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Dealing With Snow

Feb. 7, 2014

By Tammy Adamson-McMullen

This time of year (and this year especially!), many of us are looking out of ice-frosted windows into snow-covered gardens and patios. Take heart: Spring is right around the corner, and this frigid, snow-inducing, record-breaking winter will be behind us.

Until then, if you're like many North American homeowners, you're spending a lot of time removing snow from your driveway, walks, front steps and pathways. Snow blowers are a big help, of course, but there are quieter and more environmentally friendly ways to remove snow. One of the best tools to come on the market in recent years has been the wheeled, big-blade snow shovel.

Last-of-the-Season Decorating

Nov. 15, 2013

by Tammy Adamson-McMullen

Autumn may be drawing to a close, but there's still time to enjoy and decorate with the season's bounty. It's fairly common for such seasonal accoutrements as pumpkins, fall leaves and cornstalks to find their way to the Thanksgiving table. But these items also can be used to welcome guests before they enter the house.

Gardens that Inspire Us

Sept. 17, 2013

Here at Your Decorating Resource, we frequently feature top designers and decorators and their amazing projects. In this article, we give kudos to the undisputed best decorator: Mother Nature.—compiled by Tammy Adamson-McMullen

A Test of Wet & Forget

July 17, 2013

By Tammy Adamson-McMullen

Two years ago in this blog I wrote a piece about products designed to tackle moss, mold and mildew. After receiving a press release from the company, I featured Wet & Forget as part of that product line-up. Wet & Forget, when applied in the right water-to-product ratio and in the right weather conditions, claims to work with Mother Nature over time to eradicate moss, mold and grime. While there are many testimonials online to support these claims, earlier this year I decided to put Wet & Forget to the test in extreme conditions: in the soggy Pacific Northwest where I live. Read on to see the results ...

Top Outdoor Living Trends

April 9, 2012

by Tammy Adamson-McMullen

Most of us no longer see our homes as solely being the space between our walls. Today, "home" lies outside, too, as a recent survey of landscape architects bears out.

Decorative Gourd Making

Dec. 7, 2012

By Tammy Adamson-McMullen

As promised, Marv and Val Cummins contacted with information about how they produce their beautifully painted gourds.

Fall Find

Oct. 30, 2012

By Tammy Adamson-McMullen

Autumn tends to bring out "the decorator" in people. Maybe it's because there are so many art fairs, craft festivals and home shows at this time of year. Or maybe it's because Mature Nature puts on a color explosion that inspires us to follow suit.

Beautiful Sound

June 5, 2012

by Tammy Adamson-McMullen

Now that summer months are here, you might be planning backyard parties, picnics and other get-togethers. It's sometimes hard to backdrop music into those occasions—other than cranking up indoor speakers and opening the windows. But here's another solution which recently came across my desk that you might want to consider.

Spring Paint and Fix-Up

May 10, 2012

by Tammy Adamson-McMullen

Ahhhh, spring. It's that time of year when leaves emerge in every shade of green; flowers bloom in places we don't remember planting; and many of us start thinking about home improvement.

Winter Decorating

Jan. 11, 2012

by Tammy Adamson-McMullen

It's January. Even as I write this, it's cold and gray outside, and there's snow in the forecast for the weekend. The first month of the year is a time when many of us in colder climes aren't doing a lot of outdoor fix-up nor even thinking about it. However, there are a few things you can do outdoors to brighten up your view from the inside—and it only takes a little bit of time, creativity and help from Mother Nature.

Night Light

Oct. 21, 2011

By Tammy Adamson-McMullen


Proper lighting is important not only for your home's interior but for the exterior, too. Outdoor lighting enhances your visibility, safety and security while adding to your home's aesthetics. It also allows you to spend more time in outdoor spaces. Having adequate outdoor lighting in those spaces is especially desirable right now, as the days are growing shorter.

Mold Cleaning Solutions

Sept. 8, 2011

by Tammy Adamson-McMullen


I'm crazy about Mother Nature and like to spend as much time with her as possible. But there are some downsides to her "personality," such as mold, mildew and algae. These buggers are especially problematic in my neck of the woods, here in the Pacific Northwest, where they grow and flourish year-round. There's little relief from their persistence, even in the dog days of summer, and tackling them is an ongoing job.

Time for a Touch-Up?

Aug. 26, 2011

By Tammy Adamson-McMullen

There's a lot of information out there about the trend toward preserving rather than discarding. Even here, on YourDecoratingResource, you'll find several articles dealing with the trend toward recycled, refurbished and repurposed goods in all sorts of home furnishings, from wallpaper and small accessories to large furniture items. (See Making Do.)

Whimsy in the Garden


July 24, 2011

By Tammy Adamson-McMullen

As reported in the color trend story elsewhere in, design gurus say that happier‒and even some wacky‒colors are working their way into home décor. These colors are thought to be popular because they provide some relief to the stress-heavy world we're living in right now.



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