Friday, May 30, 2008

More home ideas

There's an interesting idea in the June 2008 issue of Better Homes & Gardens about using slightly unstacked nesting tables as a bedside or sofa side table or in the sunroom.  There's quite a selection of nesting tables pictured.
 
Vibrant colors, especially canary yellow, are in fashion now, says David Bromstad, host of Color Splash on HGTV.  (I watched him win his hosting job on Design Star.  The new season with a new batch of contestants starts June 8.)  Yellow paint colors include Lemon Fresh, Creamy Butter, Golden Glow, Morning Sunshine, and Mellow Yellow 
 
Fun suggestion: Keep a flat-bottom tote (I love a big flat-bottom tote) packed with a tablecloth, plastic plates and cups, utensils, and packaged drinks and snacks so you're ready for an impromptu picnic.  Great idea, though I'd have said paper plates and cups.  And you can use a round-bottom tote, with a plastic tray, to hide a potted plant in.
 
I came across some lovely pink embroidered pillow cases (Martha Stewart Collection Trousseau bedding) in a Macy's ad in that issue.  You don't come across trousseau very often nowadays.  They called it blossom colored, btw...
 
Now here's an idea I've come across before, and I still think it's silly.  Some people shelve their books with the pages facing out for "a less cluttered look."  Pfui!
 
For a different bathroom look, use a big old kitchen sink with drainboard.  You can use the drainboard as a dressing table...  (page 42)  To make your coffee table look like a scrap book, you can place photos, post cards, etc. on top of colored paper under glass.  Use your scrapbooking scissors for a fun look.  There are other decorating ideas in the issue, along with some enticing recipes and gardening hints.

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