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    I'm strictly a dog person, but I can understand why some people love their cats. I can even understand why you may want a cute, pink candle shaped in the form of your beloved feline. That's sort of what a company called Pyro Pet Candles is attempting to do with their new "Kisa" (which means kitty in Icelandic) candle, which they describe as, "Sweet little kittens are transformed in a fire." Hmm. Yes, actually, this is something you really just need to see to get a full grasp on.

    The candle starts out as you see here (left). But as it burns, it "transforms" ... sort of like a Chia Pet gone evil. According to, "crawling from the ashes come forth grinning metallic devils with sharp claws and fire blazing in their eyes." AKA KITTY HORROR SHOW!

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    Starting January 1, all standard incandescent 60- and 40-watt light bulbs will be illegal to manufacture or import. We can thank President Bush, who signed the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2007. And apparently the light bulbs that are currently in at least 50 percent of households (including my own) are not energy independent nor secure, whatever that means. So stock up now, my friends, before there's a massive run on. According to Yahoo News, the old incandescent bulbs are "highly inefficient -- only about 10 percent of their energy output is converted into light." The bummer part is that the new bulbs, called LED (light-emitting diodes) and CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, are more expensive and not as "warm" and just don't make you look as good! But the power companies claim customers will save $13 billion a year. Still ... people have some seriously scary complaints about the new bulbs.

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    This nursery is heavy on antiques and thrifted finds, and moderated with a few carefully selected new items as well. Not a lot about this room screams "baby", and I can sure appreciate the eclectic departure from more traditional styles and trends. Click through to see all the details below!

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    Chances are they spend 11 months of the year tangled up in a box. We say, bring them out! String lights should not be winter-only decor. They're perfect for making a patio, backyard, table top, feel magical. Traditional white lights plugged into extension cords, battery-operated LED lights, bulbs shaped like stars, snowflakes or jalapenos -- they all work.  

    Here are some ideas for how to use what you already have to bring sparkle to your next outdoor occasion.

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    Phew! As a woman who is fairly obsessed with good lighting, I'm thrilled -- thrilled, I say! -- to hear that someone has developed an energy-efficient bulb that actually produces nice, soft lighting. What a bright idea! (Ha!)

    Hulger, the geniuses behind the retro phone handset that hipsters can ironically attach to their cellphones, has developed the world's first "designer" energy-saving light bulb. Shall I shed a little light on the subject? (Sorry I can't stop!)

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    Goodness knows I am a sucker for modern design, but I totally get how it can seem a little ... sterile at times. When I spotted this nursery done for baby Alice, my heart skipped a beat because it seems to have a magically wonderful mix of warm and welcoming modern style with a vintage flair, things not often found existing together in the same room!

    Click through below to see more of what I mean! 

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    Go ahead and fess up -- how many times have you watched Christmas Vacation already since Thanksgiving? It's only, like, the funniest movie EVER -- and one of the best parts of the whole thing is when Clark Griswold finally gets the "250 strands of lights" on his house lit and the power plant in town goes berserk. (Love it.)

    But while having so many lights on display is hilarious in the movies, it can be a little bit annoying if the house next door is the one trying to re-create Clark's holiday display.

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    One of my favorite ways to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather is to host (or attend) a little evening get-together. Parties like these don't have to involve a lot of planning and can usually be thrown together quite easily with a few simple touches. Globe lanterns like the ones pictured above can be found at IKEA and I'm willing to bet you've got some votive candles stuck in a drawer somewhere. Throw a long tablecloth over your picnic table and suddenly you've created something magical! 

    Click through for 5 more outdoor evening entertaining inspirations below:

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    Spring may be synonymous with doing a big cleaning of the house, but it seems like fall is always time for fixing up the place. Maybe it's just because the busy, busy, busy of summer keeps us from noticing all that's going wrong around the house? Or maybe it's because the temperature's dipping and suddenly I'm looking for ways to hold on to that warm, sunny atmosphere that flooded in naturally straight through August.

    The good thing is keeping the house bright and cozy doesn't really take a lot of bank. I mean, everybody's on a budget these days, right? And even those of us who don't have a DIY bone in our bodies could use a little sunshine on a cloudy day. So let's take a look at some of the fast fixes for fall:

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    It's easy to love a house with lots of natural light, so I find myself drawn to rooms with large scale windows. Here in France, we're renting a gorgeous farmhouse in the countryside, and the room we spend the most time in is the room with the biggest windows. Of course!

    This roundup of beautifully designed sun rooms will make you want to knock down a few walls and make a cozy, sunny spot of your very own.

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