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Household Basics


Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Outdoor spring cleaning checklist

So much attention is paid to indoor spring cleaning, but what about the outside? Our home’s exterior and outdoor spaces need just as much TLC from enduring the long, harsh winter. Use our handy Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist to get you started, so you can relax and enjoy the rest of the season without a second thought.


Easy Tips for Cleaning Metal Accessories Around Your Home

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How to Clean Metals

‘Tis the season for decorating as you brighten and spruce up your home for the holidays and the new year. Whether you’re bringing cherished keepsakes out for display or changing your home’s seasonal theme and switching pieces for a few months, winter is the perfect time for updating every room in your home.


How to Organize a Linen Closet

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How to organize a linen closet

Do you find yourself tugging at a towel from a jumbled mound of linens threatening to topple out? Is it a struggle to find a matching set of sheets on laundry day? Is your linen closet jammed with so many linens you hardly use that you can’t find the ones you need? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then it’s time to reorganize your linen closet.


How to Paint a Room

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A fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost effective ways to dramatically improve the look of a space. Think of it: a fireplace really becomes the focal point once it’s in front of an accent wall; a bland kid’s room transforms into something playful with a pop of color; a dining room gets a sophisticated upgrade with a darkened ceiling. The right wall hue acts as a complementary backdrop to the furniture you already own.


How to Choose the Right Light Bulb

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When choosing the right lighting for your home, you not only need to think about the fixtures but also the bulbs that will go in them. There are many different types of light bulbs available right now, varying in brightness, wattage, energy efficiency and more. Make sure you weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each before you make your decision.



Incandescent light bulbs are the most traditional bulbs on the market today. They are the least-expensive option, and they are still the bulbs that are most commonly used in homes. The light provided by standard incandescent bulbs has a yellow-white tone, and it appears warm and natural. These bulbs can be used with a dimmer so that their brightness can be adjusted as needed for the time of day, the room, the occasion and the fixture itself.


How to Care for Sunbrella Fabrics

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Striped Sunbrella fabric

How To Care For Your Sunbrella Fabrics

The How to Decorate Team has received quite a few inquiries on the care of Sunbrella fabric. Our customers are now using Sunbrella fabric for indoor decorating. They are having their sofas, chairs and pillows covered in the durable and lasting fabric. We thought it was a good time to post Sunbrella’s Care Guide to help our Ballard customers keep their furniture looking fresh and new.


How to Make a Bow

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Whether embellishing a wreath or topping a gift, a beautiful bow adds the wow factor in any presentation. Making your own bows is easier than you might think. Watch our quick video or read below for step-by-step instructions on how to make a bow.