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  • 5 May 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    How to Edit Your Belongings

    My mother was the most wonderful lady: gracious, giving and loving. But she was a child of the Great Depression, so she never threw anything away. “I might need them someday,” she would explain when I suggested that a 30-year accumulation of rubber bands might be excessive.

    My reaction to this was to throw away everything — whether I needed it or not (much to my husband’s chagrin). The upside of this admittedly knee-jerk response was that when it came time for us to downsize, the editing part was fairly easy ... more

    [Author: Becky Dietrich]

  • 3 May 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Think ‘Double Duty’ for Small Spaces

    A few weeks ago a big windstorm blew through the California Wine Country, where Mike and I live. Dear friends who live in a lovely family home a mile away had shingles blown off their roof and their fences toppled (which gave the ever-present deer unfettered access to their most-cherished plants). Their previously gorgeous yard ended up looking like the set of an apocalyptic movie.

    In the tiny bungalow Mike and I rent, we sipped glasses of wine and gave heartfelt thanks for the freedom and joy we have found in living small (and as tenants, not homeowners). Our friends, who are still digging out, just wanted to come over and drink with us ... more

    [Author: Becky Dietrich]

  • 23 Apr 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Trends in Home Bar Design

    Designers deserve a toast: They create such spectacular home bar setups these days, it’s hard to imagine that their clients ever want to venture out to the local watering hole. Whether one of your goals is to become a mixologist who understands what bitters actually do, to host wine tastings with friends or to have an organized spot to shake up your favorite mocktails, here are great ideas to bring into your own home ... more

    [Author: Becky Harris]

  • 21 Apr 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Raise Your Glass to Home Bars in All Shapes and Sizes

    Unleash your creative prowess when designing a custom home bar. While a tiny unit can be squeezed into an empty corner, a larger-than-life bar that takes over a whole room can work as a real party starter. Just add swizzle sticks, mood music and a menu of tasty cocktails and mocktails ... more

    [Author: Kerryn Ramsey]

  • 19 Apr 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    How to Create a Built-In Home Bar

    You may have just finished draining your champagne glass on New Year’s Eve, but it’s not too soon to resolve to make your next home gathering more stylish, more sophisticated and easier by adding a home bar in 2014. Here’s what to know if you’d like to get it done ... more

    [Author: Mary Jo Bowling]

  • 16 Apr 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    A Cozy Home in Cold Weather

    There is a certain squirrel-like pleasure in stocking up for cold weather — and potential power outages — from the regular essentials, like flashlights and warm socks, to the fun essentials, like bottles of wine and new board games. Knowing you have all you could possibly want tucked tidily away is a wonderful way to kick off a season of coziness ... more

    [Author: Luara Gaskill]

  • 14 Apr 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Home

    Vacations away from home can be fun, but they aren’t always relaxing. One alternative is to design your own mini spa vacation at home — for Mother’s Day, or any day you could use a break. You don’t need to drive anywhere or spend a lot of money. All it takes is a little planning and the cooperation of your family or housemates. Below, see what a day of relaxation and pampering could look like. Then tell us in the Comments what you would include in your perfect spa day at home ... more

    [Author: Anne Colby]

  • 12 Apr 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Simple Pleasures: The Art of the Bath

    The ritual of bathing has been used for health and relaxation since ancient times. Today, a relaxing bath is a simple pleasure still worth making time for. Here are ways to elevate this routine to an art with scents, salts, refreshing tub-side sips and ... more

    [Author: Luara Gaskill]

  • 19 Mar 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Storage and Style Ideas in Top Laundry Rooms

    Whether you’re a fan of doing the wash or would prefer to never see another dirty sock in your life, you can make the task more pleasant with an attractive and functional laundry room. Here are four great ideas for making your laundry room a more beautiful and practical space ... more

    [Author: Erin Carlyle]

  • 17 Mar 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Practical Ideas From The Most Popular Laundry Rooms

    The “room” in laundry room isn’t always accurate. Many laundry areas occupy niches off hallways and back entryways, former closets and other converted spaces. But no matter where you choose to put your laundry area, smart design choices will maximize its function. A look at the most popular laundry room photos uploaded to Houzz in summer 2020 reveal many ideas for creating hardworking spaces in various layouts ... more

    [Author: Becky Harris]

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