Steel utility boxes from the hardware store make sleek, modern pots. Choose a range of shapes and sizes. Turn so that the side with holes is at the bottom, and plant with low-growing succulents, such as Echeveria 'Black Prince' (left) and Sempervivum; top with gravel. (We used no. 2 grade grit.) For an exotic centerpiece, arrange several in a tray filled with grit.
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Normally used in kitchens, a pull-out pantry becomes a shoe closet when the shelves are installed at an angle; professional assistance is recommended for this project. Nonskid shelf liners prevent pairs from sliding when the unit moves.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Are your towels holding less water than they used to? It may be that your choice of washing detergent contains fabric softener, which has residues that cling to individual fibers, rendering towels less absorbent. The next time you clean a load, add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle; it will remove the residue and restore towels' soaking power. In the future, avoid detergents with fabric softener when washing towels.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2006
Here's a bright idea: Keep your fabric lampshades dust-free with an adhesive lint roller. Hold the shade steady, and pass the roller over the exterior.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2009
Is your rug tripping you up? Keep cotton flat-weave and other lightweight rugs from slipping around and curling with this tried-and-true trick: Attach a pair of flat, cork-backed rulers along the edges of each corner. Using a large, heavy-duty needle and monofilament, stitch through the rug, and tie it around the ruler in a couple of spots to secure.
Olivia Rug, in Persimmon; madelineweinrib.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, May 2011
Trim a plant tag at its base, place it photo-side up on a shipping tag, and staple it near one end so you can easily read the flip side. Group the tags on key rings, and make notes about where you sited the plants in the garden or pots.
Shipping tags (similar to shown), 5 3/4 inches by 2 7/8 inches, $29.37 for 1,000, by Avery; officeworld.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2011
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