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Monthly Archives: January 2016

    Hot design tips to ensure your home interior is right on trend this year

    By Barry Evans | January 31, 2016

    New Year’s resolutions most often apply to ourselves, but what about applying some to our homes? Perhaps this year is the time to make a few changes to our home interior. And let’s face it, our immediate living environment directly impacts on the way we feel. But it’s helpful to know what’s on trend for... Read More

    Nine designers’ tips for upping your decorating game

    By Barry Evans | January 30, 2016

    As you study vignettes on your bookmarked design blogs, flip through pages of shelter magazines and binge-watch HGTV shows, it’s hard not to imagine certain design details transforming your own home. Winter, when you spend more time indoors scrutinizing your four walls and your furniture assortment, is a good time to make a few changes... Read More

    The Cathedral Antiques Show: Tips for decor and tablescapes

    By Barry Evans | January 29, 2016

    Attachments to antiques can be powerful. Author Julia Reed, a speaker at the 2016 Cathedral Antiques Show, needed to recover an heirloom Chinese Chippendale sofa when she lived in New York. The sofa was one of the items passed down from her great-grandmother and grandmother. Even its color brought back memories. “We found this green... Read More

    State fire marshal provides safety tips for upcoming winter storm

    By Barry Evans | January 28, 2016

    EASTON — The  upcoming winter storm may cause a disruption in electrical service to area homes, according to State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. In a Wednesday, Jan. 20, press release Geraci cautioned residents when using alternative light and electrical sources during power outages and provided several tips to ensure safety during a potential power... Read More

    Wallpapered ceilings, collections hung in grids and more go-to ideas from design pros

    By Barry Evans | January 27, 2016

    As you study vignettes on your bookmarked design blogs, flip through pages of shelter magazines and binge-watch HGTV shows, it’s hard not to imagine certain design details transforming your own home. Winter, when you spend more time indoors scrutinizing your four walls and your furniture assortment, is a good time to make a few changes... Read More

    5 tips for insulating your boiler’s cylinder, tank and pipes

    By Barry Evans | January 26, 2016

    1. If your boiler has a hot-water cylinder, the water will stay hotter for longer if you insulate it. Newer cylinders, such as Worcester’s Greenstar range (www.worcester-bosch.co.uk), have thick built-in insulation, but older cylinders don’t. Fitting a British Standards cylinder jacket should cut heat loss by more than 75% and could save you around £25-£35... Read More

    Inexpensive ways to get a new look at home

    By Barry Evans | January 25, 2016

    Highlights • Painting your home is one of the easiest ways to give a whole new look to it, whether you choose a bold and dramatic pallate or soft and subtle hues. • Punch up the elegance factor of your room by choosing comfortable and elegant pillows layered up against each other. Want to give... Read More

    Home Fix: Tips for selling a house in 2016

    By Barry Evans | January 24, 2016

    Question: We plan on selling our house in the spring. This is the first time we have had to do this in 30 years. Are there any tips you have that can give us an advantage? Answer: There are two things I advise all sellers: Get the advice of a real estate professional and have... Read More

    Top design tips to turn your home into a beachside beauty

    By Barry Evans | January 23, 2016

    I was lucky enough to sit down with some of Melbourne’s top interior designers and pick their brains on how to turn a home into a beachside beauty. Instant beach vibes ● New cushions, a lick of paint, fresh linen, fresh flowers and bowls of citrus can work wonders ● Room fragrances such as candles... Read More

    Top tips for entertaining at home this January

    By Barry Evans | January 22, 2016

    Save the pennies and the calories by hosting fun evenings at home By Jodie Evans – Wednesday 20 January 2016 You broke the bank and your diet over Christmas so now is the time to get everything (both numbers and waistline) back into shape by entertaining at home. Whilst dining out doesn’t require the washing... Read More

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