How ‘upcycling’ household items can take your home decor to new levels

Adelicia Caree

You know those “upgrade” memes that are regularly popping up on Twitter?

Well, unless you have a house filled entirely with new items, odds are, there are countless opportunities to “upgrade” your unused things and give them life again.

While many understandably focus on recycling during Earth Day, “upcycling” can be just as valuable of a preservation tool. Upcycling is finding a new and improved use for an older product that is lying around the house, which can save money and space in the trash can.

Here are five suggestions of items to upcycle, according to the Green Valley

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Test Out Your New Decor With a Virtual Redecorating App

You dream of a couch, but have no idea how your vague inkling of a couch will actually work in your living space. Or you go to a furniture store, measurements in hand, looking to acquire a table, but walk away unsure whether said table will look all wrong, even if it technically fits in your dining room.

But what if you could mitigate all that stress with an app? Ikea is trying to provide the solution with its newest addition to the field of highly convenient AR tools, which it calls Ikea Studio. Made in partnership with the Danish

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Tenants Harbor lobstering entrepreneur ropes in home decor market with handcrafted doormats

Adelicia Caree

TENANTS HARBOR—Logan and Hannah Rackliff, co-owners of The Rope Co., have fostered a unique home decor business around an unlikely source—float rope, used by lobstermen to attach to lobster traps to the buoy and from trap to trap.

Logan, a fifth generation lobsterman, comes by the profession naturally, both as a working lobsterman and as the descendant of entrepreneurs who started rope companies in Maine.

His grandfather started Crowe Rope which became the largest rope manufacturer in the country from the mid-1980s until he sold it in 1994. His father started his own business, HighLiner Rope in 1998, which even

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The Floor & Decor Holdings (NYSE:FND) Share Price Is Up 220% And Shareholders Are Boasting About It

Adelicia Caree

Bloomberg

Central Banks to Pour Money Into Economy Despite Sharp Rebound

(Bloomberg) — The aggressive rebound in global economic growth still isn’t enough for most of the world’s central banks to pull back on their emergency stimulus.In Bloomberg’s quarterly review of monetary policy covering 90% of the world economy, the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are among the 16 institutions set to hold interest rates this year.The outlook suggests officials still want to guarantee the recovery from last year’s coronavirus recession by maintaining ultra-low borrowing costs and asset-buying programs. That may require them to accept any

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Diane von Furstenberg x H&M’s Home Decor Collection Is Full of Color and Playful Designs

Adelicia Caree

If you love Diane von Furstenberg’s designs but can’t exactly afford them, you’re in luck: The iconic Belgian fashion designer has recently teamed up with H&M to create a 31 piece home decor line. In keeping with the designer’s love of color and print, many of the pieces feature abstract designs and playful, contrasting hues.

Through her designs, von Furstenberg has long focused on uplifting women and this home decor is only a further extension of that lifelong pursuit. “When I was growing up, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew what kind of woman I

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Pineapple House in Cedarburg sells custom home decor, Dole Soft Serve

Adelicia Caree

A Cedarburg family’s woodworking business creates custom designs, sells Dole Soft Serve and honors the mother and grandfather who inspired their home decor creations.

Bill and Heather Gartzke had no idea how much community support they would receive when they opened Pineapple House, W63 N712 Washington Ave., on April 10.

“We had a line out the door on Saturday and Sunday,” said Heather.

The Dole Soft Serve was mostly responsible for the high demand, Heather said.

“People are familiar with it from Disney World and Hawaii,” she said. “People really wanted to come and try it because they’ve had it

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