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Monthly Archives: October 2014

    Turn your outdoor space into an entertainer’s paradise

    By Barry Evans | October 31, 2014

    As the temperatures climb, it’s time to head outside, but you might need some inexpensive tips for improving those oft-used alfresco living areas. Boutique Homes’ senior interior designer, Mitra Whittle, says a good way to start improving these spaces is to clean up the garden. • Spring design tips to energise your living space • How to make the... Read More

    Get your home market ready

    By Barry Evans | October 30, 2014

    Not every homeowner can justify employing a property staging company, or undertaking lengthy renovations when it comes time to sell their home. More often than not, time and money are a rather large hindrance when preparing your home to go under the hammer. But self-staging is still something every person selling their home should consider:... Read More

    Top 10 tips for being a successful interior designer

    By Barry Evans | October 29, 2014

    Sophie Conran, the award-winning English interior designer, is the daughter of designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran and the sister of fashion designer Jasper Conran. She says it sometimes feels like design has become part of her DNA. FULL STORY Read More

    Tips for outdoor decorating in the fall

    By Barry Evans | October 28, 2014

    Homes in the northern U.S. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two on the doorstep and the look is complete. In the rest of the country — including... Read More

    Halloween decor: Get tips on how to find spooky items for the home

    By Barry Evans | October 26, 2014

    Use items that you already have in your house in a different way. Example: candlesticks, bed sheets, dolls, baby carriages, old sheet music, old photos of ancestors. Spook them up with other Halloween items like black crows, spider webs made from gauze, etc. FULL STORY Read More

    Home Improvement Tips to Make the Most of Small Spaces

    By Barry Evans | October 23, 2014

    No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space. But less space doesn’t mean that you have to go without, say experts. “A few simple adjustments can help you maintain your comfort in a small home,” says Robin Wilson, celebrity interior designer with expertise in creating... Read More

    Easy and Affordable Fall Decorating Tips to Warm Up Your Home For Autumn

    By Barry Evans | October 22, 2014

    A new season is always the perfect time to do a little updating to your decor. Fall is certainly no different, and you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to recreate these fall decorating ideas in your own home. And even better – all the tips are affordable, as well. To begin with, you may... Read More

    14 Cozy Fireplaces You’ll Love

    By Barry Evans | October 21, 2014

    It’s almost always the focal point of a room, so selecting the right style, surround, and furniture for your fireplace is key. Top interior designers share their decorating tips—just in time for those colder nights. Design Around the Fireplace Designer Meg Braff oriented the seating in this Colonial Revival house in Lattingtown, New York, around... Read More

    Home handyman Bob Vila gives us tips on indoor air quality

    By Barry Evans | October 20, 2014

    It’s getting cold in here and that means it’s time to come inside, close the windows and turn on the heat. And when you turn on the heat, the air filter in your furnace kicks into high gear — filtering out particles and allergens so clean air can circulate through your home. This week on... Read More

    Halloween safety tips: Keep it scary in a good way

    By Barry Evans | October 19, 2014

      Halloween should be scary in a good way. Here are some tips from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to keep the holiday safe: ADULTS Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on. Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened or injured. Report any suspicious... Read More

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