Deck umbrella helps shade home
Our kitchen window overlooks a deck and receives the hot western sun in summer. We have a table with an umbrella. Several years ago I decided to move the table so the umbrella shades the kitchen window! Surprising how much cooler this keeps the kitchen. Plus, I can keep the blind open to see outside! Pam Medlin, Albemarle
Wine bag doubles as shoe holder
Moving from a townhouse to a one-bedroom with a small closet took some doing, especially if you are a shoe lover. I ran out of room with the standard shoe storage, so I bought two of the heavy-duty stick-on hooks from Lowe’s and attached them to the back of the door. Then I hung a six-slotted wine carrier on each, so now I have room to store 12 more pairs of shoes! Andrea Jones, Charlotte
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