How To Get The Latest Smartphone on a Budget

Technology is constantly evolving, which results in: cooler designs, modern interfaces, and fully functional products. Cell phones are the prime example of how great designs continuously contribute to our daily lives. Yet, how do we keep up with the ever-changing world of cell phones? Easy. Trade in or resell your device at GoodCellas!

Good Cellas, How It Works

Good Cellas, How It Works

GoodCellas sell certified pre-owned cell phones, so you’re getting the perks of a new design, and not breaking the bank. They will also buy your current cell phone, if you decide that your design brain is seeking bigger and better things. The Samsung Galaxy and iPhones are on the list of great devices, and GoodCellas is your go-to retailer.


What Are Some Good Qualities in A Smart Phone?

According to Gadget Review those qualities are…

  1. Screen Size: Do you want a big screen?
  2. Screen Resolution and Quality: We want super clear and crisp resolution!
  3. Camera: Are the pictures sharp or too fuzzy?
  4. Software Features: Do you have the latest and greatest software?
  5. Battery Life: Is your battery always dead?
  6. Memory/RAM: Is your phone quick and responsive?
  7. Storage: Do you have space for all your apps and photos?
  8. Design and Build Quality: Is your phone ergonomically designed?
  9. Availability: Is the phone you want sold out?
  10. Accessories: Does it come with basic charger/headphones?


Everyone’s a Winner with Recognition Source

“Everyone’s a winner” is the mantra these days, as awards and trophies seem to be given out for just about every occasion in the book. A company that caters to this is Recognition Source, which sells custom engraved crystal, glass, and marble awards. It became immediately clear to me while browsing through the 900+ products on their website that these awards are much more than just your typical little league trophies. They come in an almost overwhelming amount of designs and colors, each more dazzling and elegant than the last. When I stumbled upon this site, I didn’t exactly have an occasion to purchase an award. However, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to order one way in advance for my dad as a Father’s Day gift. The customer service was top-notch and the award shipped very quickly, but the best part was that the award was even more beautiful in real life than it was on the website. I spent a solid half hour admiring the craftsmanship and the engraving when it arrived. It was very difficult to choose which award I wanted to buy, but I ultimately went with the Prism Prestige Cylinder Award pictured below because of the beautiful colors.

recognition source prism prestige cylinder award










While all the of the awards appealed to my designer eye, two of my other favorites were the Interstellar Marble Star Award and the Cathedral of Crystal Award. The Interstellar Marble Star award is bold and I admire the flair provided by its modern design. The Cathedral of Crystal Award is sleek and striking as well. The awards all vary in price, color, size, design, and other aspects, but the thing they all had in common was a sense of delicate elegance. It is difficult to present the high quality of a product using just a picture, but Recognition Source did just that. I was beyond pleased with the award I purchased, and can only imagine how wonderful the rest of the awards would be to examine firsthand.


 Recognition Source interstellar marble star awardRecognition Source Cathedral of Crystal Award




Architectural Designs

These design freaks are all about architectural design, but we’re much better at sight seeing than designing ourselves. The two of us have been looking into some simple DIY projects to get comfortable enough to build something big one day, but there’s still so much to learn. This design post is a shout out to Archways and Ceilings, a company that came to our rescue in our DIY research. Archways and Ceilings sells framing kits for archways, ceilings and wall designs, which makes the project a lot easier than starting from scratch. With a little help from a friend who has some building experience, we started our first project. Hopefully we can be a little less dependent the next round!

To pass on some of the knowledge we have gained, we’re going to share some facts about wall niches, the project we decided to go with.

Wall Niche

A wall niche is for adding a decorative element to a plain, flat wall. It’s best described as a recess that can hold decorative pieces, books or other items of your choice. Some unique ideas include: creating a wall niche next to the fireplace to hold wooden logs, placing one in the mudroom to store shoes, umbrellas, etc. and adding one to the wall going up the staircase.

wall niche

The benefits of a wall niche go beyond beauty.

  • Attractive architectural elements can also increase the value of your home. They’re unique and they’ll catch the eye of potential home-buyers if you plan to sell in the future.
  • The wall niche itself can vary. Some use it to add a pop of color to the room by painting the inside different from the walls, while others may choose to cover the inside with materials such as tile, glass, wood, or wallpaper. Just like an accent wall would do, this draws attention to the wall niche.
  • A wall niche is fitting for any room or area – foyer, hallway, living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, you name it!

Overall, a wall niche was a great choice for our home! If you’re considering a kit, check out this video!

Eco-Friendly Designs

We love nature and our planet, so our first blog post goes out to Eco-friendly designs. Now that it’s becoming more common and almost more trendy to be Eco-friendly, here are some home design tips to guide anyone that wants to start! Unless you look for it, you may not be aware of the options that are out there, check it out!

Solar Lighting


Make the smart choice for your patio or walkway and choose solar lighting. Because they’re charged by the sun during the day, no additional energy is needed at night. Not only is this beneficial for the environment, it’s beneficial for your energy bills. No electric cords also make them a safer option. We’re all for solar lighting!

Design Options (not limited to): String lights, path lights, accent lights, spot lights.

Eco-Friendly Rugs

recycled rug

Cover your floors with an Eco-friendly rug! This specific rug is from an online rug store, Rug & Home, and it’s not the only option available either! This selection proves that you don’t need to limit style to be Eco-friendly. It’s created with recycled fabric. Other options include rugs made with renewable corn resources and other sustainable materials.

Recycled Glass and Wood


Recycled decor products can be just as appealing as any other decor products. Vases, lamps and colored glass bottles make for exceptional decor pieces. Then there’s recycled wood. Whether it’s furniture or decoration, recycled wood is becoming more and more popular. It provides a rustic and warm feel.

Scrap Seat Belts!

seat belt chair

This one is our favorite, and a little more specific than the others, but we couldn’t help but share! When you think about seat belts, I bet you don’t think of home decor. Well, check out this chair! It’s created with scrap seat belts. We’ve also seen a rocking chair and ottoman. We love seeing random materials being put to use. Products like this should continue to grow.

Be sure to look around you and become aware of your options while shopping, there’s more out there than you may have realized. Stylin’ and Eco-friendly!
You can even DIY! Here’s an idea for you: