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Organizing Holiday Table Decor

November 30, 2014

I love a good excuse to dress up the dining table. In fact, I’m often more excited about the table décor than I am about the food when it comes to dinner parties and big holiday get-togethers! The downside to my enthusiasm, however, is that with each passing holiday season, I tend to accumulate more and…

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Make Ugly Wires Disappear

November 21, 2014

A few years ago, my husband and I had our living room professionally redone, and afterward, the decorator photographed it for her portfolio. Before she even turned on the camera, she steamed wrinkles out of drapes and dressed up surfaces with funky accent pieces. Then did something unexpected: She unplugged everything. Her explanation? Though necessary…

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sweater care

How to Care for Sweaters

October 30, 2014

I have a love-hate relationship with sweaters. The downside is that they signal the beginning of winter. Taking them out of my winter storage boxes and finding a home for them in my closet reminds me that summer is another six months away and that frosty mornings and snowy nights are on the horizon. But…

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Cleaning Your Cookware

October 19, 2014

I am not one of those people who have a full collection of “one-brand” cookware. Instead, I accumulate as I go. I need different things for different purposes. Sometimes non-stick is a necessity for eggs, other times I need a simple stainless steel pot for boiling potatoes. But cookware is a fickle breed and I…

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How to Clean Your Oven

October 16, 2014

Oven cleaning. It’s one of those chores that you know you’re supposed to add to your monthly cleaning list, right? The only problem is it seems daunting and I’m not exactly sure how I’m supposed to do it. Most ovens these days come with a self-cleaning feature, but I’ve heard they can often do more…

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