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Kitchens That Cook

| March 1, 2017
Kitchens That Cook

Creating A Culinary Space Text by Cheryl Alexander Kitchen designs are as varied as the cooks who use them. Some are so lackluster that even the thought of cooking in them can stifle any craving. Others, however, like the culinary spaces fashioned by these talented designers and their teams, really whet the appetite for creating […]

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Easy To Grow Dahlias

| March 1, 2017
Easy To Grow Dahlias

Plan Now For Spectacular Summer Blooms By Melinda Myers Photos by Longfield-Gardens.com Dahlias provide some of the garden’s biggest and most spectacular blooms. The flowers come in a rainbow of colors and many different styles and sizes, and all are excellent cut flowers. One of the best things about dahlias is how abundantly they bloom. […]

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Kid and Pet Friendly Flooring Ideas

| February 1, 2017
Kid and Pet Friendly Flooring Ideas

A Range Of Flooring Types Will Work For High-Activity Areas By Mara Soloway Sure, empty nesters can have stylish concrete floors in their homes. It certainly makes having dogs easier. And area rugs can make a soft, friendly space for their visiting grandkids to play. But what can others do who want the combination of […]

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Outstanding Bath Designers
Show off Their Work

| January 1, 2017
Outstanding Bath Designers </br>Show off Their Work

Winning Baths And Powder Rooms Make A Splash At NKBA The winners of this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competiton show a steady stream of imaginative design solutions for challenges that included a badly designed original layout, a bath shared by a home theater and a guest bedroom, a need for expanded […]

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Ten Easy Design Tips With A Big Impact

| December 1, 2016
Ten Easy Design Tips With A Big Impact

Transform Your Home Without Spending A Fortune The change of seasons to fall and eventually winter is a great time to give your home a face lift. Ready to make some changes, but don’t want to break the bank? An interior design expert at Vant Wall Panels, Jeffrey Welder, has some easy-to-implement design tips. Use […]

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Why Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

| November 1, 2016
Why Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

These Four Reasons Highlight Their Durability And Appeal By Kathleen M. McCoy Granite continues to be the preferred choice for kitchen countertops nationwide. According to the NKBA 2014 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, a stunning 91 percent of respondents specified granite when designing new kitchen countertops. Deanna Carlton, Kitchen Design Group, echoed these statistics when […]

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Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall

| October 1, 2016
Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall

Plant Bulbs Now That Will Flower In Spring By Melinda Myers Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year. Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create […]

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Fall into Herbs

| September 1, 2016
Fall into Herbs

It’s The Right Time To Replenish Plants Lost To The Heat Herbs are plants that are used as flavoring agents. The common herbs used in cooking are referred to as culinary herbs. Mild or savory herbs impart a delicate flavor to food while the stronger or pungent herbs add zest to foods. These herbs are […]

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Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs

| August 1, 2016
Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs

AIR CONDITIONING ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN HALF THE ENERGY USE IN U.S. HOMES By Andrea Woroch Americans are feeling the heat in their electricity bills. Unfortunately, this sizzling financial sensation isn’t expected to cool down any time soon as meteorologists anticipate above-average temperatures for most of the country this season. Considering that air conditioning accounts […]

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10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds and Borders

| July 1, 2016
10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds and Borders

Eco-friendly plants save gardening effort Garden beds and borders, artfully filled with a colorful tapestry of flowers and foliage, are very much back in vogue. But unlike the traditional perennial beds and borders, which were labor intensive and peaked mainly in spring, today’s garden plots are filled with eco-friendly plants designed to perform better, require […]

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Before You Buy Stone Flooring

| June 1, 2016
Before You Buy Stone Flooring

What To Know To Avoid Surprises With The Project You’ve done your home work on stone work. You understand the basic categories. You can imagine the feel of cool brushed sandstone under your feet as you walk through the breakfast room to the flamed granite in the kitchen. Stone flooring is perfect for the way […]

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Getting More from the Outdoors

| May 1, 2016
Getting More from the Outdoors

Great options to update your backyard living space By Merry Wise Here comes the sun! And with the warm weather comes inspiration to create new spaces or improve on others for full enjoyment of your home. In our area, we are blessed with the ability to enjoy outdoor living almost the entire year, and focusing […]

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Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style

| April 1, 2016
Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style

Consider Many Options Before Making Your Backyard Investment By Merry Wise Planning a custom swimming pool and/or spa for your specific environment and style of living is similar to planning your home and fashion styles — you want to analyze how you plan to use it as much as how you want it to look. […]

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Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

| March 1, 2016
Your  Dream Outdoor Living Space

Follow The Trends To Transform Your Backyard By Merry Wise Trends in swimming pools, spas and the entire outdoor living scene have changed. What used to be considered “just a backyard” has been transforming to an outdoor room space for total enjoyment. From sophisticated sleek to wooded retreat, the trends in design, updates in technology […]

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Let There Be (Better) Light : The EzClipse Innovation

| March 1, 2016
Let There Be (Better) Light : The EzClipse Innovation

  An Easy-To-Install Patented Design Reduces Glare From Recessed Lighting Fixtures And Updates The Decor Of Any Room Looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade your home lighting? The innovative EzClipse can transform any room, from traditional to modern, into something different, even on a daily basis. No tools are needed — simply use the patented […]

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Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

| February 1, 2016
Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

These four reasons highlight their durability and appeal By Kathleen M. McCoy Granite continues to be the preferred choice for kitchen countertops nationwide. According to the NKBA 2014 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, a stunning 91 percent of respondents specified granite when designing new kitchen countertops. Deanna Carlton, Kitchen Design Group, echoed these statistics when […]

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Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners

| January 1, 2016
Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners

Designers plumb their creative depths to give homeowners unique spaces In today’s homes, bath and powder rooms are as beautiful, luxurious and unique as any kitchen or master bedroom. The winners at the 2015 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition took this once functional-only concept and let innovation flow! Described with a range […]

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Spruce Up Your Exterior Doors

| December 1, 2015
Spruce Up Your Exterior Doors

Care For This Important Focal Point Before Your Holiday Guests Arrive Before guests arrive for the December holidays, homeowners should take stock of their home exterior doors to renew and beautify them to assure years of long-lasting beauty and service. “Entry doors are like other key features of the home because they require routine maintenance,” […]

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Make the Cooler Weather Work in Your Landscape

| November 1, 2015
Make the Cooler Weather Work in Your Landscape

These No-Sweat Fixes Bring Year-Round Benefits Fall is the landscaper’s secret weapon. It is the best time of year to fix problems or make wonderful things happen in the garden. Here are some tips on how you can make the cooler weather work for you and your landscape.   The time to plant your new […]

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Transform your Backyard

| October 1, 2015
Transform your Backyard

Follow the trends to transform your backyard By Merry Wise Trends in swimming pools, spas and the entire outdoor living scene have changed. What used to be considered “just a backyard” has been transforming to an outdoor room space for total enjoyment. From sophisticated sleek to wooded retreat, the trends in design, updates in technology […]

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