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LED for the Garden Makes a Beautiful Nightscape

By Steven V. Philips – As I may have mentioned over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time creating a landscape at my house that some of my neighbors falsely claim is an attempt to make yards in the area look like pastures. Though I am often referred to as a pain in the …

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Luxury Features for Your Kitchen

By Marsha Fottler – When today’s homeowners build new or commit to a grand renovation of a dated kitchen, they are increasingly seeking high-end luxury features to create a personal statement that merges form and function but definitely emphasizes dramatic stylistic statements. This is especially true in the open-concept kitchen that flows into other rooms …

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Trends in How We Live in Homes Today

By Steven V. Philips – In my part of the world new home construction is blooming. And booming with the 10,000 baby-boomers retiring who each day (that’s e-a-c-h) changing the way model homes and floor plans look. Boomer attitudes about easy living and their wish lists are showing up in the new housing that they’re …

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Cooking Utensils to Give and Get All Year Round

By Steven V. Philips – Here are some wonderful, well-designed cooking utensils that I found while waiting, waiting under the mistletoe at the Sur la Table store. Utensils that are easily used, easily cleaned and have eye appeal. These would be great gifts even if it wasn’t The Holidays and I wasn’t a known toy …

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Renovating Your Kitchen? Backsplash Advice

By Steven V. Philips – So soon, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are looming. Misery Days for some, but not for you. You still like the idea of the preparation. The anticipation. The food. And marginally, The Family. Yeah, the Family that still includes Uncle Mike who just retired and is now embroidering suits for cats …

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Best Lighting for Your Kitchen – LED

By Steven V. Philips – Old school Jim from Richmond carrier-pidgeoned a message asking if I had any idea as to whether LED lighting technology was better than the early “slow-to-glow” CFLs (fluorescents). Actually his snarky phrase was “any improvement over the last fad?” He’d early-adopted the CFL bulbs when they’d come on the scene …

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Must Haves For Today’s Ideal Kitchen

By Steven V. Philips – According to industry insiders, kitchen trends are so 21st century they’ve caused me to stop calling the appliance that keeps food cold an ice-box.  In fact, just the other day I read that there’s a chance refrigerators in 2020 will allow you to use a Smartphone to find the Latin …

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Bamboozled? Expert to the Rescue

By Steven V. Philips – Bamboo is constantly on the A list of renewable green materials but do we know much more about bamboo than it’s renewable and was a fad for flooring for a while? Bamboo is also great for panda food and food skewers. In three minutes you are going to be so …

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Two Designer Secrets to Perk Up a Room

By Jeanette Carlson – Here are two items that professional interior designers and stylists for magazine photography sessions often use to finish off a room. These two no-fail items make a room look fresh, lived-in but sophisticated and polished. And they don’t cost a lot. Usually, you can buy these two magical things in a …

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