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Ann Downing
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Home and Garden

Turn Your Back Yard into a Retreat
Whether you live in a warm climate where you can enjoy your yard all year round, or if you live in an area where the summer months are all too fleeting, more and more homeowners are turning their back yards into extensions of their homes, complete with outdoor kitchens and garden "rooms."

The New Trend in Slipcover Furniture
Originally designed to protect heirloom furniture and expensive upholstery from everyday wear and tear , slipcovers have reached new heights to meet the needs of contemporary modern living. Now you can buy furniture that comes with its own tailor-made slipcovers, blending the look and fit of custom upholstery with the quick cleaning and redesign ease of slipcovers.

The Art of Decorating Your Child's Room
Decorating a bedroom together can be a great experience for both parent and child. While many young children aren't able to appreciate high design, most kids do know what they like in terms of color and shape. Allowing children to participate in designing their own room helps them express their individuality and experience the creative process.

Let Nature's Renewal Inspire You
The days are getting longer, temperatures are warming up and soon there will be leaves on the trees again.  You know what that means - time to redecorate.  Every change of season serves as inspiration to make what's old new again.

Creative Financing Can Make Your Dreams Come True
If you've been in the market for real estate recently, you know prices have gone through the roof.  According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) the national median existing-home price for all housing types is likely to reach $221,700 by the end of the year.

Vinyl Siding Hooks Increase Decorating Options
Homeowners love to decorate their houses - inside and out. But until now, hanging pictures on the wall in your living room is a lot easier than hanging a planter on your vinyl siding.

How to Find the Right Contractor or Home Improvement Professional for the Job
Now that temperatures are warming up, people are once again thinking about home improvement projects they need to get done outside.  Maybe your house needs a new roof or windows, or it's time to redo the siding.  Perhaps you'd like to add a pool or deck.

The Ground Rules for Your Lawn and Garden
Great gardeners know that the key to lush green lawns and spectacular gardens is to go underground.

Tips to Make Painting Easier
Summer is the season of the "do-it-yourselfer." Handy homeowners come into their own as the weather warms and they can embark on all those home improvement and maintenance tasks that languished all winter. Painting tops the list for many homeowners; it not only protects your interiors, painting is a great way to liven things up.

Keep Gardening Fun
If you've got the gardening bug, but are intimated by the variety of plants or a lack of expertise, don't worry. Gardeners love to share their knowledge, so find a friend or neighbor who digs the dirt.