Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saving energy: the basics (link)

These are the basics, but it's good to be reminded.  I can save energy by using cooler water when I wash clothes--and then there's the computer.  Draft blockers are still useful.  Check them all out and see if you can't do better: 9 Ways to Save 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Decorating and garden ideas

I loved the country home makeover (Bellview, Texas) in the April issue of Country Living, and I learned about buffalo checks and chintz.  I also enjoyed the restored and reproduction early stoves, which are elegant and colorful.  Fun ideas for kitchens and furniture too.  And the roses and gardens in Homegrown Charm are lovely.  And I learned lots in the collectibles column.  (We used to have a house full of trunks that my sister restored, btw.)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Historical houses in Wisconsin

There's a PBS special this week (March 2)--depends on your PBS channel--on historical--and impressive--homes in Wisconsin.  Here's a brief preview link (followed by other videos): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhsqXb_BUU  and another link: http://wptschedule.org/episodes/45651599/Remarkable-Homes-of-Wisconsin/



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lot of design and decorating ideas in the March issue of  HGTV Magazine, but some of those wallpaper patterns are too busy!  Built-in lockers (recessed) in the bathroom is a great storage idea, but how will the moisture affect the metal?  There are also suggestions for a festive taco night; and I enjoyed the real estate terms quiz.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More small space ideas (link)

Here's a variety of ideas and different views of the same room from HGTV.  Using mirrors is a common idea, along with double duty furniture, but raising the furniture for more open space is interesting:  Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bathroom design ideas (link)

Here are some ideas from HGTV: Bathroom design 

There are some interesting ideas here, but I confess that I don't like vessel sinks, skirts, and floating vanities.  And most pedestal sinks don't have enough counter space--or storage.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Patio ideas (link)

These fun patio ideas include potted plants, a built-in fire pit [not as safe or as easy to use], funky [a bathtub?!], color, reflections, vertical elements, tiers, built-ins, plus diagonal and other ideas.  Check them all out at this HGTV.com webpage: 20 Bright Ideas

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Built-ins and decorating ideas (link)

Books and art combined add interest and style to a home.  Here are some beautiful bookcases, libraries, and shelves from HGTV.com: Give your living space a lift.