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Interior designer Vicente Wolf’s new book, Lifting the Curtain on Design, says simply, "White can do everything. Painting a room white simplifies the environment. It brings it to its essence."Wolf, who has spent most of his career trying to expand small places in New York City, relies on white strategically throughout an apartment. His approach could work in properties elsewhere."I almost always u...
Read Post [Posted on 09/01/2014 By John Askins]
Budget-Friendly Kitchen MakeoverIf you're looking for a kitchen remodel that can increase the quality of life for the cook in your life while still be budget friendly,  consider updating your kitchen cabinetry.  It's usually the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel, often eating up about half of the total budget but if done right you can do a budget-friendly kitchen makeover the righ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By Samantha Mitchell Cotten]
You can create an outdoor space that both you and your pooch will love with a few simple landscaping tweaks, like switching to organic, pet-friendly fertilizers. Image: Steven Smith DO: Give up the idea of having a perfect yard — a place that’s perfect for you and your pet is better.DON’T: Let your dog rule the roost. Train him to respect boundaries and do his business in a designated spo...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
"Smart homes" that have systems connected to the Internet may be at risk of being hacked, which could allow criminals to control everything from a garage door to the home’s locks, The Wall Street Journal reports.  Home owners are increasingly wiring their homes so they can control its functions, from heaters to toilets, via a computer, smartphone, or tablet. But some smart-home technology ma...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By John Askins]
If your house is starting to look a little scruffy, you could re-caulk and re-paint, but that’s a lot of work. Plus, you’d be out there again in a few years doing it all over again. And would it really make that much of a difference in the overall look? To really jolt your curb appeal, maybe it’s time to re-side.If so, you’ll want to balance beauty and performance, says designer, and home improvem...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Susan Roddy]
(NewsUSA) – Is it finally time to sell your house? That’s the question on homeowners’ minds as house prices just posted their largest annual gain since 2005 — congrats to those no longer “underwater” on their mortgages — even as interest rates remain tantalizingly low. But here’s the catch: Those same higher prices can make buyers as choosy as a Michelin restaurant reviewer. “A house with a $1,6...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Even if your retirement seems far away, it’s never too early to think about retirement funds. For many people, retirement means selling their current home. Data from a recent survey show that more than half of the baby boomer generation plan to sell their current homes as part of their retirement. If selling your home is on your retirement agenda, a little thought now about how to get the best pr...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
This is a fun post about homes that post their street address in interesting and innovative ways. Curb appeal is more than just lanscapaing or a beautiful house. It's about making a statement and standing out from the crowd. Using address numbers in inventive ways is one way to convey a sense of style and make a statement. Send me pictures of any homes you see that use the...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Lighting can make or break a home. Good lighting adds warmth and ambience. Bad lighting can draw attention to flaws and be downright gloomy. Not only that, we've made great advances in lighting technology that there are many energy efficienct options out there that will save you money in the long run and they're designer chic! This article pulls together some lighting 101 tips for the whole home. ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Your home’s air conditioner needs a regular tune-up just like your car does. If you don’t know much about air conditioners, here are some quick tips and facts: Your home’s air conditioner consists of three main parts: The compressor: It’s the large outdoor unit which is usually on the side of your house or behind the garage. It compresses the refrigerant, or Freon®, into a liquid that then e...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/14/2014 By Susan Greer]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/13/2014 By Pamela Archer]
A Dozen Ways to Make Kitchens SizzleWhether they’re getting their house ready for the market or creating a dream kitchen in a home they just bought, clients considering a major kitchen redo will need guidance. Here are 12 tips and trends to help you serve as their resource.APRIL 2014 BY BARBARA BALLINGERHome buyers and sellers planning a kitchen redo have a lot of questions they need answere...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By Rochelle Barrow]
Would you throw away $20,000? You are if you’re letting your home age faster than it should. Here’s a simple maintenance strategy to keep your home young. You know how Dr. Oz says that if you keep your body fit and your mind nimble, you’re likely younger than your chronological years? The same principle applies to your house. An out-of-shape house is older than its years and could lose 10% of it...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By Susan Roddy]
The Federal Trade Commission is putting an end to “greenwashing” through its updated Green Guides for marketers, a guide that aims to prevent companies from claiming false or deceptive claims over the environmental benefits of their products.The FTC will now fine or even a file lawsuit against companies who make unfounded claims that their products or service offer an environmental benefit. “Our p...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By John Askins]
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