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A Tale of Two Slippers

By Penny Baldwin-French on Sat, Sep 02, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

Whether you call them slippers or house shoes, there is just no denying we have an attachment to the warmth and comfort they deliver.

Especially when the days get shorter and the evenings get colder! In fact, I have "seasonal" slippers to suit the temperature all year round.

The word "slippers" comes, of course, from the verb "to slip". As in - slip on your feet. Most think slippers originated in the East but it turns out that almost every culture has had a form of comfy foot gear to wear around the house.

The earliest recorded reference to a slipper was
in the 12th Century - in Vietnam

A Song Dynasty Officer described two different types of slippers with thongs between the toes.

The earliest reference to slippers in the West was about 1478.

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Want a New Look for Fall? Decorate with Accessories!

By Penny Baldwin-French on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

Decorating with accessories is a terrific way to give your home a little lift - without breaking the bank!

Any designer will tell you that rugs, art, sculptures, throw pillows and blankets can have a considerable influence. The trick is knowing how to use them.

First and foremost, choose quality items. While mass-produced items are plentiful and inexpensive, they aren't really what you want to surround yourself with. One or two quality pieces are far better than a vast array of run-of-the-mill pieces easily found in your local discount décor store. 

Quality home décor accessories will also stand the test of time far better than mass-produced items of inferior manufacture

Look for unique pieces. You're unique - reflect that in your personal environment.

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A stunning wall-mounted Impala
sculpted from recycled steel
is a unique piece you won't find just anywhere!

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