By Debbie Travis
Dear Debbie: Someone in my neighborhood was making painted floor cloths a long time ago — I think out of linoleum. I cannot find anything in the library about this "craft." What can you tell me? And do you know of any books that could teach me? Many thanks. — MardyDear Mardy: Your question is very timely, as I am looking back on the many queries I have been sent over the past 20 years, and this was a popular topic.
By Debbie Travis
For more than 20 years, I have been happily ensconced in the busy life of making television shows and writing about decorating and design. One of my favorite roles has been as a syndicated columnist, writing Debbie Travis' House to Home columns weekly, along with my longtime writing partner Barb Dingle.
We hear a lot about what’s going to be, or is, the colour of the year. It becomes a guide to choosing a fresh decorating palette. Paint colours, popular fabric shades, even furnishings follow what’s hot on the fashion runways. Of course, the annual switch in colour and design trends drives retail. What’s new is generally exciting to think about and watch. But it isn’t possible to redecorate every time a new “best hue” arrives. It is helpful to scrutinize some of the major trendsetters.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".