Top drawer Joyce Clark Hicks finds the best for your home and garden

Top Drawer

CorrespondentJanuary 18, 2013 

The Creativity Exchange blog says you can transform a room by simply switching out lampshades with an updated style. Try the Threshold Purple Floral Lamp Shade, $19.99, from Target's cuurent Fall Home Collection.

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Best way to remove carpet dents

Rearranging furniture to give your space a fresh start for a new year? You’ve probably noticed stubborn indentations on the carpet where table and chair legs once rested. The Budget Savvy Diva says the remedy for those indentations is as close as your ifreezer.

Take an ice cube (or multiple cubes) and fill in the dent. Allow them to melt completely. “This will cause the carpet to eventually rise back up, removing the dent! Use multiple times for stubborn dents.” Visit http://nando.com/91 for this and other tips.

Designer’s best for 2013

Houzz.com has crafted a list of 13 ways you can be happier in your home at http://nando.com/93. Here are some of our favorites:

• Mark your calendar for a big flea market or antiques fair. A great way to get inspired is to Google and attend a well-run antiques fair or major flea market. Pencil in the date and invite a design-loving friend to join you.

• Broaden your design education. Sign up for a design workshop, and read more decorating books, magazines and design blogs.

• Define the function of each room. Going room by room, think about what you really use each part of your home for – watching movies and reading in the den, for example. Make sure that everything you need to do these things is at hand, and get rid of everything that’s unrelated.

• Give your front door a facelift. Consider adding something new, such as fresh potted plants in hefty urns, to flank your entrance, a stately door knocker or modern house numbers.

• Refresh your bathroom. Splurge on nice hand soap and lotion, and place them in a little tray on your sink. Snip a fresh bloom and float it in a bowl or cup, give your sink and mirrors a good scrub, and pick out a stack of new, fluffy white bath towels.

• Personalize a plain piece. Have a piece of glass cut to fit the top of a plain table and display a beautiful printed wallpaper, fabric or even gift wrap under the glass. Paint the legs of a stool, cover the back of a bookcase in grass cloth or burlap, or line your drawers with pretty paper.

• Have something made just for you (and your house): Commission a house or pet portrait. Have your monogram put on pillow covers or hand towels. Have your house numbers monogrammed onto cocktail napkins.

• Learn a new skill. Choose an area that appeals to you and search for tutorials online, pick up a book, or hunt for a local class or workshop to get started.

•  Tweak the lighting. For each room in your home, count the light sources – aim for at least three but preferably more. If you have overhead lighting, put the fixtures on dimmer switches and supplement with table and floor lamps.

Reader’s best

We’re seeking your best tips for improving your home and garden. If we use your tip, you’ll be entered in our quarterly drawing for a Target gift card. Send your tips to topdrawer@newsobserver.com. Be sure to include your name, street address and city. Put “best tips” in the subject line.

Best hidden fragrance

The A Mum ’n the Oven blog offers up a unique way to freshen stale bathroom spaces.

“Simply place a few drops of essential oil (I use Lemongrass scent) onto the cardboard tube of your toilet paper roll -- your bathroom will smell amazing until the roll is complete and you begin again!”

Check out http://nando.com/92 for this and other useful tips on it’s “tip of the day” ticker.

Best of the tube

On HGTV

Stacked deck: As an adult, Marlene ditched cramped apartment living for a single family home to share with her husband Mark, son Ryan and the huge groups of friends and family she always entertains. Unfortunately, the barren backyard leaves much to be desired, including a back door from which it can be accessed. Mark teams up with the Cousins to give Marlene a two-story deck complete with a top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen up top and a luxurious living room on the bottom level. “Cousins on Call” airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Roman bath, waterpark and more: You’ve never seen swimming holes like these fantasy pools from across the country. From island to inland and back again, “Cool Pools” looks at the world’s most outrageous, breathtaking and unusual swimming pools, including a Roman Bath House in Texas, a pool with it’s own movie theater and a North Carolina pool built in the clouds. If you can imagine it, this series will highlight it. “Cool Pools” airs at 8 p.m. Friday.

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