Sunday, April 20, 2014

Home and garden ideas

Learn about the Southern tradition of "porching" and check out the lovely screened porches in the May issue of Southern Living.  The gardening section showcases some beautiful coleus varieties; I love the colors of Royal Glissade, the touch of frost look of Marooned, and the delicate leaves of Velvet Mocha.  The food section includes ideas for jam and biscuits.  I never thought of making croutons from biscuits!  And be sure to read the inspiring story of Pretty Girl...


Saturday, April 12, 2014

More color


I love the columns in  HGTV Magazine; the May issue's What's the Difference column had some basics, about half of which I knew, but I appreciated them pointing out the difference between cement and concrete.  (No one ever listens to me.)  The How bad is it column is always helpful.  (I told you not to spray a non-stick pan!)  Lots more helpful info and DIY projects; I enjoyed the photo essay about using food photos by using them as a clock or as an apron collage.  Plus they have home and furniture makeovers and color suggestions.  It's a very colorful magazine--and highly recommended.

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Color of the Month: Magnolia (link)

You'd think that the color would be green (the leaves) or white (the most common magnolia blossom color), but it's a lovely pale pastel pink.  'Course there are other magnolia blossom colors too, but check this delicate color out: http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2014/04/05/hgtvs-color-of-the-month-april-2014-magnolia/?nl=HGI_040914_bloglink1_&sni_mid=128469&sni_rid=128469.324.572557&c32={4E6771C7-C8B2-491F-8AC7-73EFF9F12E8E}

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Small living room ideas (link)

And here are some small living room suggestions from HGTV:  http://www.hgtvremodels.com/home/small-space-design-for-living-rooms/pictures/index.html?nl=HGRM_032514_featlink4_small-living-rooms&sni_mid=126461&sni_rid=126461.405.321476&c32={4E6771C7-C8B2-491F-8AC7-73EFF9F12E8E}

Color and good use of space can make a difference; and the small end tables that you can move around instead of a bulky coffee table is a great idea.

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014