Author: Vicki Payne

Box Moldings

Traditional style is expressed in many ways. The most impressive is the use of wood moldings. Crown molding turns an ordinary room into one of elegance and style. Wider baseboards and door and window moldings take a home from builder’s standard to custom. One of my favorite types of molding is box molding. These are the individual square or rectangular shapes created out of picture frame style moldings applied to the walls that divide it into sections. Most often box molding is used in the formal spaces of a home such as the dining room, foyer and living room....

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Natural Fragrances for Your Home

Nothing smells fresher than lemons, limes, herbs and spices. You can capture these fresh fragrances for your home by combining just a few simple ingredients. I’ve been playing with different combinations for years. Here’s a list of my favorites. Feel free to be creative and discover your own scents by blending and mixing fruits, herbs and spices. Fragrant Combinations Orange, Cinnamon & Spice 1 orange 2 cinnamon sticks ½ T whole cloves ½ T whole allspice 1 anise star (optional) Lemon, Rosemary & Vanilla 3 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 lemons 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Lime, Thyme, Mint & Vanilla...

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Need a Budget Weekend Getaway? Visit Lisbon

If you’re short of funds and time but really want to get away, check out Lisbon. It’s a fun affordable place to visit for a short weekend without blowing your travel budget. A busy year had tapped out my budget and filled my calendar. But the urge to travel while the weather was still sunny and warm, lead me to Lisbon. Flights and hotels are reasonable and the food and drinks affordable. Perfect for a long weekend for young singles, couples or baby boomers. We arrived on Friday for a 4 day holiday and checked into the recently opened...

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Where has Vicki Been?

Is she off on one of her adventures again or has she simply forgotten us? Never!!! Well maybe off on an adventure but not of my own choosing. For the past year, I’ve been in hand-to-hand combat with breast cancer. I’m happy and grateful to report that I’ve beaten this nasty nemesis. As a two-time cancer survivor, first in 1994, I’ve seen major improvements in detection, treatments and cure rates. What hasn’t changed is the unending support and love that I received during each journey. Some of my champions may have changed but the encouragement and caring has not....

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This Little Coop is Just Chicky

Driven by the growing interest in farm to table cuisine, many homeowners are turning their backyards into free range habitats for chickens.  From the suburbs to urban city lots, chic little chicken coops are dotting the landscape.  More and more cities are relaxing their laws and ordinances and allowing chickens, so city dwellers can enjoy this pleasant hobby. Environmental activists and celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Barbara Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Chevy Chase, Reese Witherspoon and of course Martha Steward raise backyard chickens.  It is relatively inexpensive to start your own backyard flock. Chicks can cost between $3 to $30...

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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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