Pizza ovens make your patio perfect

PizzaOven pizza

 By Kathryn Weber If it's not at the top of the list, it's in the top five of Americans' all-time favorite foods. It's pizza, and we can't get enough of it. Loved by adults and kids alike, pizza is the ultimate comfort food. It's quick, portable and has tomato sauce and stringy, melted cheese. What's not to love about pizza? If you're tired of ordering out and waiting for the delivery driver to drop off your pie, think about adding a … [Read more...]

Living walls offer visual interest, natural beauty indoors or out

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By Kathryn Weber Plants are one of the most overlooked decorative accents in the home. But one thing's for sure: Living walls -- large vertical displays of green and/or flowering plants -- can't be ignored. A living wall instantly provides a touch of natural beauty and an attractive focal point for a room or outdoor space. Of course, plants also offer a great way to improve indoor air quality. Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor … [Read more...]

Explore restful, relaxing color palettes for your bedroom

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By Kathryn Weber It's the room where you spend the most time. Granted, most of that time is spent sleeping, but at the end of a long, tiring day, you want a pleasant retreat. A soothing bedroom can recharge the body and lift your spirits. Picking the right color combinations is the best and easiest way to create a relaxing, restful bedroom you'll love. There's little argument when it comes to the universal appeal of the color blue. But you … [Read more...]

Feng shui-infused decorating might help you become pregnant

Feng shui-infused decorating might help you become pregnant

By Kathryn Weber If you're trying to conceive and it's not working, this can be not only stressful and heartbreaking, but also expensive. In vitro fertility treatments, for example, can cost thousands of dollars, with no guarantee of success. But some inexpensive re-decorating might just do the trick. Using the principles of feng shui, the ancient Chinese body of knowledge revealing how to balance the energies of any given space to assure … [Read more...]

9 ways to go green for St. Patrick’s Day

9 ways to go green for St. Patrick's Day

Americans love to celebrate holidays from other countries -- especially those of countries that are the ancestral homes of many U.S. citizens. St. Patrick's Day may the top of the list of such beloved celebrations. But you don't have to have a grandmother from the Emerald Isle to appreciate this festive holiday. Give your home an Irish touch with these decorating tips: 1. Go green in florals. Sometimes the best greenery is simply that -- … [Read more...]

Decorate your home perfectly pink

Decorate your home perfectly pink

By Kathryn Weber All shades of pink have been finding their way into homes, advertising, and even the Olympic Games. Radiant Orchid, a deep pink with blue tones, is Pantone's makeup Color of the Year for 2014. You could say that pink is red-hot right now. But even pink is not just for little girls anymore, there are limits Do's and don'ts The bubble gum pink of the '60's is passe. Today's pink is more lustrous, with deeper tones … [Read more...]

A shift to neutral adds decorating style power

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By Kathryn Weber Think that only bold color has the corner on drama and high decorating style? Think again. Neutrals are not only calm and serene options to impact style, but they carry a punch of their own. They're both elegant and relaxed looking -- something that marries well with today's lifestyles. But following a few simple rules will help you keep your neutral design from stalling: TAN IS OUT Today's neutral is not tan. While … [Read more...]

Have yourself a merry little Christmas tree

christmas tree

By Kathryn Weber Years ago, it was always the eccentric aunt who bought a small, spindly Christmas tree. Today, though, small trees have begun to play a bigger role in holiday decorating. Whether it's a live pine or a rosemary bush festooned with ornaments, mini trees can be big on style and presence. A large Christmas tree is a pretty standard element in holiday decorating. But if you've seen all the wonderful small trees now available -- … [Read more...]

Beautify your bathroom with easy updates

Beautify your bathroom with easy updates

By Kathryn Weber Contrary to what you might think, updating and beautifying your bathroom doesn't have to include ripping out plumbing and reconfiguring layouts. Some paint and new accessories may be all it takes to transform your bath into an elegant, spa-like retreat. Opting for some unique items not usually seen in the bathroom can make the difference. MAKE IT LIVABLE The bathroom is no longer simply a perfunctory room for quick … [Read more...]

Power to the pumpkin


By Kathryn Weber Fall marks a time when corner lots, farm markets and grocery store parking lots are stacked with pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving. They're  abundant in a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes. There's some debate about whether pumpkin is a squash or a gourd, but whatever you call them -- and whether you use them for decorating or eating -- pumpkins are a seasonal favorite. Here are some ideas to make the most of … [Read more...]