Holiday Entertaining Guide 2017

No matter where you live in the world, holidays kick off the year-end celebrations of many cultural traditions and inspire family togetherness as we welcome holiday guests to share our favorite holiday meals. If you are planning to do some holiday entertaining, don’t let the stress interfere with the festivities.

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Get a Head Start on Holiday CleanUp With These Five Projects

While completing a task at work, you glance at your calendar. You’re shocked at how little time remains before the holiday season. In mere weeks, you’ll be hosting a large family get together in your spacious home. Before your guests arrive, you desperately desire to get your house in tip-top shape. If you can relate to this scenario, consider getting a head start on holiday cleanup with the following six projects.


Mortar, Grout & Thinset: What's The Difference?

Do you want a home improvement project that is almost certain to increase your home's value? Many realtors will tell you that you can hardly lose if you focus on your kitchen or bathroom. As part of a kitchen or bath remodel, you may want to replace your tired laminate with durable and elegant tile. Once you familiarize yourself with the supplies you’ll need, you might be able to complete your first DIY tile job on your day off.


Kitchen Remodel: Be Sure To Plan Your Traffic Flow

When many people are dreaming of a kitchen renovation, they may start thinking about color schemes, gleaming new appliances or an inviting open floor plan. However, there's one important factor which, if fumbled, can turn a kitchen into a home improvement nightmare: foot traffic. A poorly designed room can lead to people bumping into each other or making unnecessary extra trips.

Is Your Style Killing Your Chance at a Sale? Balancing Personal Style and Resale Value

You’ve heard the rules of selling a home:

  1. Get rid of anything personal.
  2. Neutralize every room.
  3. Make everything look bland and boring.

Maybe this will sell your home – eventually – but what do you do when you want to enjoy the space until then? Is there really a way to add a little life and spirit into your rooms without forgoing the ability to sell when needed?

More Windows Equal More Light: Why That's a Good Thing

There’s a little secret that commercial architects and Fortune 500 companies have known for years: Natural light is good for your health. Workers who spend their eight hours in workspaces filled with natural light sleep better and longer at night. They tend to get more exercise daily and report higher qualities of life, says a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.