How to Decorate the Man Cave With Collectables – Four Great Ideas, Continued

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#3 T-shirts & Jerseys and #4 Record Albums

As mentioned in Part 1, it’s important for a ‘man cave’ to have personality. It should remind you of the man who uses the room, and it should be decorated with things he loves. So that when he walks in he feels happy and relaxed.

3. COLLECTABLE JERSEYS OR T-SHIRTS – These make for great visual interest in a man cave. You can purchase display cases similar to shadow boxes from your local craft store. The shirts look neat and well organized when displayed in a glass case. If you want to do something a little more unusual, cut the jersey or t-shirt to size and make throw pillows for the couch or chair. Just make sure to check with the ‘man of the cave’ first. He might not be keen on your desire to cut up the jerseys. If, however, he doesn’t care, the pillows will look fantastic in his room.

4. RECORD COLLECTION – The days when turn-tables ruled the realm of music may be long gone, but many music lovers still own their cherished record collection. When it comes to decorating a man cave, old albums are a wellspring of inspiration. One of the simplest ways to go about it is to purchase display cases at the local craft store. They come in various sizes. You can display just one, or you can buy a case that allows room for both the record and the jacket. If you also have a photo or autograph of the artist or band, use it to personalize the display. Another less expensive option is to hang the records using nails that have large heads. Use a tape measure to mark off a line by which then can be aligned. It can go straight across horizontally or vertically, or you can create a unique configuration. Hang two nails equidistant from each other, and don’t hammer them all the way in. Leave a space between the nail and the wall wide enough for the record to slip in between. Another option is to use plate stands if you have a lot of shelving. Buy the little stands that are intended to display decorative plates. Prop the record album on the stand, and arrange them side by side along shelves until the shelves are full, or display just the favorites. 

How to Decorate the Man Cave With Collectables – Four Great Ideas

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#1 Keys and #2 License Plates

Decorating a “man cave” is very unique project. Perhaps more than any other room in the house, it should be representative of the person who occupies it. It should be decorated according to his interests as well as his preferences. This can be accomplished with a few creative display projects. 

  1. KEYS – Display various keys in a shadow box. It’s not uncommon for defunct keys to be lying around the house long after they’re needed. Some of them might have sentimental value and would thus make for a great display. Arrange them in a shadow box, and then label them according to what makes them interesting. They might go to different cars, the various places you’ve lived, or the varying locations of your business as it’s grown and moved.  Place a caption near the key that indicates why it’s significant. If you don’t have several keys, but you do have one that is special, display it alone with a few telling details and/or a photo.
  2. LICENSE PLATES – Men typically hang onto old license plates. Old plates nearly always have sentimental value, or at least a fantastic story that happened while they were on the vehicle to which they belonged. Further, each state has a unique design and each design is special because over time they are removed from rotation. These combined qualities make license plates a great choice for a man cave. To make them an interesting element in the room, opt for an unusual display pattern. For example, if the collection is rather large, hang them end to end around the room. They can replace crown molding or a chair rail.  Or, if you have just a few, create a small group by hanging them symmetrically on each side of a center line with no border between them. Now, that’s a cool way to show off license plates!

Next read ideas #3 and #4 about how to decorate the man cave using collectables!  

Using Chalkboard Paint

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Add some functionality to your kitchen, kids’ bedrooms, or playroom with a little chalkboard paint. This versatile material can be quickly added to any wall in your home to turn it into an instant useable chalkboard.

What Is Chalkboard Paint?

Chalkboard paint is a black, latex paint that goes smoothly onto wood, drywall, previously painted surfaces, and some laminates. When it dries, it can be used exactly like a regular chalkboard – you can color and write on it, then wipe it clean with a damp cloth to write on it again.

Uses for Chalkboard Paint

Once you get started with a can of chalkboard paint, you may be surprised at all the various uses you find for it. These are just a few of the things you can do with this paint inside your home.

Make a Kitchen Chalkboard Wall

Paint a large chalkboard onto a wall in your kitchen and you now have a place to write down grocery lists, menu ideas, and notes to family members. It’s also a fun place to play impromptu games of tic-tac-toe while you wait for dinner, and to teach small children their letters and numbers.

Make a Chalkboard Cabinet

If you like the idea of a chalkboard in your kitchen, but don’t want to take up a whole wall, consider a chalkboard cabinet. Paint the panel of a cabinet either on the outside or inside of the door. An outside panel can be used to decorate with seasonal drawings or to write that evening’s menu, while an inside panel makes a convenient place to put a shopping list or hidden notes to family members.

Chalkboard Wainscoting

Encourage your kids to draw on the walls by making some wainscoting out of chalkboard paint in a bedroom or playroom. Just paint the lower half of a wall with the chalkboard paint and top it with a chair rail. Keep pieces of chalk handy on the chair rail, and your kids now have a place to draw to their hearts’ content. When they outgrow the chalkboard wall, a coat of primer will cover it up and you can paint it in an attractive accent color to match the rest of the room.

Labor Day Party

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18134903_SDon’t let summer slip away without a proper send-off. As we all know the unofficial end to summer is Labor Day. Many of us are already in the back to school routine, but now is time to enjoy one last casual party to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer. It’s time to savor the flavors of the last fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market, before they have to be canned and preserved for winter.

Let summer go out with a bang and plan the best ever Labor Day party for your friends and family.

Serve strawberry ginger punch – made of sugar, strawberries, ginger, basil, brandy, lime juice and club soda – this will keep your neighbors talking for a long time.

A berry, tarragon Pavlova is an easy and light summer dessert to make. Serve with unsweetened whipped cream and watch everyone swoon with pleasure. Or use the last of the summer’s peaches and roast them in white wine and honey.

Forget burgers and brats – make lobster rolls or ribs or even rack of lamb.

Instead of chips and baked beans as sides, make spaghetti with parsley pesto, and a fresh tomato, bacon, blue cheese salad.

As far as decorating is concerned, be casual. Use large bowls of ripe tomatoes or peaches as centerpieces. You can always give them away to your guests as gifts at the end of the night. Use white tablecloths and brightly colored napkins tied with raffia. Be sure to light citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes at bay and play some fun summer tunes on the Ipod to celebrate the end of the season.

The Best Floors For Pet Owners

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If you own a pet, you’re probably well aware of the messes, dirt, hair, and scratched floors that accompany the joy they bring. Whether your pet is young or old, chances are they’ve left their mark behind on your furnishings and on your floors as well as your heart. If it’s time to get a new floor, consider investing in one that will hold up well to everything your pet has to throw at it.

Porcelain Tile Floors

Porcelain is one of the most indestructible flooring materials on the market today. It doesn’t scratch, stain, or require special cleaners or sealers. This means that no matter how long and sharp those nails get, they won’t scratch the floor. You can sweep up hair and dirt easily on porcelain, and even the occasional potty accident won’t harm it.

Slate Floors

Slate is a rough-textured, metamorphic stone that comes in a wide range of different colors. What makes slate such a great option for pet owners is how forgiving it is. The color variation in the floor hides everything from stains to pet hair, so you won’t have to look at it all day long. And while it can scratch, those scratches that don’t blend right in to the color and texture of the floor can be hidden with a little mineral oil or a topical sealant.

Prefinished Hardwoods

If you love the look of hardwood, but fear your pet’s nails on its surface, consider getting hardwood flooring that has been prefinished. This means that a factory finish has been put on the boards, offering a higher level of protection than unfinished hardwood flooring has. And if you’re truly worried about scratches, look for either a domestic hardwood such as hickory that has a very high hardness score, or an exotic hardwood such as mahogany that is even harder.

Carpet Tiles

If you want carpeting underfoot, but are worried about Fluffy’s messes, consider carpet tiles. These individual squares piece together to form one continuous carpet, but if a mess occurs and a stain happens, you can replace one piece without having to replace the entire rug.


We know you love your pets and we want to help you find the best options for both of you!  We are happy to answer any of your questions at Dolphin Carpet & Design.  Please feel free to ask!

Fun Family Activities!

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Family activities are memorable periods of time spent together with your loved ones. These activities are a huge part of building strong relationships and bonding between family members.


Outdoor and Indoor Activities


There are many fun family activities that can be done both outdoors and indoors. Outdoor activities include sports, camping, volunteering together and vacations. Indoor activities include storytelling, indoor games, watching DVDs together and baking sweets.


Participating in Sports


There are many family friendly sports that can be done together. Swimming, running, biking, playing tennis or badminton are great ways to get the whole group up and active together. Not only does everyone enjoy the time together, but exercise is a great way to wear out the littlest ones!




Another good bonding activity for the family is camping. Time away from electronic devices can always help!  Family games such as capture the flag, Frisbee or flashlight tag are great ways to create great memories together. At night, a campfire with hotdogs, s’mores and scary stories!


Volunteering Together


Volunteering together is a great way to developing the values of the whole family. This activity can be very rewarding for a family as a team effort.




Time away from everyday life and home can be a wonderful way for a family to get to know one another in a different light. 


Playing Board Games


There are also games that can be played for fun inside the house. Chutes and ladders, Scrabble, and Chess are popular examples.


Watching DVDs


Watching together movies is a simple but good family bonding activity. Some chips and drinks will make it even more fun.


We hope you have found a few tips to help your family become a bit closer!  

A Great Barbecue Recipe

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Here is one of our favorite marinade recipes for you and your family.  It’s great as a marinade brushed over grilling meat or veggies.  Just be careful, because one taste is never enough!



1 cup soy sauce

1 cup sugar

4 T Oyster Sauce

1 cup Ketchup

4 T Lemon Juice

2 t Worcestershire Sauce

2 t Dry Mustard


Whisk together and refrigerate.


Barbecues are a great way to bring family and friends together.  It’s a chance for everyone to kick back relax and visit while enjoying great food in a casual atmosphere.  What happens, though, when someone knocks a bowl of sauce onto the carpet?  


We thought we should include an emergency plan for such an incident!  Stay tuned for our next post, Part 2: How to Get a Great Barbecue Recipe Out of Your Carpet!

Tips for Moms on the Go

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Every woman has her own personal fitness goals, and while they may not be the same most would agree that finding the time to work out is a major obstacle. Here are five fun ways you can make time for fitness while keeping up with your demanding schedule.

Start your day with calf raises. This move will give you those attractive runners’ calves without ever having to hit the pavement. To do calf raises, start flat-footed then raise your heel s off of the floor until you are on the balls of your feet. Then lower back down to the starting position. A great time to do these is while you’re getting ready in front of the mirror. While brushing your teeth, do calf raises in a normal stance, and while styling your hair, do them with your toes pointed outwards. 

Another great time to do an on-the-go workout is while you’re driving to work or taking the kids to school.  Sitting is an excellent opportunity to do glut squeezes. This move consists of tightening your gluts for a few seconds and then releasing.  By the time you finish your commute you will have a more shapely behind. If your plans for the day include more sitting, you can work on your posture. For example, if you are sitting at a desk try to avoid leaning over to see your computer. Sit up like a lady, lift your ribs a bit and tighten your core. Not only will you look more attractive while getting the job done, you’ll also be engaging your core and developing stronger abs over time.

Once you get home in the evening, there is often the task of making dinner and doing laundry. Use this as an opportunity to train your body. For example, every time you pick up a heavy food item, such as a couple of cans of tomatoes, do 20 bicep curls. Start by taking one can in each hand and tucking your elbows in with your arms at your sides. Then lift the cans up to your shoulders and back down.  This move will tone your arms. To tone your legs, make use of the any stairways in the house. Instead of walking up the stairs once, try running up the stairs twice. If you do this while holding something heavy, such as laundry, the exercise will be more effective. If heavy items are too cumbersome while climbing the stairs multiple times, run all the way to top carrying the item, place it at the top of the stairs, run all the way back down, and then up again.

Use these ideas as inspiration for ways to work out all day long. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the opportunities are endless!

Hosting A Kids’ Pool Party

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Summertime is here and there is nothing better than an outdoor pool party to celebrate the season. Whether you have a child’s birthday party or you would like to throw a friendly neighborhood soiree, make it a pool party with all the right games and fixins’ kids will be sure to love.


Here are some fun ideas, recipes and tips for a kids’ pool party this summer.


Fishing for prize: Set up a large cardboard “wall” and decorate one side with blue painted waves, colorful fish and sea animals and green seaweed or coral. Pick up a couple of kid-size fishing rods and attach a clothespin to the end of line. Gather plenty of fun prizes that the kids can “fish” for such as packets of fish crackers and gummy candy, kids sunglasses, blow up beach balls and mini squirt guns.


Raft races

At some point during the party, gather the kids for a raft race. Perhaps have a girls heat and a boys heat or even a relay race. The losing team has to jump in the deep end while doing something silly!


Lunch menu

Make the party food easy and kid-friendly. Make several types of sandwiches and cut out into star and fish shapes. Try turkey and cheddar and almond butter and jelly sandwiches. Serve fish-shaped crackers and chips. Serve a vegetable platter with ranch dipping sauce and a colorful fruit salad. Serve drinks with fun straws and mini umbrellas. Finally, serve a “sandy” dessert pudding. Layer chocolate crushed chocolate sandwich cookies in a 9×13 dish. Then spread a thick layer of chocolate pudding. Next, layer marshmallow fluff and then top with crushed graham crackers, the “sandy” part of the dessert. Decorate with mini umbrellas, candies and sprinkles.


Decoration ideas

Decorate your yard and pool area with tiki torches, colorful balloons and big buckets of pool toys and rafts. Set up a folding table for all the food and adorn with extra prizes and treats from the fishing game.


Don’t forget these are fun ideas to inspire you for the next pool party, but make sure to stay safe with the kids!

Show Dad How Much He’s Appreciated

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Father’s Day has passed us by, yet dads continue to work as hard as always.  But Father’s Day isn’t the only time we can show him how much he is appreciated! If you are looking for fun way to celebrate dad and everything he does, you may not need to look further than your own backyard. Why not plan a backyard barbecue and spend the day at home with good food, drinks and dad, of course! Here are some easy tips to get your backyard ready.


The Lawn

Dads are often the one stuck with lawn care. Have your oldest mow the grass so it’s freshly cut and ready for yard games and bare feet. As a family, ask your kids to help you pull any new or pesky weeds. Grab a couple of large pots for the deck or to go near the table and plant small shrubs or flowers. Set up a couple lawn games like cornhole or ladder golf, depending on the size of your yard.


Nosh and Drinks

Make the barbecue easy on yourself by prepping ahead and buying sides from your local deli. Marinate chicken legs and thighs in a smoky barbecue sauce and grill off on high until the chicken is cooked through. Buy fresh side salads that remind you of summer–potato salad, macaroni salad and coleslaw. Pick up chips and a variety of dips for the guests. Consider a crudité tray as well with hummus for something a little lighter. Make a drink station in your kitchen sink by filling up one side (or the whole sink) with ice. Pack beers, juice bottles, water and soda cans in the ice. Make dessert easy by baking off a box of brownies or slice and bake cookies.



Set an easy, welcoming table. Depending on the ages of your kids, ask them to decorate placemats or to help with the table centerpiece. Set out paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery. Make sure Dad’s favorite outdoor seat is ready and in a great shady spot.  A hammock hung in the backyard is also a great way to give him a relaxing afternoon. 


Make sure to let your father know how Father’s Day isn’t the only day you notice how hard he works!