Debbie Uehara of North Las Vegas wanted to reduce distractions during her daily Buddhist prayers, so she redesignated a room in her home.
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Dear Gail: I’m just about finished decorating my living room, dining room and master bedroom. I want to soften my windows and add color, but I’m not looking for a valance. I’m getting overwhelmed when I go online and what the difference is between curtains and drapes. I just know I don’t want the old-fashioned draperies my mother had. — Torri
Q: I started seedlings in a greenhouse and transplanted them into my raised beds. But they are not growing at all. It’s been two weeks, and two have died, but the rest have not continued to grow.
Q: It’s time to landscape my backyard, which is currently dirt. I have a 2-foot-high bluff where I’d like to put a retaining wall, but I’m uncomfortable with masonry work. I’ve seen stackable blocks in stores and wonder if they would be suitable because I plan only to go about 1½ feet high with the wall. Besides, I think it would add visual excitement to my yard.
Want a conversation piece for your living room? Look for a piece of Amphora pottery from Bohemia.
If you went on a scavenger hunt for a tray in my home, you’d find one in every single room. In the 33 years I’ve worked in the world of interior design, some of the decorating foot soldiers I use to style my home have come and gone (anyone remember tassels?). But trays are here to stay. Here are my favorite ways to use trays in my home to keep my life organized and beautiful:
Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements.
Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too.