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Paint Fumes?  No worries at all! After painting a room of your house, surely, it’s going to smell overwhelmingly like paint fumes. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to get rid of that smell faster.  Here are some of the easy ways: Ventilation Opening some windows and doors during day and night are ideal.  Putting a fan in the room for this period will also clear up the fumes faster. Bucket of Water You can simply place a few of buckets of water around the room to absorb the solvent vapors.  Using the bucket method is a bit safer if you’re painting a room finished with or made with wood. Onion You just have to cut an onion half.  Then, set them out on plates throughout the room.  This will absorb the odor and your room won’t smell onions either. Vanilla extract Add a drop or two of vanilla extract to each gallon of paint. This will bring a much more pleasant aroma to the room you’re painting.  Or, add drops of vanilla extract to cotton balls or in a small bowls of water and set them out in the room. Light a scented candle Place the candle on top of a bowl of water to.  They burn up some of the vapors and cover the smell. Vinegar Place bowls of vinegar around the room to neutralize odors. Lemon Place lemon slices in bowls all over the newly painted room for a day or two and throw them out later to remove any unpleasant paint smells. Charcoal This  can be used to deodorize any chemical odor.  Place the small pieces of charcoal in containers and leave overnight around the room.
Love to garden but hesitant how to begin ?  Here are some beginner gardening tips. Get an idea.  What garden do you prefer? Is it going to be a vegetable garden?  Or a flower garden? Just remember its better to be proud of a small garden than to be failed grandly. Know Your Place.  Not everything grows everywhere, so what you plant may determined by where you live.  You’ll need to know which parts of your yard are best suited to different plants.  Figure which spots get sun and shade throughout the day.  Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours full sun each day.  But many plants tolerate shade. Ask someone from your local garden center to find out how much sun a plant requires and the best plants for your region.   Test Your Soil.  To learn more about your soil , have a soil test. Send a sample to your cooperative extension office. The result of alkaline and how acidic your soil is, affects how plants absorb nutrients. The soil texture should be  easily shoveled and crumbled in your hands.  If your soil is super hard or clay-like, it needs a boost. Add fresh soil, mulch, compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure. Pick Your Plants.  Start with easy-to-grow plants.  You can pore over catalogs, head to the garden center, or you can even surf the internet to choose plants adapted to your soil, climate, and the sunlight in your garden. It is important to know how big they will get and how high your plants will grow to avoid crowding and to know how to space them accordingly. Put Them In The Ground.  Some plants are easy to grow from seed. You can sow them directly in the garden.  Be sure to read the seed packet for information.  Or, an easier method is to buy young plants, called transplants or set plants.  Dig a hole and plunk them in the ground. Water Carefully.  Seedlings should never dry out, so water daily while they are small.  New transplants also need to be watered frequently until the roots become developed and established.  To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning.  If you water in the evening, your plants might be prone to fungus. Good Job!  Your garden is on its way.  You might not have a lot of work everyday.  Keep watering when needed, pull weeds, and check what’s going on with the roots if you notice stunted growth.

The sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s time for your garden to come back from the winter weather. Your garden needs some help getting back in shape, though, so it’s time to get the supplies from the home improvement store, pull out the tools from the shed and get to work.


Here are some tips for your getting your spring garden green and beautiful by the time the season reaches its peak:


Clean out the garden.


It’s time to clean your garden and remove all the debris (leaves, leftover snow, etc.) Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back. This is also a good time to sharpen your garden tools, if needed, because you’re going to require them for plant maintenance and soil care.

Revitalize the soil.


Because your soil is likely dried out and packed after winter, it’s time to add moisture. Add organic material like compost or manure. You might need to test the soil to see what nutrients it needs, so you give it the right mixture. You might also need to add more fertilizer to increase the health of the soil and increase the life of your plants.

Trim old plants.


Plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned so they’ll grow anew in the spring. Make sure to wait until mid-April or May in case there’s an unexpected freeze. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Summer plants should be pruned in early spring.

Add mulch.


In addition to fertilizers and organic materials, you should think about adding mulch to your flower beds and garden. One to three inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. It also keeps the moisture in the garden and maintains the temperature. The rule of thumb is to keep the mulch a few inches from the plant stems to prevent roots from rotting.

Plant new flowers and shrubs.

Once you’ve gotten the garden in shape and handled all of the old plants, it’s time to turn your attention to new plants. Some recommendations for good spring plants include:

Pansies Snapdragons Vegetables like lettuce, peas and arugula Redbuds Transplanting tomato plants from indoor pots to outside Lilacs Tulips

You should lean towards planting more perennials rather than annuals, because annuals have to be replaced every year. This means you’re making an investment in plants that will die every year and require replacement. Perennials, on the other hand, last for two to three years and usually survive winter frosts.


What to Do for the Rest of Spring?


Once your spring garden is up and running again, it’s time to look to the future and decide what to do with your garden next. It will need some care so it stays colorful and beautiful throughout the season. Here are some quick tips for garden maintenance throughout the rest of the season:




Consider new flower beds.

Plant some hardy annuals.

Transplant seeds.


Late Spring:


Deadhead and remove bulbs.

Prune flowering shrubs.

A small bedroom isn’t necessarily a bad thing…. there’s less square footage to clean, it’s cozy and snug and with less furniture, it’s easier to decorate. Still, many people with small rooms want to make the space look larger than it really is.  If you fall into that group, there’s no need to call a contractor – with a few decorating tricks, you can make your room look bigger, no remodeling required.


Go Dark


You’ve probably always heard that a small room needs white walls to open up the space. While it’s true that white DOES give an airy, open appearance, it’s also true that dark colors visually recede, making something that’s dark look further away than it really is. Take advantage of that color wizardry by painting your walls a medium-to-dark shade of a cool color like indigo blue, hunter green or charcoal gray. If you don’t want that much drama, paint just one wall in your favorite dark shade.


Careful with Pattern


A small room doesn’t mean you are limited to tiny prints or to no pattern at all. But if you want your small room to look more spacious, it’s best to limit large prints to small accents, such as throw pillows, sheets or lampshades. Use solids or small-scale patterns on your comforter, window coverings and upholstered furniture.


Bare the Floor


Breaking up your floor space with small area rugs is a sure way to make a small room look even smaller. Whatever your flooring choice, if you want your room to look larger, think wall to wall.


That doesn’t only mean carpet — Bare hardwood or laminate floors with a slightly glossy finish are also excellent for visually opening a space. If you want to use an area rug, choose one large enough to fill nearly the entire room.


Drape It


The right drapes work double-duty to open up a small space. First, choose drapes the same color as your walls. Second, hang them up high, with the rod just an inch or two below the ceiling line, and the fabric hanging to the floor. The lack of color contrast with the wall makes the room look wider, while the long curtains make the ceiling look higher. It’s a double win for a small room.


Let There Be Light


A dim room feels claustrophobic. Dispel the darkness with good lighting – even in a small bedroom, you need at least two sources of light. At a minimum, you’ll need a bedside lamp and a floor lamp across the room. If you have ceiling lighting as well, that’s even better.


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall


You can’t beat the eye-fooling qualities of a mirror for visually enlarging a small room. And you need at least one large or full-length mirror in the bedroom anyway, or how will you know if those shoes complement that outfit? Hang a large mirror over your dresser, or install full-size mirrors on your closet doors.


Forget the Footboard


While every bed needs a headboard of some sort to balance the large horizontal surface of the mattress, footboards or benches at the bottom of the bed are optional. If your bedroom is very small, and especially if there is little space between the end of the mattress and the wall, skip the footboard. Instead, match your bed skirt to your comforter, or use a bedspread that drapes to the floor. An unbroken line of fabric keeps the eyes moving, making your room look a little bigger.


Color it Clear


Just as a window expands a room by allowing the eye to travel beyond its confines, clear glass or Plexiglas furniture opens up a space by eliminating visual weight in front of the walls. You wouldn’t want a clear bed or dresser, but a see-through bedside table or vanity work perfectly in the small bedroom, and look very contemporary. If that isn’t your style, consider a metal-framed piece with a glass top instead.

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The arrangement of the exterior is just as important as the arrangement of the interior. Most of the people are focused only of the interior of their homes, but should not be overlooked and the exterior, if you are looking of harmony. Pay attention to these few beautiful decorations for the yard that you can make yourself which can inspire you to make your own yard decorations. When it comes to soil, most people think that plants and flowers are the only elements that fall into this category. But we need a holistic approach and take into consideration elements such as fencing, walls, stairs, terrace, paths, water sources, etc …


Yard Decorating Ideas

If you need inspiration to make beautiful garden, you will find here. We present 15 Yard Decorating Ideas for your yard that you have to try this spring. All these ideas are beautiful and easy to do. Well, have fun!


















Plastic is harmful for the environment, and everyone knows it. To give up from plastic is very difficult, it is very widely used in the home. So the best way is to use recycled plastic again. These products are extremely interesting and attractive for buyers.


What can be made from a plastic bottle with its own hands? How to give second life to the plastic bottles will learn in this article. You can make many items from plastic bottles that are strikingly different.



When tires are no longer for use for their primary purpose, they can serve as a very beautiful and interesting decoration in gardens, on terraces or yard. With their standing in the yard or behind some storage, old tires will be will be just ugly picture and on that way they will serve just to collects rainwater or as nest of mosquitoes. They can be used in a very nice and interesting way and be very useful. From used tires can be made swings, decorative flower pots, garden table and chairs as a pouffe.


Used tires can be used as mini-gardens for vegetables and flowers. There are several advantages. These mini-gardens require less water, fertilizer and fewer weeds. The black color of tires absorbs more heat from the sun and stimulates the growth of plants.























Don’t throw out those kitchen scraps! What have YOU had success with?

Scallions You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

Garlic When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks, you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

Carrots Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill. You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads.

Basil Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

Basil Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.


Romaine Lettuce Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.


Cilantro The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.






LIGHT / WATER: Aloe loves the sun water once a week. Allowing to soil to dry out completely in between .


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Indirect light is best. Give them plenty of water, being careful not to over-saturate the soil.

Display Idea: Hang the pot from a modern macrame holder.


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Indirect light is ideal for the snake plant, along with light waterings.

Display Idea: Place in an elevated planter to add interest to an empty spot in your hall.



Level of Care: Easy to Moderate

Light/Water: Four hours of direct sunlight (and indirect during the rest of the time) and steady moisture is key to keep your ivy happy.

Display Idea: Train around a sculptural form.


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Bright, indirect light is ideal. Only water when the top inch of the soil is dry.

Display Idea: Place it in a corner to create a dramatic focal point, like in this apartment over at Design*Sponge.



Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Low-to-medium light and moderate moisture will keep your staghorn looking its best.

Display Idea: These plants belong on the wall!


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Care for the pothos with bright, indirect light and moderate waterings (never allowing the soil to become water-logged).

Display Idea: Blogger Little White Whale upgraded a standard terra cotta pot into a charming sculpture, which brings more impact to the leafy plant.


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Bright, indirect light and occasional waterings make the spider plant one of the easiest to care for.

Display Idea: Show off the curved leaves with a hanging planter.


Level of Care: Easy to Moderate

Light/Water: You’ll quickly have lengthy strands of pearls by leaving the plant in bright, indirect light with enough water to keep the soil steadily moist.

Display Idea: A Home Full of Color turned a simple wood bowl into a hanging display that allows the plant to beautifully cascade over the sides.


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Like most of the other plants on this list, the rubber plant requires bright, indirect light. You should only water it when the soil is dry.

Display Idea: Rubber plants have the added benefit of being one of the best natural air-cleaners out there. Place them near your favorite seating area, like The Blackbird did, to enjoy fresh air.


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Bright, indirect light and even moisture allows this plant to thrive.

Display Idea: The Brick House dipped a planter in neon paint, which brings out the gorgeous green color of the leaves.


Level of Care: Easy

Light/Water: Give the paddle plant full-to-partial sun and water only when the top two inches of the soil are dry.

Display Idea: Place in a petite pot that emphasizes the plant’s unique shape.