One of my favorite trends in home decor these days is ombre. Are you as obsessed as I am? It makes the simplest piece of furniture or other product so much more colorful and fun! I have even seen some pretty hideous pieces of furniture (ones that I might take to the thrift store, or even to the dump) turned into something I would be proud to show off in my home to family and friends! Crazy, right? My favorite type of ombre look is the blue hued variety. They are so cool and fun. But the absolute best part (in my humble opinion) about ombre is that it reminds me a lot of watercolor. And really, who isn't head over heels in love with watercolor these days? So if your home is in need of a colorful and fun update, consider a few awesome ombre projects to do the trick! So start thinking about an ugly dresser, or a drab lamp shade, or even a boring entry way that could use a little more life and color and get busy making it gorgeously ombre! Here are 7 downright awesome ombre home decor DIYsRead More »from Fade Fad: 7 Gorgeous Ways to Add Ombre to Your Home Decor
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Make Pumpkin Lanterns
Pumpkins with carved foliage will cast a welcoming glow on your porch this Halloween. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how to make the pumpkin lanterns for your home.
1. Choose a pair of low, large pumpkins with bottoms large enough to cover the top of your planters. With a serrated knife, cut off the top of each pumpkin about two inches from the stem. Remove this "lid" and scoop out innards and seeds with your hands and a large spoon. Use the spoon to scrape away as much of the flesh as you can - you want a hollowed-out pumpkin with thin "walls," to make carving the leaf shapes easier.
2. Print out the leaf template. Enlarge pattern as necessary, to accommodate the size of your pumpkin.
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3. With painter's tape, securely affix the paper template to the pumpkin so the leaf design is positioned in the middle of the pumpkin. Use a pumpkin carving punch tool or a small awl to jab tiny holes into the pumpkin, following theRead More »from Light Up the Night with Pumpkin Lanterns
Of the many household tasks, doing the laundry seems to be a no-brainer: Put clothes in the washer, add detergent, and press start. But regular washing can take a toll on your garments. Here's how to prevent white shirts from turning gray, sort your bright clothing (hint: you need more than one pile), undo the damage when colors run, and perform many other tricks that will keep your clothes and linens in near-original condition.
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The main reason white items turn gray or become dull is incorrect sorting. People generally have few all-white loads, so they tend to mix whites with colored garments. Unfortunately, some types of fabric, notably cotton, aren't colorfast, so their dye molecules wind up in the wash water and settle on other fabrics, noticeably on white and other light ones. Washing heavily soiled items, such as athletic socks, with lightly soiled ones, such as sheets, can also lead to dinginess. Unless you add enough detergent to hold the dirt inRead More »from Wash Cycle 101: Tips to Help You Win at Laundry
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Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You set a goal over breakfast this morning, and with discipline (and possibly a motivational helper), you will meet this objective. Whether you plan to tear up the linoleum floors by sundown or sand all of the cabinets before lunch, you will achieve your benchmarks.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Now you've gone and done it -- while fixing up a salvaged piece of antique furniture, you used the wrong grain of sandpaper. Though you may feel aggravated, all is not lost -- take this slip-up as an opportunity to learn how to correct your errors and improvise.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
When a friend tells you what's on the menu for tonight, you may not be so thrilled, but leave it to a good buddy to change your opinion of a food you once thought less than appetizing. Let rich sauces add appeal to cauliflower, and
- Vanity Fair | At Home – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 2:30 PM EDT
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Oprah's furnishings before, and in Oprah-sealed boxes after. Media billionaires are just like us-only instead of hosting garage sales in hopes of affording a full-home Crate and Barrel makeover, they host lavish furniture auctions with proceeds generously going to charity.
In order to accommodate an interior-design rehaul of her 23,000-square-foot Santa Barbara estate, Oprah Winfrey announced this week that she will auction off her West Coast home's contents, with the proceeds going to her leadership academy for girls in South Africa. Intriguingly, Oprah decided to redecorate not after evaluating her true self in one of her magazine's many tutorials but after an interior designer pricked her insecurities with a harsh yet business-savvy neg: "This house has nothing to do with you." (Winfrey consequently hired the interior designer, Rose Tarlow, the Los Angeles Times notes.)
Forget the orange plastic pumpkins and the clutter of faux cobwebs. These decorations are eerily elegant.
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I do love pink as much as the next person, but sometimes it can be a little too much in a room. It's one of those colors that can be taken all the way to tacky pretty quickly, but I have good news! If you love pink and want to incorporate it into your home decor, there is hope. There are some beautiful items that will make your home look incredible and guess what? They're all pink! Pink done the non-tacky way is the pink for me.
-By Liz Stanley
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- Babble.com | At Home – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:25 PM EDT
Your bedroom is a sacred space. The mood should be peaceful, pretty, and above all, personal. Mass-produced decor can leave it feeling sterile, but not everyone has the time or know-how to custom-make something on their own. If there's one place you can be sure to find unique, creative, and quirky home goods, it's Etsy - so we've found 7 wonderful Etsy shops run by talented and creative mothers who weave that nurturing touch into everything they make.
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- Vogue Magazine | At Home – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:25 PM EDT
John PowersRead More »from Four Ways of Looking at Tom Hanks's New Film, "Captain Phillips"
1. As a Thriller
Based on a 2009 news story about Somali pirates hijacking a U.S.-flagged cargo ship, Paul Greengrass's movie begins at a slow, slightly dull procedural trot. Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) says goodbye to his wife (Catherine Keener), takes command of the MV Maersk Alabama, and sets sails for Mombasa. But Greengrass is a brilliantly hyperkinetic, almost Cubist stylist-imagine Michael Bay with filmmaking talent-who turns everything into a thriller, whether he's directing a Bourne picture (he did the best two) or a docudrama about United Flight 93 on 9/11. After coolly and lucidly laying out how Phillips gets kidnapped, Greengrass starts ratcheting up the suspense-the final scenes are almost unbearably gripping.
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To have a shot at Best Picture, a film needs to be something that industry voters think weighty.Captain Phillips fits the bill perfectly. Not only does it tell a timely story about endangered Americans
Skip the carving with these stamps!
Add some Halloween spirit to your table with stamped, no-carve pumpkins.
1. Choose three or four medium-size pumpkins with unblemished skin.
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2. Purchase flexible plastic stencils at a craft or hobby store, and affix to pumpkin with duct tape.
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3. Dip a paint brush into black acrylic paint. Wipe off any excess paint from the brush with a paper towel, so the brush is almost dry - you want a minimal amount of paint on the bristles. Use a dabbing motion to stencil pattern onto pumpkin.
4. Use a water-moistened Q-tip to rub away any stray marks of paint. Remove stencil while paint is still wet.
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5. Arrange stenciled pumpkins on platters and cake stands, adding loose candy around the base.
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