Month: August 2017

This Little Coop is Just Chicky

Driven by the growing interest in farm to table cuisine, many homeowners are turning their backyards into free range habitats for chickens.  From the suburbs to urban city lots, chic little chicken coops are dotting the landscape.  More and more cities are relaxing their laws and ordinances and allowing chickens, so city dwellers can enjoy this pleasant hobby. Environmental activists and celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Barbara Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Chevy Chase, Reese Witherspoon and of course Martha Steward raise backyard chickens.  It is relatively inexpensive to start your own backyard flock. Chicks can cost between $3 to $30...

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Tile Transformations

Pattern can be very tricky to incorporate into your décor. It is much safer but boring to stay with solid colors. Hardwoods and carpet are popular because they’re a save choice. But neither fit the bill when it comes to durability for kitchens, bathrooms and service areas. They are also so neutral that they lend very little excitement to a room’s décor. A great solution to shake up your spaces might be patterned porcelain tiles. During the past couple of years tile manufacturers have expanded tile options to include exciting geometric designs and floral patterns. Porcelain tile is durable,...

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Too Matchy – Matchy

I hope today’s column will put to rest the need to make everything in your house match. If you’ve got brass doorknobs and long for a new silver or rub bronze chandelier go for it. The most interesting homes are those that are a unified collection of styles. I want to focus on the kitchen because that’s the most used room in your house and probably the room both your family and your friends like to frequent.  It’s also the room where we have lots of different materials and surfaces coming together.  From appliances to hardware it can be...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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