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Easy, inexpensive lamp update

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 24, 2013
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Got a lamp that's seen better days? Give it new life with a coat of spray paint and this burlap lampshade project from Mattandshari.com, the blog of TV design experts Shari Hiller and Matt Fox.

The contemporary shade is made from inexpensive burlap, spray adhesive and a glue gun. I may use the idea to update a plain-Jane shade in my house.

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Win a home lighting makeover

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 19, 2013

GE Lighting is helping one lucky consumer see the light.

In honor of the 100th birthday of its headquarters in East Cleveland, the company is giving away a whole-home lighting makeover. GE Lighting designers will help the winner choose energy-efficient lighting options.

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Win a Nest thermostat on Earth Day

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 16, 2013
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Celebrate Earth Day by taking a chance on winning an easy-to-use Nest thermostat.

All day Monday, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will be giving away one Nest Learning Thermostat every hour for 24 hours. To enter, visit the company's Facebook page each hour and answer a question. You don't even have to answer correctly to qualify.

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Clever duvet set has endearing marketing campaign

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 11, 2013

Emi Deguchi is out to solve one of life's little aggravations: the way down comforters bunch in the corners of their covers.

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Creative ways to honor a loved one's memory

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 10, 2013

Get your mower runnin'

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 5, 2013

Here in Northeast Ohio, we've gotten a lawn-care reprieve this spring. The chilly weather has thwarted grass growth and given us a break from mowing.

Why not use that extra time to attend to some other chores that will benefit your lawn?

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Donny Osmond lends name to home goods

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 4, 2013
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Add Donny Osmond to the list of celebrities who've licensed their names to home goods.

Donny Osmond Home by Donny & Debbie Osmond has signed licensing agreements with four companies to produce Donny-branded bedding, area rugs, dinnerware and lighting, the trade publication Home Textiles Today reported.

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Turn old pallets into frames

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 3, 2013

I love these picture frames made from reclaimed pallets by Julie Ranee, a contributor to the design site Houzz. Check them out.

 

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Dirt powers robotic vacuum

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 2, 2013
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Imagine a robotic vacuum cleaner that powers itself off your dirt.

That's the idea behind the Limbo, a concept robot introduced by cleaning products maker Casabella at the recent International Housewares Show in Chicago.

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