- Sunset Magazine | Decorating Guide | Mon, Dec 16, 2013 10:55 PM EST | Comments
Brighten gray, drizzly days with the West's best cool-season flowers.
Shiny dark green leaves look great all year
Candytuft plants grow 8 to 12 inches high and wide; their narrow, shiny dark green leaves look great all year.
Pure white flower clusters are carried on stems long enough to cut for bouquets. Choose 'Alexander's White' (pictured), 'Autumnale', or 'Autumn Snow; they bloom in spring and again in fall.
Plants thrive in full sun or part shade and regular water. Candytuft needs well-drained soil and should be sheared lightly after bloom to stimulate new growth.
26 favorite perennial flowers
Adds intense color to dark corners of the garden
Made for the shade, florists' cineraria adds intense color to dark corners of the garden.
Cineraria grows to 2 feet high and wide with daisies ranging in color from white through pink and purplish red to blue and purple. Plants need partial or full shade along with regular water and loose, rich soil. Discard after bloom, even where perennial.
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- Good Housekeeping | Decorating Guide | Mon, Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM EST | Comments
Reclaim the most-cluttered areas of your home
Get into the habit of performing these small tasks regularly to keep even the most clutter prone areas of your home organized.
Each day, hang up everything and put away clean laundry. Put your shoes back in their places, straighten stacks, and have a regular habit of bringing empty hangers back to the laundry room. Remove clothing along the way as you decide to donate it, and put it in your "Donation Station," using a paper shopping bag or box to gather those items for Goodwill. Twice a year when you organize and change out seasonal clothing, these habits will keep everything more visible and manageable when you are ready to do a bigger project.
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Break down cardboard boxes, manage your recycling and trash, sweep excess leaves and dirt to keep them from tracking into the house, and keep a path cleared between the car and the door. Return sports equipment, chairs, and bikes to their racks and shelve
- Good Housekeeping | Decorating Guide | Mon, Dec 16, 2013 3:38 PM EST | CommentsNew Year's resolutions should be ambitious, but make them too lofty and you'll set yourself up for failure. Give these mini goals a try this year and get ready for big results.
Set yourself up for success in the new year.
1. Organize your mornings.
Resolve to make one positive change to your morning routine. You could run a load of laundry, make a better breakfast, get up earlier, or exercise, for example.
2. Organize your days.
The new year deserves a new calendar, so get one calendar or planner you really like and stick to it. There are three simple habits that make this work:
- Write everything relevant into your calendar as soon as possible.
- Start each day looking at your schedule.
- End each day looking at it again to make sure you're ready for tomorrow.
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Just 15 minutes of planning once a week will make a huge difference in time savings and smooth sailing. Decide what's for dinner with a simple menu plan (five dinners, one night of leftovers, a
- Carmen Jones, Redfin Real Estate Agent | Decorating Guide | Fri, Dec 13, 2013 9:13 PM EST | Comments
There's power in paint. When done correctly, a fresh coat of paint will make a room feel clean, cozy, and bright. But a bad paint decision can make a room feel small, busy, or drab. Choosing the right paint color now becomes especially important when you eventually decide sell your home; as some paint colors can turn off potential home buyers, while others can add value. Read on for common mistakes people make when choosing interior paint colors and how to avoid making them yourself. Paint on!
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Mistake #1: Picking colors based on dream furniture, not real furnitureInterior design magazines are packed with photos of vibrant-colored walls, often paired with a perfectly matching sofa and accessories. And that's the key with bright colors; you have to consider all of the pieces in a space, including the carpet, sofa, curtains, and area rugs, to find a color that ties them all together. Don't get your heart set on a color you see in a magazine if you can't afford to update all of your furnit
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Decorating Guide | Mon, Dec 9, 2013 2:36 PM EST | CommentsVeryFirstTo.com is offering the ultimate Christmas decoration: a jewel-studded wreath worth $4,645,800. Made to order (yes, the company is expecting multiple buyers), it's encrusted with more than 40 rubies and diamonds totaling a whopping 138.8 carats of bling. The stones include a 17.49-carat vivid red ruby and a 3.03-carat fancy yellow diamond. After the garlands wilt and the carcass of the Christmas goose has long been cleared away, you can remove the jewels to seriously impress your neighbors again next year with another wreath or have the stones made into a custom piece of jewelry. Because everybody needs a little pick-me-up treat after all that holiday stress, right?In case you aren't feeling broke like the rest of us during the holiday gift buying season, the luxury goods website
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