SEMINAR: Tips for Early Spring Gardening

by on 03/24/2013 - 03:25 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

Written by Meg Greenbriar 
Greetings fellow diggers! Daylight Savings Time is here and the songbirds are chirping to chase away the winter blues.  So it's time to put down the plant catalogs, slip on a jacket, and head outside to start prepping for the next growing season!Last week, I unearthed some of last years remaining peat pots and started some lettuce plants from seed. It's still too early to leave them outside 24/7 but a sunny windowsill will suffice until I can transplant them into the pots I keep around the patio.
Meg's lettuce plants from seed
Empty and clean outdoor flower pots now so they’re ready for fresh topsoil. Restarting with fresh soil each year cuts dow ...

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SEMINAR: Creating the Kitchen Triangle

by on 03/20/2013 - 02:23 pm
Category: Kitchen & Bath

The kitchen is arguably the most-used room in the house during waking hours. And having a kitchen that's laid out in an efficient way can improve productivity and make cooking way less stressful.Many designers recommend employing a "work triangle" in the kitchen.The phrase "kitchen work triangle" started with the Building Research Council (formerly the Small Homes Council) at the University of Illinois. The idea came from studies of space usage and the search for efficient kitchen designs.What the triangle essentially means is positioning three key items of the kitchen for efficiency. The stove, sink and refrigerator represent the three main points of the triangle.Having these items spaced a ...

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SEMINAR: What's your Kitchen Style?

by on 02/18/2013 - 07:33 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Décor & Lighting, Kitchen & Bath

We hear loads of buzz words about home style: Traditional, transitional, contemporary. Here's a guide to what all the buzz actually means:

Simple materials that blend or contrast and complementary focal points that don’t look over-designed. A new, European influenced design aesthetic began to break free in the mid 20th century. These new influences represented a break from the traditional design elements of the past. Contemporary styling has a clean, almost geometric simplicity that disavows the ornamented elements of traditional design. When you hear "clean lines," that typically refers to a more modern look. Think this might be the style for your home's ktich ...

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