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How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

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Household Chores | How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

Lampshades can sometimes be difficult to dust, especially if they are pleated.  While a vacuum with a dusting-brush attachment will certainly work, I have found a much simpler solution.  It is not as cumbersome as using a vacuum, and most people already have one sitting in their toolbox – a clean paint brush.  I have… Read more

Whitehall and American Whitehall Glass

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Vintage Dishes | Whitehall | Cup & Saucer Set

The Whitehall collection of dishes are great to use every day, and are very durable.  Over the years, especially when doing my photo comparisons and research for Fostoria American, I started to become very fond of the Whitehall pattern.  While they didn’t measure up to the high quality and craftsmanship of Fostoria glass, they certainly… Read more

Ladderback Chairs

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Cottage Style Decorating | Ladderback Chairs

If you are a fan of the “Cottage Look”, then you might want to consider adding a Ladderback Chair to your furnishings. Cottage-style decorating is a mix and match style – allowing great freedom in combining flea-market finds with family treasures and modern pieces of furniture.  Ladderback Chairs have a clean and simple design, which makes them one… Read more

Football Party Free Printables

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Football | Free Printables | Go Team! | Printables designed by Michelle of www.Printabelle.com

Are you ready for some football?  The football season has arrived, and with that comes tailgating parties and robust celebrations at home. If you want to get your “A” game on when it comes to football decorating, you should definitely take advantage of some of these Football Party Free Printables! A special thanks goes to Michelle of Printabelle.com… Read more

How to Set Up and Stock a Home Bar

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How to Set Up and Stock a gorgeous Home Bar

I was recently clearing off a buffet table to use it as a refreshment area.  Behind this table, I have a narrow rustic ledge that goes down the entire width of a large window and wall.  I decorate this ledge a few times during the year, depending on the holiday or theme. I thought it might be fun… Read more

Spice Organization

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DIY | Spice Organization | Storing spices UPRIGHT versus sideways allows for twice as many spices, and with great visibility and easy access.

Okay, I’ll admit it – I like to mix it up like anybody else … but not when it comes to my spice organization.  To accommodate my vast array of cooking spices, my husband made a few modifications to one of my kitchen drawers.  It has been a blessing ever since.  Now, I can see and reach all… Read more

DIY Green Hutch

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DIY Green Hutch - open styling with beautiful fretwork. Lovely old-world charm, painted with a lovely shade of green ♥

A few years ago I told my husband that I wanted a rather large DIY green hutch for my dishes.  I wanted the design to be mainly open, incorporating vintage and old-world flair.  But most of all, I wanted it painted green … with an aged finish.  After a few awkward seconds, he asked “You want it what… Read more