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Splashdown to Summer Fun

| April 1, 2014
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 of your family’s outdoor space. Imagine your dream backyard when you’re entertaining or when it’s just you and […]

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Flooring Trends

| February 1, 2014
Flooring Trends

From hardwood to carpet to tile, what’s new and fabulous underfoot

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The Best in Bathroom Design Winners
from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

| January 1, 2014
The Best in Bathroom Design Winners <br>from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Glass in all its glory — hand-cut, hand-blown and LED-lit — was creatively used by the winning designers in the 2013 Design Comp­etition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed at an exclusive Design Competition Awards event in New Orleans, during the 2013 Kitchen […]

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Kitchen Winners!
Outstanding kitchens from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

| December 1, 2013
Kitchen Winners! </br>Outstanding kitchens from the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Glass in all its glory—hand-cut, hand-blown and LED-lit — was creatively used by the winning designers in both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bath in the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed on April 18th at an exclusive Design […]

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Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

| December 1, 2013
Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

They are easy to grow indoors and outdoors Winter is not the season most often associated with growing flamboyant flowers – unless the subject happens to be amaryllis. With large tropical flowers that rival anything the summer garden can boast, amaryllis are grown indoors in pots to brighten the holidays and dark winter days. Such […]

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Decorating Tips for Every Room

| November 1, 2013
Decorating Tips for Every Room

Instant changes from accessories to window treatments make a refreshing difference Decorating spruce-ups do not have to involve a lot of time or expense when you follow these inventive tips from Sally Morse, Director of Creative Services for Hunter Douglas, North America’s largest and most successful manufacturer of custom window fashions, and the design expert […]

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Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

| October 1, 2013
Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

By Melanie Saxton Fall is the ideal time to plan for a swimming pool installation. Construction throughout the winter can ready your backyard for a springtime oasis. But because underground pools are permanent fixtures, it makes sense to know ahead of time precisely what style of pool fits your needs. For many, owning a pool […]

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Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

| September 1, 2013
Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

By Jennifer Miko With fall weather approaching, cooler conditions welcome new opportunities to bright­en up your landscaping. There are many wonderful plants to consider that thrive after the summer months. Annuals are versatile and can be planted from a seed or transplant, or grown in a container. They’re perfect for window boxes, lining a sidewalk […]

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Top 10 Home Improvements Tips

| August 1, 2013
Top 10 Home Improvements Tips

Regular maintenance adds value to your investment By Cheryl Alexander Your home is one of the single biggest investments you’ll ever make so it only makes sense to make the most of your investment and ensure your home remains safe and comfortable for your family. From hiring professionals to cutting energy costs, here are a […]

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Flooring Trends

| July 1, 2013
Flooring Trends

FROM HARDWOOD TO CARPET TO TILE, WHAT’S NEW AND FABULOUS UNDERFOOT A high-tech lifestyle, subculture movement and über conveniences are just some of the aspects of today’s lifestyle that are influencing the products that we are drawn to. The newest floor products are delivering on these changing needs and demands. Scouts and experts at the […]

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Before You Buy Hardwood Flooring

| June 1, 2013
Before You Buy Hardwood Flooring

SEVEN TIPS FOR SAVVY SHOPPING
You’ve decided to go both timeless and timely with a beautiful new hardwood floor

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NKBA Top 10 Industry Trends for 2013

| May 1, 2013
NKBA Top 10 Industry Trends for 2013

Major kitchen and bath trendsetters: gray color schemes, quartz surfaces and transitional style A s we settle into a seemingly healthier national economy, some kitchen and bath design trends continue to flourish, while consumer budgets for these projects appear to have shrunk just a bit.  To get specific: •   Gray color schemes in both kitchens and […]

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Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

| April 1, 2013
Survey Identifies Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

Sustainable and low-maintenance design in demand American homeowners increasingly are drawn to adding outdoor rooms for entertaining and recreation on their properties, according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The results also show demand for both sustainable and low-maintenance design. Landscape architects who specialize in […]

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The New Rock of Ages

| March 1, 2013
The New Rock of Ages

Make a distinct design statement with stone veneer By Angela Crissman One of the latest design trends — for both interior and exterior projects — is the use of stone veneer. These innovative products, which combine art and science to replicate natural stone, make it simple to recreate the character and charm associated with stone. […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement

| January 1, 2013
New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement

The Top 10 tips to add value to your investment By Cheryl Alexander New Year’s resolutions are usually packed with good intentions, but sometimes the intention lacks direction and we fall off track. Don’t let that happen to you this year. Set your sights on increasing the value of your home with these improvements that […]

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Spruce It Up for the Holidays!

| November 1, 2012
Spruce It Up for the Holidays!

A pinch of personality and some short cuts for Thanksgiving and beyond By Lanie Hightower We all look forward to relaxing during the holidays, despite the fast pace of our lives. Planning ahead and keeping in mind a few simple tips can inspire, minimize stress and free up your time as you decorate and prepare […]

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Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops

| October 1, 2012
Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops

Find the right material for your space —–By Angela C. Crissman Looking for a countertop material that will take center stage and dramatically transform your space? Choosing a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom is an important decision that will impact the look and function of your home for many years to come. Key factors […]

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Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

| September 1, 2012
Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

Building a pool that fits your lifestyle is the key  By Melanie Saxton Fall is the ideal time to plan for a swimming pool installation. Construction throughout the winter can ready your backyard for a springtime oasis. But because underground pools are permanent fixtures, it makes sense to know ahead of time precisely what style […]

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The New Rock of AgesMake a distinct design statement with stone veneer

| August 1, 2012
The New Rock of AgesMake a distinct design statement with stone veneer

By Angela Crissman One of the latest design trends — for both interior and exterior projects — is the use of stone veneer. These innovative products, which combine art and science to replicate natural stone, make it simple to recreate the character and charm associated with stone. While stone veneer offers the durability and look […]

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Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops

| July 1, 2012
Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting New Countertops

Find the right material for your space By Angela C. Crissman Looking for a countertop material that will take center stage and dramatically transform your space? Choosing a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom is an important decision that will impact the look and function of your home for many years to come. Key […]

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Kitchens Still Top Most Common Remodel Projects

| June 1, 2012
Kitchens Still Top Most Common Remodel Projects

2011 NKBA winners prove design dreams are possible

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Retreating to the Backyard

| April 1, 2012
Retreating to the Backyard

From a pergola to a fire pit to a new patio, create a paradise just outside your own door By Jennifer Miko Mother Nature invites you to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of springtime. With yards turning greener and flowers blooming, the conditions are perfect for relaxing or entertaining outside. And your […]

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Take The Plunge To Owning A Pool

| March 1, 2012
Take The Plunge To Owning A Pool

With the hot summer months almost upon us, the thought of rippling tides and sloshing water in the backyard certainly has a refreshing appeal. Pools add not only a higher resale value to the home, but also an opportunity for the family to spend more time with one another. There are a multitude of different […]

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Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends

| February 1, 2012
Top 10 Hardwood Flooring Trends

The best flooring and hottest styles for every room As homeowners search for new hardwood flooring, it’s clear what is uppermost in their minds — authenticity. An appealing look or style is not enough. While consumers are certainly concerned about a floor’s durability and value, they want something of substance even more. They choose hardwood […]

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