How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

February 13th, 2019

Few things are as miserable as the winter woes created by frozen pipes. At the minimum, you’ll have trouble getting water where you need it. At the worst, your pipes may burst, leading to plumbing expenses, damage to your home and thousands of dollars in repair expenses. To keep costs and hassle from skyrocketing, be sure to protect your pipes when temperatures plummet Read More...

Smart Bathrooms

December 12th, 2018

If you like to sing in the shower, you might also enjoy talking to your bathroom.  Voice activated, high-tech lighting and music are just two of the new technologies now available in the smart bathrooms category.   Mirrors can do more than simply reflect your natural good looks.  Now, you can enjoy automatic fine tuning of light, or heating controls that do away with condensation Read More...

Choose Your Fall Maintenance Checklist!

November 28th, 2018

Fall is prime season for home maintenance.  If you’re the type that likes to have a checklist handy to help you cover all the bases, this link is for you!  Pinterest offers a multitude of printable Fall Maintenance Checklists that you can print off and hang where you can be reminded of what needs to be done Read More...

The Laundry Low Down

August 14th, 2018

People have been doing the laundry for eternity.  But, somehow, we still have questions about the basics of washing, drying and staying wrinkle free.  For example, do you sometimes wonder if you need to wash your clothes after just one wearing?  What about all the different fabrics in your closet?  Should they all be washed on the same settings?  These and other burning issues are discussed – and the answers are made clear – in this helpful article from houzz Read More...

10 Ways to Save on Summer Utility Bills

July 31st, 2018

When the summer weather heats up, so can your utility bills.  But there are a few things you can do to keep your expenses down.  The easiest are to turn off lights, unplug computers or turn off the AC when you’re not home.  Or, you can go radical and hang the laundry outside instead of using the dryer!  For 10 ways to beat the bills, check out these tips from U Read More...

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...