Just how big an upgrade? That depends on you. Try on 3 personality profiles for inspiration.
For the shopper: The shopper's personality: "I can hang a new shower curtain, but anything more hardcore...well, isn't that what landlords are for?"
For the shopper
Bamboo flowers silhouetted on 100% cotton.
> Get this shower curtain
Made with vetiver, it's naturally aromatic--just walk on it.
> Get this bath mat
Wine bottles, bulletin boards--now there's another use for the versatile cork tree.
> Get this soap dish
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For the DIY-er: The DIY-er's personality: "I'm not fazed by Allen wrenches or plumbing tape--just hand me that level and stand back."
For the DIY-er
The Astron fixture adds a retro accent.
> Get this light fixture
No more wrestling with a slippery "dial"--just flip the head over to change sprays.
> Get this showerhead
Rustic, dark bronze finish can read modern or salvage.
> Get this towel bar
Just how big an upgrade? That depends on you. Try on 3 personality profiles for inspiration.Read More »from 20 Bathroom Style Upgrades
By Dianne Venetta for GalTime.com
Get your garden growing! You're ready to get out there and garden, but not sure where to begin?
Well then, you've come to the right place! Follow along as we work step-by-step to get your garden good, green and growing strong.
You Are What You Eat
First on the list is food: choose a list of delectable vegetables you would love to eat. Think positive here and focus on what you like to eat, NOT what you think you can grow. If in doubt, slap that positive attitude cap back on your head and start over-this step is important!
Veggies While a variety and color of vegetables may add to your garden's appearance, they'll ruin the affect when left withering on the vine (because no one cared enough to harvest them).
It happens. You're in the garden, short on time, what are you going to harvest? Your favorites, that's what.
Human nature, 101.
So choose your seeds wisely.
Select a Spot
Now,Read More »from Get Your Garden Growing
Source: A Blackboard Wall For CommitmentphobesRead More »from A Blackboard Wall for Commitmentphobes
While I might have dismissed blackboard walls as a trend just a year ago, their unflagging popularity is making me reconsider. Home decorators continue to embrace the look, and for good reason - they offer an unexpected color contrast in a room, and are also incredibly useful. A blackboard wall in an entry is a great spot for scribbling notes for housemates or family members, while one in the kitchen is perfect for writing up your grocery list. They're also a good way to satiate scribble-happy toddlers: our kitchen blackboard wall is a great place to redirect our little guy when he's interested in crayoning over one of our other walls.
However, if you're not sold on the concept, or, if you're positive you'll tire of the look in a few short months, you don't have to paint an entire wall. Try painting a black "board" instead.
Take for instance this lovely living room. A large piece of plywood has been used to create a blackboard, which
- CasaSugar | At Home – Tue, Mar 13, 2012 7:06 PM EDT
Source: Color Pop: Paint a Band of Brightness Across a RoomRead More »from Color Pop: Paint a Band of Brightness Across a Room
For those of us who shared a bedroom with a sibling growing up, the idea of delineating your space thanks to a line (often times marked with masking tape) is no new concept. This, however, is a much more sophisticated take on the idea of bisecting a space. The owner of this Parisian apartment embraced a bright color palette when decorating, relying on bright splashes of yellow and green to augment white walls and furnishings. In the bedroom, a band of green has been painted from the walls, over the ceiling, and across the window. Instead of relying on paint for the window, though, a plastic adhesive was used to create the effect.
While I'd automatically assume that painting a single stripe across a room would create a preppy or sporty effect, in reality, this room looks much more avant garde and artistic than anything else. The competing shades of green also amp up the effect of the stripe, creating a simultaneously
What to tackle if you have 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, or half a day to clean.Read More »from Quick Cleaning Solutions for Every Room
By Maria Shollenbarger
Easy Steps for Cleaning the Kitchen
Kitchen duty isn't easy. The main culprit: grease. Before you start combating it, move small appliances off the counters to ensure that bacteria (kitchen enemy No. 2) won't flourish underneath the toaster oven or the coffeemaker.
Tim Evan CookIf You Have 15 Minutes
-Clean countertops and the sink. Spray disinfectant in the sink and let it soak. "Otherwise the product won't have time to kill all the bacteria and viruses you're trying to remove," says Janice Stewart, owner of Castle Keepers, a professional cleaning service in Charleston, South Carolina. Meanwhile, spritz the counters with disinfectant. Then scrub the sink with a sponge, rinse well, and dry. Return to the counters and wipe dry with a fresh cotton or microfiber cloth.
-Sweep or dry-mop the floor. Make a pass using an electrostatic mop (like those from Swiffer) or cloth. This will pick up dirt
Need more space in your kitchen pantry? Follow blogger Susan Haskins's lead and create zones to give everything from snacks to baking items its own place. Photos by Lucas Allen
As a mom of three teenagers, ages 12, 13 and 17, Susan Haskins of Barrington, IL, spends a lot of time packing lunches, prepping snacks and making dinner. But her kitchen just wasn't up to the job. The main problem: Nothing was organized. "I couldn't find anything," she says. "Canned food was shoved next to bags of flour and boxes of pasta. There was no rhyme or reason; everything was all mixed together." Tired of wasting time digging through her jumbled pantry, Susan decided to roll up her sleeves and create a more efficient space.
Try these unique kitchen storage solutions.
Streamline Your Shelves
Create a Kid Zone
In the Haskins house, the kids head straight to the kitchen after school. They used to ask Mom for a snack. Now they just grab cookies, granola bars,Read More »from Organize Your Kitchen Pantry
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Insulation has come a long way. These days you can stuff your walls with everything from recycled blue jeans to soy-based foam to keep temps comfortable year-round. But if you live in an older home with insulation installed before you moved in, understanding what pads your walls is essential to keeping your family safe-especially if your spring to-do list includes cleaning the attic or renovating it. Here's what you need to know about three common old-house insulations. -Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Find out what you NEED to know about insulation at thisoldhouse.com
What it is: A lightweight, shiny mineral that resembles mica flakes.
How it works: Vermiculite absorbs water and is fire resistant, giving it myriad uses, from fluffing up garden soil to soundproofing floors. The mineral was popular during much of the 20th century as insulation, thanks in part to its easy application: It could simply be poured by the bagful between ceiling joists.
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Tori Spelling's 5 Tips for Hosting a Kid's PartyYour baby only has a birthday once a year, and we know you're hellbent on making it special. Tori Spelling, reality TV star, party-planning expert, and multitasking mama of 3, is here to help. Known for her adorable baby bashes, Spelling is a veritable wizard when it comes to throwing kickass parties for kids. With her new line of crafts hitting the Home Shopping Network on March 13 and the April 3 release of her first party-planning book, CelebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family, Spelling shared her secrets for turning a ho-hum shindig into an event everyone will remember.Read More »from Tori Spelling's Tips for Hosting a Kid's Party
Make It a Family Affair 1. Make It a Family Affair
Spelling's top party planning tip is to let the children help out. "Stuff I can get [my kids] involved with always pays off more, because they take pride in it," she says.
While young children may not be able to book a venue or plan a menu, they can help you choose the colors and theme of the party, arrange tables, and help with invites.
Listen to Your Kid2. LIsten
- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Mar 13, 2012 5:21 PM EDT
5 St. Patrick's Day Party Decorating IdeasSt. Patrick's Day, the greenest day of the year, is just around the corner - March 17th, to be exact! In honor of the lucky holiday, we've got 7 stylish and original party decor ideas that will have the leprechaun leaping over the rainbow and toward that pot of gold.Read More »from In Clover: 5 St. Patrick's Day Party Decorating Ideas
Rainbow Fruit Salad1. Rainbow Fruit Salad
Kids will love the rainbow; adults will love the healthy alternative to other sweets.
Rainbow Yarn Wrappings 2. Rainbow Yarn Wrappings
These stylish giveaway boxes are fun to make and fun to take, if you're the guest.
Related: 18 Irish-inspired recipes for St. Patty's Day
Green Floral Arrangements3. Green Floral Arrangements
Go green for the big day with a simple, yet lovely, green floral arrangement. It's sure to add a nice, bright pop of color to your party!
Green Ribbon Wrapped Candle 4. Green Ribbon Wrapped Candle
For a festive but classy look, dress up a basic candle with some green ribbon held in place by pearlized pins.
Related: 25 creative ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Irish Napkin Decor 5. Irish Napkin Decor
You can make a simple and rustic Irish-themed napkin ring with
- EcoSalon | At Home – Tue, Mar 13, 2012 4:38 PM EDT
By Vanessa Barrington
One can barely walk down the street these days without tripping over a DIY sauerkrauter, cheesemaker, home brewer, or pickler. Fermented foods are all the rage, but they're cool for more reasons than fashion. Fermentation is good for the gut, and increases the digestibility of foods; it's a reliable preservation technique; and research shows that it increases the nutrient content in certain foods. The best reason to eat fermented foods though is flavor. The process of fermenting adds layers upon layers of complexity to foods. As an illustration, think about the difference in flavor between milk and cheese, or cabbage and sauerkraut, or grape juice and wine.
Coffee Coffee beans are surrounded by a stubbornly sticky pulp. After picking, they are crushed to loosen the pulp, then fermented. The length and technique of the fermentation process, along with roasting, determines the final flavor of the coffee.
Chocolate is a crucial step in chocolate production,
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