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Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining

(BPT) - The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

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Monday 09/01/2014
Upgrades that scream 'luxury' with cheaper-than-you-think price tags
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it’s easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades – and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you’ve paid off the financing.

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Create a cozy and clutter-free kitchen
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Clutter can disrupt the flow of any home, bringing unwanted stress and frustration, especially in the kitchen. As one of the most prominently used rooms, maintaining a clutter-free environment will create a happier and healthier space for your family to enjoy. Here are a few tips to help you achieve and maintain a fully functional, chaos-free kitchen.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Forward-looking luxury at the forefront of today's bathroom renovation trends
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Americans are renovating again, and instead of letting resale value alone drive their renovation choices, in 2014 homeowners are weighing many more factors. They are seeking renovations that are beautiful, luxurious and eco-friendly, and that both enhance resale value and their ability to age in place should they choose not to sell down the road.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Upgrading Your Kitchen? Think Electric
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 1:38 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a passionate chef and a regular host, or you cook simple meals for just your family, you know that a highly serviceable kitchen can mean the difference between easy meal prep and a headache. A big part of this equation is your cooking appliances.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That’s a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - If this year’s summer vacation plans involve more hardware than beachwear, don’t fret. Just apply tried-and-true trip-planning principles to your “staycation” renovation plans and you can ensure both your time and money are well spent.

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