Each year, Americans festoon their homes and businesses with holiday decorations of varying sizes, shapes and colors. But for some people, all that festive fluff is overwhelming.
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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.
Homes in the northern U.S. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two on the doorstep and the look is complete.
Ready, set, go. Just as soon as you have new amaryllis bulbs, pot them up, and in a few months the spectacular, colorful trumpets will unfold.
Kitchens are going over to the dark side.
Uncle Sam seems very happy, perhaps because he is 101 years old this year. Or perhaps because his likeness has been used on a beer stein.
Q: I recently moved into a new home and want to put in some miniblinds. Can you offer any advice on how to install them?
We spend about 10 hours a day on average in the bedroom. That’s a good part of the day, so why not make this retreat one of the best rooms in the house?
Just as wardrobes change with the season, so should a home’s style. Spring and summer are for “whimsical” decor, says Wesley Thompson, an Annapolis, Md., interior designer, whereas there’s something about the fall and winter months that’s “more sophisticated and rich-feeling, as a reflection of the hibernating, nesting instinct.”
“Our lives are not totally random. We make commitments, we cause things to happen.” — Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006), American Playwright, “The Messiah,” “Bachelor Girls”