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One of the hottest trends in decorating is vintage. Whether that’s the retro vintage look of midcentury style or the opulent Victorian or earthy Craftsman look, taking a trip back in time at home is seeing a resurgence. Vintage style in today’s settings offers a fresh appeal that’s both current and timeless.
Too many doorways, not enough wall space.
Few things in life are as exciting as having a baby on the way. When you’re ready to decorate the nursery, though, it’s a good idea to emphasize practicality over thrilling designs and fanciful color schemes. Concentrating on the needs of your infant — especially a first child — will ensure that everything is in place and looks great when your bundle of joy arrives.
There are those for whom interior design is all about the thrill of the kill. The hunt for the perfect table, chair, sofa, rug. And then the gathering of those pieces to create for themselves surroundings unique and most personal.
Q: I have several wooden spindle chairs that have seen better days. After years of use, some dowels have come loose and the chairs have become wobbly. How can I make the chairs solid again?
Q: I have a beautiful 10-foot-tall oak that has provided privacy with its wonderfully dense light green foliage. I enclosed a picture of a rapidly expanding bark rot-looking area that seems to be circling the trunk and moving upward at the same time. Can this be stopped or cured, or is it life-threatening to the tree?
Want to chase away the winter glum by bringing some cheery color into your home? Have I got a dynamic duo for you: turquoise and coral. This peppy color combo adds vibrant energy to a space, whether you do it up loud and proud by washing your room in saturated shades or just adding a few subtle touches here and there to spark up neutral spaces.
The master bedroom is a place for privacy, tranquility and relaxation. For many, the master bedroom is also a place where they may choose to splurge, perhaps on sumptuous bedding or the hand-crafted bed they have always wanted. But the reality is you don’t have to break the bank to create an appealing bedroom.
Imagine having an unlimited supply of free building material along with lots of ideas on how to use it. Welcome to the wide and wonderful world of pallet furniture.
Some serving pieces used in the 19th century are no longer needed or made. Victorian table settings were very elaborate — lace or other fancy cloths, at least six or seven special dishes for every course, like a service plate, then fish, soup, dinner, salad and butter plate, and a sauce dish.
Henderson resident Debra Jacobson used her green thumbs to replant pride in her neighborhood.
As George Harrison sang in 1970, “All things must pass …” and so it is with my involvement as the author of this column. After nine years and 234 consecutively published columns in this space, I am hanging up my Green Living keyboard.
Metallic finishes can add an instant pop of color, as well as elegance and glam, to any decor.
My home has long been a part of the Ottoman Empire. I was conquered years ago when I starting dreaming of all the ways I could use these small but mighty pieces of furniture in my home to add style and function. Here are the top three ways you can use an ottoman to enhance your interior spaces.
A secondary kitchen in the home can really cater to entertaining needs. Featuring warming ovens, additional countertops for food preparation and extra refrigeration, a catering kitchen keeps a meal’s mess out of the main kitchen, where most parties eventually end up taking place.
As the new year kicks into full swing, the design community is rife with talk about what’s “trending.” That’s design- speak for what looks are “hot” (both old and new) and which are expected to become a trend because, though more subtle than fashion trends, home trends do change from year to year.
Q: I noticed that woodpeckers attacked our palo verde tree. There are probably 60 holes around the truck and main limbs. The sap is running even though the holes are just under the surface, not deep. Any advice on how to prevent further damage and do you think this can eventually kill the tree?
With all those newly delivered, luscious seed catalogs staring us in the face, what are we going to do with them? For many, the answer is not much. They’re nice to look at, but we never get around to buying anything. Yet even if that’s all you do, there’s a wealth of information between the covers.
Of all the trees Vincent van Gogh described in his letters to his brother Theo, the cypresses will always be the most famous because they are a distinguishing factor in the man’s work. In his letter to his brother in the summer of 1889 he describes them: “The cypresses are always occupying my thoughts …” He later explains, “It astonishes me that they have not been done as I see them.”
I am a big fan of compost. I believe it’s the single best soil amendment you can add to any lawn or garden.
Carvings of birds, especially ducks and other wild species, are collected by those who consider the best examples to be art, while other examples are to be used as decoys when hunting. Although both types of decoys can be found at antiques auctions and shops, most are sold in auctions or shows that specialize in decoys, wood carvings and related pieces.