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Salem Community Patriot October 1, 2010 - 13

Fast, Frugal Fall Fix-ups T

he ebbing sun and dropping mercury in the garden thermometer signal the end

of summer. The shorter, cooler days also mean you might be coming back inside from the great outdoors to discover your home could use a little pizazz. After all, you spent the past few months soaking up the rays while you worked and played in your yard rather than inside the house. It takes only a few quick fixes, combined with some creativity and elbow grease, to transform the rooms where you spend most of your time. In a weekend or less, you can make your home go from stale to striking for the fall season ahead. As you look around the house,

ask yourself this, “If I could fix only one thing in each room, what would that be?” These answers are your quick fixes. Not all home decorating ideas require a great deal of time or money, but can transform a tired-looking room into something truly eye-catching. “Sometimes all it takes is one or two small

changes to completely transform a space,” says Christopher Prebel of Pratt & Lambert Paints. “You’d be surprised how even the tiniest updates really make a difference.” Study your foyer, for starters. It’s the first thing guests see when they enter your home. What can you do to make it more inviting? Maybe it needs a little more color. Add a colorful rug to the entry way and maybe a floral arrangement to the console by the front door. Or maybe less clutter? A small storage bench can reduce clutter – shoes, school bags and sports equipment – to a minimum and add a clean, inviting look to this first-impression space. If your house is like any other, the kitchen likely is the other main gathering place for both family and visiting friends. These high-traffic areas usually can use fresh paint more frequently than other rooms. While high-quality paints might cost more upfront, you’ll get a solid return on your investment because using a high-quality paint extends the time between repaints and keeps your room looking its best as long as possible.

An excellent choice for your home’s most

well-loved room is Pratt & Lambert. In 2010, Pratt & Lambert was named the interior paint Award Recipient by J.D. Power and Associates, ranking “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Interior Paints in the U.S.” Paint companies have teamed up with

your favorite local paint dealers to make color selection nearly effortless. Most dealers now offer hundreds of color strips in sophisticated displays and some even offer actual paint samples—2-ounce containers of paint tinted in popular colors so you can take it home and try it without the long-term commitment of buying a gallon or more. Next, what about your living room? Is it too austere? Does it sit unused? While it might be out of your budget to change the furniture, you can warm it up and make it a space where people want to sit and visit by getting rid of those formal, outdated window treatments. Dress windows with light blinds or sheer curtains that provide privacy but allow light to filter through. You might also want to rearrange the furniture into a grouping that’s less formal and more inviting.

Chances are, you and your family think

your family room is pretty great, but even your favorite lounging space always can use a little upgrading to keep it modern,

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etc. This will form a protective barrier, making it more difficult for the urushiol oil to bond with your skin. Topricin contains natural medicines that also antidote and neutralize the adverse affect of urushiol oil. As an added plus, Topricin is the gardener’s favorite for relieving all those aches and pains from doing yard work. Urushiol oil is extremely stable and will stay potent for years—which means you can get a rash from clothing or tools that got oil on them many seasons ago. After exposure to poison ivy, put on gloves and wipe everything you had with you and on you with rubbing alcohol and water, including shoes, tools, and clothing. Then, wash clothes at least twice before wearing (if possible, using bleach), hose off garden tools well, and apply leather moisturizer on footwear to prevent them from drying out (again, put on gloves). Pets seem to be immune from getting poison ivy, but many people do get a rash from the residual urushiol oil on their fur. Therefore, it’s a good idea to bathe your dog or cat wearing thick rubber gloves (not latex). After washing the pet, wash yourself using cold water to keep pores closed. Consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions. Treatment

Urushiol binds to skin proteins and begins to penetrate within 15 minutes of contact. If treated before that time, a reaction may be prevented. First, wash the exposed site with cold water (hot water will


open your pores, allowing the oil in). Follow this by bathing it in milk, which helps to get between oil and skin. Dry off well and then apply Topricin, which will help neutralize the effect of any remaining urushiol oil left on your skin. Wherever poison ivy grows, there is usually a plant known as jewelweed growing close by—especially in moister, shadier areas. Herbalists and Native Americans have used jewelweed for centuries to treat and speed the healing of poison ivy, as it seems to be a natural remedy. When you are in the field and may have been exposed to poison ivy, pick jewelweed, slice the stem, and rub its juice on your skin to ease irritation and help prevent a breakout.

Some companies and herbalists offer poison ivy treatment soaps that contain jewelweed and other soothing natural ingredients, such as pine tar. Soaps are available from Poison Ivy Soap Company, Burt’s Bees, or by searching online for sources. Take homeopathic Rhus

Tox 30X tablets to help build immunity to poison ivy. For severe outbreaks, or

if you have any concerns whatsoever, see your doctor right away. Lou Paradise, president

and chief of research of Toprical BioMedics, Inc., makers of Topricin, says, “It’s a particularly strong year for poison ivy, so it’s important for everyone to be aware there are ways to prevent outbreaks, or safely treat rashes and minimize

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fun and welcoming. One easy change for this often-used space is new throw pillows. Add a splash of fresh color to the familiar simply by swapping out pillows on couches and chairs or adding a nook of colorful floor pillows for family members who prefer to sprawl on the floor to watch TV and play video games. Or, if you feel your sofa looks tired and worn out, maybe you’d rather invest in a new slipcover to bring a fresh look to the room and transform your old sofa into something new and special. New lamps also can update a room almost instantaneously. When you’re doing your fall upgrades,

don’t forget the bathroom. For a small investment, you can transform the space with some fresh paint and a new faucet. If you’re looking for an even bigger change, you can accessorize it further with a mirror in a finish that matches the faucet, as well as coordinating robe hooks and towel bars. “Putting a fresh spin on any home’s decor

doesn’t always mean you have to think big,” Prebel says. “Small changes can easily transform a space from boring to beautiful in less than a weekend, even on the tightest of budgets.”

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