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Friday marks a new year — Lunar New Year, that is.
More commonly known as the Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year is an ever-changing date that celebrates a different animal in the Chinese zodiac based on an ancient mythology. This year is the year of the dog.
To mark the festivities and to celebrate the best friend in your life, we’ve gathered 10 pet accessories that will make your dog feel like a pampered pup.
Lace-like details are carved from this powder-coated steel and heavily angular dog house. Korea-based Bad Marlon states the design invites sunlight to beam through the triangular cutouts to make a pleasing design in your home.
Match your dog’s dishes to your countertops. The white Danby marble, mined in Vermont, keeps water at an optimum temperature, even in the dog days of summer. The bowls are also heavy enough that they stay put even with the rowdiest of canines.
Incorporate more space for your favorite flowers with this unconventional dog bed. Equipped with a green roof and a box planter, this dog house softens the look of a traditional dog house and creates a true retreat for your pet after a run around your yard.
Made of chocolate brown leather, this leash can be hooked in six different ways for maximum — or minimum — control of your dog. The leash can even be hooked to create a double leash for those walks when more is merrier.
Janery’s waterproof cushions come in 12 vibrant patterns and are made of American-made waterproof canvas that can withstand more than 300 washes. Cushions are channel-sewn to prevent stuffing from clumping together, creating an optimal place of comfort for your dog.
Make your pup the envy of the whole block with this colorful dog harness. Fuzzyard’s harnesses effortlessly slip over your dog’s head and have a single adjustable strap for a secure fit. No more wrestling with your dog before your walks.
Pinch Provisions bring their ingenious emergency kits to petcare. Clip one onto your leash, and you’ll be prepared with a full kit including ear and eye wipes, hand towelettes, dental wipes, 30 waste bags and a collapsible water bowl.
Brick walls are an excellent way to give your interiors an industrial look, but the decor isn’t for everyone.
If your home’s brick interiors make the space feel small or dark, consider a coat — or several — of paint. Choosing a light, neutral paint color will mask the brick’s inherently urban look and make your space feel fresher. Opt for a water-based acrylic paint in a semi-gloss or gloss finish to highlight the brick’s texture and retain a bit of edge with the new appearance.
Make sure the brick and mortar are structurally sound before going ahead with your project. If there is too much moisture inside the brick, speak to a professional for guidance. Because brick is porous, moisture levels are a prime concern: too much could cause the paint to chip or cause bigger issues.
Follow these steps to update your brick walls successfully.
Prep and clean
Move away or cover furniture with a tarpaulin or old sheets to protect your belongings during the painting process.
Then, using a stiff nylon brush, clean the brick and mortar of any loose dirt and dust, then vacuum residue. Once the larger particles are removed, scrub the bricks with a wire brush and a simple soap and water mixture.
For something stronger, clean with a trisodium phosphate mixture (a half-cup mixed with a gallon of water). For mildew, mix one part of bleach to three parts of water. Experts discourage acid cleaning solutions, which could cause paint to chip.
Let your wall or fireplace dry for at least 24 hours. If the brick feels cold, it needs more drying time.
Fill in the gaps
Use spackle to fill small gaps and cracks and caulk for larger gaps.
This allows for a smoother finish when priming and painting.
Paint with patience
Once your surface is clean and dry, apply a latex primer with a nylon polyester brush about 2- to 3-inches wide to the perimeter of the wall. Use a nap roller about half an inch to 1.25 inches in diameter to apply the rest of the primer. The rougher the surface, the larger the roller must be to push the primer into the pores and grooves of the brick and mortar.
Work in small sections starting from the top of the wall. Use your paintbrush to smooth out drips as quickly as possible.
Allow your primer to fully dry per the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply another coat of primer if needed.
Then, paint the wall with your paint roller first and follow-up with a paintbrush around the edges of the wall and between mortar joints.
Let dry for at least 24 hours.
Admire your work
Once you’ve completed your project, your room will feel entirely different. Exposed brick has an edge to it. When painted, it can change the tone of your room — from sophisticated to dramatic — depending on your chosen paint color.
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Snuggle with your sweetie with this 100 percent cotton blanket. A bold pattern mixed with a light, neutral grey makes the Darling Blanket an easy fit for any room in your home. You’ll also keep others in need warm — with every blanket purchase from Sackcloth & Ashes, the company gives a blanket to your local homeless shelter.
Elevate your traditional wine and chocolate pairing with this gift box from Winc, a wine subscription box company. This gift box pairs 2015 Dime 100 Red Blend Bordeaux with the rich, dark-chocolate tones of Compartes chocolate.
Surprise them with home fragrance favorite Diptyque’s limited edition Rose Delight candle, a romantic scent inspired by Turkish delight. Its floral base is combined with notes of honey and lemon zest to bring your favorite flowers into the 21st century.
Forgo traditional chocolates for this sweet set. This bento box features three flavors of your choice from confectioners in the United States, Germany and Sweden. Mix and match caramel hearts, Champagne gummy bears, “Kiss Me” sugar lips and more.