Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:15:30 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131218/BLOGS/312189976/-1/blogs01Look for decorations that can do double duty.]]>Create inviting entrances to welcome holiday guests
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:25:19 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131216/BLOGS/312169979/-1/blogs01Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What's the first impression your home's entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home's entryway could use some improvement?]]>Home Help: Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:20:15 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029979/-1/blogs01Home Help rail with items on renovations for energy efficiency, the value of renovation projects on resale, personalizing home through scents and textures, and pruning trees and shrubs.]]>Wallpaper tips
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:20:11 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131122/BLOGS/311229973/-1/blogs01Wallpaper is costly, messy and best left to the professionals, right? Wrong. ]]>Free up space
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:20:17 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209972/-1/blogs01One way to free up extra room on the countertop is with a single-handle or wall-mount faucet.]]>Child-proofing your home
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:20:16 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189968/-1/blogs01 You may not have kids, but if you’re expecting little visitors over for the holidays this year, you should do some child-proofing in advance in your home to keep them — and any valuables or breakables — safe.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:20:10 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131115/BLOGS/311159983/-1/blogs01Most holiday gift-wrap is not recyclable because of the ink type and tape.]]>Natural light
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:25:22 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131113/BLOGS/311139974/-1/blogs01If you're entertaining during the day, be sure to open all curtains and blinds to admit natural light that will make the room feel brighter and bigger. ]]>Keep organized during the holidays
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:25:13 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119969/-1/blogs01 We’ve all been there. In the spirit of the holidays, we try to make our celebrations perfect but in the midst of our busy schedules, to-do lists get lost and plans derail.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:20:21 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131108/BLOGS/311089971/-1/blogs01This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Before making any major renovations, it's a good idea to live in a new home a while to see how the space is meeting your needs.]]>Photo frames
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:25:21 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131106/BLOGS/311069967/-1/blogs01Photo frames are the ideal choice to add a decorative and personalized touch to any room.]]>Hire an interior designer
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:30:25 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131104/BLOGS/311049969/-1/blogs01Many people think hiring an interior designer is expensive, but the right one can help you save money and time by avoiding costly mistakes, says Rona Spiegel, president of Lifestyle Interior Designs Ltd. in New Jersey.]]>Sprinkler safety
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:20:15 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131101/BLOGS/311019977/-1/blogs01A new study reveals that the price of residential fire sprinkler systems has dropped significantly, creating an opportunity for safety-minded homeowners to tap the many benefits of sprinklers. ]]>Last-minute Halloween decorating
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:20:10 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309977/-1/blogs01For last-minute Halloween decorations, make a mini cemetery out of old cereal boxes turned into gravestones.]]>Fall home maintenance checklist
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:20:06 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289982/-1/blogs01 If the holidays aren’t yet on your mind, it’s time to get out a pad and paper and tackle an important task — maintaining your home before winter.
]]>Leave it to the pros
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:20:05 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259979/-1/blogs01While there are many home improvement projects you can do yourself, there are some jobs that are best left to professional contractors.]]>Indoor entertaining
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:20:02 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239982/-1/blogs01Rearrange furniture for upcoming gatherings as you move from outdoor entertaining to indoors. ]]>Fight SAD with home lighting
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:20:06 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219982/-1/blogs01 Change the clocks, change the batteries and change the bulbs.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:30:10 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189971/-1/blogs01Before winter hits, continue to mow grass as needed.]]>Fall feeling
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:25:21 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169973/-1/blogs01To get a fall feeling in your home, you don't have to rely on just reds and oranges. ]]>A high-style living room
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:30:32 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149972/-1/blogs01 Some of the best items in our home are ones from the past. A vintage lamp or flea-market find can add a whole new layer of personality to the greatest space in a living area — your living room.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:25:11 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119967/-1/blogs01Even though many plants, bushes and trees will lose their leaves during fall and winter, it's important to continue applying deer repellents year-round. ]]>Urban decor
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:25:16 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099975/-1/blogs01If modern decor appeals to you but you think it might underscore the chill of winter, try an urban alternative look. ]]>How to collect rainwater
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:30:11 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079982/-1/blogs01 It may not seem like it, but water is a scarce resource. That’s why rainwater harvesting is becoming more commonplace, says Luke Snyder, a water conservation expert based in Waco, Texas.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:25:10 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049974/-1/blogs01Aerating your lawn in the fall helps to open compacted soil and break down thatch that built up over the summer. ]]>Air quality
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:30:19 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029968/-1/blogs01 Adding fresh flowers and plants to your bedroom helps with the natural cycle of carbon dioxide and oxygen, improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.
]]>Preserve landscaping, conserve water
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:25:03 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309980/-1/blogs01 The United States is experiencing the worst drought conditions since the Dust Bowl. For gardeners, water shortages pose their own challenges — but a few tips will help you get through even the worst dry spell.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:25:07 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279969/-1/blogs01Watering during fall is important to foster root growth and give plants a healthy drink before winter arrives.]]>Kitchen DIY
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:30:13 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259975/-1/blogs01For the kitchen, frame pictures from favorite recipes, use inexpensive flower pots or mason jars to store utensils and cutlery and repurpose an old console table as a center island. ]]>Design backyard flow, function
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:10:04 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239979/-1/blogs01 Many strategies can enhance the flow and function of a home's interior and how a family lives and uses the space. But what about a home's exterior?
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:10:06 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209976/-1/blogs01Because faucets are the most-used item in the kitchen, a new model with a high-arc spout can make a big impression. ]]>Accessorize your bedroom
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:10:10 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130918/BLOGS/309189967/-1/blogs01Accessories are a good way to add splashes of color to your master bedroom.]]>High design, low cost
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:10:17 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169972/-1/blogs01 Color is beautiful. That’s something Rachel Blindauer preaches to clients, who come to her for interior design services for their homes and businesses.
]]>Carpet and allergies
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:10:06 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139979/-1/blogs01Numerous medical and other studies show that people who suffer from allergies and even asthma do not have to live without the comfort and softness of carpet. ]]>Paint facelift
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:10:12 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119987/-1/blogs01Give outdated dressers or vanities a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. ]]>Fall into tabletop trends
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:10:17 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099986/-1/blogs01 Saying goodbye to summer doesn't have to be a sentimental ending when you consider it's also a beginning — the kick off to autumn and the holiday season. Now is a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining.
]]>Front entrance sells
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:10:14 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069986/-1/blogs01If you can't afford major landscaping, focus on the entrance to the home. ]]>Home exterior upgrade
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:20:22 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049976/-1/blogs01Selecting color options for the trim, shutters and the front door should only come after the main color has been selected.]]>Breathe life into home decor
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:00:30 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029964/-1/blogs01The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant — and often calming — result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.]]>Humid homes
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309911/-1/blogs01Too much humidity in a home can increase the condensation and potential for water damage and mold growth, as well as cause warping of walls, floors and ceilings. ]]>Collectible fashion
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289893/-1/blogs01Design around your collectibles. ]]>Choose your color scheme
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:00:03 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269921/-1/blogs01When designing the inside of your home, selecting a color scheme is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. ]]>Pedestal candle holders
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:00:18 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239890/-1/blogs01Turn forgotten pedestal candle holders into chic outdoor showpieces that will impress guests and inspire dinner table dialog. ]]>Gray colors
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:44 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219904/-1/blogs01Neutral colors remain versatile and simple, yet also nod toward color confidence.]]>When to refinance your mortgage
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:00:57 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199897/-1/blogs01 The best times to consider refinancing are when you’ve just gotten a promotion at work, and you’re planning to stay in your home for several years or make some home improvements. Or you’ve finally paid off that credit card and your credit score has improved.
]]>Elevated garden beds
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:00:22 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169891/-1/blogs01Elevated garden beds are growing in popularity because they look great anywhere in your yard or on your patio, and are easy to move if necessary.]]>Cool greens, blues
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:00:08 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149919/-1/blogs01On the cool side of the color wheel, clean and clear is the dominant trend.]]>Enjoy a summer deck all year
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:00:50 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129927/-1/blogs01The approach of cool weather may signal the end of barbecue season, but homeowners can still use their deck after the warm temperatures have passed.]]>Stick with maintenance-free trim
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:00:57 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099938/-1/blogs01One of the latest (and most attractive) trends is maintenance-free trim on a home. ]]>Yellows are trending
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079929/-1/blogs01For the coming year, add some uplifting yellows to your home life.]]>Liven up your laundry room
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059930/-1/blogs01 Often out of sight and out of mind, most laundry rooms are designed like closets rather than efficient utility rooms.
]]>Home Help: Bath upgrades
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:00:53 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029921/-1/blogs01Adding a bath or upgrading an existing one is a smart investment of your renovation dollars.]]>Home Help: Bathroom remodeling
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:00:46 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319937/-1/blogs01Luxurious spa qualities, like open shelving and built-in storage for easy access to towels, toiletries and candles, can be essentials in bathroom remodeling projects.]]>Home Help: Refinish your basement
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:00:51 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269908/-1/blogs01If you're looking for more usable living space, finishing a basement or attic bonus room is almost always easier than adding square footage to your home. ]]>Home Help: Create a green bathroom
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:00:28 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249930/-1/blogs01When designing your bathroom, consider using recycled flooring material, such as pebbled tiles made from recycled glass or plain recycled glass tiles. ]]>Home Help: Transform walls with painter’s tape
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:23 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229934/-1/blogs01Still love the overall design scheme of a space but feeling a little bored by it? The best way to breathe new life into it — without revamping the entire area — is by creating a new focal wall. ]]>Home Help: Make your space work
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:21 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229935/-1/blogs01 As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects.
]]>Home Help: Bathrooms sell homes
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:00:39 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199928/-1/blogs01Bathrooms sell homes. An upscale bathroom remodel that costs around $50,000 will recoup more than 58 percent of its original cost at the time of resale, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report.]]>Help potential buyers visualize living in your home
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:10:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130222/BLOGS/302229986/-1/blogs01Tips on home staging, return investments on adding outdoor living space, and gardenias.]]>Add pops of color to spice up a room
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:10:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130220/BLOGS/302209977/-1/blogs01How to quickly accent neutral- or solid-colored furniture.]]>Hot home trends and easy upgrades
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:11:16 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130218/BLOGS/302189961/-1/blogs01The top home decor trends for 2013 are already emerging, and homeowners seeking a fresh look will find a lot to love. Not only can these looks be accomplished in minimal time -- they're budget friendly and easy enough for DIYers to finish in a weekend or less.]]>How to not kill your orchid
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:10:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130215/BLOGS/302159980/-1/blogs01It’s just not fair: Orchids have this bum rap for being some of the most finicky plants to grow. Yet the truth is orchids are some of the easiest plants to grow if given the proper exposure, potting mix and right amount of water. Just ask Becky Brinkman, longtime manager of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center. Becky has come up with her "Eight Ways to Kill Your Orchid."]]>Decorating Tip: Accent wall
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:10:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130213/BLOGS/302139977/-1/blogs01If you're interested in a quick project, consider painting one wall of a room as an accent wall.]]>Three gardening chores to prepare for spring
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:15:11 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130208/BLOGS/302089986/-1/blogs01Prepare for spring by diving into late-winter chores in the garden.]]>Decorating Tip: Granite look for less
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:15:18 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130206/BLOGS/302069984/-1/blogs01Can't afford granite countertops? Fake it with Granite Paint.]]>Simplify your laundry routine
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 03:13:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130204/BLOGS/302049932/-1/blogs01If it seems that you can never quite diminish the size of your laundry pile, you're not alone. Laundry is a part of everyday life, and the more people in your household, the bigger the pile and the more often you need to wash. Designate one place in your home to be the laundry zone and sort through these time-saving tips to make your laundry routine faster and easier, leaving you with more time to do the things you love. [...]]]>Easy way to save $100 a year
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:10:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130201/BLOGS/302019917/-1/blogs01Learn about saving energy, how to pick a real estate agent, and arborvitae.]]>Decorating tip: Try moulding
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:15:23 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130130/BLOGS/301309915/-1/blogs01Susan Muschweck, a Pittsburgh-based interior designer, says painting walls and upgrading floors is a great way to dress up a listless space, but for many clients, she often suggests another cost-effective option.]]>Small energy improvements that save big money
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:15:22 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130128/BLOGS/301289905/-1/blogs01The beginning of the year is a great time to make positive changes in your home.]]>Forgot to plant your bulbs? It's not too late!
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:15:21 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130125/BLOGS/301259908/-1/blogs01If you miss planting your bulbs at the optimal time, don't wait for spring or next fall.]]>Decorating tip: Be unexpected
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:06:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130123/BLOGS/301239918/-1/blogs01Just because a product is made for a specific purpose, doesn't mean you can't reimagine how it could be used.]]>Simple fix-ups you can complete in a weekend
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:16:44 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130121/BLOGS/301219955/-1/blogs01No matter how pressed you are for time, you can spruce up your house by focusing on simple projects that can be completed quickly ... in a day or a weekend. Don't delay - check these easy and affordable projects off your to-do list today and soon your home will be perfectly prepared and instantly updated.]]>Grow edible flowers
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:07:00 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130118/BLOGS/301189992/-1/blogs01How to grow the edible flower nasturtium and other tips.]]>Decorating tip: Mix materials
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:10:08 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130116/BLOGS/301169985/-1/blogs01A great way to make a big impact on a small budget is to mix materials.]]>Setting your home office up for success
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:15:11 +0000http://www.thesuntimes.com/article/20130114/BLOGS/301149950/-1/blogs01Unless you carefully construct your home office environment, you may find that working from home is less productive than you anticipated. Staples, the world's largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions, offers the following tips for setting up your home office to help maximize your productivity.]]>