Fueled by technology, media and an abundance of do-it-yourself and home makeover shows, this generation of children and teenagers knows what it wants from fashion to furniture. While their parents may have been clueless, today’s kids are much more sophisticated.
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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.
Dear Heloise: I saw the article in the San Antonio Express-News about not using fabric softeners when washing bath towels. I have been using fabric softener for some time, and I have noticed the problem and wondered why (Heloise: Jim is referring to towels not being absorbent when too much liquid softener is used, or when dryer sheets are used every time). Would future washings without the softeners bring back the towels’ original absorbency, or is there a specific step that must be taken to do so? Or is it too late? — Jim S. in Texas
Civilization has come a long way in the past 10,000 years. To those who follow the latest scientific findings, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy ride going forward.
We hit a spell of cool weather the past few days. Whenever you get this kind of weather during a hot spell, go out and lightly shake your tomato, pepper and eggplants for about 10 seconds each. Tomatoes in particular have trouble setting fruit when temperatures are above 95 F.
All of the bedrooms in your home can look and feel larger and airier, without the enormous task of knocking down walls or undertaking a huge construction job. It just takes a few easy and often inexpensive interior design tricks to make it seem like you have higher ceilings and lots of extra space.
My client and I stood before a massive old pampas grass in her backyard.
The client looked into my eyes with an expression I had seen any number of times before — sort of a mixture of puzzlement and concern — almost bordering on dismay. What could have caused her such anxiety you wonder.
As of Jan. 1 of this year, the 60-watt incandescent light bulb — that classic of the genre; the Edisonian ideal; the signifier that illuminates in your mind’s eye when you’re asked to picture “a light bulb” — was banned forever. Perhaps you prepped by hoarding a box of bulbs in the back of your closet. Or perhaps this news took you by surprise, and you now live in fear of the moment the beloved incandescent in your bedside lamp flickers out.
Fifteen children gather in the garden at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road.
Not everyone has a 1994 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (starting at $2,000) or a 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam ($114,614) in their wine closet. But rest assured if someone did, that wine closet would be quite special.
Here is this week’s sound off, about rebates:
Bathrooms have become the new stars of home design. No longer just a place to shower, apply makeup and shave, the bathroom is the new oasis of the home, a place to relax and unwind. That is why spending on bathroom remodels is now almost on par with spending on kitchen remodels.
Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige.
It must be summer because I’m seeing white everywhere. But, just like with fashion, white isn’t just for summer anymore. White is for furniture.
“There is something different about the house,” our daughter Kelly said after she and her husband, Britt, spent the day with us. “I don’t know what it is, but it feels cozier.”
Rookwood pottery probably is the most famous of the art potteries made in the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It was started by Maria Longworth Nichols of Cincinnati in 1880, the first of many art potteries founded by women.