Patricia Crowley

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Dear Conservative, White Folks, re: Ferguson Riots

Hi there,<p>If you're a conservative person who was intrigued into reading this, bless you. I think respectful dialogue between people of opposing views is paramount to social change and that curiosity is where it all begins.. All that said, however you feel about it -- justified or not -- the death …

5 Closet Organizing Tips For A Fresh Start in 2014

Get organized for 2014 with a streamlined, hyper-organized, and great-looking closet. eDrop-Off founder Corri McFadden shares her best tips.<p><b>1. Think Outside the Closet</b><br>Shoes can be art, so don't be afraid to display them on the outside of your closet. Use your favorite shoes as display pieces on …

Personal Organizing

7 Unique Ways Designers Display Books

Whether they've been tucked into nooks and crannies or color coordinated, here are the creative ways that designers store books.<p><b>1. As a staircase in a 640 square-foot apartment.</b>Tour the tiny New York loft by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic.<p><b>2. On shelves lined with mirrors, which</b> …

How to Choose Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

As of January 1, 2014, incandescent bulbs are going the way of the dinosaur. No need to panic. We have the lowdown on which type of energy-efficient lightbulb might be right for your home.<p>We compared energy-efficient options with standard 60-watt bulbs — the most popular — to calculate your savings …

Your January To-Do List: 5 Ways to Get Organized

It's the New Year, that means it's time to get organized. Start with these 5 things to do at home this month.<p>We know it's the time to take down holiday decorations, but don't let that be the only thing on your "To Do" list this month. January is the perfect time to get your home organized, so …

Living Rooms

The One Item You Already Own That Can Prevent Painting Mistakes

Stock up on this one item when you start your next painting project.<p>Unless you're an expert with a brush, you're likely to create at least a small amount of spillage when you're painting your house. But, thanks to this easy trick, you can keep your floors clean and walls drip-free without even …

Rubber Bands

7 Amazing Bathroom Makeovers You Won't Believe

Interior Design

There's Something in Your Fridge That Can Remove Wall Stains

Have the kids left crayon scribbles on the wall? Get rid of those pesky stains with this surprising trick.<p>If you have the kids, you might experience this dilemma. You want your house to look stylishly decorated, but you also want to make it kid-friendly. Well, this quick trick might help balance …

Cleaning

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

Cleaning

Turn Any Table Into A Major Storage Spot

Ever look under a clothed table at somebody else's house? You might be surprised what lies beneath.<p>Here, we take a look at chic tablecloths (not intended for the dining table) that are perfect for covering up clutter (think books, baskets, and bags!).<p>Interior design by Alex Papchristidis. …

Interior Design

10 Clever Ways to Conceal Clutter

How to Clear Your Clutter

The important questions you need to ask when cleaning your closet.<p>If you long for an organized home that makes you truly happy, advice from Lauren Rosenfeld & Dr. Melva Green could help. Consider the following when cleaning out...<p><b>Set Your Intentions:</b> What energy do you want to create in each space …

Minimalism

10 Surprising Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher

The things you didn't know you could put in the dishwasher.<p>Your dishwasher has been holding out on you. Sure, "dishes" are in the name, but this machine can clean so much more.<p><b>1. Kitchen exhaust filter</b>Avoid getting messy, gunky oil buildup on your filter by cleaning it in the dishwasher once a …

Cleaning

Furniture Rehab: A Family Heirloom Gets A Makeover

Leslie Pritchard, owner of Dallas-based furniture shop Again & Again, revamps a vintage find.<p>Again & Again owner Leslie Pritchard looked past this retro rocking chair's dated facade and saw potential. Reupholstered in chic blue and white Brunschwig & Fils' Les Touches print, this family heirloom …

Furniture

16 Calming Paint Colors That Give a Room a Relaxing Vibe

Interior Design

The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

Case in point: This bedroom — it makes four of them.<p>If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between "Sunshine Yellow" and "Daylight Yellow" than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's …

Home Decorating

Decorating Hacks You Can Complete In An Hour

Feeling crafty but don't want to spend the whole weekend tethered to a hot glue gun? These wildly easy D.I.Y.s will make a major impact on your space.<p>Feeling crafty but don't want to spend the whole weekend tethered to a hot glue gun? These wildly easy D.I.Y.s will make a major impact on your …

Crafting

Organizing Hacks! 22 New Ways to Store Beauty Products

Even a small amount of makeup can make your bathroom or vanity look messy and cluttered. Here are 22 unconventional ways to organize your beauty products using things you probably already own. Who knew a mini loaf pan could be so useful?<p><b>1. Use a spice rack as a shelf for your perfume bottles.</b><p><b>2.</b> …

Makeup

5 Unbelievable Kitchen Makeovers

Awful befores; inspiring afters<p>These complete transformations are a reminder that just about anything is possible. Check out how these five blah befores become show-stopping afters. This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com.

10 Things You Absolutely Need In The Bedroom

How many can you check off the list?<p>The pieces and ideas you need for your most comfortable, luxurious, and personal bedroom ever. How many can you check off the list? This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com.

Interior Design

10 Furniture Makeovers From Our Readers

We loved seeing your transformations. Here, we pick our top ten.<p>In honor of #MAYkeover month we asked YOU to send us your furniture rehabs. We loved seeing your transformations. Here, we pick our top ten.

Top 10

A Bed-Making Tutorial From An Unlikely Source

Admiral William H. McRaven tells us about the foundation for a productive day, the bounce-a-quarter test, and how to get a good night's sleep. This piece originally appeared on Esquire.com<p>Esquire.com recently interviewed Admiral William H. McRaven, the ninth commander of the United States Special …

Best. Sleep. Ever. Here's How:

You'll rest easy when you choose the right mattress, pillows, and sheets.<p>You'll rest easy when you choose the right mattress, pillows, and sheets.

Cleaning

Things You Should Never, Ever Clean With

And the items you could be destroying if you do<p><b>1.Vinegar:</b> Using vinegar on hardwood floors, natural tiles, and granite countertops can damage the finish causing them to appear dull.<p><b>2.Soap/detergent:</b> Using soaps and detergents can be harsh and damage rugs and leather—it can also leave behind residue.<p>…