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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 …

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 …

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 …

Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style Plan the Right Pool for Your Living Style

Consider Many Options Before Making Your Backyard Investment
By Merry Wise
Planning a custom swimming pool and/or spa for your specific environment and style of living is similar to planning your home and fashion styles — …

Your Dream Outdoor Living Space Your  Dream Outdoor Living Space

Follow The Trends To Transform Your Backyard
By Merry Wise
Trends in swimming pools, spas and the entire outdoor living scene have changed. What used to be considered “just a backyard” has been transforming to an outdoor …

Let There Be (Better) Light : The EzClipse Innovation Let There Be (Better) Light : The EzClipse Innovation

An Easy-To-Install Patented Design Reduces Glare From Recessed Lighting Fixtures And Updates The Decor Of Any Room
Looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade your home lighting? The innovative EzClipse can transform any room, from traditional to …

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 …

Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners

Designers plumb their creative depths to give homeowners unique spaces
In today’s homes, bath and powder rooms are as beautiful, luxurious and unique as any kitchen or master bedroom. The winners at the 2015 National Kitchen …

Spruce Up Your Exterior Doors Spruce Up Your Exterior Doors

Care For This Important Focal Point Before Your Holiday Guests Arrive
Before guests arrive for the December holidays, homeowners should take stock of their home exterior doors to renew and beautify them to assure years of …

Make the Cooler Weather Work
in Your Landscape
Make the Cooler Weather Work </br>in Your Landscape

These No-Sweat Fixes Bring Year-Round Benefits
Fall is the landscaper’s secret weapon. It is the best time of year to fix problems or make wonderful things happen in the garden. Here are some tips on how …

Your Dream Outdoor Living Space Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

With the right amount of planning You can have a beautiful courtyard pool to complement your livable garden space.

Top 20 Tips for Creating “Top Down” Curb Appeal Top 20 Tips for Creating “Top Down” Curb Appeal

Kate Smith will be appearing at the 13th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show in The Woodlands at the Waterway Marriott, August 22 and 23.  Visit woodlandsshows.com for more details.
Improvements, Updates And Pops Of Color Are Part Of The Plan
By Kate …

Spa Space at Home Spa Space at Home

The Ultimate Upgrades For The Master Bath
By Elizabeth Anthony
Your home’s bathroom is likely a sanctuary in your home — far more than just a toilet, sink, shower and/or tub. You may soak away your worries …