Don't forgo style for function. Use these designs for the rooms where you need fabrics that can withstand traffic and spills.
1. Sina Pearson's Santa Fe Sun, from the American Southwest Collection with Nano-Tex finish, creates a stain barrier so spills bead up and can be wiped away, sinapearson.com.
2.Thibaut's Bolton-Woven, Courtyard collection, #W8454 in Palmetto, of 100 percent high-UV polyester that is mold and mildew resistant, thibautdesign.com.
3. Duralee'sContract, fabric #90847-41, Blue/Turquoise, with a combination of Nano-Tex and DuraBlock technology that forms a barrier to block stains, Decoration & Design Building, NYC, duraleecontract.com.
4. Carnegie's Arrival, in polyurethane, available in 15 colors, with permanent silver antimicrobial properties, carnegiefabrics.com.
5. Numea, (from top to bottom) #267 and #135, made of 100 percent acrylic, mildew-proof and finished with DuPont Teflon® for more protection, available at JAB Anstoetz, (T), D&D, NYC, jab.us.
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You're reminded this week that you can't make everyone happy all the time. Your challenges begin on April 30 as Mars in Virgo forms a square to the north and south nodes; at this time, you'll need to assess whether you're wasting time on a current project. Then, a lovely conversation offers needed relief on May 3, when Mercury sextiles Venus. Finally, expect your ideas to come into question as Saturn opposes Mercury during a full Moon in Scorpio on May 5.
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- Guy | At Home – Fri, Apr 27, 2012 9:57 AM EDT
Let's start at the front of your house or in this case, the incoming power source.
The electric meter that gets read each month by your power company. This determines the amount of Kilo Watt Hours (kWh) your meter runs and this affects the amount you owe each and every month (some months more than others).
What you do not realize unless of course you are in the electrical field is that when an appliance turns on, like your refrigerator an inrush of current is forced to start up the motor feeding the appliance.
This INRUSH of current or the "Reactive Power" is what causes the electricity to go back out from your meter and back to the nearest Power Utility Transformer, whether it's on a pole by your house or a ground mounted transformer in your neighborhood.
In essence what is happening at the speed of light is your appliance is asking the utility companies transformer to allow a little more current to become available for a short amount of time to run the applianceRead More »from Does Your Power Company Tell You How to Save Electricity Each Month?
Roses like this Knockout variety are fun to grow, but do require some care in pruning.
Roses are a beautiful addition to any garden but they do require some maintenance to keep them looking beautiful. In the south our roses start giving us beautiful color a little earlier so knowing the proper time and way to prune them is key to having a great show of color. Pruning and dead heading your roses is one part of the maintenance that must be done every season. Here are some basic steps to follow for pruning your roses. For the tips and a how-to video see: How to correctly prune your roses
- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Apr 26, 2012 5:50 PM EDT
8 Repurposed IKEA's items for your kid's roomNeed inspiration for your kid's room, or maybe you'd just like to come up with the coolest new toy? We've just discovered IKEA Hackers, an amazing site full of creative new uses for IKEA's affordable, well-made products. It's especially useful for designing a kid's bedroom or playroom, as they've got everything from a LACK table turned into a play kitchen to a rainbow bed using duct tape. We've picked 8 of the best kid's furniture IKEA hacks that are guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing!Read More »from 7 Ways to Repurpose IKEA Items for Your Kid's Room
Castle Bed1. Castle Bed
Your child could literally live in a fairy tale with this KURA bed that is transformed into a castle fit for a knight!
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BILLY Baby Changing Station2. BILLY Baby Changing Station
Two BILLY shelves create a cosy baby changing station. This design also adds a ton of additional storage space to your nursery.
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Bookshelf Dresser3. Bookshelf Dresser
A BEKVAM dresser and IKEA spice racks combine create a cool bookshelf dresser for a kids room.
By Ayn-Monique Klahre
desk with blue wallIn early 2011, interior designer Vanessa de Vargas (Turquoise-LA.com) and design consultant Vanessa Kogevinas (VanessaKogevinas.com) came up with a unique idea for a good deed: to make over a residence at Los Angeles' Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children where women live for up to two years as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Within six months, 30 local designers had transformed one room apiece, working nights and weekends and using donated furnishings to complete the makeovers. "We wanted to inspire these women to move beyond the hardships they've suffered," says de Vargas. Here's a look at some of the character-rich spaces they created, plus some tricks of the trade that could work in your home. Photos by Erika Bierman
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"I wanted this room to be an oasis, a place that gives a sense of calm." - KRISTINE KAMENSTEIN, DESIGNER, JacksonPaige.com.
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Being truly organized extends far beyond keeping a tidy workspace or home. It's about keeping your life in order, from your schedule to your chores to your thoughts and beyond. Sound like an overwhelming task? Consider the benefits: While getting yourself into a habit of being organized requires an investment of time and energy, once you're in a groove you'll reap huge rewards, including less stress, more efficiency, a sharper mind, and the knowledge that when you want to find something, you'll know exactly where it is. If you're ready to join the ranks of highly organized people, adopt the following eight habits.
1. They keep only what they need.
Ever notice how clean your organized friends' spaces are? There's a reason for that. Organized people don't hoard a bunch of stuff they don't need. They amass only things that they actually use and keep decorative objects to a thoughtful minimum. With fewer things to keep track of or care for, they are surrounded by clean, mind-calming
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Thu, Apr 26, 2012 2:23 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Eat simply today. Let a plate of vegetables from your garden serve as the evening meal. Steam the carrots, corn, potatoes, pea pods and beets -- and smother with Hollandaise or herbed cheese sauce. Your housemates will not miss the meat in the slightest.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Your house gives voice to your future so design it with love. Glass block in the bathroom provides privacy while letting natural light into the room -- and make sure wet areas are outfitted with textured rather than smooth tile. You don't want anyone to slip and break their head open.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Maya-Aztec Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You pay yourself first, so why not treat your retirement the same way? Failing to contribute to a
- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Apr 26, 2012 12:45 PM EDT
I don't know about you, but I find window treatments the most difficult to decide upon when it comes to home decor. I guess that's why the majority of the windows in our home don't have anything yet (thanks to the big trees around us we can get away with that). But still we do need to cover a few windows and in my hunt I've come across a ton of clever DIY shade and curtain projects/ideas. Here are my 7 favorite creative window treatments:Read More »from Time for a Curtain Call: 7 Window Treatments You Can Make Yourself
Tea Towel Window1. Tea Towel Window
Using two kitschy tea towels clip drapery hooks to the top edge of a dishtowel and hang from a cafe curtain rod. I love this one because it would be easy to switch up with a new festive design every season.
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Floral Stencil2. Floral Stencil
A zinnia stencil and fabric paint is used to create this pretty motif on a plain white Ikea curtain. Such an attractive and affordable option!
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Bold Stripes3. Bold Stripes
These thick stripes on a pair of panel curtains are a
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