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Aromatherapy Basics

September 16th, 2011

Aromatherapy uses the natural oils extracted from parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical wellness. You can inhale the scents of these oils or even put them on your skin, where they'll be absorbed into your bloodstream. Aromatherapy is used for a variety of reasons, including mood enhancement and pain relief. There are many oils available, each with their own...

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How to Decorate With Feng Shui

September 16th, 2011

In feng shui, your living spaces directly reflect the way you think and feel about yourself. Decorating your home with feng shui concepts doesn't necessarily mean you'll be incorporating elements like bamboo and rocks into your decor. Rather, you'll be ensuring that the energy flow around your home can move freely at a balanced pace. This could simply mean decorating with...

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How to Keep Your Leather Furniture Looking Like New

September 16th, 2011

Leather is a luxurious addition to any living room, but unlike some other kinds of furniture, it requires special care to prevent damage. Use these methods to make sure your leather furniture doesn't lose its sleek look. Prevention Leather can scratch easily, so limit what you put on its surface. Keep the pets off to avoid claw marks and watch out for clothing that could...

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How to Repair Your Leather Furniture

September 16th, 2011

Minor tears and scratches are sometimes unavoidable if you have kids or pets that are frequently around your leather furniture. As long as you try to fix the problem right away, you may be able to make the upholstery look like new. Scratches Scratches on the surface of your leather furniture can be easy to fix if they're not too deep. First, clean the area with a product...

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Shadow Boxes

September 16th, 2011

Shadow boxes are a great way to jazz up any wall in your house. You can tell a specific story with the materials you put in it or just stick to the rest of the room's theme. For example, in a sea-inspired bathroom, a shadowbox filled with beach finds like shells or starfish would be an awesome decoration. Here's how to do it. 1. Snag a shadow box frame from any home...

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Bathroom Items to Use Everywhere

September 16th, 2011

Bringing typical bathroom items like dental floss into the kitchen may sound a little strange, but there are plenty of useful ways to leverage toiletries and other related objects all over the house. Q-tips You might use Q-tips to clean your ears or neaten up a manicure, but there are other tasks you can accomplish with these handy little swabs. You can use them to clean...

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How to Use Minimal Paint Color

September 16th, 2011

Shades of white are a classic choice for any room, but try mixing things up by adding splashes of your favorite paint colors in unexpected areas. The ceiling A pop of color on the ceiling of a white-walled room can give it a fun, interesting vibe while still looking clean and fresh. Implementing this design in bedrooms can have the most impact, as you'll be able to see it...

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How to Care For Hardwood Floors

September 16th, 2011

Hardwood floors add a natural elegance to any room, but they are a big investment, so ensuring that everyday use doesn't damage them is essential to making them last. Protection You can take precautions to minimize the amount of wear and tear your hardwood floors receive. 1. Use mats and rugs in high-traffic areas. These will collect any dirt and other small particles...

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Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

September 16th, 2011

Despite your best intentions, you may not always be doing your home a favor by cleaning it. There are several common mistakes that people make when sprucing up their home that can actually make it dirtier or ruin certain objects. Scratchy sponges Not every mess is easy to wipe up with a soft sponge, so tougher varieties exist to scrape off dried-up grime and stains....

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How to Clean Just About Anything With Vinegar

September 16th, 2011

If the space underneath your kitchen sink is starting to get cluttered with too many cleaning products, it may be time to revolutionize your methods with one all-purpose solution: vinegar. Mix up a spray bottle with half water, half plain white vinegar, and then keep another spray bottle with just vinegar. Now you can clean almost anything! Kitchen 1. You can eliminate odors...

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