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Monthly Archives: January 2009

It’s Not Hard To Be Green

(ARA) – DIY. So last year. Now it’s GIY. As in green-it-yourself. And just like DIY projects, there are plenty of easy GIY weekend home improvement projects that will save energy and money and add value to your home. Oh, and we should mention you can help protect the planet while you’re at it.

Being […]

Preparing Your Home for the Digital TV Transition

(ARA) – Many of us have been February 2009hearing about the  digital TV transition for a long time now. With the date fast approaching, what does it mean for you and what are your plans for the TVs in your home?

According to the Federal Communications Commission, on February 17, 2009 all full-power broadcast television […]

Fireplaces are Heating Up with New Artistic Designs

(ARA) – Today’s modern fireplaces with stylized flames surrounded by colored glass and shiny metal are worlds away from the traditional brick fireplaces of yesteryear. Modern fireplace design is pushing boundaries with radical ideas that incorporate both function and beauty.

As the focal point of a room, fireplaces are where people gather, relax and enjoy […]

Home Organization Tips for the New Year

(ARA) – “I just need to get organized.” How many times have you heard yourself recite this familiar refrain? With the coming of the New Year, now is a good time to resolve to actually do it. This year, instead of just thinking about ways to get it together, use some simple tips for […]

Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2009

(ARA) – More and more Americans today are looking at their homes as a place of refuge in a stressful world of challenges and economic instability. Instead of going out to dinner or social events, they’re cocooning with their families. Now, more than ever, their homes need to be restful and soothing, yet stylish […]

How to Prepare for and Survive Power Outages

(ARA) – Mother Nature is full of surprises, especially during the winter months when freezing temperatures, ice, snow and high winds can knock out power to your home. Not only is a power outage inconvenient, it can threaten your safety. Your power can go out without notice, so make sure you’re prepared the next […]

Beat the Winter Blahs with Home Decorating Projects

(ARA) – For many of us, the return of winter means six months of snow, sleet and colder temperatures that force us to take cover indoors. Being stuck inside month after month can leave anyone a little bored. That’s what makes winter an ideal time to tackle easy, do-it-yourself indoor home improvements.

Staying busy with […]

BATHROOM MIRRORS

Looking Good Never Looked So Good
By Reggie VanNostrand

For nearly as long as there have been faces, there have been mirrors–of one type or another.

Our first ancestors saw their reflections in calm pools of water. Later, they hammered metal smooth enough to reflect their faces (the Bible even mentions mirrors of brass). The Romans and […]

BATHROOM LIGHTING

People should pay attention to the lights that surround their bathroom mirror “because it affects their own appearance… . Mirror lighting needs to be bright but not glaring, accurate yet flattering,” say the people at Elflist.com (which stands for Efficient Light Fixtures, a non-profit lighting education group in Seattle that’s sponsored by local electric […]

CHOOSING A BATHROOM SINK

Years ago, choosing a bathroom sink meant choosing between cast iron or vitreous china. But take a look at today’s bathroom sinks. They come in fired clay, brass, copper, stainless steel, marble, granite, soapstone, glass, nickel, solid-surface materials like Corian, and composite materials made of ground stone and polymer. These sinks also come in […]