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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Five Good End-of-the-Year Cleanup Projects

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Well, it’s a cliche, but the end of the year brings a rush of organizing and swearing you’re going to abide by a few new systems. You probably won’t, but you should ride the wave of new year’s motivation and use it to get stuff done. Here are five ideas for putting that resolute energy to good use.

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1) Finally get those ornaments and other holiday decorations properly organized. This can mean designated ornament boxes (try the Container Store or use egg cartons), new labels, a better spot to store them and purging those popsicle stick God’s eyes your kid made thirty years ago that have completely unraveled. Along with this resolution is tossing the potentially hazardous Christmas lights. This is a great source for recycling them and benefiting a charity at the same time.

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2) While you’re in deep evergreen needle vacuuming mode, go to town with the attachments. Really get into those corners, clear the cobwebs from the moldings on the walls, flip up the sofa cushions and suck up that old piece of popcorn and pet hair.

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3) Clean up your finances. Hurry up and make those last minute write-off-able donations for 2014, and contribute to your Roth IRA and other savings if possible. If you have debt, make a plan for how you are going to take care of it in 2015. Research consolidation loans, take a long hard look at your budget and figure out what you need to cut to get the debt monkey off your back. Watch a few episodes of Extreme Couponing and get inspired. Every little bit will help.

While you’re at it, gather up your tax documents. While you’re doing that, figure out how to get rid of all this paper clutter and switch to digital bills and e-statements wherever you can.

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4) Speaking of a digital cleanup, here is one that is much more fun — sorting through your digital photos. Figure out what is a waste of space and ditch it. Upload photos you’d like your family to see to photo sharing services. Label your events so you can find things in the future, and be sure to use keywords. For example “soccer” or “Maine” or “costume” will help you find things in the future with ease. Send images to the cloud so you can save storage space on your devices.

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5) Clean a closet. This is a big one but I promise, it is SO satisfying. Take everything out and thoroughly clean from the cobwebs on the ceiling and light fixture to the corners of the floor. Do not let anything back in that 1) doesn’t fit 2) doesn’t look good 3) you cannot remember the last time your wore. There are people who need these items more than you do. Donate these things to them and give your newly cleaned closet some breathing room.

 

 

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Winter Curb Appeal at the Front Door

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Yuletide season has just about reached its peak. It’s already got us thinking about taking everything down in a few days, which is always a bummer. No matter which holidays you celebrate, you can leave up welcoming winter decorations at your door until they wither and die. Or until the daffodils and tulips start to bloom, whichever comes first (then it’s time for pastels and brighter colors). Here are a few doors giving us the biggest winter curb appeal.1e557922bbf4202bb4857d6d8ec83bdb-1via acountryfarmhouse.blogspot.com

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The great thing about these window boxes is you can switch out the bows to change up the mood. The rest is just simple greens nestled in the box. 3ae018065da4e2c590caebf32c595d1c

A red berry wreath can be displayed from September to March and look perfectly suited to the season. Image via decorismo.com

18f552daee012ec92aea11e510384310Whether you’re covered in snow or live in a warmer climate, a citrus theme is a lovely winter decor alternative to the usual evergreens and berries. Wreath by Brandon Pruett, image via livinggreen.com.

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Lemon wreath image via foodista.com

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How do ya like them apples? We like them a lot. An apple and greens wreath is a great way to transition from holiday to the long months of winter ahead. Learn how to make this lovely wreath over at Brooklyn Limestone.

How’s your winter curb appeal working out? Please let us know how you’re making your home more inviting in the comments section; we’d love your tips and advice.

Are you on Pinterest? Be sure to check out all of our favorite holiday pins. And all of our favorite door pins.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Giveaway Day 10: Loll Designs Lago Chair in Gray

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Here at Design Public, we’re kicking off the holiday selling season with a 11 days of fantastic giveaways. Now through Cyber Monday, we’ll be giving away great prizes (including free shipping) . Check in every weekday to see which product we are giving away that day. You may enter to win every single one.

We’re well into our second week of fabulous giveaways (check out past posts or our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see what you’ve missed, because they are all up for grabs until we complete our drawing on December 15, 2014). Today’s prize is a REALLY good one, it’s the Lagos Chair from Loll Designs. My favorite feature is his handy wineglass stem holder:

This chair is comfy, can actually seat two people (who are comfortable sharing personal space with each other  like that) and is made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials. It can stand up to the elements and you on too much Cabernet.

DESIGN PUBLIC’S 11 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS:

We’re announcing a product giveaway every weekday through Dec 1, 2014.

To enter, simply pin the photo to your Pinterest account, Tweet it or Instagram it and use the hashtag  DESIGNPUBLICGIVEAWAY10. Or check out our Facebook post and Share it.

You can enter once per day. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Giveaway Day 9: Area Backgammon Duvet and Cases

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Here at Design Public, we’re kicking off the holiday selling season with a 11 days of fantastic giveaways. Now through Cyber Monday, we’ll be giving away great prizes (including free shipping) . Check in every weekday to see which product we are giving away that day. You may enter to win every single one.

We’re well into our second week of fabulous giveaways (check out past posts or our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see what you’ve missed, because they are all up for grabs until we complete our drawing on December 15, 2014). Today’s prizes are Area’s Backgammon Duvet Cover and Cases. Gorgeous stripes are printed on Egyptian cotton percale, soft and welcoming, they will help make your bedroom retreat serene and modern, and help you have a great night’s sleep.

DESIGN PUBLIC’S 11 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS:

We’re announcing a product giveaway every weekday through Dec 1, 2014.

To enter, simply pin the photo to your Pinterest account, Tweet it or Instagram it and use the hashtag  DESIGNPUBLICGIVEAWAY9. Or check out our Facebook post and Share it.

You can enter once per day. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Giveaway Day 6: Two Great Items from twig+nest

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Here at Design Public, we’re kicking off the holiday selling season with a 11 days of fantastic giveaways. Now through Cyber Monday, we’ll be giving away great prizes (including free shipping) . Check in every weekday to see which product we are giving away that day. You may enter to win every single one.

Today marks the second week of giveaways (check out past posts or our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see what you’ve missed, because they are all up for grabs until we complete our drawing on December 15, 2014). Today’s prize is a double whammy. twig+nest is giving away a Triangle Pillow and Triangle Wall Decals at once. Both make a strong graphic impression in classic black and white.

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You can enter once per day. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

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