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Friday, May 31, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Decals brighten any room

During a recent home remodel, Diane Wright decided the stairway leading to her garage needed some perking up.

So she went online and found a wall decal — roosting love birds on a branch.

“I love them. It adds some individuality,” said Wright, who also has used decals in other parts of her home on Kiawah Island, S.C.

Wall decals have taken off as an easy, affordable and temporary way to transform a room, said interior designer Darla Blake of Unique & Chic Interiors in Irvine, Calif. The flexible vinyl decals come in dozens of colors and hundreds of designs, everything from animals and music notes to funky patterns and religious symbols. There are words and sayings. And some companies make custom decals.

“Having a tree in your bathroom, or a park bench and bicycle on a wall behind a sofa, or a bridge going to nowhere brings a smile to everyone who enters the room,” Blake said.

Wright has used decals as an inexpensive border in a bedroom and above photos.

“It's certainly a whole lot less than hiring a painter,” she said.

Price varies by size, but a decal around 25 inches by 50 inches would usually be less than $100.

Recycling event

A “hard to recycle” collection June 8 in Washington County will accept electronic waste and other materials.

The collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Steel City Motorcycle on Route 19 at Racetrack Road, South Strabane.

Computers, printers, monitors, fax machines, TVs, cell phones, toner cartridges and compact fluorescent lights will be collected for free, along with polystyrene packing material, often used with electronics.

There is a small fee for batteries, fluorescent tubes, small Freon appliances and paper for shredding.

Details on items and the price structure are at or 412-488-7490, ext. 236.

Rose society hosts expo

The Pittsburgh Rose Society will present a Rose Exposition from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 8 at the Northland Public Library in McCandless.

Hundreds of roses will be displayed, and there will be presentations from master rosarians.

The seminars include:

• “What's All the Buzz About Roses” at 10:15 a.m.

• “A Carefree Garden of Roses” at 11:15 a.m.

• “Earth-kind Roses” at 1 p.m.

Anyone is welcome to display their roses at the free event. The library is located at 300 Cumberland Road.

Details: 412-364-3227

— Staff and wire reports

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