Organic Design

by Ken Hoyt

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Decor often tries to emulate the elegance of nature. Ancient man's first artistic impulse seems to have been to replicate flora and fauna in precious materials. Even during the industrial chic of the 1930's decorators Frances Elkin, Syrie Maugham and Jean Michael Frank were devotees of a super-chic, white-plaster, palm-tree torcheres.

The latest green trend is to drag chunks of the out of doors in to the house. The tree trunk as art form has a...

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Trick or Treat Etiquette

by DIY Maven

Well, this is it, the big day. Halloween! The jack-o-lanterns are carved, the candy is in a bowl near the front door awaiting the arrival of trick or treaters. But before the first ding-dong of the door bell, maybe we should go over the rules of the game.

Courtesy of the Glouster Daily Times, here’s an outline of Halloween etiquette for both givers and takers.

FOR THE GIVERS:

  • Incidents of dangerous items and substances ending up in homemade treats...

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Full or Fun: Does size matter on Halloween?

by DIY Maven

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...

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Top 10 Reasons Why White Kitchens Rock

by DIY Maven

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.

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Need advice?

by Bjorkfansoph

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.

 

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More Items You Didn't Know You Could Recycle.

by Chris Gardner

"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.


    * Auto
          o Car Batteries.
          o...

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"Lite Green" Ottoman Made From Repurposed Wooden Spool

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

                             

  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...

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How To Clean Vinyl Siding: an Eco-Friendly Way.

by Chris Gardner

"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.

Here are...

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A check list for getting your house ready for Fall!

by Ken Hoyt

 

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.
Start Outside

    * 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

Head indoors

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Window Washing 101

by Ken Hoyt

 

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...

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