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Stainless steel is dominant finish for kitchen appliances

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Stainless steel is dominant finish for kitchen appliances

Stainless steel is king in the kitchen and has been for decades, according to the Wall Street Journal. A recent article explored stainless steel's dominance when it comes to kitchen appliances, noting shoppers' unending devotion to the sleek, clean metal.  "The appliance industry has tried to promote new looks before," the article said. "In recent years, manufacturers have pitched 'oiled bronze,' 'antique copper' and a gray hue called 'meteorite,' as well as aluminum and other look-alikes, but none has been able to unseat stainless steel." No appliance finish resonates with consumers like stainless steel because none is so reliably attractive,...

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4 ways to bring the outdoors inside

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4 ways to bring the outdoors inside

One of the fastest ways to freshen up your decor is to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside, whether with a potted plant or a vase of fresh flowers. Here are our top tips for welcoming nature into your home:  Bring in potted plants: Potted plants don't have to stay outside on the patio. Real Simple magazine advises choosing a pot with at least one drainage hole in the bottom to avoid over-saturating the plant's roots with water. Buy potting soil from your favorite plant nursery, and remember that succulents and cacti require a unique soil blend. Be sure...

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Flower power: Brighten your home with your own flower arrangements

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Flower power: Brighten your home with your own flower arrangements

Whether it's a full-on centerpiece or a mason jar full of flowers from your garden, a flower arrangement brings a breath of fresh air into your living space, especially in the colder months when you're less likely to see flowers outside. Before you buy an expensive bouquet, consider choosing and arranging the flowers yourself. It's a relaxing creative activity that lets you match or play off of your existing decor while saving money. Here are some tips from Better Homes and Gardens and blogger Mateja Holter: First, create a grid in the opening of your vase with scotch tape, or...

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4 tips for organizing your kitchen

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4 tips for organizing your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most-used and hardest to organize rooms in the house. No matter how much space you have, it likely doesn't feel like enough! However, some simple tips and tricks can help you declutter and control the chaos:  Corral your condiments: Keep your salt, pepper and favorite condiments neatly organized in this beautiful caddy. (Looking for something to spice up your meals? Try various hot sauces like Tabasco and Sriracha or several different flavors of gourmet mustard!) A sophisticated looking handle makes it easy to tote from counter to table.  Create a "stage": Too many items...

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4 tips for meeting any goal

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4 tips for meeting any goal

If you're like most people, you probably make ambitious goals with the best of intentions but then find yourself struggling to meet them. Here are some tips for setting yourself up for success from sociologist, life coach and O Magazine columnist Martha Beck: Identify your goal: You'd be surprised how many people fail to clearly identify their goal. Rather than saying you plan "to lose weight," commit to losing 10 pounds.  Break it down: Next, Beck suggests breaking down your goal into a single daily task, such as exercising for 30 minutes. Then keep dividing it in half until it...

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