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Clear IdeaPaint makes any wall a dry erase board

IdeaPaint now has a clear option – many are familiar with white but this makes a huge change and is inexpensive for small businesses to make an entire dry erase wall. It is a time saver, money saver, and most importantly, a design saver!



Genius idea for any home or home office

Your work space is an essential part of your professional success and productivity. It should be unique, reflect your professional goals and your creativity, and be functional for your needs. You could have a traditional office with full functionality, but what about embracing your creative side? Embracing your creative side can give you more freedom when brainstorming new ideas or ways to improve current ideas. One way to do that is to have a dry erase whiteboard surface covering an entire wall of your office or every wall in your office.

You may already know about IdeaPaint and their whiteboard paint for nearly every flat surface, including wood. But they’ve made some unique improvements that will fit every office. Unsurprisingly, the dry erase whiteboard paint used to only come in white, which can stifle your creative side and make your office seem boring—until you start writing on the wall, that is. Now, IdeaPaint comes in clear. That means you can paint your wall any color you want and then paint the clear dry erase whiteboard paint right over it. Think of the possibilities; you can paint over a patterned or solid wall. Either way, you’ll be able to write right on top of it and erase it just as easily.

As small business professional, you may not have a substantial amount of money to spend however you want. IdeaPaint’s dry erase whiteboard is an easy and affordable way to create an entire dry erase whiteboard anywhere you need it—in your conference room, individual offices, or in common areas so you and your employees can brainstorm together and write important notes and reminders to each other.

It’s a great way to stay organized and encourage creativity, and now you can make your office a unique space with any color paint you want and just cover it with one coat of IdeaPaint.

Your office should be as unique as your brand, and this is just one affordable way to accomplish that.  Make your office work for you so you can focus on securing that one important client, brainstorming your next big marketing campaign, or preparing for that upcoming professional conference. Make the most of your workspace and your time, all with one simple coat of paint.

The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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  1. Jude Magiera Seppa

    May 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for sharing this, I wasn’t aware of even the white dry erase paint. What a fantastic idea!

  2. AgentSteph

    May 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Cool find, I didn’t know about the white either.

  3. Kyle Bailey

    June 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I saw these guys talk about their product. They made it for schools, and lots of schools use it on tables. It let’s the kids draw on it with no issues. Pretty flippin’ sweet…

  4. Joan Marie Grable

    June 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I want every wall in my office to be that!!!!

  5. AgentGenius

    June 20, 2012 at 11:17 am


  6. LandonSmith

    September 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Whoa! That is so cool! Can any one of the <a href=””>painting contractors</a> in my phonebook do this or do I need to find someone who specializes?

  7. LandonSmith

    September 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Whoa! That is so cool! Can any one of the painting contractors in my phonebook do this or do I need to find someone who specializes?

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Interior design trend: multi-functional tables

Interior design trends are changing to accommodate a shift in the American lifestyle, favoring smaller spaces. Enter multi-functional tables to save the day!



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multi-functional tables

Multi-functional tables: the perfect touch

Smaller, more well designed homes with space constraints are on the rise. Gone are the days of McMansions and 10,000 square foot homes. Couples with children who have flown the nest are looking for a more simplified and less cluttered lifestyle. We are coming into an age where our homes and the furniture that goes in these homes need to be convenient, compatible, and multi-functional.

Speaking of furniture, sometimes clients beat you to the punch and find the coolest furniture to use in their new and smaller home. Such was the the case when working on a new construction and furnishing project for a couple in the 78704 neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Before deciding to work with a designer, my clients had discovered the perfect dining room table for their new smaller home. We’ll get to that table in a second, but lets talk more about furniture.

Alongside the family room sectional, the second most important piece of furniture in a home are tables. It’s the piece where we kick up our feet, gather for family dinners, or finish our homework. But what if our tables did more than just coaster our evening glass of Pino? What if our tables performed the duty of storage, game time entertainment, or additional seating?

Now I bet you’re wondering what piece of furniture my clients found for their dining table. This is by far the coolest dining table I’ve ever seen. It is not ONLY a dining table but converts into a pool table. Hidden by its sleek design and contemporary lines, you would never know until you take its top off (see below).

The Fusion Dining Pool Table… ooooh, aaaah

pool table table

Who says your books have to be vertical?

book table

Can’t remember the components for water?

…here’s a big cheat sheet:

Go ahead and pretend you’re Mozart, I won’t tell:


For the NES fan boy/girls in all of us:

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And some more multi-functional tables for the road:






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Graphic patterns: hot interior design trend

Interior design impacts how you feel and function in any room, and graphic patterns is one of the keys to quality design be it in a home or an office.



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graphic patterns interior design

Graphic patterns make any room pop

Graphic patters, big or small are here to stay. As far back as ancient Greece, graphic patterning can be found in art, textiles, and on walls. Were the Greeks natural born interior designers or did they just understand the impact a graphic pattern could add to the room?

Think about it – have you ever heard of the ‘Greek Key‘ pattern? Derived in Greece, this decorative border is still found in every day design. Personally, I love it accented on a pillow as a trim or crown molding in a traditional living room. In my line of work, I use patterns every day, but graphic patterns can really make a room pop!

Using graphic patterns in a space can be seen as an art. When applying these graphics to a space, I take into account the size of the pattern, the color of the pattern, and it’s placement in a room. Fortunately, graphic pattern can been seen and used in endless interior design applications from wallpapers to rugs to pillows and everything in between.

Graphic patterns in themselves can be anything from a chevrons, to trellis, to simplified floral design. A mix between large graphic patterns and small graphic patterns creates a space that is visually appealing. More often than not, you like ‘that’ ad in the latest furniture catalog sitting on your coffee table because it is visually layered, and the key to layering your space is in the use of graphic patterns.

One way to begin adding graphic patterns to any space is to focus on a color. Select your main color and begin building the room.

Examples of graphic patterns


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Secret to quickly adding graphic patterns

Mixing and matching pillows on your sofa is a inexpensive way to add a bold punch to your room. It may seem like an intimidating process but after you see these examples be brave and have fun!



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10 creative outdoor lighting trends for fall: design trend spotting

Making the outdoors appealing as the temperatures drop is tricky, but with these 10 creative lighting ideas, you won’t be sitting in the cold in the dark!





Bundle up, it’s getting cold out there!

There’s something about soft outdoor lighting in the fall that makes you want to bundle up with a blanket and watch the colors turn. Now that it’s actually less than 100 degrees here in Texas – and normal temperatures everywhere else – the outdoors are actually tolerable, and homeowners are looking to spend some time outside. Other regions are already experiencing snow, but spending time outdoors is still appealing to so many Americans.

If you’re considering adding a seating area to your yard, you’re going to need a way to light it. Take a look at the following outdoor lighting options, ranging from the romantic flicker of a flame in a fire pit, to ingenious walkway lighting illuminating the path to your doorstep. Then, grab a glass of wine, go outside and get cozy. Click any image below to learn more.

Contemporary garden lighting

Architectural complement

outdoor fire display

DIY: upside down terracotta pot

do it yourself outdoor lighting cheap

Year-round fire pit

outdoor fire pit

Outdoor Japanese lamp

japanese lamp outdoor lighting

Beautiful porch lighting

outdoor lighting

Creative use of rope lights

outdoor lighting

Stairway lighting for front or back yards

outdoor lighting

Ventless outdoor fire bowl

outdoor fire bowl

Pure soft light

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