool countless times for my clients and several times in my own home. I can’t tell you enough how smart and convenient it is to use – and really how much time you save! They’re sold all over the place – check out their website to find out where you can pick one up this holiday season. They make a fun stocking stuffer and the perfect neat product to have around your home.
Check out the new Opencase wall storage system by Henrybuilt – it is gorgeous! This brings versatile, exposed storage to a whole new level. I love its warm, organic look & vast flexibility. While open storage can be difficult to keep looking neat, a system like this certainly helps make it a bit easier. How do you feel about open storage?
I am a huge fan of weekend projects, and I especially love projects that allow me to use old items I have around the house, or inexpensive things I can pick up at my local thrift store or craft store. I find the creative process of the project to be a rewarding and productive moment of solace from the everyday stresses that surround me.
While I wasn’t prepared to work on any projects as Hurricane Irene passed over this weekend, I did discover two great ones from Danny Seo’s new book Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have.
The projects: Two great floor mats that are easy and cost-effective to build, and have great style (see below). Had I had all the supplies necessary, I would have had quite a crafty hurricane experience. Instead, I have added the ideas onto my list of fun, future projects.
Leather Belt Rug
- A dozen old leather belts
- A hole cutter
- Hemp twine
- A needle
Cork Bath Mat
- A white shadowbox
- About 500 wine corks
- No glue or adhesives necessary
Images & Ideas courtesy of www.dailydanny.com
Back in October, I attended an interior design event that was partly hosted by a new company called StyleFactory. The company caught my attention because of its interactive experience, which allows consumers to be part of the design process by giving them the power to vote products into production. Over the past several weeks, I have enjoyed visiting the site and have discovered some awesome products. If you are someone who loves home furnishings, or dreams of being part of the design process, then StyleFactory is worth a visit. They also have some great gifts for the holidays!
What is StyleFactory?
StyleFactory is an exciting new company that is helping to revolutionize the way that consumers can interact with designers. It starts with designers (some new and some already established) posting their designs to StyleFactory.com. Then, consumers visit the site to vote on their favorite designs. Once a design receives enough votes, it goes into production and is available for purchase!