Go the extra yard with party décor
News from Austin American-Statesman:

Texas teams are about to hit 
the gridiron once again, and we know you’re ready to cheer them on, regardless of whether you’re at the game. For those of you watching at home, we have decorating ideas to last you all game long, all season long.

Whether your blood runs burnt
orange, red or maroon, we have the color scheme covered for your Saturday football watching parties. And if on Sunday you’re cheering for the Cowboys or the Texans, we have some tips for that, too.

Text by Nicole Villalpando, 
American-Statesman staff
Photos by Thao Nguyen, 
 for American-Statesman

Create your own College station

Ralph Lauren table runner, $ 12.99; HomeGoods; mini maroon tea light holders, $ 3.99 each, Zinger Hardware; clear holder, $ 6.99, Zinger Hardware; candles, $ 1, Pier 1 Imports; maroon and white glass, $ 3.99, HomeGoods; maroon lizard print felt-backed placemat, $ 10, Breed & Co.; square white plate, $ 8, Pier 1 Imports; Mama Says Wash A&M soaps, $ 5.99 and $ 6.59, Zinger Hardware; maroon napkin, $ 11.25, Breed & Co.; Laura Pearl napkin ring, $ 12.50. Breed & Co.; maroon orbs, $ 4 and $ 7 each, Pier 1 Imports; maroon tray, $ 10, Pier 1 Imports; Tervis A&M tumbler, $ 12.99, Zinger Hardware; Texas A&M Thirsty Stone coaster, set of 4, $ 23.99; Zinger Hardware; and tea towels, $ 5.99, HomeGoods.

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101 Ideas: Nine tips for a chic, pet-friendly home
News from Evansville Courier & Press:

Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are decorating and remodeling their living spaces with their pets’ needs in mind.

Here is how to have a beautiful house and a pet, too:

1. Vacuum regularly.

Even if you match your chaise to your Siamese so perfectly the hairballs are barely visible, vacuum kitty’s hair off the furniture at least twice a week. You may need to vacuum daily when your pet is shedding.

2. Bathe and groom your pet often.

Keeping your dog or cat clean will help your house stay cleaner, longer. Think of it this way: It’s easier to clean your dog than your upholstery, and it’s usually more fun.

3. Use stain-resistant fabrics.

Forget silk, chintz or the pet-hair magnet known as velvet. Discover the joys of Crypton, a synthetic fabric that’s resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws.

4. Put washable fabrics on your bed.

If your dog or cat sleeps with you, there will be accidents. Protect your mattress from the inevitable by covering it with a thick pad. Use cotton sheets in a pattern that can hide pet hair and stains between washings.

5. Skip wall-to-wall carpet.

Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge.

6. Choose hard-surface floors.

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