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GENUINE LEATHER? REAL WOOD? HOW TO READ FURNITURE LABELS

SOURCE:  Katherine Roth for Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times “Americans spend billions on furniture, but they’re often not getting what they paid for.  A big part of the problem is misleading labels, experts say. Terms like “genuine leather” and “real wood,” which seem straightforward enough, can be industry code words for composite materials.  And once items arrive…

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FIVE TIPS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR SPRING…

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by realtytimes.com staff writers. “It may still be snowing in some parts of the country, but spring is almost here.  Before the flowers start budding outside, refresh the inside of your home to give your interior spaces that springtime glow. BRING THE OUTDOORS IN!  Adding fresh plants or flowers to…

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BEST RENOVATIONS FOR SMALL BATHROOMS

SOURCE:  Excerpted from article by Monica Thomas for realtytimes. “Small bathrooms, or half-baths, present unique design challenges.  You want functional storage without cramping an already tight space or a trendy design without being visually overwhelming.  Whether your goal is to make your small bath more functional for everyday use, or just more aesthetically appeal, you…

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PROS & CONS OF TODAY’S FLOORING TRENDS

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “If  you’re thinking about doing your floors, you’ve probably done countless hours of research online, visited several stores, and pored over colors, textures, sizes and styles.  You may have some idea of what you like, but is it a good choice for your lifestyle or…

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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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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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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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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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FIVE EASY WAYS TO REMAKE YOUR FIREPLACE

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “It’s chilly out there!  You probably have the heat turned up and the fireplace on.  Chances are you’re staring at that fireplace and thinking of all the things you’d like to change.  And a fireplace facelift can take your living area from “meh” to “wow”!…

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DIY SOLUTIONS TO YOUR FLOORING PROBLEMS

SOURCE:  JAYMI NACIRI for realtytimes.com “True story.  The wood in our living room is scratched and worn, the dark tile in the kitchen imparts a sort of cave like feel, and there’s unfinished concrete in several of the bedrooms thanks to foundation repair that was done shortly after we bought the house…..The idea was to…

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