Houzz Tour: Modern Meets Conventional in Eclectic Loft

Designer Andrew Flesher discovered that the challenge of outfitting a broad open loft space — without breaking walls, traditional rooms of any kind and 60 feet of glass windows — compelling enough to take it on. And he took a surprising approach when decorating the distance, mixing traditional furnishings with modern pieces. “I really like the combination of things so that there’s some surprise, some anxiety, some juxtaposition between substances, styles, and level of formality,” Flesher says.

His Minneapolis loft exemplifies the tension between traditional and contemporary. Highlights include white leather upholstery paired using wooden antique bits, abstract paintings mixed with classical oil portraits, and art deco light fixtures sprinkled about.

Following is a look of how he divided the ground plan into a livable space, making an elegant-yet-relaxed living room in an urban atmosphere.

A box-style bookcase in white serves as a divider, delineating the more casual seating area from the dining room. Instead of stuffing each box with publications, items are carefully positioned in each branch, making an intriguing scape which includes cable chunks, contemporary sketches and mirrors among a couple piles of stacked books. Two white leather upholstered chairs with black frames face each other, making a cozy conversation area.

Farther into the space is just another casual seating area comprising an overstuffed couch upholstered in grey linen. Two white ceramic stools flank an oversized, square wooden coffee table, making a nice contrast of light and dark. A dark brown sisal rug also helps create an awareness of a smaller room.

The shiny white flooring and bright white wall give a contemporary, clean environment where the designer has placed traditional furnishings for this particular corner office. A Dorothy Draper black desk extends nicely with a grand oil portrait framed within an abysmal gold-leaf frame. Vintage crystal sconces add a touch of art deco glamour to the grouping.

A large abstract painting by artist Harold Hollingsworth hangs contrary to a freestanding wall. Two polished nickel chrome chairs sit facing using a green fern to the left breaking up the highly clean, modern look. A classic crystal chandelier adds to the grouping’s overall elegance.

The oversized French country agency (complete with a pleasure tasseled secret ) is juxtaposed nicely against the ultra-modern and modern white Barcelona chairs and ottoman. The general contrast provides a sleek look that is made warmer from the wooden bit. “I do believe that all design, and all new design, is really a development of what has happened in the past,” Flesher has said, which is one of those reasons he showcases all of his antiques in this glass block of some room.

Among the most contemporary vignettes of this space is this little Buddha statue which rests on a white base mimicking the cylindrical form of this column. Doesn’t it feel serene? This is a stunning example of how to execute restraint.

A gentle upholstered headboard feels casual put from the elegant cherry chest of drawers and easy, oversized mirror. The easy black iron lamp is a clean choice that does not compete with the intricacy of their chest.

A genuine weathered mirror offsets the antique wooden cabinet he’d fitted for the ceramic oval sink. Fresh flowers are arranged, and a gold framed drawing using a sage green matte is wrapped over the toilet. A number of the only contemporary sconces flank the elaborate mirror, which is yet another example of the tension between traditional and contemporary.

The kitchen is modern with laminate white cabinets, chrome fixtures and white appliances. Black Scandinavian wooden chairs surround a white Saarinen table. It’s the most only white space, allowing any and all meals to be the star.

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Guest Groups: 20 Basics for the Home Bar

I like to entertain, and I believe that a house bar is an absolute requirement. Stock it with these functional and chic essentials and you will always be prepared to host any celebration. These are some of my favourite go-to things, many of which I maintain in my own bar at home. — Candice from The Design Boards

Lacquer Wine Rack – $39

This is such a great wine holder; it is small enough to fit on a bar or countertop, and can easily be stored away in a cabinet. Its sleek and simple design goes with any decor, and it has a little playfulness to it that I love.


Teraforma Whiskey Stones – $19.50

Look like a true entertaining pro when you pull out these stones to serve to your whiskey-loving guests. These are great because they do not water down and dilute beverages, and they also look super-cool and chic!


Midcentury Silver Rim Barware Set, Cheeky Chic Vintage – $138

This is a gorgeous piece of mid-century history and design that will look amazing on any home bar. I love that this set comes with an ice bucket and shot glasses. Your bar would be complete with this!


Arteriors Connaught Polished Nickel Glass Bar Cart – $1,667

No home bar is complete without a gorgeous bar cart. This is the best cart for storing glassware and bottles or decanters of your chosen spirits. I love the elegant and traditional appearance of the cart.


Brooklyn Glass – $5.50

I lived in New York for 3 years and am such a sucker for well-designed odes to the city, like this Brooklyn glassware. I love the design and style — excellent for serving beer.

Fishs Eddy

Squirrel Nutcracker – $24.95

I received this as a Christmas gift this year and it now sits on my bar. Fun, lively and works good — I Iove it! My guests always smile when they use it too, which I also love!

West Elm

Fez Platter – $49

I’m obsessed with whatever these days, and this stunning tray is no exception. I love the appearance of the tray, it has such a great diverse, bohemian feel to it.


Williams Martini Pitcher – $39

Understanding how to make a great martini should be in each entertainer’s arsenal. What makes a fantastic martini better? Serving it in a gorgeous martini pitcher like this one.


Timeless Hotel Cocktail Napkin – $12

This is my favourite pick for cocktail napkins. They are a brilliant white, the cloth is fine and they look good with a drink sitting at the top of those. You can get them simmer for a more conventional appearance. In general, these are one of my must-haves for a home bar.


Classic Glass Beaker by Modern Poetry – $49

I have a classic glass beaker much like this one that I use for measuring alcohol out for cocktails. It is a unique little piece and looks good sitting on my bar. I like finding different applications for classic items!


Format Tray – $39.95

I love Lucite; it is fun, modern and super stylish. This is a great pub menu for serving beverages and snacks to your visitors.

West Elm

Hammered Large Rectangular Tray – $59

This is such a gorgeous piece. I love the appearance of metal and this would look great filled with champagne flutes prepared to serve at your next celebration. It is such a nice piece you could leave it on screen even when not being used.


“The Exact Many Varieties of Beer” Printing by Pop Chart Lab – $25

I bought this print for my husband for Christmas and it makes this a great addition to our house bar. It is sure to spark some discussions about beer during your next cocktail party!


Striped Paper Straws – $4

Drink fun and fruity cocktails with these brilliant paper straws. I think these are a must-have for men and women who like to entertain, and you will get them in many colors to go with whatever color scheme you are using.


Stainless Steel Champagne Gift Set – $49.95

This is such a beautiful serving bucket for champagne and I love the style of the stemless champagne flutes — super modern.


Wiener Dog Ashtray – $16

This is intended to be an ashtray but I think that it would be a very fun serving piece on the bar for olives, nuts or garnishes. I have a dachshund so I am always drawn to fun and quirky dachshund-y things like this!


Wine Journal – $30

I love the idea of a wine journal. If you like to drink wine, then it is a great way to keep track of your favorites. I know my husband and I always seem to forget which ones we like when we are shopping in the wine shop, therefore this is a great way to jot notes down about the bottles you drink. It’s also a excellent hostess or housewarming gift!


Cape Wineland Cutting Board – $38

I love this serving plank. The wood has such a deep, beautiful color to it — elegant but also rustic. It is so amazing you could keep it on screen all the time.


Heavy Metal Guitar Bottle Opener – $8

I love this funky and lively bar accessory. It is a great conversation piece and a fun and helpful way to open beers in your next cocktail party.


Castle Key Bottle Opener – $12

I love this quirky yet classic spin on a simple bar instrument. It might work with many distinct styles and has a great classic feel to it.


Cocktail Guide Set of Four Placemats – $43

Catch a set of these fun and quirky placemats, ideal for your home bar.

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Kitchens Designed for Gathering

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a seminar on kitchen design trends at a local tile showroom. One of the main points in my presentation was the way the kitchen will stay — for the near future, anyway — the middle of the house environment.

Thus, the issue in today’s kitchen layout is how to create a space for family and/or visitors to collect in this room — and have it be a little different from what the neighbors have. Based upon the room design, flow into and out of the surrounding areas, there are numerous alternatives worth considering. Here are a few variations on the subject.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

Kitchen island, version 2.0. I simply love the notion of combining an island and a table. In this Hawaiian kitchen, seats for four is put right in the middle of everything. By using exactly the identical material on the island counter along with the tabletop, it is a smooth integration between the two uses.

Christian Rice Architects, Inc..

In this variation, the kitchen is big enough that a change in substances between the island and table differentiates the dining area from the work locations. Another smart design choice. Notice, too how the light fixture over the table can also be distinct. Super smart.

Michael Fullen Design Group

Move island seats away in the main working area. If you are considering an island as your principal gathering spot, be aware of the intersection between work places and guest hangouts. The cook ought to be able to work effectively and unhindered even with buddies hanging out during final prep time. In this kitchen, the seating area is moved to one end of the kitchen, opposite of the functioning end, letting both places plenty of space to function properly.

Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc..

In this conventional kitchen, the island seats is placed opposite the main work areas. I can see the children gathered around the island on Saturday mornings waiting to get a fresh batch of pancakes to come off the griddle.

Alabama Sawyer

When space is tight, then use a cozy corner to get a counter-height dining table. This kitchen is too narrow for an island, but a unique kitchen dining table is”attached” to the counters in a place between the living and kitchen areas. It is a very efficient use of space and ideal as a celebration gathering spot or for the Sunday morning crossword puzzle.

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

The kitchen dining table: an idea that deserves another look. In the tradition of the European kitchen, a dining table in the kitchen produces a cozy eating environment where dinner travels from being cooked into the dinner table in only measures. By placing an elaborate area rug under the dining table, this distance feels much like a dining area than a kitchen. It reminds me of a chef’s table in a luxury restaurant.

The kitchen table that also serves as prep surface. I’m so in love with this kitchen the simplicity of this color scheme (just black, marble and white ) and the tasteful design. The concept of a gathering table on chunky turned legs that also plays the role of prep surface if necessary is genius. Top all that off with glistening chrome pendants, and it’s almost perfect.

Mal Corboy Design

A built-in table extends work surface, saves space and provides seating. I searched hard for a few images of the thought. The seamless integration of this round countertop/table is a smart use of floor area and provides seats for many people in the kitchen whilst not crowding the cook.

Here’s another illustration of the attached table as part of the counters. In this kitchen, we put an increased glass table on one end of the kitchen to offer seating for four. Again, positioning was critical: out of this way, but in the kitchen.

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Dogs in Design

We’ve got all seen adorable pooches posing in interior photography to bring a bit of personality to the area. Whether you love your pet(s) and need to observe their spunk or only admire their puppy beauty from afar, here are strategies to integrate dogs in your style without the messy fur.

A real dog lover’s bedroom with two framed examples and a cushion. The addition of the doggie decor makes this bedroom feel rustic and masculine, to be shared with man’s best friend.

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Curry Buddy Pillow – $88

This minimalist pillow will always be welcome to your mattress.

Dog paintings may add a dash of familial warmth to a cozy den. The warm earthy tones at the painting complement the sofa and curtain colours.

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Painted Dog Pillow Covers – $35

This pillow would seem just right on the family room sofa.

The Cape Cod

How adorable is your idea of including your dog’s silhouette along with the rest of the household’s above the mantle?


Mod Dachshund Print 8×10 by ModDogShop – $20

It is possible to begin with this framed silhouette artwork.

Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.

Dog decor can be whimsical or taken very seriously. A big monochromatic portrait of 2 black dogs is showcased as the main art piece in this carefully thought open-plan living area.

In Detail Interiors

Remember that the George Rodriguez Blue Dog art widely popular in the 1990s? It still works now as a punchy pop-art collectors’ part in contemporary spaces.

Tiffany Eastman Interiors, LLC

A white statuette “greeter” does wonders to enliven the black and white toilet.

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Greyhound Dog Statue – $95

Welcome a royal white buddy into your home today.

Dillard Pierce Design Associates

A bigger black-dog statue offers companionship to your guest about a slipper chair within this grand entrance hall.

Kelley & Company Home

A grouping of smaller dog figurines energizes the mantle of this eclectic sitting room.

Emily Elizabeth Interior Design

Dog decor can be as subtle as a very simple pattern in a assortment of accent pillows. Do not go overboard with too many puppy fabrics in 1 room. Too much of a good thing … is not too good.

For People design

Add a international vibe with a Chinese foo dog statue. The touch of turquoise among the fiery reds is also an intriguing contrast.

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Turquoise Foo Dogs – $69

Here is an option for your own matching pair of Chinese foo dogs.


Barbara Cosgrove Dog Standing Lamp – $399

This elegant little lamp could spruce up an entrance hall.

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Happy Hot Dog Screen Tray – $325

An adorable serving tray.

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Diamond Dogs Black by F Schumacher – $144.20

A contemporary rug.

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Scott Lifshutz Dog Daze Pillow Cover – $29

A trendy looking watercolor inspired pillow.

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Design Dilemma: Developing Cape Cod Curb Appeal

Houzz user tgeo is looking to revamp a quintessentially Northeast-style cottage from the outside. While he is brimming with expansive ideas for producing the ultimate Cape Cod cottage, it is the details that have him asking for assistance. Click here to check out his preliminary ideas and share your own.

Houzz Design Dilemmas

“We were thinking of including a peak to the entryway — there is a bumped-out region that’s a foyer, and we’d love to keep it — and including a couple of dormers to the roof to rip things out. I’m having difficulty finding pics.

Designers: What are a few factors for tgeo? Click here to go to the Question and share your suggestions.

Houzz Design Dilemmas

If you’re more about the details that make your home, tgeo “would really like to hear some opinions on dormer dimensions, color/trim choices, windows, etc..”

Click this hyperlink to increase the discussion from the Houzz Questions section.

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The best way to Remove Asphalt Tile Adhesive From a Concrete Floor

Tiling is of interest because of its own physical toughness and its inexpensive, including resistance to grease, oil and mildew. It it takes a powerful adhesive to to keep it and that adhesive can be significantly more difficult to eliminate as opposed to asphalt tiles when the time comes to remove or change the tiling. Chemical remedies, primarily solvents, may be employed to weaken the adhesive therefore their use is unwanted, but these are usually very flammable health insurance and harmful for your health. An approach that is safer would be to chip the adhesive in the surface that is concrete.

Clear the whole ground of hurdles. Close doorways that are inner to stop dirt from entering the remaining building. Open windows and all exterior doors to provide just as much ventilation as possible. Don heavy duty work gloves.

Make sure the tile remover disconnected from your power supply and is powered down. Fit a new blade on the tile remover. The specific attachment method differs in line with the maker, but the basic procedure requires sliding a blade to the slot loosening the clamp nuts and tightening the nuts. Refer to the product guide for directions that are specific.

Don safety goggles, security shoes, ear protectors and a dust mask.

Adjust the angle as specified from the documentation of the manufacturer. Start using a reasonably shallow angle between the floor as well as the blade. The goal will be to position the blade with all the front leading edge aligned together with the root of the asphalt adhesive. It is better to begin with the angle which is too shallow than steep — a steep angle might reduce to the concrete and harm the ground.

Connect the tile remover to the powersupply. Position it with the near to the region of asphalt adhesive to be eliminated.

Switch on the tile remover and enable the blade to get as much as speed. Gently transfer the device ahead and permit the blade to start chipping in the adhesive. In the event the blade cuts perhaps not seriously enough, or also deeply, swap it off, disconnect the energy and re-adjust the blade.

Until it’s eradicated move the tile remover on the other side of the flooring, chipping a-T each section of adhesive. Stop periodically to enable the blade to great and also to sweep-up adhesive chips that are damaged.

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Tips on Moving Right Into a Studio Flat

Whether you’re moving from a one- or two-bedroom flat into your apartment or down-sizing, arranging a transfer to a studio offers a diverse set of problems than when getting into into a location that is bigger. The reality that the new condo is tiny does not assure you a fast and painless transition, but with proper planning, you can have before you know it, your new location set up.

Plan the The Area

Before you start selecting furniture for this, measure each wall of the condo. Draw a scale map of the the system and draft a simple floorplan for the the area. Decide where you are going to put your living area, bedroom, eating area and workshop. In order to walk across the area successfully determine just how much area you’ve for each important bit of furniture, and remember to abandon an appropriate sum of space on the floor free. Program and shop especially for the the area you’ve.

Excise Additional Possessions

Studio flats desire life styles that are minimalist, and you might need to cull your possessions, particularly in the event that you had been previously residing in a larger location. Donate or share every thing you do not use frequently. Consider just how much furniture you actually need. Like, think about whether you would certainly be be ready to promote couch and your mattress and re-place them having a day bed that is fold out. Locate a storage trunk that will double as a coffee-table. Reduce the a-Mount of things you plan to transport to your own place.

Organize the Transfer

For two times, schedule your shift if achievable. Plan to move furniture as well as abandon the relaxation of your bins for the 2nd day, and your most essential dwelling materials over on the first day. Take the day-to to arrange the the room and install self storage units that are additional in kitchen or the bathroom if essential. This way, when you deliver your bins within the subsequent day, every-thing h-AS a spot to go. While you search for for ideal cupboards and book-shelves you you may not have to trip over clutter.

Rent a Truck

Do not be fooled by the dimension of your condominium — you nonetheless cannot fit-all your things in one van. Driving forth and straight back across city with numerous loads is annoying and exhausting. When you shift your furniture instead, lease a truck from a moving-company or residence enhancement retailer, a-T least for the day. As comparatively few things are being transported by you, you need to be in a position to fit all of them into the the tiniest and cheapest truck accessible, and also the investment can help you save hours of driving.

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Chimney Masonry Repair Tips

Since the warmer weather is already on its way, it’s about time that you get your chimney inspected and get some chimney handyman Evansville repair done. Now is the perfect time to check if there are any problems in your chimney. If there are any problems, they must be repaired immediately while the weather is still good.

When’s the Best Time to Repair Chimney Masonry?

The chimney masonry refers to the bricks and mortar as well as the other materials that extend the chimney. During the winter, these materials may end up getting damaged as a result of outside elements. Overexposure to water could cause these materials to deteriorate.

Moreover, the freeze-thaw cycle could prolong the materials’ contact with water, which will make the matter worse. When the moisture on the materials gets frozen, it will end up expanding and could lead to a lot of issues. In addition, water penetration can also cause damages to the interior and exterior of the chimney.

Among the problems that could be encountered are the following:

Adjacent wood will be rotten and the wall coverings ruined.
The central heating system will deteriorate.
Chimney structure will tilt and collapse.
Damper assemblies will get rusted.
Flue lining system will crack and deteriorate.
Glass doors and fireplace accessories will be rusted.
Hearth support will collapse.
Metal firebox assemblies will deteriorate.

Take Action Before Bad Weather

While the weather is still good, you should take action by scheduling a chimney inspection. In doing so, you’ll have enough time to do handyman Evansville repairs just before the winter starts. Some repairs may need time to warm up and require dry condition in order to get cured properly. If you find out early on that your chimney needs repair, you’ll be able to plan ahead and take advantage of the good weather.

Extensive Chimney Repair

If you find out that your chimney needs extensive repair or that you realize that it is not the kind of job that you can handle on your own, you should call for professional help. There are chimney repair service providers that can provide quality work. They will send over professional technicians who are trained and certified to perform different repair methods. All the damages in your chimney will be documented along with videos and photos and will be shown to you in order to better explain the issues.

On the other hand, if the damages on your chimney are not really that extensive, you can do a few simple repairs on your own. However, make sure that you know what to look for and you know how to properly repair the damages. Again, the chimney repairs must only be done when the weather is warm and dry.

So while the weather is still warm and the winter is still way ahead, you should take this opportunity to protect your chimney. Schedule your chimney handyman Evansville in inspection today just before the cold winds start to roll in!

The best way to Replace a Hammock Cloth

A hammock will offer an enormous dose of summer rest. Stretched from a-frame or whether strung between two strong trees, a hammock is the ideal place for enjoying a second or a nap. The outside area of the hammock leaves it in the mercy of character and susceptible to injury from rain and sunlight. Makers are little resources found when changing a hammock cloth in fabric supply stores that can deliver a powerful attachment technique. Heavy-duty canvas, employed by painters, may be obtained at paint supply shops for the alternative hammock fabric.

Remove the outdated hammock fabric in the hammock body attachment sections at both ends of the fabric with pliers. Measure width and the length of the aged hammock fabric together with the tape measure.

Cut a hammock fabric out using the measurements of the hammock fabric that was aged plus 5″ added to 7″ and the width added to the size.

Fold one quick side of the hammock under 1/2 inch. Fold the side that is same under 3″ and pin the hem in place using the pins that are straight. Repeat on the other side of the hammock fabric. Sew the hem in place utilizing the attachment that is zig-zag on the sewing-machine. Repeat on the other end of the hammock fabric.

Fold one long side edge of the hammock fabric under 1/2 inch. Fold again 2″ and pin set up. Sew the hem in place utilizing the attachment that is zig-zag on the sewing-machine. Repeat of the hammock fabric.

Mark the hammock attachment websites in the edges that are short having a pencil, utilizing the hammock fabric that is outdated as a manual. Attach the brief edges that are grommets to the hammock in the pencil marks, utilizing the device that is grommet. Attach the hammock body to the hammock through the holes.

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16 Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Looking for a fun and exciting way to use that extra wood in your garage? We’ve got you covered with an assortment of interesting and attractive handyman services projects that you can complete very fast with common tools.

Here’s to a productive and fun-filled weekend!

1. Shoe Storage Booster Stool

This stool can be used to boost your height when you need to access the upper parts of your closet. It can also be used as storage for your shoes.

2. Wooden Bench

Place this easy-to-assemble bench in your garden to enjoy your plants in peace or catch up on some reading.

3. Small Bench

This is an easy but fulfilling house repairs project that you can complete within minutes. You can use it as your go-to stool while working on other DIY projects too.

4. Magazine Storage Containers

You’ll get plenty of compliments with this creative magazine storage container.

5. Coat Rack

Carpentry has never been easier with this convenient but attractive coat rack. It’s not only an item where you can hang your coats and hats, but it also creates unique interest for your home’s entryway décor as well.

6. Spice Rack

This spice rack can store up to 18 of your favorite spices and it’s super cute and portable.

7. Thyme Saver

This rack will make it easier to see and access your spices from the drawer. You can easily build one with a few scraps of plywood. No special carpentry skills or complicated tools are needed.

8. Rustic Shelf

Using forked tree branches as its support, this rustic shelf adds a touch of nature to your living room, while providing you with added storage for your books.

9. Knife Block

Have you ever seen those cute knife blocks in the store and wonder how they’re made? Well, you can now make them on your own using some leftover boards of plywood and some measuring and bonding tools.

10. Behind-the-Door Shelves

Put your budding DIY handyman skills to work while creating extra storage for your detergents with this ‘hidden shelf’.

11. Ironing Center

This ‘ironing center’ keeps your ironing kit conveniently away when not in use, and easily accessible when needed. All you have to do is to mount a few shelves on the wall for your ironing equipment, and a couple of hooks to hang your ironing board when you’re done using it.

12. Two-Story Closet Shelves

Additional shelves in your closet provide ideal storage for unused items like winter boots in the summer or swimming gear during the winter.

13. Stacked Recycling Tower

Make recycling fun with this tower of stacked recycling bins which are placed inside a wooden frame for ease of cleaning.

14. Swedish Boot Scraper

This accessory is a staple in Swedish farms and a great way to keep your boots clean when coming from the garden on a wet day.

15. Sliding Bookend

This easy-to-make bookend provides instant storage for books and DVDs and it will look stylish on any living room.   

16. Petite Shelves

Use these petite shelves to store your favorite mementos or to keep your desktop organized.