Apple to the Core
Simple Decorating Tips
A Few Low-Cost Decorating Tips
Dry apple and lemon slices in the oven and put them
in bowls or use them in garlands. They make a house smell wonderful.
A hand-woven rug brightens a lot of wall space and
makes a warm statement.
Mismatched plates and glasses can look really cool.
You get a riot of color and it's easy to pick up more when you need
Candles are magical, for special occasions, do as the
Danish do and line up votives by the dozen in every street-facing
Use hollowed-out fruits and vegetables as serving
vessels on a buffet table.
Keep your kitchen from looking cluttered by
clustering things like condiments, pasta or coffee mugs on decorative
Wrap bamboo placemats around old jars or vases and
tie with raffia.
Use garage sale jewelry to add sparkle to pillows,
lampshades and tiebacks.
Savvy Decorating Shortcuts
Arranging Dried Flowers - When working with dried
flowers, spray with hair spray to keep brittle leaves and pets from
Quick Pillow Covers - Large napkins or handkerchiefs
can be stitched together for inexpensive and good-looking throw pillow
Plate Display - Do you have plates too pretty to
store out of sight? Display them on narrow shelves. First attach slim
wood slats across the bottom edge of the shelves to keep the plates from
Silk Sensations - Turn pretty silk scarves into
decorative throw pillows. Choose brightly colored, big floral patterns.
Stitch two together and you've got elegant pizzazz for a sofa or bed.
Quick Ties - Tie back curtains with silk braided
tassels sold in fabric or upholstery shops. There are many beautiful
varieties to choose from.
Jazz up the bathroom - Pay attention to the bathroom
by adding a fresh plant, lace curtains and a pretty tray full of bath
oils and magazines with easy reach of the tub. Fluffy new towels will
give the room a lift for the least amount of effort and cost. Use a
sheet in a matching color to make a new shower curtain.
Rice on - Rice-paper shades let in the light but
afford privacy. They're easy to install and are carefree. This will give
a bathroom or bedroom a clean fresh look.
Table cover-up - If you've been using placemats on
you dining table, switch to a floor-length tablecloth or cover the table
with a quilt. It will make your mealtimes more interesting.
Natural Tiebacks - Dress up your curtains with small wreath
tiebacks. Make or buy vine wreaths and add your own decorations.
Fall arrangement - For a quick country arrangements,
fill a basket with fresh vegetables and herbs.
Mirrors - Group mirrors of various sizes and shapes
into a pattern as you would with paintings. if you have interesting
antique frames, you can easily have mirrors cut to fit them. This
creates a fascinating effect in a room.
Quick Candleholders - For a quick, free centerpiece
on the patio table, use empty glass baby food jars to hold votive
candles. Decorate them with grape leaves tied with twine and group them
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Plants You Can't Kill
Don't have a green thumb? Here's a list of tough customers that can
survive on less light and the dry, artificial heated air of a long winter
indoors. Nothing is as comforting as green, living plants all over the
house. Hopefully, even those of us without a green thumb will have some
luck with these:
Pretty & Easy Table Tips
For a hint of spring, fasten a posy or sunflower to a napkin and
tie with a pretty length of ribbon.
Cinch a napkin with style by bending a silk flower's stem around
Drop a round candle into a desert cup (that matches your table) for
a fun and unexpected accent at each setting.
Group forks and knives together with an elegant strip of ribbon.
Invest in a set of shapely salad plates to transform ordinary dinnerware
Make a charming napkin ring by making a bow with raffia and
in a fresh flower.
A Bedroom That Helps You Unwind
- Did you know that light triggers the production of the brain
chemical, serotonin? Serotonin relieves tension and promotes
relaxation and better sleep. To maximize light in the bedroom, choose
light or white lamp shades and incandescent soft white light bulbs.
- The best colors: The most soothing colors are blue (due to our
emotional response to a beautiful blue sky), green (reminiscent of
green grass, trees and spring) and yellow (warm and comforting as the
- Scent: The basis or aromatherapy is that scents-orange blossoms,
lavender, vanilla, chamomile-have sedative effects. By including
scents in the bedroom, relaxation is ensured.
- Instead of on dust ruffle, pair two different lengths for a
- Fold a beautiful quilt or throw and drape it across the foot of
the bed to add visually and break up and add interest to to top
- Besides the pillow you sleep on, pile on several special pillows
that compliment your sheet pattern but don't match it exactly.
Clean the air-naturally
Did you know that houseplants remove pollutants from
the air that can make you feel tired and give back clean, fresh oxygen?
Studies show that houseplants clear the air of common household
pollutants-formaldehyde, zylene, toluene and ammonia--substances that can
affect you and your family negatively.
Some of the best plants for cleaning the air are: Areca
palm, English ivy, dracaena, Boston fern and spider plants.
A Boston fern is one of the easiest ferns to grow and
is very good at neutralizing alcohol in the air, which can be emitted by
adhesives, carpeting, caulking and paint.
Ivy placed by your bedside, is especially good at
removing formaldehyde emitted by fabric and paint.
Bringing in the Right Plants
Create a calm oasis by bringing the outdoors in. Filling a
bathroom with green plants is a great way to make this room's
smooth, sterile surfaces seem softer and warmer. Plus, the the warm, humid
environment of the bathroom is a great place to start your own little
rainforest. For best results, choose tropical plants like ferns,
philodendron, ficus and pothos.
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