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Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden


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Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden

Like many of us, I like to keep a clean house. Cleaning my kitchen and bathroom sinks, counter tops and vanities once presented a challenge. How so? I refuse to use harsh chemicals, mainly because of my children's allergies and asthma. I also prefer an environmentally-friendly cleaning solution. I've found all this and more, by cleaning with a homemade paste I make from baking soda and vinegar. This all-natural cleaning solution removes most of my everyday stains and grime with ease. I just scour the surface with a scrubby-type sponge and it's a breeze. In addition to kitchen and bathroom surfaces, I use baking soda and vinegar cleaning paste on my parrot's cage. There are no harsh chemicals or fumes, so it's also perfect for cleaning the toddler's room. Try the same solution diluted with a bit of water to kill your garden weeds. You'll be amazed!

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Decorate Your Bedroom With Cottage Style

Your bedroom should be restful, but restful doesn't have to mean bland. No matter the overall style of your home, a cottage- inspired bedroom fits in with its eclectic charm. Cottage design ranges from rustic to refined, so choose the scheme that best fits with your decorating style.

Romantic Touches

For a romantic bedroom, start with a carved bed made of white or light wood. Top this with a delicate duvet and ruffled cushions. Echo the delicate, ruffled look in the window treatments. The bedside tables and chest of drawers should match the bed, of course. Further pull the scheme together by repeating the color of the duvet in the wall art, a mirror or other decorative elements.

Bedroom Charmer

If the romantic bedroom isn't quite your style, opt for a more eclectic space. Start with an iron bed frame. This is such a classic, neutral base, that you can top it with any decorative find. For instance, consider using mismatched bedding for a casual vibe. Add elements such as wall sconces for practical purposes, but make them antique style to bring out the charming character of the area.

Chandelier Class

Speaking of lighting, chandeliers are not just for a formal dining room. A chandelier hanging from your bedroom ceiling adds a touch of class to the space. As Better Homes and Gardens points out, a chandelier provides centralized, ambient light, giving the space a comfortable and even cozy ambiance. For a cottage style bedroom, consider an antique-looking chandelier in a neutral finish that complements your décor.

Refined Space

It may feel as if your chandelier will match best with a more refined bedroom style. In that case, consider starting with a palette based on white and navy blue, the characteristic Cape Cod color scheme. Select wooden furniture with a classic feel, perhaps a four-poster bed or carved pieces. Add to this crisp, white bedding and refined ornaments such as crystal vases, silver picture frames and a gilded mirror.

Rustic Ambiance

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the rustic cottage bedroom. In this case, start with a warm base such as beige or even pale yellow. Furnish the bedroom with wooden pieces in any style, piling the bed with a fluffy comforter ready for the coldest of nights. Add color with cushions, lamp shades and other ornaments – simply stick within the same color scheme for cohesion. No need to omit the chandelier – select a barrel or wrought iron chandelier to maintain the rustic vibe in your bedroom.

Cottage style simply means personalizing your space with charming accents. Whether you select a romantic, classic or rustic ambiance, the cottage bedroom is a reflection of your personal design preferences. Contact an outlet such as Vandenberg Furniture for further assistance.