Idea of the Week: Customizable Dish Drawer

There are a whole lot of great organization methods for kitchen drawers, many needing custom work or help from a professional. A pegged dish stall, however, is something that you can set up yourself. The smart thought piqued our curiosity in a current Houzz User Kitchen of the Week, and we haven’t been able to get it out of our heads since.

If you’ve got a deep kitchen stall that’s turned into a rattling mishmash of dishes, then picking up a pegboard and dowels in the regional hardware store could provide you with the perfect solution. Have a look:


A deep drawer is a great way to put away dishes for people who want to keep above-counter shelving tidy — or to avoid shelving together. Obviously, the problem with trying to pile dishes neatly into a drawer is they can slosh around if you open and shut the drawer, inviting scrapes, chips and even breakage.

Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

Some cabinetry shops offer you a system very similar to what you find here. Additionally, it is a relatively easy DIY fix.

By installing a pegboard cut to the dimensions of your drawer and using wooden dowels using a dowel pin screwed into the base, you may make your own customizable dish organizer. The dowels keep the dishes set up and may be moved around as necessary.

This fantastic idea for keeping dishes was brought to our attention from the kitchen remodel of Houzz consumer Karen Heffernan. Inspired by a number of the last photographs, she implemented the dowel-and-pegboard system above in many deep drawers for easy, space-efficient dish storage.

What’s your kitchen storage solution? Post a photo below!

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Guest Groups: Fun Accessories to Spice Up Your Children’s Space

We’ve all heard that adding a few unexpected accessories into a room prevents it from becoming too predictable or fussy. Wouldn’t you knowthe same is true for children’s spaces. Here are a couple favourite finds that can inject just the right amount of FUN for your kid’s room. — Danyelle out of Dandee Designs


Mushroom Pouf – $168

Even traditional poufs are accessories that are fun, but a toadstool pouf? Well that just takes it into a whole new level. I love the shape of the one and, obviously, the fun pop of red.


Hopscotch Rug – $199

This hopscotch rug adds just the right amount of pleasure to any space. Additionally, it would be the ideal game on a rainy day. Who is in?


Revolving Bookcase – $699

I really love this revolving bookcase. It is the perfect fit in a little space and the design is so sudden. Can you imagine the time you’d have styling those shelves?!

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Olivia Headboard Wall Decal – $55

This headboard wall decal is so fun and quirky. I love that it is a traditional shape used in a very non-traditional way. It’s a great option for tenants on a budget too.


Petite Bedside Table, Bright Pink | PBteen – $99

This is not your standard table. The petite shape and pop of color have loads of personality.


May the force be with You – Eye Chart – $15

If you’ve got a budding Star Wars fan in the house then this eye picture –esque print is a must have. It’s clean and easy but nevertheless manages to have a giggle out of me every time I see it.


Girl / Boy Head Pillows by Vintage Jane – $22

I am having trouble deciding on a popular from the bunch; they’re so cute! These handmade silk-screened pillows will add lots of vintage charm to your kid’s room.


Sofia Fabric, Wide Stripe, Black/White – $7.99

Sometimes adding a large, bold pattern is all you need to liven up a space. I like the notion of turning this daring stripe to a lovely curtain panel or roman shade.


Hippity-Hop Lamp – $88

Who knew a ceramic rabbit would prove lamps do not need to be dull? This little guy is so lively and will give your child’s area a fairly glow as they drift off to sleep.

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Shine and rise Print – GBP 18

I can not think of a better publish to wake up to in the morning. Its cheery color will get your child’s day off on the right foot.


Shadow Puppet Wallpaper – GBP 150

I understand wallpaper is not actually an attachment, but this pattern is so amazing it needed to be included in the listing. The design is so daring, I’d wallpaper a small single wall or the interior of a standard bookcase to include just the right touch of whimsy.

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Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover – $149

I have something for white bedding therefore it’s no surprise that this duvet appeals to me. Bedding doesn’t get more entertaining than that, can it?


Penguin Classics for Children – $16.99

These cloth-bound classics for kids are so beautiful it’s easy to forget that their not just for sitting on a shelf. With names such as Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Peter Pan, I can rest assured They Are as great on the inside as they are on the outside. Additionally, the lovely colors of the covers will add a nice kick into your child’s space.

Softline Children’s Indoor Swing

I have five kids and every one of them loves to swing. I imagine when I set up a ME & U upholstered indoor swing in our home I’d win Mother of the Year.


Dots Multi Mobile – $75

Mobiles are not just for infants. These paper creations out of DwellStudio offer fresh designs and colors that I would love to see hanging in a kid’s area — young or old.

ZIG Shelving

These limited edition shelving units from designer Ryan Frank are so eye catching. I love the bright pop of color on the interior and the way it’s possible to buy a couple and group them into any design you like.

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Woody Chalkboard Table – $499

Creating is this important aspect of childhood. I love the sleek design of the chalkboard play desk, especially with the chalk stored right there at the center. Makes for easy sharing all around.

Seymour Owl Rug – $65

Including a little rug with personality is likely to liven up your kid’s space. I love the subtle colors within this owl. He’d be at home with pretty much any decor.

Book Truck – $178.95

The blast of red with this publication truck is so extreme! The industrial design appeals to my grownup aesthetics while the pleasure factor would appeal to my kids. I can envision the endless games of”library” that would be needed when it lived in our home.

Alexa Chevron Vibe Zebra Rug – $153.99

Bold pattern around the floor is a great way to add a bit of spice into a space. I believe that the zigzag pattern in this rug is so amazing! I’ve a feeling my kids would love to conduct their matchbox cars down and up each bumpy row.

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Living Rooms With a Private Stamp Of Design

“Make a list of what people typically do, and do the opposite,” says Simon Doonan, window dresser at Barneys New York. “You are bound to get some attention.” I couldn’t agree . It’s too easy to fill rooms up with catalogue looks, which may come together very nicely but overlook a bit of soul.

Before this week I wrote about putting a personal stamp on your bedroom. This week I am turning to the living room, where you can showcase a distinctive sense of style with inspirational finds, precious heirlooms, artful wall remedies and much more.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Insert colorful, personalized artwork. These framed silhouettes from poppin’ colors make me think the people who live here have fun characters.

Vanessa De Vargas

Use head-turning color. Dark pink is an unexpected conclusion that turns these lamp bases from lighting to palaces. I am a whole spray-can girl, so this notion makes me wonder what I might be able to paint to get an exclamation point in a room.

Janell Beals – House of Fifty

Bring in a captivating wall layout. Create a distinctive focal point using a stencil design or background over a fireplace or behind a couch.

CIH Design

Insert a light with character. A chandelier is also an unexpected touch at a living room. Mix it with rustic pieces to display your glam-yet-country side.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Group images on a theme. Collect framed pieces along with other finds on a gallery wall which expresses something about who you are. Organize them close together vs. around the space for increased impact.

Rough Linen

Go large. Create a conversation starter with large scale jagged pieces on a wall.

Interior Design Philosophy

Insert the unexpected. What a personal statement this gathered paper look is! Lit up from below with lighting, it generates popping texture.

A Beach Cottage

Rather than using conventional end tables to your couch, add another type of accent table, such as a tiny dresser. You receive more storage out of it, also.

The Lettered Cottage

Re-imagine your coffee table. Try a fresh end and change up the decor pieces on top.

Klang & Associates

Pair accent tables or garden stools instead of a coffee table.

Get diverse. Pair modern with rustic, new with old.

Jeanette Lunde

In the artwork on the walls to the furniture pieces, do not choose decor based on a specific style, but on what makes you smile.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Move bold. This room features fabulous, high-end style. The use of this black wall, intriguing artwork, and black trim and flooring molding is a creative move.

American & Global Designs, Inc..

Consider a window treatment which captures your character. Pick something large in scale along with a stunning color that is totally you.

Echelon Custom Homes

Sunny walls, eclectic decor along with a bold mixture of layouts showcase this homeowner’s character. Here is somebody not afraid to take chances.

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Kitchen Chandeliers

Kitchens are hardworking spaces, but it doesn’t mean they have to be utilitarian. In fact, since the kitchen is the heart of the modern house, we tend to devote a lot of effort and time creating comfy, inviting spaces.

And that often means adding special touches that provide our kitchens individual flavor. 1 recent trend toward adding individuality to kitchens is that the usage of chandeliers. And not just any chandeliers, mind you, but crystal chandeliers. These symbols of sophistication are a excellent way to add personality and appeal for your kitchen.

Check out this collection of photos to get inspiration on how it is possible to add a little bling to your kitchen.

Oakley Home Builders

Try using mini chandeliers set up of pendants for unexpected elegance over a kitchen island.

M Woodruff Design

This chandelier with its accompanying shade also adds a touch of the unexpected while highlighting the unique coffered ceiling in this ktichen.

Divine Design+Build

In an expansive kitchen such as this one, bigger scale chandeliers may be utilized in pairs and still not be overpowering.

A dramatic crystal chandelier is ideal for use atop an oversize kitchen island.

Tina Kuhlmann

Double islands, dual chandeliers. Not many kitchens may feature two islands, but if you be fortunate enough to have more than you, why not add a fairly chandelier above every single?

Oakley Home Builders

Here’s another version of the mini chandeliers as pendants. Not only can they add a little elegance, but they also give the space just a little bit of whimsy.

Design Moe Toilet & Kitchen / Heather Moe designer

A crystal chandelier appears to be right at home in the center of this grand ceiling. Anything else might have been overly understated.

In a kitchen such as this using a lot of natural lighting, a chandelier is a fantastic choice because even when the fixture is not illuminated, the crystals have a chance to shimmer as they represent the sun.

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10 Beautiful Porches Ideas

A beautiful porch provides an opportunity for homeowners to extend their outdoor living space. A quality and elegant porch can be the perfect place to relax after a long day of work and enjoy the outdoor weather sipping a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. The great thing is that there are so many innovative Boca Raton landscaping designs that you can explore.

Whether you are looking for something minimalistic or sophisticated, the simple design ideas below will suit you:

Rustic Porch

You can add a measure of vintage style to your home with rustic porch designs. They feature rich wood textures and a simple cozy fireplace to keep you warm during cold nights. Add some unique furniture from local craftsmen and that’s it.

Entertaining Porch

Porches are designed to connect your indoor space to your outdoor environment. They provide an entertaining space where you can sit and enjoy. Add a dining area and an additional visitation area for guests who come along.

Screened Porch

In case you want to fully add versatility in function to your porch, then an additional layer of screens is highly advised. There are so many design options for screening the porch and most tend to be quite affordable.

Breezy Porch

It’s already established that porches are meant to offer a relaxing outdoor environment. Well, consider adding ceiling fans to the overall design for a breezy and airy experience.

Tropical Porch

Consider adding customized detailing on the columns and posts of your porch for the ultimate tropical experience. Any detailing will work as long as it’s simple and tropically themed.

Classic Front Porch

You can also decide to be as traditional as possible. All you need is to add some vintage style furniture and a basic vintage design.

Cottage Porch

When it comes to cottage themed green has to be the go-to color. Consider adding green screens too and some plant life to compliment the overall design.

Southern Porch

A typical southern porch design will include a number of things. First, you must get some wooden rocking chairs and a simple porch swing to match. Also, don’t forget to mix the paint colors a little bit.

Trendy Porch

If you are a contemporary homeowner, you may decide to go for a few trendy designs too. Start by including drapery panels to help control the amount of sunlight that comes through. Add a few stylish and bold fabrics on furniture and the walls.  This will be the perfect “sunbrella” design for you.

Laguna Porch

Finally, try your luck with this simple laguna porch design. Comfort is the most important thing here. Incorporate weather-resistant fabrics on the design and additional relaxation spaces. The porch needs to be the exact extension of your indoor living room with comfortable furniture and comfortable seating options.

Well, in case you are looking to build quality lawn service Boca Raton anytime soon, the simple ideas above will offer the most ideal options for you.

Branches Bring Organic Forms Inside

The organic arrangement of branches can be a great contrast to the straight lines of your interior architecture. Whether used in a fragrance, as room divider, in a sculpture, or as spindles on a staircase, the shape of a branch is pleasing and relaxing. Open the door and deliver them indoors! Here’s how designers are showing the branch some love all over the house.

K2 Design Group, Inc..

The combo of white branches, red cabinets and light results in an eye-catching wall.

Birdseye Design

Unique metalwork creates an artful silhouette and gives the kitchen a sense of enclosure without cutting it off in the nearby rooms. This piece beautifully navigates the distance between the top cabinets and the ceiling.

Crisp Architects

The branches with this bright wall decor supply an elegant perch for birds.

For People design

A branch goes glam in this Hollywood Regency office.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Big branches create these otherwise plain white corners anything but dull.

Elad Gonen

Large white branches in a planter match the scale of this wide open space.

Melissa Condotta Design

Plain branches are a excellent alternative to new blooms, and they surely last longer. Just make sure they aren’t collecting dust after menopause.


A graceful pine branch brings a sculptural quality for this cupboard.

Charlie & Co.. Design, Ltd

This dining room has a fantastic woodsy vibe, so it is fitting that the centerpiece is an arrangement of tall branches.


This really isn’t the room to get a demure vase of posies. Instead, a fragrance of branches has a contemporary look that works nicely with the furnishings.

It’s The Small Things…

A branch tucked into a framework produces a three-dimensional element over the mattress and becomes a work of art.

Birdseye Design

Branch-shaped spindles are popular in rustic-chic rail layout.

Planet Fur

A couple pretty branches supply a good spot for hanging ornaments all year long.

Tongue & Groove

Ledge-to-ceiling branches keep this room from being too minimalistic, adding texture to the wall and drawing up the eye.

Rachel Reider Interiors

A daring cherry blossom print enlivens this little powder room.

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Design Dilemma: 1950s Country Kitchen

After years of saving and small kitchen fix-ups here and there, Houzz user theresal is eventually prepared for a significant kitchen overhaul. The form and style of her 1950s kitchen and breakfast nook have left her at a loss. Have a suggestion? Join the discussion.

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This kitchen is timeless postwar suburban America, however, theresal is seeking to make a timeless and ageless cooking area. Click here to see the rest of the query and share your thoughts.

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The best way to Take Good Care of a Midnight-Blue Rose Bush

Countless cultivars of roses exist, but Rosa “Midnightblue” stands apart for its deep purple flowers, compact dimensions and resistance to illness. It grows between 2 and 3-feet high having a tidy, rounded form, therefore it’s ideal for container gardening or as an addition to smaller gardens within U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 to 9. Simply because they require minimum maintenance once proven caring for Midnightblue roses is easy. They need to be developed in full sunlight, and supplied with fertile soil, normal water and mild pruning to look their best.

Plant Midnightblue roses in a mattress with drainage and full-sun exposure. Amend the soil in the planting site using a 5 inch- layer of compost worked to the bed in a depth of 15-inches.

Feed Midnightblue roses with 6-8-6 ratio fertilizer tha%6th 6-8-6 ratio fertilizer that is for6-8%6Midnight Blue roses with 6-8%68%6Midnight Blue roses with 6-8-6 ratio fertilizer that’s formulated specifically for roses. Use the fertilizer in springtime as the buds type at full-strength and once the shrub begins to bloom. After feeding to distribute the nutrients into the soil, water thoroughly.

A 2 inch layer of mulch in a 10-inch-diameter across the bottom of the shrub each spring to assist control moisture level and the soil temperature. Replace the mulch every year from colonizing the roots of the shrub to avoid parasites and fungi.

Water Midnightblue roses seriously but relatively occasionally. Run a hose in the bottom of the shrub before the soil feels moist in a depth of 5″. Water only if the top 2″ of soil dry entirely. Avoid spraying water on the leaves and canes, because excessive moisture on the part of the plant will lead to illness.

Prune Midnightblue roses in springtime after all risk of of frost has passed. Thin out the heart of the shrub to improve air circulation. Snip crowded branches or off crossed, and sucker development in the idea of origin using pruning shears. As you are going to destroy the obviously rounded form of the shrub don’t prune the ideas of the branches.

Spray ruin and the foliage and canes with oil in spring ahead of the shrub blooms to stop thrips. Use the oil using a spray bottle, spending unique interest to the undersides of inside and the leaves of the shrub.

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How Can You Improve Your Home Appraisal Value

If you’re looking to sell your home soon or upgrade to a larger property, then your current property will need to be appraised to determine whether or not you’re eligible for your desired mortgage terms. However, most sellers are concerned that low handyman are becoming a trend, thanks to stable (and in some places rising) home market prices.

Add to that the fact that the appraiser won’t spend more than 30 minutes evaluating a property, and you’ll soon realize that the best way to get a desirable appraisal is to take care of all the important features that they’ll be looking out for.

Here are some tips from professional realtors on how to get a really reasonable and attractive appraisal:

Make Sure the Appraiser Knows Your Neighborhood

It’s incredibly important to familiarize your appraiser with your neighborhood, as failure to factor in the quality of the overall community can lead to a low appraisal. If you’re worried that the same will happen to you, then request a local appraiser from your lender, or make sure to supply the appraiser with as much useful information about your neighborhood as you can.

Make Your Own Comparisons

Instead of relying on the comparable properties provided by your lender, do your own research to find at least three well-priced properties that you can compare to your home. For the most recent sales prices and property details, we’d recommend that you consult websites like Trulia, Zillow and

Find Out What Adds the Most Value

As most sellers know, doing renovations and remodels is a great way to increase the value of your property before a sale. Professional realtors often recommend that you start with areas like the bathroom and kitchen, and then follow up with updates on your landscaping, wood floors and an enclosed garage, if necessary.

Document Your Renovations

Make sure to keep proof of the money you’ve spent on the renovations you’ve done, in the form of before and after photographs, a detailed spreadsheet of the expenses for each renovation, as well as receipts to back it all up.

Remember to highlight crucial structural renovations like improvements to your heating and cooling systems as well as your electric systems, because that will also contribute to the overall value of the property, and are some of the areas that are checked during handyman services.

Talk Up Your Town

You’ll be glad to know that house repairs also factor in the general development of the town that the neighborhood is located in. So, make sure to talk up your town by informing your appraiser of all the exciting developments that are happening, such as public parks, museums, shopping centers and upscale restaurants.

Differentiate between Downstairs and Upstairs

Many homeowners will rush to show off their recently finished basement to the appraiser without realizing that these areas belong to below-grade additions, and as such will not add as much value as above-grade improvements such as an upstairs attic bedroom, for example.

Clean Up

Nothing beats a neat yard and clean interiors when trying to enhance the aesthetic value of a home. Make sure that your home is free from any unseemly clutter, and if you don’t have anywhere to put it away, then hold a garage sale before calling the appraiser, or store it at a storage facility while you wait to sell your home.

An uncluttered space appears much larger than it is, and will allow all those renovations you’ve just made to shine and stand out. Make sure to follow the same principle with your outdoor space by cleaning up, trimming the trees, adding a few colorful flowers to your flower beds and updating the outdoor paint color.

The best way to Use A3-In-1 Soil Tester

A 3-in-1 soil tester is a steel pronged instrument which is inserted to the soil to check moisture ranges, light intensity, and soil pH. A soil tester requires a few of the guess-work out of where and the best way to plant trees, shrubs or your flowers. It’s possible for you to use the tester to find out the present amounts of the soil, and alter them according to the particular requirements of the crops you want to place there. Plant grasses, trees, flowers or shrubs that need related problems in one location, with these needing various circumstances in a separate region of the lawn or backyard.

Clean the prongs of a cloth as well as the tester with water before use, and between uses. This tapwater or can keep the readings from struggling with the pH of a prior check.

Insert the prongs to the soil you want to calculate. The first-reading that seems will be a pH, which can be measured on a scale with 1. Seven is a neutral pH. Most crops will grow in a pH between 6 and 7.5. The soil tester actions pH ranges from 3.5 to 8. Alter soil pH by sulfur to reduce it, or adding limestone to increase it.

Press the button on the tester to look at the moisture readings. The tester measures the proportion of moisture content in 10% increments, from no dampness to full saturation. Most crops will will require soil that is moist in the midrange. Sand may be added to improve drainage features for exceptionally moist soil.

Press the button on the tester to see the readings that are mild. Readings measure light intensity in footcandles from 0 to 2,000. For reference, indoor house lighting that is typical is is just about 100-foot-candles. Plants requiring complete sunshine might be planted in the ranges that were mild, and crops requiring shade might be planted in the lower locations that were light.

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