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November 23, 2014

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Choosing Stain Color

(NAPSI)—When it comes to giving your home natural warmth and beauty, few things compare to wood—and wood is surprisingly flexible when it comes to color. Whether you’re refinishing your floors or cabinets, restoring a fine piece of furniture or creating a new look distressing an existing piece, wood stain can enhance the beauty of the wood and add to your style.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Smart Shipping And Storage Suggestions
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re sending gifts for the holidays, packing for a move or storing keepsakes, heeding a few hints on how to prepare things for shipping and storage can help your package stay safe and intact.

Sweet Scents Of Joy
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—This year, you can treat your sense of smell to the delights of the holiday season.

Getting The Most Out Of A Kitchen Remodel
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowners spent $130 billion on remodeling projects last year. If you hope to join them anytime soon, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. After all, a kitchen remodel can give you one of the best returns on investment as long as you know where to save and where to spend.

Tips to Heat Your Home Affordably this Winter
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple solutions, you can be friendlier toward your wallet and the environment this winter.

Tips to Update Your Home’s Technology
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) When thinking about home updates, our attention so often turns to a fresh coat of paint or new décor, but some of the most practical, meaningful changes you can make to your home will truly modernize the way you live.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Not Leo DiCaprio? How to Cut Your Energy Bills Anyway
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - If we all had Leo DiCaprio's millions, we too could spend a small fortune powering our mansions with solar panels without having to worry whether the investment would ultimately wind up cutting our energy bills or not. But we don't have Leo's millions. (Sigh.)

Monday 11/17/2014
Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

Bathroom Upgrades to Impress Guests
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Game night, girls' night or family reunion - your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye to anxieties.

Bringing the Outside Indoors
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?

Eliminate Stains This Holiday Season
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Parties filled with festive drinks, food and fun are in full swing this holiday season. Every event is a chance to come away with great memories, plenty of pictures and sometimes, a stubborn stain or two.

Tips for Tackling Holiday Messes
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, create a welcoming environment for your guests. From getting your home ready for company to managing the many messes that come with a packed home, there are several cleaning tips to help you enjoy the fun at hand without the extra stress.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
How to Select a Contractor: Certification Counts With Vinyl Siding
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - No doubt, finding a qualified siding contractor can be tricky. Do you use a contractor who did a good job down the block? A cousin or in-law? Maybe crowd sourcing services such as Angie's List or Home Advisor?

Monday 11/10/2014
Tips to Prevent Slips and Falls in Your Bathroom
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Roughly 234,000 injuries occur in the bathroom annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while children and adults over 70 are most at risk, more than half of all injuries involve people between ages 25 and 64.

Lawn Care Tips for Fall
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again. 

Thursday 11/06/2014
Adding A Touch Of Warmth To Your Holiday Celebration
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—At holiday time or anytime, for many busy people, a fire in the fireplace can provide an escape from day-to-day chaos, an opportunity for a romantic interlude, or a great accompaniment to an entertaining evening with family and friends.

Real Insights From Realtors
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—For many people, buying a home is a goal they aspire to achieve and often the most significant financial decision they'll make in their life. If you're among them, consider this advice: Given the mass amounts of information, data and tools available, it's critical to work with a professional who can help you make sense of it all. During the home buying or selling process, it's wise to follow these tips:

Holiday Happiness
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Picture this: Norman Rockwell’s “Young Love: Sledding” (Brown & Bigelow: 1949 Four Seasons calendar, winter) painted in 1949 and now adorning the labels of fine skin care products—to help you help hungry children.

Top Cold Weather Home Efficiency Tips
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Homeowners can prepare for cold weather by taking simple energy efficiency measures that will reduce energy consumption and heating bills.

Decorating Ideas
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—While holiday decorations are a great way to spread the joy of the season, you have to make sure they’re safe.

Tuesday 11/04/2014
Where Do Pests Lurk? The Rooms in Your Home That Pests Like Most
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to common household pests, they enter homes in search of three things: water, food and shelter. They can find entry points through almost any size opening, including tiny cracks and crevices or holes as small as a dime in the structure's exterior. Once inside, pests, such as rodents, cockroaches, ants and spiders, will find a hiding or nesting spot -- the most common rooms being the kitchen, bathroom, basement and attic.

Overcoming home improvement anxiety [Infographic]
Posted: November 04, 2014

(BPT) - We all dream of beautifying our homes, but a new survey from Wood, Naturally shows that many homeowners are overwhelmed at the mere thought of starting a home improvement project. From budget woes to relationship tensions, a long list of concerns can turn homeowners off of home improvement altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With proper education and a detailed plan, home improvement can be a breeze.

Monday 11/03/2014
Tips to Maximize Space in Every Room
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized.

Deck the Halls with Smart Home Technology
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) 2014 will go down in history as the year smart home technology went mainstream. Rapidly evolving security, entertainment, cleaning and mobile technology have made home automation more affordable and easier to integrate than ever before. And this holiday season is the perfect time to give yourself and others the gift of smart home convenience.

Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Bringing a new member of the family home - be it a baby or pet - is sure to result in many happy smiles, giggles and messes. Whether it's your child eating spaghetti for the first time or your puppy trailing in mud after a rainy day, joyful moments with your little loved ones create memories and clean-ups.

Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

The beauty of wood turns homes into architectural masterpieces
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Ever since humans stopped dwelling in caves and started living in huts made of tree branches, wood has been an indispensible structural and decorative residential material. Man’s house-building relationship with wood - historically, culturally and experientially - is deep, long and universal. In part that’s because wood is abundant, economical, durable and flexible. But our enduring love affair with wood is also due to the fact that, like us, each piece of timber is unique - its color, texture and grain are as individual as a human personality, so we keep discovering new aspects of its beauty and versatility to delight in.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Energy Tips For Colder Weather
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s news that may warm your heart-and your home.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Easy projects to get your home winter ready [Infographic]
Posted: October 28, 2014

(BPT) - Winter is coming soon but there’s still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start flying.

Monday 10/27/2014
Pick Your Power Source
Updated: November 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) In a variety of situations, portable generators can supply temporary or remote electric power. From emergencies to recreational and construction activities, portable generators become a welcome addition to any instance when power is needed, yet not readily available.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Welcome Your Holiday Guests With Inviting Lighting
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Everyone is starting to spruce up their homes for holiday entertaining. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), it's easy to make your home warm and inviting by updating your ambient lighting.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Energy saving tips for every room of your home [Infographic]
Posted: October 21, 2014

(BPT) - As we move into colder months, here are various ways to conserve energy in every room of your home without sacrificing comfort or style.

Friday 10/17/2014
Be on the Lookout for These Invasive Species
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Insects originating in foreign countries, commonly called invasive species, are a major concern in the U.S. because they often don't have natural predators, allowing their populations to grow quickly. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that several of these invasive species can be a threat or a nuisance to families or properties.

Soak Your Way To Wellness
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—A growing number of people are now using a hot tub as part of their personal wellness routine. They find the time they spend in warm water can soothe sore muscles, relieve stress and help them enjoy a better night’s sleep.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Store Your Mower In Eight Easy Steps
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Chances are, your lawn mower has been a faithful fair-weather companion. So at the end of the mowing season, you want to give it the attention it deserves.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
It's Official: Women Are the Decision-Makers Even When It Comes to Roofs
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - What do shoes have to do with choosing the perfect shingles for your roof?

Monday 10/13/2014
Corral Clutter with a Mudroom
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Positioned near the busiest door, mudrooms are quickly becoming a must-have in many family homes. These organizational dynamos are the perfect place to catch muddy boots, backpacks, sports equipment and dirty paws before they make it all the way into the main living area.

Mini-Makeovers Deliver Big Home Value
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects can significantly add comfort, improve functionality and increase the home's resale value. Whichever reason drives homeowners to complete an improvement project, they need to pick one that also delivers a return on investment.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Foaming Your Home Can Help You Save
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The use of energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building materials is an important consideration for homeowners, developers, architects and contractors. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a wise choice for insulating homes and structures as it can help lower energy use and bills. Lower energy use means that less greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, are being produced in the generation of electricity or other fuels that power our buildings.

How Much Backup Power Do You Need During An Outage?
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—With more and more choices available in automatic home standby power, selecting the right backup power system can be confusing. Here are three important things to think about when considering an automatic standby power system:

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Save Now With Proven High-Efficiency Gas Wall-Hung Boiler
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - With the memory of last winter's harsh heating bills still vivid, North American property owners would do well to embrace proven cost-saving energy efficiency and conservation practices.

Monday 10/06/2014
Clever Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) No matter how cramped and cluttered your living space, there is always a spot or two for extra storage. Finding it is just a matter of getting creative and utilizing a few clever solutions.

Friday 10/03/2014
Smoke Alarms Save Lives -- Make Sure Yours Are Working
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Smoke alarms save lives. Yet, every day in homes across the U.S., fire deaths still occur. By ensuring that you have working smoke alarms, you can cut your risk of perishing in a home fire by half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Thursday 10/02/2014
Seven Steps Toward A Greener, Cleaner Bathroom
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NAPSI)—When people think of ways to live green and save energy in their homes, the bathroom may not be the first place that comes to mind. However, Carter Oosterhouse, home and design expert, proves there are several simple ways you can make a big difference in one of the most trafficked rooms in your home.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
When It Comes to Winter Roof Checkups, the Attic Is Your Friend
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - You know you're supposed to do it twice a year. But what homeowner relishes the thought of climbing a ladder to check the health of his roof -- as key to a home's energy efficiency as that roof might be -- when the weather is turning sharply colder outside?

Pest Proof Now to Protect Homes for Winter
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - As the cold winter months quickly approach, people won't be the only ones huddling inside for warmth. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to take steps to prevent pests like cockroaches, rodents and nuisance wildlife from making your home their winter getaway.

Monday 09/29/2014
Why Emergency Preparedness Matters
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.

Stunning DIY painting projects that can be done in one day or less
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Modern, lively, exciting - if these words don’t describe the style of your favorite rooms, an update is in order. Painting is a classic makeover tool for interior spaces. To give your home’s aesthetic a boost of personality and style, consider these surprisingly simple DIY paint projects that can be done in one day or less.

2015 sneak peak: Hot home decor color trends
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest hues of 2015 and beyond.

Thursday 09/25/2014
Playing It Safe In The Play Area
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Keeping the play area safe for your offspring to run around and have fun in can be easier if you heed a few hints:

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