||The Fall "Harvest"-Getting Organized
September-the ads for organizers and stocking up on supplies abound.
Those visual cues should be your incentive to take stock of your personal
situation to see what organizing projects you need to tackle.
advantage of the milder weather to check out your attic and garage. What
are you storing that you haven't used in the past year-or more? If you
can't readily come up with a need, then donate, sell or dispose. What
remains in each area should be labeled and stored for easy and safe
access. Make a master list for each area to avoid unnecessary purchases.
(Just did this for our home, what a difference it makes!)
also the perfect time to take stock of your gardening and outdoor needs.
If you entertained or spent time outdoors more or less than before, (or
would have liked to), what do/don't you need? Take advantage of end of
season sales if you have storage space. Most items will be on sale in the
spring, so why store them for months? One of a kind or hard to find items
are the better buys.
Think of this as your "Fall Harvest". You'll
have less to do when winter comes and you may even have a few items to put
on your holiday Wish List!
||Web Password Notebook
Speaking of getting organized, is the effort of keeping passwords for
all of your log-in sites becoming a nightmare? This web password notebook
available from Levenger.com may be the answer.
addresses, usernames, passwords and software information all in one place
in this compact indexed book. Measures 4 3/4"W by 7"H.
||What is "Greenwashing"?
A new feature of The Redesigner's Notebook will be terms you may be reading about or
run across in decorating projects. As we become more aware of the impact
of our actions on the environment, choosing products that are
environmentally friendly in their manufacture and use will be more
important and more available. We rely on truthful advertising when making
our choices and that is where the term, "greenwashing" comes in.
Similar to the term, "whitewashing", it is used to describe the
selective use of facts to support a manufacturer's claim that a product is
"green" and environmentally friendly. In some cases, the product itself
may be, but the manufacturing process uses more fossil fuels and the
oversea shipping costs or trucking costs outweigh or even negate any
As the trend toward better ecologically and
environmentally sound practices and products grows, so will the
understanding of what makes a product "green". Controls and laws will be
put in place to help the consumer make better choices. In the meantime, be
aware that not all green products are what they seem.
||Seasonal Decoration Hangers
decorations and flower baskets has just gotten easier with Hang-Alls. Once the permanent anchors are installed, just add the
hooks and attach your decorations or drape your lights. So much easier,
safer and considerably more attractive than nails, tape or cup
Hang All Kit contains 32-white nylon recessed paintable anchors
and 32-galvanized hooks, one anchor driver, one drill bit and
instructions. Each hook will hold an estimated 10 pound weight limit.
||National Preparedness Month
Did you know that
September is National Preparedness Month? Would you be prepared for
a sudden disaster? Would your family? Don't leave this important job to
We have been fortunate in the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area that our weather doesn't usually subject us to violent
storms, though we have had severe weather alerts and our brushes with
tornados and heavy snowstorms. And of course we cannot forget 9/11 and
what could have happened.
The tropical storms that are threatening
the coastal states right now should be a reminder to plan and prepare for
peace of mind and for safety.
Click on the link below for more
- Getting a Kit
- Making a Plan
- Being Informed
- Getting Involved
||Calendar Organizer Project
The recent issue
of The Sunday Painter, a newsletter from PaintIdeas.com,
featured this great organizer project for busy families.
customized to fit your space and even your decor, this may be the perfect
low-tech solution to keeping on track and on schedule.
||Bella and Birch Paint Project
Last month I told
you about a remarkable product called Bella and Birch, a "dry paint" that
goes on the wall similar to wall paper to give you the look of a faux
textured finish without the mess or the need to know any techniques. I was
preparing to use the product myself on a project and report back to you
about how it worked.
Well, even the best made plans can hit road
blocks and the project has been delayed. However, I have made back up
plans so next month I should have a report and photos to share with you.
In the meantime, click on the link below to see and read more
about this amazing product from Proctor and Gamble.
||A Bookcase Makeover
are a decorative and functional part of your home's architecture that are
often over looked as a way to quickly change the look and feel of a
In this music room, the bookcase was used both for book
storage and collectible display. It was functional, and provided color in
the room but didn't blend with the function of the room.
||A Bookcase Makeover-After
The uniqueness of
each nutcracker was lost in the massed grouping. To counter that, most
were relocated and used in smaller clusters in the family room where more
color was needed.
The book and record collection was sorted and
grouped to be used in several areas. Combined with musical accessories,
this bookcase became more integrated into the music room. The bookcase
showcases the owners' personalities and interests and music themed
collectibles while storing even more than it had previously.
||Fall Floral Arrangements
As the blooming
season for your plants closes, continue to look to your garden for
material for your floral arrangements.
Though Crepe Myrtle, Purple
Cone Flowers, Sedum, Sunflowers and more are still in bloom, consider that
in a few weeks you will have a different landscape.
The dried seed
pods of these plants can be as interesting as the flowers. Combine them
with fresh foliage and berries for color and texture. Non traditional
choices are Hosta leaves, St. John's Wort (including berries), Chocolate
Eupatorium, Dusty Miller, Coleus leaves and Santolina. Tuck in a few fresh
flowers from your garden or florist to add a softer feel and more
Plan your composition so that the colors and textures have
some contrast but also blend well. Too many plants and textures can look
messy. For example, combine blue-green Hosta leaves with multicolored
Coleus leaves, red Mums, fresh or dried Sunflowers and Purple Cone Flower
If you find that you have lots of choices, divide them
into two or more arrangements and spread the bounty through the house! Not
enough choices? Get together with a neighbor and combine your options and
It's another opportunity to use your
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||About The Redesigner's Notebook
Redesigner's Notebook is devoted to tips and articles relating to
interior redesign, decorating, entertaining, organizing and related
If you have an interest or question that you would like
to see addressed, or a community event that you would like to see included
that relates to these subjects please contact me. Your comments and
suggestions are always appreciated!
~ Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House