May
31
2016
The Design Confidential x Ortho Fight the Good Fight Against Bugs and Weeds via @thedesconf

Got pests and weeds? Ortho has you covered. Trust the Ortho® family of products to provide solutions to pest and weed problems in and around your home. Visit Ortho.com to learn more

When last we left off, nature was creeping in at a rapid pace and crashing our party. Not unlike rock stars trashing hotel rooms, these unwanted guests were making a mess of things and skipping out on the cleaning bill after the fact. So rude…but then!

The Design Confidential x Ortho Fight the Good Fight Against Bugs and Weeds via @thedesconf

Fear not! The party-crime fighting duo – Ortho Home Defense Max Insect Killer and Ortho Weed B Gon – came to our rescue, to help us right the wrongs of our unwanted visitors. One fast and easy application of Home Defense MAX around the perimeter of my home and our house has long-lasting protection against ants, spiders and our latest and greatest irritation - springtails!  BOOM!

The Design Confidential x Ortho Fight the Good Fight Against Bugs and Weeds via @thedesconf

THEN, Weed B Gon leapt into action to reclaim our lawn, taking out crabgrass, clover and the ever deadly foot killer – thistle – left and right. . If you are fortunate enough to nary a single one of these horrid additions to your backyard -I’m jealous! If other varieties are your culprits, not to worry - Weed B Gon works on a ton of other unfriendly weeds! It’s got you covered! The best part? There was no sign of the epic fight that ensued on our grassy battlefront. Weed B Gon is guaranteed to not harm your grass! YAHOO!

The Design Confidential x Ortho Fight the Good Fight Against Bugs and Weeds via @thedesconf

After a satisfying victory, our resident superheroes went back to their humble abodes (the garage – duh!), and we live to fight another day doing what we do best and enjoying our outdoor space without worry of irritating pests and weeds.

The Design Confidential x Ortho Fight the Good Fight Against Bugs and Weeds via @thedesconf

Ah, the good life… because everyone deserves to be able to mow the lawn as they please…. in peace and quiet, and then ride off into the sunset to revel in the glory of a weed and bug free home.

May
28
2016
The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

We are a community of Makers here at TDC... wouldn't you say? Of course by 'we', I truly mean all of you - in addition to me! As it happens, a great many of you - hundreds and hundreds to be exact - contact me on a regular basis to ask where you can purchase ready made pieces of furniture or custom furniture because you aren't able to build, or simply don't prefer to. I know you will flip your lid and jump for joy when I share all of the juicy details about the exciting launch of RAW by AVE Home. Created specifically for the DIY'er and Designer who want high quality pieces for your own custom finishes.

The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

I have had the pleasure of getting to know a few of their pieces, on an intimate level, and the craftsmanship is nothing short of amazing. I have often complained of the difficulty of staining pine, and that is no joke - it is tough, especially if you are a beginner. But through the process of finishing this gorgeous table for outdoor use, I stumbled across a new technique that I will be sharing with you shortly and reaffirmed my belief that 90 percent of your staining success, involves sanding. The Jax Pedestal Table you see here, sitting so pretty, arrived in a state of flawless sanded bliss. It was so perfect in fact, that I didn't dare sand it any further and contemplated leaving it be entirely...

The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

Alas... the weather and climate in Northern California don't really allow for that, so I chose the next best thing - a clear, waterproofing sealer with UV protection, and a light varnish suitable for marine use. The original state of this table made for the easiest most seamless finishing process I have ever experienced. The. End. Inclement weather not included of course, and that alone made for prolonged drying times and tricky timing in between sporadic spring rain and humidity.

The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

Delivery was fast, like lightning speed and the price points are marvelous. As you enjoy Memorial Day weekend here in the US, take a moment to check out their goods - shipping is free for the newest member of your household through June 3rd, so get clicking and start browsing. Based in beautiful New Orleans, all of the AVE Raw pieces are available for purchase online and it is a mighty fine collection of pieces at that.

May
24
2016
When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

Got pests and weeds? Ortho has you covered. Trust the Ortho® family of products to provide solutions to pest and weed problems in and around your home. Visit Ortho.com to learn more

Spring is truly the only season of the year when it is possible to enjoy our outdoor living space here in Northern California. The days are numbered and summer comes fast and hard before we have even had a chance to stop and smell the roses. Naturally, with weather that is only beginning to warm and intermittent rain, nature can spiral out of control around here and start to take over in some less than enjoyable ways.

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

There is nothing I like less than having an unexpected visitor of the biting or stinging variety show up to my party uninvited… And when they bring enough plus 1’s to start a party of their own – well that doesn’t make anyone feel much liking dancing or laughing and a restful afternoon is utterly out of the question.

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

If the parties of my youth were any indication, things can get ugly faster than you know what hit you… and despite what anyone tells you, nobody likes to cry at their own party. So what is a gal to do when your outdoor living space goes from 0 to no fun in a minute flat?

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

Lucky for us, we don’t have to suffer pesky bugs, prickly weeds or teenage broken hearts for very long… Ortho’s party crasher fighting duo - Home Defense MAX Insect Killer and Weed B Gon are the perfect pair to help create a bug free perimeter around your home and a weed free zone for your lawn and garden. One simple application of Home Defense MAX Insect Killer can even end your worries about those sneaky pests that make their way inside. You know the ones I mean- the quintessential worst guests ever…

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

To be continued… who will prevail on this showdown between Ortho and my unwanted guests?

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