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Create bulk-item storage area to save money, space

When you shop at discount warehouse stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, you likely come home with enormous products — 24-count paper towel packs, 48-pack toilet paper packs, laundry detergent jugs larger than your smallest child or grandchild and cases of canned goods — and all of these oversized items need to be stored somewhere in your home.

Shades of distinction will bring out lamps’ potential

The other day I was lamp shopping at one of my favorite bargain stores when I spotted a pair of antique-bronze-finished metal-based lamps. A quick flip of the price tag proved they were a score — only $29.99 each — especially because they were dead-ringers for ones I had seen days before in a fancy decorator showroom.

Flowers meet textile fibers for a rainbow of color

Chris McLaughlin will never look at a plant the same way again. The longtime master gardener and author has written six books (including three gardening titles for the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series), but her focus on flowers shifted when she discovered how to make natural dyes.

Set priorities for energy-efficient living

The concept of green living goes hand in hand with the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Since buildings use a significant amount of the total energy generated, they play a huge role. This includes our homes. Deep green home efficiency upgrades coupled with increasingly affordable solar energy systems make a difference.

Versatile drop-leaf tables weathers the times

No matter how large a house is, there always seems to be a need for more space. During the 19th century, especially in the South, homes often had long, wide front halls that went from the front door to the back door. That allowed the air to circulate and helped cool the house.

Great light fixtures shine in your décor

I’ve learned through the years that the right lighting in the right spots transforms a room. So when it came time to select the fixtures for our lake home redo, I followed these three tips to ensure the lighting was a bright spot in my decor:

Balance will help you find beauty in subtlety

Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated.