In our neighborhood we're known as the house that gives out full-size candy bars on Halloween. Why? Because full-size is a rare trick-or-treat treat around here and the look on a kid’s face when I hand over a gargantuan Hershey bar is priceless. I also argue that the big ones aren’t much more expensive–if at all–than snack size as giving out the mini-bars generally requires handing out more than one to each kid. Also, those little chocolate-y...
1. White kitchens have mass appeal, which might be especially important to homeowners thinking of selling.
2.They’re bright and easy to pair up with colorful accents.
3. They make a great backdrop to collections; think art gallery here.
4. White makes appliances disappear; your other alternative to hidden appliances is covering them in expensive wood panels that match your cabinetry.
Green goes gorgeous with Vivaterra.com 's well-selected stock!
I need some advice for those in the know? So I hate the finish of my dining room table and chairs, my question is what finish shall I use once I sand everthing down? I'd like to go really dark, should I do this? If you all give advice, can you include a link for me to see the finish you are talking about? Thanks!! Oh, btw, the first photo was taken without a flash and the second one was with a flash.
Natural Home's 2007 Kitchen of the Year, designed by resident Alinda Morris.
"Ok sure, we can all recycle newspapers, magazines, our Coke cans, and our cereal boxes. Well, is that really it? Is that all you do to recycle? Take a look at my list below. If you are only recycling the obvious items you are not even chipping the surface. In fact, [this post] will not only tell you what to recycle, [it] will try to tell you how and where to do it."
Read the whole article here.
o Car Batteries.
Trying to furnish your new digs on a shoestring? This fabulous ottoman/hassock can be made for next to nothing. Go to a hardware store that sells electrical wire off of a wooden spool and ask for a discarded spool. Next, go to a fabric store and buy a cool fabric remnant that will cover your ottoman. Hint: Upholstery fabric is 54" wide. If you have a twenty inch round (diameter) ottoman and you want it...
Behold, the black and white Billy bookcase from IKEA. Better than covering your own with contact paper, and at under $60, it's a great way to inject one of fall's big trends, lace, into your decor.
If I didn't already have two pine ones of my own, I might consider picking up a new Billy!
"When it comes to how-to advice on cleaning vinyl siding, I'm amazed at how often the word "bleach" comes up... But think about it -- is bleach really necessary? After all, it's harmful to the environment, including your very own local waterways, flora and fauna. And not just wild fauna -- I met someone whose little dachshund was killed when a careless neighbor accidentally sprayed the pup with a bleach solution while cleaning his siding.
I just discovered this site: http://www.avivadirectory.com/color/
It looks like a great assortment of tools for using color, online or off. Whee!
I recently visited Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson on AMNW on KATU to talk about getting some fall chores completed. Follow this link to see the video. Below you'll find the list we talked about with links to recipes.
* Wash down the windows from the outside
* Wash down or sweep the outside walls and decks as needed.
* Finish any maintenance that’s weather related (like painting raw wood)
* Check the gutters
Few things can make a house seem brighter than sparkling clean windows. Clean glass seems to invite the sunlight inside. There are dozens of products for cleaning glass available at the supermarket, but I always wondered why the professional window cleaners never use them. It turns out that they have something that works better. You're likely already in possession of the most important ingredient: dishwashing soap. The liquid kind used for...
Hides, like skin, benefit from moisturizing. But even light conditioners can change the look of leather. Always test in an
inconspicuous place to decide if the change will suit you.
Linseed oil, from flax seeds, is an old favorite for preserving leather. But the hardware store variety is boiled, causing fumes. It’s also likely to include petroleum products, which are added to decrease drying time.
1/4 cup food grade linseed or...
Got a passion for ecology? Redecorating or rennovating your home? Check out Curbly's top guide to green resources, with some help from our friends at Metropolitan Home:
GreenShield: plantable roofing to put greenery on the roof (GarlandCo.com/greenshield.html)
Majestic Slate: recycled rubber and plastic polymers (EcoStarInc.com)
UltraTouch: recycled denim (BondedLogic.com)
Warmcell: recycled newspaper (ExcelFibre.com)
" Garbage. Americans produce more and more of it every year, when we need to be producing less. Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste that goes beyond what municipal recyclers and compost bins can handle." Do your best by seeking to donate, reuse, and recycle the following.
Get all the details from Co-Op America.
- Cardboard boxes
- CD/DVD/Video Games