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You’ve Heard of Spring Cleaning, But What About Fall Cleaning? Here’s How to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather

September 28, 2016 4:00 pm

It's common to clean your home top to bottom every spring, but after a long summer of travel and recreation, it may need a good fall cleaning as well. Use this checklist to clean your home in a way that helps you to prepare for the fall season.

  • Wash all of the windows to remove the stuck-on summer bugs, dust and other summer debris.
  • Give hardwood or tile floors a good sweeping and mopping. Even though most people sweep their floors and occasionally go over them with a handheld spray mop, this is a good time to give them a really thorough cleaning.
  • Vacuum the carpets and shake out area rugs. If you have pets, sprinkle them with an odor eliminating powder before vacuuming.
  • Clean inside of light fixtures. This includes lamp shades, kitchen light fixtures (which can easily be removed with a screw driver), and any outside sconces.
  • Remove all of the contents from the kitchen cupboards and clean them. Do the same with the refrigerator.
  • Do a run-down of all of the clothes in your drawers and closets. Place the clothes that you don't wear in a pile to donate to your local thrift store.
  • Clean any patio or outdoor furniture. If you have a storage area, now is the time to pack the furniture away for the cold season.

Fall Cleaning Checklist [Real Simple]

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Townhouse Bar & Grill: Upscale Dining in Emeryville

September 21, 2016 4:01 pm

Don't let the exterior of Townhouse Bar & Grill fool you. Once you walk through the doors you are greeted by a fancy, classy decor and amazing food. As you look over the menu munch on the bread basket before ordering an appetizer like the Baked Mushrooms with Dungeness crab and parmesan cheese or Calamari. For your entree try the Baby Back Ribs with coconut BBQ sauce. The meat just falls right off the bone. The menu is not large but a nice mix of entrees are available like Fettuccine with smoked chicken sausage, Seafood Jambalaya, Grilled Herbed Scallops, Townhouse Burger, and Chicken Piccata. Reservations are recommended.

Open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and for dinner 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and till 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday.

Townhouse Bar & Grill
5862 Doyle Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 652-6151

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No-Fail Ways to Introduce Print and Patterns into Your Decor

September 14, 2016 4:01 pm

To make your living space more interesting, experts suggest using at least three different patterns for your room. Mixing prints in a space can add more color and can give your room a unique atmosphere. Follow these simple tips to incorporate color and patterns into your decor without overwhelming your space.

  • Start by choosing a large, bold pattern that will determine the main focal color of your room.
  • Create a uniform look by using different patterns that are close in color.
  • Create a statement wall by using patterned wallpaper. This is a simple way to help choose your main pattern and color scheme.
  • Use a bright patterned rug to create a statement piece that will bring the whole space together.
  • Use dark shades against light or vivid colors to create contrast.
  • Mix up patterned pillows with your wall art or coffee table accessories for a simple pop of texture and color.
  • If you are still unsure about mixing different patterns, select a solid base color to act as a canvas for all of your patterns. This will make it easier to mix in other classic patterns such as black and white stripes.

23 Ways to Mix Patterns in Your Home Decor [Brit + Co]
Ideas and Guidelines to Mixing & Matching Patterns in your Home [The House of Smiths]
Using Color, Pattern, and Texture in Home Decorating [For Dummies]

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