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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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to find out how to be a part of this amazing buying experience! 

Stain Removal Tips

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

STAIN REMOVAL Here are some helpful tips on how to remove stains that we all battle with frequently… BERRIES AND FRUIT: If the stain is still wet, sprinkle with salt and gentle liquid soap. Let sit for a couple of hours, and rinse well. If the stain is View More

STAIN REMOVAL

Here are some helpful tips on how to remove stains that we all battle with frequently…

BERRIES AND FRUIT: If the stain is still wet, sprinkle with salt and gentle liquid soap. Let sit for a couple of hours, and rinse well. If the stain is dry, a solution of borax (one part borax to six parts water) may remove the stain. Soak until it has disappeared.
BLOOD:Attend to bloodstains immediately. Rinse well in cold water (never hot—it will permanently set the stain), then try one of the following: a) sprinkle the stain with unflavored meat tenderizer; or b) blot on hydrogen peroxide with a damp cloth, allow to bubble, then wipe with a fresh cloth. Repeat if necessary. For dried bloodstain: soak overnight in cold water and two cups of salt. Wash as usual.
BUTTER OR MARGARINE:Mix one teaspoon of detergent with warm water. Apply to spot and blot. You may need to repeat a few times. Or mix one part white vinegar and two parts water. Saturate the stain and blot until dry. Wash as usual.
CANDLE WAX ON TABLE LINENS: Gently peel away the wax that can easily be removed with your fingernail. If the wax is soft, harden with an ice cube. Place the item between two sheets of brown paper, and press with a warm iron; the remaining wax will be absorbed by the paper. If the wax is colored, wash with a bleaching agent.
COFFEE OR TEA: Apply a borax solution (1 part borax to six parts water) directly to the stain, then wash in warm, soapy water.
GREASE: Do not allow grease stains to set! Sprinkle fresh grease stains with baking soda or cornstarch and leave for a couple of hours until the powder gets thick. Scrape away and repeat the process. Brush off the powder and launder as usual.
GRASS(on tablecloths): Mix one-third cup vinegar and two-thirds cup water. Apply to stain and blot. Or pre-soak in hydrogen peroxide and launder as usual.
LIPSTICK: Scrape off as much as you can with a dull knife. Use a pre-wash spray and rub with a clean white towel. Wash as usual.
MILDEW:Apply white vinegar and lemon juice to kill the mildew. Let the item sit in the sun for a few hours. Wash as usual, but separately.
SCORCH MARKS: Treat the same way as mildew, but drying in the sun is not necessary.
WINE: White wine is easily removed with normal laundering. Red wine stains can be handled two ways: a) rub salt on the stain, and soak in cold water; if the stain is stubborn, rub the salt into it to remove; or b) saturate the stain with club soda until it disappears.

Have a Great Weekend!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

How To Properly Take Care Of Your Fine Bed Linens

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

I just LOVE climbing into a bed made with white, crisp, freshly ironed bed linens.  It is a simple task that can make turning in for the night a special treat!!! And so so worth it. Here are some laundry tips to help your fine linens last forever……… View More

I just LOVE climbing into a bed made with white, crisp, freshly ironed bed linens.  It is a simple task that can make turning in for the night a special treat!!! And so so worth it.



Here are some laundry tips to help your fine linens last forever………



Washing Your Fine Bed Linens-
Be sure to separate dark and light colors.  Since I only use white- this is
not an issue.

Allow your machine to fill with warm water and begin agitation before adding your detergent.

Do not over load the washing machine as it can cause a break down of
the fibers.

Whether your linens are Egyptian cotton, pure linen, or a cotton/linen blend,
they should be washed in warm water with a gentle detergent and a final rinse
of cold water.

Remove promptly and shake out linens to reduce wrinkling and shorten drying time

Drying Your Fine Bed Linens-
Line drying your bed linens is the ideal way to dry them because it leaves them basically wrinkle free and smelling SO FRESH but your dryer on the proper settings will also work.

Just remember not to over dry by using a setting that is too hot- set on permanent press which
will cool down at the end of the cycle.

Remove promptly to reduce wrinkling and smooth your linens out.  Finger press the edges, border
and flanges.

Ironing Your Fine Bed Linens-
Washing and drying your linens properly will help them last for years.  They will become softer
and wrinkle less with age.

Iron your bed linens while they are still damp. Use a good steam iron and refer to the label for the appropriate settings. If there is embroidery iron on the reverse side to prevent damaging it.

Don’t use spray starch if you plan to store your linens as this tends to attract silver fish.

Remembering 9/11…

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

….. and honoring those that we lost. America The Beautiful… In total 3,497 people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001. * 2,735 civilians in the World Trade Center died * 87 passengers and crew members aboard American Airlines Flight   11 that hit the North Tower View More

….. and honoring those that we lost.

In total 3,497 people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

* 2,735 civilians in the World Trade Center died

* 87 passengers and crew members aboard American Airlines Flight   11 that hit the North Tower

* 60 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower

* 343 New York City firefighters and rescue workers and 23 New York City law enforcement officers, 47 Port Authority workers and 37 Port Authority Police Officers, lost their lives when they rushed in to save the victims in the World Trade Center

* 36 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who gave their lives stopping four hijackers over Pennsylvania

* 64 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, killing them and 125 people in the building.

33 Days until High Point Furniture Market!!!

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It’s almost here! Find out how to be a part of  High Point market with the Beverly Taylor Design team!  Market begins October 13th! We look forward to hearing from you… 

It’s almost here!
Find out how to be a part of 
High Point market with the Beverly Taylor Design team! 
Market begins October 13th!


We look forward to hearing from you… 


AND THE WINNER IS….

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Due to the quality of our entries (from several different countries)…it was difficult to choose only one winner. Therefore, we decided to choose two: a winner from the U.S and a winner from outside of the country.  CONGRATULATIONS to…  Amal Elhalabi from Canada  andBetty Jo Tate from the View More

Due to the quality of our entries (from several different countries)…it was difficult to choose only one winner. Therefore, we decided to choose two: a winner from the U.S and a winner from outside of the country. 


CONGRATULATIONS to…

 Amal Elhalabi from Canada 

and
Betty Jo Tate from the U.S! 


Be sure to check out the bT2 website!

Thanks to those who entered!!!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Our contest is officially over!  Thank you to everyone who entered the bT2 Internet Interiors contest! We’ve received so many great entries! Check back with us throughout this week because we will be announcing the winner by FRIDAY! We can’t wait to see who wins this CUSTOM design plan View More

Our contest is officially over! 
Thank you to everyone who entered the bT2 Internet Interiors contest! We’ve received so many great entries!

Check back with us throughout this week because we will be announcing the winner by FRIDAY!

We can’t wait to see who wins this CUSTOM design plan for a room in their home!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEVERLY!!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear BEVERLY happy birthday to youuuuu! ———————————- Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest, funniest, most generous people I’ve ever known! I wish you many more years full of life and happiness. xoxo,  Dina (…save me a bite View More


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear BEVERLY happy birthday to youuuuu!
———————————-
Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest, funniest, most generous people I’ve ever known!
I wish you many more years full of life and happiness.

xoxo, 
Dina
(…save me a bite of cake please.)

Tip of the day :)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Cutting costs on fabric… While fabric can make a room look fabulous, it can also place a burden on your wallet. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when looking for a fabric! *Pay attention to not only the cost per yard, but also the size View More

Cutting costs on fabric…
While fabric can make a room look fabulous, it can also place a burden on your wallet. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when looking for a fabric!
*Pay attention to not only the cost per yard, but also the size of the repeat. Large patterns can end up using more fabric than necessary. 
*Stick with solids, stripes, neutrals and basic prints in the lower-priced fabrics.
*Save the high-end fabrics, with bold colors and patterns, for smaller pieces like pillows or ottomans. That way they will have a higher impact.
*A great place to check for fabric is a mill end outlet or factory store, who usually have great deals on discounted fabrics, overruns, or fabrics with slight imperfections.
*For drapery lining, provide your own instead of having the workroom supply it, by shopping for it on sale. 
Hope this helps!