Friday, May 28, 2010

What's My Style? (link)

There's a fantastic selection of bedrooms, kitchens, furniture, homes, etc. You'll have some interesting and fun choices: HGTV - What's My Style

(My fridge is the one without the magnets--most of the time.)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Design Star 5

I don't watch any reality shows except for Design Star; I enjoy seeing the designers come up with those colorful and imaginative ideas for the challenges. This season premieres Sunday, June 13 on HGTV. Check out this link for more info on the show and the judges: HGTV Design Star : Home & Garden Television

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What Do Homebuyers Want? (link)

Some of us want a home that fits the whole family's needs--a multi-tasking office, more storage, and the latest in home entertainment. And smaller homes with open floor plans and energy efficiency, of course. And then there's an outdoor living area. (With a fire pit! Yes!) For more trends, check out: 14 Features Homeowners Want in 2010 : Slideshow :

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beautiful and delicious ideas for your home

The June issue of Southern Living has a beautiful and tempting photo spread of Southern pies and where to find them. There's pecan pie, of course, and buttermilk pie, among others, but that blackberry pie makes you want to rip it right out of the magazine.

There are other inviting places to visit and shop, including Panama City Beach, Florida. (We're still safe in Florida from the oil, btw.) There's also a piece on the highest places you can climb in the South. (Mount Rogers in Virginia has beautiful wild ponies.)

The home section has articles on outdoor and summer living, including tree houses. The gardening section has landscaping ideas and an article on hydrangeas. (I noticed the other day that my lone hydrangea shrub has pink and blue flowers. You don't see that every day. And I learned recently that Pinky Winky may be the only hydrangea that won't change from pink to blue, no matter how you coax it.) And there are more fun outdoor living, style, and entertaining ideas.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Decorating and entertaining ideas

There's a collection of table fans with a retro look in the June issue of Country Living. Talk about cool looks! And there's a photo spread on fishing collectibles. For dressing up your bedroom, hang a linen tablecloth over an upholstered headboard or make slipcovers for your headboards.

The article and photos of homemade ice cream reminded me of my uncle's homemade peach ice cream--possibly the best ice cream I've ever had. (A recipe for peach ice cream is included, btw.) And you can decorate your home with Fiestaware and colored glasses; a whole wall of open shelves displaying all those colors is spectacular! There are lots of other decorating ideas, including a vertical display of gauges, which is really eye-catching.

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

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Beach decor ideas (link)

Decorating your home--or just a room--to make it feel like a beach cottage getaway could be fun. You can use sea shells, of course, framed prints of starfish (which I think is better that dead bodies of star fish), a blue and white color scheme, driftwood, ... For more ideas, go to: Beach Chic Decorating Ideas : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kitchen ideas and trends (link)

Green kitchens using sustainable products and all-wood kitchens are important trends, and white continues to be the most popular color; espresso and natural colors are timeless. (Hey, let's not be afraid of bright colors, people!) For more ideas, go to: Kitchen Trends for 2010 : Slideshow :

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Solar-powered night lights and rocks

I love solar-powered landscape lights, and I have two (one out front and one out back off the patio) that change colors. I got a Whatever Works catalog the other day, and they have some new lights that look like fun. One is a solar-powered white frosted glass jar that looks like a Mason jar; you put it in a sunny window, and at night it glows blue. I want one! But I think you'd need a really sunny window. And then there are the natural looking stones of different sizes, shapes, and colors (made of resin) that are connected by a cord to a solar panel. You can add them to a bed or near the pool or pond. Yep, I want them too. Link: - Pest Control, Household Gadgets, Outdoor Solutions, Home & Garden Problem Solutions Whatever Works

Friday, May 14, 2010

Outdoor accessories on a budget (link)

One suggestion in this roundup of outdoor decorating ideas is: Don't buy tacky yard ornaments like gnomes. (I would imagine that that will hurt a lot of people's feelings.) One of my favorite outdoor ornaments is the fanciful critters made out of old machine parts. For more ideas see: Design Budgeting 101: Outdoor Rooms : Landscaping : Home & Garden Television

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Smart shopper quiz (link)

Here's another one of those smart shopper quizzes. This one is for outdoor products for entertaining outside. I confess that I tend to go for the item I prefer, and sometimes I'm right. Today mostly I was wrong. One of the glassware photos was a red X though, so that doesn't count. Link: HGTV Quiz: Outdoor Room Design: Test Your Shopping Smarts

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Orphaned squirrels find new home!

Linda, the wildlife rehabilitator, came today with three little squirrels--Prince, Princess, and Houdini--and a friend to help her carry that huge cage. They carried it under the cathedral oak to the big horizontal limb where we usually release them. Believe me, it's not easy hoisting that cage up there. Then her friend and I held the cage while Linda coaxed the squirrels out. That can take a while 'cause it's a whole new world, but a bowl of peanuts helps, and eventually one launched herself out--and climbed up Linda's face! (We cleaned it up later.) It wasn't long before they were all frisking up and down branches and exploring. The cathedral oak gives them plenty of cover until they're ready to venture farther afield.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Creative containers for small plants (link)

The muffin tin with baby's tears is really cute, and miniature ivy wrapping around the handle of a basket or teapot is lovely. Other container ideas include baby shoes, jewelry boxes, egg cups, baby food jars, and candy dishes. For more ideas, go to: Little plants & charming pots-Home Made Simple

Friday, May 7, 2010

Go forth and gild! (link)

I love glitter so this idea from Home Made Simple caught my eye. I've never gilded anything, and I can't think of anything offhand that's worth the time and trouble--and gold leaf--but maybe some of you would enjoy doing it. (There's also silver leaf and bronze, which require different primers.) Link: Gilded d├ęcor-Home Made Simple

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ideas for outdoor spaces (link)

Check out these outdoor spaces and ideas for your space. If it's a public space, have plenty of room and connect the outdoor space to the house and encourage traffic in and out. For a private space, don't clutter it up. For more ideas: Slideshow : 9 Tips for Amazing Outdoor Spaces :