Home Help: Save money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319997/-1/blogs01Home remodel projects don't have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you're interested in updating the look of your kitchen, you can find products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish home without paying a high price. The trick to finding these products and materials is keeping an open mind, says Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV's Design on a Dime. "Most homeowners are [...]]]>Ceiling seller
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229973/-1/blogs01The ceiling is the second biggest real estate after the floor. Especially in small or awkward spaces (foyer, powder room, stair hall), a striking color, or installing wallpaper or beams will make a big change. — Brandpoint Did You Know You can get the whole family involved in reorganizing the garage or painting the guest room. Go through old boxes or pictures with your kids and share family memories along the way. Give your kids different tasks and let them be "in [...]]]>Casual living
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229974/-1/blogs01People are moving toward much more casual and interactive living. This translates into making all rooms in the home inviting and multifunctional, to foster togetherness in comfortable spaces that will actually be used. — Brandpoint]]>Repair or replace?
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229975/-1/blogs01You know you need to make a fast decision to either repair or replace, but how do you know which is the right choice? Follow these tips from the professionals at Rheem to point you in the right direction and help you make the best possible decision. You should repair if: • It's still under warranty. This may seem obvious but many people [...]]]>Curb appeal
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140221/NEWS/140229988/-1/blogs01Boldly painted exterior doors in a vibrant blue, deep red or edgy black add instant interest and curb appeal. Choose a color that best represents your individual design personality. — Brandpoint Did You Know Studies have found the level of VOCs inside homes can be two to five times higher than the level outside, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Some people may experience negative reactions to breathing in these compounds, depending on their health [...]]]>Beachy vibe
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140219/NEWS/140219607/-1/blogs01Homeowners, inspired by the calm, carefree attitude of coastal living, are all about bringing the beach inside this season. Weathered and white-washed wood ceilings are a subtle but stunning on-trend addition — especially when finished with interior accents like decorative shells, drift wood furniture and marine-themed prints. — Brandpoint]]>Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:31:09 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219608/-1/blogs01Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). New technology has helped home improvement companies create products that don't contain VOCs, so as you plan your [...]]]>Room murals
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:25:31 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140124/BLOGS/301249978/-1/blogs01Todd Imholte, president of Murals Your Way, predicts that wall murals will be even more popular next year as more homeowners and business owners embrace this unique, distinctive way to transform any room. ]]>Antique tile
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:23:50 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140122/BLOGS/301229976/-1/blogs01Find creative ways to repurpose, recycle and reuse by relocating pieces from other rooms in the house or seeking out older, better-made items from architectural salvage sites. ]]>A budget-friendly entertainment space
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:27:07 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140120/BLOGS/301209978/-1/blogs01 Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home — one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occasion.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:22:02 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140117/BLOGS/301179977/-1/blogs01 If you're embarking on a big remodel, create the illusion of more space by using same tile in the shower that's used throughout the bathroom; instead of seeing them as two separate zones, the eye will read them as one.
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:22:16 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140115/BLOGS/301159969/-1/blogs01 Mixed media incorporates hardwood with other flooring options like stone, tile, carpet or even metal. This approach often helps to define different seating or functional areas within a large, open space.
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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:24:26 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140113/BLOGS/301139968/-1/blogs01 The new year ushers in a new era of home decor by welcoming an "anything-goes" attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:19:47 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140110/BLOGS/301109978/-1/blogs01As the housing market continues to strengthen, homeowners buying or selling homes are focused on curb appeal or updating new spaces, which makes now a perfect time for remodeling. ]]>Patch work
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:19:55 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140108/BLOGS/301089977/-1/blogs01When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish – hide a host of flaws. ]]>Pick the right window treatments
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:26:53 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140106/BLOGS/301069975/-1/blogs01 Window fashions have come a long way. With the variety of styles, fabrics, colors and textures available, they truly add "fashion" to the home, says design expert Sally Morse.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:23:17 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140103/BLOGS/301039976/-1/blogs01 Geothermal, or "geoexchange," systems work on the simple principle of regulating indoor heating or cooling by using the consistently moderate temperatures just below the earth's surface. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of this by moving heat through water in underground pipes to make it either warmer or cooler inside the home.
Wed, 01 Jan 2014 11:17:02 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20140101/BLOGS/301019993/-1/blogs01 Tranquil tones — especially white — offer a timeless backdrop against pops of vibrant colors and eclectic furnishings to create a space that's visually interesting without being overwhelming.
]]>Paint like a pro
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:22:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131230/BLOGS/312309978/-1/blogs01 The difference between a professional paint job and a do-it-yourself job that looks like a pro painted it is surprisingly simple. If you want that professional look while maintaining your DIY pride — and checkbook — take the time and effort to pay attention to often overlooked details.]]>Faux wood tile
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:18:03 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131227/BLOGS/312279987/-1/blogs01Paying tribute to beautiful hardwood flooring, faux wood tile is a ceramic tile that combines the rich, textured finishes and warmth of real wood with the durability, functionality and design flexibility of tile. ]]>Essential oils
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:16:52 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131225/BLOGS/312259983/-1/blogs01In decorating your home you use visual and textural elements but scent-ual elements are just as critical to establishing a beautifully realized ambience. ]]>Prepare your home for winter travel
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:21:52 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131223/BLOGS/312239975/-1/blogs01 In order to prevent returning home to a household emergency, there are several simple tasks that should be completed before traveling during the winter.
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Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:21:19 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131220/BLOGS/312209988/-1/blogs01Last year, winter storms caused $38 million in insured losses — a below-average figure, according to Munich Re.]]>Decorative lights
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:19:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131218/BLOGS/312189976/-1/blogs01Look for decorations that can do double duty.]]>Create inviting entrances to welcome holiday guests
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:30:53 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131216/BLOGS/312169977/-1/blogs01Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What's the first impression your home's entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home's entryway could use some improvement?]]>Home Help: Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:25:40 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029978/-1/blogs01Home Help rail with items on renovations for energy efficiency, the value of renovation projects on resale, personalizing home through scents and textures, and pruning trees and shrubs.]]>Wallpaper tips
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:24:12 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131122/BLOGS/311229972/-1/blogs01Wallpaper is costly, messy and best left to the professionals, right? Wrong. ]]>Free up space
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:24:16 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209972/-1/blogs01One way to free up extra room on the countertop is with a single-handle or wall-mount faucet.]]>Child-proofing your home
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:24:59 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189968/-1/blogs01 You may not have kids, but if you’re expecting little visitors over for the holidays this year, you should do some child-proofing in advance in your home to keep them — and any valuables or breakables — safe.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:23:17 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131115/BLOGS/311159982/-1/blogs01Most holiday gift-wrap is not recyclable because of the ink type and tape.]]>Natural light
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:31:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131113/BLOGS/311139974/-1/blogs01If you're entertaining during the day, be sure to open all curtains and blinds to admit natural light that will make the room feel brighter and bigger. ]]>Keep organized during the holidays
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:30:39 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119967/-1/blogs01 We’ve all been there. In the spirit of the holidays, we try to make our celebrations perfect but in the midst of our busy schedules, to-do lists get lost and plans derail.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:25:19 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131108/BLOGS/311089971/-1/blogs01This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Before making any major renovations, it's a good idea to live in a new home a while to see how the space is meeting your needs.]]>Photo frames
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:30:32 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131106/BLOGS/311069968/-1/blogs01Photo frames are the ideal choice to add a decorative and personalized touch to any room.]]>Hire an interior designer
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:21:17 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131104/BLOGS/311049981/-1/blogs01Many people think hiring an interior designer is expensive, but the right one can help you save money and time by avoiding costly mistakes, says Rona Spiegel, president of Lifestyle Interior Designs Ltd. in New Jersey.]]>Sprinkler safety
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:24:03 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131101/BLOGS/311019976/-1/blogs01A new study reveals that the price of residential fire sprinkler systems has dropped significantly, creating an opportunity for safety-minded homeowners to tap the many benefits of sprinklers. ]]>Last-minute Halloween decorating
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:22:43 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309976/-1/blogs01For last-minute Halloween decorations, make a mini cemetery out of old cereal boxes turned into gravestones.]]>Fall home maintenance checklist
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:24:58 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289970/-1/blogs01 If the holidays aren’t yet on your mind, it’s time to get out a pad and paper and tackle an important task — maintaining your home before winter.
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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:21:53 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259978/-1/blogs01While there are many home improvement projects you can do yourself, there are some jobs that are best left to professional contractors.]]>Indoor entertaining
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:20:26 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239982/-1/blogs01Rearrange furniture for upcoming gatherings as you move from outdoor entertaining to indoors. ]]>Fight SAD with home lighting
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:23:33 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219970/-1/blogs01 Change the clocks, change the batteries and change the bulbs.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:32:36 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189971/-1/blogs01Before winter hits, continue to mow grass as needed.]]>Fall feeling
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:31:40 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169973/-1/blogs01To get a fall feeling in your home, you don't have to rely on just reds and oranges. ]]>A high-style living room
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:22:55 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149973/-1/blogs01 Some of the best items in our home are ones from the past. A vintage lamp or flea-market find can add a whole new layer of personality to the greatest space in a living area — your living room.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:27:32 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119966/-1/blogs01Even though many plants, bushes and trees will lose their leaves during fall and winter, it's important to continue applying deer repellents year-round. ]]>Urban decor
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:28:45 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099974/-1/blogs01If modern decor appeals to you but you think it might underscore the chill of winter, try an urban alternative look. ]]>How to collect rainwater
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:25:23 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079986/-1/blogs01 It may not seem like it, but water is a scarce resource. That’s why rainwater harvesting is becoming more commonplace, says Luke Snyder, a water conservation expert based in Waco, Texas.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:27:03 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049974/-1/blogs01Aerating your lawn in the fall helps to open compacted soil and break down thatch that built up over the summer. ]]>Air quality
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:34:49 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029966/-1/blogs01 Adding fresh flowers and plants to your bedroom helps with the natural cycle of carbon dioxide and oxygen, improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.
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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:33:05 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309966/-1/blogs01 The United States is experiencing the worst drought conditions since the Dust Bowl. For gardeners, water shortages pose their own challenges — but a few tips will help you get through even the worst dry spell.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:27:34 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279964/-1/blogs01Watering during fall is important to foster root growth and give plants a healthy drink before winter arrives.]]>Kitchen DIY
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:33:40 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259975/-1/blogs01For the kitchen, frame pictures from favorite recipes, use inexpensive flower pots or mason jars to store utensils and cutlery and repurpose an old console table as a center island. ]]>Design backyard flow, function
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:13:53 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239967/-1/blogs01 Many strategies can enhance the flow and function of a home's interior and how a family lives and uses the space. But what about a home's exterior?
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:11:52 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209976/-1/blogs01Because faucets are the most-used item in the kitchen, a new model with a high-arc spout can make a big impression. ]]>Accessorize your bedroom
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:13:27 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130918/BLOGS/309189963/-1/blogs01Accessories are a good way to add splashes of color to your master bedroom.]]>High design, low cost
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:14:49 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169968/-1/blogs01 Color is beautiful. That’s something Rachel Blindauer preaches to clients, who come to her for interior design services for their homes and businesses.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:11:54 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139973/-1/blogs01Numerous medical and other studies show that people who suffer from allergies and even asthma do not have to live without the comfort and softness of carpet. ]]>Paint facelift
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:15:19 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119975/-1/blogs01Give outdated dressers or vanities a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. ]]>Fall into tabletop trends
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:13:54 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099984/-1/blogs01 Saying goodbye to summer doesn't have to be a sentimental ending when you consider it's also a beginning — the kick off to autumn and the holiday season. Now is a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining.
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Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:14:28 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069971/-1/blogs01If you can't afford major landscaping, focus on the entrance to the home. ]]>Home exterior upgrade
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:12:09 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049981/-1/blogs01Selecting color options for the trim, shutters and the front door should only come after the main color has been selected.]]>Breathe life into home decor
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:00:30 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029963/-1/blogs01The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant — and often calming — result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.]]>Humid homes
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309909/-1/blogs01Too much humidity in a home can increase the condensation and potential for water damage and mold growth, as well as cause warping of walls, floors and ceilings. ]]>Collectible fashion
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289894/-1/blogs01Design around your collectibles. ]]>Choose your color scheme
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:00:03 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269923/-1/blogs01When designing the inside of your home, selecting a color scheme is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. ]]>Pedestal candle holders
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:00:18 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239887/-1/blogs01Turn forgotten pedestal candle holders into chic outdoor showpieces that will impress guests and inspire dinner table dialog. ]]>Gray colors
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:44 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219913/-1/blogs01Neutral colors remain versatile and simple, yet also nod toward color confidence.]]>When to refinance your mortgage
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:00:57 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199919/-1/blogs01 The best times to consider refinancing are when you’ve just gotten a promotion at work, and you’re planning to stay in your home for several years or make some home improvements. Or you’ve finally paid off that credit card and your credit score has improved.
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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:00:22 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169892/-1/blogs01Elevated garden beds are growing in popularity because they look great anywhere in your yard or on your patio, and are easy to move if necessary.]]>Cool greens, blues
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:00:08 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149920/-1/blogs01On the cool side of the color wheel, clean and clear is the dominant trend.]]>Enjoy a summer deck all year
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:00:50 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129926/-1/blogs01The approach of cool weather may signal the end of barbecue season, but homeowners can still use their deck after the warm temperatures have passed.]]>Stick with maintenance-free trim
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:00:57 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099939/-1/blogs01One of the latest (and most attractive) trends is maintenance-free trim on a home. ]]>Yellows are trending
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079930/-1/blogs01For the coming year, add some uplifting yellows to your home life.]]>Liven up your laundry room
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059929/-1/blogs01 Often out of sight and out of mind, most laundry rooms are designed like closets rather than efficient utility rooms.
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Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:00:53 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029922/-1/blogs01Adding a bath or upgrading an existing one is a smart investment of your renovation dollars.]]>Home Help: Bathroom remodeling
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:00:46 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319938/-1/blogs01Luxurious spa qualities, like open shelving and built-in storage for easy access to towels, toiletries and candles, can be essentials in bathroom remodeling projects.]]>Home Help: Refinish your basement
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:00:51 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269911/-1/blogs01If you're looking for more usable living space, finishing a basement or attic bonus room is almost always easier than adding square footage to your home. ]]>Home Help: Create a green bathroom
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:00:28 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249931/-1/blogs01When designing your bathroom, consider using recycled flooring material, such as pebbled tiles made from recycled glass or plain recycled glass tiles. ]]>Home Help: Transform walls with painter’s tape
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:23 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229938/-1/blogs01Still love the overall design scheme of a space but feeling a little bored by it? The best way to breathe new life into it — without revamping the entire area — is by creating a new focal wall. ]]>Home Help: Make your space work
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:21 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229939/-1/blogs01 As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects.
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Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:00:39 +0000http://www.montenews.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199930/-1/blogs01Bathrooms sell homes. An upscale bathroom remodel that costs around $50,000 will recoup more than 58 percent of its original cost at the time of resale, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report.]]>