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Five Unique Objects to Make Stools

A lot of times, we have objects around our homes or apartments that we can’t find a use for but also don’t want to toss out, especially if they’re in decent condition. Repurposing these types of materials are not only fun ways to get creative, but they’re a great way to add a unique, homemade design detail to our living space.

In this segment, we’ll talk about unique ways to build your own stools with old, unused objects.

Steel Bucket Stool 

Steel buckets are sturdy and can hold a lot of weight. When you are not using them to fetch a pail of water, you can turn this daily, mundane object to create a razzmatazz stool. Color them in attractive shades and drill in wooden legs to give them the base they require. Add a cushion to the top and voila your stool is ready!

Wooden Crate Stool

Most of the time, we find leftover wooden crates lying around that we’re not sure what to do with. Wooden furniture of all sorts is stylish and versatile. Repurpose your old wine crate into a new place to sit.

Electric Spool Stool 

These spools make for the perfect kids’ stools. They can accommodate light weights and their base is already established. All you need to do is add a colorful cushion on the top to complete the look.

The Lone Log Stool

You can give an otherwise lifeless log a new purpose by putting a layer of varnish on it after giving it a smooth finish. This would be a very natural and simple approach to a DIY stool.

Reading Material Stool

Get some magazines and stack them up to create a magazine stool. Top them up with a cushion and bind them together with a leather belt or other binding material to create this offbeat stool. The weight of the magazines and their colorful spines put together will make for a perfectly functional decoration piece in your home.

5 Cool Ways to Display Fresh Flowers in Your Apartment

Fresh flowers in your The Trestles apartment home in downtown Raleigh not only look pretty, but can make you feel good every time you see them. They add to the ambiance of a home and are easy to incorporate into your space.

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A mason jar with flowers in itSource: istockphoto

If you’re looking to bring fresh flowers into a home, make note of the following apartment decorating tips:

  • Place a few large blooms that are long stemmed into a pitcher or a vase. While simple and minimal, it can look professional.
  • A single bloom put in a bud vase can look right at home.
  • For an alternative to a vase, tie a bouquet together at the stems and place in a shallow tray with some water.
  • For a beautiful centerpiece, place flowering branches in a clear, glass vase. A bouquet of flowers that are all the same also make a wonderful and simple centerpiece.
  • If you would like to add depth to your flower arrangement, go with greens and flowers that are from similar color families. To tailor the look, opt for a vase that matches your flowers.

Are you searching for a place to call home just a few miles outside of downtown Raleigh? If that’s the case, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Trestles to learn more about our community.

Take a Summer Stroll at the NC Botanical Gardens

Our residents are lucky to live in apartments near the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, as it is truly one of the most beautiful places in the Triangle region. Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy the stunning scenery this local treasure offers.

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A mushroom at the NC Botanical GardensSource: Wikimedia Commons

The North Carolina Botanical Gardens has several events for you to enjoy this summer. Here are a couple of highlights of this outdoor oasis.

Save Our Pollinators is a fascinating look at the plight of the many insects that keep our flowering plants blooming. Many people do not realize the plight of the thousands of insects that keep plants thriving in our region. This program runs through October 15, and it is an eye-opening exhibit that people of all ages will enjoy.

Every Saturday during the month of August learn more about plants with their class on botany. This is an introductory course that teaches you the basics about botany, anatomy, and the physiology of all the greenery surrounding you.

Getting to the botanical gardens is a breeze. It is located down I-40 west in Chapel Hill at 100 Old Mason Farm Road.

Are you searching for new apartments near NC botanical gardens? If so, be sure to contact us today at The Trestles.

Be More Eco-Friendly with these DIY Cleaners

Cleaning your apartment is a necessary part of daily life. Unfortunately, a lot of the cleaning agents we use are terrible for the environment. Here are a few eco-friendly apartment living tips to help you be more green and make your own cleaners.

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A girl holding a feather duster Source: Pixabay

To make an all-purpose cleaner for all surfaces except for glass, all you need is 3/4 a cup of water, 1/4 a cup of rubbing alcohol, a drop of dish soap and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Go for an oil that has a scent you enjoy like peppermint or orange. Mix these ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up and put it to use.

For a fantastic glass cleaner, mix together two cups of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar, two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and five drops of essential oil with peppermint. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake it up and spray it onto a rag for the best results.

One cup of water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar makes for a fantastic shower cleaner.

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