Colors That Set the Stage

April 24th, 2018

If you think that staging your home to sell requires painting your interior rooms in various shades of white, here’s good news.  It’s ok to be creative – and you can use a variety of colors, even dark shades, to prep your home for its big close up with prospective buyers. Houzz Contributor Neila Deen offers her ideas on Crowd-Pleasing Paint Colors, and many of them will surprise you Read More...

BOLD Colors are In!

February 7th, 2018

Feel like the white, gray and beige color trend is getting a bit boring? Then you’ll love the predictions for the most popular paint colors of 2018.  The palette is bold, moody and introspective. Think rich and warm shades from greenish blues to deep, dark hues, in choices that work for any style from traditional to contemporary Read More...

What Lies Beneath…

January 31st, 2018

One of the most important considerations in designing a new or renovated kitchen is what lies beneath everything else.  That’s the flooring – and there are many choices and considerations in choosing what’s right for you.  Houzz.com takes a look at the pros and cons of five popular kitchen flooring materials, including hardwood, tile, travertine, laminate and vinyl Read More...

Fireplace Safety

January 17th, 2018

A crackling fire is a warm and wonderful thing. But a fireplace can also pose a safety hazard. Before you strike a match, be sure to understand how to burn safely. It’s just as essential to take preventive measures to assure that your fireplace and chimney are in good shape – and that you have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors installed Read More...

When You Can’t Say No to Snow

January 10th, 2018

When the weather outside is frightful, and the white stuff is piling up, you know a snow shoveling workout is in your future. To keep your chore from turning into an injury, it’s a good idea to bone up on the science of shoveling! For a seemingly simple task, there’s actually a lot to learn, from shovel design and materials, to pushing vs Read More...

Windows 101

September 14th, 2017

Every home has windows. The question is, are the windows in your home right for your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. From providing light, to enhancing energy efficiency, to adding personality and style, the right window choices can make a real difference in your enjoyment of your home, in the time you spend on maintenance, and in heating and cooling costs Read More...

Smart Homes = Smart Savings

August 15th, 2017

Smart homes are a growing trend – and that’s good news for people who also like to be smart about their money. That’s because many smart home technologies can also help reduce home costs related to energy and water. Smart thermostats are programmable, so they can be set to adjust the temperature when they sense your presence Read More...

Designer Tips: Picking Your Home’s Perfect Palette

July 13th, 2017

So, you’ve purchased a new home – and now you need to pick your color palette. That means wall colors, furniture, window treatments, accessories and more for each room. Don’t panic! HGTV.com writers H. Camille Smith and Kathy McCleary have pulled together 15 great designer tips to get you started Read More...

Garbage Disposal Don’ts!

June 6th, 2017

Despite its straightforward name, a garbage disposal is not necessarily the right place to put all garbage. Strange, but true. Some of the basic everyday items we toss in and grind up can actually clog pipes and damage the disposal. Coffee grounds, eggshells and vegetable peels are prime example Read More...

Brrrrrrr! Is Your Home Winter Ready?

January 17th, 2017

Our area has already experienced the Polar Vortex, and predictions are that we’ll be seeing extreme cold this winter. So, now’s a good time to think ahead to how you can help your home handle the deep freeze. From avoiding – or thawing – frozen pipes, to safeguarding fire places, chimneys and furnaces, and keeping steps and walkways ice free, this home cold weather checklist from Today’s Homeowner can help you prepare Read More...