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6 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

6 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests
By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: November 14, 2011

Hosting has its shares of anxieties, especially if you’re striving to make your home welcoming.
How do you know everyone will feel comfortable?
And will you ever get a chance to relax yourself?
You will if you focus on what’s really necessary. Here’s a list of steps to get your home ready — and take the stress out of hosting.

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7 Hot Home Trends That Make Your Home Work for You

7 Hot Home Trends That Make Your Home Work for You
By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: May 13, 2011

Home improvement trends embrace energy efficiency, low maintenance exteriors, and double-duty space.

Today’s home improvement trends show that we like our houses to work harder and smarter for the money we spend maintaining and improving their value.We no longer want bigger; instead, we want space that’s flexible, efficient, and brings order to chaos.
We no longer want bigger; instead, we want space that’s flexible, efficient, and brings order to chaos.
We’re watching our wattage with monitors and meters, and guarding our weekends with maintenance-free exteriors.
Here’s a look at seven hot home improvement trends that improve the way we live with our homes

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