Let’s see. The turkey is in the oven, the pies are cooling on the rack, there’s plenty of ice in the freezer, and Aunt Esther and Grandma Lil have been told to be on their best behavior for the evening holiday dinner.
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Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your bookshelves and tabletops.
Bathrooms still rank high on the list of homeowner renovation projects. But there are ways to give a bathroom a quick uplift without spending a bundle.
Roughly 60 million Americans live in condominiums and apartments in U.S. cities.
Achair decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphics, stylized birds and sphinx heads can probably be dated from its Egyptian Revival style. But furniture designs have been through several Egyptian revivals.
Q: I did what you told me to do to ripen plums from my tree and it worked but they were mostly still very tart. Why did you tell me to put them in cold water after I picked them?
When it comes to creating workable his and her closets, the key is organization. The reality is that most closets are simply not large enough to accommodate the belongings of two people. And when it comes to organizing in general, a lot of people tend to hold onto things — including clothing — for nostalgic reasons, and this can add to the clutter.
Wallpaper can be an efficient and effective way to spruce up a house without taking up any room. Wall coverings have been around for hundreds of years, but admiration waxes and wanes with each decade.
Q: When I press the remote control for my metal garage door, the door’s movement sounds like an out-of-control freight train. How can I quiet things down?
Where did this year go? Can Thanksgiving really be next week?
Dear Heloise: What can I use to remove candle smoke from washable wallpaper? — Pam, by email
When local interior designer Sue Conboy talks about animal-print decor, you can practically see her tossing a leopard-print pillow onto a client’s classic, button-tufted chair, brushing her hands off and declaring, “Yes, now we’re done!”
Rookwood pottery, made in Cincinnati since 1880, is perhaps the most popular American art pottery among collectors. The company not only made artist-decorated vases, molded bookends, art-deco figurines and commercial wares, but it also used marks that tell a collector exactly what it is.
For much of the year, ornamental grasses may be perhaps the most underappreciated plant choices for the landscape. You likely pass them unnoticed during spring and summer, when they quietly provide the backdrop for other showier plants in the landscape.
So often at this time of the year, we see an autumn centerpiece and wreath in autumn colors of gold, red and brown. This combination of colors is beautiful for the season and I’m definitely not knocking it.
The season of entertaining family and friends is almost upon us. What better time to change or refresh your decor in an inexpensive way?
I think we are finally seeing a return to deep, saturated colors — tools for creating rooms that are vibrant, rich and full of life. While neutrals still dominated showrooms during the October furniture market in High Point, N.C., it was refreshing to see bright dashes of color everywhere you turned.
During the fall and winter holiday season, your dining room will be an important gathering place for dinners, brunches and cocktail parties. The dining room has experienced an evolution in remodeling popularity lately, thanks to breathtaking design projects shown on popular home decorating website Houzz, as well as Pinterest.
The warmth and crackle of a fireplace in the winter can be a wonderful addition to a home. But when a typical homeowner pictures a fireplace, they will usually imagine a wood-burning or natural gas-burning fireplace. However, there is a third option: an electronic fireplace. Although less common, electric fireplaces are often safer, greener, less expensive to operate and more stylish than other options.
Q: We had a nice sized crop of Concord grapes this past summer. The grapes were still a bit small compared to what I’m used to. They are more sweet than tart but I’m not sure how long to leave them on the vine. Any thoughts?
Local food production is one of the most important elements of a sustainable community. Since we are situated in the Mojave Desert, most of our food is grown elsewhere and that needs to change. Fortunately, the local food movement is well underway and gaining momentum.
Kiera Kushlan figures she has overnight guests at least once a month in the one-bedroom Washington co-op she shares with husband, Michael.
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