The truth is that most people aren’t natural artists, or if they are, they don’t have time to put together an elaborate gingerbread house based on Versailles. You would never know this from Pinterest and other evil websites that make it seem like everyone is a freaking decoupage wunderkind. We thought we’d try a few and see what worked — and what didn’t — on a beginner level.
For the last year, Eric von Robertson, a 1999 Kansas City Art Institute alumnus, has been collecting, showing and selling Berber carpets as a representative of Foreign Objects, a company founded in Helsinki, Finland, that specializes in Berber carpets from the Riff and Atlas mountains of Morocco. In early September, von Robertson returned to Kansas City for a showing of the carpets at el dorado architects.
I’m drawn to Barrel 31 by its decor. Large south-facing windows give the place a warm glow during the day. At night the high bar-back with a sliding ladder, brick walls and rustic wood floors are softly lit with industrial-chic fixtures. The place reminds me of Soho. As in New York.
Thanksgiving is a day of football games, family time, float parades - and, of course, food. But if you're the host of the big feast, the day can be a hectic one. Here are five functional products to help keep peace in the kitchen.
At the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens it is the Copper Canyon daisy that is guaranteed to put all visitors under a spell from the smell. It happens on a regular basis. After a class, I take the students or clients on a personal tour of the garden. We exit the side door of the conference center right into the Mediterranean Garden, and instantly they become fixated on a shrubby marigold with a tantalizing fragrance.
It's wise, before the snow flies (or as soon as possible if flakes have already flown), to take the time to prep your home and property for winter. We hear often about emergency service calls that could have been avoided if homeowners had taken time to winterize or to hire help to get it done.
Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap.
I love the look of a chic chinoiserie fretwork border on pillows, drapes, duvets and just about anything else in my home that could use a bit of sophistication. Trims sold by the yard like this can be quite expensive. So I am delighted to show you a new fabric I designed for FreeSpirit Fabrics. It's called "Frette" from my Chinoiserie Chic Collection. We used this pattern cut into borders to embellish some pillows on my daughter Lisa's bed. This is a wonderful and inexpensive way to add a bit of chinoiserie style to your home.
Walk through any forest and you'll discover the ground is soft, even spongy to walk on. This is the result of years of fallen leaves that can accumulate to a surprising depth. It's called the duff layer, and the bottom is perpetually decomposing into a soft, dark crumbly material called leaf mold. It's rich in organic matter and microbes, and it has long been used by gardeners.
Q: I live in a 120-year-old mill town home with about 1,000 square feet. It has no basement, no insulation on the walls, insulation in attic. The earth floor underneath is covered with some sort of sheeting. During the summer I noticed that the AC was not cooling properly. My landlord did not check the unit but said it had been checked out the year before. Early July I noticed what I thought was mold on the side of my wooden dresser and on all my leather goods and leather shoes. I cleaned them with a solution of vinegar and water, having to throw out three or four pairs. I cleaned the surface of the closet floor and shelves with bleach/water mix. I had to throw out two pairs of drapes as there was mold/mildew growing on the side exposed to the sun. The landlord bought me a dehumidifier. When I turn it on, it registers always between 70 and 80 percent humidity. As it runs, I have been able to bring that level down between 50 and 55. I do not like running it all the time so have been turning it on when I leave the house and turning it off when I am indoors. I usually empty it every day. What else can I do?
Winter's surprise arrival caught many of us with a "to-do" list that wasn't quite "done." We'd ask the procrastinators among us to identify ourselves by raising our hands - except, of course, we wouldn't get around to that right away, either, so what's the point?