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Giving yourself some luxury for the holidays makes the season merrier and brighter. But luxury means different things for each of us. Luxury defined in the dictionary means: “not essential or necessary, but conductive to pleasure or comfort in life.”
For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there’s something for many tastes and styles.
It’s hard to deny the magical feeling of Christmas when surrounded by sparkling decorations, the smell of warm turkey and a dozen beautiful ballerinas dressed in their holiday best and smiling and laughing together.
First- and second-graders at Horizon Community Learning Center participated in Layers of the Rainforest Friday morning and afternoon — an interactive activity to bring life to their learning material.
Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in awhile for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we’re not sure what to do with.
Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through “generals.”
Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor.
Finding your interior design style can be challenging with so many choices to love and gravitate toward. I’ve often thought I need at least three or more houses to get my styles fully expressed with all the interior design choices we have today. I’d have an elegant traditional home with luxury fabrics in colorful patterns, florals and lots of big spectacular furniture rich in architectural details and finishes. The next home would reflect my love of the cowboy West using big plush sofas, leather and nail-head trims, Western artwork and lots of whimsical details on fireplace screens, door handles, towel racks, lamps and wood-carved furniture. And my next home would be a sophisticated soft contemporary place with clean-lined seating, geometric patterns, glass and metal tables, colorful big abstract art and a few traditional pieces to keep it from having a cold, hard-edge appearance. Alas, if I could only win the Mega Millions jackpot!
Collecting autographs all started probably when you were a child. For me, it was a Nolan Ryan baseball in 1974. Going to Angel Stadium with my mom and dad, I would grab a baseball that I had been playing catch with, not thinking that maybe someday it would be worth something if I got it signed. Nolan Ryan was my favorite player — being able to control a game with your pitching skills was pretty cool and being able to throw no-hitters — even better. I would hang over the fence by the dugout to see where Ryan was and where he might come out and sign autographs. It always seemed to me that people that were there also seeking autographs were getting the programs they had purchased when they entered the stadium signed. I figured since he played on the field with a baseball, maybe he would sign my baseball. Not only did he end up signing my ball, but he also signed my glove, too. And believe it or not, I played catch with that ball and glove until most of the autograph wore off!
HERE: Center Pointe Dance Grand Reopening
Lighting has so many functions and personalities that developing a thoughtful plan to incorporate function, drama, ambience, mood, tricks and style is always worth the time and money to get it right. Pre-planning a well thought out lighting scheme should be at the top of any remodeling or redecorating venture. There are so many ways both natural and artificial lighting affect any room and the people in it all day and all evening.
When it’s time to start stocking the school backpack, it’s easy to just grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks.
If you’re a fan of traditional décor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style.
HERE: ‘Creating PowerPoint Presentations’
If you spent childhood summers on a northern lake, grew up lunching at diners and shake shacks, or took a college road trip, you’ll be all over the next big home décor trend: American Retro.
We have all made the classic mistake of selecting a paint color for our walls from a tiny 2-inch-by-1-1/2-inch paint chip on a long strip of descending hues. I’ll never forget my own classic paint color mistake.
Dear Claudia: I have been living in my house in Ahwatukee for the last seven years. I fixed it up back then, but now it’s looking outdated. I have a minimum budget of $1,000 to spruce up my living dining room. Without seeing my space what do you recommend I should do within my budget?
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama's largest city is making a comeback after decades of dormancy, and there's plenty of free stuff for visitors to see and do in the new Birmingham.
This undated photo shows an exterior view of the Birmingham Museum of Art, one of five free things for visitors to do in Birmingham, Ala. Billing itself as one the nation’s best regional museums, the Birmingham Museum of Art houses more than 25,000 drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and decorative pieces from all over the world. Its painting collection includes Albert Bierstadt’s “Looking Down Yosemite Valley,” selected by The National Endowment for the Humanities as one of 40 American masterpieces. (AP Photo/Birmingham Museum of Art)
Interior design trends are always altering, varying and changing as new ideas and merchandise enter the world of home design. It’s exciting to see what new trends are making a difference and what forecasts will fill the future of design.
The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.
For Chef Stephanie Petersen, or Chef Tess as she is known in the Valley, bread isn’t just a food. It’s an art form.
In an effort to add beautification to school grounds, Kyrene Centennial Middle School recently had a mural painted near its tennis courts.