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Monthly Archives: October 2016

    5 Clever Ways This Designer Adds Coziness to a Space

    By Barry Evans | October 30, 2016

    When baker, blogger, and cookbook author Joy Wilson, known as Joy the Baker, purchased her home in New Orleans, she knew the open concept layout would be the perfect set up for hosting baking classes and workshops. To help execute her vision for the perfect live/work home, Joy turned to online interior design company Laurel... Read More


    By Barry Evans | October 29, 2016

    When it comes to home decor, sometimes bolder is better. From a pop of color on an accent wall (or all walls, for that matter) to turning your door into the focal point, there are so many ways you can take your interiors to daring new heights. Here, we tapped interior designer Nick Olsen, who... Read More

    A beginner’s guide to decorating your home

    By Barry Evans | October 28, 2016

    You’ve finally decided it’s time to get a real sofa and stop eating off paper plates. Maybe you’re just starting out, with a new job and a new apartment — or maybe you’re not. Either way, like many people, you may be on a tight budget, with little left over for decorating. To help you... Read More

    Tahoe real estate: 7 tips to prepare your mountain home for cold weather

    By Barry Evans | October 24, 2016

    Take advantage of our great weather and begin preparing your house for fall. It is smart practice to stay ahead of maintenance issues before they become serious repair problems. In fact, according to, a home can lose 10 percent of its value if routine maintenance is neglected. If you are not sure where to... Read More

    7 Easy Tips to Stage Your Home’s Exterior

    By Barry Evans | October 22, 2016

    Effective staging to sell your home begins before you get inside   Making a good first impression outside will entice homebuyers to want to see what’sinside the home that’s on the market. That’s why one of the first things a home seller should do when preparing their home for sale is go stand out by... Read More

    4 tips for the thrifty home flipper

    By Barry Evans | October 21, 2016

    You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but I am super cheap. I cut the mold off cheese and feed it to my kids (the cheese, not the mold). I squirrel away lightly used paper towels in a pile next to the kitchen sink so I can reuse them later to wipe the floors.... Read More


    By Barry Evans | October 19, 2016

    If you’re going to decorate your house for the holidays, don’t just throw up some red and green lights and call it a day. Attention to a few important details can transform your home into an elegant holiday oasis. The key, as with any home decorating endeavor, is to budget and plan ahead, said Daniel... Read More

    Ten Fall Home Improvement Tips

    By Barry Evans | October 18, 2016

    Now that summer gear has been stowed away, it’s time to focus on fall home improvement projects. According to Vicki Payne, host of the For Your Home with Vicki Payne television show, autumn is the key time to evaluate your home exterior and prepare it for the harsh winter months ahead. “With cooler fall weather... Read More

    Top 10 tips to save energy, lower utility bills

    By Barry Evans | October 15, 2016

    Q: I am concerned about the forecasted colder winter with higher than normal snowfall and colder than normal temperatures. I want to plan now and save on my energy bills. What can I do? A: With the cold New England winter approaching, now is the time to prepare your home and change your habits to... Read More

    Want to add value by renovating your property? Don’t do this

    By Barry Evans | October 14, 2016

    HOME renovations are easy, right? Some DIY lessons at the local Bunnings, a decent enough toolkit, and a willingness to get your hands dirty is all that is needed to transform a desk jockey into a weekend tradie. Why employ a professional when you can do as the blokes do on Better Homes and Gardens... Read More

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