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Decorator Secrets… Measurements that Matter

An important measurement to know is the height that chandeliers are hung over dining tables. One of the goals in design is to create attractive and defined living areas in any room. Properly hung lighting adds warmth and is more inviting to family and guests. The light fixture to the left is in a large dining room with very high ...

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Doing More With Mason Jars

Why do we like Mason jars so much? Why are they on every Flea Market gardener’s shopping list? If you like Mason jars as much as I do,..you’ve saved everyone you’ve ever had! My favorite idea is to use the old ones as friend bouquets, perfect for giving as a hostess or visiting gift. I snag them up at thrift ...

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Selling Your Home? Staging Matters!

What is Real Estate Staging: Selling versus Dwelling Are you selling your home or do you know that someday you may have to sell? Consider this….buyers are looking for their future home and buying a home is a very emotional process, plus it’s probably the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. They don’t want YOUR home…they may want your house…a product. ...

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Does Your Decorating Measure Up?

One of the most common decorating issues that I see in homes and offices is wall art/décor hung too high.There is a rule of thumb for hanging artwork on a wall when it is “floating”. Floating is when there is nothing substantial below it, as in furniture. Here are some measurements to help with that:

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Easy Project: Garden Stack-A-Pots

Stack-a-pots in the garden We’ve all seen tipsy pots,…pots tipped this way and that on a pole. But Emily Louise Campanell started a trend to stack pots straight up on top of each other for an address sign in her front entry way.

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Kerckhoff, Camping and Blackberries

Testing…both camping and blackberries… I did something today that I’ve wanted to do for years! Picked blackberries at Kerckhoff Lake. So many times we’ve driven by this pretty and serene lake, actually a reservoir, on our way here and there between over the last twenty some years. The reservoir is just south of North Fork, Oakhurst and Fresno and is ...

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Why Hate The Beautiful Bull Pine?

Myths and facts about the Sierra Foothills Bull pine From the time we moved into the mountains, I heard from neighbors and local friends about the Bull pines. Bull pines, Pinus sabiniana, are seemingly hated, seen as ugly, messy trees and reputed to somehow (?) suck water from people’s wells and aquifers. You must cut down the huge trees if ...

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