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5 Ways to Budget for Holiday Shopping

It’s not uncommon for shoppers to get a head start on purchasing gifts for the holidays, but shopping before the December rush is fast becoming the norm, according to American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC), a nonprofit organization. “More people realize that waiting until December to start your their holiday shopping can result in extremely high... (more)

7 Weird Ways to Clean Up Kitchen Messes

By Barbara Pronin  Everyone seems to gather in the kitchen, and that may be one reason why it’s ground zero for major messes. You may already rely on vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other areas, but, notes home projects guru Bob Vila, there is a world of other and more surprising cleaning options out there just perfect for making KP duty... (more)

3 Fresh Takes on Holiday Decor

Does your holiday décor need a reboot? Red and green will always be classic, but when it comes to holiday décor, rules are meant to be broken. Anyone can use inventive color schemes, fun patterns and smart home updates to create spaces that embrace the essence of the season. Trends to consider, Froelich says, are ones that blend holiday tradition with modern... (more)

6 Kitchen Design Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn’t always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone. When redesigning or refreshing a kitchen, the goal is to create a space that is hard-working, yet beautiful.... (more)

'Chill Out' Colors Are Hot Picks for 2016 Painting Projects

As the leaves are falling around this time every year, I wait anxiously for the Paint Quality Institute to ‘drop’ next year’s list of the most anticipated colors being mixed for designers and DIY-ers to dress up their living spaces. According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, interior paint colors that will be hot... (more)

The Top 5 Energy-Saving Window Treatments

Did you know certain window coverings can provide energy savings of up to 10 percent a month? Advancements in window treatments have led to increased energy efficiency in many models manufactured today. The most energy-efficient of these include: Cellular Shades – Cellular shades are often called honeycomb shades. The shade is made of individual cells that trap... (more)

Maintenance, Proper Use Key to Efficient Home Heating

Homeowners should consider how to make the most of their home heating budgets before cooler weather sets in. Learning how to operate your home heating appliances and then taking care of them through routine maintenance are two of the best things a homeowner can do to save money on heating this season. Since most homeowners operate their heating appliances for... (more)

5 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Winter

By John Voket Getting a well-maintained home ready for winter isn’t difficult, but it’s wise to start early. The following pre-winter activities can help protect your home from the elements, make it more comfortable, and help prevent expensive repair bills next spring: 1. Touch up exterior paint.  Peeling or flaking paint can expose bare wood, subjecting it to... (more)

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