My first fall table of the year! I always look forward to doing these. They are always so different. Some simple, some eclectic, & some made with purely antique and foraged items like this one. Well, minus the candles,  but that’s still pretty good right? Even the chairs & the table are found antiques. That makes my heart happy. So let’s take a tour of this look together. Sorry for the overload of photos, but I hope they inspire you in some way. Be sure to save this post & pin for later inspiration…

This table is antique find & was a possible contender for our kitchen, but I’m not sure it will work so it may head to the store, but for now it sits in this dining room & it’s a fun one to style though our tiny family of 3 doesn’t eat here a lot as we

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If you’ve ever been caught in a rainstorm wearing your favorite leather jacket, you know all too well how leather responds when it gets wet. It is a hide after all, and most leather clothing is finished for durability, so a few sprinkles or a light rain usually roll right off. But a drenching downpour is another issue. When soaked, leather becomes fragile and can tear easily. That’s why cleaning a leather jacket at home can be risky and needs to be done with care.

“If you’ve spent a lot of money on your leather jacket, or even if you haven’t, it’s best to leave major cleanings to a leather care professional,” suggests Carolyn Forte, executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care and Cleaning Lab. “Professional cleaners specializing in leather know how to clean both the leather shell and fabric linings without damaging either.” Not

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I was born and raised in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. As a result, I have an acute appreciation for the availability of cool air in hot climates.  Growing up, I spent my summer months moving as quickly as possible between air-conditioned buildings or swimming pools. 

If you had told me then that in 2022 we would have access to an honest-to-goodness portable air conditioner that operates for hours on a single battery pack and can cool small rooms in minutes, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Fast forward to 2022 and the future is here.  The Ecoflow Wave is billed as the one-stop solution for anyone looking to take an air conditioner on the go.

How does the air conditioner perform? What’s the value proposition?  Below are my impressions.

Editor’s Note: Ecoflow provided a review sample for purposes of this review, but did not review this content prior to publishing.

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The Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk was home to composer Benjamin Britton. Regardless of whether you’re a music fan, is the garden worth a visit?

Whilst I’m not a fan of random island borders in gardens, on the whole, I did like the layout of the Red House garden. There were plenty of inspiring takeaway ideas that would work in lots of gardens, no matter the size…

They used gravel very effectively to create space in the garden, a good alternative to expensive paving.

A simple colour palette in the planting always helps to keep things looking good, as do plenty of inviting seating areas!

The box hedging added clarity to the natural wild planting under the trees and the lavenders softened the edges of the paths and beautiful old brick wall.

The herbaceous borders had some good striking plants like the tall yellow Verbascum and purple Salvias.

In the

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Back to School with House Doctors

How can it still be summer when it’s back-to-school time? With kids still jumping in the pool, it’s hard to imagine barbeque season won’t last for a few more months. While those same kids are running barefoot through the lawn, take advantage of the warm weather and long days to finish up your summer projects, including home improvement tasks – especially those multi-day projects. House Doctors was created to take these tasks off your plate.

Beyond a Handyman

House Doctors goes beyond the work of a typical handyman or even a remodeling company. If you need flooring, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, gutters, or decorating, we are here to work alongside you to get the job done. If your summer projects involve home improvement, House Doctors can help you complete every task on the list. Trust a reliable, vetted, licensed, and insured professional to cover

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