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How to throw a seamless summer gathering

(BPT) - You’ll likely host a party or two this summer, and you want it to be an event guests remember. From dinner parties and backyard barbecues to an easy Sunday morning get-together, the most important thing at the end of the day is that you, along with your guests, have a really great time. Why entertain otherwise?

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Tuesday 06/07/2016
7 Helpful Hacks for Quick Kitchen Cleanup
Updated: June 07, 2016 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) Prepare. Eat. Clean up. Repeat. In the kitchen, it’s a never-ending cycle of conquering messes. These seven simple cleaning hacks, tips and products that will cut down time spent restoring order in your space.

Wednesday 05/18/2016
Plumbing problems? How to know if replacing metal pipes is the right solution
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Home ownership is an integral component of the American Dream, but fulfilling that dream can come with its share of nightmares, too. Even the best-constructed, well-maintained house can have problems, and homeowners dread hearing diagnoses such as “You need to re-pipe your home.”

Friday 04/01/2016
Who Showers More and Why? Women or Men?
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) On average, we spend more than 3,000 minutes in our showers every year. How we use those minutes might surprise you. New research from Moen, a leading manufacturer of bathroom fixtures, explores how men and women’s showering and grooming routines compare:

Wednesday 03/30/2016
6 kitchen and bath upgrades that are 'the whole package'
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it — once you get past high school, the people who go farthest in life are the ones who are the “whole package,” those who balance style, good looks and brains. The same can be said of kitchen and bath upgrades. The ones that will stand the test of time — the ones you’ll love as much in five years as you do the day they’re installed — are the improvements that blend style and intelligence.

Wednesday 03/23/2016
5 ways to refresh a not-so-fresh bathroom
Posted: March 23, 2016

(BPT) - Whether it’s a powder room that looks like it was last decorated in the 1970s, or a master bathroom that has never felt very masterful, you could be one of the many homeowners who are clamoring to give their bathroom(s) a little freshening up. There’s no doubt a coat of paint is a great place to start, but what else can be done that’s simple and has a big impact on the feel of the room? Here are a few tips on how faucets, fixtures and accessories can play an instant role in changing the feel of these critical rooms of your house.

10 stylish bathroom designs popping up in unexpected places
Posted: March 23, 2016

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Monday 03/21/2016
Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Safer and Easier
Updated: March 21, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) If you love the results of spring cleaning, but not the process, it could be that the methods and tools you’re using to get the job done are making the work harder than it needs to be.

Monday 03/07/2016
Spring Cleaning: Eliminate Kitchen Counter Clutter
Updated: March 07, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the ever-daunting spring cleaning checklist is looming. As you take on tasks this year, make the kitchen a top priority.

Thursday 02/18/2016
Three Ways to Maximize Space in a Smaller Kitchen
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Too often, the kitchen is the first room of a home to suffer the consequences of tight living quarters. But there’s no need to forfeit big-scale cooking in a small-scale kitchen.

Wednesday 02/17/2016
From modest to magnificent: Create an entertainment space for any home
Updated: February 25, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Entertaining at home? Whatever you’re planning — big bash or intimate soirée, cheery beer fest or elegant wine tasting — an inviting and accessible built-in bar featuring handsome hardwood cabinetry can help transform mundane household space into the life of the party. And once the festivities are over, all the accouterments such as glasses and silverware, not to mention wine, liquor and mixers, can be stored in those cabinets, either displayed behind glass or hidden by solid wood doors.

Wednesday 01/06/2016
5 tips on choosing the right kitchen faucet
Posted: January 06, 2016

(BPT) - Few people would argue that the kitchen is the hardest working (and most “hung out in”) room of the house. So when you’re doing a kitchen renovation, how do you ensure you’re making the most out of the type and placement of those relied upon faucets?  Here are a few tips on how to choose those faucets, and maximize the placement of them in various areas throughout the room.

Tuesday 01/05/2016
Make your bathroom a retreat for holistic living
Updated: January 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - In holistic living, all things are interconnected, which means home design has a big influence on health and wellness. One room where every household member can benefit from the art of holistic living is the bathroom. With some strategic upgrades to the decor, fixtures and appliances, it’s easy to transform a bland space into a grand oasis of relaxation within the home.

Tuesday 12/29/2015
Top kitchen renovation trends: Upgrading for love alone [Infographic]
Posted: December 29, 2015

(BPT) - - Thinking of a kitchen upgrade for 2016? You’re in good company — four in 10 American homeowners say their current kitchen doesn’t look as good as they would like. From countertops and cupboards to color upgrades, new appliances and better functionality, see the top kitchen renovation trends for 2016 in this infographic.

Wednesday 12/23/2015
Explore the possibilities with cypress
Updated: December 30, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Inspired by popular home-improvement television shows and information-rich social networks, homeowners and savvy design professionals are using natural materials like cypress to transform their creative aspirations into beautifully tangible realities.

Friday 12/18/2015
Renovating a kitchen? These trade secrets can help you achieve your dream kitchen
Updated: December 25, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret people like to renovate their kitchen —the heart of the home, where typical American families spend most of their at-home time. However, it can be overwhelming for many homeowners to start designing their dream kitchen without guidance from a professional.

These 2016 kitchen design trends are on track to become timeless
Updated: December 25, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Some kitchen design trends fade as quickly as they come in — tile countertops, naked windows or avocado-hued appliances may come to mind. Other trends, however, are so deeply rooted in good design that they’re destined to become timeless style statements — and enhance your kitchen with a look you’ll love as much in a decade as you do the first moment you see it.

Wednesday 09/02/2015
Great Ways to Improve Your Bathroom
Updated: September 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) A bathroom can and should be much more than a utilitarian space. In the best circumstances, it will be a place to gather your wits for the day ahead and unwind before bed.

Thursday 08/13/2015
The Power of the Shower: 6 Tips to Freshen Up Your Bathroom
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Some people hop in the shower first thing in the morning. Others prefer to save the experience for winding down at the end of the day. No matter your preference, there are a number of ways to easily transform your shower space into a productive, relaxing oasis.

Tips for Improving Your Kitchen for Entertaining
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) If your home is the one your family and friends gravitate to for parties and seasonal celebrations, you need to make sure it can handle all that attention. Upgrading your kitchen can be one of the most rewarding home improvement projects for those who entertain frequently.

Four Common Kitchen Cleaning Conundrums, Solved
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The kitchen is the perfect place for family time, entertaining and socializing. With all this activity, it’s bound to get a little disorganized. What’s more, the kitchen is actually listed as the “germiest” area in the home, according to a study by NSF International (the National Sanitation Foundation).