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1,001 Old-Time Household Hints

by Yankee Magazine

Wonder what Grandma would have used to clean greasy kitchen walls? Cure a sore throat? Conquer insect pests in her vegetable garden? Wonder no longer! Whatever your grandma did to fix and maintain things around the house and garden, it probably worked. That's because the old ways are often the best ways when it comes to solutions for everyday problems, ideas for saving time, and handy advice for getting the job done. And that's where 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints comes in. Find the best hints, tips, and secrets for everything from cooking, cleaning, and home maintenance to pet care, gardening, and holiday celebrations. You'll also find ways to adapt and improve some old-time methods. Discover an amazing variety of useful and clever ideas, including how to: Clean copper pans, using buttermilk and salt Make real sourdough bread the way the pioneers did Fight wrinkles and create kissable lips Use natural ingredients to repair your hair Create your own unique perfume Organize common space in your home Use ivory soap for polishing silver and insect control Safely separate drinking glasses that have been stuck together And more! With 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints on your kitchen table or nightstand, you're always in the good company of an old-timer who's ready to dispense a helpful hint, encouraging word, or sage secret at the turn of a page. 310 color photographs

10,000 Garden Questions Answered by 20 Experts

by Marjorie J. Dietz

Answers on: soils, fertilizers, landscaping, ornamental plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, tubers, corms, roses, perennials, annuals, biennials, lawns, vegetables, fruits, house plants, weeds, etc.

100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know

by Editors Of Family Handyman

The Family Handyman's 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You'll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home.The Family Handyman's 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You'll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home. Here's just a small sample of what's inside: The smartest thing you can do before going on vacation Push a button and save $100 Be ready for any natural disaster Make burglars bypass your house The most effective way to cut heating and cooling costs Clever shortcuts for home maintenance--indoors and out Keep mice, ants and other invaders out of your house Boost curb appeal without remodeling What to do when the power goes out The most common--and costly--homeowner mistakes Eliminate noises, odors and other household irritations Grow the best lawn on the block Secret weapons pros use for easy, instant repairs Make appliances last years longer The key to drip-free faucets Make your mower start right up--every time Cures for damp basements Exterminate mold and mildew Pick a paint color you'll love Get faster downloads and better TV quality Stop peeling paint Plus, incredibly easy repairs for appliances, plumbing, flooring, walls, furniture and more!

101 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

by Barbara Jane Hall

101 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster recommends a variety of techniques to emphasize the strong points of a house and minimize its weaknesses.

150 Best Mini Interior Ideas

by Francesc Zamora

Featuring interiors that exemplify the beauty and simplicity of small-space design, 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas is the latest volume in the bestselling 150 Best series.Composed of stunning photographs, floor plans, and insightful text, this book will help you discover how architects and designers from around the world work within a confined square footage to create innovative living spaces. 150 Best Mini Interior Ideas profiles a diverse range of homes, from rural and urban constructions to town houses and renovations. It reveals how to utilize walls, floors, and furniture to make a small room appear large, and it shares other methods and decorating tricks to inspire homeowners and designers.Secret storage systems, convertible furniture, and mindfulness of materials combine to create unique and flexible homes. This extensive collection celebrates functional, striking design meant to maximize the most minimal of spaces.

150 Best Minimalist House Ideas

by Alex Sanchez

One of the most popular interior design trends, minimalism highlights the essence of a room, stressing clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and a limited color palette.In 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas, photographs and floor plans of minimalist homes around the world are featured. The images are of stunning bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms; and insightful text complements them to reveal the methods used to make the minimalist rooms so eye-catching and desirable. The text includes a wealth of both big-picture and more focused ideas. It covers subjects such as walls (if and when to use them), doors, and partitions; flooring, lighting, furniture, and staircases; and explores color, patterns, materials, and texture.The houses featured in this extraordinary volume were developed by distinguished international designers at the forefront of the minimalist movement. The result is a guide that offers both inspiration and practical, easy-to follow advice for creating maximum beauty using minimal elements.

150 Best New Apartment Ideas

by Francesc Zamora Mola

This information-packed volume explores the manifold ways in which architects and designers meet the various challenges of designing and decorating apartments for their clients. Featuring an extensive collection of apartments from around the world, 150 Best New Apartment Ideas provides an in-depth look at the most stunning, innovative, and practical design solutions working today. Covering a wealth of information and showcasing the latest design trends, this little book is an inspirational source of ideas, perfect for the homeowner and the professional alike.

150 Best Sustainable House Ideas

by Francesc Zamora

150 Best Sustainable House Ideas features the latest innovations in environmentally friendly home design. From heating and cooling solutions to wind energy systems, solar paneling, thermal glazing, and even Trombe walls, the ideas featured inside are complemented by photographs and architectural plans of gorgeous, sustainable houses around the world.

150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas

by Irene Alegre

150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Featured inside this lavish guidebook are 150 never-before-shared tips and techniques provided by internationally renowned architects and designers, along with full-color photographs and diagrams of sixty-five uniquely beautiful projects from around the world. The design ideas reveal how to create exterior spaces that are clean, modern, and comfortable, as well as how to use cutting-edge materials that are practical, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Best of all, the design ideas featured inside are easy to follow and can be tailored to the unique tastes and needs of individual homeowners.

1519 All-Natural, All-Amazing Gardening Secrets

by Editors of Reader's Digest

1,519 All-Natural, All-Amazing Gardening Secrets is filled with old-time wisdom, ingenious advice, surprising tips and expert tricks for the garden of your dreams. With less time, money and effort you can create a beautiful garden.1,519 All-Natural, All-Amazing Gardening Secrets is filled with old-time wisdom, ingenious advice, surprising tips and expert tricks for the garden of your dreams. With less time, money and effort you can create a beautiful garden. We'll show you how plan and design your garden, choose which plants are best for your climate zone, and maintain your dream garden. Here are just a few of the secrets you'll find in this book: Want greener grass? Add some Epsom salts to a gallon of water and spread it on your lawn. Hoping for juicier tomatoes? Add a spoonful of sugar at just the right time. Trying to keep ants at bay? Make a hot chile and water mash and pour directly into the anthill.

The 1950s American Home

by Diane Boucher

This title explores what life was like in the 1950s American home. An age of optimism, it is about living the American Dream and how this was achieved, changes in the home, new convenience technology, new ways of living. From Ranch House to American Modernism to affordable homes in the suburbs, this was how to live the good life in an era of unprecedented prosperity and opportunity.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The 1950s Kitchen

by Kathryn Ferry

The 1950s was the first great age of the modern kitchen: labor-saving appliances, bright colors and the novelty of fitted units moved the kitchen from dankness into light, where it became the domain of the happy housewife and the heart of the home. Formica - a new space-age material - decorated with fashionable patterns topped sleek cupboards that contained new classic wares such as Pyrex and 'Homemaker' crockery, and the ingredients for 1950s British staples: semolina, coronation chicken and spotted dick. Electricity entered the kitchens of millions, and nowhere in the home was modern technology and modern design more evident. Bold color, clean lines and stainless steel were keynotes of the decade, and it is no surprise that 1950s kitchen style is now the height of fashion once again, with names like Cath Kidston picking up on the best of '50s kitchen kitsch, and manufacturers like Dualit, Kitchen Aid and Aga doing healthy business with retro appliances. This book - a celebration of cooking, eating and living in the 1950s kitchen - is a feast of nostalgia, and a mine of inspiration for anyone wanting to recreate that '50s look in their own home.From the Trade Paperback edition.

25 Tropical Houses in Indonesia

by Masano Kawana Amir Sidharta Amanda Eberhardt

25 Tropical Houses in Indonesia offers a selection of the best contemporary architecture in the archipelago, ranging from a new type of urban shop house to dramatic and flamboyant buildings emerging from the countryside. Drawing on classical Indonesian aesthetics and conventions and blending these with dynamic, cutting-edge design ideas, modern architecture in Indonesia has become dramatically aligned with international concepts of space, incorporating stunning local elements and materials.

25 Tropical Houses in the Philippines

by Elizabeth Reyes A. Chester Ong

25 Tropical Houses of the Philippines features top Filipino architects and designers with ideas that are stylish, contemporary, and show twenty-first century savvy. These distinctive homes showcase the best residential work by Filipino architects--outstanding works by 20 designers stepping beyond traditional conventions toward Asian fusion trends and international modernist architecture. The book offers a tour of stunning structures ranging from gracious pavilion-houses in elite subdivisions of Manila to elegant vacation homes of Batangas and Mindoro.

37 Houseplants Even You Can't Kill

by Mary Kate Hogan

Have the leaves dropped off your houseplants long ago? Here's the good news: you're not missing some mysterious green thumb gene. These 37 varieties of foliage, flowers and cacti will thrive even when almost totally ignored. Best of all, there's no need to sacrifice lushness, beauty or even delicacy. You'll find all the easy-to-follow basics you will ever need to show off your gardening prowess, even if you don't have any!

50 More Crocheted Afghan Borders

by Jean Leinhauser

Like the frosting on the cupcake, or the tiara on the bride, a beautiful border is the finishing touch for a lovingly created afghan, whether knitted or crocheted. Borders can be elegant or whimsical, can match or contrast with the afghan, and can lift even the simplest afghan from ''ordinary'' into the ''very special'' category. If you usually depend upon fringe as an accent, you'll have fun experimenting with these 50 crochet borders by Jean Leinhauser. The borders can be worked with any weight of yarn that works well with the body of the afghan. For some designs, the number of colors used in a border also can be varied. General instructions are included for how to use the borders, work with stitch pattern multiples, and estimate yarn amounts.

501 Amazing Uses for Salt, Vinegar, Baking Soda, Olive Oil and Lemons

by Laura M. Westdale

501 Amazing Uses for Salt, Vinegar, Baking Soda, Olive Oil, and Lemons is a collection of easy-to-use household hints for families who want to have a greener household. Using natural ingredients that are inexpensive, nontoxic, and found in nearly every pantry, these tips make it easy to live green! Readers are introduced to the basic ingredients - salt, vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, and lemons - and what makes them so useful around the home. The book is packed with simple tips for both inside and outside the home, from healthy cleaning solutions to natural pet care. Color-coded by main ingredient, each tip has an ingredient list and step-by-step instructions. This is a great reference for readers wishing to simplify their collection of household products and detoxify their homes. With a charming design and simple-to-use approach, this reliable household companion makes an indispensable reference and a great gift.

52 Weekend Decorating Projects

by The Editors of Woman's Day

A wide range of easy, creative and inexpensive decorating projects that will add personality and style to your rooms at very little cost.

60 Crocheted Snowflakes (Dover Needlework Series)

by Barbara Christopher

This unusually comprehensive collection features patterns based on actual snowflake photographs. At the beginning of the book, the author gives easy-to-follow instructions for each stitch used in this book. The threads she suggests work up beautifully, though other brands will also make wonderful snowflakes. Some patterns are easy; some are intricate, but all rely on just a few basic stitches.

The 8-Minute Organizer

by Regina Leeds

Leeds shows how anyone can organize their home with just a few minutes each day. She has tailored her magic formula so that readers can work in short, effective increments. Includes hundreds of systems and tricks--from daily routines, periodic tasks, and fun projects.

The 8 Minute Organizer

by Regina Leeds

Whether you are busy dealing with a demanding job, raising kids, or coping with illness, simply finding the time to get organized can be a challenge. The 8-Minute Organizer to the rescue!Regina Leeds shows how anyone can organize their home with just a few minutes each day. She has tailored her magic formula (eliminate, categorize, organize) so that readers can work in short, effective increments and complete small projects that add up to big progress. The book includes hundreds of systems and tricks--from rapid closet rehab to tackling junk drawers, clutter-busting a room to setting up a mail system. Leeds also offers quick but important daily routines (making the bed), periodic tasks (checking the smoke detector), and fun projects (creating a dream board) to keep up the momentum.

The 8 Minute Organizer

by Regina Leeds

Whether you are busy dealing with a demanding job, raising kids, or coping with illness, simply finding the time to get organized can be a challenge. The 8-Minute Organizer to the rescue!Regina Leeds shows how anyone can organize their home with just a few minutes each day. She has tailored her magic formula (eliminate, categorize, organize) so that readers can work in short, effective increments and complete small projects that add up to big progress. The book includes hundreds of systems and tricks--from rapid closet rehab to tackling junk drawers, clutter-busting a room to setting up a mail system. Leeds also offers quick but important daily routines (making the bed), periodic tasks (checking the smoke detector), and fun projects (creating a dream board) to keep up the momentum.

Absolutely Amazing Ways to Save Money on Everything

by James Paris

Tips on saving money on dining out, health care, home repair and much more.

Absolutely Organize Your Family

by Debbie Lillard

Struggle Less and Savor More Managing a family is no easy task. There are school projects to supervise, a constant deluge of laundry and toys to deal with, and after-school activities to drive to every night. It makes you wish you had an instruction manual to help you keep it all together-well, now you do! Absolutely Organize Your Family is full of practical and effective solutions for all of your family's organizational challenges. Debbie Lillard, professional organizer, mother of three and author of the popular book Absolutely Organized, offers all new "Absolutes of Organizing Your Family" tips to help you gain and maintain order in three key areas of your family life: Schedules, belongings and spaces. Inside you'll find: Solutions for overcrowded and out-of-control schedules Advice on establishing morning, evening, and bedtime routines Strategies for organizing toys, collections, artwork, photographs, and more Ways to keep closets and dressers in order even in the midst of growth spurts Help for your child's schoolbag, desk, and locker Methods of keeping bedrooms organized Ideas for creating a homework area to improve study habits. Spend less time struggling to keep up and more time savoring everyday moments with your family. Start your family's organizational makeover today.

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