Quirky Tip of the Month

Here are some Quirky Tips published by kellydesigns, an interior design and decorating firm in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Fire Pit Maintenance Tips

August 29, 2021

Wood burning pits are fairly forgiving but: Burning trash or pressure treated wood can release harmful toxins that are unhealthy to breathe and can damage pit surfaces. Dry, split wood is recommended. Do not burn green wood.  Whenever possible use broken pallets or yard-picked leaves and sticks as kindling to help get your fire started.…

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Protecting solid wood furniture from humidity

Protecting solid wood furniture from humidity

July 25, 2021

While some shrinking and swelling of wood will occur, here’s what to do to manage the moisture and humidity.  Keep solid wood furniture in a temperature-controlled environment, with the relative humidity at 35 percent to 45 percent. We recommend the use of air conditioning as well as investing in a humidifier or dehumidifier to help…

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Deer

How to make and use your own deer repellent

June 28, 2021

WHAT YOU’LL NEED– Garden sprayer (or large spray bottle)Warm water (1 gallon)Eggs (3)Milk or yogurt (3 tablespoons)Crushed garlic cloves (3)Cayenne pepper (3 tablespoons)BlenderStrainer Step 1: Blend all ingredients with 2-3 cups of water in a blender. Strain that mixture into a gallon jug, add the remaining water and seal.Step 2: “Ripen” the mixture at room temperature for 24…

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How to easily clean #shelfies

May 22, 2021

To quick-clean your #shelfie, use a microfiber cloth or a clean paint or makeup brush to dust the tops and sides of the decorative items and then the shelves. Start from the top and work your way down. For a deep clean, remove two shelves at a time and use the upholstery attachment of the vacuum.…

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mosquitoes

How to keep mosquitoes away from your patio

April 20, 2021

Fans – Oscillating fans will blow bugs away Bat Houses – Install these high in your trees so bats will come and prey on mosquitoes. Lighting – Bugs are attracted to lights however some more than others. Swap out your white bulbs for yellow so fewer pests are drawn in. Yard – Eliminate standing water, and remove excess grass, leaves, firewood, and…

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roasting pan

How to clean a burnt or stained roasting pan

March 20, 2021

With Easter and Passover right around the corner, a lot of roasting pans are going to be coming out of the cabinet.For Burnt Pans: Even if you’re cleaning your roasting pan properly after each use, those burnt-on black spots can still appear. These tricky spots may seem impenetrable, but with a few pantry staples, you can…

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Winter Tips for Home Owners

February 28, 2021

Stay warm and safe in the polar vortex and snow. Spring will be here soon. Make sure your gutters are free of debris to help prevent leaks and ice damming on your roof. Turn your water heater to a normal temp of 120 degrees to save money on your heating bill. Properly insulate your attic…

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Quirky Tip Smart Snow Shoveling

January 21, 2021

As we head into the dead of winter, I wanted to share with you these sensible snow shoveling tips that I came across. Let me know if you try any of these. #4 looks like a good one.  If it’s a big storm, don’t wait until the end to break out the snow shovel, or…

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from Rachel Ray

6 Amazing Tips that Will Make Thanksgiving Cleanup a Breeze!

November 12, 2020

Tip 1: To avoid having to clean your oven, line the bottom with a large sheet of foil to catch any drippings.Tip 2: Eliminate the need to scrub your baking pans by lining them with parchment paper.Tip 3: When it comes time to load the dishwasher, you’ll have less food to scrape off your dishes…

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