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The CouTour: June 2014 Edition

by on 07/17/2014 - 03:53 pm
Category: Décor & Lighting

The key to successful consignment shopping is staying alert. Consignment shops with strong traffic and high-quality items see rapid turnaround on most of their inventory. While it might be frustrating to learn that the accent chair you were just about ready to buy got snapped up 2 days ago, the rapidly changing storefront is part of what makes consignment shopping so enjoyable, hunting for disappearing deals on pieces you didn't even know you needed.Consign Home Couture is battling this frustration with "The Consign Home CouTour." The monthly videos will feature the latest additions to the Bay Village showroom, along with some staff picks. Here's the first installment, the best of June.
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Girlfriends In The Garden

by on 07/17/2014 - 03:46 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By: Chelsey AlltopBeloved local gift and garden center, Uncle John's Plant Farms is celebrating its 40th anniversary in style.  Thursday, June 5th marked the Uncle John’s Plant Farms' now annual Girlfriends in the Garden.The three-hour evening event, which brought in over 150 people, was the ultimate girls' night out.With live music, coffee and smoothie tasting, a perfume station, and even a fashion show, the evening was nothing short of entertaining. Of course, the attendees also enjoyed the gorgeous array of breathtaking flowers, plants, and gift items, while sipping on local wine and refreshing lemonade.It was a beautiful evening filled with friends, laughter, and fun—the ...

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How To Hire The Right Home Contractor

by on 07/17/2014 - 11:38 am
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Home Exteriors, Kitchen & Bath

It’s hard to find a great home improvement contractor. Word-of-mouth and Google searches can bring up a few businesses, but how can you find one to match your home improvement needs?Bob Gallese, owner of One Man and a Hammer, offers some guidelines for choosing a contractor who’s reputable and can cater specifically to your remodeling project.

1) Start Online Doing a generic Google search may bring up more results than you need, but it is a good place to start. Having a large online presence is important because it means that the contractor has done a lot of work and is well known in the industry.But beware. Google searches can be misleading because they provide a general list ...

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From Garage To Warehouse

by on 07/17/2014 - 11:51 am
Categories: Décor & Lighting, Garage/Basement/Storage

Alex Nemet got his start with a single dining room set in a friend's garage. Now, he's the President of Northeast Factory Direct, one of the region's largest suppliers of furniture, mattresses, cabinetry, hot tubs, and more.  The small garage has since turned into huge warehouses with products and prices delighting over 70,000 customers.The Northeast Factory Direct strategy is simple: keep costs low.That means buying furniture sets, cabinetry, and hot tubs directly from suppliers at the same price points big-box stores enjoy. It also means foregoing the traditional high-end showroom for a no-frills warehouse that functions as a storefront and storage space.And Alex uses those savings to ...

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What Mulch Color Are You?

by on 07/17/2014 - 11:55 am
Category: Lawn & Garden

Buying mulch may seem like a tedious landscaping task rather than an exciting home purchase. But fear not. It’s about to get fun.With a variety of colors and textures, mulch can showcase your landscaping—and your personality.Discover which mulch color best complements you and your home this summer, with our mulch color personality quiz:1.    You would describe yourself as:       A) Classic       B) Adventurous        C) Natural       D) Quirky2.    How would you describe your home décor?       A) ...

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Smart Thermostats Can Save You Money ...

by on 07/17/2014 - 12:37 pm
Categories: Energy Savings, Home Technology

By Bryan Rutkosky, BERS HVAC, Plumbing Electrical & Energy Auditing
Thermostats are small but mighty devices that can shave up to 15% off of your heating and cooling bills—if you shop smartly.As an HVAC specialist and owner of BERS HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing, I recommend customers try the newest and greatest thermostat technology on the market, which can be controlled using a wireless Internet connection. These high-tech units enable homeowners to control temperatures from a smartphone, iPad, computer, or other Wi-Fi-enabled device.Some devices, like the SmartStat thermostat, will enable you to control more than just your heating and cooling systems. It can a ...

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