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I now have over 12,300 images on my Pinterest. I pin just about every single day as I search the internet for gorgeous images. I strongly suggest you go visit and see all the photos as I doubt I'll ever get them all on this blog. With over 9,700 followers, I can assure you that you'll love looking at all the eye candy I have: beautiful rooms, laundry rooms, pastries real and faux, random places around the world, gorgeous couture and handbags, bedrooms, campers and caravans, aprons, fancy bottles, furniture  and lamps I love, china, pillows, kitchens, bathrooms, porches, patios, pretty craft rooms and offices, just lots of stuff to see. I don't earn any money doing this, just the pleasure of seeing them and sharing with others. GO!
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I hate cleaning house. But I like a clean house, especially clean floors as I go barefooted most of the time. If I'm not barefoot I have on socks, but no shoes.

So today it was time to clean the floors. I hate this job but it has to be done and I don't like asking th' hubs to do things I can do as he does so much more than I do anyway. Me? I love to just sit and read or come in here to my office and Pin or blog.

I usually use a Swiffer in addition to my Tyson vacuum.

But today I thought about the old mops and brooms we used to use.

I love the old dust mops and brooms. Where have they all gone? Oh, I'll find one in WM but I rarely ever see them in friends' homes anymore. Have the dust mop and broom gone the way of the dinosaur? I bought a dust mop several months ago in WM and use it once in a while but today I decided to give it a good sweep with the broom. I think I got more stuff in the nooks and crannies than I usually get with the Swiffer. And I KNOW my floors get cleaner with a good old-fashion mopping than the wet Swiffer. I doubt many young homemakers use an old-fashioned dust mop or wet mop anymore. It makes me sad when some of the things I've been so familiar with in my childhood have gone the way of the Edsel.

And then there's cooking and the cook ware we used 70+ years ago. I still use the pots I've had for 45 years and a roasting pot my mother gave me 52 years ago when we got married. I remember her buying it from the Wear-Ever salesman in Texas at a home demonstration. It still cooks better than any of these fancy pots and skillets on the market today. Slow cookers? I have had 2 and I've used them a time or two but I've never cooked a roast in one. I cook my roasts in my mother's old Wear-Ever pot and have for our whole marriage. I've never, ever cooked a roast in the oven. Always cooked them on the top of my electric stove on the lowest heat setting—truly, it's almost OFF when I cook it—and I challenge anyone to have better roasts than I can cook. I put it in frozen, caramel some onions, add Mrs. Dash and salt and pepper and forget it until dinner time.

The other day in Costco I dropped in to just buy a couple of hams for food storage in the freezer. The man in front of me had some pork roasts and proceeded to tell me how to cook them in the slow cooker. I told him I had one but have never ever cooked my "PULLED" pork in it. Always on top of the stove. And I told him I have the best ever "PULLED" pork he's ever tasted. He shut up and didn't talk to me again. (I know, I can be obnoxious sometimes.) But we never ever called it PULLED pork as I was growing up; it was BBQ pork. I have witnesses that can tell you mine is far superior to any they've yet eaten.

About a year ago, a Dickey's BBQ came to our town. Hubby and I went there for their grand opening. There was a very, very long line. As we got up to the ordering spot and they asked us if we like it spicy or regular, hubs and I knew right then it wasn't going to be the best. Now, I know it's supposed to be very popular in the South but neither one of us liked it and won't go back. They sliced the pork right then and there and then put the sauce in a paper cup for us to add! That is NOT how you cook BBQ pork. (And when did it become PULLED pork because to us it was always "pulled" apart as we cooked it in the BBQ sauce.) That's the way to BBQ pork! Not just slopping some sauce on top of the pork. I've even put frozen pork chops in the pot and poured my sauce over it and cooked them all day in the sauce, "pulling" it apart with a wooden spoon during the day so the sauce gets to every single morsel. Does this sound vain or bragging? Well, so what? I doubt you'd not like my cooking. ;-) But cooking is a whole other story! I love eating out. :-)
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A gorgeous living room in the Oriental style. I love those sofas.


Another room I like a lot, with the little private areas sectioned off.


Such a darling vignette for a party.


I've always wondered how they make these little cupcakes. I wish I had the talent but I don't. I'm lucky to even get frosting on them, real frosting!


Is this a hollyhock? If so, it's the most gorgeous one I've ever seen. I know nothing about gardening.


One of my all-time favorites.


This is a kitchen I could love.


A beautiful feather-y pink tulip.


A darling wreath made from scraps of fabric. Looks like it would be easy to make for anyone.


A heart shaped rose.


A beautiful place in another country with gorgeous geraniums.


Wisteria growing on a lovely porch.


I like little cabinets like this. And little enamelware like that Cakes one below.


While it isn't feasible to have a lamp outdoors like this, it is still gorgeous and I love it!


A cute little banner put up by a homeowner who like roses and pink. ;-0
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Interior Painting Ideas

Interior Painting Ideas

These ideas may seem the easiest and safest bet to add color and bring in that new feel in a newly built home. But it is the pattern that packs in quite a personality punch. Drapes that have great floral or graphics, oversized flowers in your living room or large piece of art on one wall, for instance, let people know that they are entering a space that's unafraid of style. These could be made bold with your style, and you can create patterns that make conversation pieces. Build on a bold base. A crisply patterned rug establishes a modern contemporary tone. You could use a color palette that complements the decor of your living space.

When thinking on Interior Painting, think Big. Select a signature color, either in prominent blends, single or multiple colors and go with a large overall motif. Use it prominently in one room .Add other colors throughout to echo the main motif in color and pattern. Go graphic. Bold large scale geometric pictures on the wall have a natural tendency towards contemporary living. Use them to add visual architecture to a plain space. While deciding on the ideas, Add splashes of color. White and off white is nice, but walls without colors appear washed out. Instead of covering your walls with paint, try and use a vibrant floral paper to make a wall come alive; use it on the wall and see the impact. If you must use the paint, use two complementing shades to cover half of your wall, and see the difference it makes.

Finally, let colors unify and complement one another in your interior painting ideas. The key to intermingling multiple floral plus graphic checks in one space is to select patterns that share a common palette.

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Interior Painting Ideas

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Interior Design Bedroom

Interior Design Bedroom

Today's modern bedroom is often regarded as a multi purpose room rather than what it was once was used for - just sleeping. These days many people have added couches and use the room as a hideaway where they can watch television, listen to music or read a good book.

Changes that you have planned for the room may well impact on its current setup and it could affect your sleeping patterns. It is therefore very important that any interior design bedroom projects should be well thought out because even something as simple as relocating a bed or changing the way the bed faces can potentially cause many sleepless nights and problems down the track.

A bedroom interior design project can be something as simple as just changing the look of what is already in the room. Similar to the work you can do in a bathroom where a new shower curtain and fresh window curtains can change the look of the room markedly. The same effect can be created with a bedroom; a new set of bed sheets and duvet cover, some new cushions and pillows and maybe some new drapes and you instantly have the makings of a total new look. Obviously these types of cosmetic changes are not major interior design bedroom projects but they can certainly help make an impact and make the room begin to look terrific without having to outlay a lot of money.

When you begin to plan your interior design bedroom project you may want to redecorate and change the color scheme to more hip and soft colors. Remember the primary purpose of the room is for you to enjoy good sleep and this can often be difficult if you choose vivid or bright colors as part of your decorations. Many paint manufacturers have developed massive color ranges for you to select from, often they might have up to 10 or more different shades for the same color. So head down to your local paint retailer and see what they have on offer.

If you are not really too sure as to what color scheme you should go with in your bedroom then it could be helpful to visit one of the display home villages near you for a little inspiration - this way you can check out the latest trends and see which colors are popular. Going online and browsing interior design websites may also give you the insight into what options you have available.

Don't forget that once you have short listed a few colors then it is a good idea to get small samples of each color and trial them on the bedroom walls to see if you can come up with a great scheme. Do this before you actually have to purchase the required quantities as it is never easy trying to return paint if it does not suit your room.

A simple interior design bedroom project, such as repainting and implementing a few effective cosmetic changes, can be a great way of making an impact on your home features. With a little forward planning you can make a dramatic change to the room without impacting too much on your wallet. Most people spend a great deal of time in their bedroom so just be certain that the changes you make in your bedroom are really changes you can live with - remember that your bedroom can also be your sanctuary.

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Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

If you follow the trends on interior design, then you may well be aware of some of these ideas, but this article looks at the trends we are to see in 2013. You may be thinking of starting the New Year with a new style for your home, even in just one room perhaps. These ideas may inspire you to think more about the decoration and design you are considering for your home.

Firstly, colour and bright ones at that; particularly yellow. It's cheerful, dominant and will bring colour to all form of fabric and various shades are yours to choose from. Patterns are making a strong comeback and this time with pure white backgrounds making them stand out even more. Florals, vintage patterns and prints bold colours all sitting on a bright white canvas; marvellous. It brings a fresh look to every piece but be careful not to over-do it and make multiple pieces the same in one room. The effect will lose its effect otherwise.

Carrying on the pattern theme, it's not on trend to match everything neatly; it's about clashing and mixing textures, prints and fabrics. Create an array of eclectic items inspired by African, Mexican and all things cultural.

Tuning your senses to touch will be popular in the coming year. Designers are focusing on getting the user interaction with what inspires you in your home rather than sitting an object down for display. Neutral earthy tones are desirable, as well as wood, simple oak, beech or birch. Soft textures such as suede will be popular. If you want to accessorise do so with leaf motifs and woodland accessories, giving a rustic feel.

Retro patterns including botanical ones inspired by the 50s will be making an appearance once more, wallpapers especially. Keeping the botanical theme, add some cushions and update your curtains without having to redecorate the whole room. Mirrors that are grouped together, both decorative and functional. Small circular mirrors look amazing above a headboard or mantelpiece.

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

Interior Design Trends For 2013

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Interior Design Trends For 2013

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