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Ellen's Blog Home & Interior Design Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips

Three Reasons to Bring in the Reinforcements

My sister had a serious storage crisis at her house.  She called me, and working together, we figured out that she could convert her rarely used guest bedroom into a walk-in …

Flooring Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home Recycling

Creative Sisal Rug Rehab Idea

Question: I have a sisal rug that is covered in stains! Is there anything I can do to salvage it? Answer: Don’t toss your stained and tattered natural fiber rugs. …

Flooring Housekeeping Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home

Removing Candle Wax from Carpets

Question: I dropped a melted candle in the carpet. How can I remove the wax? Answer: Everyone loves candles but not on their carpets! Fortunately, it is pretty easy to …

Ideas & Quick Tips Laundry Room Practical Tips For the Home

Regular Washing Machine Care

Question: Lately I’ve noticed a musty smell in my washing machine. Aside from washing clothes as normal, are there any special cleaning considerations for my machine? Answer: Most people assume …

Eco-Friendly Ellen's Blog Ideas & Quick Tips Recycling Remodeling

Go Green by Redesigning, Not Replacing

One of the simplest ways to practice the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” mantra is to shop in your own home when you’re ready for a décor change. The wood harvested to …

Ideas & Quick Tips Kitchen Practical Tips For the Home

What’s the Ideal Temperature for your Refrigerator?

Question: What’s the ideal temperature for your refrigerator? Answer: The purpose of your refrigerator is to slow bacterial growth and extend the life of your foods. Freezers, on the other …

Crystal Dinnerware Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home

Caring for Fine China

Fine tableware, with the proper care, can create memories and traditions that last a lifetime. On the pages below, we’ve gathered care tips and recommendations that we hope will enable …