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10 Fall Decorating Ideas with Farm Fresh Apples

Apple ideas for after a visit to the apple orchard.

Need some fall decorating ideas for all of those apples you picked up from the apple orchard? Consider using them to creatively decorate your home for the season.

Autumn is prime apple season and visiting the apple orchard is one of autumn’s sweetest treats. Enjoying the crisp autumn air while picking out your favorite apple varieties like Pink Lady, Rome, Cameo and Ginger Gold, is one of life’s simple pleasures.

What often happens after we get home from our annual pilgrimage to the apple …

13 Fun and Functional Drink Coasters for Entertaining

Clever drink coasters for your home.

Get your home ready for the holiday entertaining season with these clever drink coasters to protect your furniture.

In our household, as in many US households, autumn and winter are the indoor entertaining months. Spring and summer are the outdoor entertaining months, but the cooler weather removes that most excellent option for outdoor entertaining and forces hosts to entertain guests back inside their homes. Between Halloween and New Year’s Eve, most of our homes will have had enough relatives and friends traipse through to wreak havoc on …

SC Johnson to Disclose All Proprietary Fragrance Ingredients

glade candle

SC Johnson’s “secret” corporate fragrances are about to be let out of the bottle.

From perfumes to dishwashing and laundry detergents to candles, chemical fragrances are in practically everything.

But manufacturers do not have to disclose which chemicals are used in their proprietary fragrances, protected by the U.S. Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. And some of these products can contain dozens of chemicals in just one fragrance.

Now, major personal care brand SC Johnson (Glade, Pledge, Shout, Windex) has announced it’s going to disclose all of its fragrance ingredients used in its products. Similarly, …

9 Simple DIY Wine Rack Projects You Can Make Yourself

DIY Wine Rack

Super clever and simple do-it-yourself ideas for making a wine rack.

Are you a wine aficionado or want to make your friends think that you are a wine aficionado?

Step one is to stop drinking wine from a box. Step two is to get a wine rack, or better yet make your own wine rack. Step three is to learn all about wine, but that really is the business of another post. This post is all about creative ways that you can make your own wine storage racks.

Want to stock …

9 of the Best Sweater Repurposing Ideas Just in Time for Fall

Repurposing ideas for sweaters.

Turn those sweaters you’ve been meaning to drop off at the fabric recycling bin into functional and fashionable items using these repurposing ideas.

We’ve all felt that sinking feeling when something happens to make our most comfiest of sweaters unwearable. Whether its a hole developing in a super noticeable spot (I am not above mending a hole in the armpit) or whether its a stain that didn’t come out from that super stain-y yellow curry (true story), the fact of the matter is that stuff happens. Comfy sweaters …

9 Unusual Beeswax Uses (that Don’t Involve Candles)

beeswax closeup

Seriously, how many candles does one woman need?

These days, beeswax is mostly an ingredient in candles and beauty products, but there are plenty of household beeswax uses as well. Here are 9 ways you can put it to work in your humble abode:

1. Swap out your plastic wrap

When beeswax is applied to cotton, the cotton’s no longer breathable, making it the perfect replacement for that icky plastic wrap. Not only are cotton wraps uber-economical, reusable and eco-friendly, but you can choose fabrics that go with your kitchen décor – even the …

Himalayan Salt Lamps: Natural (And Gorgeous!) Air Detoxifiers

himalayan salt lamps photo

Himalayan salt lamps create a peaceful, calming effect as the salt molecules are released into the air. Salt caves in the foothills of the Pakistan, where the lamps are sourced, have been used for their healing qualities since ancient times. Today, chunks of the salt are excavated, hand chipped, hollowed out, and then transformed into a gorgeous lamp. 

I first noticed Himalayan salt lamps in a home decor shop in Asheville, N.C. when I was visiting for a yoga retreat. First drawn by its glowing beauty–an orange and pink …

Add a Backyard Fire Pit and Make the Most of Autumn

Ideas for a backyard fire pit.

Enjoy the beauty of the season by adding a backyard fire pit and squeeze every last drop of gorgeousness you can out of the season.

When many people think of sitting around a fire, they often think of summertime barbecues and other summertime pastimes. When I think of sitting around a fire what comes to mind is the autumn bonfire–it’s a favorite amongst my family and friends. Sitting around a campfire, bonfire or backyard fire pit in the crisp autumn air is a great way to enjoy …