Steve Spatafore has been a Las Vegan for 20 years, but he has never forgotten his North Canton, Ohio, youth — especially those cool fall days when he would rake colorful leaves into large piles and then jump into those piles and scatter the leaves everywhere.
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Q: We have had these trees in our backyard for 15 years. I don’t know what they are. All of a sudden, one has a bare spot. What might this be? I enclosed a picture.
A century ago, every woman in rural America had a hope chest and a Mason jar collection. These coveted jars were brought into use over the August and September harvest season when the farm yielded its bounty. Early on she worked over a wood cook stove, but now a gas or electric range with air conditioning makes this job more fun in these dog days of summer.
I have a teeny tiny room in my home that needed a big, bold touch. Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, which we know is such a pain to remove, I opted for lovely blue and white watercolor print from my home décor fabric collection, California Dreaming. It has a great linen texture and makes the room feel so rich and cozy.
Trying to maneuver through the rules of the design world can sometimes feel like walking across a mine field. We want to categorize every product as traditional, contemporary, rustic, lodge, industrial, modern or French country. We are so concerned about those labels that we often second-guess our design decisions.
Irecently had an opportunity to work with a great organization in our community, the Uplift Foundation of Nevada ( www.upliftfoundation-nv.org ). It happened at the second annual Las Vegas GiveCamp, where local Web designers, graphic artists and others with technical skills spent a full weekend working with 26 local nonprofits, helping improve their online presence and effectiveness.
Dear Heloise: I think it was from your column that I learned to keep the door of my front-load washing machine open so that it could dry between uses. What a difference this has made in odor control. — Debbie Y. in Illinois
Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life.
When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature — windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces — to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat-screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate: Can you really have more than one focal point?
It’s hard to talk about design trends without mentioning open floor plans, which have officially replaced granite countertops as a national obsession. But what do they mean for renters? These days, many apartment buildings have responded to open-plan demand by slyly combining the kitchen, living room and dining room into one small space.
Q: I’ve begun my almond harvest and have found black substance on the inside of some of them. It is almost like soot. Do you know what it is and is it toxic? Should I wash it off or throw them out?
The other day I dropped off a housewarming gift at a friend’s new house. After an almost yearlong renovation, she and her family were finally moving in.
Dear Heloise: I recently moved to a house with cultured marble counters. How do I take care of them? I don’t want to do anything damaging without knowing. Thanks for your help! — Mark in Wisconsin
“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.” — Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), actress
Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant and now dame’s rocket, pinks and roses.
Sassy but soft, coral, the big-girl version of pink, is turning heads and winning hearts in the decorating world. Since the first time I saw a dining room done completely in coral, this sugar-and-spice tone has tugged at my heart.
Q: We recently moved into a new house and need to install a washer and dryer. We have a gas dryer and there is a pipe with a cap on it coming out of the wall. Where do I start?
Midcentury modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st-century following.
Vintage clothes can be inexpensive additions to a wardrobe, but sometimes vintage designer items are very expensive.
The latest trends in home furnishings and décor were on display late last month during the Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market, the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the United States. More than 5 million square feet of showrooms featured everything from bedding to floor coverings to upholstery to light fixtures to rugs to decorative accessories to gifts and to pillows — thousand of pillows.
Metal is the one material that can be fashioned into any form and fit beautifully into any décor. It can partner with wood, glass, fabric, leather, stone and tiles to create almost any furniture accessory. It is timeless.
Collectors in the 1950s usually wanted furniture and accessories in earlier styles, or perhaps a piece that represented the family’s background, such as a German stein or English china. But today collectors can see and buy items from all over the world on the Internet, and auctions have become more international.