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Putting the accent on home

Here are some ideas to help handle the various essentials of home living. Scripps Howard News Service

Inexpensive table accessories

When planning a dinner party, you want the table to be just right. It needs to look inviting and be well appointed, but since accessories can be so expensive, we need to come up with an idea that is both attractive and economical.

How about a homemade yet professional-looking centerpiece? Do you happen to have herbs growing on your kitchen windowsill? Place those herbs in matching containers and set them in the center of the table. The containers can be pots, baskets, glass bowls or any other kinds of creative, coordinated containers. As always, have an odd number of decorations on the table, such as one large piece or three or five smaller sets.

You don't have herbs growing in your kitchen? No problem. Buy a large bunch of radishes and place them in a glass bowl with water. Try three bunches and place them in matching containers on the table. Now you have decoration with color. For more ideas, go to

Special hanger preserves clothes

As hygiene-conscious folks, we all tend to wash or dry-clean our clothes often. But the constant washing and dry-cleaning tends to break down the fabrics and deteriorates them more quickly than we can afford to replace them. And even if we can afford to replace them, there are those favorites that we just don't want to part with.

There is a product that can help with this problem. It is called the FRESHhanger. According to the company's description, it is a cover that fits on any standard clothes hanger and utilizes activated carbon technology to rid clothes of damaging or odor-causing substances. The carbon technology is said to also help keep clothes from fading while in the closet as it absorbs chemical odors, smoke, dampness and chlorine residue. This hanger product is fragrance-free, so it doesn't just mask the odors but is actually said to eliminate them. For more information, go to

Get a new leg up on decor

Swap the legs on your furniture for Habit Legs. These decorative legs are certainly eye-catching, featuring patterns like red-and-white check, transparent glass, glossy enamel teal, jewellike crystal, metallic bamboo and leather-covered wood. These legs will make any piece of furniture come alive. Check out some of the items at

Putting the accent on home 02/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:30am]
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