July 28, 2014

Dear Debbie,

Have you got a quick fix for updating doors without replacing them? You advise switching door pulls and handles in your columns. Do all interior door knobs have to match?


Dear Frank,

This is a good question. We don’t often think about door knobs as part of the decorating process, but they can be a major design element in your home if you so choose. There’s a huge choice of door knobs available. First look at the finish you would like. Knobs and handles do not have to match other hardware in your kitchen and can be an inexpensive way of restyling without the cost of new cabinets.

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July 21, 2014

If you have envisioned a holiday where the most strenuous thing you do is turn the pages of a wonderful novel or sip from a chilled glass of Prosecco, I have found a little corner of heaven for you. Not as well-known as Tuscany, Piedmont is the region west of Milan and northeast of Genoa. In one of the most beautiful valleys I discovered an early 17th century, butter-coloured villa right out of a picture book. ...(read more)

July 14, 2014

One of the fastest growing trends in outdoor furniture is reclaimed teak. This beautiful tropical hardwood is highly valued for its naturally water-resistant properties and durability. Because teak is protected by its own natural oils, it’s best not to apply varnish or any water sealants as they will bubble and peel. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays turns the wood’s golden hue to weathered silvery grey.

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