Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Quick Somebody Hand Me a Paintbrush

These old lamps have been bothering me for some time now.  The problem is that I don't have an unlimited lamp budget to update them with.  The other day I decided enough is enough and you can probably see why.  The shades are outdated, a little to froo froo,  and cast a dirty glow.  While I'm complaining, the color is also drab and boring.

I decided to give the old lamps a new coat of paint...just some leftover paint from the sun-room.  New drum shades were purchased from a local hardware store.  The outcome is what I was after; a modern classic look that is nice, but not too fussy.  Next comes the mirror made by my father hanging above the sideboard.  Viola! 

Affordable updates...the lamps get to stay a while longer.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Bathroom Storage

Storage can be a challenge in a small bathroom. Finding ways to store your everyday items doesn't have to be well, ugly. With baskets, bins, and bars (oh my), you can enjoy function that looks good too.

Use Wall Space



By adding shelves, you can have towels at your finger tips ~ something that comes in handy if linen closets are scarce.
If you have items that aren't suitable for display, try attaching fabric to a cafe rod to hide those items or in this case, affix hemmed fabric with upholstery nails.
Apothecary jars are a great way to store small items such as q-tips, cotton balls, and bath salts.



A hanging wall cabinet, wall hooks, and bench make a great combination if space allows.


Glass shelves have been added between wall studs. This is probably one of the best ways to add storage without taking up visual space. These shelves are painted to blend with the room, but a background of wall paper could be a fun pop of color.

Use the Door
This is a fun idea for a kids bathroom. Rods, normally used in a kitchen, are put to use in the bathroom holding holding towels and toiletries.


In the Shower

Another kitchen item being put to use in the shower when built in storage isn't available.



Move it Out of the Bathroom


When all else fails, maybe the supplies could move to the hall closet. These storage bins hold each family member's necessities and are labeled accordingly. Grab yours as you head into the shower and replace it when you are finished.



(All photos are from BHG)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lettuce Garden {let us garden}


Gardening in general, comes with many rewards, but vegetable gardening is possibly the most rewarding. Sure you can always pick up lettuce at the grocery store when you need it, but taking just a few minutes now will pay off in as little as 30 days. This is also something that children will enjoy.

Arugula and spinach grow quickly in the fall. As a matter of fact, they go from seed to table in about 40 days. Also try pretty Asian greens, such as tatsoi or mizuna, which grow so fast that you will have baby plants to add to stir-fries and soups just three weeks after sowing. Lettuce is available in many varieties and is always a good place to start.

If you want to grow your own salad garden this fall and don't have space in the yard, you will need a pot, garden soil, a small amount of organic fertilizer (compost will do), and seed. It's really that simple. Lettuce seeds can be the size of pin heads and don't need to be planted very deeply or they will not germinate. Follow the planting and watering directions on the seed packet and you're good to grow.

When leaf lettuce plants are about one inch high, you can begin thinning and eating the lettuce. Use scissors to cut or snap off the shoots. This will prevent the roots of the remaining plants from being disturbed and give the plants room to thrive.

When your lettuce is fully grown (check the information on the seed packet), pick it immediately and enjoy. During the next few weeks, you can sow new seed almost weekly so there will always be more on the way. When the leaves grow longer than four to six inches, you may find them too tough and bitter. So discard overgrown plants, which will make room for new seedlings.

Photos from Better Home and Gardens

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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