Author: Vicki Payne

Pet Gifts for the Holidays

Americans love their pets and wouldn’t think of leaving them off their Christmas shopping list. 44% of American households own a dog and 35% have a cat according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s a lot of squeeze toys and chew bones. It’s hard not to let our pets rule our households. This year consider sprucing up your décor by up-scaling your pet’s Christmas gifts. Retailers are offering so many stylish choices this season that you won’t have any problem finding beds, bowls, toys and organizational items to fit your home’s style. This may be over the top...

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2018 Colors Forecasted by a Global Collision of Influences

From vivid blue and digital green, to high-def yellow and rusty auburn, the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Colormix Color Forecast exhibits three unique color palettes that draw from emerging global trends. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, identified 36 colors drawing from fashion, nature, pop culture and global design, to create the Colormix palettes Sincerity, Unity and Connectivity. “Like blue meeting yellow to make green, every color in the Color Forecast is a collision of influences with every palette bringing a new chance at community,” said Wadden. “The connection to experiences, thoughts or moments in time is an important facet to...

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A Space of His Own Part 3: Material Selections

Blueprints are the skeleton of a home. It lays out the footprint of the design. How large the house will be how it will be divided into rooms, hallways, foyer, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. The “Plans” are comprised of several pages detailing every structural and mechanical detail of the home. The electrical plan, engineering details, foundation, roof, plumbing, doors and window details. Everyone that contributes to the house will use the “Plans” to execute their portion of the project. It’s critical that many of the major materials be selected during the design process. You can change brands, colors and textures...

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Table Decisions

It’s the time of the year when we all gather around the table to share our lives with friends and family. It’s also the time we notice how badly we need new dining room table and chairs whether it is in the formal dining room or the kitchen. Hard to say which shows the most wear and tear, the table or the chairs. It always seems to me that they both become unacceptable at the same time. Perhaps we’re tired of the look, the style or the color. Whatever the reason, they just won’t cut it for another holiday...

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Cherry Porter Glazed Duck with Pickled Persimmons

Wood-fired rotisserie duck is the real star here, but the deeply layered glaze and brightly flavored fresh pickles deserve high praises. Tart cherry juice and a rich American porter are reduced with honey and spices for a glaze you’ll want to make over and over again. The persimmons add crunch and a sweet-tart profile for an amazingly well-rounded combination. Servings 4 Ingredients 1 Culver duck, about 5 pounds Kosher salt Freshly-ground black pepper For the pickled persimmons 1 cup filtered water 2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup honey 4 teaspoons kosher salt 2 ripe persimmons, thinly sliced on...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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