31 Cheap Decorating Tips

by DIY Maven

Domino has put together a slide-show of 31 cheap and creative decorating tips. Some are easier than others, but all are inspirational. Two ideas that really appealed to me....

 

Lavanya put a softboard up inside the chimney of her non-working fireplace. She then wrapped wire around toothpicks that she slipped under the softboard. From the wires, she hung glass balls into which she placed tea lights. Lovely effect!

created on: 07/10/08

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80 How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking.

by Chris Gardner

The internet has been so integral to the DIY and handmade revolution, its no surprise to find an enourmous collection of how-to websites from around the world. Lifehack.org has assembled a solid eighty, in areas like home decor, crafts, dining, business, and personal finance. Though, there's no Curbly. Write in and make it eighty-one!!!!

Also, check out this collection of fifteen from DumbLittleMan.

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How To: Make a Pocket Sized Floorplan.

by Chris Gardner

Apartment Therapy, Chicago-version, offers this clever take-along floorplan. The goal is to be able to account for all the components of your room, particularly scale, arrangement in color: "You will want to include basic information like the size and layout of your rooms, color choices (fabric swatches are perfect for this!) and sizes of existing pieces of furniture. Other things that might be helpful are window heights (in case you...

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How To Drink Wiser, and Avoid and Cure Hangovers.

by Chris Gardner

When enjoying a few cocktails, be smart, and don't get sick. Here's a few ideas to avoid head and tummy aches.

Drink Water. Everyone who's mature enough to have a drink should be mature enough to drink some agua along with it. Drink a glass of water before and after every drink, and gulp down a few more before bed. If you get way carried away, to the point of vomiting (another source of dehydration), drink a Pedialyte to replenish yourself.

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10 Easy Household Time Savers.

by Chris Gardner

Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.

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  1. Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
  2. Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type...

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10 Tips For Mastering a Messy Home.

by Chris Gardner

I grew up in that house that never had the get-togethers or sleepovers, and I was never able to invite my backyard playmates inside. Why? Our home was enternally cluttered, and it was embarassing. Now that I get to make the rules, I keep a mostly spotless lifestyle, and these ten ideas from TipNut are useful, indeed.

  

   1. Regularly Junk Hunt.
   2. Create Necessary Storage Solutions.
   3. Choose Effective Storage Solutions.
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12 Indispensable Grilling Tips

by DIY Maven


If your last project on the BBQ came out less than appetizing, you might want to check out TipNut’s 12 indispensable grilling tips before your next attempt. Some I hadn’t thought of include wrapping fish, steaks and burgers with bacon before tossing them on the grill (I don’t know many meat eaters who don’t like bacon). And the next time bratwurst are in the queue, they just might get stuffed with onions and peppers! Photo courtesy of TipNut.

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25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home.

by Chris Gardner

Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting...

Ideas include:

  • Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a centerpiece display
  • Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
  • Rustic Candles: Melt down the bits of old burned...

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Seven Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid.

by Chris Gardner

A tiny slip in preparation or technique can ruin a whole meal. RealSimple assembled a checklist to ensure that your don't damage your dishes before you dine.

1). Read the recipe all the way through before you begin.

2). Don't overcrowd the pan.

3). Preheat the pan properly.

4). Don't use a tiny pot for rice or pasta.

5). Dry leafy vegetables before sauteeing.

6). Don't overdo it on the dry herbs.

7). Be...

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6 Ways to Use Carpet Scraps (With bonus tips.)

by DIY Maven

created on: 04/07/08

Last week we had new carpeting installed in the lower level of the house, and it looks marvelous. The scraps left behind, however, do not.

What to do with these rolls of leftovers? Well, you’ll want to keep some for insurance in case you need to ‘patch’ (God forbid) a spot in the future, but for the rest of it Mrs. Fixit has these suggestions:

“1. Hang a patch of carpeting on the wall in your garage where your car door opens. This way if you...

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168 Ways to Stretch A Dollar

by DIY Maven

Lynnae at beingfrugal.net asked her readers ‘how they deal with high prices and what things they do to make their money stretch further.’ They came through in a big way! Lynnae categorized their tips, which include saving money...

  • on groceries (e.g. use thegrocerygame)
  • on cooking/eating (e.g. become a vegetarian)
  • on cars/gas (e.g. stay home)
  • on utilities (e.g. insulate your water pipes)
  • on medical needs (e.g...

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How To Take Better Flash Photos.

by Chris Gardner

Flashes...they bring about rabid red eyes, rob your photo of any realistic light, and instantly transport your subject into a black hole. And yet, sometimes it's the only way to capture the moment or gain the detail you desire.

  • Understanding your camera's controls: ISO, Aperture, Shutter
  • Apply your secret knowledge with the ISO
  • Diffuse the flash

Read the full article from PC World.

 

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25 Money-Saving Kitchen Tips.

by Chris Gardner

The Urban Vegan offers some excellent ideas to save money and prevent food waste. The tips are intended for vegans, so that means that they can apply to everyone...unless you manage to survive on nothing but meat.

1. Bake your own bread.
2. Freeze your assets.
3. Cook beans from scratch and freeze them in ziplock bags.
4. Consider the long-term financial implications of organic.
5. Make your own faux meats.
6. Pack your own lunch.
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Tips for Incredible Twilight and Sunset Photos.

by Chris Gardner

Let's face it: the black silhouette of a palm tree against an orange sky is no longer an interesting shot. But something certainly happens during the magical hour of twilight, and some amazing photos can result. Matthew G. Monroe offers some helpful tips for taking great shots during while the day grows dark. The best part is: if you mess up, you can always try again tomorrow.

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How To Sharpen Up Your HDTV

by Chris Gardner

Forbes.com writes, "Getting a brand new high-definition TV should be an enjoyable experience, but when you open up that big box you could also be opening up a frustrating can of worms. HDTVs are complicated gadgets. It's not like the old days when you could just plug a TV into the wall and everything magically worked. HDTVs require a little nuance and a little knowledge.

Without this set-up savvy, you might be left looking at an absolutely...

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10 Alternative Uses For Alka-Seltzer.

by Chris Gardner

  1. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will help loosen the grime.
  2. Attract Fish. Fish dig on bubbles. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
  3. Clean hard-to-reach areas of deep vessels, such as a flower vase. Fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
  4. Polish jewelry. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and...

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