40 Stylish Gifts for Modern Men

With this gift guide, we thought outside the man-cave stereotype to deliver you thoughts for the complex, modern gentleman with an eye for detail. Then we snapped in goodies for several sides of his personality: a little fraternity/men’s club member, a dab of Darth Vader, a little surfer dude, a dollop of science nerd, a tbsp of sports fanatic, a sign of handyman, a pinch of outdoorsy guy. . .you get the picture. We’ve got a little something for each and every man.

We would love your very best idea for gifts for men, too. Add a link to the perfect gift for men in the remarks section below and tell us why you believe he will love it.

Design Within Reach

Eames Hang-It-All Limited Edition – $249

What modernist can’t resist a piece of Eames? This pair of hooks also comes in a range of bright colors, but I love this more manly edition. It will only be in production for a month or two, so catch it while you can!

Welded steel frame with black powder coating; strong walnut balls
H 14.75″ W 19.75″ D 6.5″


Blomus 65198 VUELO Wall-mounted magazine Rack – $106.55

I really don’t want to earn a huge generalization about men, but about 90 percent of those I know may use one of these sleek magazine racks instead of an alternative to a pile of magazines on the back of the commode.

Stainless Steel Overall
3.51″ H x 13.65″ W x 13.65″ D


MUJI Cardboard Speakers – $38

These very simple cardboard speakers are amazing in their simplicity. They can add big tunes to your workspace without all any unsightly stereo jumble.

Can be plugged them into your private stereo’s headphone jack
made from cardboard and digital components
Size: 3.1 x 3.3 x 3.1″
Maximum input power 2W

The New York Times Store

Painters On The Brooklyn Bridge from The New York Times Archives – $199

Obviously, choosing a photograph for someone is quite private, but the choice in nytstore.com has unlimited possibilities. They have a section called Fifty Pictures in which five of the top interior designers possess curated ten of the own favorite shots. I will connect you to the one displayed above, but make sure you shop around to find the best picture for the loved one as soon as you land in the store.

Exhibition Quality Fine Art Print
Printed On Archival Paper
Your Own Choice Of Frame And Mat
11″ x 14″ Unframed – $199.00 (there are bigger sizes and framing options available)


“Rules for My Unborn Son” by Walker Lamond – $11.99

Houzz Contributor and blogger at Straightforward Classic Living Jonathan Baker states”This thoughtful book of simple rules, classic quotes and endearing illustrations is a perfect addition to any classic guy’s library. A sort of modern day gentleman guide for the attention-span creation, it has unique color, size and entertaining tidbits ensure it is perfect to display in almost any room in the home. Place it out and see that your guests attractively lose themselves for a moment or two. Then ask where you have it.”



Quartz Coaster – $18

You do not need to be a geology buff to appreciate these magnificent quartz coasters. Each is unique and so interesting that you might NOT want anyone to cover this up with a martini glass!

Made from polished agate
each is exceptional
each varies in size, shape & colour
$18.00 each

Ralph Lauren

Sagamore Buffalo Check Blanket – $150

This classic black and red throw adds color and warmth to a bedroom or room. Assist your favourite guy keep warm when the pre-programmable thermostat is stuck onto some energy-saving temperature.

Finished with a 4″ rolled fringe.
54″ x 72″
80% alpaca, 15% wool, 5% cotton. Dry clean. Imported.

West Elm

Classic Radio – $69

How far MP3 speakers have come! This sleek and stylish classic modern radio is a beautiful and practical object.

Wood with hand-rubbed complete.
AroundSound® technologies provides a clean, consistent surround-sound effect.
Mobile audio ready: Plugs to an iPod® or any portable audio device or MP3 player.
AM/FM radio with analog tuner, orange LED tuning indicator and 5:1 ratio tuning dial.
Includes auxiliary output and input signal.
Headphone jack.
External antenna.
3″ studio driver.
7.5″w x 5.75″d x 5.25″h.


Whiskey Stones, Set of 9 – $20

For your die-hard Scotch fans: These”rocks” do not melt, so they keep things cool AND”neat”, i.e. they’ll cool a drink without watering it down.

Soapstone Cubes will chill but Won’t scratch the glass
$19.50 for a set of 9


Tovolo King Cube Silicone Ice Cube Tray – $8.50

Houzz Contributor and blogger at Straightforward Classic Living Jonathan Baker states”Anyone can buy a highbrow wine opener or unique barware, but this kind of understated intentionality is bound to have a memorable effect on party guests. So if you’re hosting in-the-know mixology heads or just regular ol’ drinkers that never knew ice could be presented in such a tasteful way… this is the way a cocktail ought to be served”

Tray makes six oversized cubes

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Black & White Globe with Base – $39.90

You really cannot beat the look of a timeless world in a library or study. What is so great about this one is that the images are magnificent, and you are able to choose from a black or ivory world, in addition to from an assortment of bases and add a rack if needed.

Diameter: 7″ Base: 4.25″ x 0.5″
3-leg stand: 4.75″ x 6″

Sundance Catalog

‘The Soldier’ Swiss Army Knife – $38

This is the first Swiss Army knife. Whether your man is a survivalist or bottled beer agency, the only place this will not come in handy would be at airport security.

Includes a large stainless-steel , two screwdrivers, can and bottle openers, wire stripper and reamer
The slender, aluminum-oxide case is textured for no-slip grip
4-1/2″ extended

L.L. Bean

No bag bag in the history of bag luggage is as indestructible as a bag from Bean’s. This camouflage version is perfectly on fashion using present military chic design for both men and women, and can be used around the home to store magazines, logs, or other things.

1,200-denier polyester stands up to rugged use
Water-resistant, thermoplastic interior coating keeps gear dry
Large: 33/4″H x 16″W x 81/4″D.
Large $24.00 (comes in Medium and Extra Large)

L.L. Bean

Flannel Bedding Mix and Match

Nothing beats on flannel sheets on a cold winter night. The ticking stripe design is a classic that won’t ever go out of style (it is really enjoyable to experiment with the little mix and match tool at llbean.com also!) .

100% Cotton
Costs vary depending on size and item.

The Business Store

Recycled Beer Bottle TeaLight Holder – $20.99

Sometimes dudes want to be stylish hosts without appearing like they have tried too hard. These candleholders are made from recycled beer bottles. Tealights aren’t contained, so catch a large bag of them at IKEA to go with this.

Dimensions: 11H x 2.75D.
Color: antiqued mercury

Urban Outfitters

Darth Vader Alarm Clock – $42

Nerd Alert? No Way! What guy wouldn’t want this hilarious Darth Vader Alarm Clock? It’s amusing to wake around, or to use as a conversation piece from the den — that clock might just make him want to head over to the dark side. Use the force!

Plugs in or requires a 9 volt battery, not included
6.75″w, 7″d, 7″h


Star Wars™ Sandwich Cutters with Vintage-Style Tin – $19.95

I’ll confess, making Millennium Falcon-shaped sandwiches is really kind of absurd, but the old-school lunchbox these cutters come in is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Any Star Wars fan will adore this, trust me!

Millennium Falcon Sandwich cutters: 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.
Tie Starfighter Sandwich cutters: 4 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.
Classic style tin: 7 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ high.

In exquisite wood grain this toolbox is much more fit to serve as a fashionable and unexpected organizer at the office. Fortunately, in addition, it comes from classic orange and a camo print from the metallic versions, just if your giftee wishes to bang this up with real tools!

Size – 19″ L x 6.5″ H x 6″ D

I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve attempted to hang something together with nails and screws held in my mouth. Help your man avoid a tetanus shot upgrade with this handy magnetic wristband!

Velcro strap can adapt even the thickest of wrists. Available in Periwinkle Blue, Grey, Orange, Pink, and Black (not shown).
Magnetic place is 3 inches x 4 inches square; 3/4 of an inch deep.

Design Public

Harry Allen Pig Bank – Matte Black – $95

This little piggy bank functions as a place to corral loose change and as a distinctive little sculpture onto a desktop, tablescape or bookshelf.

Resin and marble. Cork stopper.
10.0 H x 5.25 W x 18.0 L

Saks Fifth Avenue

Wolf Designs Chess/Backgammon Establish – $70

Really, a refined gentlemen ought to always have the gear, if not the skills, such as a game of backgammon and chess in his bag of tricks. This beautiful set is one that will move with him wherever he winds up for the remainder of his life.

Comprises every piece to get a game of chess or backgammon including bits, dice, dice cups plus a reversible chess/checkerboard lid.
Also includes a deck of cards and cribbage
Leather case
12″L X 12″W X 2″H

Tonic Home

Regina Andrew Silver Metal Skull – $125

Evidently, this giftee is quite specific – a metallic skull doesn’t necessarily go over well with everyone. But Cousin Itt, your goth friend, or Simon and Alex from Real Housewives of NYC would adore this, and it is certainly a conversation starter!

Dimension: 8.5″ high x 5″ deep x 5.25″ broad

Urban Outfitters

We’ve never gotten more negative remarks in an ideabook compared to one once printed on taxidermy, so I am definitely sticking with ironic artificial monster heads from now on! This modern white non-hunting decoration is a means to provide a wink to more traditional libraries and dens without upsetting animal lovers.



Atlas Bookends – $150

These Atlas bookends aren’t shrugging. These Greek Gods are great for adding interest to a bookshelf arrangement.

Made from cast iron with a silver finish.
Color: silver
Size: H: 8.25″ D: 7″ W: 2″


Surfing Pictures from the Seventies Taken by Jeff Divine – $40

As a teenager, Jeff Divine started taking pictures of customers in the 1960s, and his very best shots are gathered here. This is a great coffee table book for anybody who appreciates surfing and the ocean. Oh, and also the seventies!


The Conran Shop

Maserati model desk racer – $95

This sweet little Maserati model will possess him catchinging himself rolling it across the desk and creating”ZOOM ZOOM” noises. It’s also the perfect piece for a manly, David Hicksian tablescape.

Produced from recycled aluminum
Hand polished and cast. Contains a checkered flag.


Library Embosser – $26

This library embosser is a superb way to personalize a gift for a bibliophile. If you know someone who keeps installing more shelves for books and that makes you sign away your firstborn when you borrow a book, this is the perfect present for him!

Up to 18 characters/spaces
Embosser plate size is 1.625″Dia.

Fred Flare

Crosley USB tech turntable – $129

As time goes by, fewer people really remember using a turntable that resembled this one (only rather than an iPod connection, it had a slot to get 8-track tapes).

Can plug into an external device like an
iPod, MP3 player, and CD Unit.
May also record all your vinyl for instant playback via an SD or USB media
Can play all 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records as well as
all 7″, 10″, & 12″ records.

Design Within Reach

Rosle Universal Lighter – $19

Enough with searching for a box of matches in vain, burnt fingers, and the tacky plastic extended lighters. This sleek stainless-steel lighter has a hook so that your giftee will always have the ability to detect it when the grill, gas fireplace, or candles require a light.

Stainless steel
H 11″ W.75″
$19.00 (available as we go to press; subject to change)


Savoy Ice Bucket-Cooler – $24.95

Sleek. Modern. Hammered Stainless Steel. The Savoy Bar Accessories were created for modernists. If your favourite dude is still serving ice from an old cooler, do him a big favor and pick up this ice bucket to get him.

Polished stainless steel

Ralph Lauren

Cocktail Party Decanter – $120

Conjuring up guys’s gifts brings up pictures of attempting to convert one from frat house design into a Albert Hadley-esque library, complete with pipe smoke, distressed leather club chairs, and shades of brown alcohol in fancy decanters. If this manly den sounds like something your favourite man would hope to have, get him started with this Ralph Lauren leaded crystal decanter.

Etched barrel silhouette with coordinating faceted stopper.
Sweeping neck with graceful turned-out lip.
Capacity: 28 oz. 8″ tall. Imported.
This item is 24% lead crystal.

The Home Depot

Mr. Bar-B-Q 30 Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set – $69

You know how he’s: The Grillmaster. He fusses over the campfire, the grill, the Big Green Egg, also does not let anybody else within ten feet of it. He’s a know-it-all and is not listening when you provide him barbeque-related advice. This kind of guy won’t ever have enough BBQ accoutrements; you might as well gift him that the THIRTY piece BBQ Tool Set!

Strong stainless steel instruments: beef house knives, 4-in-1 spatula, fork, tongs, basting brush, knife, skewers, corn holders, grill brush and replaceable heads
Aluminum carry case
Lifetime warranty


Thomas O’Brien® Carbonized Bamboo Wastebasket – $19.99

This beautiful Thomas O’Brien wastebasket seems like it cost a hundred dollars, but it is actually more like twenty. The bamboo wood and clean lines make it perfect to get a clean-lined, organized home office or zen, spa-like bathroom.

Carbonized Bamboo
Dimensions not recorded on Target.com

Sundance Catalog

Major League Baseball Bat Bottle Opener – $85

We are not attempting to stereotype and say that most men love beer and baseball, but plenty of them do, and you know who they are. What is so special about this opener is that it is made of wood from bats that broke while being used during Major League ballgames. Each one is authenticated and has a hologram numeral that defines the bat’s match.



Cortelco ITT 2500 80’s Corded Touchtone Telephone – $49.95

It’s happened. Let me be the first to delcare that this phone is SO out that it is back in. Great for your giftee with fond memories of the eighties and a sense of irony. If say, this person thoroughly appreciated”Hot Tub Time Machine”, this phone is because of him. Oh, by the way, this really is a new phone based on the old layout, it is NOT refurbished.

Touch Tone dial
Genuine Bell Ringer
Ringer volume control
Volume Control Dial within Handset
Hearing aid compatible
9′ Handset Cord
Made with Pride in the United States
5 Year manufacturer’s guarantee

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler Jaguar Needlepoint Pillow at Needlepoint Pillows – $165

There’s something about a timeless Jaguar that’s positively shagadelic! I love that Jonathan Adler has memorialized a single. . .on a cushion. . .in. . .needlepoint?!?! Why not?

Handmade 100% wool needlepoint
velvet backed
12″ x 16″
down stuffer comprised


Conant Custom Brass T-6 Dial Thermometer – $36.95

Call me old fashioned, but there is something interesting about looking out the window in a great looking toaster rather of your Smartphone to discover the temperature. The timeless design and numerals with this thermometer make it a great choice.

Strong brass and convex glass
Shiny, wash, brass finish which will acquire a wonderful patina of a soft brown color, with age
Height 4-3/4″ x Length 1-1/4″ x Width 6-1/4″ (4-1/4″ diameter dial)


Personalized Leather Travel Valet Tray – $45

As a result of Houzz user and quite dapper Atlanta gentleman jefland for introducing me to skillet! This leather valet tray is your ideal method to corral those things that men tend to casually toss along with dressers and nightstands. It packs flat for traveling so that he can keep everything together in 1 spot. Pick up to 3 letters to get a monogram to personalize the gift.

Sides prevent valuables from rolling off the tray. Hand-crafted real top-grain Nappa leather
Monogram around three initials.
7 7/8″l x 7 7/8″w x 2/16″h.

West Elm

Industrial Task Table Lamp – $79

You know the guy whose whole home is lit by the ugly ceiling lights that came with the location, and maybe some ugly torchiere fire hazard lamp from the mid-nineties? That guy needs this classic task lamp that’s fantastic for a desk, workshop, side table or nightstand.

Iron with polished nickel finish.
Adjustable arm locks in two angles.
Head has tension swivel to direct light where it is needed most.
Protective pad in bottom of base protects from scratching surfaces.
7″diam. x 33″h.
60W bulb (not included)

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How to Fill Your Dumpster Rental Efficiently

You can rent a dumpster for different reasons. However, most of the time it will be to move debris and other kinds of junk. There are different types of dumpsters which come in different shapes and sizes. The rule of thumb is to pick something that works for you. Well, if you are going to spend money on a tree service Cape Coral, FL, then you must know how to make the most of it. Filling it up and maximizing all the space you have is the first step. In this post, we are going to share some of these ideas with you.

Renting the Dumpster

Before we give you tips on how to fill up your dumpster, let’s talk about the renting process. A lot of people make mistakes on this so you should try to avoid them. First, you need to know the terms of the rental. Are you renting the dumpster per day, per week, or per month? This will help you understand the amount of time you have and plan accordingly how to move the junk. In addition to this, you will easily be able to calculate the final cost if you know the duration of time for which you will have the dumpster.

You also need to make sure that the rental service knows the drop-off and pick up points. This is where the dumpster will be dropped off and where it will be picked once the job is done. In some cases, confusions about these locations may lead to delays. This will limit the amount of time you have to work with the dumpster. In other cases, if the tree removal Cape Coral, FL service doesn’t find the equipment in the agreed pick up point, they will charge you a fine for late delivery.

Filling the Dumpster

Now that you are clear on the rental process, let’s now talk about filling up the dumpster. The most important thing is to break down things as much as you can. In case you are moving bulky junk, it will be easier to fit it into the dumpster if it’s broken into smaller pieces. This will also help you move a lot of junk within a short period of time.

Make sure every extra space is filled. Naturally, it’s practically impossible to fill the dumpster 100%. There will be spaces left on the side, especially if you are moving one large piece of junk. Instead of letting this space go to waste, you can fill it with trash and other small junk. Place small items at the bottom of the dumpster too. If you have a mixture of junk to move from small items to large items, start by placing the smaller ones in the bottom. They will easily get crashed and this will free up more space on top for the heavier junk.

Filling up your dumpster as effectively as possible will ensure you save money and time with Cape Coral tree service.

Houzz Tour: Eclectic and Colorful at Colorado

The most comfortable homes are. Even the most extreme fans of minimalism can admit it’s difficult to imagine that a cozy night in whenever your living room is a pristine airplane of white and black. In this Cherry Hills Village, Colorado house, designer Andrea Schumacher decided to focus her layout on her clients’ collection of antiques and art. “It turned into a really great mix of old meets new,” Schumacher says. “There’s colorful art, elegant antiques, and accessories that are complex”

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Schumacher worked with the architects to utilize materials and styles that could blend with the interior layout. “The clients love that eclectic, traveled appearance,” says Schumacher. “Since many of the pieces in the house were their very own, it already had that almost-Old-World appearance.”

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

The living room color palette was based on the blue, blue, orange and green hues of the custom drapery. After falling in love with the fabric, Schumacher and her customer made a decision to base the remainder of the living room around this natural looking cloth.

Two couches and many armchairs give ample seating for your family members and guests. Since living room is so big, finding a coffee table that would marry the space with the couches and armchairs was a challenge. In the last minute, they found a large enough table out of a luxury furniture store in New York.

Coffee table: Moura Starr
Drapes: Hot House Flowers by Celerie Kemble in F. Schumacher
White Couch: Moura Starr
Blue Couch: Kravet Sofa, upholstered in F. Schumacher Cotton Club Velvet

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

A gold grasscloth wall treatment echoes the natural textiles through the living space.

Wall treatment: Grasscloth out of F. Schumacher
Ottoman: upholstered in velvet from F. Schumacher
Chandelier: Gray Blown Glass Chandelier by Jonathan Adler

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Schumacher wanted the layout to focus on the homeowners’ antique furniture and artwork collection. Inside this pub and lounge area next to the entryway, she created a welcoming space for guests using a customized bar and beautifully worn leather sofa.

Custom pub: Sergey Antique Reproductions
Rug: Shaver-Ramsey

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Though its design is bold, the dining room is actually an extremely informal space. Schumacher and her clients purposely designed this distance as a location where the family can just hang out, without being holed up inside their own rooms.

Schumacher Lay a bench in a classic David Hicks pattern for cozy seating on one side of the table, and employed two of their clients’ arm seats at both end. Other seats among those homeowners found were painted an excellent burgundy for more seating.

Fabric on bench: David Hicks La Fiorentina
Dining table: Antique from Eron Johnson
Chandelier: Kevin Reilly Altar Hanging Light

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

The clients understood right off the bat that they didn’t want their house to have yet another kitchen that was striped. Although some of the cabinetry is white and white Calcutta marble was installed on the countertops and stove backsplash, Schumacher decided to use the island and wall space to implement bold color. The background is a habit, hand-painted job of art from Stark. It took nearly a year for Schumacher to get the background, which was hand-painted on silk in China.

Following the background was installed, Schumacher had it coated with Proseal, which allows the background to act as a backsplash. “It is possible to throw off at it and it is going to wash right off,” she says.

Countertops: Calacatta Marble
Barstools: formerly owned by customer
Paint color on island: Cat’s Eye by Benjamin Moore

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

The wood used for your island counter tops will patina beautifully with usage. Dark wood floors draw the attention into the habit white cabinetry and built in refrigerator. Schumacher made a decision to utilize traditional-style chandeliers to your island lighting, which adds a great eclectic touch.

Flooring: Red oak, stained into a red black.
Chandeliers: JJ&S

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

This comfy library and media room is just one of those homeowners’ favorite rooms. Most of the furniture belonged to them already, which gives the room a comfortable, broken-in feel. The soft lighting and plush carpeting make it the ideal space to watch films or curl up with a novel on the soft leather chaise.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

The soothing and comfortable master bedroom is a great example of Schumacher’s go-to color palette. “My style typically starts with a neutral backdrop,” she says. “I then like to accessorize with pops of color in the artwork and fabrics.”

Four poster bed: Client’s very own
Fabric around bed frame: Pottery Barn

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

A mid-century vanity was chosen for one of the property’s powder rooms. Schumacher used a bold lattice-like background in a neutral white and charcoal palette to accent the walls. Just like a lot of the house, this room doesn’t automatically have a look that “goes together,” but it works in a really unique and personal manner.

Red, marble-topped dressing: Waterworks

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Both of the clients love to travel, so many facets of the house were motivated by their favorite destinations. Moroccan-shaped tiles line the shower in the master bath. Although the floors are radiant heated, a lush rug gives the room a lived-in feel.

Moroccan shaped tiles: Waterworks

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

A luxurious freestanding bathtub stands at the opposite end of the master bath. Blue, Morrocan-like draperies counter exactly the exact same honey coloured grasscloth employed from the living room. The fireplace makes this place the ideal place to unwind a crisp fall day, and the oyster surround adds an extra high-end touch.

Tub: Kohler
Drapery fabric: Carleton V’s Oxus
Flooring: Walnut
Wallcovering: Grasscloth out of F. Schumacher

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18 Ways to Make a Kitchen Your Own

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home; it is where we frequently congregate as we prepare meals, eat and entertain. Since we’re spending considerable time in the marketplace, we should be thinking about how to produce the space personable and distinctive.

Even though all kitchens are made up of exactly the exact same standard essentials, there are several strategies to wed form and function in smart and creative ways to make it your own. Whether you are starting from scratch, renovating or simply trying to make a few alterations, read on for 18 suggestions to make a distinctive, unexpected kitchen that’s anything but cookie cutter.

David Sharff Architect, P.C.

Add colour with bright seats. The kitchen itself feels contemporary and clean-lined; the bright pop of orange along with fun form of the Fjord High Bar Stools punches its own personality.

Chr DAUER Architects

Or mix and match in different colors.

Imagine Living

Mix and match wood species. It is hard enough picking one kind of wood, so why not organize several? The mix results in a natural aesthetic that is both earthy and odd; the perfect complement to this modern space.

Desire to Inspire

Combine different styles. The kitchen may be a more functional space, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated using the same layout approaches as a living area or bedroom. Combining a modern dining table and seats with a oriental rug along with rustic cabinetry creates a vibe that’s both eclectic and sophisticated.

Mal Corboy Design

Set the point with a bold color. No kitchen is getting lost in a white background when it is outfitted in turquoise cabinetry.

Arturo Medellin

Here is another example in crimson. The lacquer finish makes it all the more enticing.

Kim Duffin for Sublime Architectural Interiors

Set the point in multiple bold colors. Rather than choosing only one uniform colour, mix it up with several. After the colour scheme is so daring, there is little demand for extra accessories.

Glenvale Kitchens

Use corner drawers. Impress your guests and use space efficiently by installing corner drawers. They eliminate the bother of losing things behind a lazy Susan.

More creative ways to Deal with corners

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Accessorize creatively. Treat your kitchen as you would any other area of the home and sneak in lively accessories.

Elad Gonen

Get creative with cabinetry. Contemplate sliding panel doors rather than conventional cabinetry; you can push it open to reveal all your essentials simultaneously rather than opening and re-opening cabinets in search for the skillet. To make it even more interesting, pick a decorative panel that doubles as art.

Aneka Interiors Inc..

Or get creative with custom cabinetry by simply choosing an unusual style like these angled doors.

Dan Brown

Turn your range hood into a focus. Range hoods frequently look exactly the same, so by selecting one in an unexpected shape it becomes an extra kitchen layout component.

James LeCron

Install a island in different levels. Not just will this boost the visual appeal of your room, but it is going to add function by producing comfortable surface amounts for both eating and preparing meals.

Beckwith Interiors

Seek out odd light fixtures. The Cicatrices De Luxe 5 Pendant Light by Philippe Starck resembles a glass screen hanging in midair.

Divine Design+Build

Install an integrated bookcase to your own island. Make your island as smart as it is functional with attached shelving to display kitchen essentials and decorative knickknacks.

Ventana Construction LLC

Have fun with appliances. This turquoise range from BlueStar provides this kitchen a mid-century sense reminiscent of Mad Men.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

Take an interesting shape for the island. So frequently islands are square or rectangular, but an unusual shape will make it much more eye-catching and may provide you with useful extra surface area.


Or choose an altogether odd island. It resembles this kitchen island only beached after a day at sea. Ahoy!

More: 23 Inspiring Real-Life Kitchens

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Get the Look: Beach Cottage Style

If you’re looking to outfit a shore home, or just create your home have that casual beach cottage look for summer, look no more. Following is a roundup of some of the best examples of sea-inspired products, cottage rooms, and also an explanation of exactly what makes them so darn beachy.

Clayton Gray Home

Kingston Natural Driftwood Oval Glass Cocktail Table from Arteriors Home – $1,145

Driftwood: The sector is full of all kinds of great driftwood products, if it be a vintage-inspired driftwood lamp using a crisp white color, a driftwood coffee table, or a driftwood mirror framework.

Rough Linen

Driftwood adds age, has a history of being beaten by the sea, and a weathered patina.


COCOCOZY: Part-time – $295

Blue and white: Whether it’s stripes, florals or a shell print, then you cannot go wrong with almost any color of blue with white in a coastal cottage.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Blue-and-white striped blue and wallpaper coral painting provide this bathroom an airy breezy fashion.


Wicker Ottoman | Crate&Barrel – $129

Wicker, rattan, woven textiles: Natural fibers are crucial in attaining a beachy vibe. Wicker and rattan furniture and seagrass rugs add texture.

Mahoney Architects & Interiors

Woven chairs pack a beachy punch in this space, giving a casual vibe to it.


Kylie Chair – $1,449

Casual Slipcovers: Whether it’s ticking stripes or plain white, a slipcover automatically calms the mood; loose covers help everybody relax about sitting on the furniture using a somewhat moist or sandy bathing suit.

Judith Balis Interiors

Slipcovers also make a cottage a whole lot more kid-friendly, as it should be.

Cottage & Bungalow

May River Empire Chandelier – $5,190

Shells: It would not be a shore home without at least a two or shell. This chandelier is a great way to add shells to the decor without creating clutter.

Liz Williams Interiors

Hint: Use shells from a collection. This designer used just a few favorite shells out of her client’s collection and painted the walls supporting them gray. The result is that they stand out and get the attention they’re due.

Watch the rest of the coastal condominium

Williams-Sonoma Home

Painterly Blackfin Triggerfish – $345

Coast-inspired art: Everything from under the sea (such as fish), over the sea (like classic clipper ship prints) and close to the sea (dunes) are a terrific fit for a beachfront place.

Hint: Look for plates of “shelltanicals” on websites like eBay and Etsy, or even old books filled with them. Set them in identical frames and you’ve got an immediate cottage art wall.

Liz Williams Interiors

When it’s a fine oil painting or a kitschy paint-by-numbers, anything beachy or nautical goes.

Lands’ End

Ellison Plum Jar Lamp – $129

Clear and coloured glass: Whether it’s a sea glass collection, found bottles, or hurricanes, glass is a wonderful texture to grow your beachy scene. In addition, clear glass lamps take up less visual space, if you don’t feel pressured to fill them with your shell collection.

Rachel Reider Interiors

This small bedroom takes full advantage of a clear glass lamp. “Cottage” frequently implies very tiny bedrooms, frequently without cupboards. Because space is at a premium, you’ll want to use it sensibly. This chamber eliminates the need for 2 bedside tables using a floor lamp onto one side. The clear glass lamp saves visual space, and the light palette makes the space appear bigger.

Sundance Catalog

PAINTBOX SIDE TABLE – Negative Tables & Dressers – Bedroom – For Your House | Robert R – $495

Hint: Talking of bedrooms, a good space-saving trick is to use bedside tables with a great deal of storage; some bedrooms are too small for dressers. This eclectic one from Sundance is one of my favorites and is big enough to fit a week’s worth of t-shirts, PJs and unmentionables.

Circa Lighting

Yoke Pendant – $895

Nautical pendant lamps: Take a cue from old boat lanterns when seeking light fixtures.

In Detail Interiors

These pendants add a hint of nautical style for the bright kitchen.

The Home Depot

NuImage Awning 60 In. X 41 In. Fabric Door Canopy – $249

Awnings: These outdoor window treatments are a great opportunity to add colour, stripes, and most important, ruffles for your cottage’s exterior.

Window Works

These awnings for this cottage are like mascara is to eyelashes — that final flirty touch.

Do you have some favorite beachy decor things around your home? Please talk with us in the comments section.

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Common Door Lock Problems and Repairs

Oftentimes, door lock problems are caused by a simple complication such as a faulty lock mechanism, which can easily be fixed. When not fixed at the right time, however, the same problem can lead to a completely broken lockset that needs to be replaced.

Sometimes, it is as simple as cleaning the door lock or lubricating it with graphite or even just fixing the way in which the door fits into its frame. Although there are problems that require handyman Gilbert AZ, in this article we’ll be focusing on how to fix the more common door lock problems that are easy to fix with a little know-how and simple tools.

Lock Doesn’t Latch

If the latch on your door refuses to click, then it’s probably a sign that it has been displaced from the strike plate. First, make sure that the hinge screws are tight and then shift the strike plate into place. Your door could require repositioning, or perhaps the latch just needs to be adjusted.

To find out which is which, start by slowly closing the door to see what happens when the strike plate and the latch bolt meet. If the bolt is situated on the side, below or even above the strike plate, then you’ll see marks in that particular area where the misaligned bolt has scratched it.  

To fix the problem, file away the strike plate hole until the latch is able to fit perfectly into it. This usually works for a small misalignment that’s below 1/8-inch. For a misalignment that’s above 1/8-inches, you’ll have to take out the strike plate so that you can extend the mortise until it’s higher or lower, depending on your door’s requirements. Then, put the plate back on, use some wood putty to seal the cavity and refinish.  

As an alternative, handyman Gilbert often advise placing an adjustable door strike instead of a strike plate or repositioning the door by taking out the hinges and shimming them out.

Loose Door Knob

It’s quite common for a doorknob to become loose after a few years or decades of use, and there are different tightening methods available to fix this problem, depending on the type of door you’re working with.  

For example, you’d have to follow these steps in order to tighten up the basic mortise lockset of an interior door:

Undo the setscrew on the shank part of the knob.

Once it’s loosened, turn the knob in a clockwise motion until it’s secure, lock the screw into place, and check to make sure that it’s lying flush on the even side of the spindle. Now you should be able to turn the knob effortlessly.  

If the above steps fail, take the knob out and inspect the spindle, because if it’s damaged then you’ll have to replace it. However, if the entire lockset is damaged then you’ll have to replace that too.

Slow or Frozen Door Lock

In some cases, the lock just freezes every time you try to open the door. This can be caused by dirt build-up inside the lock. If that’s the case, squeeze or sprinkle some graphite into the keyhole and then keep trying the lock to smear in the graphite fully.

handyman in Gilbert AZ also recommend de-icers for this problem, as they’re able to soften sticky dirt deposits inside the lock. If these solutions don’t work, then you may have to undo the lock in order to check if it has some broken or jammed mechanism inside. If that’s the case, then you’ll have to either straighten the affected component or replace it completely.