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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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How to Use Interior Lighting in Each Room

October 12th, 2011

If you're moving into a new space or are performing major renovations, there's no better way to make a solid decorative impact than by using interior lighting to your advantage. As long as you use a mixture of accent, ambient and task lighting, your space will look elegant and everything will be highlighted for maximum visual appeal. Here's how to go about creating the best...

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How to Decorate Your Home Cheaply and Easily

October 7th, 2011

It's not always realistic to buy a new piece of furniture, a fresh can of paint or a pricey set of curtains. But sometimes you just don't feel happy unless you do something different with your decor. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your home without having to spend a lot of money doing so. Here are a few ideas to help you get started, inspired by...

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Repurposed Furniture Ideas

October 6th, 2011

If you're not the kind of person who jumps on the bandwagon when it comes to decorating your home, you may be interested in spicing up your decor with a few unexpected pieces of furniture. The best part about repurposed decorations is that you can easily make them out of items you already own. Here are a few inspiring ideas from MarthaStewart.com and HGTV. 1. A busy household...

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