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Five Keys to Growing A Healthy Ficus Tree

My Ficus Tree Have you thought about growing a Ficus tree in your house?  You may know this tree by the name weeping fig.   I have a Ficus tree in my family room, a room with high ceilings and lots of windows. The Ficus fills a corner very nicely and helps bridge the space created by the high ceiling. This particular tree was a housewarming gift to my husband and me twenty-nine years ago.  It was small then, probably about three years old at the time.  That means it is about thirty-two years old now.  I can't believe I've had a plant for that long and haven't killed it! It's pretty remarkable that I've had this tree for so long.  When thinking about how I managed to keep this tree happy, healthy and growing strong all these years it boiled down to five key elements.  Follow these tips and you can have a happy, healthy ficus in your home for many years, too. A Guide for Growing a Ficus Tree 1. Good Light My Ficus loves living in the corner of my

Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches

Are you searching for bridal shower menu suggestions?  One look at these calla lily tea sandwiches  on Pinterest  and you might think they are far too fussy for you to make for a bridal shower.  That was my first thought when I was asked to make them for a bridal shower recently.  They just seemed like too much work for too little impact.  I was wrong.  These calla lily tea sandwiches are adorable, tasty and not too fussy once you get your assembly technique down. Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches I must admit these are a perfect little bite to add to your bridal shower menu.  They are especially perfect for a bridal shower tea.  Make your fillings a day ahead to let the flavors develop.  You can also make the sandwiches a day ahead.  No bridal showers in your future?  These sandwiches would also be fun to serve at your next book club meeting or to your girlfriends who are stopping by for a glass of wine after work. Search calla lily tea sandwiches and you'll find many links a

Steals and Deals-A Modular Bar

I'm a big online shopper.  I guess you can even say I was an early adopter of online shopping.  When I discovered online shopping it allowed me to improve the efficiency of my shopping technique over the usual approach of browsing from store to store until I found the very best price for whatever it was I was shopping for. The trouble with the brick and mortar store search was that shopping took forever. With online shopping the time I have to spend searching out my deals is reduced exponentially. At least, the time I save  seems  like an exponential improvement to me.  I also appreciate the wider variety of options I can find online and the ease of making pricing comparisons.  Occasionally I score a deal I want to share with all of you.  My new modular bar is one of those deals. My Modular Bar I first saw this modular bar at Pottery Barn .  You may have seen it as well.  It has been prominently displayed in various Pottery Barn catalogs over the past few years.  It can be

Kitchen Renovation-Getting Inspiration

Kitchen renovations can be very intimidating.  Once you've committed to the fact that a renovation is in your future you must decide what you want your result to be.  It's important to get some clarity about this before you start talking to kitchen designers and kitchen contractors.  Without that clarity, am suggesting you want to be clear about the layout, the style, and key elements you'll want in your finished kitchen.  You may become overwhelmed by all the options you have.  It is very helpful to have pictures to show to kitchen designers and contractors as well.  Those pictures will help the professionals to narrow their suggestions to your preferences.  You'll save time and reduce frustration in the process.  I'm not suggesting you will need to have made all your decisions in advance.  You will want to have a very good idea of what you want your new kitchen to look like.  How do you know? Where to Find Inspiration for Your Kitchen Renovation Televi

Five Tips for a Custom Stool Makeover

When looking for a budget-minded seating option for my home recently I decided that sometimes you just have to do it yourself.  I was frustrated by unsuccessful attempts to coordinate window treatments with extra seating for the kitchen area in our Florida house.  First, I fell in love with window panels from West Elm .   The style, design, and color were a perfect complement to the decor in my space. How to Upholster Stools for Your Decor This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you use one of these links I receive a small compensation that helps support the costs to publish this blog. Custom Stool Makeover Once the curtain decision was made I went on the hunt for a bench solution that would fit under the window.  I wanted something that could easily be moved.  The house is small and the main living space needs flexibility to easily accommodate family and friends.  Ideally, I wanted two small stools that could be moved around whenever n

Dining Room Update

It's absolutely true what is said about the snowball effect of home upgrades.  A little paint here turns into new paint everywhere.  Fix a broken tile here and soon whole floors need changing.  Well, that's what has been happening in my "Just One Donna" home.  Spring brought us a brand new kitchen and that kitchen makes everything else feel old and worn out. Not one to throw it all out with the bath water, so to speak, I have been working hard to find ways to update on a budget.  Freshening up doesn't mean you have to break your budget.   One room of focus has been the dining room which is adjacent to the kitchen.  It's a work in progress, but I've made a few changes to get some momentum going.  First, let's take a look at the before dining room.  You can see it is a very traditional dining room.  I love the traditional feel but wanted to add some more modern accents. Three things have changed.  The first and most impactful change was replaci

Kitchen Renovation-The Plan

Three Steps to Creating a Kitchen Renovation Plan This post is the third in a series detailing my experience with my kitchen renovation.  Previously I wrote about accepting that a renovation is needed and the five questions to answer before starting a kitchen renovation project.  Once I had some clarity about what I wanted my new kitchen to look like, and I had established an overall target budget for the project, I needed to determine how to go from the "idea" to an actually finished kitchen. That meant I needed a "PLAN". 1. Sketch Your Dream Layout The first step of my plan was to complete a drawing of the layout I wanted for my kitchen.  This was easy for me because I didn't want to change very much about my existing layout.  I had lived with, and loved, my existing kitchen layout for many years.  That may be a reason I had resisted a kitchen renovation for so long.  The existing kitchen was working pretty well as it was. Kitchen Layout Sketch