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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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Best Tools for the Summer Gardener

By Steven V. Philips – Just when I think I’m going to cut back on the space my flower and herb gardens take up in my yard and opt for the book/hammock approach to summer, a few more great tools appear thus encouraging my addiction to nurturing growing things. Here are some of my new …

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Flower Garden Tips

By Marsha Fottler – It’s that time. Clean those garden tools and get ready to purchase, plant, weed, feed, mulch and then sit back and admire your early summer flower garden. As every gardener knows, a successful garden is an ever evolving thing of beauty and personal expression of aesthetic. A plant once installed doesn’t …

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New Kitchen Gadgets To Make Summer Foods Glamorous

By Steven V. Philips – Being a talented eater rather than a talented cook, I’m happy with the fruits, salads and sandwiches of summer because those I can assemble into what looks like a meal and tastes pretty good too. Even I can’t do much to ruin a farm-stand cucumber or heirloom tomato still warm …

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It’s All about Color

By Steven V. Philips – Here’s some background and advice about color choices for your kitchen or dining room in case your Spring cleaning energy extends to redoing the colors at home. And maybe it should. Design experts know that paint is the least expensive way to dramatically transform a space. Joseph Binney, a British …

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Time To Glow

By Marsha Fottler – An inexpensive designer secret that you can access and use right away is candlelight. When you set a table in the dining room, the lanai, the pool pavilion or even the kitchen banquette, you will want to finish off the special effects with candlelight. Actually, it’s the only special effect you’ll …

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