Kitchen Organizers

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! So take some time now to organize and clean your kitchen! Here are some fun ideas to help keep your kitchen clutter-free!

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Removable Canister Labels

Made of the kind of cling material used for holiday window decorations, these decals can be peeled off and reapplied when you change the contents of your canisters or clean them. Simply print labels onto clear decals and smooth onto canisters.

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Freezer Storage Labels

Did you freeze those berries last summer — or the summer before? Prevent the onset of freezer burn that comes with anonymous storage by downloading our handy food calendar and then printing it on weatherproof labels designed to handle a deep chill.

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Easy iPad Stand

A kitchen is the busiest room in a house. At any given time, you may be cooking, baking, prepping, cleaning, or jotting down a shopping list. Make all of those tasks easier and more time-efficient with our organizing ideas. Most take just minutes and will save you hours each week.

Yes, iPads are sleek, but the holders for these tablets are often surprisingly clunky, not to mention pricey. Try an almost-invisible, inexpensive acrylic plate stand to prop up the tablet on your desk or kitchen counter, keeping it easily accessible with minimal fuss.

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Kitchen Baskets and Bins

Corral items on open shelves using nice-looking containers. These baskets add warmth and texture to the room; the gray trays are simple and stylish. Add adhesive pads on the bottom so they slide smoothly.

Halloween DIY: Hanging Bats

Halloween is THIS WEEK! Wooohooo! But there is still time to make some fun decorations for your front porch! Check out this tutorial for these cute little guys!

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MATERIALS

  • Bat shape from the internet
  • Thick black paper
  • Bone folder
  • Painters’ tape or removable hooks

STEPS

  1. STEP 1

    Print our half-bat template; then fold a piece of thick black paper down the middle, place the template on the fold, and trace. Cut out, and unfold. Use a bone folder to crease wings (and fold opposite the direction of body fold).

  2. STEP 2

    Poke holes in the bat for monofilament: in the tail for an upside-down bat, in the wings and head for one that’s right side up. Hang from ceiling with painters’ tape or removable hooks.

Halloween DIY: Martha Stewart Fanged Pumpkins

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MATERIALS

  • For vampire pumpkin: Thumbtack or pin
  • Small white pumpkin (For a big bite, choose a small pumpkin so the plastic vampire teeth seem huge)
  • Plastic vampire teeth
  • Mouth template
  • For bat: Black construction paper
  • Small white pumpkin
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wing template

STEPS

  1. STEP 1

    Print mouth template. Lay template on pumpkin, and poke thumbtack through, all along outline, to transfer design. Cut out with saw; remove excess flesh.

  2. STEP 2

    Wedge teeth into hole.

  3. STEP 3

    For eyes, pin map tacks onto pumpkin.

  4. STEP 4

    Print wing template

  5. STEP 5

    Trace onto construction paper and cut out.

  6. STEP 6

    Fold down flat ends of wings 1/4 inch, and attach folded edge to pumpkin with hot glue.

Front Door Makeovers

Think about your favorite front doors. Perhaps a sunny yellow one at a friend’s house makes you feel especially welcome at a cottage-style home. Or, that bright red front door on a neighbor’s house lends trend-forward detail to an updated ranch. Whatever the case, a well-chosen front door color makes an immediate impact, complementing a home’s style and improving curb appeal. If it’s time for you to take a second look at the shade of your entrance, then read on for help selecting the best colors for front doors.

Understand a Few Color Basics

Color isn’t as simple as picking a favorite shade or a lighter hue: There’s logic and a bit of science to color selection. But if the selection confuses you, a good place to start when choosing the best color for your front door is the color wheel.

A color wheel is a great way for you to easily mix various colors that happen to go together on their own. General color schemes based on the color wheel include monochromatic (several shades of a single color); analogous (colors found side by side on the color wheel); contrast (three colors spaced evenly apart on the color wheel); and complementary (two hues opposite each other on the color wheel).

Pay Attention to Your Home’s Style and Personality

Although there are certain “rules” when it comes to mixing and matching colors, there are also cues that come from your home’s style and its colors. For example, a pastel hue might look out of place with the ornamentation on an English Tudor style house. Depending on its paint palette, a glossy black front door might not work when paired with a centuries-old Victorian home, while a Mediterranean-influenced design might feel perfectly in tune with a bright turquoise-color door.

All of this is to say: Your home is also a good guide for what works and what doesn’t when it comes to choosing front door colors. Take into account the materials, colors inherent in those materials, style, and surrounding landscape, among other factors.

Use Your Front Door for Impact

Finally, when choosing the best colors for front doors, remember that your front door can be a tool that you can use to your advantage. Visitors use it for wayfinding. The color can help accent tones in the exterior or provide the finishing flourish to a design palette. The impact might be subtle or it might be more direct; it might also be formal or playful.

Color can also generate emotion. A brighter hue can offer energy to the front door, while a more subdued one plays up a traditional feel. A darker hue is more somber, a lighter one tends to be playful.

And make sure you check with your local town hall or HOA to make sure you are allowed to paint your front door with the color of choice!

DIY Fall Table Decor Ideas

Looking for some inspiration for your fall table decor? Look no further! We at Century 21 Metro Lifestyles are here to help inspire you to decorate your fantastic house this season! Check out these ideas and put your own spin on them for a creative touch to your table!

“FALL” Letters

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Fall Leaves Wreath

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Wooden Vases

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Autumn Leaf Coasters

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Burlap and Twine

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Chevron pumpkins

23 Amazing DIY Fall Decorations for Your Home

Brighten up your Walls

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to totally change the look of your walls! Take a look at these 35 quick and easy (and definitely FUN) ideas to make your walls special: 

1. Hang up a scarf.

 

Hang up a scarf.

Granted, you should pick a scarf that looks like a piece of art, like this one, and make sure to iron it before you hang it up. But you could also frame it.

2. Use masking tape to create a geoemetric, abstract painting.

 

Use masking tape to create a geoemetric, abstract painting.

Paint a crazy colorful random design on a canvas, use tape to make a herringbone pattern, paint over the whole thing in white. When you remove the tape, you’ll get something like this. (The image shown is an actual art print that you can buy.)

3. Frame a fabric or wallpaper sample.

 

Frame a fabric or wallpaper sample.

4. Wrap cute fabric around a rectangular piece of styrofoam or wood and staple in the back.

 

Wrap cute fabric around a rectangular piece of styrofoam or wood and staple in the back.

 

Here’s a similar idea but with damask wallpaper.

5. Turn an old window into a picture frame.

 

Turn an old window into a picture frame.

6. Cut circles out of poster board, spray paint, and glue onto a canvas.

 

Cut circles out of poster board, spray paint, and glue onto a canvas.

7. Create a magnetic Scrabble board and have an ongoing game with someone you live with.

 

Create a magnetic Scrabble board and have an ongoing game with someone you live with.

totally cute idea if you have a roommate.

8. Follow this tutorial on how to blow up your Instagram pics.

 

Follow this tutorial on how to blow up your Instagram pics.

Here’s the link.

9. Attach fabric to your wall with liquid starch.

 

Attach fabric to your wall with liquid starch.

Peels off easily if you live in a rental. You’ll want to use a heavier fabric, like upholstery. Get the full directions here.

10. Hand paint watercolor pixel art.

 

Hand paint watercolor pixel art.

Amanda Wright of the blog Wit and Whistle turned a photograph she took in Iceland into a watercolor pixel painting.

11. Use a canvas on a hinge to cover an alarm panel or fuse box.

 

Use a canvas on a hinge to cover an alarm panel or fuse box.

Get more directions here.

12. Spraypaint papier-mâché letters to create zinc alphabet letters.

 

Spraypaint papier-mâché letters to create zinc alphabet letters.

Get the directions here.

13. Create string art with embroidery floss or yarn.

 

Create string art with embroidery floss or yarn.

 

Seriously, how cool is this?

14. Make a wipe-off board with patterned paper inside of a frame.

 

Make a wipe-off board with patterned paper inside of a frame.

15. Sequin your wall.

 

Sequin your wall.

Only for the daring. Get the instructions here.

16. Make a display with shoe boxes.

 

Make a display with shoe boxes.

Spray paint the inside of a shoebox to display lightweight items.

 

Boxes lined with pretty paper looks lovely, as well.

17. Stencil letters onto a thrift store painting.

 

Stencil letters onto a thrift store painting.

18. Use foil tape to create a wallpaper-like design on a wall.

 

Use foil tape to create a wallpaper-like design on a wall.

19. Create constellation art with string lights and a canvas.

 

Create constellation art with string lights and a canvas.

Poke holes into the canvas in a random constellation pattern and then stick the bulbs of the string lights through the holes. Get the full directions here.

20. Paint coffee stirrers and arrange into an art piece.

 

Paint coffee stirrers and arrange into an art piece.

This kind of qualifies as legitimate art. Get the tutorial here.

21. Create a Garland

 

Create a Garland

Here are 10 garland ideas from A Beautiful Mess.

22. Display of adorable tiny mirrors is adorable.

 

Display of adorable tiny mirrors is adorable.

23. This DIY flower installation is made from…

 

This DIY flower installation is made from...

Doilies and orange thumbtacks!

24. Make your own Moroccan stenciled “wallpaper.”

 

Make your own Moroccan stenciled "wallpaper."

Get the full directions here.

25. Glue wooden letters onto a canvas and spray paint.

 

Glue wooden letters onto a canvas and spray paint.

 

Get the incredibly simple directions here.

26. Organize art supplies into a rainbow display.

 

Organize art supplies into a rainbow display.

27. Make a sunburst mirror out of paint sticks.

 

Make a sunburst mirror out of paint sticks.

Get the full directions here.

28. Run crayons through a hot glue gun to create a colorful, textured masterpiece.

 

Run crayons through a hot glue gun to create a colorful, textured masterpiece.

Use up all those broken crayons you might have lying around. Warning: this is a bit of a malodorous project.

29. Use household items to hang pictures.

 

Use household items to hang pictures.

Like pants hangers.

 

Or clipboards.

 

Or these curtain hangers from IKEA.

30. Make a vertical hanging succulent garden.

 

Make a vertical hanging succulent garden.

Succulents survive with very little light and water. Get the directions here on how to make this.

31. Create a pegboard using colored pencils and string.

 

Create a pegboard using colored pencils and string.

Get the full tutorial here.

32. Put those scraps of yarn to good use.

 

Put those scraps of yarn to good use.

The tutorial is here.

33. Turn leftover wine corks into wall art.

 

Turn leftover wine corks into wall art.

Now you have an excuse to drink even MORE wine. Get the tutorial here.

34. This faux-cast-iron is actually made from recycled toilet paper rolls.

 

This faux-cast-iron is actually made from recycled toilet paper rolls.

Get more info on how to create this here.

35. Hand stamp a geometric print.

 

Hand stamp a geometric print.

The use of potato stamps gives this design a cool color variation that makes it interestingly imperfect.

Fall Wreath ideas

Hope everyone is enjoying fall! The temperatures are finally starting to feel like summer has ended here in Central Florida. We had a lot of comments on our last few posts where we posted images of DIY Home ideas, so we have continued with that theme and have put together a blog post for DIY fall wreath ideas! Take a look and see if one of them inspires you to get out your glue gun and start crafting!

Houndstooth Pumpkin Wreath from Tatertots & Jello

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Pine Cone Wreath from Just Another Day in Paradise

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall Ruffled Wreath at Positively Splendid

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Burlap Rosette Wreath from Shanty 2 Chic

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Check out this gorgeous Popcorn Kernels Wreath by Cherished Bliss.

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Candy Corn Wreath via House of Smith’s

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Acorn wreath at All You

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall felt leaf Wreath at Nest of Posies

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Rustic Burlap Wreath from The Creative Gypsy

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Burlap and Lace Wreath at My blessed life

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall Wreath at Tales + Tips

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall Rolled Page Wreath at Brassy Apple

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Harvest Wreath at Thrive

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall fabric wreath at The cards we drew

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Happy Harvest Rosette Wreath at Handmade Colectibles

A rolled felt modern wreath Funky DIY Wreaths for the Fall Season

Framed Pumpkin Wreath from Lolly Jane

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

 Potpourri Wreath from Sweet Something Designs

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

This next one was made by Design Dinning and Dippers.

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Sunshine Wreath from Yellow Mums

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Polka Dot Wreath from Me & Mine

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

 DIY Autumn Wreath at Tiffany Zahas Photography.

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall Book Page Leaf  Wreath at The Charm of Home

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

DIY Fall Wreath at CraftOmaniac

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall Lace and Felt Wreath at Burlap Blue

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Modern Fall  Wreath at Tatertots and Jello

25 GORGEOUS DIY Handmade Fall Wreaths at the36thavenue.com

Fall Back to School Wreath at Home. Made.

Home.made. Back to School Apple Wreath