Spruce up your home for under $500

Looking for creative ways to spruce up your home while adding value?  Here are some functional products that will definitely help improve a home, all under $500:


Ariel Bath Lucite Acrylic Shower Panel

Ariel Bath shower panels (there are several styles to choose from), are fully loaded with jets and a steam generator, that greatly increases your therapeutic experience. With easy installation instructions, this inexpensive but very functional item will not only make you feel like a whole new you each morning, it will make you think you’ve renovated your entire bathroom!×12-2/p453046







 Capital Lighting 3 Light Post Fixture

 You’ll want two of these at least, but at a truly affordable price, you can update your outdoor post lights and drape your home in a beautiful night-time amber ambience, while upgrading your curb appeal instantly.





 Kichler Cameron Lighted Fan

 Add a fresh and bright new lighted ceiling fan to any room and update a tired room look instantly. Not only are lighted fans double functional – this Kichler fan comes with a universal hanging system, and allows for mounting on ceiling with up to a 30 degree slope.





 Craftmade C3-PW Chime

 Make your guests feel warm and welcome when they ring your doorbell and hear the beautiful Westminster melody instead of a tired old ding-dong. Select a four note or eight note setting for the front door and a single note on a second or third door.




Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror
Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror


 Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror

 Draw into your home a new surge of positive energy via a Feng Shui influence, by mirroring a wall with this beautiful Alisa Round Mirror. With a 45” diameter, this round bevel wall mirror from the Bassett Mirror Company is the quintessential piece for those seeking a sleek and elegant update to their home décor.


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Unique Ways to Warm Up a Room – Weekend DIY Projects

Unique Ways to Warm Up a Room

Not sure what to do with a blank wall and don’t want to hang just more art? Insert a working fireplace! An entirely new line of electric fireplaces look absolutely perfect in a contemporary home or interior, with one twist. They can be actually embedded into a wall! With user friendly installation instructions; these types of fireplaces can easily be hung on any empty wall to suit the interior of any room. The flames produced come in a patented pattern that seeks to imitate the look of real flames. The fireplace also doubles as an electric heater, thus adding value for the money. The operation is a breeze, with a remote control that is included.

Yosemite Home Decor’s DF-EFP1313 provides value-both in aesthetics and functionality-to a room.—Black-Yosemite-Electric-Fireplaces/p442348


Whimsical Winter Room Warmers

What do you do when you have a limited budget, and just can’t stand the way your living room looks anymore? What simple weekend fix can give you a whole new outlook on life, come Monday morning? A great way to completely alter the look of a room is to enhance it with just one block-buster area rug. With so many styles, designs, pile types and colors, you can even treat your traditional style furniture to a modern style rug; to create a really unique visual oasis within your old living area environment. Momeni Contemporary Rugs:



Warming Up an Atmosphere

Install a network of warm-light pendants over an island station in a kitchen, over a dining table or in a private den and with the flick of a switch, you can completely warm up the hue and tone of any room. These days, lighting manufacturers in stiff competition with one another, are continuously creating new versions of traditional and old style fixtures, by adding artisan style glass shades that can literally swirl with multiple colors. Many come in ‘collections’ that offer various fixture styles, enabling you to spread that same ambient glow into adjoining rooms – while keeping continuity with that initial fixture that you really, really love. Elk Lighting:

Elk Pendants

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Ten Interior Choices for NYC Bachelor Artists

Whether covering canvas with colors or drafting plans for a new building, NYC artists place emphasis on fine detail and effort in interior design.  However, an artist’s budget is more concerned with style than sums.  The following is supplied by New York providers who serve NYC bachelor artists with demands for sensible and chic options.



Wall Clock

wall clock


When was the last time you worked on your latest masterpiece?  Don’t waste time lounging around your apartment when you could be creating.  This color wheel-like wall clock keeps tabs on the seconds as you count on being less likely to procrastinate.



Cheese Tray


Nothing says “welcome to my humble abode” like an assortment of tasty cheeses.  Impress your invites by scrawling individual choices on this natural slate cheese tray.  A soapstone chalk cheese tray?  What a gouda idea!



 Pasta Bowl


This Medici pasta bowl unites old-world design (note the uneven edges) with new-age convenience (it’s microwave safe).  Some believe the fleur-de-lis design, etched on the inside of the bowl, resembles tears Eve shed upon leaving Eden.  However, you’ll get no complaints as you keep the bowl filled with tasty offerings.



 Wall Garden


Uproot inspiration when looking at your ceramic wall garden filled with colorful succulents.  Buy as shown or request the planter be filled with seasonally-available assortments.  Plant your mini garden on the wall or tabletop while visitors grow fonder of your decor choices.



Candle Holders


The symbol of fire is used in many religions to resemble birth, creativity, and passion.   However, most artists in NYC use flames to light candles.  These heavy-duty, hand-blown glass candle holders are ornate, city originals.



 Coyote Skull

Coyote Skull

Did you ever wonder what happened to Wile E. Coyote?  He eventually retired to the East Village, occasionally meeting with one-time nemesis Road Runner for coffee and chess.  No, we made that up, but you can buy this natural coyote skull and conversation piece.  You’ll have to create your own story about its origin or give us proper accreditation.



Mini Swivel Table

Mini Double Swivel Table 

To the untrained eye, this mini swivel has one platform.  Yet, with the magical stroke and sleight of hand of an NYC bachelor, it has three.  As well-studied artists know, form follows function, and those entertaining a number of friends along with knowledge of modern architecture can host multiple drinks as easily as conversation about industrial design with this glass-top swivel table.



Book Shelf


Books offer a means of escape and pleasure, and this fire escape book shelf offers a place to stack books, plants, and ornaments. While the city places restrictions on what you can place on your actual escape, there’s no limit to what you can do with this unique, zigzagging book shelf.



Table Lamp


Artists are aware of the complexity of creating an end product endowed with sentiments of simplicity, such is this table lamp.  Let there be light in your space and a fine touch of chrome in your home.



 Floor Lamp

This 26-inch floor lamp offers dual lights for artists who want to keep an eye on detail while onlookers mind the style found throughout the bachelor pad.  Subtle yet trendy, choose a satin chrome or oil-brushed-bronze finish.

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10 Beautiful Pinterest Boards For Home Decor Inspiration

#1 – Ivanna Smith

If you desire your surroundings to be infused with the feeling of romance this is the board for you. Dramatic and sensual, the designs will certainly inspire. In addition to the wonderful interior spaces there are plenty of exterior spaces to give the feeling of completeness.


#2 – Alex Beckman

That kitchen! Can’t you see yourself making the most wonderful meal in that kitchen and completely impressing those around you! Alex’s board is very much a mix of everything. At first glance perhaps too much of a mix. However, one would be mistaken because look closer and you begin to see how stunning many of these spaces are. They really get the design juices flowing! Enjoy and thank you Alex!

#3 – Kristen Gage

It really is all about the details and Kristen’s board has a lot of details. We all know that, yes a solid foundation is important but it is the details the breathes life and personality into a space. And who else thought of painting a rug onto the floor! Gorgeous!


#4 – Emma Venn

For many of us the kitchen is the heart of the home. Emma’s board is all about this all important space. From clean lines to the more traditional it is represented here. Beautiful light fixtures, gorgeous floors, counter space for miles, what does your dream kitchen look like?


#5 – Esther Flaharty

Their are those of us who like to get our hands dirty and feel a space is only truly ours when we have physically contributed Esther’s board is for you. Here you will find plenty ideas for DIY projects for the less traditional among us.


#6 – Melissa Harrelson

Though Melissa’s board is a mix of many different spaces it was primarily chosen for the living rooms. Clean lines throughout many of these spaces give the feeling of openness. Because sometimes you want to feel light and at peace in your space, not weighed down by too much decor, color and texture.


#7 – Anahata Katkin

That is not to say color, texture and an abundance of decor are bad. Just the opposite. At times you want to feel enveloped by a space and settle in with a cup of tea. This board is for those of us for crave color, texture and emotion in our decor.


#8 – Cigdem Yilmaz

A pop of color here and interesting texture there… this is where Cigdem’s board shines. Perhaps you are the type who enjoys a neutral palette with a burst of color to draw the eye. Natural woods, exposed brick whatever your fancy this board is definitely worth a look!


#9 – Susan Martin

Not sure where to begin? Susan’s board can surely help. A healthy mix of many spaces and styles this is a good place to start when you are at the beginning! With so many choices surely it can help anyone find a style to delve deeper into.


#10 – Elmarie Els

Grey can truly invoke a feeling of subtle beauty, add ethereal pink and you have a dreamy romance come alive. Of course this board is not only pinks and grey but many of the spaces evoke a subtly that can be quite alluring. Beyond some beautiful bedrooms you will find many inspiring interior spaces that bring a sense of peace and some that embolden.

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Top 12 Pinners To Follow For Outdoor Decor Ideas

#1 – Anna Tausend

Spring is finally here and with that comes thoughts of flowers and beautiful outdoor spaces. Anna’s board is all about container gardening, which is a wonderful option for decorating your outdoor space. Perfect whether you have a small balcony or a grand entrance with a vast landscaping!

#2 – Lacy Macy

I’ll be the first to admit that most of these outdoor spaces are out of my reach, I don’t think I’ll be importing the Eiffel Tower to my backyard any time soon! However, there is something inspiring looking at opulent gardens and lavishly appointed lawns. Personally it gives me pause and makes me look at my own space a little differently and dream a little bigger than I had previously dared!

#3 – T. SeGuine

I love this little board by T. SeGuine. These fences and walls are gorgeous! Hardscaping is a wonderful opportunity to infuse your personality into your outdoor space! This board may be small but it offers a large amount of design inspiration!

#4 – Bjorn Mulder

For those of us who desire clean lines and serenity Bjorn’s board is for you. Many of these created spaces do not overwhelm the natural beauty around them. Rather they become a place to take in what surrounds you rather than creating a focal point.

#5 – Annie Ward

Annie’s board has some truly beautiful exteriors. Whether you are thinking of building or buying a home this board will give you some wonderful ideas for striking exteriors. Beautiful light fixtures, wonderful hedges, stately black shutters and welcoming front entrances, this board really showcases beautiful homes.

#6 – Jennifer Verbic

I am in love with Jennifer’s board! There are some truly whimsical and adorable ideas! An owl door! A lobster door knocker! So Charming! There are so many wonderful and creative ideas I could be here all day listing them. Rather than reading a long description click the picture below and check out this board for yourself!

#7 – Annie Johnson & Amy Cullen

Annie and Amy’s board is a dedicated study of the front porch and entrance of the home. This very vital, visible part of our exterior space should never be overlooked as it is one easiest places to give some pizzazz to your home! Your front porch can set the tone of what visitors will expect from the rest of your home so be diligent and consider what you want to say!

#8 – Amanda Snead

Amanda’s board is perfect for those of us who enjoy DIY projects. A lot of easy and tempting projects. Hiding dog bowls in pretty planters, homemade bird seed eggs, welcome signs and garden holders. All these little touches can add up quick!

#9 – Sandra Hartley

Sandra’s board gives us some wonderful ideas for the structures we may find in our yards. Whether it is an adorable greenhouse or an ornate gate she reminds us of all the opportunities we have to infuse design into our outdoor spaces.

#10 – Kelly Crawford

Kelly’s board is a treasure trove of backyard design and decorating ideas! It’s a great board infused with color, has many ideas that I would have never thought of and is just all around a fun, exciting board to view. Reminds us all that the decorating does not end with the interior of our homes!

#11 – Lara Hammon

Fire pits, DIY outdoor lighting, curb appeal. These are just some of the great ideas you will find on Lara’s board. I particularly love the idea of string lights to light a garden path- so romantic. And the fire pits! I can smell the marshmallows roasting! Smores anyone?

#12 – Catherine Kohler

Porches and patios. These spaces are where we gather in the warm summer months to enjoy corn on the cobb, grilled chicken, home ground burgers and delightfully rich ice-cream. With all the time many of us spend in these spaces it is important to design them for our enjoyment! Enjoy Catherine’s board and let your design juices run wild!

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Your kitchen is one of the most used homes in your house. So much goes on in there, from cooking to eating, to doing homework. Adequate light is needed in every room, since you and your family are always in the kitchen, why not make the most out of functionality and design?

Have a lot of counter space and want to make food preparation easier or just to add an overall light effect to your kitchen. You should install under cabinet lighting. You can install under cabinet lights, like the Progress P7017-30EBS right under the cabinets. Or if you don’t want something that bulky, there are puck lights, like the Maxim 87883BK Black Three Light Puck Under Cabinet or even strip lights.


Progress Lighting P7017-30EBS 1-Lt.


Maxim Lighting 87883BK Maxim 87883BK Black Three Light Puck Under Cabinet Light Kit


Do you have limited head room in your kitchen? Install a flush mount or a semi flush ceiling light to ensure you have one overhead light to provide general lighting in your kitchen without sacrificing space. Try Murray Feiss’ SF1890ORB Gravity 3-Light Wrought Iron Semi-Flush Ceiling Fixture.


Feiss’ SF1890ORB Gravity 3-Light Wrought Iron Semi-Flush Ceiling Fixture


Don’t just limit yourself to flush mount fixtures or recessed lights. Expand your horizons into hanging lights, like pendants and chandeliers.  The heights of these can be adjusted. Pendant lights even can help accent a chandelier. You can even put a row of pendants over your kitchen island, but be sure to to make sure you space them out correctly so you don’t over due it on the amount of fixtures you have in your kitchen.  Try the Emory Collection from Quoizel. You can mix and match a chandelier with different sized pendants for you kitchen.

Emery Mini Pendant
Quoizel Lighting ER1508PN Emery Mini Pendant
Emery Island Chandelier
Quoizel Lighting ER353PN Emery Island Chandelier



Emery Dinette Chandelier
Quoizel Lighting ER5103PN Emery Dinette Chandelier Emery


Bonus Light! You should find a range hood that has lighting elements to help you see what you’re doing as you toil over a hot stove. Like the Cavaliere Hoods SV218D-30 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood, which has 4 35W Halogen Lights.

Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood
Cavaliere Hoods SV218D-30 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood






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Our Top Picks for Mothers Day Gifts!

Mothers Day is coming sooner than you think. On May 10th give mom something she’ll love and will use every day for years to come.

Give Mom a Maple Tree Photo Collage from Uttermost (SKU # 13725) where she can store all your precious memories and show them off for everyone to see.
Made of hand forged metal, this collage provides numerous openings to display your favorite photos. Finish consists of aged chestnut with antiqued verdigris details and burnished edges.


Give Mom a chandelier as pretty as her that she can put in her study, closet, or a powder room.
Charlene 3 Light Single Tier Chandelier from Murray Feiss (SKU F2756/3IV)

Add a glow to your home with this beautiful ivory chandelier.

This Beaded Wall Mirror from Basset Mirror (SKU # M2546BEC) would be a great gift for Mom. While you appreciate her beauty, she will see what you see.

The Leaning Wall Mirror features a beveled-glass mirror within a wood frame with a silver leaf finish. The frame features silver beading along the inside and outside borders, giving it the look of an heirloom classic.

Does Mom always complain about how cluttered her kitchen is? Get her a Rectangle Pot Rack with Grid from the Gourmet Collection from Rogar (SKU # 4147).

Gives Kitchen a Warm and Homely Feel Items included: 4 metal slats, 4 corner brackets, grid, 4 pcs 18″ chain, 8 regular hooks & 4 grid hooks, 4 ceiling hooks

Mom’s are always on the go. Help her keep track of time with a beautiful and contemporary Starburst Wall Clock in Silver Black from Modway Furniture (SKU EEI-761).

Charged metal silver-toned rays meet planet-like objects on the pathway toward outer worlds


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Cool Product Alert: Philips Portable Light

Way back in 2014 Philips introduced the HUE system to the public. It’s a nice and nifty system that allows you to control your LED lights wirelessly through your home via an app on your smart phone.

All thats needed is an the bridge (the controller that links the lights to your phone), the compatible light bulbs (BR30, E26, GU10 AND PAR 16) and of course your smart phone.

The HUE system has progressed since its initial launch that it has many different settings that you can link up to your lights. You can set the lights in your room to go with the beat of the music that is playing in your smart phone, you can even control the mood of your room. The different settings can allow you to create a suspenseful lighting scene or you can even set up the lights so that you can have strobe lights to imitate a dance floor.


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Philips just released a portable light bowl that is compatible with the Hue Go System and it has been garnering positive reviews from the web.

The bowl is large enough to fit in the palm of both hands and it completely portable. Working with the Hue System, you can control it directly from your smart phone. One full charge will allow you to transport that light wherever you go for almost three hours.

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It’ll be great to illuminate the places where your stationary lights can’t reach. Or even a backup light when you go camping or stay outdoors to help illuminate your path or to just help you see the general area. When paired with the different interfaces, think of all the fun situations you can have with this light.

It’s a fun light to have, like the rest of the product offerings in the Hue System, you can change the color of the light. Also what makes it great is that you can just put it wherever you want because it will stand on its own.



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Get the Look for Kitchen – Quoizel

This three light chandelier from the Emery Collection by Quoizel is a unique chandelier to add to your dining area. Put it over a kitchen island or breakfast bar.

It has the industrial look and feel to it, which is on trend right now.  It comes in (3) great finishes: Palladian Bronze (ER3353PN) (shown below), Brushed Nickel (ER353BN), or Imperial Silver (ER353IS)


Quoizel Lighting
Image Provided by Quoizel Lighting: Quoizel Lighting ER353PN Emery Island Chandelier


The Emerson Collection also has other types of lights all available in the three finishes.

Emery Island Chandelier
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Bedroom Furniture Ideas

Fact: The average person spends almost about 26 years of their lives sleeping.

You spend so much of your life sleeping, might as well do it in  a bedroom that comfort and style. In addition to sleeping, your bedroom can serve so many purposes: a place to study or do work, get ready for the day and relax.

After a long and exhausting day, your first thought would be to hop in your bed and stay under the covers to sleep the day away. You should invest in a bed and mattress that you would would dream about going home to.  This Charlotte Queen Bed Frame in Gray from Modway will have you wishing were at home.

Modway Furniture MOD-5045-GRY-SET Charlotte Queen Bed Frame in Gray

Your bedroom is also where you stash away all your personal possessions. Unless you have a huge walk in closet, you should make sure that is adequate storage space for you to keep everything so that its not all over your room creating clutter. You can have add bed side tables, dressers or add a nice decorative trunk to the foot of your bed as a storage box. These Covered Travelers Trunks from sterling Industries  will provide a cohesive storage solution if you use all three in your room.

Sterling Industries 170-002/S3 Linen Covered Travelers Trunks

Mirrors are essential for every bedroom for its functionality. Not only can you check your appearance as you get ready for the day, a mirror can help make your room seem bigger than it is by reflecting light. Try this full Beaded Leaner Mirror from Basset

Bassett Mirror Co M2546BEC Beaded Leaner Mirror

If space permits, you can always add a desk or a reading area where you can get your work done or relax so you do not have to do it in bed. This Castro Armchair from Zuo Modern can a perfect addition to the sitting area in your room.

Castro Armchair Charcoal Gray
Zuo Modern 98081 Castro Armchair Charcoal Gray

And of course, you need to have your room lit properly, but have stylish fixtures at the same time. Check out some of our bedroom lighting tips and some of our suggestions in our Bedroom Lighting Tips post.

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