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My eyes are fantastic. They are especially great when I'm wearing my glasses. Truth is, I can't read a thing without them. Long gone are the days of wandering around town and stopping into a restaurant for a bite to eat, without having my glasses with me. Unless, I can order from memory, tha…

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Good lighting makes kitchens and bathrooms more enjoyable, and bad lighting — just the opposite. Specifying the right light for a new kitchen or bath requires knowing how light interacts with materials, users and tasks.

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I’ve spent the last two weekends working on the lawn. To be fair, I have also spent a decent amount of time hiking (snowshoeing actually) and cycling. I mean, I’m not a crazy person. A man’s got to have some fun.

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When you watch a home improvement show on HGTV, DIY or another network, there’s a good chance that you will not obtain a true sense of what is involved in the renovation process, and it is all but guaranteed that the pricing and timelines that you see will create false expectations.

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I have just had the pleasure of moving into a new space. I’ve actually been in this house for over a year now, but have migrated to a new room. It is much brighter (more windows) and much larger (with a bigger closet).

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I just had an amazing weekend of spring cleaning. For those of you who have been reading along, you know that means I had a fantastic time. Decluttering, organizing, scrubbing, shampooing and sweeping were all on the agenda, and all were crushed.

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When I took a job with the Appalachian Mountain Club a while back, the idea of living in the woods, taking fees from giddy, tired through-hikers and doing trail maintenance sounded like a dream come true. The reality of the day-to-day was a far cry from what I pictured in my head.

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One of my favorite things about snowy, icy, windy, cold days is not leaving the house (or my pajamas). Working from home is one of the best things that has happened to my career since I quit my job and joined the ski patrol over at Loon Mountain. Of course, the ski patrol did nothing for my …

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For those of us living North of the Mason-Dixon line living through cold winters is simply part of life. For most of us, we love the crisp air, countless recreational options and the breath-taking beauty of a snowy winter. Granted, the shoveling and scraping of windshields does get old towar…

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A well-designed kitchen in is a perfect combination of form and function that provide years of happiness. From a form standpoint, the kitchen needs to work. That’s why at Country Cabinets, Etc., we begin the design process by asking our clients who will use the kitchen, for what purposes and…

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A family friend, who had a long, successful career as a home inspector, once told me if he had to start today, he would have chosen a new path. He cited concerns about the litigious society we live in and taking on the liability of sue-happy buyers was just not worth the risk. I couldn't agr…

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We’ve decided to remodel the upstairs bathroom this weekend. I’m writing this on Tuesday, so we will have a few more days to hem and haw about the paint color, the vanity, the mirror and all the other decisions.

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So, I've never actually done something like this, but I'm seriously thinking of trying my hand at open-heart surgery this weekend. I mean, how hard can it be? It's all just plumbing, right?

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The most popular kitchen layout among United States homeowners undertaking a renovation is L-shaped, according to a recent houzz.com survey. Nearly 50 percent of homeowners changed or plan to change the layout of the kitchen as part of their remodeling plan. U-shaped kitchens were the second…