Carefree Poly Furniture Review: Quality Long Lasting Outdoor Furniture

Colorful Adirondack Chairs from Carefree Poly Furniture

It’s not often that you get to buy a great product and do something that’s truly beneficial for the planet, too. But that’s what we found at Carefree Poly Furniture – a ’net-based company that sells Amish-made poly lawn furniture. If you’re not familiar with poly lawn furniture, which many consider to be the “next…

My 10 Furniture Must Haves

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They say experience is the best teacher and now that I have it, I’d have to agree. I have lived in nearly 20 different houses or apartments over the years and I now know what pieces have stood the test of time. There are certain versatile items that can be used in nearly every room…

Read These Tips Before Buying a Couch

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A couch (or sofa as I’ve  come to call it) is a big purchase and these tips will help you make a smart decision on both style and quality. Let’s talk about style first since that decision is made while you are still at home.  The quality portion happens while you are standing in the…

Make a Corner Cupboard for Additional Storage

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Turn an empty corner into useful storage and display space with an easy to make corner cupboard. Shari and I have decorated numerous bathrooms, and all of them share one common problem – not enough storage.  Typically, the only places to store items are the medicine cabinet and under the vanity, neither of which were…

Create This Cottage Style Picket Fence Headboard

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Whether it’s cottage style, or simply a garden theme, this picket fence headboard will be a lovely focal point in any bedroom. Garden romance is so appropriate for a cottage-style bedroom, but this one works beautifully in a young girl’s room too.  Combine it with a picket fence painted around the room, add a floral bedspread…

A Mirrored Hallway Bench is a Great Shop Project

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Get your shop in shape ’cause this is a big project, but a mirrored hallway bench would cost an arm and a leg if you bought it – build it yourself and pocket the bucks!  A tall mirrored bench with a shelf underneath makes a great place to sit and remove boots or shoes and to hang…

Make a Wall Mounted Upholstered Headboard

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This is a great headboard to make for any bedroom.  It takes just a little wood working skill and the use of a staple gun, batting and fabric.  Mix in about 3 hours of your time and you’re done! The headboard is two units (counting the 6 top layer panels).  The back headboard is covered with…

Learn to Make a Marble Look Table Top

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Knowing how to paint a marble look can come in handy for table tops, floor cloths, columns – who knows what else? We asked our friend Elizabeth Cohen to teach us some interesting painting techniques that can not only be used on furniture but can also be used on your walls. The following intructions are…

Learn to Make a Granite Tile Table Top

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A granite tile look can be wonderful on a small side table that you want to stand out as an accent piece and here’s how to paint it! We asked our friend Elizabeth Cohen to teach us some interesting painting techniques that can not only be used on furniture but can also be used on your…

Learn to Make a Custom Stencil Table Top

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If you enjoy painting and being creative, you might like to make your own stenciled table top with a design that inspires you! We asked our friend Elizabeth Cohen to teach us some interesting painting techniques that can not only be used on furniture but can also be used on your walls. The following intructions are…

Tips on How to Organize Cluttered Drawers

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Certain times of the year are prime for clearing out clutter, so when that time comes, here are some tips to help you through the family junk drawers! Well, the holidays are over, faster than usual this year. (Sigh!) I do enjoy every minute of the holidays, but there’s the whole feeling of starting anew…

Anyone Can Make a Large Round Ottoman

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You need to be able to sew, staple, and handle a few toold, but it’s actually rather easy to build your own ottoman! Let’s just start by saying our friend Donna really knows her stuff.  She can sew a circle around anyone I know and she has so much fun doing it.  She and I…

How to Protect and Care for Your Fine Furniture

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Taking care of your fine furniture is really quite easy; it just takes a little common sense and most importantly a schedule. Like anything furniture needs to have a maintenance program that is followed on a regular basis. So make taking care of your furniture part of your weekly (or at least once a month)…

What to Look for in Traditional Style

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Traditional style is a good place to start when we are talking about style because it’s easy to understand.  It’s about everything classic, like classic themes, colors and all the classic furniture styles you’ve heard of over the years. This side table is an excellent example of traditional detailing.  It is in the familiar Queen…

What to Look for in Transitional Style

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Transitional is a style that is very popular today because it lies somewhere between traditional and contemporary. That sounds like a tall order, but basically it’s a less detailed traditional and a softer, more detailed contemporary.  However, like contemporary style, it often uses neutrals and textures so the finished look is about comfort and practicality. …

What to Look for in Contemporary Style

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True contemporary design is all about the lines, whether they are organic or geometric, and more often than not the color is solid. So, in stark contrast to traditional is contemporary style.  Where traditional styles have been around for hundreds of years, contemporary furnishings have only been around since about the 1940’s. Many see the…

Home Decorating Essentials: The Letter C

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It’s on to the letter “C” in our quest for versatile home essentials that follow the letters of the alphabet! And remember, this alphabetical list is meant to tell you about items that you can purchase for your home that are always either a good buy, very versatile or functional along with being attractive.  I’m…

Home Decorating Essentials: The Letter A

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There are just some things that every home needs., and they are those versatile items that can move around the house and have different functions depending on where they go… read on to see what I mean! What is Home Decorating Essential you ask?  Well it’s something I made up to tout the benefits of…

Add a Homemade Leaning Wine Rack to Your Home

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This wine rack is a very simple project and it’s a great way to display your favorite bottles of wine. What a pretty display this wine rack makes in a dining room where we often have an empty corner.  It’s just as much artistic as it is functional and it is a fairly easy project to…

Buffet Table Plus a Top Equals Kitchen Island

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Islands are a great way to get extra counter space, and they can be fashioned from scratch, or you can use something you already have like a buffet or sofa table! In our kitchen we have very little counter space to prepare meals or to serve guests.  So I shopped around looking for a kitchen island. …

Inexpensive and Easy to Build Platform Bed

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All it takes is a few pieces of particle board and some pine boards and you too can have a very sturdy new bed.  Add a mattress and bedding and you’r done…the headboard is extra! This platform bed project is a long time favorite of Shari’s and mine.  We were working with a young couple…

How to Decorate Step 5: Furniture Arranging

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Add interest to your furniture arrangement by using angles or placing furniture in the middle of the room! If you have been following along in our How to Decorate Series you know that we’ve just finished drawing up a floor plan of the room.  And now it’s time to actually put the furniture you have and…

Angle your Furniture for a Designer Look

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Are you looking for a way to give your room drama and excitement that is totally FREE? Well the answer is in the angle! An angle in a room can completely change the way a room feels without adding or subtracting any furniture or accessories. This lovely living room already had a lot going for…