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Cleaning Glass with Sprayway

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The leaded windows on the terrace at Skylands.
We couldn't have streaks obstructing the view! (Photo from The Martha Blog).

With the oppressive heat threatening to melt me, I've had my AC on full blast all summer long. Sure, it feels like an oasis in my apartment, but having to look through my perpetually closed windows has made me all too aware of their many streaks and stains. I hate having to stare out dirty windows, so I've been looking far and wide for the perfect window cleaner all summer long.

A few weeks ago I was able to spend some time at Skylands to celebrate Martha's birthday (check out her blog post about our trip here). It was a fantastic trip; Skylands is always one of my very favorite places to visit . Amidst planning and decorating for Martha's guests and enjoying my time away from the office, I noticed for the first time how pristine the windows and mirrors around Skylands looked. I was amazed (I don't think my windows have ever been that clean) so of course I asked Cheryl, one of the housekeepers, for her secret.

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Apparently, she swears by the brand Sprayway for cleaning any and all glass surfaces. It's ammonia free, which is safe for the lead-glass windows at Skylands, and it's completely streakless once applied. All you do is spray it on windows, mirrors, or glass tables, wipe it off with a terry cloth, and dry the surface with a cotton rag. I couldn't wait to get home and test it out myself, and it doesn't disappoint.

Helpful Household Apps

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CaptureEven though I make sure to stay away from computers as much as humanly possibly, I try to always have my phone handy, and I've been wanting to add some useful apps to make my life easier and give me a boost of extra inspiration. Since I'm considering making some improvements to my apartment, I thought pulling together a list of the most helpful apps for home improvement and decoration would (literally) give me the tools to plan and implement the projects I want to complete. Here are my favorites - hopefully you'll find them as useful as I do!

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The Home Decorator Pro app for iPhone allows you to take a photograph of a room in your home and virtually apply different paint colors to the walls! Great for testing out color combinations and seeing whether those bold color choices will work. .99, itunes.com.

1 The Home Decorator Pro app for iPhone allows you to take a photograph of a room in your home and virtually apply different paint colors to the walls! Great for testing out color combinations and seeing whether those bold color choices will work. .99, itunes.com.

Dwell's app for the iPhone offers great design ideas and up-to-date trends in architecture and interiors. You can even search by city, and it connects to Twitter and Facebook if you want to share your inspiration with friends. Free at itunes.com.

2 Dwell's app for the iPhone offers great design ideas and up-to-date trends in architecture and interiors. You can even search by city, and it connects to Twitter and Facebook if you want to share your inspiration with friends. Free at itunes.com.

The HandyMan DIY app helps you keep lists of the tasks you need to complete with a to-do list, checklists of materials, and ways to track your spending. It also has instructions for different home projects, along with lists of materials needed. $2, itunes.com.

3 The HandyMan DIY app helps you keep lists of the tasks you need to complete with a to-do list, checklists of materials, and ways to track your spending. It also has instructions for different home projects, along with lists of materials needed. $2, itunes.com.

The Home Design 3D app is so amazing - it lets you recreate your home in 2-d or 3-d and rearrange things to play with the space in different ways. $4, itunes.com

4 The Home Design 3D app is so amazing - it lets you recreate your home in 2-d or 3-d and rearrange things to play with the space in different ways. $4, itunes.com

Photo Measures is great for the times when you forget to measure a specific piece in your home or jot down the width of a doorway - it lets you take pictures of your home and write the measurements directly on top. Easy to use and very convenient. $4.99, itunes.com.

5 Photo Measures is great for the times when you forget to measure a specific piece in your home or jot down the width of a doorway - it lets you take pictures of your home and write the measurements directly on top. Easy to use and very convenient. $4.99, itunes.com.

Houzz is basically a giant database of design ideas in app form - it's so fun to search through. free, itunes.com

6 Houzz is basically a giant database of design ideas in app form - it's so fun to search through. free, itunes.com

Corian Countertops 101

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If you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen (Martha recently remodeled a kitchen in her home in Maine), you should definitely consider Corian countertops. Our collection for The Home Depot features designs that mimic natural stone. One is even inspired by Martha's own dining room table.

As part of our Home How-To video series, sponsored by the Home Depot, I'm giving you an inside look at how we designed our countertop collection. Watch my debut below and click here to see all the videos in the series.


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