Home Help: Add style

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Updating the decor in your home is an easy way to add more color, style and personality to rejuvenate your residence. Use these tips to update your home without breaking the bank.

- Take things to the next level with decorative painting. Create different patterns on your walls with textured rollers to achieve an artistic design. Sponge and fabric paint rollers provide unique patterns to give your walls a one-of-a-kind look. Low in price and high in design, using textured rollers is a great option for redecorating on a budget.

- Artwork is a great way to change things up and give any room a boost. Create an eclectic art piece with plates you already own, or find them at garage sales and antique stores. Opt for various sizes and shapes, and attach each one to your wall with plate hooks. You can cover an entire wall, or focus on a smaller area.

- While re-energizing your home, the hallways may seem a little drab. Add a runner along the length of the floor for a touch of pizzazz. Runners come in a multitude of lengths, patterns, colors and price ranges. Updating the flooring will keep your feet cozy and help to diminish the sound of footsteps during the night.

-- ARA

Gardening tip: Let grass go brown

Grass is a natural air conditioner in summer months, at 50 to 75 degrees, even when sidewalks and streets are as hot as 100 degrees. It's a good idea to let your grass go dormant during dry summer periods instead of watering regularly. Your yard will green up again in the fall; for now, use water resources for new plantings, old trees and vegetable gardens or for newly divided perennials.

-- HGTV/ Scripps Howard News Service

Home-Selling Tip: Keep it clean

Crowded closets and cabinets gives the perception that your home is small and lacks adequate space. Get clutter under control by placing excess furniture and unnecessary items in storage. Then neatly organize each room so it looks clean, de-personalized and, most importantly, large.

-- FrontDoor.com

Did You Know …

Pending home sales declined in June by 1.4 percent but marked 14 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. – Realtor.org

Going Green: Repurposed parking lot

Genera Motors sponsored a community garden project in Detroit called Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt. GM brought in 250 shipping crates to be repurposed not garden beds that will grow fresh, local food in a formally abandoned parking lot.

-- Earth911.com

Garden Guide: Growing cilantro

Rhonda Ferree, University of Illinois Extension educator in horticulture, says cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is easy to grow from seed. Plant seeds or transplants in full sun. Select varieties that are known for foliage rather than seed production, and consider a low-flowering cultivar, such as Santo. Ferree uses successive plantings to maintain a constant supply of cilantro.

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