Fresh flowers, whether from the garden or from the local florist or market, are like a bundle of sunshine. You can plunk them in any old vase, but if you know just a few tricks, it's easy to create original displays.
The art of napkin-folding is something fun and useful for every day. Folded napkins can both serve a practical purpose -- tucking in utensils, completing the theme in the place setting -- and offer decorative flair. To inspire you, we present a dozen ways to spiff up a plain napkin.
Here are tips from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook" on how to properly care for and preserve the treasured objects handed down by parents or grandparents or lovingly collected at tag sales and antiques stores. Create a safe environment for all of your treasures, and ensure they withstand the test and conditions of time.