The Nuts and Bolts: December 19, 2013

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A Little DIY, FYI…

Design Industry Professional Creates New Model for Giving

Sean Carlson Perry, a young design industry professional with a background in interiors and architecture has created a new model for giving back to those in immediate need called Design Exchange.

example of design exchange model.

Design Exchange provides formerly homeless individuals and families, including those coming out of shelters, with the basics for their living space; furniture, project materials, as well as free design services as they re-establish themselves. Design Exchange is an entirely new business model, funded by the revenue of paying clients and business projects of Perry’s design firm. Additional money is saved and passed on to fund potential projects by embracing innovative technology and streamlined processes as well as partnering with distinguished non-profit organizations.

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Last-Minute Decorating Ideas to Turn Your Home Into a Winter Wonderland

last minute holiday decorating ideas.

Wrapping up preparations? Put a bow on it, with a little help from Lowe’s. Here are some helpful tips.

1. Put on a Holiday Light Show. Few things make your home feel more like the holidays than a spectacular display of lights. Outdoor lights will help make yours the most festive house on the block. They’ll brighten your mood and provide a warm welcome to visiting friends and family.

Insider tip: A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every foot and a half of tree or shrub you want to cover. Of course, if you love lights and want to brighten the block, you might want to double that amount.

Start a new holiday tradition by adding some fun and color to your porch or yard with a GE 5-ft Brown Winter Berry Branch Tree(Item #477462), GE Super Bright LED Sugar Plum Light Set (Item #477581) or a set of LED Acrylic Gift Boxes (Item #477446).

To round out the display, line a staircase with potted poinsettias. Use a mix of different-color plants for a lush look. Poinsettias come in a variety of sizes (4- to 10-inch pots) and start as low as $6.

2. Deck the Halls. Fill guests with holiday spirit as soon as they walk into your home by embellishing the foyer. Start by grouping scented candles or votives on a side table for some soft lighting and cheer. String holiday cards or ornaments around a mirror or tuck them in a frame. Fill glass vases, jars or lamps, such as the Portfolio 19-in Clear Fillable Lamp Base (Item #394637), with ornaments or pinecones and faux snow for a wintery feel. Lastly, set up miniature Christmas trees in the front hall, such as the allen + roth 5-ft Pre-Decorated Tree (Item #476130).

In your main living area, simply find the focal point and decorate around it. Frame the hearth with two pre-lit artificial or live Christmas trees and hang a wreath above the mantel.

For more holiday decorating ideas and inspiration, visit your local Lowe’s store or