How-To

How to Arrange Furniture Around an Area Rug

With the changing of the seasons, I’ve been extra motivated to get my house looking fabulous for the onslaught of guests and events that the autumn and winter months bring. Lately, I’ve been noticing that my house has -gasp– too much gray, especially our family room. I’ve also been itching to play with the layout …

How to Find the Perfect Area Rug for Your Home

If you’re ready to start shopping for an area rug, what an adventure you’re going to find! Expect a magic carpet ride into a world of enchanting colors and enigmatic patterns, venerable weaves and textures you can’t wait to touch. Aside from providing practical comfort, an area rug lends artistic value to a room and …

How To Remove Party Fare from your Area Rug

Your Super Bowl party was a huge success and everyone can tell by the snack wreckage left on your floors. If you’re lucky, it’s only crumbs that a vacuum will catch when you tidy up. But if you find a super mess of fumbled food ground into the carpet, along with beverage stains and other …

Transforming Your Basement Into Usable Space

It seems I’m always on the hunt for more usable space in my home.  I know I have plenty of square footage, but lack useful space for our lifestyle.   Turns out our basement space is a great option for capturing existing square footage for specific functions.   And while a full remodel/finishing job is not an …

How to Garden in a Small Space

You don’t need a large plot of land to grow a garden. Gardens can be planted in almost any kind of container; on a patio, deck, or driveway; even up a wall! Here are some great ideas for how to garden in a small space.   Herb gardens are perfect for small spaces, because they can …

Ten Commandments of Cast Iron Care

I love my cast iron skillet. You can cook nearly anything in it, and cast iron is pretty much indestructible. Cast iron is definitely one of those things where, if you take care of it, it will take care of you and last a lifetime and more. Caring for cast iron can be a bit tricky, …

Easy Paint Project

I seriously love a good paint project.  Over the years I have tackled the simplest projects with a can of spray paint and some more involved projects that almost did me in.  But by far the easiest paint project with the biggest impact was my brick fireplace. I have lived in this house for 19 …

How to Host a Biscuit Bar

Want a fun and easy idea for a party or brunch? Host a biscuit bar! I love meals like this, because everyone can make something that they will enjoy! For our biscuit bar, I went with a more traditional breakfast spread. I served: Biscuits, of course. To make this meal even easier, use store-bought biscuit …

Give Your Collectibles the Spotlight They Deserve

From buttons to tea cups, we all have that one guilty pleasure that we take pride in collecting. In the blink of an eye, however, those collections can go from story-telling novelties to a pile of tchotchkes. Your collectables deserve a spotlight. Give them the attention they deserve with these boast-worthy display ideas: Tableside Mixing …

Cut Clutter with Shower Curtain Hooks

The closet is notoriously one of the home’s toughest terrains to keep tidy.  It’s no secret this clutter culprit can quickly become a catch all, concealing both clothing and chaos behind its closed doors.  While a complete closet overhaul can be time consuming and expensive, there’s a smart and savvy solution hidden at your local …

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