Category: Eclectic Homes

Guest Picks: Sweet Supplies for a Milk and Cookies Party

I do a lot of baking and impromptu little gatherings during summer time, and that which goes down better than a freshly baked warm cookies with icy-cold glasses of milk on a winter afternoon? I have gathered all of my favorite things together so you can be completely prepared for a milk and cookies party whenever the occasion calls for you. — Sasha from Lemonade Makin’ Mama

Bake It Pretty

Little Glass Milk Bottles – $49.50

I love these replicas of milk bottles. I use my set all the time for after-school snacks or birthday parties, and they even grow to be the occasional bud vases. They are the ideal glassware for servings of milk.

Sweet Lulu

BioPak Takeout Boxes – $7

These boxes are perfect for packaging up take-home gifts following the party or jazzy additional goodies in fashion.

Cost Plus World Market

‘Made With Love’ Cookie Stamp – $3.99

I love the idea of a cookie stamp. It’s easy, sweet and to the point.

Sweet Lulu

Melamine Tableware – $7

My favorite thing about small gatherings is having the ability to pull fun dishes and serving items out of the cabinets and make a festive atmosphere. These sweet and colorful dishes will provide you an immediate party and the ideal service for milk and cookies.

Amazon

Fred and Friends LetterPressed Type-Style Cookie Cutter/Stamps – $18

I love these little cookie bites. Stamp your name or key messages on the cookies, and they will be a big hit.

Sweet Lulu

Striped Paper Straws Gray – $4

Every cookies and milk party needs a few striped straws for milk sipping (especially if you’re using those adorable glass milk bottles). They instantly set a enjoyable tone — even for grown-ups.

Cost Plus World Market

Let Them Eat Cookies Canister – $14.99

I really do believe this may be the perfect cookie jar. I really like the scalloped lid, pink enamel and lighthearted quote.

Sweet Lulu

Melamine Sundae Spoons, Garden Party – $12

Every now and then you would like to serve cookies alongside a little scoop of ice cream. These long, brightly colored spoons are great for getting to the corners of the bowl and scooping out every last fall.

Williams-Sonoma Home

KitchenAid(R) Artisan Stand Mixer, Ice Blue | Williams Sonoma – $349.95

You can not bake cookies without the appropriate gear, and this KitchenAid mixer in ice blue leaves the job enjoyable.

Amazon

Le Parfait French Wide-Mouth Glass Canning Jar With Gasket and Lid, 35-Ounce – $19.99

These glass jars mimic antique French canning jars, and they are lovely containers for items such as sugar, bread, and other necessary cookie-baking ingredients. Additionally, they are cute enough to show.

Studiopatro

Only Dots Tea Towel, Raspberry – $24

Something about polka dots makes me think of sugar cookies, sprinkles, pink icing, chocolate-smeared smiles and happy moments. I’d love to believe this towel ignites all of those things.

Williams-Sonoma

Nordic Ware Detailed Decorating Pen – $14.95

I believe it’s wonderful how the appropriate tools may make light of a job, and this piping bag is no exception. Having an easy-squeeze handle, this may even be used by youngsters.

Williams-Sonoma

Goldtouch Nonstick 3-Piece Cookie Bakeware Set – $39.96

These lovely covered baking sheets (and also the cooling rack) are all you need for equally baked goodness.

West Elm

Fox Cookie Jar – $39

This foxy small cookie jar has been stuffed up. I love the way the tail curls around the front.

Studiopatro

Kiddot Apron, Mineral – $36

Do not forget about small aprons for miniature helpers! I really like the contrasting colors and dotty design with this one.

Williams-Sonoma

Dipped Glaze Mixing Bowl – $39.95

I love the two-toned colors of the mixing bowl. It’s both useful and trendy. Every one comes stamped with a pottery number too.

Macy’s

Martha Stewart Collection Baking Silpat – $13.99

This is actually the unbeatable nonstick surface for all baked products.

Alder & Co..

French Taper Rolling Pin – $40

I have a profound affection for classic rolling pins, although fresh, this tapered rolling pin looks like an aged product. It would make for a pretty display from the kitchen.

Alder & Co..

Handmade Measuring Spoons – $35

I like the different tones of wood used for these carved measuring spoons.

Huset

Asplund Cookie Tray – $175

This is a superb way to exhibit a couple of distinct kinds of cookies.

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Guest Picks: A Tidy Roundup of Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning does not always have to look so dirty. I’m fond of keeping things clean (and green) at the most attractive way possible. This ideabook is a group of the funniest approaches to assist in keeping the spaces around you neat and tidy. — Jennifer from I Art U

West Elm

Goodbye Detergent Cleaning Scrubs – $6.95

I love these cleaning scrubs for many reasons: They are made from sustainable materials (think peach pits and corn cores), are attractive and do not smell after time. Additionally, they work well, and I can say this from experience.

Crate&Barrel

Nellie’s Oxygen Brightener – $9.95

I really like Nellie’s vintage-like packaging, and who does not need oxygen brighteners for your wash? Better yet, it is all natural!

West Elm

Bamboo Laundry Hamper, Single – $39

I have always been attracted to wood and linen hampers, and this is no exception. It is beautifully designed and won’t stick out like a sore thumb in the restroom.

West Elm

Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap – $6

This soap smells like it seems. I have been seeing it at a lot of shops recently, and I think it would be great for a guest toilet.

West Elm

Bamboo Ironing Board – $79.95

I really like the wooden legs on this ironing board and would not mind watching this out and about in the house.

West Elm

Brendan Ravenhill Dustbin – $149

This is genius! Never lose your broom again. The magnetic birch wood brush hangs firmly on its own beautiful bin, and also the top detaches to be a pan for sweeping dust up. It is like art.

Urban Outfitters

Clean/Dirty Bath Mat – $24

Which are you? Hopefully clean once you come out of the shower. This fun and chic mat could make anybody (stepping into a bath) grin.

Anthropologie

Barr-Co. Actual Vegetable Hand Soap – $24

Pretty hand soap is perfect for a guest toilet.

West Elm

Dust Pan, Big – $34

This simple and gorgeous dustpan would look good in almost any cleaning cupboard (or placing around your home). Need I say more?

Contemporary Kitchen Trash Cans – $99.99

This is the right shape of a garbage can for conserving space in the kitchen. Simplehuman trash cans are my favorites because of their design.

Pot + Pantry

Common Good Dish Soap, Bergamot – $4.99

Simple and well-designed cleaning goods always produce the kitchen more glowing. Do yourself a favor and try this one out. You won’t regret it.

Pot + Pantry

Common Great 25-Hour Candle, Lavender – $14

Candles are my own weakness. I love all Common Good’s goods, and their candles are some of my favorites. They are small in size but incredibly blossom with all-natural essential oils. I’d keep one of these in every room of my house if I could.

West Elm

Dustpan + Broom Set – $129

I’d really like to see this gorgeous dustpan and broom set hanging out on screen. A major plus is that you don’t have to strain your spine while sweeping.

Bloomingdale’s

Dyson DC24 Multi Floor Vacuum – $449.99

A Dyson was on my wish list because forever. I’d really like to have one, as I’ve heard nothing but good things about these. They are high quality and have good design. Someday.

Crate&Barrel

Woven Green and White Laundry Basket – $39.95

Do your laundry in style. Practical and pretty, this hamper is my favorite.

West Elm

Common Good Linen Water Spray – $18.95

This Common Good sage leaf linen water was made in collaboration with West Elm’s fresh sector. It is made from essential oils and plant-based materials and can be biodegradable. The scent might even ease stress for a good night’s rest.

Crate&Barrel

Nellie’s Dryerballs – $19.95

Reduce your impact on the environment by shifting out your dryer sheets for drier balls. Again, Nellie’s had me in their packaging.

Etsy

All Purpose 12 oz. Lemon & Mint from Haven Clean – $8.95

Handmade mint and lemon all-purpose cleaner is excellent for all areas, particularly the kitchen and bathroom. I love using all-natural cleaning goods in the house: They smell good and so are better for your environment.

Ten Thousand Villages

Stash It Storage Basket – $49

This could be perfect for loose items which are are constantly out but could be hidden when not in need: toys, dirty clothes, cleaning supplies, etc..

Bed Bath & Beyond

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Aromatherapeutic Geranium Laundry Cleaning Products – $7.99

Mrs. Meyer’s products are definite go-tos in my household. Sweet smelling and environmentally friendly, they’re a must in my book.

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The way to Wire a Floor Lamp

A floor lamp adds style as well as light to your room. Whenever you have a floor lamp that’s no longer working correctly or come across just the right lamp base for your decor in chronological sequence, do not kick them to the curb. A broken socket or wiring can be replaced with readily accessible supplies and tools that are common. .

Unplug the present lamp cord from the power outlet. Unthread the nut at the top of the lamp harp and eliminate the lamp shade.

Pinch the sides of the lamp harp and eliminate it in the holder. Slide the lamp socket to loosen it in the base. Lift the lamp socket upwards and pull a few inches of wire through the base. Unscrew the screw on each of the two terminals with a screwdriver and remove the wires. Put the socket aside.

Untie the knot in the end of this electrical wire, and pull the cable through the underside of this lamp and place the cable aside. Twist off the lamp socket in the threaded nipple, and place it aside.

Thread the lamp socket foundation from a brand new lamp wiring kit onto the nipple and then hand tighten the socket base. Thread the cut end of the new wire through the hole at the base of this lamp, pushing the cable upwards until it looks above the lamp socket. Pull on a foot of cable from above the socket base.

Separate the two conductors in the end of the cable by about two inches and strip about 3/4-inch of insulation from each conductor with a pair of wire strippers. Tie a knot in the cable just under the point where the two wires separate.

Attach the ribbed or striped cable to the terminal screw marked as neutral on the brand new lamp socket with a screwdriver. Then attach the remaining wire to the other terminal. Feed the additional lamp cord through the socket base and then bench the socket to the foundation with a small twist.

Insert a fresh light bulb into the socket. Plug in the lamp cord to the outlet and test the light.

Attach the lamp harp to the holder, then place the shade over the tighten and tighten the nut to fasten the shade.

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How to Install a Pop-Up Umbrella Lavatory Sink Drain

An umbrella pop-up fits to the bottom of the lavatory. It differs from a traditional pop-up style drain, in that the umbrella style requires no pop-up arm to be lifted or lowered to close or open the drain. Instead, the umbrella drain operates by simply pushing down on the drain cap to engage or disengage the closing mechanism. You may install a pop-up umbrella lavatory sink drain in with just a couple of hand tools and perhaps even limited DIY skills.

Loosen the fixtures on the lower portion of the S-trap beneath the lavatory sink. If you cannot loosen them by hand, use a large pair of slip-joint pliers to loosen the fittings. Set the S-trap aside.

Loosen the locknut on the bottom of the drain tailpiece holding the current drain to the sink, and unthread the locknut. Push the aged drain tailpiece out of the sink and wipe off any old putty that remains.

Loosen and remove the locknut and washer from the bottom of a brand new pop-up umbrella drain. Apply a layer of plumber’s putty to the bottom of the flange only if instructed to do so by the manufacturer.

Slip the tailpiece to the drain hole from above the sink, and center the drain in the drain hole. Attach the cone-shaped drier you eliminated in the prior step back onto the threads with the broad edge facing down, followed with the locknut. Tighten the locknut by hand to guarantee the drain to the lavatory sink.

Reconnect the S-trap to the drain along with the new tailpiece. Tighten the couplers by hand.

Turn the water in the sink and watch the drain assembly for any leaks.

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How to repair a Leaky Kitchen Sink in the Supply Line

The supply lines leading to the kitchen sink, both the hot and cold, begin at a water supply valve and end at the tap supply tubing that is attached to the faucet. The connections are all screw-on kinds, either hand-tightening nuts or even compression nuts, and in most cases this is where the problem lies. Virtually every contemporary kitchen sink supply line is really a do-it-yourself task, so repairing a leaky provide line is only going to require the use of tools that may be seen in every home toolbox.

Find the leak. Unless the leak is obvious — such as water squirting out from a connection or noticeably dripping off of a source valve — you will have to find it. Wipe down the supply line with a dry rag to remove all the moisture. Wrap toilet paper across the supply line beginning at the connections and the supply valve. Toilet paper will show wetness quickly, and you will be able to determine just where the leak emanates from by watching where the toilet paper gets wet.

Tighten the connections where the supply line attaches if it’s leaking there. Twist a hand-tightening nut a quarter run, or flip a compression nut a quarter turn using an adjustable wrench. In many cases the leak will stop after this is completed. If not, move on to Step 3.

Switch off the water at the source valve, which can be found under the sink. Eliminate the hand-tightening nut and then spread some plumber’s pipe compound onto the threads along with the drier inside the fitting. Tighten it down again, hand-tight. If the leak stops, the problem is solved. If the leak persists, the connection was compromised somehow, and it has to be replaced with a brand new supply line. If the compression nut doesn’t seal originally, back the nut off having an adjustable wrench and tighten it down once again. Once tightened, back it off and then tighten again. Sometimes the compression fitting has not seated correctly, and by loosening and tightening it two or three times, the fitting will finally seat. Turn the water on after trying to seat the matching. If it still leaks, you will need to install a new source line.

Turn the packing nut to the source valve if it’s water. Sometimes the leak will appear to be coming from the source line, but it’s actually coming from the packing nut on the valve. The packing nut is situated directly in the front of the on/off handle on the valve. Give it a quarter turn with a flexible wrench while the valve is turned on and the supply line is totally attached. You will see a difference instantly. If the water stops leaking, the packing nut was the problem. If the water continues leaking, the packing nut or the valve fixture was compromised. Replacement of this valve is the only fix in this scenario.

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How to Replace a Toilet That Has Grout Around it

In most cases when a toilet is installed, the installer applies a bead of caulk around the base of the toilet to seal the joint and to make the transition from the porcelain toilet to the tile floor look smooth. However, in some cases, the installer may choose to grout the toilet to the tile floor to match the look of the grout between the tiles. You can replace a toilet that’s grout around it without needing to re-grout the newest toilet to the tile floor.

Switch off the supply valve behind the toilet by rotating the valve’s knob clockwise until it stops turning. Flush the toilet to eliminate as much water from the bowl and tank as you can. Sponge out any remaining water from both to your 5-gallon bucket.

Eliminate the coupler of the supply line from the nipple around the bottom of the toilet bowl having a large pair of slip-joint pliers.

Pop off the caps over the closet bolts on either side of the toilet base with a screwdriver. Loosen the nut on each bolt having an adjustable canopy. Rock the toilet side-to-side to loosen it from the grout around the underside of the toilet. If the toilet won’t move, chip out the grout from around the foundation using a cold chisel and hammer. Then lift the toilet assembly and place it aside.

Chip any remaining grout from the face of the shingles with a cold chisel and a hammer.

Scrape away any remaining wax ring from around the toilet flange using a putty knife. Unscrew the screws which mount the flange to the floor with a screwdriver, and remove the flange.

Install a new flange to the floor around the drain tube using the supplied screws. Place the head of a cabinet bolt into the slot on either side of the flange.

Position the tank of the brand new toilet over the hole in the rear of the bowl and affix the tank to the bowl using the two mounting bolts. Turn the meeting on its side and press a new wax ring set up around the drain hole.

Position the toilet the drain hole and align the closet bolts with the mounting holes. Press the toilet down onto the flange with a slight rocking motion to bench the wax ring.

Place a level over the brand new toilet bowl and slip toilet shims around the underside of the toilet until it is level in each direction. Place a washer over each cabinet bolt before threading a nut onto each bolt. Tighten the bolts using an adjustable wrench. Place a cabinet bolt cap over the tip of each bolt to hide the mounting bolts.

Combine the supply line coupler to the nipple on the bottom of the brand new toilet tank, and tighten the coupler with a large pair of slip-joint pliers. Turn on the water supply valve and test the toilet, checking for leaks.

Apply a bead of silicone caulk around the base of the toilet against the tile. Smooth the caulk with a wet finger to provide the caulk an even, consistent look.

Position the mounting bolts of a new toilet seat over the holes on the rear edge of the bowl, and tighten the mounting nuts to the bottom of the bolts to fasten the bench to the bowl.

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What Is the finest Hardwood Floor Surface?

Hardwood flooring choices aren’t only an issue of colour and plank size. Traffic patterns, household creatures, the base underneath the flooring, and also the size of your household has to be considered. Shop smart by drawing home samples before making a commitment, and lay them in strategic places to measure the amount of foot traffic they’ll get, the intensity of the sun striking them and whether the colors coordinate with your decor.

Determine Your Needs

Produce a list of your household traffic patterns, in which you would like to lay the floors and whether it is going over plywood or cement before considering the ideal hardwood finishes for your home. Not all laminated or wood products are versatile enough to cover all of your household needs. High-traffic entryways and infrequently used guest rooms differ in the kinds of hardwood finishes that are acceptable.

Solid Wood

Among the more expensive hardwood floors options is solid wood. Don’t think about this option if high heels, a heavy walker, dogs with scraping nails or intense sunlight are present. The planks dent, fade and scratch smoothly. They are also able to warp in a moist environment. Oak is considered the heartiest of their solid forest and can endure the toughest wear.

Engineered Wood

Engineered timber, which can be installed over cement slabs, frequently has a sound- or damp-proofing picture between the planks and the cement. Engineered wood is really a wood veneer that is embedded above a plywood base. As soon as it’s sturdy, the end dents from high-heel impressions and can scrape. Good for humid climates, the planks don’t warp in wet or moist conditions.

Laminate Flooring

When it first came on the market, laminate floors was an affordable appearance that mimicked hardwoodfloors It has evolved into a highly respected imitation, but it has drawbacks.Laminate is actually a photograph of timber, laminated to fiberboard and sealed with a transparent plastic layer. Resistance to scratching and fading are two of its advantages, but the repetitive patterning and linoleum feel when walking on it are giveaways.

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How to Install Vinyl Shutters on Stucco

Improving the curb appeal of your home can add value and make your home updated and more modern. A simple improvement like shutters draws attention to the windows and brings color to the front of the home. With the right tools it is a simple project which should only take you a brief amount of time, although many people think attaching dividers is difficult. The results are instantaneous.

Measure and drill holes that are 1/4-inch in your camera to your own shutter locks or screws. Space two locks equally at the top and bottom to get windows. Space two for shutters in the center. The ridges on the shaft are somewhat made to lock against the timber, very similar to a wall mounted and more pronounced, although A shutter lock looks like a twist. They don’t back out like rust or a twist. It’s possible to use an outside deck washer and screw instead of a camera lock however, you will need to paint the head of this screw to match the shutter.

Hold the shutter up near the window in the place you would like. It’s a fantastic idea to have one person hold the camera while a person stands back and guides him to find the place that is best. Mark guidelines around the camera perimeter. Mark the holes for your shutter locks.

Hurry through the stucco using a masonry carbide drill bit. Stucco and wire mesh are to 3/4 inch thick. Change into a standard wood drill bit once your bit keep drilling and hits wood.

Hold the shutter above your holes. Press the camera lock through the stucco deep to the wall and through the vinyl shutter. Use a small hammer to tap the lock until it’s snug. Do not overtighten and dimple the shutter. Repeat for every shutter lock. If you are using screws, use a wood screw which will be tight in your holes.

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What Does a IRS Tax Lien Affect?

The Internal Revenue Service is in charge of collecting taxes from customers. If it determines that someone owes taxes, then he is notified by it of this fact via a Notice and Demand for Payment. Once the debtor receives the notice, he’s got 10 days to fulfill his overdue tax debt prior to the IRS documents a federal tax lien against his or her assets. .

Facts

Most creditors must seek liens. After prevailing in a lawsuit against the debtor A private creditor can acquire a writ of execution. An effective court judgment for an outstanding credit card debt, by way of instance, gives the credit card company that the right to ask a writ of execution from a debtor’s real estate or from private property such as his vehicle. The IRS, however, isn’t limited by standard legal procedures and may get a writ of execution without ever suing an individual. Additionally, the IRS doesn’t have to file separate liens for each of the debtor’s assets. A single IRS tax lien mechanically attaches to all a debtor’s property.

Significance

A lien secures a debt, which makes it easier for a creditor to collect. For instance, if a creditor has a lien against an individual’s automobile, it reserves the right to repossess the car and sell it unless the vehicle’s owner pays the debt. Because the IRS holds a lien from all of an individual’s possessions and resources, it can seize property at any time to meet the debt.

Time Frame

An IRS tax lien impacts a debtor’s property for a limited time. Tax liens which aren’t valid aren’t enforceable by the IRS. The IRS notes that all federal tax liens have a 10 year life span. After 10 years, the lien expires and, though this doesn’t exonerate the consumer from the tax she owes, it does prevent the IRS from forcibly seizing some of her resources in lieu of payment.

Outcomes

Once the IRS places a tax lien from a consumer, a listing of this tax lien looks on his credit report. Tax liens damage credit scores and, unlike many credit report entrances, can stay on an customer’s report for at least a decade. The Fair Credit Reporting Act, that determines the legal reporting period for different varieties of debts, states that the credit reporting agencies have to delete the lien against someone’s document seven years after receiving payment in full. . Until that moment, however, future lenders and creditors can watch the outstanding tax lien whenever they pull the individual’s credit files. This can negatively affect the customer’s ability to qualify for funding, credit or insurance.

Factors

An IRS tax lien does not only alter the debtor, it impacts her other creditors as well. If, by way of instance, a customer’s mortgage lender forecloses on her house and the home includes a tax lien, the creditor must give the IRS 25 days’ notice that it intends to foreclosure before it can clear the tax lien and seize the property. The IRS’ security interest, nevertheless, does not clear for 120 days–giving it the best to pay back the mortgage and”recover” the property from either the creditor or the owner for 3 months. This makes foreclosed houses that carry federal tax liens more difficult for creditors to sell before the 120 day redemption period expires.

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The Way to Get Approved for a House Equity Loan

The visual appeal of your dwelling cans improve, but using a finance company to pay for the project might be more expensive than a home equity loan. Home equity loans typically offer lower interest rates and may save money each month. Obtaining funding for a new kitchen or to create a bathroom can provide the desire to get approved for a home equity loan to you.

Confirm your current credit standing. Order a free credit report from the Annual Credit Report service.

Contact the credit bureau to dispute any errors that appear in your credit report. Before approving your loan request, A home equity lender will see your credit history.

Prepare your home. Give your home the”white glove” treatment to ensure it is clean and shows nicely. An appraiser may take pictures of your house’s exterior, kitchen, baths, recreation cellar and room. Value may be added by A neat look to your home. Your loan acceptance could be influenced by Assessing the value of your home.

Find. Call your current lender to seek acceptance. Inquire with an online lending website that provides home equity loans to evaluate interest rates and terms.

Submit an application for a home equity loan that meets your requirements. Forward all things that are asked by your creditor. To get your home equity loan accepted, you’ll need to submit copies of two or more recent pay stubs, bank statements and tax returns.

Communicate with your home equity lender during the acceptance procedure. Contact or email your loan officer each week to get updates. Instantly return telephone calls and also submit items that are asked by your creditor.

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