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When you finally decide to create the kitchen of your dreams, your adrenalin surges. You are excited by the opportunity to select the perfect cabinets, all the right appliances and the finishes that enable you to make a personal design statement. You smile envisioning the wonderful and lasti…

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The new year has begun. If you are like me, you stayed out way too late on Tuesday night. And, since my birthday (still not quite yet 50 years old) is on Sunday, I am still enjoying a couple of lazy days. Those include getting out in the snowy woods followed by some good quality time on the …

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When planning the kitchen of their dreams, homeowners often wonder if they should select painted or stained cabinets. There is no right answer. The choice of stained or painted cabinets depends on the look and feel that a homeowner desires. Both paint and stain have pluses and minuses. The c…

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Alfred and Eleanor Wilcox were two of my favorite people on earth. When I was first born, our family lived with them in New York for those first years of my life they introduced me to the concept of “home.”

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I’m a huge fan of “Calvin and Hobbes.” If you haven’t had the pleasure of those comic strips, run-don’t-walk to your local bookstore and grab one of the collections. You won’t regret it, and your family will continue to enjoy it for years.

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I played hooky last Monday. I know, you are likely saying, "Who takes the Monday off after an extra-long holiday weekend?" This guy. That's who.

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I’m writing this today from beneath (or beside, to be clear) a 2-foot coating of snow. I’m simply vibrating with excitement. While visiting some friends in Fort Collins, Colo., we have been treated to a significant dumping of snow. Unfortunately, this will eliminate our chance of a mountain …

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I love a good science-fiction novel. I was never much of a reader until this past year. Now, I make myself a little breakfast and plop down with a book for the first hour of my day. It is a great way to wake up, and I have learned that if I wait until the afternoon, I can't get myself to sit…

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Last week, we talked about how to keep your home looking tip-top amidst the normal flurry of everyday life. The goal being to have your home “mostly” ready for a showing with just a few quick touches.

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Regular maintenance of your new kitchen will increase the useful life of cabinets, appliances, faucets, backsplashes and hardware and also enhance your enjoyment of the space. We always ask clients how often they plan to cook, entertain and eat in their new kitchen. We also ask what other ac…

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We have learned the benefits of staging your home when selling and there is no question is pays off. Your home will look more tidy and clean and, most important, provide the potential buyers the ability to picture themselves living there.

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Finish often dictates the look, feel and performance of kitchen cabinets. Paint and stain are the two types of finishes applied to almost every cabinet. They are substantially different and offer unique bites of the apple. Which is better? There is no better per se. Selecting paint versus st…

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It is no secret making the best and highest use of our homes is important to us all. In general, we don’t like to have wasted spaces, and this time of year most certainly don’t want to be heating those spaces for no good reason. For the most part, I have had my home office in spare bedrooms.…