post off: where do you buy your bed pillows?

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I can’t do down filling so over the years, I’ve tried bed pillows from most of the major stores, all with limited success. Then, in a fit of frustration and with a sore neck from a firm pillow that quickly deflated to flat, I snagged a Target bed pillow. Extra firm. $9.99. And miracles of all miracles, made in the U.S.A. First night? Great. Second? Third? Third month? Still great. So I tried replacing the flat pillow lovers’ pillows next. Different tag, same result. $9.99 worth of perfection. So until, heaven forbid, they discontinue or muck them up, I’m sold. But enough about my pillow love. What’s yours? — Sarah L.

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resources for outdoor decorations

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It’s time … time to clean off our decks and patios and get ready for summer barbecues and relaxing outside! Why not make your outdoor space a little more enjoyable with some outdoor decorations? Here are some of my favorite sites to get you started.

Pearl River
Located in New York City’s Chinatown, this store has a great selection of Chinese lanterns and garland that would be perfect for decorating a covered deck.

Save-on-Crafts
A gold mine of planters, pots, string lights, birdcages, and solar lanterns, all at great prices!

The Macbeth Collection
Looking for something you can customize? The Macbeth Collection has tubs, buckets, and vases that you can have made with your favorite colors and patterns.

And, a good standby of course is Cost Plus World Market, whose consistent stock of outdoor carpets, string lights, and patio furniture fits almost any budget. What are your favorite places to shop for outdoor decorations? — Rebecca F.

Photo credit: Rebecca Firlik

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five things we learned last week

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1) The keys to snagging that next McCoy vase? Get to the flea market early and learn to spot a fake. Js says: “Be warned, there are A LOT of fakes out there. Read up on how to spot a fake, because the real McCoy doesn’t always say “McCoy”, and some that do aren’t.”

2) It’s time to invent a square lip balm. The round tubes keep falling off our night tables. Susan says: “I just had to tell you all I laughed out loud about the lip balm rolling off the nightstand. Happens all the time to me…does anyone make a square tube?” What’s on your bedside table?

3) Beautiful tile adds a personalized touch to any renovation, and Motawi Tile has our number. Hypothetical Woman says: “Beautiful tile – I looked all through the Motawi store and unfortunately couldn’t find that one. Pity, it would look lovely in my new bathroom makeover! This is the first time I have an opportunity to do over a bathroom of my own and I’d love to get at least one handmade tile to properly print my personality onto it.”

4) Adding some minor embellishments to your morning coffee can make the day even better. Once again, chocolate is a universal cure. Linda says: “I (sometimes) add a teaspoon of cocoa to the cup before pouring my morning coffee. Mmmmm.” How do you improve your morning coffee?

5) The Rub Away Bar banishes smells, but any stainless steel object will do. Tracylee says: “According to my grandmother, all you really need to do is rub your hands on the sink faucet – works like a charm! (that may have been a Heloise hint, now that I think about it, I’m not sure where she picked it up years and years ago).”

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blogwatch: where we’ve been clicking this week

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It’s like Saarinen meets Alien: the E-lastic table by Timothy Schrieber, at Contemporist.

If our modern fire pit round up from a few years back wasn’t inspiration enough, CasaSugar’s got a smokin’ hot roundup of modern fire pits.

Coolest Easter eggs ever! Find out how to DIY your own Mondrian inspired Easter eggs at Curbly.

One of our favorite bloggers has hit the big time — er, kinda. Pam from RetroRenovation had her highly-informative video about her bathroom remodel featured at Urlesque, and apparently, they think it’s the funniest thing they’ve ever seen!

Over at Collectors Weekly, read a fascinating article about Kem Weber, the mid-century innovator of flatpack modern furniture. Via BoingBoing.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right… National Grilled Cheese Month! If you need a little help in the creativity department, let the helpful tutorials and recipes at The Grilled Cheese Academy guide you through the next few weeks like Yoda training Luke in the ways of the Jedi.

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flea market wish list: mccoy vases

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I’ve become the person that never makes it to the flea market on time. The result? I see a lot of good stuff walking out. This year, I resolve to make it to at least one flea market with the early birds in the hopes of scoring a deal on a McCoy vase. While I like the simplicity of the deep green glaze, there’s something kitschy and exuberant about the bird and animal vases that makes my heart go pitter-pat. You can see a gallery of McCoy pottery, along with a history of the family-owned Ohio company, here. — Sarah L.

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