Classic Bath Face-Lift
Breathe easier in the room where you begin and end your day. Here is our best advice for cleaning up your bath and preventing mold, bacteria, and viruses from taking hold.
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1. Avoid using cleansers with ammonia and chlorine (and never, ever mix them). These irritate skin and lungs, and even provoke asthma.
2. Dehumidify. Run your ceiling vent fan after every shower. Install a switch timer to make sure it runs at least 20 minutes to vent moist, mildew-attracting air outside.
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Caulk Around Tub
3. Replace failing caulk and cracked tiles to discourage mold from growing behind the walls. For how-to advice on fixing both, click here.
4. Sanitize faucets, where germs and flu viruses collect fast. Wipe them down with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution or try wipes that use plant oils to kill germs and viruses, such as EPA-certified Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes ($5.75; seventhgeneration.com).
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What's better than flowers? Long-lasting flowers!The questions I'm asked the most is, "How do I make my flowers last longer?" Well, there are a variety of factors involved. Those super cheap roses that you bought may have been grown in really bad mass-produced conditions, which lead to a weaker flower.
When you buy organic, or flowers grown in a more sustainable way, they will probably last longer.
Leaving those buds in front of a window on a hot summer day? Yep, those babies will start to droop.
Here are my favorite tips that will allow you to enjoy those beauties longer:
Change the water everyday. Everyday?! Well, at least every other day. By far, the best way to prolong flowers is to change the water, so that they can drink fresh water and rehydrate. Have an arrangement? Flush out the water by placing the whole vase under the faucet.
Cut the stems on a slant. Before you place the flowers in water, cut the stems on an angle. This creates
Stunning nurseries to get inspired!I don't think I ever really get tired of looking at adorable baby nurseries. My favorite part is seeing how every couple designs the room to fit their unique taste. Some parents prefer to have a modern and mature look, while others are all about keeping it cute and classic. Which style do you prefer? Whether you are just starting to plan your nursery, or you said bye-bye to nurseries many years ago, you can still gawk at these 8 inspiring nurseries!Read More »from Sweet Dreams: 8 Inspiring Baby Nurseries
Woodland Fairy Room
1. Woodland Fairy Room
I can only imagine what it would be like to wake up to this every morning.
Sleeping in the Clouds
2. Sleeping in the Clouds
Using clouds as a launching point for designing a nursery is such a cute idea.
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Filled with Light
3. Filled with Light
This Swedish style nursery is so bright and inviting. Of course all the vintage details have completely won me over.
4. Handmade Haven
I think I love just about everything in this room.
Find out how to get this look
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John F Kennedy
Mimi Alford's memoir "Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath," struck me as very sad but very true. Now she is 69, a grandmother and a retired church administrator. She says she wrote her book to "unburden" herself.
Here's her story: Alford was a very pretty debutante, just nineteen, whose connections got her a summer job as an intern in JFK's White House in 1962. Just a few days after she started working in the Press Office, she was invited to swim at lunchtime in the White House pool where the President swam daily to ease his chronic back pain. Needless to say, at that time Americans knew little about Kennedy's many health problems or his many, many sexual indiscretions. .
Alford was swimming when the President met her. Later that day she was invited to a party by Dave Powers, the President's pal, who worked as an aide to JFK. The partyRead More »from A Teen's Affair with JFK
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 12:44 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You are feeling like new decor is in store for your living room and dining room. Perhaps a fresh coat of paint will be enough, but you may need some new furniture to match. Just be careful and take the right precautions when painting, so as not to spill and ruin the carpet.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Make sure the batteries in your digital camera are charged this morning and you will be ready to capture your children's every smile. Every day is a good day to take pictures.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Headaches can follow the eye strain of sunlight, beautiful as it is, on newly fallen snow. Polarized sunglasses cut the glare and leave you tension free. Keep your eyes safe and
- Webvet | At Home – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 12:43 PM EST
Cat acne is a poorly understood condition in which too much keratin (a protein found in the outer layer of skin) and sebum (the natural oily "moisturizer" produced by the skin) are produced. This excess keratin and sebum becomes trapped in the hair follicles, resulting in the formation of comedones, or "blackheads." These comedones are frequently infected with bacteria and yeast, and form pustules.
Feline chin acne looks similar to human acne, but it is not hormonally mediated or restricted to puberty. Allergies may play a role.
In cases of cat acne, the chin is dark and flaky, and manifests tiny black plugs. Blackheads may also appear on both the lower and upper lips. As part of feline chin acne, bacterial and yeast infections may result in red, infected pustules and pimples. In long-term cases, firm, crusty, painful nodules may develop.
Diagnosis of cat acne is based on the history and physical examination. Diagnostic tests can include bacterial andRead More »from Does Your Cat Get Pimples? Don't Worry, It's Normal
How to spruce up your kitchen table...Every February I crave a clean, modern look for my home. It's nice to freshen things up this time of year, including the dining table. Here are some of my favorite products for setting a pretty, modern table. From handmade porcelain bowls for ice cream to modern carafes to serve your morning orange juice, this list will have you set up with a gorgeous new dining experience that will stay with you season to season.Read More »from 7 Modern Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen Table
1. New Napkins
You could make your own or check out these lovely ones from Fog Linen. They come in grey stripe, navy check, tartan and plain linen.
Buy these napkins
Salt + Pepper Cellars
2. Salt + Pepper Cellars
Keep these salt and pepper cellars on the table to add flavor to your meals and a quirky touch to your table. The cellars are handmade porcelain and feature charming lettering.
Buy these salt + pepper cellars
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3. Special Utensils
These modern utensils have handles made of teak. They'll add a refreshing look to your dinner table.
Add distinction and character to plain old stairs with these 5 creative tips. -THE EDITORS OF THIS OLD HOUSERead More »from 5 Ways to Makeover Your Staircase
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1. Go Salvage Shopping
Wiring runs from the basement through the newel post to light this ornate, late-19th-century pot-metal salvage find. A unique way to illuminate a stairway for safety.
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2. Library Landing
A long run of surface-mount, low bookcases transforms the space at the top of the stairs into a library. The second-to-last one on the right (not shown) is set on casters, so it can be pulled out to access crawl-space storage.
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3. Tear Out Old Carpet on Your Stairs
How to do it: Refinish the treads and paint the risers white-or get creative and paint a runner-like pattern.
Estimated cost: 1 gallon of white paint, sandpaper, wood putty to fill tack holes, 1 quart of stain, and 1 gallon of clear polyurethane, about $95; Lowe's
From being able to kick back with an ottoman to keeping a throw in every room, we asked five decorators to share how they make a house feel more cozy.Read More »from Designer Tricks for a More Comfortable Home
1. Have Plush Dining Room Seating
In this L.A. dining room, designer Peter Dunham fashioned a sprawling yet comfy corner. "A deep banquette in a dining area is dressier and more relaxed than just chairs," he says. He brightened it with six pillows made from a vintage suzani from Design Utopia. Banquette not in the budget? Pull in an armchair from another room or try tossing a few pillows onto the seating.
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2. Kick Back with an Ottoman
"Putting your feet up is like lying in bed," says Dunham, who added a Caucasian carpet ottoman from Hollywood at Home to a slipcovered chair in the master bath.
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3. Sleep on the Right Pillows
"When you're the parents of six children, you absolutely need a retreat," says designer Susan Zises Green, and the
'Friends' homeHow fun would it be to step into one of your favorite TV shows? It would be such a hoot to live in a house your favorite TV characters call home.
I guess it's kind of dorky to want to re-enact scenes from that sitcom you love, but c'mon -- you know you'd do it. Wouldn't it be so fun to live in the apartment building that was used in Friends? You know you'd totally hum the theme song every time you walked up the stairs too!
Believe it or not, it just may be possible ...
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Famous homes don't wind up on the market too often, but for the bargain basement price of $17 million, you can currently buy the brick house featured in the American Horror Story series on FX. Apparently the place has been used in a lot of other shows too, like The Twilight Zone, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and even Grey's Anatomy. Sure beats McDreamy's trailer.
A big hunk of a house like that may not beRead More »from Famous TV Homes We'd Love to Live In
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