Homework: Moop handbag trunk sale; Cordless screwdriver with built-in bits
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 6:29 p.m.
Screwdriver keeps bits at fingertips
SKIL's NEW 360 Quick Select cordless screwdriver keeps a selection of bits at your fingertips.
The screwdriver has a rotating magazine that stores 12 of the most common drill bits, making the tool look a little like a revolver. The bit window is illuminated to make selection easier, and the tool also has a built-in LED light to illuminate the work surface.
The 360 Quick Select is about the size of a glue gun and comes with a wall charger and a USB cable.
The screwdriver has a suggested retail price of $49.99 and is available at some Lowe's, Home Depot and Sears stores, but call first to make sure it's in stock. It can be ordered on the Lowe's and Home Depot websites and on Amazon.com.
Furniture pop-up to feature Moop bags
Townhouse, a pop-up furniture store in East Liberty, will host a trunk show featuring Moop handmade bags from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 24.
Townhouse, a collaboration of Epic Development, Weisshouse, The Shop in East Liberty and The Beauty Shoppe, opened in May.
Townhouse, at 6016 Penn Ave., will be open through December.
Area rugs can mask dull carpeting
Many homes — dorms, apartments, houses — come with carpeting installed, but it usually is a bland beige that just lies there or a color no one can seem to match with anything.
Using an area rug is a way to add color that fits your scheme, tie the room together and preserve the installed carpet underneath.
Area rugs come in endless materials, patterns, colors and textures.
When choosing a carpet, there are two distinct directions one may go — patterned and bright, or neutral. Duane Anderson, co-owner of House by JSD in Lexington, Ky., suggests looking at an ikat rug, meaning one with an intricate design, to add multiple colors and a strong graphic to the room.
A neutral rug can offer a subtle assistance to the color scheme and ambiance of the space to make it feel cozier.
Area rugs create a “connection” between the walls, uniting the space without drawing away from its size.
Places to look for rugs include HomeGoods and Carpet World, which has remnants for less than $100, and even Target, which has several smaller rugs.
Design ideas,big and small
Whether your room needs just a quick freshening or a total overhaul, you can find inspiration in Better Homes and Gardens' “Makeovers: Room-by-Room Solutions.”
The book is stuffed with decorating ideas to steal. There are before-and-after photos of room makeovers, clever storage tips, paint color suggestions and much more to get your creative juices flowing. You'll even find guidance on grouping artwork, making up an attractive bed and arranging items on a coffee table.
Some of the ideas use reclaimed or inexpensive elements, so you can add style without breaking your budget.
“Makeovers” is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and sells for $21.99 in softcover.
— Staff and wire reports
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