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Antiques Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home

Buying Tips For Buying Antique Furniture

Buying antique furniture is just like buying a piece of artwork. The first priority is to buy something you will enjoy. To fully enjoy your new furniture you should consider …

Curb Appeal Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips Painting Practical Tips For the Home

Whitewashing Brick

Question: Why would you want to whitewash brick? How do you do it? Answer: Whitewashing can be a beautiful and lower-maintenance alternative to painting your entire brick exterior. Though today’s …

Curb Appeal Ellen's Blog Ideas & Quick Tips Landscaping & Gardening

Exterior Maintenance and Being a Good Neighbor Are Related

A few years back, we were having our house painted. Imagine our surprise and frustration when we discovered sawdust, plus a large sampling of the bug life in our region, …

Bath Ellen's Blog Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips Kitchen

6 Steps to Getting a Tile Look You Love

Whether you’re renovating a kitchen or adding on a guest bath, you’ll likely need to select tiles to complete the design. I’ve just finished my own bathroom renovation, and I …

Eco-Friendly Home Life Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home

CEA Offers Tip to Reduce Electricity

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® offers five simple tips to help families save electricity — and money — this year: Look for the label: The EPA’s ENERGY STAR label quickly …

Curb Appeal Ideas & Quick Tips Landscaping & Gardening Lighting Practical Tips For the Home

Enjoy Your Landscaping, Even After the Sun Goes Down

Landscape lighting used to be simple. A few recessed cans lining the front path, a couple downlights tucked in the trees, and you were done. Not anymore. When it comes …

Ellen's Blog Home & Interior Design Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home Remodeling

Keeping Your Design Project on Target and within Budget

Here are just two of the many choices I had to make during my recent bathroom remodel, neither of which I anticipated in advance: Where should the tile pattern begin …