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Decorating With Lighthouses

December 22nd, 2011

Whether you own a home at the beach or just love the nautical theme, decorating with lighthouses is a great way to show off your love of the sea. Here are a few ways you could bring these historical light fixtures into your home. 1. Whether you take your own photographs and blow them up or buy a print from a retailer, lighthouse photographs would look great on the walls of...

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How to Decorate With Throw Pillows

December 15th, 2011

Not only are pillows a comfortable spot to rest your head, but they can add interesting flair to any room in your house. There are tons of varieties of cushions out there to choose from, so it's all up to you to mix and match to create a specific vibe. Throw pillows make a big impact and can change up a room's style inexpensively, so get your hands on some and start...

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How to Set Up an Entertainment Center in Your Bedroom

December 14th, 2011

When you think of entertainment centers, images of huge shelving units, 65-inch displays and five-point surround sound may come to mind. How can you possibly fit all of that into your bedroom, you may ask? The simple answer is that you may not need all the bells and whistles of a full entertainment center to enjoy your favorite shows and movies in the comfort of your room. If...

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A Guide to Interior Lighting

December 8th, 2011

When you're deciding how to decorate a new space or renovate an old one, it's important not to overlook the interior lighting. While you may focus on other elements beforehand - like fabrics, wall paint and carpets - creating a sophisticated light setup is crucial for pulling a room together. Here are the three basics types of interior lighting, according to...

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Cleaning With Baking Soda

December 5th, 2011

If you're concerned that you spend too much money on cleaning products, consider using common ingredients to help ease your burden. Perhaps you've been told about the incredible power of vinegar, but did you know that baking soda is almost as useful? It's true! Like vinegar, it's non-toxic, versatile and incredibly affordable. With a bit of ingenuity, you'll be able to get...

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Stain Removal 101

November 10th, 2011

There's nothing worse than realizing your crisp white shirt just got a healthy dose of wine or spaghetti sauce on it. Stains are tough to deal with and an annoyance when they ruin your outfit, but luckily there are a few techniques you can try to lift that spot right out. Tips for all stains 1. Don't let it sit for a long time. The longer the stain stays on your clothing,...

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Teen Bedroom Decor Ideas

October 27th, 2011

When you're decorating a teenager's bedroom, it's important to keep in mind that his or her tastes may be very particular and not at all childish. You may want to work together as a team to come up with a design that's functional, creative and has everything your son or daughter needs. Here are a few ideas to help you along the way, inspired by HGTV and TLC. 1. Schoolwork is...

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How to Prepare for Painting

October 25th, 2011

Before you get started painting the walls of your house a new color, it's important to prep the area to avoid making a mess and ensure that your paint job looks good. Here are some tips from MarthaStewart.com. 1. Protect your furniture and floors. Remove any special objects from the room so you don't get paint on them. Move all of the large pieces of furniture into the center...

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New Ways to Use Lemons

October 21st, 2011

Lemons are nice for adding a bit of extra flavor to certain recipes or even a glass of water, but did you know there are plenty of other useful ways you can use them around the house? Here are a few ideas to try next time you have a few extra lemons lying around, inspired by Real Simple magazine and Bonappetit.com. 1. Clean cutting boards. Wooden cutting boards are very...

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How to Choose the Right Paint Color

October 19th, 2011

It can be intimidating to head to the local paint store and see how many different swatches of color are available for perusal. Many of them look exactly the same, so it's hard to tell whether you'd like Buttercream or Daffodil. Instead of wasting precious time debating between shades, here are a few tips for choosing one that you'll like, according to Real Simple magazine....

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