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Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table

Setting a gorgeous table for a holiday meal doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, says interior designer Elizabeth Stuart. Sometimes, a simple design using just a few plants and candles can be more beautiful than an intricate display.“There are no rules,” says Stuart, and you can ...

Flowers looking tired? How to extend their vase life

Fresh cut flower arrangements are fleeting, but you can keep them lively longer by taking a few simple steps in selection, conditioning and nourishment.“Cut flowers generally last five to seven days after the time they get to the consumer,” said Lisa Mason Ziegler, a cut flower grower and ...

Salvage shops offer sustainable decor with a story

Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy.Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique Lumber News.“When you can point to your floor and say it ...

Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel.Bare soil is too easily blown and washed away by wind and water. Rainfall pounding on it seals pores, making it much harder for water to penetrate. This further contributes ...

Some tips to make Halloween decor less scary for wildlife

Fake cobwebs and some other spooky, outdoor Halloween decorations meant as harmless fun can do real damage to wildlife.Halloween spending has skyrocketed in recent years, and the National Retail Federation says Americans are expected to spend $2.7 billion on Halloween decorations this ...

Terracotta makes a color comeback in home decor

There was a time not that long ago when designers were tearing out anything terracotta-colored, whether it was tile, painted walls or upholstered furniture. A darling hue of the ’80s, the brownish orange — evocative of terracotta earthenware — was considered dowdy and done.But like so ...

Trends in front-porch decorating swinging back into fashion

Back in the days before TV and air conditioning lured people indoors, Americans often hung out on front porches, enjoying the fresh air and socializing with neighbors.In later decades, when they wanted to relax outside, people tended to do it in the backyard, away from noise and traffic.But ...

Keeping kids’ rooms calm, colorful and (relatively) tidy

Spring cleaning season is here, and some of us got a head start by taking Marie Kondo’s message to heart: You’ll be happier if you eliminate clutter.In many households, no room is a bigger magnet for clutter than a child’s bedroom. Designers say parents are increasingly interested in ...

Taming your plastic container lids and other kitchen organization tips

Like so many other people, I have embarked on The Great Purge of 2019, spurred on by the inspiration of the lovely Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. And as such, I’ve been slowly working my way through every room in my home looking for items that simply don’t spark joy and tossing them into ...

January is the perfect time to get organized

I have officially become obsessed with organizing my home. While I typically do get on a purging kick every January (Have to make room for the new stuff from Christmas, right?), this year I’m especially obsessed thanks to Netflix’s newest binge-worthy sensation, “Tidying Up.” Japanese ...