Category Archives: Home Decorating

How to Create a Happy Homemade Holiday

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One of the best ways to kick off the holiday season is to decorate. And while it’s easy to load your cart with beautiful décor from your favourite store, Christmas is more personal when decorations are homemade.

Holiday Memories Rest on Traditions

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For most people, holiday seasons bring with them warm memories from years past. Traditions are the stuff those memories are built on, and each family has its own special tradition that comes either from the long ago past or has been built in just one or two generations.

Last Minute DIY Tips for Backyard Hosting

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Summer means outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a family reunion or a birthday party, you’ll want to make the backyard get together memorable. Here are some quick DIY ideas to help you get ready for a fun, stress-free gathering.

Spring Décor Trends: Bring the Beach House Home

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Why wait any longer for the full colour of spring?

While the trees thaw and the sun is shining earlier in the mornings, most of us admit we are eager for more. So why not a fresh coat of paint inside your home? It might just be the quickest way of banishing the winter doldrums to give you a fresh start to spring.

Best Candle and Home Scents for Fall

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The cold snap in the air may find us indoors more often, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the bountiful autumn fragrances. There’s no better way to bring the smell of fall indoors than with candles and other home scent goods, like reed diffusers and potpourri. With these even the most concrete-bound apartment can be infused with the scents that recall fond memories of apple bobbing and jumping through piles of leaves.

But what are the best candle and home scents to use? Here are six sure-fire fragrances of fall:

Spring Into The Sunny Season with Citrus for Your Guests

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Outdoor entertaining is a welcome sign of spring, so how about some citrus-inspired home décor ideas to leave a bright impression on your guests? Sunkist lifestyle expert, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has developed some easy and unexpected ways to dazzle them with California-grown citrus. She says no matter whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner with friends or a patio get-together with family, these citrus-inspired home décor ideas will add a memorable and refreshing touch:

What to Do with Old Windows

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It’s that time of year again. Time to do some spring cleaning and get our homes back under control. Just hearing those words can make us nervous because it prompts thoughts of getting buried in dust and old attic junk. Spring cleaners normally have a big drawback with windows. Whether you have found some old windows lying around during your cleaning session, or are looking to replace your home’s current ones, there are many interesting and unique ways that old windows can be reused. Here is a list of the most crafty and clever ways to reuse old windows:

History of the Entry Door

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When did entry doors and their accoutrement of hardware get so lavish, so secure-and become such scene stealers of the home? Craftsmen (and women) who spend their life honing the skill compare the turning of a door to a handshake, and note that a beautiful entry door is paramount for a great first impression. However, it can’t stand-alone. It needs to complement the style of the home, the era of the home, and be both grand and welcoming at the same time. That’s a big order to fill.

Using Cinnamon for Winter Holiday Decorating

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Cinnamon comes from a small evergreen tree, native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. It comes from the bark, and is widely used as a spice. The flavor of cinnamon is due to an aromatic oil, which actually makes up less than one per cent of its composition.

Cinnamon is hands down one of the most loved and popular holiday scents. The warm spicy aroma conjures up happy memories of Christmases past.

Here are some easy ways to use cinnamon for your winter home décor.

Caring for Heirlooms in Your Closet

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Wedding dresses, christening gowns, and other heirloom garments can mean a lot to us, representing important occasions in our lives. It may be a family tradition to pass down wedding gowns, quilts, afghans, and other types of textiles. Proper care of these items can extend their longevity and help to avoid fabric deterioration, discoloration, and irreversible damage.

Decorating With Vintage Kitchen Collectibles

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If you want to add color and personality to your kitchen and to your table there are many vintage kitchen collectibles that will fulfill your design vision. It’s easy to take a generic kitchen and transform it with collectibles into a warm and unique space without spending a lot of money.

How to Restore Old Wooden Furniture

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Don’t be turned off by ugly paint or varnish. Quality wooden furniture can be turned into a treasured piece with a few easy steps. Think about searching your local thrift store, weekend garage sale, or perhaps right within your own home.

Unique Early American Furniture -The Pie Safe

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The pie safe of the early 1800s was a wooden kitchen cupboard with several narrow shelves enclosed by fitted doors. Doors were crafted from various materials, including punched tin, grill work, screens, or fabric. Although the pie safe was made to protect the sweet treats from rodents and insects the construction did allow for air circulation. Air circulation was actually an incidental positive feature, since it helped reduce mold developing on the stored foods. With lack of modern refrigeration and food preservatives cooks had no other way to insure freshness and safety of their pies.

How to Paint a Cast Iron Bath

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Using Paint To Customize Your Cast Iron Bath

A cast iron bath is a great investment for your home, as it provides you with a luxury bathing experience in the comfort of your own home, with extra length and depth when compared to an acrylic bath, a sense of charm and character that isn’t found in a mass produced product; as well as adding value to your home as cast iron baths are increasingly sought after.

Top 5 Ways to Reuse Wooden Crates

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According to the research done by the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products from Virginia Tech University, nearly 40 percent of all the hardwood that are harvested in the United States is used for cargo crates. On the other hand, about 20 percent of all the wood wastes in the landfills of U.S are from tossed out crates.

Rustic Log Cabin Decorating

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Rustic or log cabin decorating can seem like an overwhelming task but don’t let it get you down. Start small using rustic décor elements but plan big with an entire log cabin interior design laid out. Break it down into rooms or living areas and take it step by step.

Handmade Baskets and Their Beginning

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Baskets add a piece of history as well as decor to our homes going back in time when objects were handmade out of necessity rather than for a hobby. They were used in the home to hold things like potatoes, onions, flowers and to carry eggs. Again we are finding out that baskets are practical, space saving for storage and attractive. They can add an extra splash of color to any room.

Tips For DIY Wallpaper Removal

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Just say the words “wallpaper removal,” and you can clear the room of even the most enthusiastic DIYers and professionals alike. This task is classically messy and time-consuming. Re-papering over old paper that is cracked, damaged, or of a different type won’t work, and painting over wallpaper is never advised, so removing old wallpaper is a task that must be done. But, done right the first time you’ll have perfectly prepped walls that will be easy to finish.

Country Style Dining Table – 7 Great Decor Tips

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Home decor is no small task because you need to take comfort and budget into account and not just style. However, you can easily make your home look fabulous with the help of a few design tips.

Perk Up Your Home with Pattern

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Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

How To Decorate Your Home Using The Country Home Decorating Style

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There are many styles of decorating one’s home. One of the most popular ones today is “country home decorating.” Country home decorating involves a casual friendly lifestyle, much like the country lifestyle is often about.

Mud Room Makeovers

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No matter the season, your mud room is the hardest working room in your house. Whether it’s hats, gloves and boots…or cleats, shin guards and duffle bags, everyone in your family finds something to keep in the mud room. All those items can lead to clutter, so now is the time to try a few quick and easy DIY projects to add order to mud room mayhem.

Fragrance Oils – 10 Amazing Uses For Around Your Home

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Fragrance oils, not to be confused with essential oils, are manufactured oils that blend artificial or natural fragrances. These oils are generally used in make-up, home scents, perfumes and aromatherapy. Since they are made up of mostly synthetic materials, these oils should not be used on the body. Fragrance oils are also known as fragrant oils, potpourri oil, burning oils and simmering oils.

DIY: 8 Easy Steps To Hemming Curtains

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When we moved into our new home most of the windows had white blinds. For me, I absolutely despise white blinds. They are hard to clean (sticky dirt never really comes off), they break easily, they bend easily, and I just don’t like the way they look. That’s my personal opinion, though. So, I decided that I would purchase curtains for all of our windows and sliding glass doors. (Originally I was going to make them, but I just didn’t have the time for that). So, I purchased curtains for all of the windows in my home, but I purchased them in the 84″ length (because they were on sale, they were the colors I wanted, and they were less expensive than the shorter ones – go figure), so I had to hem the curtains to the correct length. I have a window evap cooler in my dining room, so I would have had to hem one of those curtains anyways.

Country Decorating: Is Americana the Way to Go?

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Many home decorators around the world use a country theme for at least one room in their home. Whether they desire a country kitchen or cozy country family room, there is a wide array of options for today’s country decorator. Most country decor doesn’t have to cost a small fortune.

Pillow Facts and History You Didn’t Already Know

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Sure you already know that pillows can go on your couch or bed. And you already know that you can lay your head on them and rest or even sleep in comfort with the right pillow. But did you know that the history of the pillow can be traced by to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia? If not, then you may want to read to rest of this.

Why Not Include Your Kids in the Fun of Christmas Light Installation Projects?

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Think back to your childhood. Spend a moment sifting through your treasure trove of Christmas memories. What are your very best Christmas memories – the ones that give you the warm fuzzies, and maybe even elicit a tear of nostalgic joy?

Most likely those very best memories aren’t about the gifts you received.

How to Decorate Your Home With Old China Plates

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One of the best ways to save money on decorating your home is by reusing items what you already have. Old china can look great when you use them creatively for the décor of your home.

What is the Best Type of Wood for Hardwood Flooring?

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There are many different wood species used for hardwood flooring — some are better suited for the wear and tear than others. Every type of wood is rated by its hardness on the Janka Hardness Scale. The higher the number, the harder the wood and the better suited it is for use as flooring. Here are a few of the most commonly used woods:

The Benefits of Natural Paints and Finishes for your Home

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A toxic home results from a combination of synthetic paints, toxic emissions from furniture and carpets and poor air quality. The effect of these toxic elements leads to higher incidents of sickness, allergies, headaches and lung disorders.With the current mainstream use of synthetic petrochemical paint coverings, studies have shown that indoor environments tend to be up to ten times more polluted than external environments. And yet, we spend on average 80% of our time inside buildings! To reduce the risk of fostering a toxic environment in your home, consider the benefits of natural paints and finishes.

Three Easy Tips to Create a More Natural Bedroom

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The formerly “fringe” back-to-nature movement has become mainstream in America and nowhere is the desire for a more natural approach to living more prevalent than in our homes. From organically grown fruits and vegetables to VOC-free paint choices, the trend is toward fewer additives, synthetics and chemicals.

But for all the farmers market-purchased food in the kitchen and goat milk soaps in the bathroom, one room that has been neglected in the quest for a more natural home is the bedroom. However, it doesn’t take very much to make the bedroom more natural or “green.” Here are three easy and effective tips:

Painting Like a Pro

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Choosing the Right Color, Choosing the Right Type of Paint Can Make All the Difference

Having trouble picking the perfect paint color for your home decorating project? Not sure what type of paint you should use? Don’t feel bad — even the pros need help from time to time.

Smart Home Improvements for Growing Multi-Generational Households

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The American family continues to evolve, with multiple generations living under the same roof in more households than any time since the Great Depression. Of America’s 76 million households, 5.6 percent (4.3 million) were multi-generational as of 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeowners are finding it’s more important than ever to ensure every home improvement project delivers benefits for every member of the family – children, parents and grandparents.

Whether your family grows with the birth of a child or because a grandparent has moved in with you, here are some home improvement projects that are multi-generational family-friendly:

Lavender Summer Rose Potpourri

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My favorite family recipe is our summer potpourri that fills the air with its unique aroma. I like to use pink rose petals in my own mix, but any color will due. Mix and match flowers and spices to make it your own.

Six Steps to Build Your Very Own Rustic Desk

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Installing an innovative and appealing style of furniture could transform your workplace and add oodles of dynamism to your attitude and performance. Rustic furniture has become a hot new accessory and there is an ever growing demand for the perfect rustic ambiance. Who could ever imagine that by combining rustic logs and twigs you could create such beautiful chic furniture?

How to Recycle and Repurpose Old Shutters

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As shutters become more and more popular and as people get more stuck in to home renovation, many of us will find ourselves with an old set of shutters that are no longer required or need replacing due to wear and tear. But if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a set of attractive antique wooden shutters for example, it would be a waste to throw them away or use them for firewood. Instead you may want to think about how they could be re-purposed and used to add something different to your interior décor?

Removing Clutter to Find the Inner Beauty of Your Home

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Over the course of your life you tend to collect numerous possessions. Some of these are cherished memories, others are functional necessities, while still others are inspirational pieces that can make your heart sing and your soul soar. However, the majority of the things that you own are probably nothing more than clutter useless knick knacks and frivolous purchases which seemed like a good idea at the time. 

How to Add Rustic Décor to Your Home

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Do you have old oak furniture in your house? Do you have a lamp made from a deer antler? Do you have a wrought iron wine rack? Do you have a horse blanket draped over the back of your couch? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might have rustic décor. However, if these items are just sitting by themselves in a room full of modern chrome and fiberglass furniture, or collecting dust in a corner, then you may just have clutter! So, how do you know if your home can be decorated in that rustic décor style that you want? Rustic décor can be your whole house and lifestyle, or it can enhance an existing home style, with some simple decorating choices.

If Walls Could Talk, What Would Yours Be Saying To You?

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Learning to Choose Colors in the Bathroom That Make A Statement

Listen closely … do you hear what your walls are saying? They might not actually talk, but the colors you choose for your bathroom do say something about the space and how it “feels.” Are they lively and stimulating, quietly neutral or calming and relaxing? The colors you choose play a large part in the overall statement your room conveys.

Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Kitchens have always been the focal point of our homes. While the whole of our life revolves around food, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Most homeowners are willing to go that extra mile to make their kitchens very special. Since kitchen are often the place for family gatherings and important discussions, a warm and cozy ambiance is a must. Country style kitchen is a perfect blend of old world charm and modern comfort. Given below are some modern country kitchen ideas that will allow you to transform your kitchen into an authentic country kitchen. More on country style decorating ideas.

Paint Touch Up

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After you finish painting a room. Get a small jar with lid and fill it with the paint color for the room you painted.

Use a Wooden Dough Bowl to Enhance Mountain Home Decorating

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The wooden dough bowl has always had a part in the lives of the Tarahumara Indian people. In the Sierra Madre mountain region of Northern Mexico, the Tarahumara people have primitive lifestyles and live in rustic dwellings. They earn a living by making handcrafts to sell like the wooden dough bowl.

Easy and Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Space

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When seasons change, it’s also a good time to change out and update your home decor. Time and budget don’t always allow for a complete overhaul, so here are some easy and affordable ways to rejuvenate your home.

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What is milk paint?

Before commercially prepared paint was available, paint was made at home based on formulas handed down from generation to generation.

Basic Home Decorating Considerations

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Decorating a home is about finding a comfortable balance between the different furnishings in the space. This balance is achieved by placing objects with varying characteristics in places where they compliment one another.

Creating Safe Bathrooms for Children

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In a perfect world, everything that works for adults would work just as well for children. But the reality is that traditional bathrooms are specifically designed to function for adults.

Where to Get Decorating Ideas

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Ever wish bright ideas would filter in and make a decorating difference in your home? Most everyone one does, but sometimes it’s hard to know what fits and what appeals to the soul.

Passion for Antiques

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Antiques are like old books. They hold a limitless universe of knowledge waiting patiently to be revealed. Like a red violin, waiting for it’s next owner as it passes through history from generation to generation. And people who collect antiques are as passionate about their collections as they are about the pursuit and discovery of something old that brings them closer to the past.

The Right Décor Completes the Log Home Lifestyle

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Owning a log home has long been defined as living and loving a certain lifestyle. Whether the log home is of traditional design and located on a remote hillside or a totally contemporary model in a resort community, the owners are often independent spirits who enjoy the attention a unique home offers.

The Lodge Look Brings Outdoors In

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There is a good deal of emphasis today on an outdoors, rustic approach to decorating, commonly referred to as “the lodge look” or “Adirondack style. “The feel of these styles recalls summer camps spent by a lake or a winter mountain retreat; there are memories of waking to the songs of chirping birds and falling asleep with only the light of the campfire. Few of us have the luxury of time or money to retreat to the piney mountain or lakeside lodges whenever the mood strikes. However the thoughts of furnishing a room in this style are intriguing.