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Easy and Elegant DIY Holiday Decorating Ideas

Decking the halls and transforming our homes with cozy touches of the holidays can bring a sense of renewed joy and spirit. But since time is not usually on our side at this time of year, we wanted to share some easy decorating ideas that can fit into your busy schedule and budget that will add sparkle and elegance to your holiday home décor.

Cranberry Centerpiece

Add a splash of color and a touch of nature to your holiday table by filling clear vases with Epsom salts and fresh cranberries. Fresh cut seasonal greenery tops the arrangement for an easy and eye-catching centerpiece.

Cranberry Holiday Decoration or Table Centerpiece

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Ornamental Accents

Dress up any indoor plants and add sparkle to the dining room or den by simply filling the base of the planters with your favorite colored ornaments for a classy, festive look.

House Plants Accented with Ornaments

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Pinecone Garland

Dress up your mantle with this natural pinecone garland. Simply wrap the ends of pinecones with yarn or wire and attach to a clear string or fishing wire hung across the width of the mantle. You can make your garland chunky with several pinecones bunched together, or sparser, with some space in between each one.

DIY Pine Cone Garland

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Berry Sticks in a Vintage Bottle

If you have any old, vintage looking bottles lying around your house, put them to good use this holiday season. Collect some berry and pine tree branches for fun and put them into the bottles for a country rustic holiday vibe. This is perfect for a mantel, side table or credenza.

Country Style Berry and Pine Branch Bottles

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Repurposed and Decked Out Floor Arrangement

Repurpose an old pair of boots for this clever and eye-catching floor display. Line the inside of the boots with plastic bags and weigh them down with rocks to avoid tipping. Then, fill with twigs and fresh greenery and tie a festive white, green or red bow around each boot for a whimsical welcome arrangement that will add charm and character to any home and have your guests talking all season long.

Boots With Holiday Foliage Arrangement

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Pinecone Candlestick Centerpiece

Dazzle your guests with this elegant centerpiece of silver candlesticks and silvery painted pinecones arranged on a silver tray. Add coordinating glass ornaments for sparkle and shine. For a fun twist, use gold-toned or clear candlesticks with gold sprayed pinecones to suit your décor. Or, do a mix-and-match for a fun look.

DIY SIlver Holiday Table Centerpiece

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Visit our blog for all of your holiday décor, design and home improvement needs. If you are looking to surprise your special someone this holiday season, consider a new quartz or granite countertop, bathroom vanity or shower from Granite Transformations. Our products are maintenance-free, installed in one day, and backed by a Lifetime Warranty for unbeatable value. Learn more by scheduling a complimentary in-home consultation today.

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7 Hacks To Create Extra Counterspace

It’s rarely been said that one has too much counter space. In fact, lack of counter space is one of the top complaints of homeowners who wished they had more room to make their kitchens function more efficiently. Extending that precious kitchen real estate is easier than you think, and doesn’t have to blow your budget. In fact, making some minor tweaks to your kitchen can open up your space without costing you very much at all.

Here are some solutions to gaining the space you need:

Clear the Clutter: If you are like some multitaskers, your kitchen might very well double as an office that has papers and bills piled on precious counter space. Experts say that at least one square foot of counter space can be gained just by taking paperwork out of the kitchen.

Store Small Appliances: Small appliances (like electric can openers, blenders and stand mixers) should only be kept on the counter if they are used every day. For appliances that are used once a week or less, experts suggest keeping them in cabinets, while those used once a year should go in storage. You will be amazed at the space you will gain and how much sleeker your kitchen will look.

Store appliances that you only use once a month or once a year out of the kitchen.

Over-the-Sink Cutting Boards: The concept has been around for a while, but today’s cooks are embracing the idea with a fresh take on a simple solution. With new products on the market, you now have options such as an over-the-sink cutting board with a plastic insert that allows you to slide your freshly chopped food into the tray and carry it to where you need it (instead of the old use-the-knife-and-carry-the-board trick). Others are opting for larger and roomy cutting boards to fit over their cook-tops. These cutting boards come in all different shapes, sizes and styles to fit any type of sink (or cook-top) you may have. Some also come with a collapsible strainer.

Over-the-sink cutting boards and over cook top cutting boards optimize limited counter space.


Pull-Out Cutting Boards and Surfaces: These hidden gems are at your fingertips whenever you need them, and fit snugly underneath your countertop without taking up too much cabinet space. The one pictured below is the size of one drawer.

Install a pull out cutting board in your new kitchen design.

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Fold-Down Countertop: These clever surfaces can turn an ordinary space into an instant countertop, tabletop or even desktop where your kids can do their homework, for example. It’s the perfect solution for cooking preparation, eating, or whatever you might need it for at the time, and then it folds down until you need it again. It’s a great way to utilize horizontal space without taking up too much room.

Fold down tables and collapsible counters are great options for temporary counterspace.

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Utilize Wall Space: Using a wall mount dish drainer and shelving are great ways to free up space and de-clutter your counter.

Wall mounted appliances, hanging shelves and hanging drying racks clear up extra space on your counter.

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Rolling Islands: These countertops on wheels are not only versatile but they can be placed and moved easily wherever you need them. A rolling or portable island can easily adapt into whatever you need it to be – a bar cart, server, or cutting board – it’s the perfect solution for the added space you need in a pinch. Most rolling islands have drawer space and lower shelving or cabinets for extra storage, making them the perfect host for your next party or holiday gathering. Just remember that if you don’t plan on using the rolling island year-round, you’ll need a place to store it. Dining rooms, covered decks or even laundry rooms are good places to park your rolling cart. And don’t be surprised if you find another great use for it wherever you decide to keep it.

Portable or rolling kitchen islands are great for extra storage and counter space.

If you need more counter space, or just a better countertop altogether, find a Granite Transformations near you and we’ll install a new countertop over your old one in just one day!

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Women Create Their Own Space and Find Serenity in She Sheds

Today’s woman doesn’t have to look any further than her own backyard to discover the perfect space to escape from her day-to-day chaos and indulge in a haven all her own. Most women would agree that they are overscheduled and are in desperate need of some “me” time. She sheds have become the latest trend in transforming a backyard storage shed into a secluded retreat. Just as men have their man caves and kids have their playrooms, now is the time for women to claim their space and indulge in the private time they deserve.

Country Chic She Shed

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Getting Started

  • Choose a Purpose – Whether you want a place to escape to enjoy your favorite hobby (like yoga, dancing, meditation, crafting, sewing or gardening) or simply to relax, the possibilities are endless when you discover how you want to use your personalized space. Granite Transformations has the perfect products to transform your space into the room of your dreams. Whether you’re using the room for exercise, sewing, writing, or simply relaxing, GT countertops are the ideal choice. And for the dancer or yoga enthusiast, GT has flooring that will have you tapping your toes and stretching to the stars.
  • Choose a Design Theme – Make it all about you! Here’s your chance to have a room all your own, with the colors, patterns and fabrics you’ve always dreamed of. Plush seating, beautiful drapery and even crystal chandeliers can transform a once dingy shed into a majestic sanctuary for your own relaxation and enjoyment.

Make it Your Own

  • Paint – A fresh coat of paint revives any space and brings a sense of new life to the room. Experts agree to use light shades on the walls and floors.
  • Bring Nature Inside – Blend the beauty of the outdoors with your inside space by adding a feminine floral print to your décor to create an airy feel. Experts suggest adding live plants to your space to create a sense of warmth and nature.
  • Comfy Cozy – Here’s your chance to have it all. Pamper yourself with overstuffed cozy furniture and fluffy pillows, surrounded by the beauty of your favorite artwork or whatever brings you peace and joy. Making it your own and finding your serenity is the beauty of the she shed.
  • Make it Welcoming on the Outside – Hanging window boxes with pretty flowers adds the perfect welcoming touch to your she shed. Window shutters are also a great way to add a touch of charm to your haven.
She Shed With Lots of Windows

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Granite Transformations can help make your she shed a place that reflects your true self with the perfect combination of granite or quartz surfaces, glass mosaic tile and cabinetry. Find a Granite Transformations location near you today and work with one of our design experts to make your dream she shed a reality.


Nine Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

With a new season upon us, homeowners are looking for ways to spruce up their homes without spending a fortune. Bathrooms are a great place to start since they are one of the most used rooms in the house, by you as well as your guests.

Here are some great budget-friendly ideas to give your bathrooms a facelift (without flushing too much money down the toilet):

1. Create a neutral palette with a fresh coat of paint. It will reenergize the room and allow your accessories to bring color and contrast.

Neutral paint can tie in with your bathroom vanity, bathroom cabinets and mosaic tiles to create a new look.

2. Change or add towel racks as a way to give a new look to your bathroom. All you have to do is remove the old racks and screw in the new ones (which you can purchase at your local home improvement store).

New towel racks are easy to install and can help give your bathroom a new look for a low cost.

3. Adding new towels is a fun and easy way to add a pop of color, texture and pattern to your bathroom.

Replace your old towels with new, colorful ones to add a pop of color to your bathroom.

4. Replacing the shower curtain or getting new glass doors can completely transform your bathroom from shaggy to chic. If you have a shower curtain, try draping it to one side using a stylish tassel tie-back for a more elegant look.

Replace glass shower doors or shower curtains for a new look.

5. New faucets and fixtures can upgrade your bathroom in no time. All you need is a plumber or handy man for a quick install.

New faucets and fixtures can help add a new dimension to your bathroom.

6. Changing light switch plates is an easy way to add a trendy or traditional look to your bathroom. And all it takes is a screw driver and the new plates!

7. Declutter your countertops by storing toiletries and overflow in rustic wooden containers, wicker baskets or open shelving if you have the space. Clearing the surface will make your bathroom feel fresh and clean.
Store bathroom clutter in wicker baskets or open shelves.

8. Accessorizing with beautifully packaged toiletries is an easy way to dress up any counter.
Accessorize your bathroom vanity with new toiletry containers9. A tall vase filled with flowers adds a rustic charm to your bathroom. You can place the vase on the floor in the corner of your bathroom to create a cozy look.
Fresh flowers can spruce up any room of your house, including the bathroom.

Interested in giving your bathroom a makeover? Granite Transformations offers premium quartz, glass and granite surfaces for vanities, shower interiors, tub surrounds and flooring. A broad range of glass mosaic tile colors and styles are also offered, which will give your bathroom a classy, elegant look.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our design consultants and see our products come to life in your space!

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Welcome Fall into Your Home with These Easy DIY Décor Ideas

Pumpkins, crisp leaves and a nip in the air can only mean one thing – fall is near and it’s time to add a touch of autumn to your home’s décor. Simple hints throughout the home can welcome a new season and bring a renewed sense of well-being.

Here are some fun and easy DIY fall decorating ideas that are sure to beckon family and friends and make your home feel cozy and welcoming.

Fall Under Glass

Fall decor: Fall themed bell jar display.

Create this cheerful fall terrarium by using a shallow terracotta bowl dish lined with moss and covered with a bell jar or glass cake cover. Fill with your favorite fall foliage or create a scene all your own. Pictured here are mini pumpkins and a sprig of oak leaves. This can be used as the centerpiece of your indoor or outdoor table, on a mantel, or on a side table in your living room.

Veggie Vases

Gourds and squash make for great flower vases during the fall season.

Show off the colors of fall in an unlikely vase. These unique bud vases can be made from gourds or squash by simply cutting a hole that’s big enough to hold a couple of floral tubes. (Just be sure the bottoms are flat enough so they can stand without tipping over.) Insert your favorite fall flowers and watch them become a conversation piece.

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Fall Decor: Wheelbarrow filled with mums, pansies and other seasonal flowers.

Be the talk of your neighborhood with this creative outdoor fall display. Fill a sturdy wheelbarrow with soil and then loosely insert plants to create a beautiful fall arrangement. Or, leave plants in their containers and tuck them in the wheelbarrow, filling gaps with more plants. Mums, pansies and Russian sage are flowers that are sure to bloom during the fall season. This is a fun and easy way to welcome fall and guests to your home or for sprucing up your backyard for the season.

A Burst of Fall

Fall wreath made of Indian corn.

Create this stunning fall wreath in no time and welcome your guests to a sunburst of fall at your door. Simply unfold husks on the ears of Indian corn and arrange them so that they point straight out from the tops. Then, hot-glue the ears to a straw wreath and pull the husks in a way that resembles a sunburst.

Blooming Banisters

Tie bunches of wheat and lavender around your banisters for an easy fall harvest look.

Step up your game by decorating your stairway with fragrant bunches of grasses, wheat, lavender, eucalyptus or any combination of your favorites. Simply tie bunches with rubber bands and attach them to alternating banisters with raffia.

Now that fall is quickly rolling in and the kids are back in school, are you ready for your next home improvement project? Does a new bathroom or kitchen sound appealing – with fast, hassle-free installation and maintenance-free surfaces that are guaranteed for lifetime use? Contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation and see the difference that Granite Transformations can make.

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Kitchen Organization Hacks You Can’t Live Without

The word “hack” is thought of in a bad way most of the time – from lousy professional service to illegally getting into a computer’s system. A lesser known (but more positive) definition of “hack” is “a clever solution to a tricky problem.” That’s the topic of this week’s Granite Transformations blog – a few creative “hacks” that are clever solutions to any tricky kitchen organization projects you may have going on.

Getting Organized…

We begin with basic organization. Most of us, at one time or another, take our kitchen space for granted. Everything we need is just “there” in its own space and place. Over time, clutter and disorganization set in. We start to rifle through a bunch of assorted items to get to the utensil, appliance or whatever it is that we want at the moment. Mild annoyance gives way to out and out frustration. All of this fretting can be avoided by these inventive (and inexpensive) kitchen organizing ideas.

To “fix” the disorganization dilemma of small objects and items, purchase a few small lidded plastic containers. Label them, and place each specific item into that particular container (e.g., “Rubber Bands,” “Plastic Bag Twist Ties,” etc.). (One suggestion we have is to avoid labeling a container as “Miscellaneous,” because you might start putting everything into that one, and you’ll be back to square one of searching to try and find stuff.)

Flatware organizers, as we all know, are where we keep our knives, spoons, forks and other kitchen utensils separate and in order. If you purchase a second (or third) flatware organizer, you can place everything from straws, skewers, or chopsticks into these additions. Then, whenever you need one of these more unique utensils, you can easily get to them.

Having a whiteboard on hand is an oldie-but-a-goodie when it comes to kitchen organization. On this, you can write down everything for the project at hand in big, bold letters; whether it’s a step-by-step recipe, a shopping list, or the different foods that are in the refrigerator or freezer.

You Can Use THIS and THAT in the Kitchen?!

Another example of how we take the kitchen for granted is by getting conditioned and comfortable (dare we say – lazy?) in our thinking of what items are used in this space. Here are a couple of cool kitchen organization tips whereby the last objects you would think of in relation to the kitchen might well bring efficiency and functionality to a whole new level.

File folder racks or old CD cases are perfect for storing cooking sheets in a narrow cabinet space. You can even mount towel racks on the inside of your cabinets for storing lids for your pots and pans (the handle of the lid lays on top of the horizontal rack). You can hang an old gardening rake upside down on your wall for storing wine glasses.

Do you keep your cutting board in a drawer? Is it on display on the sink or island? One option that will save space and money is placing the cutting board in a rack that can be attached to the inside of a kitchen cabinet. An inexpensive magazine rack (yes, you read that right) will serve the same purpose as a pricier one in upscale home improvement stores. Place a couple of 3M hooks (plastic hook with adhesive back) inside a kitchen cabinet, hang up the magazine rack, and your cutting board has a new home.

Now, for something really unrealized, did you know that a boot tray can make a useful drawer for placing napkins and placemats? If you have space between the top of your refrigerator and the cabinet just above it, you can place a just bought, never used boot tray in this gap and make this to keep napkins, placemats, and doilies, among other items.

We’d like to share is to keep Band-Aids in a nearby kitchen drawer. (Be honest, have you ever thought of Band-Aids as being anywhere in the kitchen.) But it more than makes sense. You will hopefully never need to use them, but in case accidents such as a small cut from a knife happens, you’ll be ready.

Do you have no place to store all of your extra plastic bags in the kitchen? Attach a 3M hook to the inside of a cabinet door, cut a hole in the back of the tissue box, stuff it with your plastic bags and hang it from the hook. It’s a great way to pull out a bag quickly without having to rummage through the pantry or under the sink.

What we’ve just listed are a few DIY tasks that can make your kitchen a smoother, easier place to work in and enjoy. We hope that we’ve been able to give you some ideas that you can find useful and helpful. Do you have any handy kitchen hacks that you’d like to share? If so, feel free to contact us. Everyone here at Granite Transformations hopes you are enjoying the spring season!


Valentine's Day gift ideas for your special someone

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Red roses, chocolate, champagne and heart-shaped candies can only mean one thing –Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day can be one of the most romantic holidays for couples in love. Oddly enough, however, it can also be one of the most stressful holidays for couples. Why? They want to show their love – but they don’t know how, or they are afraid of disappointing their better half.

Here are some fun and stress-free ideas to surprise your loved one and show them how much you care for them on Valentine’s Day (and every day of the year, for that matter).


The Why I Love You Jar Valentine's Day giftThe “Why I Love You” Jar

We all love to hear why we’re loved. Here’s an easy DIY way to remind your partner about all the things that make them special to you. All you have to do is write down each thing you love about them on separate small pieces of colored paper and put them in a clear jar marked “Why I love you.” It’s a sure way to bring a smile to their face and a great way to remind them why you love them.



Picnic at home with your special someone for Valentine's DayRomantic Picnic at Home

Dining out at busy restaurants on Valentine’s Day can drain all the romance out of your date night. There are crowds, long wait times and you can’t get a reservation anywhere. Why not keep the romance at home and plan a romantic picnic dinner with all of your favorite foods and drinks? Make the room cozy and warm with a quilted blanket on the floor and a few safely-placed lit candles. You can even bring some fun into the night by making s’mores over some of your candles.


Fill envelopes with things that will make your partner happy during times of stress“Open When” Envelopes

Not only is this a great gift idea but one of the most thoughtful. We’ve all had days when all we want is to hear words of kindness, encouragement, praise or to just know that we’re loved and appreciated. Writing personalized notes that are tailored to your partner’s personality for different times and situations is a heartfelt way to show them how much you love them and that you’ll always be there for them. Some examples of when a good time to open them might be: after a fight, when you’re feeling down, when you miss me…and you can include photos, inspiring quotes or poems, inside jokes you only share together, etc.


Fill a bag with your partner's favorite things for Valentine's DayA Bag of Your Partner’s “Favorite Things”

This could be the easiest yet most fun way to surprise your Valentine. The ideas and possibilities are endless. Fill the bag with all of their favorite things – and even some surprises, like tickets to a concert or sporting event!




A year of pre-planned date nights for Valentine's Day gift 12 Months of Pre-Planned  Date Nights

Setting aside one special date night every month is a fun way to plan your special time together. Think about seasonal outings for each month that are tailored around your interests together, and let the fun begin! There are many creative ways that you can present these to your partner – in a jar, on a ring of cards,  in a basket with envelopes, in a three-ring binder – the possibilities are endless!
We hope these DIY gift ideas have inspired you to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Granite Transformations!

DIY landscaping

Money-Saving DIY Landscaping Tips

Think of landscaping as the ultimate accessory for your home. The perfect balance of trees, shrubs and flowers can enhance your street appeal and welcome your friends and family to a showcase of beauty. Most often, however, this makeover comes with a hefty price tag. Traditionally, homeowners may expect to pay anywhere from 5% to 15% of their home’s value on landscaping (which is based on a median-home value of $213,000 in the U.S.), so could run you over $10,000 at the end of the day. To avoid breaking the bank, DIY landscape experts suggest following these tips to create a garden design that looks like it was done by professionals.

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  • Determine a landscape or garden design idea – Choosing the same variety of fast growing and border plants creates a unified look throughout your property and reduces the appearance of clutter. Creating a unified palette allows for more creative planting of beautiful flowers and flowering plants that add splashes of color to highlight your home. Buying smaller plants in bulk can save you money when buying the same variety. Don’t worry about the size, because depending on the species, they could double in size in two years. Buying plants at the end of the season can also save you money.
  • Improve Your Soil – Investing in beautiful plants and flowers is money out the window if you’re planting them in unnourished soil. Experts agree that investing in good soil and Miracle-Gro® is the first step to creating a lush, healthy and flourishing landscape.
  • Preserve What You Have and Work Around It – Homeowners may find they have a treasure growing in the yard (which may have gone unappreciated hidden under overgrowth). Prune and cut back any trees or foliage you can work around. It will not only save you money, but will preserve a part of the nostalgia associated with the home.
  • Perennials – Planting perennials will save you the headache of replanting annuals every year. Perennials bloom every year and grow a strong root system, ensuring their survival during the harsh winter months. While annuals often provide more color variety, perennials (like hydrangeas, hostas or roses) can be very colorful and will require less maintenance.
  • Hire Yourself – You can save money by doing as much of the work as possible yourself. A three-gallon bush can cost $15 if you purchase and plant it yourself. Hire a professional, and the cost just doubled for the same plant.
  • Share Costs with Neighbors – If your land abuts your neighbor’s, plan what plants or foliage you want together and split the cost!
  • Plant in Stages – Divide your project into phases and save money to pay as you go. In other words, break your yard into sections. For example, focus on the front areas that people can see first, then migrate to the backyard, and then save the furthest out, largest or hard-to-reach areas for last.
  • Know Where to Plant – Roots love to travel and can damage concrete blocks, driveways, sidewalks and in-ground pools, so do your homework before putting a shovel in the ground. The rule of thumb (preferably a green one) is to plant large trees at least 30 feet from these areas.
  • Watering – The latest EPA statistics reveal that outdoor water usage accounts for 20% of total home water usage. Try selecting plants that are drought-tolerant to save money on your water bill. Set your sprinklers to only run for a certain period of time.
  • Mulch – Mulch is an inexpensive (an average of $2.50 a bag) and perfect way to give a brushed-up, tasteful look to your landscape design. Mulch comes in a variety of colors, including traditional red, contemporary beige and the more trendy black.
  • Freebies – Check with your local city for free trees, mulch and compost. Some cities offer groups of neighbors large amounts of trees in exchange for planting and maintaining them. If you see that your neighbor has overgrowth of a particular plant in their yard, ask them if you could take a few – they might really appreciate it!
Thanksgiving DIY Decorating Ideas

4 Gorgeous DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

It’s that time of year again!

Are you getting ready for a full day (or weekend, for many of us) of entertaining family for the holidays? Here are some of our favorite DIY decorating ideas for Thanksgiving that are easy and beautiful.

1 – Mood Lighting

Fill some hurricane vases with corn kernels, acorns, chestnuts, cranberries, or your favorite Thanksgiving item that won’t melt if touched by hot wax. Place a coaster between the candle and the filler items and then use a small piece of twine to wrap your candles with autumn leaves. This also works well with mason jars and tea candles or white wine bottles and long skinny candles.

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DIY Projects: Prep your house for allergy season

Every year, allergies make me miserable and inhibit my ability to enjoy life. The pollen outdoors combined with mold and pet dander indoors make my nose run, my eyes water and my sinuses swell. To reduce the physical effects of these allergy symptoms, I perform several do-it-yourself projects around my home.

1. Change the filters

Pollen aggravates my allergies even when I’m inside, so I try to keep the windows closed. Because I run the air conditioner so often in order to stay comfortable, I change the filter every month. Look for AC filters with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or MERV rating. This number indicates the efficiency of the filter to trap allergen and pollen particles that circulate in the air.

In addition to operating the air conditioners, I also run exhaust fans. In my kitchen and bathroom, they assist in keeping my home free from dangerous contaminants. I wash these fans regularly to keep them clean and help them operate efficiently.

2. Clean the house

Every allergy sufferer understands the importance of dusting the furniture, but removing dust from household surfaces isn’t enough to keep my allergies at bay. Every week, I use a damp cloth to wipe every nook and cranny of my home. The baseboards, room corners and spaces under furniture receive a thorough swipe.

No surface escapes my cleaning routine. Dust mites live in bedding so I have to wash my sheets and pillow coverings every week. I cover the mattresses and box springs with plastic covers that keep the mites out of my bed. I also vacuum cloth furniture and the curtains on a weekly basis to prevent dust from accumulating. While I clean my home, I wear a protective face mask and old clothes. I take a shower after I finish cleaning to remove any allergens from my body and keep me healthy. Though thorough, these housecleaning methods help alleviate my symptoms and let me live freely in my home.

3. Replace the carpets

Despite my efforts to keep my house clean, I notice dust and other particles floating in the air as I vacuum the carpets. I decided to eliminate these allergens and tear out the carpets. Hardwood flooring is easier to clean and allergens like dust and pet hair can’t hide on the hardwood.

If replacing the carpet isn’t an option for you, make sure you vacuum once or twice a week. If you wait until you can see the dirt, the allergens have already accumulated on your floors. Use a High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) exhaust filter attached to your vacuum to catch all the dangerous particles from your carpet.

4. Remove mold

Damp, dark surfaces are prime spots for mold growth. A complete home inspection showed me the spots in my basement, bathroom and kitchen where mold is most likely to grow. To limit mold, I replaced the wallpaper in my bathroom with tile and painted the family room and bedrooms with mold-resistant paint.

Leaks are prime spots for mold. In the kitchen and bathroom, I repair or replace leaky faucets each year keep the shower and sinks dry. I also annually inspect the roof, gutters and eaves for leaks that I repair immediately. Because a dry home prevents mold growth, I use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity level under 50 percent. When my home is dry and free from mold, I breathe better.

5. Purify the air

Despite my efforts to remove allergens by cleaning and dehumidifying my home, I also need to purify the circulating air I breathe. In each level of my home, an air purifier filters the air and traps pollen and other allergens. With a HEPA filter, the purifiers work for me in reducing my allergy symptoms.

With indoor and outdoor pollen, dust and pets, I need all the help I can get in tackling allergens. By housecleaning, changing filters, replacing carpet, removing mold and purifying the air, I make my house a healthy environment. These do-it-yourself projects ease my allergy symptoms all year and can improve the air quality in your home too.