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Maximize a Small Space Maximize a Small Space

Design Tips To Make The Most Of Less Square Footage
By Bee Heinemann
In almost every home there is a need for larger living areas. It can be a challenge to decorate small rooms to make …

Make Your Yard a Friendly Habitat for Resident and Migratory Birds Make Your Yard a Friendly Habitat for Resident and Migratory Birds

If You Plant Natives, Birds Will Come
By Mara Soloway
The Houston area has numerous resident bird species, thanks to its humid subtropical climate. The area is also in the migratory path of so many more …

Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience Make Pool Maintenance  a Pleasant Experience

These Tips From The Pros Can Help You Keep Your Pool Sparkling
By Merry Wise
Pool season is here! The weather is warm, and it’s time to enjoy the pool once again. Use these useful professional …

10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds and Borders 10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds and Borders

Eco-friendly plants save gardening effort
Garden beds and borders, artfully filled with a colorful tapestry of flowers and foliage, are very much back in vogue. But unlike the traditional perennial beds and borders, which were labor …

The Art of the Outdoors The Art of the Outdoors

Create Elegant Ambiance With Water, Fire, Sculpture And Lighting
By Merry Wise
Adding art to your outdoor space can take your home to a whole new level of elegance. Consider adding the elements of water and …

It’s Summertime, and the Outdoor Living is Easy It’s Summertime, and the Outdoor Living is Easy

These Ideas Will Keep You Outdoors, No Matter How High The Temperature Climbs
By Mara Soloway
It’s summer, which means it’s time to enjoy your backyard and entertain on the patio. While the mercury is already on …

Metal Roofs are Growing in Popularity Metal Roofs are Growing in Popularity

They Have Several Advantages For Homes In The South
With the new year, homeowners are looking to new trends as they make home renovation plans. The roof is the biggest design element on a home and …

Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience

These Tips From The Pros Can Help You Keep Your Pool Sparkling 
By Merry Wise 
Pool season is here! The weather is warm, and it’s time to enjoy the pool once again. Use these useful professional tips to …

Kitchens That Cook Kitchens That Cook

Creating A Culinary Space
Text by Cheryl Alexander
Kitchen designs are as varied as the cooks who use them. Some are so lackluster that even the thought of cooking in them can stifle any craving.

Easy To Grow Dahlias Easy To Grow Dahlias

Plan Now For Spectacular Summer Blooms
By Melinda Myers
Photos by Longfield-Gardens.com
Dahlias provide some of the garden’s biggest and most spectacular blooms. The flowers come in a rainbow of colors and many different styles and sizes, and …

Kid and Pet Friendly Flooring Ideas Kid and Pet Friendly Flooring Ideas

A Range Of Flooring Types Will Work For High-Activity Areas
By Mara Soloway
Sure, empty nesters can have stylish concrete floors in their homes. It certainly makes having dogs easier. And area rugs can make a soft, …

Outstanding Bath Designers
Show off Their Work
Outstanding Bath Designers </br>Show off Their Work

Winning Baths And Powder Rooms Make A Splash At NKBA
The winners of this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competiton show a steady stream of imaginative design solutions for challenges that included a …

Ten Easy Design Tips With A Big Impact Ten Easy Design Tips With A Big Impact

Transform Your Home Without Spending A Fortune
The change of seasons to fall and eventually winter is a great time to give your home a face lift. Ready to make some changes, but don’t want to …

Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall

Plant Bulbs Now That Will Flower In Spring
By Melinda Myers
Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance …

Why Granite Countertops are Here to Stay Why Granite Countertops are Here to Stay

These Four Reasons Highlight Their Durability And Appeal
By Kathleen M. McCoy
Granite continues to be the preferred choice for kitchen countertops nationwide. According to the NKBA 2014 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, a stunning 91 percent …

Fall into Herbs Fall into Herbs

It’s The Right Time To Replenish Plants Lost To The Heat
Herbs are plants that are used as flavoring agents. The common herbs used in cooking are referred to as culinary herbs. Mild or savory herbs …

Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs

AIR CONDITIONING ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN HALF THE ENERGY USE IN U.S. HOMES
By Andrea Woroch
Americans are feeling the heat in their electricity bills. Unfortunately, this sizzling financial sensation isn’t expected to cool down any …

Before You Buy Stone Flooring Before You Buy Stone Flooring

What To Know To Avoid Surprises With The Project
You’ve done your home work on stone work. You understand the basic categories. You can imagine the feel of cool brushed sandstone under your feet as …

Getting More from the Outdoors Getting More from the Outdoors

Great options to update your backyard living space
By Merry Wise
Here comes the sun! And with the warm weather comes inspiration to create new spaces or improve on others for full enjoyment of your home. In …