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Monthly Archives: December 2014

    Top tips for winter home maintanance

    By Barry Evans | December 30, 2014

    Check for leaks and blockages. Now is the perfect time when drains and gutters can get blocked by leaves and debris like twigs and bird nests. If anything obstructs the easy flow of water away from a building, damp can occur. If you notice that water’s falling sharply from a certain point on a gutter,... Read More

    Home Help: Home safety tips for a safe and happy winter season

    By Barry Evans | December 26, 2014

    TIP OF THE WEEK Freezing temperatures and snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter and that means homeowners need to take steps to ensure that their loved-ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead. A few precautions can help protect you from serious losses and disruptions... Read More

    How to Decorate Your Home and Host a Holiday Party Like a Rue La La Editor

    By Barry Evans | December 25, 2014

    The best way to get into the holiday spirit? By decorating your home with plenty of seasonal cheer, naturally. Who can be a Scrooge when there are twinkling lights lining your front door? And when you have the right décor, you’ll want to have people over to celebrate the season. But, it’s not always easy... Read More

    Home security tips to keep you safe during the holidays

    By Barry Evans | December 24, 2014

    With home invasions on the rise, Central Jersey home remodeling expert Somerville Aluminum offers suggestions for homeowners looking to ease safety concerns and provide added security to their homes BRANCHBURG – Homeowners in Central Jersey have been on edge in recent weeks with a rash of home invasions in Middlesex County and the surrounding area.... Read More

    Inventive ways to display your collections

    By Barry Evans | December 14, 2014

      Bring it to life: White-glazed plates become a school of fish swimming across the serpentine-tiled living area of a “Zoologist,” one of 15 collecting personalities profiled in “Collected: Living With the Things You Love. There are stages to creating a collection, starting with methodically accruing treasures over time and ending with displaying them in... Read More

    Retiree shares Xmas tree decor tips

    By Barry Evans | December 13, 2014

    BUTTERWORTH: While there are no hard and fast rules for decorating a Christmas tree, Sarah Selvaraj-Charles (pic) believes that some basic knowledge is vital to ensure a beautiful outcome. The retired human resources ma­nager has more than 30 years of decorating experience, especially after serving nine years in the hotel industry and 10 years in... Read More

    Christmas 2014: Expert decorating tips for hanging Christmas lights safely, without the fuss

    By Barry Evans | December 12, 2014

    Now that you’ve successfully decorated your home with ornaments and plants (or at least made a plan to do so) it’s time to get started on decorating the exterior of your home. FULL STORY Read More

    Interior tips from a top designer

    By Barry Evans | December 11, 2014

    EXPERT ADVICE: On a coffee table, try a simple spray of flowers in a glass vase, a statement book and a few objects in different materials.   Greg Natale, an award winning Australian designer, offers some of his top interior tips. PAINT Natale tends to use a low-sheen finish paint, which he says is easy to... Read More

    Christmas tree decorating: 8 top tips for making your Christmas tree the best on the street

    By Barry Evans | December 8, 2014

    What’s your Christmas tree decoration style? Chuck the decs on and hope for the best or perfectly position each shiny bauble? If you’re not sure, the experts at John Lewis have plenty of tips up their sleeve for making your Christmas tree look top-notch this year. FULL STORY Read More

    Tips to keep your home nice and cosy this winter

    By Barry Evans | December 7, 2014

    We know that Canadian winters can be tough on our homes — both inside and out. Although we have had a taste of cold, snowy weather, it’s not too late to prepare your home for the rest of the winter season. Here are some tips from Home Depot Canada: FULL STORY Read More

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