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Retreating to the Backyard

| April 1, 2012
Retreating to the Backyard

From a pergola to a fire pit to a new patio, create a paradise just outside your own door By Jennifer Miko Mother Nature invites you to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of springtime. With yards turning greener and flowers blooming, the conditions are perfect for relaxing or entertaining outside. And your […]

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Take The Plunge To Owning A Pool

| March 1, 2012
Take The Plunge To Owning A Pool

With the hot summer months almost upon us, the thought of rippling tides and sloshing water in the backyard certainly has a refreshing appeal. Pools add not only a higher resale value to the home, but also an opportunity for the family to spend more time with one another. There are a multitude of different […]

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Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends

| February 1, 2012
Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends

The best flooring and hottest styles for every room As homeowners search for new hardwood flooring, it’s clear what is uppermost in their minds — authenticity. An appealing look or style is not enough. While consumers are certainly concerned about a floor’s durability and value, they want something of substance even more. They choose hardwood […]

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Organize Your Oasis

| January 1, 2012
Organize Your Oasis

De-cluttering at home may be easier than you think By Cheryl Alexander Many New Year’s resolutions include the intent to get organized on some level, and since your home is your oasis, shouldn’t a decision to enhance your lives begin where you dwell? Oddly, many people who keep a clean desk or a clean car […]

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Five Ways to Create a Happier Home

| January 1, 2012
Five Ways to Create a Happier Home

Welcome guests, family and friends with these easy tips From the legendary June Cleaver of Leave it to Beaver and Bree Hodge of Desperate Housewives to stay-at-home dad Cameron from Modern Family, they all seem to know the secret to creating a welcoming home that one looks forward to returning to. While there are a variety of […]

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Stone Flooring: An Investment in Timeless Elegance for Your Home

| December 1, 2011
Stone Flooring: An Investment in Timeless Elegance for Your Home

Transform your living space with new flooring By Christie Craig Are you thinking maybe it’s time to launch that big home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of? If the budget won’t allow for a complete room renovation, and you truly want to transform your living space, you might wonder where you should invest your resources. […]

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Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot

| November 1, 2011
Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot

Exciting options for fashionable flooring Are you choosing floor décor for a new house or renovating an existing one? As you figure out what you want underfoot, trying to decide among today’s vast array of choices may well floor you! Here’s an overview of just some of the exciting options popular now in hard surfaces, […]

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The Sky’s the Limit with Sunroom Designs Today’s styles and materials offer a seamless transition from house to yard

| October 1, 2011
The Sky’s the Limit with Sunroom Designs Today’s styles and materials offer a seamless transition from house to yard

By Jennifer Miko Just imagine lounging in your backyard without the threat of rain, heat or insects. Picture yourself cozy on a chilly evening looking at the stars, or sitting in the Texas sun without the harmful UV rays. No matter where you live, it’s hard to escape the outdoor elements. And depending on the […]

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Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride Five Colorful Flowers You Can Enjoy This Fall

| September 1, 2011
Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride Five Colorful Flowers You Can Enjoy This Fall

By Jennifer Miko Houston’s arid conditions have plagued most lawns and gardens this summer. And if you’ve given up on the “30 percent chance” for rain, you’ve probably given up on maintaining your flower beds. Don’t despair, there’s still hope for colorful planters and rows of flowers in your future. With fall weather approaching, cooler […]

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The Perfect Kitchen Remodel

| August 1, 2011
The Perfect Kitchen Remodel

Make your kitchen clutter-free and spacious by adding storage For many Americans, remodeling their kitchens tops the list of home improvement projects — and for several good reasons. Not only is the kitchen the heart of many homes — the center of family activity and home entertaining — but remodeling your kitchen is typically one […]

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Need a Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling? Fresh Paint!

| August 1, 2011
Need a Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling?  Fresh Paint!

Spending around $100 will provide a whole new look A remodeled kitchen is the fondest dream of many homeowners. But at an average cost of $56,000 for a “mid-range” upgrade according to Remodeling magazine, the price is simply too steep for most. That said, if you’re on a budget, there’s a great alternative: spending $100 […]

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Recycled Homes: A Green Trend and a Smart Buy

| July 1, 2011
Recycled Homes: A Green Trend and a Smart Buy

Remodeling Older Homes Allows Buyers To Put Principles Into Action And Keep Money In The Bank Text by Cheryl Alexander | Photos by TK Images Though headlines announcing unemployment rates, continued layoffs, acquisitions and buy-outs are still prevalent, if you take another look, you will likely also see and hear news about environmental responsibility and […]

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Scratching The Surface In Home Improvements

| May 1, 2011
Scratching The Surface In Home Improvements

Flooring options take a step in new directions A fresh coat of paint or new accessories can update any room in your home. But to make a significant change, you need to take a step in the right direction. This step, and the next, begins with the flooring, one of the most versatile surfaces in […]

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Gardening Trends and To-Dos

| March 1, 2011
Gardening Trends and To-Dos

Gardening with a purpose takes root; get your garden in shape With Earth Day — and spring —just around the corner, it’s time to revitalize that garden that’s been dormant all winter. So, put on your garden gloves and join in the fun because “gardening with a purpose” is taking root. The purpose may be […]

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Could You Have Heart Failure?

| February 1, 2011
Could You Have Heart Failure?

February is American Heart Month; join the fight against this life-threatening disease Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. About 630,000  Americans die each year of some form of heart disease — more than one in every four deaths. With Wear Red Day on February 5, and American Heart Month […]

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Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind

| February 1, 2011
Safe at Home? Electronic security alarm systems can add peace of mind

According to the FBI, there were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries in 2008, and break-ins at residential properties accounted for 70 percent of those offenses. No wonder that electronic security products have seen a steady increase in sales in recent years. “People buy alarm systems for three reasons,” says Ralph Sevinor, a board member of the […]

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Thinking of Resale? 12 trendy tips to increase your home’s value

| January 1, 2011
Thinking of Resale? 12 trendy tips to increase your home’s value

Are you considering putting your home on the market? The time to take a good look at what needs to be renovated, removed or simply refreshed is well before the first prospective buyer walks up to your door. From tried-and-true advice worth repeating to cutting-edge trends, here are several suggestions for increasing the resale value […]

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Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot Exciting options for fashionable flooring

| December 1, 2010
Fabulous Designs Are Underfoot Exciting options for fashionable flooring

Are you choosing floor décor for a new house or renovating an existing one? As you figure out what you want underfoot, trying to decide among today’s vast array of choices may well floor you! Here’s an overview of just some of the exciting options popular now in hard surfaces, from classic wood to “green” […]

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Bring Life Back into the Kitchen

| November 1, 2010
Bring Life Back into the Kitchen

Quartz And Solid Surfaces Lead The Pack With Style And Durability When homeowners remodel they often look to upgrade the kitchen first. Since the kitchen is usually the gathering place within a home and used for much more then heating up leftovers or scrambling eggs for breakfast, it’s an obvious choice for a facelift when […]

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Made in the Shade – Shade Pergolas

| October 1, 2010
Made in the Shade – Shade Pergolas

Create An Outdoor Space That Offers Moderating Sun And Shade By Choice In early times, backyards were mere utilitarian areas. By 1950, these spaces were popular for entertaining, featuring grills and folding lawn chairs. More recently, backyards have been transformed into outdoor rooms with appliances and furniture. Today’s modern exteriors call for yet more flexibility. […]

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Fall in Houston: Time to Get Outdoors Poolside parties can continue a while longer

| September 1, 2010
Fall in Houston: Time to Get Outdoors Poolside parties can continue a while longer

Even though September means “fall” in some parts of the country, in Houston it’s still warm enough for outdoor entertaining. While summer is almost over for this year, it’s not too late to be thinking about end of summer activities or too early to consider how to make the most of next summer. In fact, […]

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Thinking of Remodeling? Start with the Windows

| August 1, 2010
Thinking of Remodeling? Start with the Windows

Replacing older windows can increase a home’s resale value Now that summer is winding down and the days will be getting cooler, this might be a good time to tackle that home improvement project you’ve been dreaming about. Because of the slow real estate market that the country has been in for the past year, […]

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Dazzling Windows – New trends in window shades

| July 1, 2010
Dazzling Windows – New trends in window shades

One of the simplest—and most inexpensive—ways to refresh a room’s décor is to update the window treatment. After all, when we enter a room for the first time, our eyes are naturally drawn to the windows, which is why they often serve as the focal point for a room’s design theme. One of the most […]

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