Mad Mats: Rugs Made Out of Recycled Milk Jugs for Outdoor Space


I can’t wait for the arrival of spring, and my patio is finished, because I can then get one of these worry-free, weather-proof outdoor rugs by Mad Mats. It’s amazing how these rugs fool the eye; each time I see one I think it’s an indoor rug until I actually get up close and touch it. They’re so colorful and pretty, yet at the same time, affordable, durable and practical.


     Daisy Rug is available in three colors: violet, rust & aqua/green

Since Mad Mats are produced by hand, no to rugs are exactly alike. One hundred percent of the rugs are made from recycled plastic milk jugs, water bottles and soda bottles.

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Waterproof Mad Mats  are soft-on-the-feet; there’s no need to worry about bringing the rugs indoors when rain is in the forecast. And don’t be concerned about the sun beating down on them in the summer, state-of-the-art colorants and UV protectors ensure that the rugs are fade-proof too.

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Mad Mat’s line of classic, whimsical and modern rugs are ideal for enclosed porches, verandas, poolside, balconies, patios, mudrooms and even kitchens, laundry rooms and basements.  They’re easy and quick to clean using dish soap or garden-friendly soap and a hose. Rugs are available in three sizes: 4×6 ($55), 5×8 ($96) and 6×9 ($125)

Now, I just have to decide on which one to choose for the patio!



Pennsylvania Hotel Sales Tax Information-After 30 Days!

In the state of Pennsylvania after staying as a guest for more than 30 days in a hotel, you don’t have to pay sales tax. Additionally, the tax that you paid for the previous 30 days is due back to you.

For those of you who might find themselves in a hotel or motel for longer than 30 days due to renovating your house, check with your state about hotel sales tax.

If you peruse the leading vacation rental websites, many owners of vacation rentals offer short-term and long-term rentals along with listing sales tax. They cannot collect sales tax after a 30-day stay in Pennsylvania. And this goes for other states as well, so make sure you check the state you’re in before paying.



Easy Breezy Floral Arrangements in Bubble Bowl Vases

As a floral designer, I have lots of very simple designs which you can easily create at home. I made these small hand-tied bouquets which anyone can do.

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Flowers sold at grocery stores are provided by the same florist wholesalers where local florist shops and wedding florists have accounts. So when people say, “they’re grocery store flowers,” they don’t realize the local florist got their flowers from the same source.

If you happen to have a Wegmans or Whole Foods in your area, check out their floral department.  Their flowers are always fresh due to a consistent turnover. Ask when they get deliveries and buy flowers on that day after they have been unpacked and conditioned.

First, purchase the 3.9″ bubble vases that I used–you can purchase them here.  A set of 12 is under $28.00 and they’re made in the USA. ($2.28 ea.) This price isn’t too much more than what I purchased mine for at a wholesale price.

For each bubble vase, use 6 fresh roses with a touch of foliage and filler flowers. Bunch the stems together and wrap with waterproof floral tape (sold here). Cut all stems at an angle with pruners (sold here) and place in a bubble vase filled half way with fresh water treated with floral food (sold here). To preserve your fresh flowers for a few extra days, it’s worth it to buy Crowning Glory (sold here).  If you don’t use Crowning Glory, lightly mist roses with water daily.

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Transporting Flowers: Place vases in a sturdy cardboard box and pack with packing paper around each vase. If you have guests over for dinner, they can each take a vase home with them, especially since this size is easy to transport in a car.

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I’ll be posting floral design tips weekly.

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Daily Dose: A Glass Starburst Chandelier

After returning from Bermuda, where the blue-green water has once again left an indelible image on my mind, I began my quest for all things blue to decorate and adorn the interior of Brick House 319. Blue happens to be my favorite color; I’m a Pisces so maybe that has something to do with it.

On my product wish list of the day, is an eye-catching glass chandelier  with a mid century vibe.


I can envision this chandelier  suspended from the ceiling above my Italian-made farm table. The starburst turquoise glass rays remind me of the color of the water in Bermuda. The design is retro with a modern twist which would fit perfectly in my soon-to-be eclectic/traditional decorating scheme.

Stats: Size: 27″ Diameter x 23.5 ” Height with a 6′ Chain/Weight 90lbs. Made of metal/glass with a polished nickel/turquoise finish.


Gazing out the window over the turquoise and deep blue Atlantic water surrounding beautiful Bermuda; it makes me want to jump in!


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