Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PLUG IT IN PLUG IT IN


I just came home from an incredibly long day of driving, shopping for nutty clients and dealing with clients driving me nuts.  Those of you with pets know what a great thing it is to arrive home in the haste of your day and find a wagging pet waiting for you…until they stomp in rainy poop and drag it through your house.  Then, I want to scream…but that face makes me melt every time, even if it smells like POOP. To get rid of the stench immediately I use what Joe usually forbids in our house..Glade Plug-In's, because just a few minutes plugged in, eliminate odors immediately.  Dr. Bronner then comes in handy by removing the smell from our rugs (Dr. Bronners soap is fabulous, labels are a little nutty with all of his rambling notes, but the soap works wonders.  Just dampen a cloth, add some Dr. B and scrub that S smell away).  Speaking of plug-ins, I was shopping for two different clients today who need help lightening up dark spaces, but didn't have huge budgets, so I came up with a bright idea.  Ikea.  Shop and eat meatballs.  What's not to love?  I know I sound like the PR department for Ikea from time to time, but some of their products are truly great.  Lighting can be incredibly expensive, throw in a crack-exposing electrician, and you can bust your budget in seconds.  Both examples above are from Ikea and reflect popular designs in the marketplace today.  The fabulous farmhouse light on top is metal, looks fabulous in a kitchen hanging over an island, PLUGS in and is only $69.99!  The light on the bottom also plugs in and is only $29.99 and will replace a tacky 80's nipple-like monstrosity in a family room.  By purchasing a nifty little socket at the Home Depot that screws into any light (in place of a bulb) and has an outlet on the other end, you can plug anything into a fixture that's already wired (think holidays and exterior lights..by this nifty gadget, remove the lightblub then plug your lights into it and control via a switch in your home).  Inexpensive, bright ideas. Now if I could think of a way for our dog to keep stepping in her poop…