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Now You Can Ask Questions on Posts!

<p>Have you ever wanted to try a project, but needed some clarification first? Maybe you wanted to know a measurement, figure out a paint color, or understand a step. Well, now you can just ask! We're giving you the ability to ask your questions on any post, so that the author can answer you. To submit your question, click the "Ask the Author" button on top of the page or above the new "Question on this Post" section at the bottom of the post.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2016/02/02/3249196/have-a-question-about-a-project-now-you-can-ask.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 3249196, parentId: 11005936, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="3249196" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2016/02/02/3249196/have-a-question-about-a-project-now-you-can-ask.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="have a question about a project now you can ask"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br></p><p>Once you submit your question, it will display in the "Question on this Post" section at the bottom of the post so that the author and other Hometalkers can give you the information that you seek. You can also explore this section to find questions that others had and the answer that they received.</p><p>Please let us know at support@hometalk.com if you have any questions or feedback, we are here for you!</p><p><br></p>

Meet the Save Button

<p>Were you wondering where the clip button went? Don't worry, you can still save all of your favorite posts and pictures using the clip button's alter ego, <strong>the save button</strong>!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968730/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2968730, parentId: 9889913, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" data-media_id="2968730" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968730/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968730/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br></p><p>After receiving feedback from many Hometalkers, we decided to simplify the term and make things a little clearer. The save button will work exactly the same way as the clip button once did - just click it and choose the board you want to save to (or create a new board). And if you want to dump all of your favorites in one board, go for it - we won't tell.</p><p><br></p><p><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968667/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2968667, parentId: 9889913, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" data-media_id="2968667" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968667/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968667/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""></a></p><p>Please let us know at support@hometalk.com if you have any questions or feedback, we are here for you!<a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968644/title.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2968644, parentId: 9889913, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" data-media_id="2968644" rel="nofollow" style="text-align: center;" href="javascript:"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968644/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=1x1&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/08/31/2968644/meet-the-save-button.jpg?size=1x1&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="" style="height: 1px; width: 1px;"></a><!--{cke_protected}%3Ca%20ht-click%3D%22mediaViewer.open(%7Burl%3A%20'http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.hometalk.com%2Fmedia%2F2015%2F08%2F31%2F2968644%2Ftitle.jpg%3Fsize%3D1000x1000%26amp%3Bnocrop%3D1'%2C%20mediaId%3A%202968644%2C%20parentId%3A%209889913%2C%20parentType%3A%20'posts'%2C%20editing%3Aediting%2C%20type%20%3A%20'photo'%20%7D)%22%20data-ht-logger%3D%22%7Baction%3A'click_post_photo'%7D%22%20class%3D%22uploaded_image%20dib%20relative%22%20data-cke-saved-href%3D%22javascript%3A%22%20data-media_id%3D%222968644%22%20rel%3D%22nofollow%22%20style%3D%22text-align%3A%20center%3B%22%20href%3D%22javascript%3A%22%3E%3C%2Fa%3E--></p>

They're here: New and improved Hometalk Goodies!

<p>You asked for new buttons and widgets and we're excited to show them to you! These new buttons and widgets are not only prettier, but, thanks to feedback from many bloggers, they now fit more comfortably into sidebars and are easier to upload. You still have the same variety of sizes and content types but we gave each option got a makeover. The made over widgets have larger pictures and include views for all of your posts and boards!</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/09/2914389/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2914389, parentId: 9230877, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2914389" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/09/2914389/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="they re here new and improved hometalk goodies"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/09/2914386/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2914386, parentId: 9230877, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2914386" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/09/2914386/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="they re here new and improved hometalk goodies"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Thanks to the updated design and technology, once you choose your new widget or button you will never need to update these Hometalk goodies again.</p><p><strong>So, what are you waiting for?</strong> Download your new widget and buttons today.</p><p>Please visit your <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/my-account/widgets" href="http://www.hometalk.com/my-account/widgets">Hometalk Goodies page</a> to choose a widget to upload.</p><p>On the widgets page you will be able to choose from the dropdowns, the content type that you want for your widget, the size that fits best on your blog. If you choose a post widget you can also choose if you want it to display most popular or recent posts. You will also get to preview the widget as you make your selections.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/09/2914421/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2914421, parentId: 9230877, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2914421" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/09/2914421/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="they re here new and improved hometalk goodies"></a></p><p><br></p><p>Once you find the one you like click the "Generate Embed Code" button to get a code you can cut and paste to your blog.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/21/2925348/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2925348, parentId: 9230877, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2925348" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/07/21/2925348/they-re-here-new-and-improved-hometalk-goodies.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="they re here new and improved hometalk goodies"></a><br></p><p>If you would like a button visit <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/my-account/buttons" href="http://www.hometalk.com/my-account/buttons">your buttons page</a> and click your favorite button, this will give you an embed code (short and sweet) that you can cut and paste on to your blog.</p><p><br>Please note: The old versions of the widgets and buttons will expire on August 30th, meaning we will no longer support them beyond that date. If you still have them on your site after August 30th, they will not display data and may appear as a white empty space.</p>

8 Brilliant Bloggers Shop Habitat Restore - Here's Why!

<p>Is upcycling on your bucket list? If so, you're exactly who these three bloggers have been looking for.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/11/2885497/these-8-brave-participants-will-make-you-do-a-double-take.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2885497, parentId: 8814937, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'video' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_video'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2885497" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/11/2885497/8-brilliant-bloggers-shop-habitat-restore-here-s-why.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="8 brilliant bloggers shop habitat restore here s why"><span class="post-icons video"> </span><i class="ics-video"> </i></a></p><p>Blogger Erica from <a data-cke-saved-href="http://onblissstreet.com/2015/03/introducing-cent-sational-salvage.html" target="_blank" href="http://onblissstreet.com/2015/03/introducing-cent-sational-salvage.html">On Bliss Street</a> teamed up with James (<a data-cke-saved-href="http://eastcoastupcyclers.com/" target="_blank" href="http://eastcoastupcyclers.com/">East Coast Upcyclers</a>) and Timisha (<a data-cke-saved-href="http://blog.toolboxdivas.com/" target="_blank" href="http://blog.toolboxdivas.com/">Tool Box Divas</a>), to start <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/hashtags?filter=%23ItsCentsational" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/hashtags?filter=%23ItsCentsational"> a nationwide challenge to encourage people to repurpose and upcycle common items and building materials. They started their project with two goals in mind: the first was to work together with other creative DIYers and get people to look at their old or trashed items in a new way. The second was to bring some attention to the amazing work done by <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx" target="_blank" href="http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx">Habitat for Humanity Restores</a>, which sell old or new unwanted pieces (now you know).</p><p>Whether you have experience upcycling or repurposing, or you've simply seen an old cable spool or bike wheel in the trash and thought, hmm, what can I do with <em>that</em>, these projects will blow you away! Participants spent just $15 or less on supplies, used an item from Habitat for Humanity Restore, and completed <strong>amazing</strong> transformations that you can see <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/hashtags?filter=%23ItsCentsational" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/hashtags?filter=%23ItsCentsational">RIGHT HERE</a>.</p><hr><p>Learn about these 8 brave participants through their Hometalk pages and their blogs:</p><ul><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/onblissstreet" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/onblissstreet">Erica</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://onblissstreet.com/" target="_blank" href="http://onblissstreet.com/">On Bliss Street</a></li><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/toolboxdivas" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/toolboxdivas">Timisha</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://blog.toolboxdivas.com/" target="_blank" href="http://blog.toolboxdivas.com/">Toolbox Divas</a></li><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/eastcoastupcyclers" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/eastcoastupcyclers">James</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://eastcoastupcyclers.com/" target="_blank" href="http://eastcoastupcyclers.com/">East Coast Upcyclers</a></li><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/glamplaughlove1" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/glamplaughlove1">Adre</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.lifeinournomad.com/" target="_blank" href="http://www.lifeinournomad.com/">Glamp Laugh Love</a></li><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/jessbures" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/jessbures">Jessica</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://liverandomlysimple.com/" target="_blank" href="http://liverandomlysimple.com/">Live Randomly Simple</a></li><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/beverlyroderick" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/beverlyroderick">Beverly</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.acrosstheblvd.com/" target="_blank" href="http://www.acrosstheblvd.com/">Across The Blvd</a></li><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/plasterdisaster" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/plasterdisaster">Naomi &amp; Sage</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/" target="_blank" href="http://www.plasteranddisaster.com/">Plaster &amp; Disaster</a></li><li><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/christieselken1" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/christieselken1">Christie</a> -- <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.sparklesofsunshine.com/" target="_blank" href="http://www.sparklesofsunshine.com/">Sparkles and Sunshine</a></li></ul><p><br></p>

Hot DIY Ideas to Give a Little Southwestern Flavor to Your Home

<p>With the heat rolling in, you may be tempted to switch out those cool blues and purples in your decor for some richer tones. If summer has got you thinking of sun-baked terra cotta pots, prickly green plants, and warm rosy hues, it's time to get in touch with your inner cowgirl and bring some Southwestern charm into your home and garden. The key to getting this look is neutral colors sprinkled with rich reds and greens, leather and wood furniture, and lots of textiles full of fun and colorful patterns. Not sure you're a fan? Take a look as these hot DIY ideas to give a little desert flavor to your home this season.</p><hr><p><strong>1. Stamp a dropcloth rug with aztec patterns</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875058/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875058, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875058" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875058/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x947&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 947px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Janel @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.nelliebellie.com/make-a-rug-with-a-dropcloth-and-paint/" target="_blank" href="http://www.nelliebellie.com/make-a-rug-with-a-dropcloth-and-paint/">Nellie Bellie</a></p><p>Adding a rug or carpet is one of the fastest ways to bring in a style. For floor decor that's packed with character, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1273610/how-to-make-a-rug-with-a-dropcloth-and-paint" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1273610/how-to-make-a-rug-with-a-dropcloth-and-paint">create a patterned rug</a> by stamping a dropcloth with warm colors. This rug was made with just paint and a few cut sponges, but it certainly looks like the real deal!</p><p><br></p><p><strong>2. Create a mini cactus landscape</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875061/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875061, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875061" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875061/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x768&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 768px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://westphoria.sunset.com/2015/05/26/make-a-miniature-cactus-landscape/?xid=hometalk-052815" target="_blank" href="http://westphoria.sunset.com/2015/05/26/make-a-miniature-cactus-landscape/?xid=hometalk-052815">Sunset Magazine</a></p><p>Desert-friendly plants, like cacti and succulents, will make your space feel like a Southwestern paradise, bathed in sun and warmth. <a data-cke-saved-href="http://westphoria.sunset.com/2015/05/26/make-a-miniature-cactus-landscape/?xid=hometalk-052815" target="_blank" href="http://westphoria.sunset.com/2015/05/26/make-a-miniature-cactus-landscape/?xid=hometalk-052815">Create mini gardens</a> for centerpieces or coffee table decoration, or add a garden of mini cacti to your outdoors areas.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>3. Or fake it!</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875064/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875064, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875064" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875064/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x947&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 947px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Devin and Tara @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://saltandpeppermoms.blogspot.co.il/2015/04/hand-painted-mini-cactus.html" target="_blank" href="http://saltandpeppermoms.blogspot.co.il/2015/04/hand-painted-mini-cactus.html">Salt and Pepper Moms</a></p><p>If you've got a certified black thumb, or you don't feel like spending on greenery, turn a couple rocks <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/7925571/hand-painted-mini-cactus" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/7925571/hand-painted-mini-cactus">into a cactus garden</a> with just a bit of paint and creativity! This is a no-fuss way to get that deep desert look, and it's fun to create yourself.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>4. Decorate your walls with natural elements</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875070/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875070, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875070" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875070/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x947&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 947px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Amy @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://theblissfulbee.com/creating-an-entryway-when-you-dont-have-one/" target="_blank" href="http://theblissfulbee.com/creating-an-entryway-when-you-dont-have-one/">The Blissful Bee</a></p><p><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/2559541/creating-an-entryway-when-you-don-t-have-one" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/2559541/creating-an-entryway-when-you-don-t-have-one">Antlers, wood scraps, and feathers</a> will give your walls automatic Southwestern charm, brimming with natural beauty. If you want to add a drop of modern flair to your design, add turquoise tips to your displayed antlers, or give those feathers some sparkly golden stripes of paint.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>5. Use arrows of all kinds</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875073/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875073, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875073" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875073/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x947&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 947px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://blog.cuttingedgestencils.com/an-indian-arrows-stenciled-tween-room-a-giveaway.html" target="_blank" href="http://blog.cuttingedgestencils.com/an-indian-arrows-stenciled-tween-room-a-giveaway.html">Cutting Edge Stencils</a></p><p>Arrows are a staple symbol in Southwestern decor. You can make your own with sticks and feathers, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/7205115/porch-spindle-arrows" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/7205115/porch-spindle-arrows">or old spindles</a>, or you can just echo the look by <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/7368758/an-indian-arrows-stenciled-tween-room-a-giveaway" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/7368758/an-indian-arrows-stenciled-tween-room-a-giveaway">painting a pattern on a wall</a> or piece of furniture. Use bright colors for a fresh, modern twist, especially if you're decorating a kid-friendly area.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>6. Hang tons of tapestries</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875076/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875076, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875076" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875076/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x950&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 950px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Kim @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://madeinaday.com/2015/04/01/diy-large-tapestry-no-weave/" target="_blank" href="http://madeinaday.com/2015/04/01/diy-large-tapestry-no-weave/">Made in a Day</a></p><p>Woven tapestries and textiles are about as Southwestern as you can get, but who has the skill to weave a wall hanging like this or the budget to buy one? Believe it or not, this clever DIYer turned an inexpensive woven rug into a <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/7865560/easy-diy-large-taestry-from-a-throw-rug" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/7865560/easy-diy-large-taestry-from-a-throw-rug">dreamy wall hanging</a>, perfect for infusing any room with rich desert spirit.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>7. Embrace earthy tiles</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875079/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875079, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875079" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875079/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x894&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 894px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.southcypress.com/" target="_blank" href="http://www.southcypress.com/">South Cypress</a></p><p>Stones and tiles are a big part of the texture that makes up this style. <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/4150044/home-renovation-redo-floors-painting" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/4150044/home-renovation-redo-floors-painting">Opt for tiled floors</a> instead of wood or carpet, or maximize your tiled areas, like backsplashes and bathroom floors, by giving them either a natural, earthy hue, or an Aztec-style pattern.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>8. Give plants and flower pots a weather-worn feel</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875085/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875085, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875085" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875085/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x956&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 956px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Robin @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2013/03/how-to-age-terra-cotta-pots/" target="_blank" href="http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2013/03/how-to-age-terra-cotta-pots/">All Things Heart &amp; Home</a></p><p>You can transport your garden and greenery to the Southwest in less than an hour, by giving pots and containers <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1252782/aging-terra-cotta-pots-the-easy-way" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1252782/aging-terra-cotta-pots-the-easy-way">a weather-worn look</a>. This easy idea works perfectly for terra cotta flower pots, and it will give your garden the perfect aged look, adding instant story to your home.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>9. Age your decorative display pieces</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875082/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875082, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875082" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875082/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x945&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 945px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via James @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://thecavenderdiary.com/2013/05/18/aging-indian-baskets/?amp;preview=true" target="_blank" href="http://thecavenderdiary.com/2013/05/18/aging-indian-baskets/?amp;preview=true">The Cavender Diary</a></p><p>While Native American baskets are clearly an excellent and authentic way to tap into Southwestern style, you can get the same effect with cheap woven baskets from the Dollar Store or your local thrift shop. Add paint if you like, and then <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1488367/aging-new-indian-baskets-to-look-old" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1488367/aging-new-indian-baskets-to-look-old">use this trick</a> to age the basket so that it looks like an ancient family heirloom.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>10. Create leather details for indoor and outdoor spaces</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875088/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875088, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875088" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875088/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x811&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 811px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Alex @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.northstory.ca/diy-upcycled-leather-lantern/" target="_blank" href="http://www.northstory.ca/diy-upcycled-leather-lantern/">Northstory</a></p><p>Whether it's a piece of furniture or a decor detail, leather pieces are a great way to infuse your home with rich Southwestern style. But there's no need to invest in a whole new couch -- simply add summertime touches to your indoor and outdoor spaces with leather crafts like this <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/3798008/upcycled-leather-lantern" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/3798008/upcycled-leather-lantern">hanging upcycled lantern</a>.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>11. Add heavily patterned accent furniture</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875090/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2875090, parentId: 8736425, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2875090" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/06/01/2875090/hot-diy-ideas-to-give-a-little-southwestern-flavor-to-your-home.jpg?size=630x975&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="hot diy ideas to give a little southwestern flavor to your home" style="height: 975px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Bre @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.brepurposed.com/2014/11/12/arles-aztec/" target="_blank" href="http://www.brepurposed.com/2014/11/12/arles-aztec/">Brepurposed</a></p><p>If you're a fan of painted or upholstered furniture, nothing makes a piece quite as warm and welcoming as desert tones and rich geometrical patterns. Choose your favorite Aztec look and then <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/5705690/how-to-make-an-arles-and-aztec-filing-cabinet" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/5705690/how-to-make-an-arles-and-aztec-filing-cabinet">give your piece a second life</a> as a home accent that's jampacked with flavor and character.</p><p><br></p><p>Find the style or design that works best for you, by browsing our <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/home-decor" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/home-decor">Home Decor page</a> on Hometalk!</p>

Fox & Friends Shares Hometalk Gardening Ideas and Tips (Whoop!)

<p>Guess what Hometalkers? You've made headlines!! <strong>Fox &amp; Friends is sharing your expert gardening tips</strong> to help other aspiring green thumbs create flourishing gardens as gorgeous as yours! Here's what Hometalk editor Tara Bench shares on the show:<br></p><hr><p><strong>How to Start a Vegetable Garden:</strong></p><p>It's surprisingly easy to start your own vegetables in a backyard or patio garden. Just choose from the wide variety of plants or vegetable seed packets from your local nursery and pick a small plot of land or a few containers of soil to begin. They should have tomato, squash, and even strawberry plants already started that are easy to plant straight in your garden.</p><p>Bonus: This is a great gardening activity for kids! Get them involved with planting, watering, weeding, and especially tasting, as the garden develops.</p><p>Check out this post on <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/3400506/5-best-container-vegetables-for-beginning-gardeners" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/3400506/5-best-container-vegetables-for-beginning-gardeners">the 5 best container vegetable for beginning gardeners</a> to get some inspiration and instruction.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br></p><p><strong>How to Grow and </strong><strong>Care for Roses:</strong></p><p>Roses are an all-time favorite, but some beginner gardens find them intimidating. Well, there's no reason these blooming beauties should scare you off, as long as you have exoert tips and advice.</p><p>These helpful instructions to <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/3816925/celebrate-national-rose-month-are-you-in-or-out" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/3816925/celebrate-national-rose-month-are-you-in-or-out">plant your very own rose garden</a> will tell you the tools you'll need, and help you learn to prune, trim, and care for your sweet smelling roses in just a few easy steps.<br></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;"></span><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/25/2867311/hometalkers-are-making-headlines-and-glorious-gardens.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2867311, parentId: 8631592, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2867311" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/25/2867311/hometalkers-are-making-headlines-and-glorious-gardens.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/25/2867311/hometalkers-are-making-headlines-and-glorious-gardens.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">Photo via Susan @</span><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.gagasgarden.com/" target="_blank" href="http://www.gagasgarden.com/" style="text-align: center;">Gaga's Garden</a><br></p><p><strong>What to Plant in the Shade:</strong></p><p>Even if your yard or patio doesn't get a lot of sun, there's still plenty of gardening to do! There are many beautiful flowers and plants that grow well in the summer shade and can make for an impressive garden.</p><p>Pick from colorful flowers, variegated Hostas, or other charming perennials at the nursery, so that you can enjoy blooms all summer long! Find some gorgeous options on this Hometalk post about the true <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1460139/starlette-s-of-the-shade-garden" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1460139/starlette-s-of-the-shade-garden">starlettes of the shade garden</a>, and talk to your local nursery to find out what grows best in your area.</p><hr><p>Of course, this is only a taste of the incredible gardening posts you Hometalkers have shared. See more great growing ideas and how-to's on our <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/gardening" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/gardening">gardening page</a> on Hometalk!<br></p>

Your Spring Bloom Cheat Sheet: 11 Flowers Everyone Should Know

<p>There are so many beautiful flowers and vivid plants sprouting out of every yard and on every street corner, it's enough to make you sing! But not knowing what those plants are or how to get them for your own garden? That's enough to make you groan.</p><p>We can cut those questions in half right now, by giving you a cheat sheet of the most popular spring blooms out there!</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871571/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871571, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871571" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871571/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=630x1576&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know" style="height: 1576px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>(Pin this to share it with friends!)</strong></p><hr><p><strong>Here's the full list:</strong></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Azalea</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871356/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871356, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871356" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871356/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1452077/spring-is-blooming" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1452077/spring-is-blooming">Sharon</a></p><p>Azaleas are a type of Rhododendron, but they themselves have numerous varieties. The common type you'll see in yards and gardens, however, is a bush or shrub called Formosa Azalea. They like partially shaded spots, but they do need some bright sunshine, so consider placement carefully. Azaleas do well in well-drained, acidic soil, and they're a great option for containers and pots.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Rhododendron yedoense</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Part shade and moist but well-drained acidic soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 10 feet</em></p><p><em>Zones: 5-9</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Crocus</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871358/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871358, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871358" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871358/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/152621/spring-is-here-are-you-ready-for-some-low-maintenance-and-spring-blooming-perennial" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/152621/spring-is-here-are-you-ready-for-some-low-maintenance-and-spring-blooming-perennial">Amy</a></p><p>You've probably been spotting these little purple plants for the past few weeks as they stick their yellow tongues out at you playfully. They actually grow from a corm, which is similar to a bulb, that disappears as the flower blooms. These early spring bloomers, which can actually appear in a variety of colors, prefer cooler temperatures, but lots of sun.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Crocus</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 6 inches</em></p><p><em>Zones: 3-8</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Daffodil</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871359/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871359, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871359" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871359/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=630x596&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know" style="height: 596px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/3365732/the-daffodils-are-blooming" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/3365732/the-daffodils-are-blooming">Pam</a></p><p>Daffodils are a sunny indicator that spring has truly sprung. The daffodil flower has six outer petals and an inner trumpet-shaped crown, and blooms from a bulb, which was planted in autumn. Daffodils are easy to grow for a beginner gardener and they do very well in cold but sunny climates.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Narcissus</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 1 foot</em></p><p><em>Zones: 3-9</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Hyacinth</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871371/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871371, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871371" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871371/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1425461/white-hyacinth-and-daffodil-combination" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1425461/white-hyacinth-and-daffodil-combination">Julie</a></p><p>If you've caught the sweet scent of this highly fragrant bulb, you know why people love to grow them in their gardens and homes. These heavy stalks filled with bell-shaped flowers prefer well-drained soil and full sun. They also make great potted plants for your home, requiring minimal care.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Hyacinthus</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 1 foot</em></p><p><em>Zones: 3-9</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Lily of the Valley</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871373/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871373, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871373" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871373/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/3870258/get-control-of-invasive-lily-of-the-valley" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/3870258/get-control-of-invasive-lily-of-the-valley">Heather</a></p><p>With their nodding, bell-shaped blossoms, lily of the valley stalks do well almost anywhere, including containers indoors. They prefer partial shade with rich, moist soil, but if they get too comfortable, they can become invasive, so make sure to keep an eye on these aromatic late-spring beauties.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Convallaria majalis</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 8 inches</em></p><p><em>Zones: 2-9</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Lilac</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871374/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871374, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871374" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871374/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=630x630&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know" style="height: 630px; width: 630px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1644324/lilacs" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1644324/lilacs">Dan</a></p><p>Lilac shrubs make breathtaking hedges, as they not only grow tall and thick, giving the owner some backyard privacy, but their flowers are vibrantly colored and release a dreamy scent, which attracts pretty pollinators. Lilacs don't require much care, aside from regular pruning and routine watering, though not to the point of soaking their roots. They like rich soil -- so make good use of that compost -- and at least 6 hours of sunlight.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Syringa vulgaris</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained, rich soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 12 feet (varies by variety)</em></p><p><em>Zones: 3-7</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Muscari</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871377/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871377, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871377" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871377/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1333039/muscari-ocean-magic-anemone-white-splendour-and-sedum-acre" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1333039/muscari-ocean-magic-anemone-white-splendour-and-sedum-acre">Julie</a></p><p>Often called grape hyacinth for its spikes lined with tiny blue flowers, the muscari plant grows smaller than the hyacinth, which makes it the perfect garden companion for taller growers like tulips and daffodils. After they've flowered, these plants are not at all picky, and can grow in full or partial sun with only regular rainfall to nourish them.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Syringa vulgaris</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 8 inches</em></p><p><em>Zones: 2-8</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Peonies</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871379/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871379, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871379" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871379/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/4544672/gardening-peonies-fall-planting-tips" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/4544672/gardening-peonies-fall-planting-tips">Jennifer</a></p><p>There's absolutely no way you'll pass a peony this season without spotting it immediately (and probably staring in awe for a minute or two). Peony shrubs produce just about the showiest flower you can find, unfolding colorful hues of petal after feathery petal. These flowers require a lot of sun, except for in hotter climates, where they can tolerate half a day of sunlight, and rich, well-drained soil.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Paeonia</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 5 feet (varies by variety)</em></p><p><em>Zones: 2-8</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Primrose</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871380/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871380, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871380" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871380/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/3579402/spring-garden" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/3579402/spring-garden">Amy</a></p><p>The common primrose is a spring garden favorite; they start early and cover the ground with bright, warm-weather colors. The flowers, which grow in low, tightly-packed bunches, have petals which shift into a slightly different color or shade towards the flower's center. Primrose prefers well-drained, moist soil, with a lot of organic matter, so it loves compost. The flowers grow best in the shade and tend to get worn out in warm, very sunny spots.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Primula vulgaris</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Partial shade and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 1 foot</em></p><p><em>Zones: 3-8</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Spiraea</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871383/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871383, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871383" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871383/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1812193/photo-update" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1812193/photo-update">Randy</a></p><p>A popular garden shrub, spiraea has many varieties that bloom from spring into summer, and they're easy to grow. Spring blooming varieties of spiraea often have long arching branches clothed in small white flowers. They can grow to be large, flourishing bushes, and the plant's delicate shape makes quite a statement in any garden.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Spiraea</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 10 feet (varies by variety)</em></p><p><em>Zones: 3-8</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Tulips</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871385/look-familiar-here-are-the-flowers-you-re-seeing-this-season.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2871385, parentId: 8679674, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2871385" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/28/2871385/your-spring-bloom-cheat-sheet-11-flowers-everyone-should-know.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="your spring bloom cheat sheet 11 flowers everyone should know"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1326917/what-s-blooming-in-the-garden-today" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1326917/what-s-blooming-in-the-garden-today">Barb</a></p><p>Tulips may be the most sought after springtime garden feature, as everyone loves the sight of these colorful, cupped flowers bending in the warm breeze. Tulips can be grown indoors, but they also look lovely in cut flower arrangements. Make sure to plant the bulbs in an area that's fully exposed to the sun for the healthiest and brightest flowers.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Name: Tulipa</em></p><p><em>Growing conditions: Full sun and rich, well-drained soil</em></p><p><em>Height: To 2 feet</em></p><p><em>Zones: 3-7</em></p><p><br></p><p>For more gardening ideas, inspirations, and how to's, make sure to visit our <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/gardening" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/gardening">gardening page</a>. Want more info on these lovely garden growers? I found this super helpful website - <a data-cke-saved-href="http://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/A_List_of_Spring_Flowers" target="_blank" href="http://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/A_List_of_Spring_Flowers">check it out here</a>! Happy flower finding, Hometalkers!</p>

7 Reasons You Should Embrace the Dark Side of Decor

<p>For many homeowners, dark colors seem like a big commitment, one that might be just a little too daring for their design comfort. But if you are deep-color shy, you shouldn't be, and here's why: just like light or neutral tones have special powers (they brighten the room, they expand the space), dark tones also have special powers. Choosing to go with a dark room, wall, or even a piece of furniture can give your home just the right infusion of character, so don't be shy - this choice is WAY worth the risk!</p><hr><p><strong>1. Nothing makes a dramatic statement quite like dark hues</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868704/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868704, parentId: 8655049, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868704" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868704/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868704/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=630x409&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="" style="height: 409px; width: 630px;"> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Tanya @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/10/fireplace-before-after.html" target="_blank" href="http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/10/fireplace-before-after.html">Dans Le Lakehouse</a></p><p>Everyone knows that accent walls add drama, but no color does it quite as well as a darker grey or charcoal. A dark tone will resound off the wall and immediately catch visitors' attention. <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/6384857/charcoal-grey-painted-fireplace" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/6384857/charcoal-grey-painted-fireplace">This stately look</a> gives your room shape and depth, and all it takes is a bit of paint.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>2. A shadowy wall color brings out your brighter decor pieces</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868707/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868707, parentId: 8655049, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868707" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868707/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868707/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Emily @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://decorchick.com/nursery/" target="_blank" href="http://decorchick.com/nursery/">Decorchick!</a></p><p>If you'd like to highlight your bright or light colored decor, a dark background will definitely <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1662736/pink-grey-and-gold-vintage-nursery-makeover" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1662736/pink-grey-and-gold-vintage-nursery-makeover">make them pop</a>. For the right dose of contrast, match the hues of your darker and lighter colors, like pale grey and pastels, or deep charcoal and jewel tones.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>3. Dark shades can inffuse a room with calm</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868710/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868710, parentId: 8655049, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868710" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868710/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868710/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Amanda @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://dixiedelights.blogspot.co.il/2013/02/master-bedroom-before-after.html" target="_blank" href="http://dixiedelights.blogspot.co.il/2013/02/master-bedroom-before-after.html">Dixie Delights</a></p><p>Forget incense and candles - if you're trying to turn a room in your home into a relaxing paradise, try a deep color for the walls or furniture. Dark sage or grey colors are the perfect option for <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/943236/master-bedroom-before-amp-after" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/943236/master-bedroom-before-amp-after">infusing a room with calm</a>, as long as don't create strong contrast with many bright colors.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>4. Pairing rich tones with lighter colors creates depth in any space</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868712/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868712, parentId: 8655049, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868712" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868712/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868712/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Linda @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/" target="_blank" href="http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/">It All Started with Paint</a></p><p>You know that white walls get rid of shadows and expand your space, but did you know that white walls paired with a richer tone have an <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/7038205/board-batten-navy-and-white-living-room" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/7038205/board-batten-navy-and-white-living-room">even more drastic effect</a>? Give any room in your home more depth with this handy painting trick. This pairing also lends itself to stately entryways or elegant dining rooms.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>5. Dark details can frame a bright room</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868716/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868716, parentId: 8655049, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868716" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868716/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868716/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.sunset.com/home/decorating/gray/?xid=hometalk-051915" target="_blank" href="http://www.sunset.com/home/decorating/gray/?xid=hometalk-051915">Sunset Magazine</a></p><p>A chocolate colored rug or pewter painted ceiling sets the stage for your style. Just like a dark wooden frame turns a painted canvas into art, deeper tones around the borders of your room turn your furniture and decor into a well-coordinated design. See <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.sunset.com/home/decorating/gray/?xid=hometalk-051915" target="_blank" href="http://www.sunset.com/home/decorating/gray/?xid=hometalk-051915">more gorgeous grey rooms</a> on Sunset Magazine!</p><p><br></p><p><strong>6. Dark backgrounds are the perfect place to showcase metallics</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868718/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868718, parentId: 8655049, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868718" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868718/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868718/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Royal Design Studio @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://paintandpattern.com/" target="_blank" href="http://paintandpattern.com/">Paint and Pattern</a></p><p>If you're a fan of the incoming metallic trends, like arranging copper details everywhere, then there's no better background to pump up your pinkish metals than dusky colors. Whether it's a piece of art, a display shelf of metallic dishes, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/4404678/how-to-stencil-wall-tribal-print" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/4404678/how-to-stencil-wall-tribal-print">or a striking stencil</a>, give your golden pieces a sultry backdrop to really show them off.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>7. Designing with darker colors means (almost) nothing will clash</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868721/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868721, parentId: 8655049, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868721" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868721/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868721/7-reasons-you-should-embrace-the-dark-side-of-decor.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Sabrina @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.pinklittlenotebook.com/front-foyer-before-after/" target="_blank" href="http://www.pinklittlenotebook.com/front-foyer-before-after/">Pink Little Notebook</a></p><p>As opposed to a pale blue wall, or a mustard yellow rug, a grey closet door won't suddenly seem out of place next to a pile of pastel rain roots. Choosing bright, character-packed colors works in your favor sometimes, but often if your home isn't perfectly clean and arranged, something looks off. Darker colors are like throw pillows - as long as <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/7665404/front-foyer-before-after" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/7665404/front-foyer-before-after">you've got them front and center</a>, the mess is basically invisible.<br></p><p><br></p><p>For more home decor ideas, inspirations, and how-to's check out our <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/home-decor" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/home-decor">Home Decor page</a> on Hometalk!</p>

8 Temporary Kitchen Updates to Personalize Your Cooking Space

<p>Whether you're a renter, you're on a budget, or you're just a fan of switching up your decor seasonally, these kitchen updates will give you just the right amount of personalized POP without changing your space permanently. And not only are these fresh ideas temporary and easy to do, they're totally budget friendly!</p><hr><p><strong>1. Create a faux subway tile backsplash</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868653/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868653, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868653" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868653/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868653/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Lindsay @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.shrimpsaladcircus.com/faux-subway-tile-painted-backsplash/" target="_blank" href="http://www.shrimpsaladcircus.com/faux-subway-tile-painted-backsplash/">Shrimp Salad Circus</a></p><p>You don't have to actually tile your backsplash to get the look - instead, give your backsplash <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/6961632/30-faux-subway-tile-backsplash-diy" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/6961632/30-faux-subway-tile-backsplash-diy">painted grey grout lines</a>, using painter's tape. It's easy to cover your faux tiles with a fresh coat of white paint when you're moving or want a different look. If painting is completely off the table, just create your grout lines with thin grey washi tape or electrical tape.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>2. Add a new look to your cabinets</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868656/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868656, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868656" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868656/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868656/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Dawn @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://bydawnnicole.com/2015/01/diy-chalkboard-menu-cabinet.html" target="_blank" href="http://bydawnnicole.com/2015/01/diy-chalkboard-menu-cabinet.html">Dawn Nicole Designs</a></p><p>Contact paper is the ultimate cabinet upgrade tool, especially if you want to add a little function to your design. Use chalkboard contact paper to <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/6390770/diy-renter-friendly-chalkboard-menu-cabinet" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/6390770/diy-renter-friendly-chalkboard-menu-cabinet">turn a cabinet door into a useful spot</a> for menus, shopping lists, messages, and more!<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>3. Give open shelves a pretty highlight</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868659/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868659, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868659" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868659/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868659/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Sandra @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.simpleispretty.com/2014/06/using-gift-wrap-to-update-kitchen.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.simpleispretty.com/2014/06/using-gift-wrap-to-update-kitchen.html">Simple Is Pretty</a></p><p>Everyone loves open shelving, but if your shelves, or the wall behind, aren't entirely in your taste, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/3994587/an-inexpensive-way-to-update-your-kitchen-cabinets" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/3994587/an-inexpensive-way-to-update-your-kitchen-cabinets">here's an easy fix</a>: just cut a piece of wrapping paper or wallpaper to fit the space behind your shelves. If your paper is too flimsy, cut a piece of foam core or cardboard to the correct size and then cover it in your decorative paper.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>4. Cover your countertops</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868662/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868662, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868662" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868662/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868662/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Megan @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://rentalrevival.com/home/2013/6/16/diy-countertop-revival" target="_blank" href="http://rentalrevival.com/home/2013/6/16/diy-countertop-revival">Rental Revival</a></p><p>Your first step in making over your countertops is cleaning thoroughly - you don't want to seal in any food or moisture with your new layer. Then, using patterned contact paper, cover your countertops carefully. Once everything is in place, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/2729588/diy-countertop-revival" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/2729588/diy-countertop-revival">use clear caulk along the edges</a> to really secure it in place. Caulk can be peeled off when you're ready for a change.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>5. Go vertical for storage</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868665/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868665, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868665" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868665/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868665/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Isabelle @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.engineeryourspace.com/short-on-storage-space-go-vertical/" target="_blank" href="http://www.engineeryourspace.com/short-on-storage-space-go-vertical/">Engineer Your Space</a></p><p>Got space above your cabinets? Don't let it go to waste. For stylish storage, cover sturdy cardboard boxes in paper or fabric. <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/6963849/small-kitchen-ideas-going-vertical-to-gain-storage-space" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/6963849/small-kitchen-ideas-going-vertical-to-gain-storage-space">This handy trick</a> will hide those homeless appliances and holiday dishes in a sleek, uniform look that will also fill up the unattractive empty space.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>6. Make your own easy drawer dividers</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868667/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868667, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868667" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868667/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868667/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Deneen @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://dreaming-n-color.blogspot.co.il/2011/04/utensil-drawer-organizer.html" target="_blank" href="http://dreaming-n-color.blogspot.co.il/2011/04/utensil-drawer-organizer.html">Dreaming in Color</a></p><p>If your drawers don't come with easy dividers, skip the trip to the store and <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/687384/utensil-drawer-organizer" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/687384/utensil-drawer-organizer">make your own for free</a>! Cut piece of foam core or paint stirrers to size, and then simply glue them into the ideal shape and structure for your utensils and dinnerware.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>7. Use tension rods for organization</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868668/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868668, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868668" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868668/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868668/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Isabelle @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.engineeryourspace.com/small-kitchen-ideas-tension-rod-above-sink/" target="_blank" href="http://www.engineeryourspace.com/small-kitchen-ideas-tension-rod-above-sink/">Engineer Your Space</a></p><p>Kitchens always seem to need more organization, whether it's space to hang your damp towels, a hook for oven mitts, or a convenient spot for sponges and brushes. Tension rods are storage superheroes, and they can give you all of that on the cheap! Simply <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/6763206/her-brilliant-idea-using-a-dollar-store-tension-rod" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/6763206/her-brilliant-idea-using-a-dollar-store-tension-rod">stick one above your sink</a> and have all the easy access storage you need.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>8. Decorate with large engineering prints</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868670/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2868670, parentId: 8654909, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2868670" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868670/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/26/2868670/8-temporary-kitchen-updates-to-personalize-your-cooking-space.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt=""> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;">Photo via Megan @<a data-cke-saved-href="http://rhapsodyinrooms.com/2015/03/04/engineering-prints-for-a-big-impact/" target="_blank" href="http://rhapsodyinrooms.com/2015/03/04/engineering-prints-for-a-big-impact/">Rhapsody in Rooms</a></p><p>Give your kitchen an instant splash of style, by <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/7505811/engineering-prints-for-a-big-impact" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/7505811/engineering-prints-for-a-big-impact">decorating blank walls</a> with large engineering prints. Printing your own is inexpensive, and because they're so light, you can hang them using removable command hooks. If you're looking to add to your decor, this dramatic look works for any room in your home.<br></p><p><br></p><p>For more renter-friendly budget decor ideas, check out our <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/urban-living" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/topics/urban-living">Urban Living page</a> on Hometalk!</p>

How to Get Rid of Your 7 Most Hated Bugs

<p>The best parts of spring -- the warmer weather, the blooming gardens, the outdoor activities -- don't only attract us, they attract unwanted neighbors. This sunny season is prime time for pests of every shape, color, and size to find their way into your home and garden.</p><p><br></p><p>Instead of leaving you to swat, squash, and itch all on your own, I've collected some of the most successful pest control ideas for some of the most popular pests. These are the creepy crawlers and buzzy bugs that fellow Hometalkers hate most, and here are the best ways, with and without chemicals, to get rid of them.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a ht-click="mediaViewer.open({url: 'http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/21/2864131/title.jpg?size=1000x1000&amp;nocrop=1', mediaId: 2864131, parentId: 8582024, parentType: 'posts', editing:editing, type : 'photo' })" data-ht-logger="{action:'click_post_photo'}" class="uploaded_image dib relative" data-cke-saved-href="javascript:" href="javascript:" data-media_id="2864131" rel="nofollow"><img data-cke-saved-src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/21/2864131/title.jpg?size=633x633&amp;nocrop=1" src="http://cdn.hometalk.com/media/2015/05/21/2864131/title.jpg?size=630x1576&amp;nocrop=1" title="" alt="" style="height: 1576px; width: 630px;"> </a><br></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>(Pin this to share these need-to-know tips with friends!)</strong></p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Ants (indoors)</strong></p><p><br></p><p><em>Find the Source:</em></p><p>Ants usually appear when they can easily find food, like sugar or crumbs, or when there's available moisture. The best way to rid your home of ants is to keep counters and dishes clean, and dry up any moisture. If the environment stays ant-friendly, any poisons or traps might kill your current colony, but they won't prevent future infestations.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Natural Solution:</em></p><p>Once the source is dealt with, there are some very useful baits that will trap and kill any pesky straglers. <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.hometalk.com/1747385/homemade-ant-bait" target="_blank" href="https://www.hometalk.com/1747385/homemade-ant-bait">This borax idea</a> by Becky at <a data-cke-saved-href="http://cloverandthyme.com/2013/04/09/never-failed-me-yet-ant-bait/" target="_blank" href="http://cloverandthyme.com/2013/04/09/never-failed-me-yet-ant-bait/">Clover and Thyme</a> is an all time favorite fix. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup very warm water, and 2 TBS Borax until completely dissolved, and then soak a cosmetic pad or cotton ball in the mixture. In no time, ants will come collect the solution and bring the poisoned food back to the queen, destroying the colony.</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Fruit Flies</strong></p><p><br></p><p><em>Find the Source:</em></p><p>Fruit Flies enter your home because there is an overripe or rotten fruit or vegetable that entices them in. If you have any produce out on your countertops, stored in baskets on your shelves, or sitting in your sink, stow it away in your refrigerator or toss it (and take out the trash) immediately.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Natural Solution:</em></p><p>Along with sticky fly paper, a tried-and-true way to catch a ton of fruit flies is by putting out edible traps. Mix some wine or apple cider vinegar in a small container with some liquid dish soap. The soap breaks the surface tension, trapping the flies when they come to eat. This trick has been the most effective for many Hometalkers (myself included), and can be done with the funnel method, like <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/1594763/get-rid-of-fruit-flies-diy-fruit-fly-trap" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/1594763/get-rid-of-fruit-flies-diy-fruit-fly-trap">this handy contraption</a> by Myra at <a data-cke-saved-href="http://myblessedlife.net/2013/06/get-rid-of-fruit-flies.html" target="_blank" href="http://myblessedlife.net/2013/06/get-rid-of-fruit-flies.html">A Blessed Life</a>, or simply left exposed in a bowl.</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Fungus Flies</strong></p><p><br></p><p><em>Find the Source:</em></p><p>Fungus flies, or Fungus gnats, are a sign that you're over-watering your houseplants. They lay their eggs in the top two inches of your plant's soil and can damage or devour the roots. Dig down into the soil and keep an eye on it for a couple minutes - if you have fungus flies, you'll see them living there.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Natural Solution:</em></p><p>It might be a good idea to clear the issue up immediately by simply repotting your plant (checking that it's clean as you go). If for some reason you're unable to do that, try putting a layer of sand over the soil, to disrupt the life cycle of fungus fly larvae.</p><p><br></p><p>Another trick to try is the Hydrogen Peroxide method. Let the soil dry out for a few days so the top two inches are dry. Then, mix one part hydrogen peroxide (regular %3) with four parts water, and water your plants as you normally would. The solution will kill fungus fly larvae on contact, but it won't harm your plants. Do this weekly until you stop spotting adult fungus flies around your plants. Water your plants with the hydrogen peroxide mixture once a month for added precaution.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Chemical Solution:</em></p><p>A mixture of soap, ammonia, grapeseed oil and water will instantly kill adult fungus flies, but because it's a chemical mixture, some Hometalkers prefer to not use it in their homes.</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Drain Flies</strong></p><p><br></p><p><em>Find the Source:</em></p><p>Drain Flies lay their eggs in damp and sludgy environments, so a dirty sink or drain pipe is basically their dream house. They'll stay mainly in bathrooms or kitchens around sinks and drains, and when you squash them, they leave a powder or dust, which can help you identify them.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Natural Solution:</em></p><p>The best and easiest way to rid your home of drain flies is by thoroughly cleaning your drains and pipes. Use a long wire brush or a plumber's snake to clean those spaces of all organic material that these flies consume, including food build-up and even hair clogs. Clean and dry your sinks before going to sleep every night until the problem disappears.</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Spiders</strong></p><p><br></p><p><em>Find the Source:</em></p><p>There are all different types of spiders that you might find in your home or garden, but in general, they prefer cooler, shadier areas, so you can expect to see webs in the corners of your porch, patio, or barn ceiling, or under the leaves and flowers in your garden.</p><p><br></p><p>Though spiders can be alarming, as long as they're not posing a threat to you, keep in mind that spiders are a great natural insecticide. They get rid of many more, much worse insects that could pose a threat to you (like mosquitoes), or your garden (like aphids).</p><p><br></p><p><em>Natural Solution:</em></p><p>The easiest and cheapest way to get rid of spiders is to use dawn dish soap in a pump up garden sprayer. Add 1/4 cup of soap to 2 gallons of water, mix gently, and then spray the front of the house and all of the bushes around it. Knock spiders and webs out of corners with a cheap, tossable broom, and keep your outdoor lights off at night, because they attract moths, which in turn draw spider. Instead, one Hometalker suggests adding some decorative solar lights to your outdoor spaces. (<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.hometalk.com/b/7097023/repurposed-solar-light-ideas" target="_blank" href="http://www.hometalk.com/b/7097023/repurposed-solar-light-ideas">Get solar light DIY ideas here</a>!)</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Mosquitos</strong></p><p><br></p><p><em>Find the Source:</em></p><p>Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing bodies of water, so dump out any buckets, dry up any puddles, and clear away any marshy or damp areas in your yard.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Natural Solution:</em></p><p>Before going outside, spray yourself with Leslie D's secret potion to keep biters off: 15 drops of lavender oil, 3-4 TBS of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. For your outdoor spaces, many Hometalkers swear by covering everything in a heavy spray of Listerine -- you'll get a minty fresh scent and a mosquito-free cookout. Prevent mosquitoes from coming indoors by planting containers of lemongrass, mint, or other mosquito deterring greenery, near your entrances.</p><p><br></p><p>If you have them inside your home, keep fans on, so that the air is moving. Mosquitoes don't fly in windy or breezy air, so this should keep them off of you. Lemongrass and mint can grow indoors as well, as long as they get enough sunlight.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Chemical Solution:</em></p><p>In a sprayer hooked to a water hose, put a 1:1 ratio of lemon scented dishwashing liquid and lemon scented ammonia. Spray underneath all of your bushes, up onto your roof (to drain the gutters), into your flower pots -- everywhere. This method has been used by many Hometalkers and hasn't damaged any plants or flowers.</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Aphids</strong></p><p><br></p><p><em>Find the Source:</em></p><p>An easy way to tell if your plants have aphids is searching for misshapen or damaged leaves, or a sticky, sap-like residue, which aphids suck from the plant. Though they can be extremely difficult to see with the naked eye because of their whitish or light green color, check the underside of your plant's leaves for any signs of aphids or any miniscule movement.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Natural Solution:</em></p><p>There are a few ways that gardeners have found to deal with aphids. The easiest method (but understandably the least popular) it running your fingers over leaves and stems and squishing aphids by hand. For a cleaner method, placing chopped up banana peels just under the soil around the affected plants will chase aphids away in many cases. Another garden-friendly idea is bringing in ladybugs from a local garden store. One ladybug can devour up to 5,000 aphids in a year!</p><p><br></p><p><em>Chemical Solution:</em></p><p>As a last resort, some Hometalkers recommend covering infected plants in Neem oil, which will smother aphids to death and rid your garden of the sap-sucking critters.</p><hr><p><strong>When dealing with the bigger, badder boys:</strong></p><p>For the bigger adversaries, like wasps, yellow jackets, and cockroaches, we strongly recommend bringing in the professionals. 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