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DIY RENOVATING DONT’S – LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE

SOURCE:  Excerpted from article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “DIY always seems like such a good in the dream state.  Build in some equity with some elbow grease.  Get more for your money while learning some important skills.  Create pretty spaces without having to deal with contractors.  What could go wrong? Plenty, actually.  If you…

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WILL THE STOCK MARKET AFFECT YOUR HOME PURCHASE?

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “The wild stock market of the past week has sent some into a panic and caused many others to take a closer look at their financial picture.  But what is the stock market’s impact on real estate, and should you worry if you’re getting ready to buy a new home? …

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR SOIL BY NAME?

SOURCE:  Lee Reich for the Associated Press/Asheville Citizen Times Here are excerpts from an interesting article found in our local paper….of interest to gardeners, gardener-wannabes, geologists and nature lovers. “Soil don’t get no respect”, Rodney Dangerfield might have said (but didn’t).  Perhaps you know  your state bird or flower, but do you know your state…

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SOME VINES WILL STAY GREEN ALL WINTER LONG…

EXCERPTED FROM “NATURE JOURNAL”  by George Ellison/Asheville Citizen Times “Even in winter, vines are fascinating – especially those that retain their leaves through a long, hard winter of the kind we’re experiencing this year.  Instead of the showy flowering structures that appear in summer, in winter we can shift our attention to the less showing…

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SEVEN LIGHTING TRENDS FOR 2018 TO UPDATE YOUR HOME

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “If there’s one thing that can make your home look dated lit’s lighting.  Old fixtures, out-of-style chandeliers and lighting that detracts from instead of highlighting key feature in your home can make it look drab or overdue for updates….The good news is that changing out or adding new fixtures can…

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COLD CLIMB – ICE CLIMBING IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/USAToday/Asheville Citizen-Times “OLD FORT, NC…The solid chunks of waterfalls are now starting to drip and flow again as WNC comes out of its recent icy death grip.  But for ice climbers, the past few weeks have been the cream of the ice, one in which records were set. On New Years’ Day a…

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CLEVER WAYS TO ZONE OFF SPACE IN OPEN FLOOR PLANS

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Sarah Warwick for Houzz. “We have fallen for open-floorplan living in recent years…not many of us have a formal room just for company anymore.  And with modern building materials, we don’t necessarily need every room to have four walls  to keep it at a comfortable temperature.  But although open…

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NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

Excerpted from an article by local naturalist and columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, George Ellison….USA TODAY NETWORK. Our favorite local naturalist/author, George Ellison, used to teach Elderhostel courses, and his niche was Natural History of the Southern Appalachians.  He devised an introductory presentation titled “Where Are We?” for his students, and wrote a recent column…

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2018 KITCHEN TREND: BLUE AND GREEN CABINETS

SOURCE:  Excerpts from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Feeling blue?  You’re about to!  Blue is one of the hottest colors for 2018 when it comes to the kitchen – and that goes for green as well.  After years of white everything, expect to see some deeper, moodier shades in your chef space.  …

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2018………PAY ATTENTION!!!

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by PJ Wade for realtytimes.com We may have a tricky year ahead of us, so what’s the best and easiest strategy for consistent success in 2018?  PAY ATTENTION!  Start the year with or without New Year’s resolutions, but commit to success this year by paying attention…. To how well informed…

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