Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Color: Orange Sherbet (link)

Orange Sherbet might be a little pale, but maybe you just want a little color: HGTV/Design

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Habitat for Humanity post

Check out this great post about the Habitat for Humanity Restore from one of the A to Z blogging challenge posts: Houserevivals

[I've donated old and new items to Habitat for Humanity when we were building and remodeling.]

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ten tips for tiny rooms

Here are ten suggestions from HGTV for making the most of your tiny rooms; they include curves in a boxy room, a light area rug, and curtains instead of blinds: HGTV.com decorating tips

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stairway ideas (link)

Here are different suggestions for decorating your staircase and for utilizing the space underneath from the DIY network.  We had a big closet under the stairs when I was kid, but you can use shelving, bookcases, etc.: DIY blog

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dual sinks. Are they necessary? (link)

In my opinion, a couple needs two sinks, but check out the pros and cons on this HGTV webpage: HGTVremodels blog

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}