- Hgtv Family Of Sites | Decorating Guide | Thu, Dec 26, 2013 11:16 PM EST | CommentsFrom ignoring prep work and safety to setting unrealistic budgets, find out how to avoid these mistakes and more when renovating.
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- Good Housekeeping | Decorating Guide | Tue, Dec 24, 2013 10:20 AM EST | CommentsThinking of buying someone a sentimental gift or just want to update a gallery wall? Turn to one of these three sites to transform personal photos and artwork into canvas prints.
Turn your family photos into beautiful canvas art.
We ordered canvas art from wide range of sites. Then, Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) engineers, our magazine designers and a few consumers were the judges. What we looked at: the photo clarity, brightness and color as well as where an image fell on a gallery-wrapped canvas, the frame's sturdiness and construction and ease of designing.
Top Pick: CanvasWorld ($94)
Free minor retouching (removing red-eye; sharpening shots), accurate color, and great construction wowed users. Shows a model of how the image would wrap on the frame.
Budget Buy: Walmart ($41)
This low-priced option bagged the highest score for image clarity and construction. Pros: simple uploads, fast shipping, in-store pickup. Cons: image was off-center; few editing options online.
- Babble.com | Decorating Guide | Tue, Dec 24, 2013 11:12 AM EST | CommentsThe day after Christmas sales are the best time to stock up on stunning and elegant ornaments for the following year. Start a collection of porcelain snowflake ornaments with a beautiful Lenox snowflake. Go for something a little more unexpected, like a stunning blue ship ornament. Some years we like to focus on a themed tree, while others are full of our favorite holiday memories. Get ahead of the game by choosing your most beautiful ornaments with this great selection. Check out the 7 gorgeous ornaments to buy on December 26th here…
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- Martha Stewart Living | Decorating Guide | Thu, Dec 26, 2013 3:38 PM EST | Comments
After another dazzling holiday season, it's almost time to ring in the new year. But before you do, spend a few minutes doing a different kind of wrap-up -- on that will save you a whole lot of trouble next year.
Try a Box with Dividers for Not-So-Precious Ornaments
A segmented cardboard box -- whether store-bought or a wine box -- is great for sturdier ornaments. Our editors recommend cardboard boxes, which don't trap moisture as plastic bins do. If possible, avoid storing decorations in the basement or attic, where humidity and temperature fluctuate throughout the year. Instead, opt for a closet or under a bed.Help Your Bow Keep Its Shape
Untying a bow or ironing out creases can damage some ribbon (especially older pieces). Avoid both by storing bows intact: To make sure the loops don't crimp in storage, cut cardboard tubes and wrap them with paper towels so that they fit snugly inside. Store flat in a...Read More »
- 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.
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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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