Spring Swap

Spring Swap

Life & Community, Lifestyle
by Susan Sibley Instead of spring cleaning, I had a ‘spring  swap.’ Earlier this fall, I got a new chair in the living room. My cat’s favorite chair, an old comfy red one with down cushions, was forced out into the dining room.   Emma, our chunky old kitty, loved the chair in its new spot.  I however did not. As much as I adore that cat, I wasn’t inclined to decorate according to her wishes. The old chair eventually migrated to the bedroom. Emma managed to find her spot, and all was well. The desk, recently displaced from the bedroom, went to the dining room near the kitchen. That was an inspired idea. Now I had I spot to read cookbooks and dump things without cluttering the dining table,…
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Shopping for Furniture: Prepare for the Holidays Now

Life & Community, Lifestyle
After a long hot summer, we are finally getting those cooler nights and shorter days that signal the inevitable fall and winter. Kids are back to school, and vacations are done.   Now is the time to start preparing for spending time and entertaining indoors again.   Don’t get caught at the last minute without seating, or a table in the dining room!  It might sound silly, but you may be surprised at how many folks wait until November to make big purchases.  By ordering now, you can take advantage of the few months needed to really get what you want.   Better than that, you can spread your purchasing dollars out by not having a huge bill for a new dining room set coming at the same time as those holiday bills.…
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The Art of the Twenty-Four Hour Vacation

The Art of the Twenty-Four Hour Vacation

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Lifestyle
  My husband and I have atypical days off from most folks- I’m off on Wednesday and Friday, he’s off Fridays and Saturdays.  While I’m glad to have a full day to myself, it does make it a bit hard to do any sort of travel.  Last year however, we started a new tradition:  The 24 Hour Vacation. We are so lucky here in Michigan, there are terrific places to go for any amount of time.  Especially in summer and fall, there are so many getaway towns and beaches.  It’s really quite amazing.  As much as I hate to give away my favorite secret spots, I’ll share my favorite vacation. Step one:  Be willing to spend at least three hours in car.  I always pack fruit, cheese, nuts and a…
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Mixing Colors and Styles in Home Décor

Life & Community, Lifestyle
For a while, the buzzword in design has been “eclectic,” but what does that really mean?  And how do you get the look without making a haphazard mess?  What it all comes down to is how to use contrast to show off unique pieces, and really create a space that reflects your personality. One of the most important elements in design is the idea of contrast.  An obvious use of contrasting colors is to create emphasis and drama, but shapes and styles are another, subtle way to shift focus and make things interesting. Color Tips Contrast can be as bold as a red wall or painting, or as soft as a gray sofa on a darker grey wall.  The trick is to pick an item or architectural element to be…
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