DIY All Day Long!

DIY All Day Long!

I love DIY projects! Especially if I can be the brainchild behind the idea (i.e. find DIY tutorials online) and provide all the tools and inspiration for someone (i.e. husband) to make it. Now don't get me wrong...I am as handy as the next person but doesn't mean that I love that part of it. In the garden? Absolutely. In the house? Maybe not so much. The internet is a glorious thing - so many DIY'er's out there and while surfing the web, I ran across so many cute ideas that could apply to some of our products. In particular, our main product line, our crates. The amount of DIY projects using these versatile items is unbelievable. One that I ran across I particularly liked. Especially since he created a step by step way to make it online. The picture above is his creations - the cutest coffee table compiled with large crates. 

Check out how he did it (link below!).  With just a few simple tools and some inexpensive parts, I think just about anyone at any skill level building things could put this together. The fact that it has wheels is a bonus plus all the different compartments makes this both functional as well as decorative. Now how do I slip these plans to my husband without any backlash? Maybe I will wait a bit!

Photo Credit:  Instructibles
Crates:  Amazon or Lowes
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Organization Movement

Organization Movement

You guys! This new show came out on Netflix and if you are like me during this time of pandemic, I have been watching way more TV than usual. I completely binged on this show called, Get Organized with The Home Edit! Have you seen it yet? It is so addicting and makes me feel like doing more projects around the house. Purchasing their book is on my to-do list because there is just something calming and centering about watching them completely transform a room and bring organization into it. When the world seem out of our control, it's amazing to be able to control one aspect of your life and that is your home. Their show and their company is so inspiring and I want to bring a bit of their magic into our products.

I love this one blog (the picture above is from their site) and they have some of the most creative DIY projects. I saw this picture on their site and it reminded me so much of the show. The team behind the blog are Elsie and Emma and they have also written a few books. The picture above is one of theirs that I think was featured on their book. Their use of crates was phenomenal and I can't wait to try something similar in my own home. How many of you have a space that could use some zoning (that is the term that The Home Edit uses on their show)...where things are organized into categories. Setting up a wall of our crates that are all labeled to zone out all the things that we want to keep organized and separate just brings happiness to my soul. I can totally see this happening either in our garage where the tools and supplies and backstock that we keep there is out of control or even in a craft room so that I can see exactly where everything is when I need it instead of digging things out and creating a bigger mess everything I want to work on something specific. By using crates as well, you an add it to a wall as a decorative piece to the room...effectively hiding everything in plain site. It is so genius. Check out their blog for more ideas if you get the chance (links below). And get your crates today at today so you can get started on your next project! Picture credit: A Beautiful Mess
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tight spaces

tight spaces

Are you a passionate gardener but don't have the outdoor space that you wish that you did? We hear this a lot. In fact, many retailers are responding to this and creating and selling some creative planters specifically for those that live in city spaces that have small outdoor spaces. Why compromise your love of flowers and gardening when you don't have to? I personally live in a suburban home with tons of outdoor space but I can imagine the excitement of living in a big city in a downtown space where everything is in walking distance and you are surrounding by restaurants, bars and coffee shops. How fun would that be??

Well get excited because At Home on Main is developing new products even as I am blogging today. The picture above is just one of them! How amazing is the planter above? Building up is a great way to maximize space and add color to your balcony or patio. This planter is super versatile as well...we have used this to store vegetables in our kitchens like garlic, onions and potatoes as well as fruits like lemons and limes. What a great way to get those items off of your countertops/islands! We have even used this in playrooms to hold all those stuffed animals and small toys. It is a great addition to the At Home on Main's product line where we like to create products that can be used in multiple ways! What would you fill yours with? Keep checking back to find out when this planter goes live with our various retail partners to get yours!
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quarantine cocktails

quarantine cocktails

Happy hump day! This morning I decided that I need some cocktails for a successful week so far! I have my bar cart of goodies and some fresh jalapeños from my garden that I am itching to use. What better treat today than a skinny pineapple vodka cocktail?? If you haven't tried some spicy, sweet cocktails before, this is the time. I love the combination and since most jalapeños are not super spicy (especially if you remove the seeds and membrane), it is perfect for me. I don't like to burn up my tastebuds but just a hint of spice balanced with the sweet tartness of pineapple, makes this the perfect summer sipper. You do have to infuse the vodka in advance so takes a bit of planning. I never really think about having cocktails until that day so you can do like I do and infuse the vodka in the morning for evening cocktails or if you are having a get together, you would want to infuse a big batch of it the night before to get the most flavor.

Doesn't the bar cart look cute? I love using our crates to keep everything nice and tidy and also it's easy to pull out to the kitchen island to mix up drinks and return everything in it's place. Handy and functional! Check out all of our colors - you can compliment your kitchen/bar cart to match your decor style!

Spicy Pineapple Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup vodka
1 jalapeño, seeds removed and sliced
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
6 ounces sparkling water
Squeeze of fresh lime

DIRECTIONS:
1. Infuse the vodka by adding it with the jalapeño into a glass jar. Ideally let it sit overnight to get the most flavor. If you can’t wait like me, just infuse it in the morning for evening cocktails.
2. For the cocktail, combine one shot of the jalapeño infused vodka (1.5 ounces) with the pineapple juice and the sparkling water. Add a squeeze of lime.
3. Add ice, a pineapple wedge and a  jalapeño slice for garnish.

Enjoy!
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Last days of summer

Last days of summer

We are quickly shooting into Fall and I for one can't wait. This year has been challenging (to say the least!) and I am ready for a fresh new year. One of the things that I will miss is all the fresh flowers that summer brings. Having said that, I am more than ready for some cooler weather and the leaves changing colors. Plus all the pumpkin flavors to come back into my life! I am very excited about some of the things that we have been developing, particularly for smaller, tighter spaces. We are getting very close to rolling out some of our new products and I think they will be well received. As I sit out on my patio and just take in the last of the warm weather and reflect on all the things that 2020 brought, I am filled with hope. Even though it has been challenging, some great things have also developed. The extra time that we got to spend as a family for one. The ways that the world has united when faced with a pandemic or when faced with injustice is another. So while there have been times when we all just wanted to pull the covers over our heads, looking towards the future and digging our heels in to adapt to new circumstances is what makes us all hope for a better future. I, for one, am hopeful and excited to see what that brings! Stay safe and well and let's all care about each other.
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Home Schooling

Home Schooling

Many of ya'll are homeschooling these days and or doing a combo of homeschooling along with in school learning. Either way, while at home, finding the space to set up a "school" learning center for your kids can definitely be a challenge. If you don't have an office in your home already or perhaps it's already in use as you and/or your spouse now work from home when you once didn't, you are already struggling to find some space that would be conducive for learning. I am already doing this so I thought I would share on the blog in case anyone else is looking for ideas. I am using our large chalkboard crates as double duty as portable "work" stations. You could easily do this for the kids or if you have sacrificed your home office to them and find yourself moving from coffee table to dining table, then this is super helpful! Create your own little "go-to" box of office supplies or things that you are working on that is super portable. With our chalkboard sides, you can easily put names on them so that there are no mix ups! Just one more way that these handy crates can create some organization and flexibility!
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