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Four Locks Students Need This School Year

With kids of all ages heading back to school, it’s important to keep their supplies — from laptops to locker contents — secure. Masterlock offers a slew of new locking devices loaded with advanced features to keep students’ property safe and sound. Check out the highlights.

1. 1500eDBX dialSpeed Digital Combination Padlock

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High-tech, ergonomic design for one-handed, no-look operation, making it ideal for visually impaired students.

Easy to use dialSpeed directional interface, light-up keypad and easy-to-recall resettable personalized codes. Includes a five-year battery.

Programmed with a permanent Backup Master Code users can retrieve online from Master Lock Vault.

Padlock is for indoor use only. Comes in white or black.

Price: $15.99

2. Set-Your-Own Combination SafeSpace Laptop Computer Lock

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Offers security when you and your laptop are on the go.

Set the WORD combination from 10,000 possible combinations.

Self-coiling cable with sturdy metal construction, extends …

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Quick and Easy Lamp Shade Makeover

A while back, I found a crazy good deal on this solid crystal lamp from HomeGoods. So good, in fact, that I bought a pair. But, as you can see, the shade is a bit of a plain Jane.

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I needed these lamps to pop. But I had no idea what to do to make that happen. That’s when my design SOS was answered by my friend, Nicholas Kniel, who owns the Sandy Springs ribbon and button store that bears his name. I’m not talking about your neighborhood craft store. Nicholas Kniel Fine Ribbon & Embellishments offers a millinery with stunning custom made and whimsical hats ranging from bridal toppers to cocktail hats and even feather fascinators. Kniel also creates custom masks, and his shop offers classes on how to fashion ribbon flowers. Check out his website.

Nick suggested that my lamps could easily be transformed with a glue gun and a couple yards of ribbon.

Same lamp shade as above, but with a much bigger personality.

Same lamp shade as above, but with a much bigger personality.

The instructions were simple: Measure the circumference of the top …

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Tips on Dressing Up Your Outdoor Space With Rugs

Just as rugs or carpets can anchor furniture groupings or add finishing touches to a room, they can perform the same service to your outdoor spaces. Place them in seating areas as well as beneath dining tables to ramp up your outdoor decor.

Outdoor space without an anchor.

Outdoor space without an anchor.

Same space but much more inviting with this reversible outdoor rug from Lowe's.

Same space but much more inviting with this reversible outdoor rug from Lowe's.

Here are a few tips to help you select the perfect all-weather rug to dress up your patio, porch or deck.

Material:

Look for durable materials that can tolerate extreme sun exposure while resisting mildew and mold. Many all-weather rugs are made of polypropylene, a durable, stain-resistant plastic-like yarn that can mimic sea grass, sisal and other natural materials.

This handsome Chevron stripe rug from Ballard Designs is made of non-fading, washable, 100-percent mildew resistant polypropylene, which is easily cleaned with mild soap and a quick rinse with a hose. I even vacuum my outdoor rugs.

Ballard Designs offers a wide selection of outdoor rugs.

Ballard Designs offers a wide …

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Three Vacuums. Three Price Points.

We all have different vacuuming needs. Maybe you’re looking for a stick vac that can do double duty while squeezing into a dorm room. Or are you someone leaning toward a pumped-up model with some serious oomph? I know. You’re finally ready for your first apartment vacuum, yes? Not to worry, I’ve picked the perfect trio for you to check out. One’s cordless, one is small but with a powerhouse motor, and all three are bagless. Oh, and one I can’t live without. They’re listed by order of price — least expensive first.

Eureka AirSpeed Zuum All Floors (Model AS5210A)

Eureka AirSpeed Zuum All Floors would make an ideal first vacuum.

Eureka AirSpeed Zuum All Floors would make an ideal first vacuum.

Designed with a tool cleaning feature, and an 8-foot easy-to-access stretch hose and telescopic wand, this upright vacuum also includes the PET Power Paw Turbo Nozzle to remove pet hair from furniture. Eureka Zuum all-surface cleaning vacuum comes with an on/off switch that controls the brushroll. Turn it off on …

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Dorm Room Basic Six

Totally confused about how you’re going to squeeze all of your stuff into that Lilliputian space called your dorm room? I’d suggest taking a look at The Container Store Dorm Room Basic Six.
The storage and organizational gurus have conveniently broken the dorm into six areas:
Closet:
Think vertically — hanging sweater and shoe bags.
This 10-Compartment Mesh Hanging Shoe Bag adds storage space to tiny closets.

This 10-Compartment Mesh Hanging Shoe Bag adds storage space to tiny closets.


Walls & Doors:
Make them work for you by using grid and hook racks. Don’t forget adhesive hooks, ditch the hammer and nails.

Pink Command Medium Designer Hook will save wear and tear on dorm walls.

Pink Command Medium Designer Hook will save wear and tear on dorm walls.


Laundry:
Drying racks are life savers. My personal tip: Laundry sheets instead of liquid or powdered detergent. Check them out here.

Bath:
A pile of wet towels, and they’re not all yours? Not pretty. Grab an over-the-door towel rack. And don’t forget a shower caddy with drain holes.

Flexible Shower Tote with plenty of drain holes that allow water to escape.

Flexible Shower Tote with plenty of drain holes …

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Three Space-Saving Dorm Must-Haves by Satechi

When it comes to putting together a functional dorm room, there’s little to no margin for error. Let’s face it, a room averaging about 12 feet by 15 feet, shared by two people, is more prison cell than penthouse.

I found a trio of functional items that not only save space and are USB friendly, but two of them let you use your imagination so that you can amp up the decor quirk factor.

Satechi USB Portable Humidifier

The Satechi humidifier turns a water bottle into a space-saving dorm gotta-have-it.

The Satechi humidifier turns a water bottle into a space-saving dorm gotta-have-it.

Not only does dry air cause static electricity but it plays havoc with dry skin, and if you’ve got a cold or respiratory issues, you want relief from moisture in the air. That’s when a humidifier comes in handy.

Here are a few reasons why I think you should consider the Satechi USB portable humidifier:

Transforms most screw-top water bottles into a portable or bedside humidifier. Simply screw the humidifier into the top of a water bottle.

Powered by USB 2.0 or 3.0.

The …

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AJC DIY-Ready for You

I am so excited about joining this blog! AJC DIY (Decorating, Improvements, and You) is just the beginning to a wonderful world of ideas for your home! Pick a room, a piece of furniture, or a color… I will make it fun, functional and all about your style! So, let the fun begin by asking a question about that quirky piece of furniture or post a picture of that bright paint color you are challenging yourself to finally use! The fun begins now…

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Gardening – Safe and Easy

Working in the garden may be a popular hobby, but it can lead to absolute misery if you don’t take a few precautions. Want to lose a toe? Mow in flip flops instead of practical shoes.

Think all of those heavy metal concerts put a dent in your hearing? Well, if you don’t wear ear plugs when you’re playing with the leaf blower, you could do even more damage.

The idea is to play in your garden while getting some exercise and fresh air, not aches and pains — or worse. The Centers for Disease Control offers up  gardening health and safety tips, but when it comes to tools, I’ve got some practical advice for you, too.

The right tool for the job:

You don’t live in the flatlands, so you know the exertion that comes with pushing a lawnmower up hills, then the sheer terror of white knuckling the thing as it free falls.

You can make this inevitable chore much easier on yourself with an all-wheel drive lawnmower like the tough Husqvarna HU800AWD. This powerhouse is …

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Join Me in Launching the New AJC DIY Blog.

I’m thrilled to be part of DIY (Decorating, Improvements & You). For more than a decade, I’ve been sharing the latest fantastic (and not so hot) products through my various columns and articles in The AJC — from Testing 1, 2, 3, and Grabbag to Eyecatchers and assorted gift guides. Each week, I continue tracking down lost favorites for readers in Where Can I Find It.
With DIY, I’ll introduce you to trends and entertaining ideas geared to make living in your home a little easier and a lot more exciting. Join in the fun — and please contribute your thoughts and ideas.
When I’m not strapped to my computer, or looking for the latest trends to share with you via DIY, I’m likely working on my own fix it projects, or playing in the kitchen and sharing much of that information on my personal blog: ChezSabine.
And, as always, thanks for reading.
Sabine Morrow

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These rooms pop with color

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Today’s Private Quarters is a Midtown condo that pops with color.   I’m a big fan of orange. Remember when orange became the new red about six or eight years ago?

Do you have a room that has so much color it has zing?

We’d love to see some pictures.  Send them to us on Instagram using the hashtag #ajcDIY or send them to socialmedia@ajc.com.

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