Natural Cabin Style in California

Color consultant Nancy Pepper relocated from Los Angeles to Ojai, California, after lunch with a Buddy turned into a property-scouting Experience. After viewing five other homes, six turned out to be her lucky number: a silent home surrounded by nature and stunning views of the Topa Topa Mountains. “My personal style is heavily influenced by character, and if I could live anywhere it would be from the woods,” Pepper says.

Pepper helps her clients discover their personal color palettes according to the four seasons. While designing her own home, she used her own colours as a source of inspiration. Being an”autumn with a bit of winter,” Pepper chose abundant, vibrant hues; heavy textures; and natural components, giving her Ojai abode a cabin-inspired style.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Nancy Pepper and her two mini Labradoodles
Location: Ojai, California
Size: 2,800 square feet; two bedrooms, 2 baths, studio workplace
That is intriguing: Famous potter Otto Heino’s studio and former residence is right up the road.

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Natural materials such as wood and stone reflect Pepper’s love of nature and her desire to bring the outside into her dining room design.

Pepper matched her dining room table, found at Wachters in Ojai, with Paris bistro seats from Ojai interior designer Elizabeth Alexander.

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Pepper chose earthy hues of red, orange, pink and teal as the main color palette for her home, and they function in harmony with her nature-inspired decor.

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Unique mixed-media artworks such as this bit by Trevor Norris, titled Diagonal Down, mix in with the colours of the home.

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Aiming to make the home feel like a cabin, Pepper designed with actual logs from Oregon, brought down by a former neighbor. She used both unfinished and finished pieces, such as this log column in the kitchen, to provide contrast and texture. The kitchen cabinets are made from recycled Douglas fir.

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Knowing that Pepper likes to take advantage of recycled items, a friend bought a box of old railroad spikes for her. After much contemplation about how to incorporate them in the plan, Pepper decided to use them as handles for her kitchen drawers and cabinets.

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Pepper’s orange and green countertops are a bold color choice, but they are among the favorite features of the home. Orange is one of the favorite colors. “It makes me happy to look at it,” says Pepper. The cheerful hue is ubiquitous throughout the home, extending even to the orange trees out.

Countertops: Caesarstone

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Pepper brings out her vibrant countertops’ full potential by displaying matching decorative accents such as glass bell peppers and glassware.

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The wood liner and the bottoms of this kitchen island are also made from logs from Oregon. Pepper stained the logs to give them a more finished look as well as more durability in a kitchen setting.

The sides of the island are lined with wood in the home’s former hardwood flooring. Pepper’s builder discovered 100-year-old pipes via an orange orchard from Santa Paula, California, to use as a footrest.

Bar stools: Cowhide Western Furniture

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Pepper had an oddly shaped piece of wood left over in the Oregon delivery and could not let it go to waste. She watched it as a chance for another one-of-a-kind bit for her home and had her contractor craft it in this rustic table.

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For Pepper, designing is all about doing what you enjoy. Her home has an eclectic feel, with items from other styles and time periods. She has collected various pieces through time, such as this chair that she has had since the’60s, and also this dining table made out of an antique door, which still has its original hinges and keyhole.

The chair blends perfectly with the teal vases and kilim rug draped over the dining table.

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It required Pepper two and a half years to pick the final design of her living space. When she first bought the house, the living room sat in which the dining area is currently, and the dining area was a little extension off the kitchen. Together with the intent of opening up the room to generate a more societal set up, Pepper swapped the two spaces and extended the home outward, making a sizable, spacious living space.

The inviting sectional sofa is by designer Elizabeth Alexander, using needlepoint cushions made by Pepper.

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Alexander initially suggested that Pepper place a seating area in the front of the fireplace, but Pepper discovered that she loved the open and spacious feel of this space. She states,”It’s a fantastic spot to do yoga.”

Pepper’s design philosophy is “make it bulletproof.” She desired low-maintenance flooring that could stand up to her two dogs’ lively antics. She chose materials that could suit her love of texture and character: a stunning slate for the living room and kitchen, and pine hardwood flooring for the rest of the home.

Table and chairs: Elizabeth Alexander Interior Design, Ojai

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The outdoors makes its way into the master bedroom via the stone fireplace, pine floors and ornamental ferns. Pepper added splashes of color to the neutral tones with rugs in Oaxaca, Mexico, gathered through the last few years plus a subtle green wall hue.

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Among Pepper’s favorite pieces, which she’s had for several decades, is her calla lily bed, designed by Suzanne Geismar.

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Wood paneling and a slate bathtub make the master toilet feel straight out of a cabin deep in the woods. The window overlooks the stunning backdrop of Pepper’s landscaping and the surrounding mountains.

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The bed in Pepper’s guest area initially belonged to one of her sons, who decided that it belonged in his mother’s home because of its wooden columns and cabinlike style. Pepper contrasts the natural components with bright bursts of color.

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Pepper’s bright and airy home studio is where she’s her color consulting with clients. She sits them down on the stool and analyzes their hair, skin and eyes to find a suitable color palette. She consults on makeup, clothing as well as home decor. The studio is full of color swatches as well as planks for each palette, such as the autumn board exhibited here.

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Pepper uses a white background for her studio so that she can begin with a blank background when consulting with her clients.

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The selected colors extend to the patio overlooking the pool and gardens.

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The garden is full of hardscaping, which Pepper broke up to include more greens and gardening area. The region is used often for family parties and enjoying sunshine by the pool.

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Guest Picks: 20 Modern Quilts for Kids

Now the holidays are over, it’s time to freshen up things around the home. January is a superb time to take advantage of many White Sales and replace the kids’ bedding to get a bright beginning to the new year. Here are a few of my favourite contemporary vases for children. — Elaina from Fun Finds for Mom


Modern Baby Quilt Half & Half Herb by B Perrino Quilts – $125

This neutral quilt will be ideal in a modern nursery, especially if your little guy’s name starts with an O.


Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse Studio – $360

This Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse is really two quilts in one: glowing triangles on one side and lemony stripes onto the other.

Pottery Barn Kids

Dahlia Medallion Quilt, Pink – $179

My daughter would probably choose this one out of the bunch. Pink and flowers are two of the favorites.


Geometric Quilt, Bricks by B Perrino Quilts – $325

Barbara Perrino creates some really striking vases, such as this clean and simple”bricks” design.


Delft Quilt – $2,850

The gorgeous quilts made by FunQuilts are an investment, for certain, but the good news is that the company also sells quilt kits for people who possess the skills to generate their very own.


Zig Zag Chocolate Quilt

This comfy Zig Zag Chocolate Quilt by Dwell is made of 100 percent cotton.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Run & Fall, Chocolate Queen Quilt

Chocolate brown and blue is one of my favourite color combinations, especially when paired in matters like this fun geometric quilt.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Swirly Rose Appliqué Quilt

This quilt by Denyse Schmidt is named Swirly Rose, but it reminds me of freshly picked oranges. I could design a whole room .

Haptic Laboratory

New York City Soft-Map – $450

Look carefully and you’ll notice that Soft-Maps are quilted maps of towns and areas around the world, including New York, Paris, London, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. They’re perfect for the urban tot!

SUCH Designs

Wonky Small Homes Quilt Pattern – $10

This is a quilt pattern called”Wonky Little Houses” I love its playful appearance. It was created by my friend (and super gifted artist) Carrie Bloomston.


Quatrefoil Blossom Quilt – $220

This is absolute pinky perfection.


Baby Quilt Orange Boxes by B Perrino Quilts – $125

This is just another great quilt made by Barbara Perrino. It is named Orange Boxes, and it’s sized for a baby.

Serena & Lily

Ruched Quilt – $230

White happens to be my favorite color, so I wouldn’t mind having this unique Ruched Quilt from Serena & Lily in my bed. It is so refreshing!

The Land of Nod

Children Red & White Nautical Striped Quilt Bedding – $129

These bold white and red stripes are at home in a nautical-themed bedroom for children.


Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse Studio – $360

If you love Carson Converse’s quilt layouts but are not yet prepared to make the investment, have a look at his smaller stroller quilts and greeting cards also.


Circle Stitch Quilt – $184

This quilt has a genuine bohemian vibe with all its multicolored rings and circles.

The Land of Nod

Kids Dinosaur Bedding Comforter Set – $14

In case you have a dino lover, here is an enjoyable tower of dinosaurs onto a duvet from The Land of Nod. Additionally, there are a few great pillows for your upcoming paleontologist to snuggle up with also.

Chocolate/Chambray Cabin Quilt – $180

These reversible Cabin Quilts from Serena & Lily would be the perfect basic pieces for layering with patterned bedding. The contrasting red stitch on this one is a wonderful touch.

Aqua Diamond Quilt – $180

This Aqua Diamond Quilt from Serena & Lily resembles pure luxury. Additionally, it comes in punch, lilac, pink and citrine.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

On and On Quilt

I think this orange, geometric”On and On” quilt by Denyse Schmidt would look great in a tween boy’s room.

Next: Warm Up Your Bedding for Winter

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Show Leg

When you are furnishing a little area, concentrate your radar with legs that are exposed. Maintaining open space between floor and furnishings is a little design idea with big advantages; it may mean simply baring a bit’s stems instead of hiding them behind upholstery or bedding. Prior to purchasing your next sofa, bed or vanity, think about the aesthetic rewards of those leggy options.

Jarlath Mellett

By some criteria, this living area may be considered on the side. But contemporary furniture avoids entirely that feeling with exposed legs. Notice the way the armchair’s design is reflective of a typical sturdy build, yet when compared with the thin legs of these tables and sofa, it seems balanced instead of bulky.

Tim Cuppett Architects

A design that includes only furniture together with bare legs feels complicated and breezy. The eye can identify a constant path through the space, resulting in a open sensation even though the space is completely furnished.

Amy Lau Design

Furniture raised off the ground helps the eye concentrate on other different features — like an incredible city view.

Reaume Design & Construction

A four-poster bed can offer an atmosphere of luxury to a space but can also be visually demanding. Let it stand tall without the bulk by deciding on a design which features lengthy legs, and be sure that your bedding doesn’t fall under the framework.

Rachel Reider Interiors

The same goes for furnishing your eating area with a banquette. Instead of deciding on a built-in that extends to the ground, go with a freestanding bench raised on legs to provide a lot roomier appeal.

The Lettered Cottage

If you are dying for additional counter space in your small kitchen but dread a island will cramp your space, consider one with legs. You’ll achieve an excess work station without the visual volume.

The Sky is the Limit Style

An island on thighs also works nicely if you are attempting to fit an eating area in a bigger kitchen. Additional furnishings bulk up a space generally, but they’ll work if you decide on leggy pieces.

Celia James

Tight bathrooms enjoy a vanity . Mirrored paneling further opens up this little bathroom.

Show Us Your Legs

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Choose the Right Doorknob for the Job

Yes, I do know that doorknobs are not the sexiest topic of conversation. But trust me, they’re more important than many people can possibly imagine. Before remodeling our first floor (that sounds grand, but it is the size of a studio apartment), I could honestly say that doorknobs never crossed my mind. There were so many “big” decisions to make (paintvinyl, appliances) that I never even considered them.

Fast-forward a bit and there I am, in the greatest knob shop in the world (that is Jackson’s Hardware in San Rafael, California) with a knob nervous breakdown. Since it turns out, they make a massive gap, tipping the fashion of your home in 1 direction or another. The substances, the shapes, the endings, the rosettes — it is a whole lot to consider in.

In the long run, I learned a great deal of doorknob talk and a few good tips:

• Be sure all of the doorknobs in view of one other have the same color and finish.
• The shape of the rosette changes the expression of the entire door.
• Do not accidentally install privacy knobs (ones which lock) on your cupboard doors.
• You do not have to remodel the whole house to change out your doorknobs and make a big improvement.

That’s it. You are on your own. Go forth and select well. Here are some nice examples to help you with your travels.

Doorknobs – $110

That which we finally settled on: egg-shape sand-casted bronze in a silver patina finish with a contemporary, rectangular rosette. This style goes with our original 1941 doors and our contemporary remodel. Plus, they feel really nice in your hand.

Contemporary Knobs

Here’s a more contemporary version of the egg-shape knob. A round rosette keeps it looking sleek.

Lever handles are very popular in Europe, and in a way they make more sense physiologically (no wrist twisting). This black one having a rectangular rosette bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary, similar to this toilet. (Also, have a look at those cool rope pulls on the drawers)

Michael Robert Construction

This oval rosette, black finish and dual plate (knob and lock are separated) create a more traditional style for a more conventional door.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

A stainless finish and one plate (knob and lock on the same rosette) provide this room and doorway a fresh, contemporary feel.


A cut-glass knob is so lovely. It may be simple and unobtrusively fairly, as it’s here.

Mustard Seed Interiors

A cut-glass knob could be more ornate when paired with a conventional rosette. Within this area, it helps establish the era and disposition.


Filmore Full Dummy Knob Set, Polished Brass – $93.77

A traditional beauty. Isn’t she lovely?

Ceramic knobs are old-fashioned and tend to look country cottage. However, if your style is eclectic, you are able to make them work in any setting.

A playful ceramic knob is the perfect lead-in for this colorful, contemporary nursery.


A classic barn manage pull.

Tuthill structure

Not so conventional handle pulls. The symmetry in this entryway is amazing. It’s always a good idea to look at the shapes enclosing a doorway when choosing knobs or handles.

Brennan + Company Architects

Sliding doors don’t need knobs that turn. This number-two pull is really clever.

Your exterior knob should fit your doorway and the facade of your property. Your house would pretty much have to be covered in ivy and include a library to get away with those center-mounted beauties.

Browse doorknobs in the Products section

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Your Décor?

I Have got a thing for Frank Sinatra. The voice, the design, the positive smile will always define his heritage. The song “New York, New York” pops into my mind every time I fly into JFK airport. One interesting fact about Ol’ Blue Eyes was that his love of the color orange. Frankie stated, “Orange is the happiest color” Maybe that’s why he was always smiling: He surrounded himself with orange inside his houses.

Orange is fun and sassy and generally unexpected. And there are lots of beautiful shades of this, such as rust, peach, coral and terra cotta. Most people despise this hue or adore it, but even one of the fans there’s sometimes compliments on how to use it. For ideas, see how these great designers include shades of orange in their projects.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Here is the simplest way to infuse orange into your area: White walls using fairly simple details meet orange dash. Wouldn’t you love coming home for this entry with this beautiful shade of pumpkin to greet you?

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Pangaea Interior Design

Textiles: Frame them hang them display them on a games console. Whichever way you choose, an orange cloth does its job by contrasting whatever surrounds it. Notice the contrast of this poppy orange against the modern shade of grey.

Willman Interiors / Gina Willman, ASID

Throw pillows are fast and simple and best of all synonymous. They’re a low-commitment way to bring orange into any mix. Notice how these burnt orange cushions feel earthy against the grass cloth, not punchy. This is why orange is so flexible: It may be neutral and daring.

J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC

I believe this room is so elegant with its charcoal-tinged walls and curtains. When paired with a stunning and dark neutral such as charcoal, this cherry crimson is playful and sophisticated. The appearance works because it is not a contrived palette; it is bold and courageous while keeping the stately feel of the furniture and piano.

For People design

The use of orange in this area is so straightforward, it is silly. These designers are so clever. Orange throws, smartly placed under cushions. Call it a day. These are
the particulars that make a room simple, practical and memorable.

For People design

I believe this bedroom is dreamy and shows how many colours set perfectly with orange. Did you see how many different shades of blue and green look right at home with all the orange wall? With orange you can really experiment with color. Trust me, it moves with everything.

Charmean Neithart Interiors

Lampshades are a perfect way to add a little bit of orange. Here I used the timeless mixture of black and orange to add some playfulness for this mainly neutral area. The pattern on the lampshade is an extra layer of detail that makes this orange even more appealing.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

I believe that the soft orange onto the rear of this desk chair is brilliant. It makes the space.

Brown is still another color that matches perfectly with orange. Notice how this shade of orange feels daring and modern amid flat stripes, a geometric pillow layout and white furniture.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

A fantastic way to use orange would be in a rug. This yummy shade of orange seems particularly modern in a geometric pattern. This type of flooring pattern will always look crisp against a solid-color sofa or sofa.


Among my favorite shades of orange, this rust hue looks clean and inviting with all the color replicated in the oversized artwork and fabrics. Try replicating a shade of orange from fabrics on your artwork. This can be more of a controlled appearance, intentional and curated.

Fiorella Design

This chamber skillfully uses orange to emphasize twin markets with open shelving and accessories. Illuminated markets are a fairly simple factor to include. Not quite an accent wall, but they still provide contrast for a special collection or artwork piece.

Allow me to know what you believe in the Comments section while I go track down some pie — yes, pumpkin.

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How to Clean Windows

Preferably, your windows should be washed twice a year to remain clean and clear, but because of the perception that window repair is very tiring, a lot of people try and put it off for as long as they can because they just don’t look forward to it. The main cause of this problem is the fact that most people are using the wrong tools; from cleaner spray to crumpled up newspaper and elbow grease… no wonder it’s such a labor-intensive activity!

As you’ve probably noticed, all the rubbing you do doesn’t seem to help because as soon as you’re done ‘cleaning’ you find more dirt on the window again, and the reason for this is that the rubbing motion creates a static charge that attracts dust, so while you continue to move it around the window with your crumpled and damp paper towel, you continue to attract even more dirt onto the glass surface.

Here’s a step-by-step method to help you clean your windows more effectively using half of the efforts that you’re currently putting in.

For Large One-Dimensional Windows

Step One: Wash the windows using a strip applicator soaked in a solution of warm water and dishwasher. A strip applicator is the ideal tool for the job because it can easily reach and clean the edges, and will loosen dirt without scratching the glass.

Step Two: Wipe the window from side to side with a squeegee and wipe the end of the squeegee’s blade with a clean cloth after each wipe.

Step Three: Dry the remaining liquid on the window using a clean rag or chamois that you’ve wrung out beforehand.

For Multi-Pane Windows

Step One: Make sure that your squeegee is the right size to clean your windows, especially if you’ve got divided-light windows. You can do this by hacking the excess length away with a hacksaw and file the boundaries until they’re smooth. Do the same for the rubber blade, but use a utility knife this time, to make sure that it’ll be able to fit the length of the window pane.

Step Two: Scrub each pane individually with a bristle brush or sponge using the same mixture of dishwashing soap and warm water. Brush the panes from corner to corner and use your fingers, through the sponge, to loosen any stubborn dirt along the edges and corners. Wipe the windows with your customized squeegee using careful strokes that go from the top to the bottom and back up again.

Persistent Stains

Most windows sustain stubborn stains over time, mostly as a result of dried up hard water or fallen rain, and these stains are often too stubborn to remove when using regular window cleaning methods. You may have considered scrubbing them away with a sturdier tool, but you should be careful about the scratches and damage it would cause. A good median solution would be to use fine 000 steel wool with a bit of oxalic acid to rub away the stain. Clean the stains away with a wet cloth, rinse it and squeegee it again. You can repeat this treatment twice or until the stubborn stains have been removed.

FHA Credit Score Limits

Loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) have more flexible credit criteria than conventional, non-government guaranteed loans. The FHA started providing an alternative to stringent mortgage loans in 1934, and it continues to aid borrowers with credit challenges to obtain financing from promising to repay lenders if borrowers default. The borrower, co-borrower and co-signer on a FHA loan should meet minimum credit score requirements to qualify.

The Basics

FHA-approved lenders adhere to particular credit guidelines outlined from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Handbook. They consider borrower credit history among one of the four significant factors influencing a borrower’s ability to repay a home loan. A credit score and report shows excessive credit obligations and any past failure to settle debts. A low credit score, delinquent and past due accounts, bankruptcy, and foreclosure are all red flags for lenders. The lender also considers income, assets and other obligations to determine whether the borrower is likely to repay the loan.

Credit Limits

FHA has a minimal credit requirement but not a maximum charge limitation. The highest possible credit score based on the most popular credit scoring program, FICO, is 850, and the smallest is 300. FHA requires borrowers to have a minimal 500 FICO score to obtain insurance. Such borrowers should contribute at least a 10 percent down payment. A borrower with a score of 580 or more qualifies for a loan with just a 3.5 percent down payment.


FHA’s minimum score requirements benefit borrowers who have sufficient assets and income to repay a home loan debt but who would be denied under conventional lending criteria because of terrible credit. FHA insurance allows lenders to make loans to otherwise ineligible borrowers as they’re guaranteed repayment of the debt. FHA loans require an annual mortgage insurance premium that the borrower pays monthlypayments. The increased down payment requirement for borrowers with very bad credit offsets danger for FHA and the lending company.

Expert Insight

Improve your credit score before applying for a FHA loan by eliminating inaccuracies and unpaid collections from your accounts. Such items affect the standard of your loan, specifically the interest rate and your loan limitation. A score below 580 takes more money out-of-pocket at closing and a higher monthly payment over the repayment term. By removing negative accounts and high-balance credit accounts, you also enhance the maximum loan amount. The lender counts fewer monthly obligations, raising the amount you’re able to put toward a housing payment.

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What Colors to Paint Martin Homes

Purple martins are lively, gregarious songbirds native to the U.S.. If you reside in the martins’ breeding range, that includes the eastern U.S. and Pacific Coast from Washington state to Mexico, along with elements of Arizona and Canada, hosting a purple martin colony is a rewarding, long-lasting endeavor. Purple martins have survived with people since Native American occasions and are now almost dependent on human-supplied housing. Even though purple martin houses are readily available for purchase, building your own martin house adds a second level of satisfaction. Whether you construct a martin “apartment house” or offer gourd-type homes, a key contributor to the achievement of your martin housing is the shade that you just paint it.

Paint It White

White is the preferred color for purple martin houses. White offers maximum reflection of sunlight, which keeps the interior of the house cool so that the birds can flourish and increase their young. It is possible to paint the trim, like the roof and the ledges under the doors, another color, but it’s not vital. If you reside in an area that gets high summertime temperatures, you should also paint the roof white.

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How Do I Get Hand Lotion Out of Carpeting?

Even though hand-lotion stains in carpets aren’t a frequent issue, it does happen sometimes as bottles drop abruptly releasing its contents, and it is ideal to take care of its elimination as promptly as possible. Due to the oily consistency of cream, removing it in carpet fibers requires a different approach when compared to treating different kinds of stains. The necessary ingredients are dry-cleaning solvent, a neutral detergent and warm water. First test all stain removal methods on an inconspicuous place from the rug to ensure the process does not damage or discolor the carpet.

The Method

Replacing a sponge with a little number of dry-cleaning solvent and dab the rug area affected by the hand-lotion stain. Use sparingly to avoid the solvent soaking into the carpet backing or seams. Slowly stain in a mixture of warm water and a mild detergent containing no bleach or alkalies, rather a merchandise devoid of added fragrances or colors. Allow the mixture to sit down for about two to three minutes, then sponge it out with a brand new sponge and clean, clean water. When using dry-cleaning solvents, open up the windows so the room has adequate ventilation.

Other Alternatives

Do not use typical homemade stain-removers such as vinegar, lighter fluid, gasoline, nail polish remover, ammonia or carbon tetrachloride on hand-lotion stains. These products tend to leave a strong odor and will discolor the carpet. If you don’t have some dry-cleaning solvent on hand and want to take care of a hand cream stain right away, sprinkle an absorbent material such as cornstarch or baking soda over the affected area, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum.

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Can You Blow Off Into the Street?

To some, the leaf blower has turned arm-tiring raking into an easy autumn task, while to others the insistent drone of its engine is unwelcome. This common garden tool has has become so controversial in certain locations that communities have enacted laws regarding it. But whether you use a leaf blower or a rake, the constraints imposed on where you are able to ship the leaves would be exactly the same.

Assess the Law

Before blowing leaves to the road, check with your city clerk’s office or sound control board to discover whether leaf blowers are permitted in your area. Some towns, mainly in California, have banned the use of leaf blowers because the degree of noise they make and pollutants they emit into the air. Some communities permit electric blowers within the city limits, while others permit electric and gas blowers only at certain times of the day.

Don’t Clog Storm Drains

Blowing leaves to the road gets them out of your yard, but they finally end up someplace. For municipal streets, it is normally in the stormwater drain where they clog pipes and cause road flooding. In extreme cases, water may back up into houses. Instead of blowing leaves to the road, many cities recommend composting or recycling leaves to prevent obstructing stormwater drains.

Make a fantastic Neighbor

Two of the most common complaints regarding the use of leaf blowers are blowing the leaves on a neighbor’s yard, and utilizing deafening blowers for long periods of time. If you use a leaf blower, keep leaves in your premises and use the leaf blower for only short periods from the middle of the afternoon. It is tempting to blow leaves to streets on the afternoon of road cleaning, but some city officials ask homeowners not do this. It slows down crews. Instead they recommend bagging leaves for removal.

Make Leaf Mold

If your town doesn’t permit using a leaf blower, you don’t have to permit soggy leaves smother your grass. Instead put them to use by raking leaves to flower beds. A 4- to 6-inch layer of mulch protects plants in winter cold. Some flowers that normally don’t overwinter well can be held from the ground with heavy mulching. You may also make leaf mold. Rake leaves into a pile 3 feet wide and three or more feet tall, water thoroughly and then let the pile sit for six months to a year, watering the pile occasionally when it dries out. Some leaves break down more rapidly than others, so be patient. In the summertime, work the finished leaf mold to garden beds to permit soil to retain moisture better.

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