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It’s Summertime, and the Outdoor Living is Easy It’s Summertime, and the Outdoor Living is Easy

These Ideas Will Keep You Outdoors, No Matter How High The Temperature Climbs
By Mara Soloway
It’s summer, which means it’s time to enjoy your backyard and entertain on the patio. While the mercury is already on …

Metal Roofs are Growing in Popularity Metal Roofs are Growing in Popularity

They Have Several Advantages For Homes In The South
With the new year, homeowners are looking to new trends as they make home renovation plans. The roof is the biggest design element on a home and …

Harvesting, Storing and Preserving Herbs from the Garden Harvesting, Storing and Preserving Herbs from the Garden

By Melinda Myers
Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and then preserve a few for winter.
Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you …

Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience Make Pool Maintenance  a Pleasant Experience

These Tips From The Pros Can Help You Keep Your Pool Sparkling
By Merry Wise
Pool season is here! The weather is warm, and it’s time to enjoy the pool once again. Use these useful …

Kitchens That Cook 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.

Easy To Grow Dahlias 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 …

Kid and Pet Friendly Flooring Ideas 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, …

Outstanding Bath Designers
Show off Their Work
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 …

Ten Easy Design Tips With A Big Impact 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 …

Why Granite Countertops are Here to Stay 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 …

Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall 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 …

Fall into Herbs 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 …

Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs 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 …

Before You Buy Stone Flooring 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 …

Getting More from the Outdoors 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 …

Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style 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 — …

Your Dream Outdoor Living Space 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 …

Granite Countertops are Here to Stay 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 …

Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners 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 …

Spruce Up Your Exterior Doors 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 …

Make the Cooler Weather Work in Your Landscape 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 …

Transform Your Backyard Transform Your Backyard

Consider many options before making your backyard investment

Spa Space at Home Spa Space at Home

The Ultimate Upgrades For The Master Bath
By Elizabeth Anthony
Your home’s bathroom is likely a sanctuary in your home — far more than just a toilet, sink, shower and/or tub. You may soak away your worries …

How to Clean Hardwood Flooring How to Clean Hardwood Flooring

Care for it right and it will last a lifetime
Your hardwood floor is installed. Your house finally feels like a home. But now what? How do you care for your new investment? Read on.
 
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Floor …

It’s All in Store and on the Floor It’s All in Store and on the Floor

See What Trends Are Underfoot From The World
Floor Covering Association
By Leah Gross-Harmon
Whether soft or hard surface, Mother Nature is definitely influencing the future looks of flooring. Especially popular are “weathered” and “worn” looks showing up …

Splashdown to Summer Fun Splashdown to Summer Fun

Planning Your Pool For A Fabulous Outdoor Experience
By Elizabeth Anthony
Summertime fun is quickly approaching and now is a great time to begin planning for splashdown in your very own backyard pool. Start with a vision …