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Benefits of freestanding tubs

<strong>Benefits of freestanding tubs</strong>
Metro ServiceFreestanding tubs have an air of luxury that can help current homeowners relax, and impress buyers when homes go on the market. Few home design elements provide the instant wow factor of freestanding tubs. Freestanding tubs have an air of luxury that can help current homeowners relax, and impress buyers when homes go on the market. Freestanding tubs are typically made of cast iron or porcelain. The home improvement website HomeAdvisor notes that cast iron is durable and solid and retains heat well, which is great for those who want to spend more than a little time relaxing in a freestanding tub. However, because cast iron is so heavy, installing (more…)
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Early spring landscaping tips

<strong>Early spring landscaping tips</strong>
Metro ServiceFor those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other aspects of their landscapes no doubt dominate such daydreams. During the cold months of winter, many people stare longingly out of the window dreaming of spring and time spent outdoors. For those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other aspects of their landscapes no doubt dominate such daydreams. Draw inspiration from those budding crocuses and daffodils pushing through the last remnants of snow and employ these tips to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. • One of the first steps is to apply a pre emergent weed killer to get a head start (more…)
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Items to get you started on creating your smart home

<strong>Items to get you started on creating your smart home</strong>
Metro ServiceIt’s no great surprise that technology is changing the physical places we call home. Technology has changed the way people live in the 21st century. Once ubiquitous, land lines anchored to kitchen walls have now given way to smartphones that can be taken anywhere. Bulky television sets that required at least two people to move have been replaced with high-definition offerings so light and thin they can be mounted on living room walls. It’s no great surprise that technology also is changing the physical places we call home. Smart homes are a rapidly growing trend. In a typical smart home, devices such as the thermostat, television and even the refrigerator (more…)
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Gray is here to stay in home designs

<strong>Gray is here to stay in home designs</strong>
Metro ServiceBeige and white have long been go-to colors for neutral living spaces. But many interior decorators now look to gray as the neutral color of choice. Decorating a home in neutral tones has long been recommended as a way to sell a home quickly. But the color gray also provides a blank canvas for homeowners who have no intention of putting their homes on the market anytime soon. Beige and white have long been go-to colors for neutral living spaces. But many interior decorators now look to gray as the neutral color of choice. Design experts advise that gray has a broad range. Gray can include everything from silver to (more…)
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Small kitchen improvements that maximize functionality

<strong>Small kitchen improvements that maximize functionality</strong>
Metro ServiceModernized kitchens that include sought after features and showcase the latest trends go a long way to improving the overall value of a home. Many homeowners wish for expansive kitchens. Modernized kitchens that include sought after features and showcase the latest trends go a long way to improving the overall value of a home. As desirable as such kitchens may be, some homes simply don’t have enough space for a centerfold-worthy kitchen featuring an island, wine refrigerator and walk-in pantry. However, homeowners with small kitchens can still improve the form and function of their existing spaces. Reconfigure and revamp cabinetry Homeowners whose kitchens are small often lament their lack of (more…)
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Comfortable winter entertaining ideas

<strong> Comfortable winter entertaining ideas</strong>
Metro ServiceCoffee enjoyed with a group of friends can warm hearts on cold winter days. Winter entertaining need not end once Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Getting together with friends and family is still possible even if the weather outside is frightful. When Mother Nature takes a chilly turn, those who don’t want the party can consider the following entertaining ideas. Indulge in sweet treats. Comfort foods can make even the most blustery winds easier to tolerate. Invite people over for a dessert party. At a dessert potluck party, everyone brings along a favorite decadent dessert, from molten lava chocolate cake to warm bread pudding. Serve alongside (more…)
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Benefits to open concept floor plans

<strong>Benefits to open concept floor plans</strong>
Metro ServiceMany of today’s home buyers want homes with open concept floor plans, which can give homes a more spacious feel, perhaps even creating the illusion that a home is bigger than it really is. The way a home is designed can say a lot of things about it. In fact, many real estate professionals and contractors can determine when a home was built based on the design of its interior. For example, homes with sunken living rooms were likely built sometime in the 1960s and 1970s. Open concept living rooms are one trend that might one day make people nostalgic for the early 21st century. Many of today’s home buyers (more…)
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How to handle car trouble while driving

<strong>How to handle car trouble while driving</strong>
Metro ServiceWhen car trouble strikes while a vehicle is on the road, there are several precautions to take. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Sudden car trouble is something no driver wants to experience, but many drivers have been driving down the highway only to feel his or her vehicle start to sputter. Such sputtering might indicate a car is running low on fuel, or it could be a sign of something more serious that requires motorists to think as quickly and safely as possible. When car trouble strikes while a vehicle is on the road, the first thing many drivers do is check their fuel gauges. A car that runs out (more…)
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Colorful design ideas for refreshing your home this season

<strong>Colorful design ideas for refreshing your home this season</strong>
StatePoint MediaTake your design vision to the next level with easy DIY projects that enhance neutral room settings. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed If you are looking to elegantly redesign the spaces in your home, consider taking your cues from the latest trends in the luxury market. Neutral color palettes and soft, soothing shades, such as gray, taupe and cream are on the rise among today’s luxury homes and adding touches of color will help personalize these spaces. “Neutral color schemes are versatile, sophisticated and best of all, easy to live with,” says James Thomas, senior product designer for residential lighting manufacturer Progress Lighting. But design experts point out that adding (more…)
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DIY Halloween tips to save money

<strong>DIY Halloween tips to save money</strong>
StatePoint MediaThe prices for costumes and decorations can be scarier than any vampire. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Halloween may be the spookiest night of the year, but it’s the prices for costumes and decorations that are scarier than any vampire (and they’ll drain your wallet even faster). This year, Americans plan to spend $3.2 billion on Halloween costumes and $2.7 billion on decorations, with the average person spending nearly $87 on their costume alone, according the National Retail Federation. There are easy ways to save money and still enjoy this season’s favorite holiday. And you can even use Halloween as an opportunity to put some extra cash in your pocket. (more…)