How to Decorate Step 1: Research

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Decorating is tough enough as it is without going into it blind.  So, start with some research and you’ll be ahead of the game right from the start. You know, research is step one in just about any project you tackle around the house. It’s always best to be armed with the latest information when…

Learn How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

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There is an art and a couple rules to mixing patterns and once you know them, you’ll be mixing patterns like a pro! You know, it took several years of working with Matt on color, pattern and texture before he felt comfortable giving up those terrible plaid pants and striped shirts! Ha, ha!! Just kidding. Actually,…

Steps on How to Install a Ceiling Fan

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Ceiling fans may seem old fashioned but they are great movers of air and installing one can help save on your energy bills! I just took a look at the thermometer on my sun porch. Days are starting to be cooler and nights are beginning to feel down right cold. I love this time of year,…

Easy Steps to Clean, Stain and Preserve Your Deck

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The steps are easy, but they do take some time, so be prepared to spend a couple weekends protecting a very important part of your home’s exterior. One of the first things that I want to do this weekend is to clean and seal my deck. Doesn’t sound like that much fun does it. Well,…

Decorating Tips to Keep Your Home Green

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There are so many things you can do around your home to make it as green as possible, and yes, one person can make a difference. Sometimes, when it seems like a problem is overwhelming, we begin to think that we possibly can’t make a difference by ourselves. Well, when it comes to our environment, I…

Everyone Should Learn Proper Paint Storage

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You can keep the paint colors you choose for your home fresh for a long time for touch ups if you know how to store them properly. I was just reminded by Shari that it is painting season again, funny she seems to say that every time the weather changes. I think I finally figured…

Selecting the Perfect Outdoor Fireplace

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One of the most enjoyable things about cool summer evenings for me is to sit outside and enjoy an outdoor fire with my family and friends. I have spent many an evening with Shari and her family, sitting around a cozy little fire.  As with any type of fire, be it an outdoor grill or…

Decorate a Felt Banner for the Holidays

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This felt project can ring in any season or announce any holiday with it’s colorful lettering and fun buttons, ribbons and patches.  One of my most favorite fall projects is designing and sewing a “welcome autumn” banner. I love working with the hand stitching and creating the letters out of buttons and ribbons or contrasting felt…

How To Sew a Friendly Pumpkin Pillow

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Are you looking for a sewing project that will enhance your fall or Halloween decor? Try these easy instructions for a friendly pumpkin pillow. Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I adore the colors of changing leaves, the pumpkins and gourds, and all the holidays from September through November. To celebrate, I…

Make an Indoor Wreath from Flannel and Ribbon

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Indoor wreaths work over headboards, on pantry doors, bath and bedroom doors, even as artwork on the wall. Believe it or not, many of the projects that we make for shows or specials don’t make it into the show at all. Well, this “any season” wreath was one of those projects! It was also lost…