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KENTON, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart.
It's convenient to pick up some laundry detergent at the store, but it's not difficult to create your own.
The Campo Verde High School Orchestra is collecting clothes and textiles as a fundraiser for new musical instruments and field trip expenses.
The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over.
This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious.
This Aug. 3, 2013 photo provided by the 2ND Street District shows pedestrians in Austin’s 2ND Street District during an event called White Linen Night. The area in Austin’s downtown hosts a variety of free events and is home to sidewalk cafes, shops and a statue of Willie Nelson. It’s one of a number of free places to visit and explore around Austin. (AP Photo/2ND Street District, Sabrina Bean Photography)
NEW YORK — From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, Levi's and innumerable fiber artists are breathing new life into the craft.
This photo provided by OriShibori.com shows OriShibori pillows. Oriana DiNella, who recently launched her own Web-based shibori line, OriShibori.com, including linen tableware, pillows and throws, and large leather wall hangings, are all made to order and hand-dyed in organic indigo. (AP Photo/OriShibori.com, David Makman)
Preparing a Thanksgiving feast ranks high on the entertaining stress-o-meter. Expectations, traditions and a home full of guests can make even the most seasoned host lose sleep.
This photo provided by Pottery Barn shows a set of four Rustic Luxe linen napkins, which don’t require ironing. The trend now favors leaving washed linen napery in it’s natural, somewhat rumpled form. Meaning one less chore on the Thanksgiving to-do list. (AP Photo/Pottery Barn)
WASHINGTON — Some schools are letting kids with live lice in their hair back in the classroom, a less restrictive policy that has parents scratching their heads.
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Stuffed morel mushrooms and braised free-range chicken with fennel puree and blackberry compote. Served on linen tablecloths with a carefully matched wine. Pineapple upside-down cake for dessert.
This undated photo released by Far and Away Adventures shows campers drinking wine on a "glamping" _ glamour camping _ expedition on the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon River, also known as the River of No Return. Participants go whitewater rafting and sleep in tents, but they also dine on elegant meals served on linen tablecloths with wine, and yoga sessions and massages are provided. (AP Photo/Far and Away Adventures)
This undated photo released by Far and Away Adventures shows a rafting and "glamping" _ glamour camping _ expedition on the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon River, also known as the River of No Return. Participants go whitewater rafting and sleep in tents, but they also dine on elegant meals served on linen tablecloths with wine, and yoga sessions and massages are provided. (AP Photo/Far and Away Adventures)
This undated photo released by Far and Away Adventures shows a gourmet shrimp salad on a "glamping" _ glamour camping _ expedition on the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon River, also known as the River of No Return. Participants go whitewater rafting and sleep in tents, but they also dine on elegant meals served on linen tablecloths with wine, and yoga sessions and massages are provided. (AP Photo/Far and Away Adventures)
In many homes, the "family room" is decorated with just one purpose: to withstand the impact of juice-spilling, game-playing, cookie-eating, crayon-wielding children.
Along with the sunscreen, book, toys and snacks we haul to our waterside of choice this summer, we need a beach towel or two.
The sun-drenched colors and inviting textures of summer provide plenty of decorating ideas. The trick is doing it right: A summer-inspired interior can become a tacky, tropical disaster if it's done with too heavy a hand.
This publicity image released by Brian Patrick Flynn shows a bedroom designed with a blue-grey paint color called Drenched Rain from Dunn-Edwards. The bed, with washed linen, adds a lived in, casual look. Flynn often layers washed out blue tones with navy and white to create a summer-inspired aesthetic. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Daniel Collopy)
The placemat is a favorite at many dinner tables: The often-whimsical plastic version catches the slip of spaghetti from a youngster's fork, while a nice cotton placemat elevates the dining experience just a little without having to set down a whole tablecloth.
Perhaps to alleviate the dreariness of long northern winters, Scandinavian style tends toward folk-art florals, crisp checks, plaids and stripes, and wood furniture left natural or painted in colors that evoke the region's natural beauty.
Most people know what it’s like to pull up a chair at a family reunion or holiday meal, but not many have tucked their toes under the table at a community harvest feast. Several local art and community organizations are hoping to change that with Saturday’s “Feast on the Street” in downtown Phoenix.
Visiting this spring's décor previews often felt like exploring an art gallery. There was an artistic vibe to everything from dinnerware to drapery, art photographs to textiles.
Intrigued by the drama and inspired by the sophistication of British aristocrats in "Downton Abbey," some fans are plotting to bring the series' style into their own homes, from gilded finishes to opulent upholstery to portrait paintings.
When Renee Pedro bought a house with mid-century décor, she decided to embrace the look.