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...

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...