Category: Guest Blogs

Looks and Lingo

While I like to think of myself as someone who can craft a sentence with descriptive and accurate ease, I recently discovered that I have been talking trend trash. For years now, whenever I have waxed on about the delights of seductively simple, fluid design I have often referred to it as either a modern or contemporary look. It wasn’t until a few moments ago, when I stumbled across an old web article, that I realized I have been messing up my furniture lingo. (Insert angst here.) Modern and contemporary are NOT interchangeable words. Check this out…Relish Interior published...

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Tile 101: Study Up On These Terms Before You Shop

When you are faced with picking out new tile for your bathroom, kitchen or entryway, you quickly come to realize there is a lot more to tile than just squares, rectangles and neutral whites. Tiles these days come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials from small glass mosaics, to large format wood-look planks. Beyond just finding a collection that matches your décor, there are a few terms you are likely to come across when it gets down to the details. Here is a quick guide to help you read between the (grout) lines: Through Body Porcelain...

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Wrap Yourself in Comfort and Saving

Studs in exterior walls can be a major culprit in reducing your home’s energy efficiency. They create “thermal bridging,” which occurs when materials with poor insulating properties contact each other, allowing energy to flow through. And because 25 percent of a wall is composed of studs, that’s like having one whole wall of your house uninsulated. The solution? Insulated siding, which works like a blanket over your home’s studs. It reduces thermal bridging so heat stays outside in summer and warmth stays inside during winter — reducing the energy needed to heat and cool your home. Even better, insulated...

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Outstanding Performance, Great Looks, and Always Affordable

For all the beauty and durability vinyl siding delivers, what homeowners often appreciate most is its low total installed cost — lower than all other exterior cladding — which is backed by most manufacturers with a lifetime warranty. It’s also inexpensive to maintain because it never needs painting, caulking, or re-pointing; periodic cleaning requires nothing more than a soapy sponge and water. Vinyl and insulated siding consistently rank among the highest return on investments for remodeling...

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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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