Specialty Paint to Create Special Surfaces

If you want a chalkboard, dry-erase or magnetic surface in your home, you can create those properties with paint. By Diane Franklin There’s a lot more to paint than meets the eye. The broad range of the paint industry includes specialty products that can actually alter the properties of your surface. When perusing the possibilities [...]

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Kids’ Rooms that Work Over Time

Children change so quickly, but their rooms don’t have to… By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Most kids’ rooms are in a constant state of change, just like the little ones who occupy them. From pastels and lullaby themes to primary colors and licensed cartoon characters to neons and pop star posters, kids’ rooms are always a work [...]

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designer dining

Designer Dining

Make your dining spaces more useful and stylish in 2020 with these ideas. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Dining rooms are utilitarian by their very nature, but that doesn’t mean they need to forgo form for function. In fact, the more beautiful a dining room is, the more useful it is, making food more appetizing, family time [...]

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Cold Weather Painting Tips

As the cold weather descends upon many parts of the country, you may be wondering: How cold is too cold to paint? By Diane Franklin If you’re trying to get one final painting or staining project in before the onset of winter, you may be wondering what the experts say about how low the thermometer [...]

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Ravishing Rentals

Decorating doesn’t have to go the wayside just because you’re renting … By Tammy Adamson-McMullen If you’re renting an apartment or home, you may feel leery about decorating it. Maybe you’re living under a stringent rental agreement that doesn’t permit many changes to the space. Or maybe you’re worried about losing your security deposit when [...]

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Bright and Beautiful

Bright and Beautiful

If the bright and beautiful days of July stand in stark contrast to your home’s dark and drab interior, read on … By Tammy Adamson-McMullen July is a bright and beautiful month! The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, fruit and vegetables are flourishing, and the sky is a lovely shade of blue. [...]

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No Substitutions for Quality

Nothing can replace a high-quality paint and all the benefits it affords. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen “You get what you pay for.” We all know that this adage is true. So why is it that so many homeowners skimp on quality—just to save a few bucks—when buying paint? If there’s ever a time when you should [...]

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Five Economical Kitchen Fixes

Here’s how to update your kitchen on a limited budget. By Diane Franklin You’d love to redecorate your kitchen, but oh, that price tag! Backsplash tiles, new cabinets and granite countertops can cost way beyond your limited budget. Here are five ideas that will give your kitchen new life without breaking the bank. Paint or [...]

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No Windows? No Problem!

Without any natural light, interior rooms can be a challenge to decorate—but it’s a challenge that these creative ideas will help you overcome. By Diane Franklin An interior bathroom, a basement rec room and an off-the-kitchen laundry room are among the areas in your home that may be noteworthy for what they are lacking—windows. The [...]

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New Places to Go with Faux

Faux finishes are popping up in all sorts of home spaces. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen You may have done it on a feature wall or on a small piece of furniture, but don’t stop there. There are so many other places where you can create a faux finish! Faux finishing is as popular as ever because [...]

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