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Contents

WINTER 2010

Decorating 6 8

Avoid the post-holiday letdown

High Point Furniture Market Report: Fall 2010

Home Improvement 10 20 Best ways metal will beautify

your home with metal

14 5 Projects to take your home from cookie cutter to custom 16 Deck the Halls and your bedroom while your at it bathroom gets ready for guests

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Divine Design: Washed out

It’s beginning to smell a lot like a cozy winter

24 Brighten winter’s dark days with simple home safety security steps Community 22 When God sad jump, these volunteers said... Technology 26 Deciphering the technical lingo when buying

a new TV

Maintenance 27 Are you throwing money out the (energy inefficient) window?

28 Hot Home Helpers Under $100 29 Find, Fix and forget - simple steps to weatherize

your home this winter

30 Federal tax credits set to expire by end of year 32 Keep warm and dry by sealing your home 33 Avoiding water damage

EVERYTHING

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Your home, your style: merge your personal style with your home's style By Tracie Vanderbeck Everyone has his or her own sense of style. Whether yours is classic, trendy, bohemian or even retro, you know what looks and feels great for you. Another way to express that personal style is through your home's decor. By incorporating elements and colors that reflect your personality, you'll be sure to create a home that's comfortable and uniquely you.With a few simple tips, you can easily transform your home into a more stylish space. If you like classic colors and shapes, stick to a neutral shade for a subdued backdrop. Prefer louder looks? Try an accent wall in one of your favorite hues, like a bright red, burnt orange or regal purple. Regardless of your taste, a new color that reflects your style will easily update any room so it's perfect for you. Accessorize wisely It's the little details that make a big difference and many options are available to meet any design taste. Updating the hardware in your kitchen or bath is a great way to make an impact quickly and inexpensively. It's like the jewelry for your home. If you like a clean look, stick with sleek metal accents like chrome or stainless steel. If you prefer something more ornate, try knobs or pulls with an intricate design in an old world finish, like oil-rubbed bronze. Lighting is another way to make a stylish statement. Candles add soft lighting to any space, and you can find a shape, height and scent that's perfect for anyone. Pendant lights in a bold color add character and pizzazz, whereas chandeliers are perfect to add drama and glamour to more formal spaces.

Use metal accessories to update your decor. See more ideas for decorating with metal on page 10. Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel. Materials matter The types of materials you use in your home say a lot about who you are and your style. To bring warmth and a sense of traditional styling, add some wood accent pieces to any room frames, a bench or even a basket for magazines. If you're more minimal and like a trendy, contemporary look, try using metal as your showcased material. From end tables to vases to artwork, you can find metal pieces anywhere Fabrics found in your home should also reflect your personal style. If you're a "no-fuss, nomuss" type, cotton blends are a must when it comes to blankets and slipcovers. Do you like things that have a more luxurious feel to them, heavier fabrics, like velvet or chenille, are more up your alley. The choices are truly endless when it comes to personalizing your home. By selecting elements that are reflective of your tastes and styles, not only will you be satisfied with your space, but you'll be sure to impress all who visit your home.

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decorating

Avoiding the post-holiday letdown

(ARA) - It happens every year. Your house looks its absolute best, inside and out, between November and New Year's day. After all, it's the holiday season and the time of year when you want to put your home's best face forward for visiting friends and family. Everything's clean, bright and festooned with cheerful holiday decorations. It looks great. No, wait ... that's an understatement. It looks fantastic. Before you know it, it's January. The tree comes down. The garlands have wilted. The guests have gone home. You've put the gifts away, and the kids have gone back to school. Suddenly your house looks as quiet, stark and boring as a grey winter day … and post-holiday letdown begins to set in. Don't let it. By brightening up your interiors as soon as the holidays are over, you'll create surroundings that will help keep the winter blues at bay and make your house as warm and inviting as it was during all of your year-end festivities. And, don't worry - you can do it even on the tightest post-holiday budget. Creating a cozy space for winter days doesn't require any major construction or costs. Just a few small changes can make a big difference. Paint truly is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to brighten a

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room. Nothing transforms a seemingly dreary space more than a fresh coat of color. A high-quality wall paint also can hide any scuffs and scrapes caused by too much holiday cheer or during the "un-decorating" process. "The right paint color can make a tired room look cozy and inviting," says Peggy Van Allen, color specialist for Pratt & Lambert. "It also can serve as the canvas that ties the rest of your decorating scheme together - once you brighten tired walls, you can get inspiration for other design elements throughout the space." Consider selecting rich, saturated wall colors to warm up the space. Warm, burnished golds. Succulent reds and cranberries. Smooth mochas and bold French roast browns. Set off dark colors with a creamy, white trim for a soft, stylish effect. When selecting paint, think about selecting a coating that has low odor and low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) so you can paint indoors, even in the winter - a time when you don't necessarily want to open all the windows for extra ventilation. Stain resistance is another factor to consider in paint selection, particularly in high-traffic areas, such as kitchens and family rooms.

The Porcelain paint line from Pratt & Lambert offers both of these options, delivering excellent coverage and stain resistance in a low-odor, low-VOC formula that's available in more than 1,000 colors. Paint is just the first step, however. Once you have finished warming up your rooms with a fresh canvas, you can add some finishing touches to create a haven from the cold weather outside. "Think of the month or two after the hectic holiday season as a time of rest, relaxation and recovery," Van Allen says. "Chances are you'll spend much of your time indoors during these months, so instead of bemoaning the fact the tree is down and it looks bare, make your rooms as cozy as possible." One of the first things you might want to do is rearrange the furniture in your most-used rooms to lessen the feeling of emptiness in the space. You can give your room a new look for free, simply by moving a few key pieces to new locations. Also, by moving furniture closer together, rooms can look particularly cozy on a cold day. Next, think texture. If your window treatments are sheer and summery, maybe you'll want to swap them out for some inexpensive velvet drapes or

enhance existing blinds with a luxurious valance. Remove light-colored linen or cotton slipcovers and instead use heavier, winter-friendly fabrics in jewel- or fire-inspired tones. Accent them with fluffy throws and embellished decorative pillows for the look of extra warmth. Area rugs can reduce the stark look of a room. Pick rugs with bold colors and patterns that complement, but not necessarily match, your wall color. In the bedrooms, replace light quilts with heavier comforters and duvets and consider using flannel sheets. Add a few extra pillows to the beds to further enhance the cuddle factor. Hang thick, plush towels in rich colors in the bathrooms and replace existing bath mats with ones that have a thick, luxurious pile. A new, fabric shower curtain also will go a long way toward warming up the space, despite all of that cold porcelain and chrome. With a few simple and inexpensive changes such as these, there's no need for you, or your house, to suffer from post-holiday letdown. Rich color, warm textures and clever room arrangements can keep your home looking spectacular and inviting throughout winter's dreariest months - no holiday decorations needed.

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maintenance

decorating

High Point Furniture Market Report: Fall 2010 Patina

How water damage caused by your cleaning appliances could clean out your wallet

• Vintage-inspired looks are a staple at High Point,

and this season is no different • Pieces ranging from seating to case goods sport faded paint in patchwork configurations

Dovetail Furniture at High Point 2010, North Carolina Vintage print • Printed vintage text is a common styling choice for cushions, sofas and chairs • Printing is done on rustic canvas or linen, largely solid, but also seen in Americana blue or red stripes

Peninsula Home Collection at High Point 2010, North Carolina

Metal work • Metal work is an important category at the market, and this season, wrought iron table legs, lamps and accents dominated • Bronze was seen in lighting at Julian Chichester • Aged metal was used widely to create an antiqued aesthetic Julian Chichester at High Point 2010, North Carolina

Contemporary touch

Vintage

• Contemporary design popped in a market that is dominated by traditional and vintage-inspired style • Modern lines and clean finishes were compliThe Bramble Co. at High Point 2010, North Carolina mented by white, wood and black Revival

• Vintage and antique inspired pieces were seen with fresh details and twists • At The Bramble Co. printed wood from vintage crate boxes were repurposed into a writing desk • Patina and chipped paint blurs the line between authentic antiques, repurposed materials and reproductions

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American Leather at High Point 2010, North Carolina

Natuzzi at High Point 2010, North Carolina Height conscious tables • Clusters of side and coffee tables provide a layered look with height and size variations • Many showrooms are displaying these tables in clusters of two and three. • Natuzzi’s new brand Italsofa showcased varied height side tables that popped with colors like teal and green

(ARA) - Being a homeowner means being vigilant. From the roof to the foundation, you need to keep a close eye on your house to guard against damage to your investment and to protect the place your family calls home. Water damage is one of the most common problems that homeowners need to watch for. Home appliances, like dishwashers and washing machines, can be some of the leading causes of water damage inside the home. That's why it's equally important to look for potential sources of water damage inside your home as it is to check for outdoor problems. If you catch water damage early, you can save yourself a lot of stress and money, but letting it slide can cost you: Safeco Insurance estimates that the average cost of repairing water damage is around $5,000, a significant figure for any homeowner. However, if you take action to prevent water damage in the first place, you'll give yourself extra peace of mind for the future. Signs of water damage can be subtle: a ripple in your wallpaper, a hint of a yellow stain. If you see signs like these, it's best to start investigating them as soon as possible. But where should you be watching for water damage in your home? Use this check list to protect your home - once you've gone through it, you'll be able to relax, knowing that your home is water tight. • The kitchen. While kitchens are typically a place of warm memories surrounding the dinner table, many of its components have the potential to cause costly water damage to your home. Using your appliances is essential and if something goes wrong, it is nice to have the peace of mind that you'll be protected. You can protect yourself by investing in a dishwasher that has built-in leak-protection technology. Dishwashers from Bosch home appliances, like the Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher, are equipped with the comprehensive AquaStop Leak Protection System. The system features a double walled inlet hose that immediately stops water at the

source upon recognizing a leak in the hose. Should the leak occur at the base of the dishwasher, the system will automatically shut off the machine if it detects water and will pump the excess water out to avoid a leak. In addition to your appliances, you should check for and repair any sink leaks and pull out your refrigerator to make sure no water is collecting behind it. • The utility room. Check your washing machine's hoses for bulging, cracking and leaks, and keep in mind that they should be changed every three to five years as part of regular maintenance. Bosch home appliances also offers its comprehensive AquaStop Leak Protection System on their Vision washers, which offers homeowners the peace of mind that their washer will not cause costly damage. Also be sure to check your water heater for wet spots on the floor or rust on the tank. If your home has a sump pump, test it periodically to make sure it's functioning properly. • The bathroom. Sealants are a key method of protection in this waterfriendly room, but if they aren't in good condition, problems can arise. If the caulk around your shower or bathtub is cracking or coming apart from the wall, remove and replace it. You should also check under your sink and around the toilet for any loosened fittings or existing leaks. Once you've checked the inside of your home for potential causes of water damage, you should also go outside and check your home's exterior. Give the roof, walls and gutters a detailed inspection for any cracks or damage that could let water in. By carefully checking your home for signs of water damage, you can save yourself the time, money and stress that come with having to make major repairs. And when you're confident that your property is protected against costly damage, you can sit back and enjoy the comfort of your home.

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decorating

Keep warm and dry by sealing your home

(ARA) - Winter may cause many

homeowners to contemplate a new heating system or other major investments, but some small, smart investments can often go just as far toward protecting your home and saving you cash. Through the proper home maintenance techniques, you can keep typical damage caused by snow, ice and rain at bay and avoid major home repairs. One of the best ways to protect your property from the elements is by sealing surfaces where rain, ice, wind and melting snow can intrude. You can save thousands in repair costs when spring arrives by sealing windows, doors, the roof and even the driveway now, before the damage occurs.

Seal from the top down Winter elements - from temperature extremes, ice and snow, to wind, rain and water intrusion - can cause extensive damage to roofs, exterior walls, garages, windows, driveways, patios and pavers, side-

walks and other exposed areas. Sealing cracks in these areas can keep out winter's intrusive, damaging elements and prevent costly problems. Fall sealing prevents spring leaks Many expensive, major spring roof repairs start as simple leaks that could have been solved through sealing. The most common roof leaks begin around chimneys, skylights, pipes, flashing and vents. As part of your fall maintenance routine, seal these potential problem areas by troweling on asphalt cement such as Leak Stopper or All-Weather Roof Cement. Or try a new product - Black Jack Neoprene Flashing Cement, a 100 percent rubber formula that gets tougher over time. For flat or low-slope asphalt roofs that are cracking at the seams, reseal with Black Jack Roof & Foundation Coating. Take the chill off winter energy bills Heat loss is a major cause of high

winter energy bills. But according to Energy Star, you can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs - or up to 10 percent on your total annual energy bill - simply by sealing and insulating. Outside, use 100 percent acrylic caulk to seal around windows, outdoor water spigots, door frames, wall seams and corners, garage doors and under eaves. Caulk anywhere pipes, ducts or vents enter the home. Seal around any seams or cracks in walls and ceilings. Indoors, seal any breaks in walls or ceilings with fume-free SMART zero-VOC elastomeric caulk. Also seal dryer vents, exhaust fans, pipes, ceiling ducts, recessed lighting and attic hatches. Don't forget the driveway Road salt and driveway ice melt products may do the trick to keep driveways and sidewalks from being slippery, but they take a toll

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on asphalt and cement surfaces. Pitting and cracks from winter water happen, and salt and chemicals can intrude into small driveway or sidewalk cracks, creating major repair issues come spring. Sealing your driveway, sidewalk and patio can help prevent damage. To avoid expensive problems, caulk cracks in asphalt or concrete with Black Jack or Gardner crack fillers. Then seal concrete (cement) driveways, patios and sidewalks with Krystal Brilliance, a 100 percent acrylic clear sealer that effectively stops salt and water damage. For asphalt (blacktop) surfaces, use a long-lasting sealer like Gardner Pro7 or Black Jack Ultra-Maxx 1000 to reseal your driveway. The time and money spent on sealing your home now can save you thousands more when warm weather arrives. Visit www.gardner-gibson.com to learn more about sealant products.

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20 Best Ways Metal will Beautify your Home From the exterior of your home to the interior, metals have been used to beautify homes since the beginning of time. Metals are one of the most precious materials found on Earth, and when used in the home they can represent strength, beauty, and status. Depending on the finish and how the metal is used, your interior décor and exterior detailing can be transformed instantly with timeless metals. Check out these 20 best ways to beautify your home with metals, you will love the result! 1.) Galvanized metal and recycled aluminum are perfect for décor: Metals can have a shiny finish to reflect light and give a formal look to décor. When galvanized metal is left unfinished a rustic and worn finished is left exposed. Perfect for shelving, and accent trim on furniture, cabinetry and doors.

Metal tile backsplash

2.) Metal grills have many exterior uses: On outdoor porches and sun rooms, metal grills are commonplace as wall ornaments. Use them to welcome guests at your front door or group them on a long bare wall leading to the entrance of your home. Metal grills can be found at art supply stores, as well as home improvement centers in the garden area.

Metal Wall Grill 3.) Use metal in your kitchen/bath backsplash to add glimmer: When used in small quantities shiny metal tiles for a backsplash make for a pop of excitement to a kitchen wall. If you don’t want the all over ‘glam’ opt for using accent metal copper or bronze tiles, amongst matte finish tiles. Some mosaic tiles have random metallic tile sheets that make a backsplash more visually appealing and easier to install on your own.

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Federal tax credits set to expire by end of year (ARA) - Putting off that home improvement project? Waiting too long could be detrimental to your wallet. On Dec. 31, the federal tax credit worth up to $1,500 for energy-efficient home improvements will expire, leaving procrastinating homeowners out in the cold - or at least chilly from their old, drafty windows. In addition to tax credit savings, many window sellers are offering savings on qualifying windows during October, which happens to be National Energy Awareness month. "The timing couldn't be better for value shoppers to make the investment into new energy efficient windows for their homes," says Erin Johnson, window expert for Edgetech I.G. "Special offers and tax credits will add up through December, but the long-term savings on energy bills will be longlasting if consumers do their homework to find the right windows to meet all of their needs." Shopping for replacement windows The first rule of thumb when shopping for new sustainable windows is to understand what the labels mean, and to read them carefully. Windows that bear the ENERGY STAR label are proven to reduce heating and cooling costs, and are National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) approved for Ufactor (the rate of heat loss through the window) and solar heat gain (how well the window blocks heat from the sun). To meet the federal tax credit requirements, windows must achieve a .30 U-factor and .30 solar heat gain coefficient, and this information should be clearly marked on the windows. But to ensure the long-term performance of replacements, there are a number of other factors that should be considered, including condensation resistance. "The existence of condensation on windows is a sign that a window is inefficient," Johnson says. "This can even occur in newer, poorly constructed windows and will lead to other problems, including mold and damage to curtains, walls, carpet and the window itself. Most importantly, moisture can lead to seal failure and the need to replace the entire window system." 30 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

Some NFRC labels include condensation resistance (CR), which is reported on a scale from one to 100, and measures the ability of a product to resist formation of condensation on the interior surface of the product. The higher the CR rating, the better that product is at resisting condensation formation. While this rating cannot predict condensation, it can provide a credible method of comparing the potential of various products for condensation formation. This rating is not required to be posted on new windows - so be sure to do your homework if it isn't there. The primary component to watch for to prevent condensation is the spacer - the window component that separates and seals the two panes of glass. According to the NFRC, an important step toward reducing the potential for condensation is the use of a warm edge spacer system that reduces the conductivity through the edge of the window. "Non-metal, dual-sealed warm edge spacer systems, such as Super Spacer, are less conductive than metal spacers, which leads to less condensation in insulating glass windows," Johnson says. "Because of its all-foam, no-metal design, Super Spacer offers the highest condensation resistance in the industry." According to Johnson, all-foam spacers have other benefits that will ensure the long-term energy performance of replacement windows. "Rigid, metal spacers do not bend, so over time stress from wind, snow and barometric pressure changes can cause the seal to crack. A flexible spacer will expand and contract with weather changes, keeping the seal intact and the window performing longer," she says. A survey conducted by the Alliance to Save Energy found that 64 percent of homes in the U.S. have single-pane windows, which contribute up to 35 percent of energy wasted in buildings. In cold climates, energy-efficient, dual-pane windows with low-e coatings can reduce heating bills by as much as 34 percent. In warm climates, they can cut cooling costs by 38 percent. For more energy-efficient window buying tips and tax credit information, visit www.sustainaview.com.

4.) Add décor to your garden with metal ornamentation: Ever thought of re-using an old wheel barrow as a planter in your garden? Metal pails, over sized watering cans and rustic metal trash cans make for creative décor in the yard and garden areas. Plant seasonal flowers in them, or consider adding a splash of color with paints or stains. Brighten up the exterior or your home with metal planters and see how a dismal garden is suddenly livelier. 5.) Metal office furniture looks great in the home: It may sound odd, but office furniture in the home has a huge trend in décor today, especially metal furniture. Especially chairs that have been repurposed and finishes that have been painted over in metallic paints or left unchanged are big for dining rooms. Look at office consignment and second hand furniture shops for office furniture that might be slightly worn, but can be resurfaced. It is common for offices will change a furniture style and get rid of hundreds of chairs at one time! 6) Exposed metal can add an industrial feel to décor: Exposed concrete floors, and visible metal heat/air conditioning duct work can add an industrial feel to a loft or studio apartment. Open floor plans that show off stainless steel appliances, and metal furnishings can bring a sense of masculinity to your home. Consider using streamlined furniture and minimalistic décor to up play the metal accents in your urban retreat. 7.) Metal architectural brackets add decorative emphasis to shelving: Want to add pizazz to a generally ordinary shelf? Consider buying metal brackets to compliment the existing metal touches in your space. For an inexpensive touch, buy metallic spray paint in varying shades to give old brackets a new look. By mixing shades your finished product will have an antiqued look as though it’s aged. Make sure and wait for complete drying between coats, before applying a new coat. 8.) Add a metal bench to your front entry to welcome in guests: Whether it is a grand park bench or a smaller version, benches in a front entry, gardens or under a tree makes a welcome addition to your home. For wood and metal benches seal the wood with a water seal product and use a polyurethane sealant on the metal to preserve the finish and reduce rust buildup. 9.) Use metal hand rail to bring decorative styling into your home: hand rail range in materials from rod iron to steel tension cable varieties. Depending on your décor, select

hand rail that contrast your interiors. Dark hand rail look striking when paired with neutral and light colors. Ornate and intricate hand rail can bring a sense of tradition while simple and clean lined hand rail fit more modern and contemporary décor. 10.) Door hardware comes in a variety of gorgeous metals: Have you ever noticed how an ordinary door can be transformed by adding beautiful hardware? Change out your front entry door hardware for a contrasting metal finish, and see how your front door will take on new life. For interior doors visit your local hardware or home improvement store. Hardware can range from brushed nickel to aged bronze. For easier gripping for elderly, children or handicapped, opt for a pull down handle hardware as opposed to turn knob handles.

comfortable your home is. Chandeliers, wall sconces and pendant lighting in complimentary metals to your décor can be formal or casual. An ornate metal iron chandelier with crystal can make for an ‘oxymoron’ fixture. The rustic metal combined with faux candles or hanging crystals is a mix of conflicting materials that will make a grand foyer or dining room stunning. 12.) Metal ceilings add grandeur to a room: Embossed tin paneling is common in home libraries and entertaining areas. Metal panels also have faux finishes that look like precious metals as well as steel ceilings can give an industrial or high tech feeling to a room. The higher the ceiling you intend to put the metal panel on the more stately the continued on page 12

11.) Light up your home with metal lighting fixtures: Lighting plays a huge role in how

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maintenance restaurants, but they are becoming more common now in residential design. Stainless steel comes in a variety of finishes and styles. If you prefer a matte finish that shows less wear and tear or if you like the highly reflective traditional style, there is a stainless steel that meets your décor needs. Remember that metal conducts heat, if you choose a stainless steel counter, have trivets or an area to place hot pots and pans to prevent the entire counter heating up and becoming unsafe to touch.

Stainless Steel Countertops continued from page 11 room will feel. Lower ceilings will feel cozier because the metal has reflective properties that will pull your space inward. Depending on the ambiance you want to create, metal ceilings are a great architectural feature to add. 13.) Metal picture frames can be subtle or bold: For years in home decorating, metal picture frames came in a few styles and were not thought of as ‘décor’. In modern day, picture frames come in a variety of big and bold styles as well as unconventional minimalistic detailed varieties. When decorating your home use groups of varying sizes of picture frames to add visual interest on a wall, or table. For bargains, visit discount home décor stores and browse through their clearance area. Picture frames are always on sale, you just might have to dig! 14.) Metal bed framing and headboards can compliment your bedroom: Wrought iron head and foot boards give a romantic and feminine feel to a bedroom. To add more romantic detailing opt for a wrought iron canopy bed and consider draping sheer material from the top of the canopy to the bottom at the four corners. When paired with soft bedding, and fabrics, wrought iron loses its hard edge and becomes a welcome addition in a romantic bedroom. 15.) Cabinet door pulls in kitchen and baths makes a design statement: Cabinetry in your home can look simple and refined without pulls, or it can be accessorized by adding door pulls in complimentary metals. If your design

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style is sleek and modern, consider using long, thin brushed nickel cabinetry and drawer pulls. Do you prefer a more traditional and detailed option? Try using large, dark bronze pulls that will attract the eye instantly. Often forgotten, cabinet and drawer pulls can be mixed and matched for an eclectic punch to your kitchen as well. 16.) Metal roofing lasts longer than traditional roofing: Metal roofing doesn’t have to mean the industrial standing seam metal roofs found on commercial buildings. In residential design, copper, and even steel modular shingles are becoming increasingly popular for their durability and color choices. If you’re in the market to choose roofing materials, research metal roof manufacturers to see the vast variety that they have. The options will surprise you, and metal roofing will last longer than asphalt roofing. 17.) Do it yourself projects can make household items metallic: By using do it yourself methods you can take an ordinary vase and add gilding or faux paint techniques. From furniture to picture frames, coordinate your décor items with complimentary metallic styles. Metal leafing is a popular arts and crafts technique that you brush on metal ‘leafs’ and then brush away pieces, leaving a gold, silver or bronze shine to any surface. Visit garage sales and antique stores to get inexpensive décor that you can later add your own artsy touch to! 18.) Metal kitchen counters are popular in homes: Stainless steel counters are the staple counter material in professional kitchens and

19.) Add curb appeal to your home with metal house numbers: Architectural lettering, plaques, and signs displaying your address numbers are an attractive way to add visual interest to your front entry. Plaques can be personalized with the last name and/or initial of the family to symbolize the homestead. Metal numbers can be added to the facade of your home, or freestanding in your yard or at your mailbox. Visit your local home improvement store in the signage area for more options and custom made-to-order options. 20.) Update your plumbing fixtures to archi-

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware tectural metals: To add definition to your kitchen and bathroom update plumbing fixtures with modern metal. Choose from copper, bronze, nickel, brass and many other metal options. Shiny, brushed, or matte finishes can be varied throughout your home or choose complimentary styles at you sinks, tub and shower. Start with one room at a time to ensure the right look and to save money! Your home can always be improved with adding metal accents or architectural details. Depending on your taste and decorative style, metal can be a major component to your home, or left for minute details. Bring metals into your home and see how it will transform your space for the better.

Find, fix and forget - simple steps to weatherize your home this winter (ARA) - The weather outside is about to get frigid and frightful, but inside, many homeowners can still enjoy the comfort and coziness of warmth ... if they don't have to worry about cold air drafts and leaks causing the temperature inside to plummet like the climate outside. Luckily, for many homeowners, problem areas where cold air is sneaking in - and warm air may be escaping - can easily be found, fixed and then forgotten. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the annual energy bill for a typical single family home is about $2,200. By properly sealing and insulating your home, you can save up to 10 percent on home energy costs. And, you don't need a permanent - and more expensive - draft-blocking solution, such as installing new windows, adding more insulation or replacing old doors with insulated versions, to stay warm and reap the financial rewards. Here are a few simple do-ityourself steps to keep the warm air - and cost savings - in your home this winter: • Find. Perform a home energy audit to determine where you might have some issues. While you can pay a professional, this can also be done quickly with a simple list and a few household items. To start, make a list of potential problem areas, including windows and doors, as well as places where pipes, electrical outlets, vents and mail slots are located. To complete the audit, make sure all doors, windows and fireplace chutes are closed, shut off all combustion appliances, and turn on exhaust fans (in the kitchen and bathrooms, if you have them). Then, take a lit incense stick or candle and hold it in front of the areas you listed as possible problem sources - leaks and drafts will

cause the smoke or flame to flow in the direction of the air leak. Be sure to keep track of any areas in need of sealing. You can also shine a flashlight around doors and windows to look for gaps and cracks - if you see light shining through, you've likely found an area in need of fixing. • Fix. Once you've determined the areas that need attention, look for DIY weatherization products that can help. Many cost-effective, easy-to-install solutions are on the market today, with many formulated for specific problem areas. For leaks around pipes, electrical outlets, vents or mail slots, consider caulk or other specialized products, like foam seals, to block the drafts. Drafts around windows can be fixed with a window insulation kit, typically a clear plastic film that can be placed on the inside or outside of the window to create a draft-proof seal that can easily be removed when the cold air clears out. Additionally, many window and door seals can be applied quickly and easily, but don't forget about the bottom, where cold air might be creeping in. For leaks under doors and windows, look for a solution that will "hug" the bottom to create an airtight barrier. The Double Draft Seal from Duck brand offers two layers of protection from drafts, sealing underneath doors and windows from both sides, for maximum energy efficiency and thermal protection. • Forget. Take the time to fix the problem areas now and you'll forget you had any air leaks and drafts by the time the weather turns frigid and frightful. For DIYers, it's as simple as taking the time to find the cold air sources, choosing the right products to block the drafts and

installing them properly. The fall offers many perfect opportunities to get DIY weatherization done. And, many of these projects can be completed in a weekend and then forgotten throughout the cold winter months

- all without breaking the bank. For more information and tips to winterize your home, visit DuckBrand.com/HomeSmart.

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Hot home helpers under $100: Easy, affordable organization solutions (ARA) - Feel like there's never enough room in your home to store everything? Chances are you don't need more square footage, you just need to get organized. "Luckily, getting organized doesn't have to be difficult or expensive," says Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of "Today's Homeowner." "The key is to find products that marry innovation and practicality to help make home organization easy." While overhauling your whole home may seem intimidating, start with the three rooms that tend to be the culprits of chaos - the kitchen, bathroom and garage. Check out these hot home helpers that will soon make your spaces more organized and enjoyable, all at an affordable price.

In the kitchen Savvy storage When it's time to put away leftovers, do you struggle to find matching lids and bowls? Or do your plastic storage containers seem to take over your entire storage space? Update your mismatched wares with Smart Spin Storage Containers. They offer three different storage sizes and a holder keeps all the storage containers and universal-sized lids organized in less than one square foot ($20). Use unused space Most bathrooms are equipped with accessories to keep towels neat and at your fingertips, so why not use the same organization tools in the kitchen? For less than $25, you can add a towel bar, towel ring or robe hook, such as the Sage or Reed collections at Bed Bath & Beyond, on the side of a cabinet or an island to keep dish towels handy (and off the floor), while adding a stylish 28 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

look to the kitchen.

In the bathroom Shower and storage Space and storage are key concerns in bathroom design; luckily, you can create up to 5 1/2 additional inches of elbow room in the shower, while also adding extra hanging space for daily essentials with the new Double Curved Shower Rod from Moen ($59.99). Double Curved Shower Rods, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, also offer visual appeal with a separate rod for the decorative shower curtain - or provide easily accessible space to hang your towels. Simple space solution No matter how organized your bathroom, it's always tough to find a place for the many daily necessities that we want at our fingertips. Now, you can easily keep these items within arm's reach - yet off the vanity - with new Towel Bar Hooks and Shower Rod Hooks from Moen ($10). These ingenious, Sshaped hooks snap right onto your current towel bar or shower rod to offer convenient access for a variety of items, such as clothing, jewelry, towels, travel bags and more.

In the garage Up and out When looking for more storage space in the garage, don't forget to look up. Often overlooked, the overhead area is ideal to suspend a variety of larger items, such as bikes, that take up coveted floor space. For only a few dollars, you can purchase large plastic-coated hooks that easily screw into the ceiling joist and allow you to hang the bicycle upside down by the tires. Or try a bike hoist ($39) that also suspends the bike from

the ceiling - but uses a pulley to make lifting the bike easier. Balls, bats and shovels, oh my Unfortunately, most items stored in the garage are large and irregularly shaped, making it difficult to neatly store them on shelves. Specialized organization systems for sporting goods and lawn equipment are available to confine anything from bats and balls to shovels and rakes. The RacorPro XRack Sports Equipment Organizer ($79.99) sets up

quickly and easily and the basket design will entice anyone to toss their items in. Or, try the Funnel Fits Long Handle Tool Storage System ($26) that snaps garden tools like shovels, rakes and brooms onto the wall and out of the way. With a few innovative, practical and affordable products, your home will be more organized in no time. For more information about Moen products, visit www.moen.com or www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011 | 13


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Five projects to take your home from cookie cutter to custom

(ARA) - A new home: It's your chance to personalize your living space with details that suit your taste and personality. Or, so you think. Many builders only allow you to choose colors; and offer limited options beyond their builders' grade materials. Or, if you've purchased a previously owned home, it too is most likely equipped with many basic options. Luckily, it's easy to bust out of builder basics and add a few easy and inexpensive updates to make your cookie-cutter home stand out from the rest. And what better place to start than the heart of your home - the kitchen? "A minor kitchen remodel is really one of the easiest ways you can make the most of your home while also giving it your own personal style," says Danny Lipford, renowned home improvement expert and host of the nationally syndicated TV show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford. "Plus, according to Remodeling magazine, it's one of the top five projects that will recoup your investment when it comes time to sell." Not sure where to start? Lipford 14 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

recommends these five projects: Cool countertops. If your kitchen is like most, you probably have laminate countertops, since they are available in a variety of colors and patterns and are relatively inexpensive ($10 - $30 per square foot). However, they lack style and scratch and buckle easily. To give your kitchen a high-end look, consider updating your countertops with a more resistant surface, such as solid surface, a molded resin that is stain-resistant and mimics the look of concrete ($35 - 80 per square foot); marble, which in addition to its natural beauty is heat-resistant ($40 - $100 per square foot); or engineered stone, which is a mix of quartz and resins to create an extremely durable and fashionable surface ($45 -$90 per square foot). Fabulous faucets. Does your faucet have a pullout spout with a beautiful finish that coordinates with the rest of your decor? If not, it's time for an upgrade. For less than $200, you can easily swap your no-frills faucet for one that adds functionality and fashion.

Moen offers a variety of stylish high-arc pullout kitchen faucets with new innovative finishes, such as the Neva pullout faucet. Available at Lowe's. Luxurious lighting. Fluorescent lighting in the kitchen is a staple for many builders since it's functional and inexpensive. However, it's not very aesthetically pleasing. Luckily, replacing fluorescent lighting is a simple project that will instantly make a style statement in your kitchen. Try one of these options: Track lighting, which is a fixture that sits close to the ceiling, but features multiple decorative lamps in a row; pendant lamps, which extend down from the ceiling like a chandelier; or mini pendant lamps, which offer a smaller version of a pendant and are available in a variety of styles and designs; are all ideal and easy-toinstall options. Wonderful walls. Are your walls still white or beige, plain slabs? Adding color and texture is an easy way to make a dramatic difference. Painting is the simplest tactic - and by using a high-quality paint, in a

Are you throwing money out the (energy inefficient) window? (ARA) - They frame your favorite view and are key to making your home comfortable in summer and winter, yet most people don't think about them until they stop working properly. But, if your windows aren't performing as well as they should, now is a great time to consider replacing them. Until the end of 2010, the U.S. government's Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit can credit you with 30 percent of window material costs, up to $1,500, for making qualifying efficiency upgrades to your home. Poorly performing windows can account for 35 to 40 percent of your home's heat loss in the winter and are often even less effective at keeping your home cool in summer. That's literally throwing your money out the window. Today's double and triple-pane windows are worlds apart from the windows sold just 10 years ago. Replacement window frames offer improved protection from air and water infiltration over older windows, and the energy-efficient innovations in glass

options can really make a difference in your home's comfort. To meet the qualifications for the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, Milgard Windows & Doors incorporates advanced technologies to improve your home's energy efficiency. Its SunCoat Low-E glass and EdgeGard thermal spacers provide the insulating power needed to keep your home comfortable all year round. But the hundreds of combinations and choices can be overwhelming. To avoid dealing with an overly-confusing list of window choices, the company offers energy packages that configure the window's individual components for you, based on your desired energy performance level and geographic location. When looking for energy efficient windows, most manufacturers recommend starting with the ENERGY STAR sticker. A good window will have a label from the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and have ENERGY STAR ratings as well. On the NFRC label you'll see the manufacturer's name, a description of the window, plus a U-

value and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) numbers. Lower U-values and SHGC numbers mean better insulation, but look closely. To qualify for the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, each of your windows must have a U-value of .30 or less and SHGC of .30 as well. You also should consider the manufacturer's warranty when shopping for windows. Just as some windows work harder than others to keep your home comfortable, some manufacturers are more willing than others to stand behind their products with the service and support

you expect from a major home purchase. Look for a full lifetime warranty, and check to see if labor costs and glass breakage is included. Winter is right around the corner and, if you act soon, you can take advantage of the soon-to-expire tax credit for making valuable improvements to your own home with replacement windows. To get started, you can find a qualified replacement window dealer by visiting www.milgard.com or by calling (800) 645-4273.

semi-gloss or eggshell finish, you can additionally make your walls easier to clean. However, don't stop there. Adding textures with updates, such as wainscoting, crown molding or even a tile backsplash are easy enough for a DIYer - and can be cost effective as well. Fabulous floors. As the foundation of the room, you want your kitchen floor to sweep you off your feet not send you packing. So, if yours is more "blah" than "beautiful," it's time for an update. Luckily, there are many choices available - from high-end choices, such as hardwood or natural stone; to more affordable options, such as ceramic tile and laminate. And, with the wide array of colors, designs and textures available with each, you can create a dramatic update that fits your budget and your unique design style. With a few simple updates the only thing cookie-cutter about your kitchen is what you're baking. For more information about Moen products, visit www.moen.com.

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Deciphering the technical lingo when buying a new TV (ARA) - Today's TVs can do more than most of us could have ever imagined, from displaying 3D images to connecting to the Internet. But those advances in technology have also made it more complicated for the average person shopping for a new television. Are you having trouble telling the difference between LED and Plasma TVs? Perhaps you could use help with some of the technical terms used to describe the TVs right now. Richard Doherty, research director for The Envisioneering Group, has his finger on the pulse of today's latest technologies and the challenges consumers face when shopping for a new TV. "The good news is that consumers have incredible options when it comes to buying HDTVs this season," says Doherty. "But choosing the ideal one can get somewhat intimidating if you don't know exactly what you are looking for and what works best in your home." Here is a guide to help make sure the next TV you buy is the right one for you: Display types Understanding what your TV will most be used for will help you decide what type of TV works best for you. Plasma or PDP (Plasma Display Panel): These screens use a combination of phosphors and plasma gas which lights up to create an image; similar to how a fluorescent light works. Many experts consider plasma displays the better choice for home theater enthusiasts because they provide deep black levels, extremely accurate color reproduction and a wider viewing angle than most LCD sets, so almost no matter where you're sitting in the room, you can still 26 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

enjoy a natural, vivid HDTV picture. Plasma will also appeal to people who watch a lot of fast action, such as sports due to their ultra-fast response time which creates smoother, more natural motion. LCD (Liquid-Crystal Display): This type of display uses a combination of liquid crystal cells a color filter and a fluorescent backlight unit to create the picture. LCD can produce a brighter picture which makes it a good choice for use in a bright room or areas where ambient light cannot be avoided. LCD TVs come in many sizes, ranging from 22-inch class TVs for the kitchen to 26- and 32-inch class sets for the bedroom to 42, 47- and 55-inch class sizes for your main viewing room. LED (LCD with LED Lighting): This type of LCD replaces fluorescent backlighting with an array of light emitting diodes (LEDs). This type of lighting enables the set to have a thinner profile (some as thin as 1 inch in depth), bright vivid picture and they are generally more energy efficient. LG offers advanced sets using Full LED backlighting which means improved contrast, a very high brightness level and a pristine picture, in an extremely thin and more energy efficient package. Picture quality Picture quality is a very broad term and can mean different things to different people. Here are a few key terms/features to be familiar with when buying your next TV: Resolution: Most wide screen HDTVs will have a resolution of either 720p or 1080p. Often referred to as "Full HD", 1080p resolution means a TV can accept and display incoming sig-

nals at full HD resolution from sources such as a BluRay Disc player. Utilizing over 2 million pixels to display the images provides the most clear and detailed picture available today. 720p resolution is also a high definition format, and can also accept the "Full HD" signals; however the picture will be displayed utilizing approximately 1 million pixels, still a stunning experience. Refresh rate: For sports fans, a fast refresh rate (expressed in hertz or Hz) is very important. This helps to reduce motion blur no matter how fast the action gets. Standard LED and LCD sets have a refresh rate of 60Hz and those equipped with LG TrueMotion, offer faster speeds of 120Hz, 240Hz and 480Hz. Most Plasma TVs feature 600Hz sub-field driving and are great for watching fast-action sports. THX certification: THX, the organization that created the design and certification programs for cinemas, also has developed a program to certify picture quality. To receive this certification, TVs must undergo rigorous testing to prove that the television is able to recreate the vivid contrast, bright colors, and detail present when a movie leaves the director's studio. Currently, LG is the only TV manufacturer in North America to have garnered 2D certification for an LED (LE8500 and LX9500) and its 3D Plasma is the first 3D TV to receive 3D Certification from THX (PX950). Advanced features Today's TVs come with other incredible features and understanding everything a TV can do will certainly help steer you in the right direction when its time to buy your next TV.

3DTV: The ability to deliver HDTV's supreme detail has been around for more than decade now, but some of the latest TVs also are 3D capable. More stations are jumping on the trend, as ESPN will broadcast a number of football games this season in 3D and more and more movies will become available on 3D Blu-ray discs. 3D is available on Plasma and LCD screens and LG's PX950 Plasma 3D TV is the first ever 3D TV to achieve the THX certification for picture quality. With the action literally jumping off the screen, the 3D experience is great for viewing with family and friends. Internet connectivity: Tapping into the Internet's virtually endless options for entertainment and information no longer requires a computer. TVs with LG's NetCast technology allow users to access some of the best media and entertainment outlets that the Web has to offer. On the best screen in your home, you can now enjoy Netflix, Yahoo!, VUDU, Cinema Now, YouTube and Picasa. "Even with all the options out there, the tried-and-true method of going with what looks best, feels right and will last a long time, still works when picking out a TV," Doherty says. "But it's always best to arm yourself with some technical knowledge before making your decision." Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011 | 15


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Deck the halls...and your bedroom while you’re at it By Kendall Atkins Livick Staff Writer Around a time when many people begin to think about new year’s resolutions and new changes they would like to make, what could be a better way to start a new year, than a bedroom makeover? Most would agree a new look for the home environment can make a person feel brand new. Big Sandy Superstore has specials going on throughout the month of December, and they want East Kentuckians to take advantage. From mattresses, to entire bedroom suites, Big Sandy has a variety of bedroom supplies. “We're about to enter into our December to Remember promotion,” said Bedding Specialist Michael Babb. “Basically we're doing no interests with 12 months financing.” For bedding selections, Big Sandy has all types — TempurPedics, Latex Beds, Dr. Breus Beds (designed by an actual sleep doctor), Sealy, Paramount and Stearns and Foster. “Bedding in general has come a long way, (with) how innovated it's all become,” Babb said. “We'd probably lean more towards the specialty bedding like memory foam or latex, just because it's basically pressure free — no coils, no steel in the bed, so you feel no pressure whatsoever.” Babb said these beds offer absolute comfort because they form to the body, rather than requiring the body to form to them. “That way, you're supported head to toe and worry free,” he said. “You get a plentiful night's rest and wake up feeling good in the morning.” Babb said part of the December to Remember promotion is the give away of free gifts, such as Blu-ray players, 16 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

News-Express photo by Kendall Atkins Livick This bedroom suite is considered the best quality at Big Sandy. The chest and drawers include secret compartments, English dove tail on the front and back of the drawers, corner blocks, and wood on wood glides. iPod items and iPads, with select purchases. But mattresses are only one area of bedroom makeover possibilities. Big Sandy is offering beds starting at $599, along with furniture for complete bedroom suites. Kendra Strong, furniture professional, said some of the furniture items are priced individually, while some are priced together. Strong said the bedroom suite that is considered top-notch, is one that includes a bed for $1,099, a dresser and mirror for $1,499, a chest for $899 and a nightstand for $549. “This is our best quality,” Strong said. “It's actually really neat because it's got little hidden features.”

These features include sliding compartments for storage on the nightstand, as well as the chest, English dove tail on the front and back of the drawers, corner blocks to help support the weight of the drawers, and wood on wood glides. “These wood on wood glides are soaked in bee's wax for 48 hours,” Strong said. “It makes a smoother glide, so that over time you've actually got a smoother drawer instead of it getting rough and sticking.” Strong said this suite is a great value for the quality that it is. “It's really nice stuff,” she said. “It's stuff that will last you years, and years, and years.” As far as a bargain bedroom suite goes, Strong said the least expensive bed is ideal for some-

one wanting a sharp looking bedroom at an inexpensive price. The $599 bed includes a headboard, footboard, rails and a dresser and mirror. It can also be paired with a matching chest for $299 and a nightstand for $149. This display furniture in the store is shown in cherry, but Strong said it can also be purchased in black. Whether you or someone you know is on the lookout for a new bedroom piece, a whole new suite, or simply a more comfortable night’s rest, Big Sandy is offering a variety of choices this holiday season; and it couldn’t hurt to win an iPad while you’re at it, could it?

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Brighten winter's dark days with simple home safety, security steps (ARA) - The arrival of winter and daylight saving time means more of us will be getting up and coming home - in the dark. The short, dark days of cool weather are a smart time to think about home safety and security. A home break-in occurs every 14.6 seconds, according to the FBI. The good news is that simple, inexpensive do-it-yourself projects can help to better protect your home and loved ones. From improving lighting to installing a wireless home security system, many safety-focused projects are easy and cost effective to accomplish. To brighten your outlook - and sense of security - during winter's dark days, here are a few safety projects to consider: Install a home security system Long gone are the days when you had to rely on a professional security company to install a security system in your home. Now, products like the GE Choice Alert Wireless Home Security System make it simple for homeowners to install a system on their own. The system includes a control center, window/door sensor kit, garage door sensor, indoor/outdoor motion sensor, security sign with yard stake and matching window stickers. Because you monitor the system yourself, there's no monthly fee for a security service, and you can add additional sensors and features as your security needs change overtime. If you're a bit more DIY-savvy, you could opt for the Schlage LiNK system, available at Lowe's, which allows you to monitor and control door locks, lights and a camera all from a computer or cell phone. The system will send you e-mail updates so you know who is home. You can lock or unlock doors remotely, and monitor the camera from your cell phone to see what's going on inside your house. 24 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

If you decide to install a security system, check with your insurance agent or company; the system may qualify you for a discount on your homeowner's insurance. Light up the darkness More hours of darkness could mean more opportunities for burglars, and more risk for you or a loved one to suffer an injury in dark areas around your home. If you arrive home after dark every night, use outdoor light timers to turn lights on both inside and outside your home. A screw-in dusk-to-dawn control allows you to convert a traditional light or lamp post into a light that turns on at dusk and off at dawn. Exterior lights should illuminate all entry points of your home; a dark doorway could be an invitation indoors. Every entrance of your home should be lit with at least one type of security light. Consider placing motion-activated lights, which only come on when they detect motion, at the side, front and back entries of your home, on a detached garage, storage building, gate or garage door. For a little extra light, make sure you have plenty of light inside your house as well. With more hours of darkness, you'll need to use more electricity, so consider saving money by replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-sipping compact fluorescent light bulbs CFLs. Energy Star-rated CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Placing CFLs in just five of your home's more commonly used light fixtures could save you up to $70 a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Safety for all ages Winter often sees plenty of

guests, delivery people and repairmen coming to your home. Consider ways to make your house safer for all ages that enter it. If you'll be having very young guests, a childproofing kit can help ensure grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or even your own kids, won't be able to open doors, cabinets or drawers that might get them in trouble. Prevent small hands from opening hot oven doors with heatresistant oven locks. Hide wires and cables with a cord channel so that children won't be tempted to play, and adults won't trip. Consider updating your electrical outlets with tamper-resistant

ones that help keep out foreign objects by requiring equal pressure on each side of the electrical cord in order to operate. Don't overlook the role good health plays in security. Consider improving your indoor air quality with a purifier in guest rooms. Add grab bars in bathrooms, and make sure your home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are all in good working order; replace them if they're not. With a few simple home improvements, you can save money, feel more secure and brighten the dark days of winter for your whole family.

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Divine Design: Washed-out bathroom gets ready for guests By CANDICE OLSON Home and Garden Television Wendy's guest bathroom was completely washed out. Located prominently at the top of the stairs, it was definitely a real eyesore. Complete with dim lighting, lack of storage and even a broken toilet, this bathroom was ready for renovation. Wendy does lots of entertaining and often has out-of-town visitors, so she wanted to give the room a guest-friendly face-lift with high impact and loads of style. To begin this transformation, the bathroom was completely gutted and the existing fixtures -- pedestal sink, toilet, bidet and tub -- were given a one-way ticket to the dump. I decided on a dramatic color scheme, using rich ebony, crisp white and a few splashes of bright red. We treated the walls to a fresh coat of clean white paint, which flows into the white tiles we used in the new wall-to-wall shower with frameless glass enclosure. The glass gives the room an open feel and creates an impression of space in this relatively small area. The bathroom floor was covered in elegant black tiles that have just a hint of texture in them. To create counter space as well as storage for guests, I designed some custom cabinetry made from ebony-stained oak. (An important tip to remember when staining oak: Be sure to condition the wood first. A quick coat of conditioner makes the stain go on much more evenly and smoothly.) A wall-mounted storage unit is located where the bidet once stood, offering lots of space to stash toiletries, towels and guests' possessions. In place of the pedestal sink, we created a functional yet beautiful vanity. Tall mirrors flow into a black oak shelf, which in turn melds into a marble mosaic countertop. Open shelving underneath adds even more storage space. But the crowning glory is definitely the red glass basin perched majestically on the mosaic countertop. This gorgeous sink will definitely get Wendy's guests talking. To save space, and also to allow the basin to take center stage, I chose a sleek, modern, wall-mounted faucet. The custom glass-enclosed shower is another work of art. Guests will love this spacious shower, which features a mosaic-tiled floor and bench in varying shades of our black-andwhite theme. We did have to replace the existing window in the shower with a new, waterproof model. To prevent water damage, the sill is angled downward so water will just flow right off. As always, gorgeous fixtures and custom finishes are nothing without the proper lighting. We installed waterproof overhead lighting in the shower, recessed lights in the ceiling, 18 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

Sleek finishes, updated lighting and a red glass basin turned a washed-out bathroom into an oasis. (SHNS file photo courtesy HGTV) under-cabinet lighting in the storage unit and two gorgeous sconces mounted right through the vanity mirror. This medley of light is functional yet soft and inviting, which will make guests feel right at home. Wendy has filled her home with art, so I wanted to incorporate artwork into the bathroom. The problem is that the humid atmosphere in a bathroom is not kind to traditional paintings. So I decided that some fabric art would be just the thing to liven up the space. Using rich fabrics in our color scheme and geometric shapes, we created a tapestry that hangs on the wall just to the left of the doorway. After we added some other finishing touches -- a basket of toiletries in the shower, several red accent pieces, towels and soaps -- this bright, ultra-modern bathroom was ready. Wendy's bathroom is now a guest-friendly oasis.

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This guest bathroom was washed out, with dim lighting, minimal storage and even a broken toilet. (SHNS file photo courtesy HGTV)

“The Lord spoke to me and said take coats to the Appalachian Mountains, and I knew I was supposed to go to West Virginia,” she said. “I thought he meant (to bring) my pickup truck, and I announced it.” That was when Johnny Byers came into the picture. “He actually owns a trucking company,” she said. “He went out last year when he knew we were doing the coats, bought the truck, and has made these trips; donated all the time the fuel.” Like Byers, many people have joined Seymour in her community activism over the years. Others, too, said they were led by God to do these deeds for others. Tom Geppert of New Covenant Church in Beckley, W.Va. said though he didn’t necessarily feel physically fit for the work involved, God had other plans for him. “I had just gotten a broken shoulder, and I have a broken rib because I fell off a ladder,” Geppert said. “I said ‘Lord, should I really go or should I stay here?’ Believe it or not when I opened up (and) looked in the Book of Acts, it was talking about Paul. It said, ‘Go into the city, and I will tell you what to do.’” So Geppert came to Pikeville, and he said he sees now this was all part of God’s plan. “You can’t put a price tag on it,” he said. Geppert is not the only volunteer who made the effort despite injury. There were other surprising volunteers, as well. A family of three, Joshua Epling, his wife, Jennifer, and their baby, Asher, had recently suffered from a string of unfortunate events. “We were coming back from Betsy Layne,” he said. “We were looking for a new home after the July 17th flood, and we were coming back, and it all happened so suddenly.” Joshua Epling was in the car with his wife and son when the family was in an accident that would change the course of their lives permanently. “I went to change lanes to pull off the side of the road so my wife could tend to my son,” Joshua said. “Next thing I know, I lost control of the car, and when I did, the car start-

ed to roll, and I put my arm out the window instinctively to break myself from the fall. On the first roll, the car pinned my arm to the ground and (dragged) it across the pavement.” The wreck resulted in a long hospital stay, during which Epling had a blood transfusion, a skin graft, an artery transplant and a nerve transplant. If the flood wasn’t enough, the family now had to deal with medical worries. However, they came to the donation event, not to collect, but to help out. Though they are very much in need of help themselves, and are still recovering from the events of the summer, the family said they are blessed to have the opportunity to lend a helping hand to others. “We’re still alive, so why not?” Jennifer said. Joshua said for him, this experience served as a reality check. “It made me feel grateful and blessed to be on this Earth, and I’m just happy to be out here today with my life, with my wife and my son, and helping give back,” he said. It has been months since the flood, but those affected are still putting the pieces of loss back together. Some have a long way to go before their lives will return to normal; but events such as this one can be a tremendous help and serve as an inspiring message that plenty of people out there care — people who are not even necessarily part of the community. Seymour said this unconditional love is integral to her ministry. “I don't care who you are, what you do, what your background is,” she said. “Jesus loves you. That's good enough. I do too.” Whether or not the idea of God literally communicating to individuals is a logical one in minds of those who have never experienced it, no one can argue with the notion that this event and others similar are the result of some sort of inspiration. As a result, many people who were suffering, now have a few more items and a few less burdens. For those who were given back parts of a home, this generosity is one holiday gift that will last a lifetime.

News-Express photo by Kendall Atkins Livick Those who suffered from the July flood sift through mounds of clothes and other items to replace those that were lost.

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When God said jump, these volunteers said...

It’s beginning to smell a lot like a cozy winter

By Kendall Atkins Livick Staff Writer How do you put a value on a home? Sure you can estimate the value of a house, along with property and the cost of the possessions inside, but can you really put a price on what a home represents — refuge, family memories, good times and bad? Those who lost their homes and possessions in July’s flood have felt the void of precious items lost. They have suffered for months and are still undergoing the process of recovery. But for some of these people, Christmas came early. Led by Penny Seymour, Pastor of Duke’s Chapel Church in Ashland, Virginia, a group of volunteers said they were on a mission from God. Saturday, Nov. 20, volunteers held a large donation event in front Thankful Hearts Food Pantry. “The Lord spoke to me. I know some people have a hard time understanding, but he just literally spoke to me, and he said to go to Pikeville,” Seymour said. “I didn’t know if (Pikeville) existed. Never heard of it.” She began asking around, and she discovered later that Pikeville, Kentucky was indeed a real place, and that the people living there needed help because of a recent natural disaster. “We didn’t know about the flood (at first),” Seymour said. “He spoke to us in January. It didn’t flood until July, and we still didn’t know about it, in fact, until well after the flood was here, and what happened was, somebody told us about that a little bit later.” This is when Seymour said she saw this plan from God unfold and began to realize the meaning behind it. “And then when we found out about the floods, we knew,” she said. “We absolutely knew this was the right place.” So with volunteers by her side, 22 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

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News-Express photo by Kendall Atkins Livick “People (have) turned out from everywhere to get stuff,” said Trissia Scott, director of Thankful Hearts Food Pantry. “They just hug you and thank you and tell you it was a blessing for everything that they've (gotten).” she loaded up items — many of which were brand new — that would replace valuables lost in the flood. Some of the items were toys for children in need, that would be given out closer to Christmas time; but most were for the flood victims. “The Lord said, ‘Take everything,’” Seymour said. “And so we started getting the word out and packing this truck, and a lot of furniture has gone out today, a lot of clothes. We’ve had household items. You name it, it’s been on that truck.” The load, set up in front of the food pantry, consisted of clothing for people of all ages, coats, baby items such as cribs and toys, household items, shoes and many pieces of furniture.

“This truck here was packed from ceiling to floor, top to back — completely packed,” Seymour said. Volunteers said toward the middle of the event they had lost count of the hundreds of flood victims (with FEMA registration in hand) that had been through. “People (have) turned out from everywhere to get stuff,” said Trissia Scott, director of Thankful Hearts Food Pantry. “They just hug you and thank you and tell you it was a blessing for everything that they’ve (gotten).” Seymour said she has learned over the years to listen to what God tells her to do, although she doesn’t necessarily feel that she has a “gift” of hearing the words

of God. She said she believes anyone can hear it if they are open to the communication, and she said she knows this because she has preached all over the world and has witnessed many miracles. “I think we just need to want to be used,” she said. “(God is) not even interested in our ability or inability, just our availability. That’s it.” Seymour said this wasn’t the first time she received a message like this one. When it happens, she said, everything seems to align, and more and more people join in. Last year’s donation event was also an example of everything falling into place.

Your home may have been decorated to the extreme with bows, garland, ornaments and knick-knacks galore this holiday season. Friends may have told you that you had the most festive home on the block. The outside of your house may still be lit up like the fourth of July, causing neighbors to stop, stare and take pictures. But does your home smell like the winter season? When people walk through your front door, do they breathe in an aroma of sweet, wintry goodness? According to Psychology Today, odors are strongly linked to the emotional memory. This could be the reason why the smell of cookies makes you think of your grandmother and smile, or why the scent of a wreath can remind you of the pain you felt when you fell off a stool while hanging a wreath of your own a few years ago. Needless to say, a pleasant smell associated with wintertime can add to the coziness of any atmosphere. The creation of these scents can be achieved in numerous ways, and Christmas scents, specifically, can be enjoyed all throughout the chilly season. Candles, reed diffusers, and potpourri are all ways to make a home more fragrant, and you can purchase these items right here around town. Ambience, Special Occasions, and Dion’s are three stores in the area that carry the Candleberry line of candles. Using this collection, your home can

smell like the scents of Cranberry Chutney, Butter Cream, Home Sweet Home, Christmas Wreath, Balsam and Cedar, Christmas Cookie, Macintosh Spice, Red Velvet Cupcake, Home for the Holidays, Cranberry Crum Cake, and Hot Maple Toddy, which is said among local retailers to be the number one selling Candleberry item. “This is their fix for the day,” Manager Tammy Horne said of the candles that her customers find addicting. “These are (some) of the most strong scented candles there are.” Aside from Candleberry, Ambience also carries Yankee Candles, as well as the brand, WoodWick. If you’re on a budget and don’t want to necessarily spring for the big name candles, Dollar Tree and Walmart offer very affordable choices; and hey, just because it may not be an expensive brand, doesn’t necessarily mean guests will be able to tell a difference. Febreze, Glade and similar brands offer the same popular holiday scents. Dollar Tree has a group of Spa Collection potpourri spritzers in scents like apple cinnamon and vanilla for, you guessed it, $1. Whether you light a candle, opt for a plug-in, or simply spray the air with an air freshener or a potpourri spritzer, with the right scent you may be able to duplicate the effects of the pricier brands. Who knows? Maybe years from now, your loved ones will associate the scent you use with a smile-worthy memory of a fun-filled visit.

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When God said jump, these volunteers said...

It’s beginning to smell a lot like a cozy winter

By Kendall Atkins Livick Staff Writer How do you put a value on a home? Sure you can estimate the value of a house, along with property and the cost of the possessions inside, but can you really put a price on what a home represents — refuge, family memories, good times and bad? Those who lost their homes and possessions in July’s flood have felt the void of precious items lost. They have suffered for months and are still undergoing the process of recovery. But for some of these people, Christmas came early. Led by Penny Seymour, Pastor of Duke’s Chapel Church in Ashland, Virginia, a group of volunteers said they were on a mission from God. Saturday, Nov. 20, volunteers held a large donation event in front Thankful Hearts Food Pantry. “The Lord spoke to me. I know some people have a hard time understanding, but he just literally spoke to me, and he said to go to Pikeville,” Seymour said. “I didn’t know if (Pikeville) existed. Never heard of it.” She began asking around, and she discovered later that Pikeville, Kentucky was indeed a real place, and that the people living there needed help because of a recent natural disaster. “We didn’t know about the flood (at first),” Seymour said. “He spoke to us in January. It didn’t flood until July, and we still didn’t know about it, in fact, until well after the flood was here, and what happened was, somebody told us about that a little bit later.” This is when Seymour said she saw this plan from God unfold and began to realize the meaning behind it. “And then when we found out about the floods, we knew,” she said. “We absolutely knew this was the right place.” So with volunteers by her side, 22 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

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News-Express photo by Kendall Atkins Livick “People (have) turned out from everywhere to get stuff,” said Trissia Scott, director of Thankful Hearts Food Pantry. “They just hug you and thank you and tell you it was a blessing for everything that they've (gotten).” she loaded up items — many of which were brand new — that would replace valuables lost in the flood. Some of the items were toys for children in need, that would be given out closer to Christmas time; but most were for the flood victims. “The Lord said, ‘Take everything,’” Seymour said. “And so we started getting the word out and packing this truck, and a lot of furniture has gone out today, a lot of clothes. We’ve had household items. You name it, it’s been on that truck.” The load, set up in front of the food pantry, consisted of clothing for people of all ages, coats, baby items such as cribs and toys, household items, shoes and many pieces of furniture.

“This truck here was packed from ceiling to floor, top to back — completely packed,” Seymour said. Volunteers said toward the middle of the event they had lost count of the hundreds of flood victims (with FEMA registration in hand) that had been through. “People (have) turned out from everywhere to get stuff,” said Trissia Scott, director of Thankful Hearts Food Pantry. “They just hug you and thank you and tell you it was a blessing for everything that they’ve (gotten).” Seymour said she has learned over the years to listen to what God tells her to do, although she doesn’t necessarily feel that she has a “gift” of hearing the words

of God. She said she believes anyone can hear it if they are open to the communication, and she said she knows this because she has preached all over the world and has witnessed many miracles. “I think we just need to want to be used,” she said. “(God is) not even interested in our ability or inability, just our availability. That’s it.” Seymour said this wasn’t the first time she received a message like this one. When it happens, she said, everything seems to align, and more and more people join in. Last year’s donation event was also an example of everything falling into place.

Your home may have been decorated to the extreme with bows, garland, ornaments and knick-knacks galore this holiday season. Friends may have told you that you had the most festive home on the block. The outside of your house may still be lit up like the fourth of July, causing neighbors to stop, stare and take pictures. But does your home smell like the winter season? When people walk through your front door, do they breathe in an aroma of sweet, wintry goodness? According to Psychology Today, odors are strongly linked to the emotional memory. This could be the reason why the smell of cookies makes you think of your grandmother and smile, or why the scent of a wreath can remind you of the pain you felt when you fell off a stool while hanging a wreath of your own a few years ago. Needless to say, a pleasant smell associated with wintertime can add to the coziness of any atmosphere. The creation of these scents can be achieved in numerous ways, and Christmas scents, specifically, can be enjoyed all throughout the chilly season. Candles, reed diffusers, and potpourri are all ways to make a home more fragrant, and you can purchase these items right here around town. Ambience, Special Occasions, and Dion’s are three stores in the area that carry the Candleberry line of candles. Using this collection, your home can

smell like the scents of Cranberry Chutney, Butter Cream, Home Sweet Home, Christmas Wreath, Balsam and Cedar, Christmas Cookie, Macintosh Spice, Red Velvet Cupcake, Home for the Holidays, Cranberry Crum Cake, and Hot Maple Toddy, which is said among local retailers to be the number one selling Candleberry item. “This is their fix for the day,” Manager Tammy Horne said of the candles that her customers find addicting. “These are (some) of the most strong scented candles there are.” Aside from Candleberry, Ambience also carries Yankee Candles, as well as the brand, WoodWick. If you’re on a budget and don’t want to necessarily spring for the big name candles, Dollar Tree and Walmart offer very affordable choices; and hey, just because it may not be an expensive brand, doesn’t necessarily mean guests will be able to tell a difference. Febreze, Glade and similar brands offer the same popular holiday scents. Dollar Tree has a group of Spa Collection potpourri spritzers in scents like apple cinnamon and vanilla for, you guessed it, $1. Whether you light a candle, opt for a plug-in, or simply spray the air with an air freshener or a potpourri spritzer, with the right scent you may be able to duplicate the effects of the pricier brands. Who knows? Maybe years from now, your loved ones will associate the scent you use with a smile-worthy memory of a fun-filled visit.

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Divine Design: Washed-out bathroom gets ready for guests By CANDICE OLSON Home and Garden Television Wendy's guest bathroom was completely washed out. Located prominently at the top of the stairs, it was definitely a real eyesore. Complete with dim lighting, lack of storage and even a broken toilet, this bathroom was ready for renovation. Wendy does lots of entertaining and often has out-of-town visitors, so she wanted to give the room a guest-friendly face-lift with high impact and loads of style. To begin this transformation, the bathroom was completely gutted and the existing fixtures -- pedestal sink, toilet, bidet and tub -- were given a one-way ticket to the dump. I decided on a dramatic color scheme, using rich ebony, crisp white and a few splashes of bright red. We treated the walls to a fresh coat of clean white paint, which flows into the white tiles we used in the new wall-to-wall shower with frameless glass enclosure. The glass gives the room an open feel and creates an impression of space in this relatively small area. The bathroom floor was covered in elegant black tiles that have just a hint of texture in them. To create counter space as well as storage for guests, I designed some custom cabinetry made from ebony-stained oak. (An important tip to remember when staining oak: Be sure to condition the wood first. A quick coat of conditioner makes the stain go on much more evenly and smoothly.) A wall-mounted storage unit is located where the bidet once stood, offering lots of space to stash toiletries, towels and guests' possessions. In place of the pedestal sink, we created a functional yet beautiful vanity. Tall mirrors flow into a black oak shelf, which in turn melds into a marble mosaic countertop. Open shelving underneath adds even more storage space. But the crowning glory is definitely the red glass basin perched majestically on the mosaic countertop. This gorgeous sink will definitely get Wendy's guests talking. To save space, and also to allow the basin to take center stage, I chose a sleek, modern, wall-mounted faucet. The custom glass-enclosed shower is another work of art. Guests will love this spacious shower, which features a mosaic-tiled floor and bench in varying shades of our black-andwhite theme. We did have to replace the existing window in the shower with a new, waterproof model. To prevent water damage, the sill is angled downward so water will just flow right off. As always, gorgeous fixtures and custom finishes are nothing without the proper lighting. We installed waterproof overhead lighting in the shower, recessed lights in the ceiling, 18 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

Sleek finishes, updated lighting and a red glass basin turned a washed-out bathroom into an oasis. (SHNS file photo courtesy HGTV) under-cabinet lighting in the storage unit and two gorgeous sconces mounted right through the vanity mirror. This medley of light is functional yet soft and inviting, which will make guests feel right at home. Wendy has filled her home with art, so I wanted to incorporate artwork into the bathroom. The problem is that the humid atmosphere in a bathroom is not kind to traditional paintings. So I decided that some fabric art would be just the thing to liven up the space. Using rich fabrics in our color scheme and geometric shapes, we created a tapestry that hangs on the wall just to the left of the doorway. After we added some other finishing touches -- a basket of toiletries in the shower, several red accent pieces, towels and soaps -- this bright, ultra-modern bathroom was ready. Wendy's bathroom is now a guest-friendly oasis.

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This guest bathroom was washed out, with dim lighting, minimal storage and even a broken toilet. (SHNS file photo courtesy HGTV)

“The Lord spoke to me and said take coats to the Appalachian Mountains, and I knew I was supposed to go to West Virginia,” she said. “I thought he meant (to bring) my pickup truck, and I announced it.” That was when Johnny Byers came into the picture. “He actually owns a trucking company,” she said. “He went out last year when he knew we were doing the coats, bought the truck, and has made these trips; donated all the time the fuel.” Like Byers, many people have joined Seymour in her community activism over the years. Others, too, said they were led by God to do these deeds for others. Tom Geppert of New Covenant Church in Beckley, W.Va. said though he didn’t necessarily feel physically fit for the work involved, God had other plans for him. “I had just gotten a broken shoulder, and I have a broken rib because I fell off a ladder,” Geppert said. “I said ‘Lord, should I really go or should I stay here?’ Believe it or not when I opened up (and) looked in the Book of Acts, it was talking about Paul. It said, ‘Go into the city, and I will tell you what to do.’” So Geppert came to Pikeville, and he said he sees now this was all part of God’s plan. “You can’t put a price tag on it,” he said. Geppert is not the only volunteer who made the effort despite injury. There were other surprising volunteers, as well. A family of three, Joshua Epling, his wife, Jennifer, and their baby, Asher, had recently suffered from a string of unfortunate events. “We were coming back from Betsy Layne,” he said. “We were looking for a new home after the July 17th flood, and we were coming back, and it all happened so suddenly.” Joshua Epling was in the car with his wife and son when the family was in an accident that would change the course of their lives permanently. “I went to change lanes to pull off the side of the road so my wife could tend to my son,” Joshua said. “Next thing I know, I lost control of the car, and when I did, the car start-

ed to roll, and I put my arm out the window instinctively to break myself from the fall. On the first roll, the car pinned my arm to the ground and (dragged) it across the pavement.” The wreck resulted in a long hospital stay, during which Epling had a blood transfusion, a skin graft, an artery transplant and a nerve transplant. If the flood wasn’t enough, the family now had to deal with medical worries. However, they came to the donation event, not to collect, but to help out. Though they are very much in need of help themselves, and are still recovering from the events of the summer, the family said they are blessed to have the opportunity to lend a helping hand to others. “We’re still alive, so why not?” Jennifer said. Joshua said for him, this experience served as a reality check. “It made me feel grateful and blessed to be on this Earth, and I’m just happy to be out here today with my life, with my wife and my son, and helping give back,” he said. It has been months since the flood, but those affected are still putting the pieces of loss back together. Some have a long way to go before their lives will return to normal; but events such as this one can be a tremendous help and serve as an inspiring message that plenty of people out there care — people who are not even necessarily part of the community. Seymour said this unconditional love is integral to her ministry. “I don't care who you are, what you do, what your background is,” she said. “Jesus loves you. That's good enough. I do too.” Whether or not the idea of God literally communicating to individuals is a logical one in minds of those who have never experienced it, no one can argue with the notion that this event and others similar are the result of some sort of inspiration. As a result, many people who were suffering, now have a few more items and a few less burdens. For those who were given back parts of a home, this generosity is one holiday gift that will last a lifetime.

News-Express photo by Kendall Atkins Livick Those who suffered from the July flood sift through mounds of clothes and other items to replace those that were lost.

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Brighten winter's dark days with simple home safety, security steps (ARA) - The arrival of winter and daylight saving time means more of us will be getting up and coming home - in the dark. The short, dark days of cool weather are a smart time to think about home safety and security. A home break-in occurs every 14.6 seconds, according to the FBI. The good news is that simple, inexpensive do-it-yourself projects can help to better protect your home and loved ones. From improving lighting to installing a wireless home security system, many safety-focused projects are easy and cost effective to accomplish. To brighten your outlook - and sense of security - during winter's dark days, here are a few safety projects to consider: Install a home security system Long gone are the days when you had to rely on a professional security company to install a security system in your home. Now, products like the GE Choice Alert Wireless Home Security System make it simple for homeowners to install a system on their own. The system includes a control center, window/door sensor kit, garage door sensor, indoor/outdoor motion sensor, security sign with yard stake and matching window stickers. Because you monitor the system yourself, there's no monthly fee for a security service, and you can add additional sensors and features as your security needs change overtime. If you're a bit more DIY-savvy, you could opt for the Schlage LiNK system, available at Lowe's, which allows you to monitor and control door locks, lights and a camera all from a computer or cell phone. The system will send you e-mail updates so you know who is home. You can lock or unlock doors remotely, and monitor the camera from your cell phone to see what's going on inside your house. 24 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

If you decide to install a security system, check with your insurance agent or company; the system may qualify you for a discount on your homeowner's insurance. Light up the darkness More hours of darkness could mean more opportunities for burglars, and more risk for you or a loved one to suffer an injury in dark areas around your home. If you arrive home after dark every night, use outdoor light timers to turn lights on both inside and outside your home. A screw-in dusk-to-dawn control allows you to convert a traditional light or lamp post into a light that turns on at dusk and off at dawn. Exterior lights should illuminate all entry points of your home; a dark doorway could be an invitation indoors. Every entrance of your home should be lit with at least one type of security light. Consider placing motion-activated lights, which only come on when they detect motion, at the side, front and back entries of your home, on a detached garage, storage building, gate or garage door. For a little extra light, make sure you have plenty of light inside your house as well. With more hours of darkness, you'll need to use more electricity, so consider saving money by replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-sipping compact fluorescent light bulbs CFLs. Energy Star-rated CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Placing CFLs in just five of your home's more commonly used light fixtures could save you up to $70 a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Safety for all ages Winter often sees plenty of

guests, delivery people and repairmen coming to your home. Consider ways to make your house safer for all ages that enter it. If you'll be having very young guests, a childproofing kit can help ensure grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or even your own kids, won't be able to open doors, cabinets or drawers that might get them in trouble. Prevent small hands from opening hot oven doors with heatresistant oven locks. Hide wires and cables with a cord channel so that children won't be tempted to play, and adults won't trip. Consider updating your electrical outlets with tamper-resistant

ones that help keep out foreign objects by requiring equal pressure on each side of the electrical cord in order to operate. Don't overlook the role good health plays in security. Consider improving your indoor air quality with a purifier in guest rooms. Add grab bars in bathrooms, and make sure your home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are all in good working order; replace them if they're not. With a few simple home improvements, you can save money, feel more secure and brighten the dark days of winter for your whole family.

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Deck the halls...and your bedroom while you’re at it By Kendall Atkins Livick Staff Writer Around a time when many people begin to think about new year’s resolutions and new changes they would like to make, what could be a better way to start a new year, than a bedroom makeover? Most would agree a new look for the home environment can make a person feel brand new. Big Sandy Superstore has specials going on throughout the month of December, and they want East Kentuckians to take advantage. From mattresses, to entire bedroom suites, Big Sandy has a variety of bedroom supplies. “We're about to enter into our December to Remember promotion,” said Bedding Specialist Michael Babb. “Basically we're doing no interests with 12 months financing.” For bedding selections, Big Sandy has all types — TempurPedics, Latex Beds, Dr. Breus Beds (designed by an actual sleep doctor), Sealy, Paramount and Stearns and Foster. “Bedding in general has come a long way, (with) how innovated it's all become,” Babb said. “We'd probably lean more towards the specialty bedding like memory foam or latex, just because it's basically pressure free — no coils, no steel in the bed, so you feel no pressure whatsoever.” Babb said these beds offer absolute comfort because they form to the body, rather than requiring the body to form to them. “That way, you're supported head to toe and worry free,” he said. “You get a plentiful night's rest and wake up feeling good in the morning.” Babb said part of the December to Remember promotion is the give away of free gifts, such as Blu-ray players, 16 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

News-Express photo by Kendall Atkins Livick This bedroom suite is considered the best quality at Big Sandy. The chest and drawers include secret compartments, English dove tail on the front and back of the drawers, corner blocks, and wood on wood glides. iPod items and iPads, with select purchases. But mattresses are only one area of bedroom makeover possibilities. Big Sandy is offering beds starting at $599, along with furniture for complete bedroom suites. Kendra Strong, furniture professional, said some of the furniture items are priced individually, while some are priced together. Strong said the bedroom suite that is considered top-notch, is one that includes a bed for $1,099, a dresser and mirror for $1,499, a chest for $899 and a nightstand for $549. “This is our best quality,” Strong said. “It's actually really neat because it's got little hidden features.”

These features include sliding compartments for storage on the nightstand, as well as the chest, English dove tail on the front and back of the drawers, corner blocks to help support the weight of the drawers, and wood on wood glides. “These wood on wood glides are soaked in bee's wax for 48 hours,” Strong said. “It makes a smoother glide, so that over time you've actually got a smoother drawer instead of it getting rough and sticking.” Strong said this suite is a great value for the quality that it is. “It's really nice stuff,” she said. “It's stuff that will last you years, and years, and years.” As far as a bargain bedroom suite goes, Strong said the least expensive bed is ideal for some-

one wanting a sharp looking bedroom at an inexpensive price. The $599 bed includes a headboard, footboard, rails and a dresser and mirror. It can also be paired with a matching chest for $299 and a nightstand for $149. This display furniture in the store is shown in cherry, but Strong said it can also be purchased in black. Whether you or someone you know is on the lookout for a new bedroom piece, a whole new suite, or simply a more comfortable night’s rest, Big Sandy is offering a variety of choices this holiday season; and it couldn’t hurt to win an iPad while you’re at it, could it?

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Deciphering the technical lingo when buying a new TV (ARA) - Today's TVs can do more than most of us could have ever imagined, from displaying 3D images to connecting to the Internet. But those advances in technology have also made it more complicated for the average person shopping for a new television. Are you having trouble telling the difference between LED and Plasma TVs? Perhaps you could use help with some of the technical terms used to describe the TVs right now. Richard Doherty, research director for The Envisioneering Group, has his finger on the pulse of today's latest technologies and the challenges consumers face when shopping for a new TV. "The good news is that consumers have incredible options when it comes to buying HDTVs this season," says Doherty. "But choosing the ideal one can get somewhat intimidating if you don't know exactly what you are looking for and what works best in your home." Here is a guide to help make sure the next TV you buy is the right one for you: Display types Understanding what your TV will most be used for will help you decide what type of TV works best for you. Plasma or PDP (Plasma Display Panel): These screens use a combination of phosphors and plasma gas which lights up to create an image; similar to how a fluorescent light works. Many experts consider plasma displays the better choice for home theater enthusiasts because they provide deep black levels, extremely accurate color reproduction and a wider viewing angle than most LCD sets, so almost no matter where you're sitting in the room, you can still 26 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

enjoy a natural, vivid HDTV picture. Plasma will also appeal to people who watch a lot of fast action, such as sports due to their ultra-fast response time which creates smoother, more natural motion. LCD (Liquid-Crystal Display): This type of display uses a combination of liquid crystal cells a color filter and a fluorescent backlight unit to create the picture. LCD can produce a brighter picture which makes it a good choice for use in a bright room or areas where ambient light cannot be avoided. LCD TVs come in many sizes, ranging from 22-inch class TVs for the kitchen to 26- and 32-inch class sets for the bedroom to 42, 47- and 55-inch class sizes for your main viewing room. LED (LCD with LED Lighting): This type of LCD replaces fluorescent backlighting with an array of light emitting diodes (LEDs). This type of lighting enables the set to have a thinner profile (some as thin as 1 inch in depth), bright vivid picture and they are generally more energy efficient. LG offers advanced sets using Full LED backlighting which means improved contrast, a very high brightness level and a pristine picture, in an extremely thin and more energy efficient package. Picture quality Picture quality is a very broad term and can mean different things to different people. Here are a few key terms/features to be familiar with when buying your next TV: Resolution: Most wide screen HDTVs will have a resolution of either 720p or 1080p. Often referred to as "Full HD", 1080p resolution means a TV can accept and display incoming sig-

nals at full HD resolution from sources such as a BluRay Disc player. Utilizing over 2 million pixels to display the images provides the most clear and detailed picture available today. 720p resolution is also a high definition format, and can also accept the "Full HD" signals; however the picture will be displayed utilizing approximately 1 million pixels, still a stunning experience. Refresh rate: For sports fans, a fast refresh rate (expressed in hertz or Hz) is very important. This helps to reduce motion blur no matter how fast the action gets. Standard LED and LCD sets have a refresh rate of 60Hz and those equipped with LG TrueMotion, offer faster speeds of 120Hz, 240Hz and 480Hz. Most Plasma TVs feature 600Hz sub-field driving and are great for watching fast-action sports. THX certification: THX, the organization that created the design and certification programs for cinemas, also has developed a program to certify picture quality. To receive this certification, TVs must undergo rigorous testing to prove that the television is able to recreate the vivid contrast, bright colors, and detail present when a movie leaves the director's studio. Currently, LG is the only TV manufacturer in North America to have garnered 2D certification for an LED (LE8500 and LX9500) and its 3D Plasma is the first 3D TV to receive 3D Certification from THX (PX950). Advanced features Today's TVs come with other incredible features and understanding everything a TV can do will certainly help steer you in the right direction when its time to buy your next TV.

3DTV: The ability to deliver HDTV's supreme detail has been around for more than decade now, but some of the latest TVs also are 3D capable. More stations are jumping on the trend, as ESPN will broadcast a number of football games this season in 3D and more and more movies will become available on 3D Blu-ray discs. 3D is available on Plasma and LCD screens and LG's PX950 Plasma 3D TV is the first ever 3D TV to achieve the THX certification for picture quality. With the action literally jumping off the screen, the 3D experience is great for viewing with family and friends. Internet connectivity: Tapping into the Internet's virtually endless options for entertainment and information no longer requires a computer. TVs with LG's NetCast technology allow users to access some of the best media and entertainment outlets that the Web has to offer. On the best screen in your home, you can now enjoy Netflix, Yahoo!, VUDU, Cinema Now, YouTube and Picasa. "Even with all the options out there, the tried-and-true method of going with what looks best, feels right and will last a long time, still works when picking out a TV," Doherty says. "But it's always best to arm yourself with some technical knowledge before making your decision." Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011 | 15


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Five projects to take your home from cookie cutter to custom

(ARA) - A new home: It's your chance to personalize your living space with details that suit your taste and personality. Or, so you think. Many builders only allow you to choose colors; and offer limited options beyond their builders' grade materials. Or, if you've purchased a previously owned home, it too is most likely equipped with many basic options. Luckily, it's easy to bust out of builder basics and add a few easy and inexpensive updates to make your cookie-cutter home stand out from the rest. And what better place to start than the heart of your home - the kitchen? "A minor kitchen remodel is really one of the easiest ways you can make the most of your home while also giving it your own personal style," says Danny Lipford, renowned home improvement expert and host of the nationally syndicated TV show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford. "Plus, according to Remodeling magazine, it's one of the top five projects that will recoup your investment when it comes time to sell." Not sure where to start? Lipford 14 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

recommends these five projects: Cool countertops. If your kitchen is like most, you probably have laminate countertops, since they are available in a variety of colors and patterns and are relatively inexpensive ($10 - $30 per square foot). However, they lack style and scratch and buckle easily. To give your kitchen a high-end look, consider updating your countertops with a more resistant surface, such as solid surface, a molded resin that is stain-resistant and mimics the look of concrete ($35 - 80 per square foot); marble, which in addition to its natural beauty is heat-resistant ($40 - $100 per square foot); or engineered stone, which is a mix of quartz and resins to create an extremely durable and fashionable surface ($45 -$90 per square foot). Fabulous faucets. Does your faucet have a pullout spout with a beautiful finish that coordinates with the rest of your decor? If not, it's time for an upgrade. For less than $200, you can easily swap your no-frills faucet for one that adds functionality and fashion.

Moen offers a variety of stylish high-arc pullout kitchen faucets with new innovative finishes, such as the Neva pullout faucet. Available at Lowe's. Luxurious lighting. Fluorescent lighting in the kitchen is a staple for many builders since it's functional and inexpensive. However, it's not very aesthetically pleasing. Luckily, replacing fluorescent lighting is a simple project that will instantly make a style statement in your kitchen. Try one of these options: Track lighting, which is a fixture that sits close to the ceiling, but features multiple decorative lamps in a row; pendant lamps, which extend down from the ceiling like a chandelier; or mini pendant lamps, which offer a smaller version of a pendant and are available in a variety of styles and designs; are all ideal and easy-toinstall options. Wonderful walls. Are your walls still white or beige, plain slabs? Adding color and texture is an easy way to make a dramatic difference. Painting is the simplest tactic - and by using a high-quality paint, in a

Are you throwing money out the (energy inefficient) window? (ARA) - They frame your favorite view and are key to making your home comfortable in summer and winter, yet most people don't think about them until they stop working properly. But, if your windows aren't performing as well as they should, now is a great time to consider replacing them. Until the end of 2010, the U.S. government's Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit can credit you with 30 percent of window material costs, up to $1,500, for making qualifying efficiency upgrades to your home. Poorly performing windows can account for 35 to 40 percent of your home's heat loss in the winter and are often even less effective at keeping your home cool in summer. That's literally throwing your money out the window. Today's double and triple-pane windows are worlds apart from the windows sold just 10 years ago. Replacement window frames offer improved protection from air and water infiltration over older windows, and the energy-efficient innovations in glass

options can really make a difference in your home's comfort. To meet the qualifications for the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, Milgard Windows & Doors incorporates advanced technologies to improve your home's energy efficiency. Its SunCoat Low-E glass and EdgeGard thermal spacers provide the insulating power needed to keep your home comfortable all year round. But the hundreds of combinations and choices can be overwhelming. To avoid dealing with an overly-confusing list of window choices, the company offers energy packages that configure the window's individual components for you, based on your desired energy performance level and geographic location. When looking for energy efficient windows, most manufacturers recommend starting with the ENERGY STAR sticker. A good window will have a label from the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and have ENERGY STAR ratings as well. On the NFRC label you'll see the manufacturer's name, a description of the window, plus a U-

value and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) numbers. Lower U-values and SHGC numbers mean better insulation, but look closely. To qualify for the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, each of your windows must have a U-value of .30 or less and SHGC of .30 as well. You also should consider the manufacturer's warranty when shopping for windows. Just as some windows work harder than others to keep your home comfortable, some manufacturers are more willing than others to stand behind their products with the service and support

you expect from a major home purchase. Look for a full lifetime warranty, and check to see if labor costs and glass breakage is included. Winter is right around the corner and, if you act soon, you can take advantage of the soon-to-expire tax credit for making valuable improvements to your own home with replacement windows. To get started, you can find a qualified replacement window dealer by visiting www.milgard.com or by calling (800) 645-4273.

semi-gloss or eggshell finish, you can additionally make your walls easier to clean. However, don't stop there. Adding textures with updates, such as wainscoting, crown molding or even a tile backsplash are easy enough for a DIYer - and can be cost effective as well. Fabulous floors. As the foundation of the room, you want your kitchen floor to sweep you off your feet not send you packing. So, if yours is more "blah" than "beautiful," it's time for an update. Luckily, there are many choices available - from high-end choices, such as hardwood or natural stone; to more affordable options, such as ceramic tile and laminate. And, with the wide array of colors, designs and textures available with each, you can create a dramatic update that fits your budget and your unique design style. With a few simple updates the only thing cookie-cutter about your kitchen is what you're baking. For more information about Moen products, visit www.moen.com.

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Hot home helpers under $100: Easy, affordable organization solutions (ARA) - Feel like there's never enough room in your home to store everything? Chances are you don't need more square footage, you just need to get organized. "Luckily, getting organized doesn't have to be difficult or expensive," says Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of "Today's Homeowner." "The key is to find products that marry innovation and practicality to help make home organization easy." While overhauling your whole home may seem intimidating, start with the three rooms that tend to be the culprits of chaos - the kitchen, bathroom and garage. Check out these hot home helpers that will soon make your spaces more organized and enjoyable, all at an affordable price.

In the kitchen Savvy storage When it's time to put away leftovers, do you struggle to find matching lids and bowls? Or do your plastic storage containers seem to take over your entire storage space? Update your mismatched wares with Smart Spin Storage Containers. They offer three different storage sizes and a holder keeps all the storage containers and universal-sized lids organized in less than one square foot ($20). Use unused space Most bathrooms are equipped with accessories to keep towels neat and at your fingertips, so why not use the same organization tools in the kitchen? For less than $25, you can add a towel bar, towel ring or robe hook, such as the Sage or Reed collections at Bed Bath & Beyond, on the side of a cabinet or an island to keep dish towels handy (and off the floor), while adding a stylish 28 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

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In the bathroom Shower and storage Space and storage are key concerns in bathroom design; luckily, you can create up to 5 1/2 additional inches of elbow room in the shower, while also adding extra hanging space for daily essentials with the new Double Curved Shower Rod from Moen ($59.99). Double Curved Shower Rods, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, also offer visual appeal with a separate rod for the decorative shower curtain - or provide easily accessible space to hang your towels. Simple space solution No matter how organized your bathroom, it's always tough to find a place for the many daily necessities that we want at our fingertips. Now, you can easily keep these items within arm's reach - yet off the vanity - with new Towel Bar Hooks and Shower Rod Hooks from Moen ($10). These ingenious, Sshaped hooks snap right onto your current towel bar or shower rod to offer convenient access for a variety of items, such as clothing, jewelry, towels, travel bags and more.

In the garage Up and out When looking for more storage space in the garage, don't forget to look up. Often overlooked, the overhead area is ideal to suspend a variety of larger items, such as bikes, that take up coveted floor space. For only a few dollars, you can purchase large plastic-coated hooks that easily screw into the ceiling joist and allow you to hang the bicycle upside down by the tires. Or try a bike hoist ($39) that also suspends the bike from

the ceiling - but uses a pulley to make lifting the bike easier. Balls, bats and shovels, oh my Unfortunately, most items stored in the garage are large and irregularly shaped, making it difficult to neatly store them on shelves. Specialized organization systems for sporting goods and lawn equipment are available to confine anything from bats and balls to shovels and rakes. The RacorPro XRack Sports Equipment Organizer ($79.99) sets up

quickly and easily and the basket design will entice anyone to toss their items in. Or, try the Funnel Fits Long Handle Tool Storage System ($26) that snaps garden tools like shovels, rakes and brooms onto the wall and out of the way. With a few innovative, practical and affordable products, your home will be more organized in no time. For more information about Moen products, visit www.moen.com or www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011 | 13


maintenance restaurants, but they are becoming more common now in residential design. Stainless steel comes in a variety of finishes and styles. If you prefer a matte finish that shows less wear and tear or if you like the highly reflective traditional style, there is a stainless steel that meets your décor needs. Remember that metal conducts heat, if you choose a stainless steel counter, have trivets or an area to place hot pots and pans to prevent the entire counter heating up and becoming unsafe to touch.

Stainless Steel Countertops continued from page 11 room will feel. Lower ceilings will feel cozier because the metal has reflective properties that will pull your space inward. Depending on the ambiance you want to create, metal ceilings are a great architectural feature to add. 13.) Metal picture frames can be subtle or bold: For years in home decorating, metal picture frames came in a few styles and were not thought of as ‘décor’. In modern day, picture frames come in a variety of big and bold styles as well as unconventional minimalistic detailed varieties. When decorating your home use groups of varying sizes of picture frames to add visual interest on a wall, or table. For bargains, visit discount home décor stores and browse through their clearance area. Picture frames are always on sale, you just might have to dig! 14.) Metal bed framing and headboards can compliment your bedroom: Wrought iron head and foot boards give a romantic and feminine feel to a bedroom. To add more romantic detailing opt for a wrought iron canopy bed and consider draping sheer material from the top of the canopy to the bottom at the four corners. When paired with soft bedding, and fabrics, wrought iron loses its hard edge and becomes a welcome addition in a romantic bedroom. 15.) Cabinet door pulls in kitchen and baths makes a design statement: Cabinetry in your home can look simple and refined without pulls, or it can be accessorized by adding door pulls in complimentary metals. If your design

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style is sleek and modern, consider using long, thin brushed nickel cabinetry and drawer pulls. Do you prefer a more traditional and detailed option? Try using large, dark bronze pulls that will attract the eye instantly. Often forgotten, cabinet and drawer pulls can be mixed and matched for an eclectic punch to your kitchen as well. 16.) Metal roofing lasts longer than traditional roofing: Metal roofing doesn’t have to mean the industrial standing seam metal roofs found on commercial buildings. In residential design, copper, and even steel modular shingles are becoming increasingly popular for their durability and color choices. If you’re in the market to choose roofing materials, research metal roof manufacturers to see the vast variety that they have. The options will surprise you, and metal roofing will last longer than asphalt roofing. 17.) Do it yourself projects can make household items metallic: By using do it yourself methods you can take an ordinary vase and add gilding or faux paint techniques. From furniture to picture frames, coordinate your décor items with complimentary metallic styles. Metal leafing is a popular arts and crafts technique that you brush on metal ‘leafs’ and then brush away pieces, leaving a gold, silver or bronze shine to any surface. Visit garage sales and antique stores to get inexpensive décor that you can later add your own artsy touch to! 18.) Metal kitchen counters are popular in homes: Stainless steel counters are the staple counter material in professional kitchens and

19.) Add curb appeal to your home with metal house numbers: Architectural lettering, plaques, and signs displaying your address numbers are an attractive way to add visual interest to your front entry. Plaques can be personalized with the last name and/or initial of the family to symbolize the homestead. Metal numbers can be added to the facade of your home, or freestanding in your yard or at your mailbox. Visit your local home improvement store in the signage area for more options and custom made-to-order options. 20.) Update your plumbing fixtures to archi-

Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware tectural metals: To add definition to your kitchen and bathroom update plumbing fixtures with modern metal. Choose from copper, bronze, nickel, brass and many other metal options. Shiny, brushed, or matte finishes can be varied throughout your home or choose complimentary styles at you sinks, tub and shower. Start with one room at a time to ensure the right look and to save money! Your home can always be improved with adding metal accents or architectural details. Depending on your taste and decorative style, metal can be a major component to your home, or left for minute details. Bring metals into your home and see how it will transform your space for the better.

Find, fix and forget - simple steps to weatherize your home this winter (ARA) - The weather outside is about to get frigid and frightful, but inside, many homeowners can still enjoy the comfort and coziness of warmth ... if they don't have to worry about cold air drafts and leaks causing the temperature inside to plummet like the climate outside. Luckily, for many homeowners, problem areas where cold air is sneaking in - and warm air may be escaping - can easily be found, fixed and then forgotten. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the annual energy bill for a typical single family home is about $2,200. By properly sealing and insulating your home, you can save up to 10 percent on home energy costs. And, you don't need a permanent - and more expensive - draft-blocking solution, such as installing new windows, adding more insulation or replacing old doors with insulated versions, to stay warm and reap the financial rewards. Here are a few simple do-ityourself steps to keep the warm air - and cost savings - in your home this winter: • Find. Perform a home energy audit to determine where you might have some issues. While you can pay a professional, this can also be done quickly with a simple list and a few household items. To start, make a list of potential problem areas, including windows and doors, as well as places where pipes, electrical outlets, vents and mail slots are located. To complete the audit, make sure all doors, windows and fireplace chutes are closed, shut off all combustion appliances, and turn on exhaust fans (in the kitchen and bathrooms, if you have them). Then, take a lit incense stick or candle and hold it in front of the areas you listed as possible problem sources - leaks and drafts will

cause the smoke or flame to flow in the direction of the air leak. Be sure to keep track of any areas in need of sealing. You can also shine a flashlight around doors and windows to look for gaps and cracks - if you see light shining through, you've likely found an area in need of fixing. • Fix. Once you've determined the areas that need attention, look for DIY weatherization products that can help. Many cost-effective, easy-to-install solutions are on the market today, with many formulated for specific problem areas. For leaks around pipes, electrical outlets, vents or mail slots, consider caulk or other specialized products, like foam seals, to block the drafts. Drafts around windows can be fixed with a window insulation kit, typically a clear plastic film that can be placed on the inside or outside of the window to create a draft-proof seal that can easily be removed when the cold air clears out. Additionally, many window and door seals can be applied quickly and easily, but don't forget about the bottom, where cold air might be creeping in. For leaks under doors and windows, look for a solution that will "hug" the bottom to create an airtight barrier. The Double Draft Seal from Duck brand offers two layers of protection from drafts, sealing underneath doors and windows from both sides, for maximum energy efficiency and thermal protection. • Forget. Take the time to fix the problem areas now and you'll forget you had any air leaks and drafts by the time the weather turns frigid and frightful. For DIYers, it's as simple as taking the time to find the cold air sources, choosing the right products to block the drafts and

installing them properly. The fall offers many perfect opportunities to get DIY weatherization done. And, many of these projects can be completed in a weekend and then forgotten throughout the cold winter months

- all without breaking the bank. For more information and tips to winterize your home, visit DuckBrand.com/HomeSmart.

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Federal tax credits set to expire by end of year (ARA) - Putting off that home improvement project? Waiting too long could be detrimental to your wallet. On Dec. 31, the federal tax credit worth up to $1,500 for energy-efficient home improvements will expire, leaving procrastinating homeowners out in the cold - or at least chilly from their old, drafty windows. In addition to tax credit savings, many window sellers are offering savings on qualifying windows during October, which happens to be National Energy Awareness month. "The timing couldn't be better for value shoppers to make the investment into new energy efficient windows for their homes," says Erin Johnson, window expert for Edgetech I.G. "Special offers and tax credits will add up through December, but the long-term savings on energy bills will be longlasting if consumers do their homework to find the right windows to meet all of their needs." Shopping for replacement windows The first rule of thumb when shopping for new sustainable windows is to understand what the labels mean, and to read them carefully. Windows that bear the ENERGY STAR label are proven to reduce heating and cooling costs, and are National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) approved for Ufactor (the rate of heat loss through the window) and solar heat gain (how well the window blocks heat from the sun). To meet the federal tax credit requirements, windows must achieve a .30 U-factor and .30 solar heat gain coefficient, and this information should be clearly marked on the windows. But to ensure the long-term performance of replacements, there are a number of other factors that should be considered, including condensation resistance. "The existence of condensation on windows is a sign that a window is inefficient," Johnson says. "This can even occur in newer, poorly constructed windows and will lead to other problems, including mold and damage to curtains, walls, carpet and the window itself. Most importantly, moisture can lead to seal failure and the need to replace the entire window system." 30 | Everything Home/Winter 2010/2011

Some NFRC labels include condensation resistance (CR), which is reported on a scale from one to 100, and measures the ability of a product to resist formation of condensation on the interior surface of the product. The higher the CR rating, the better that product is at resisting condensation formation. While this rating cannot predict condensation, it can provide a credible method of comparing the potential of various products for condensation formation. This rating is not required to be posted on new windows - so be sure to do your homework if it isn't there. The primary component to watch for to prevent condensation is the spacer - the window component that separates and seals the two panes of glass. According to the NFRC, an important step toward reducing the potential for condensation is the use of a warm edge spacer system that reduces the conductivity through the edge of the window. "Non-metal, dual-sealed warm edge spacer systems, such as Super Spacer, are less conductive than metal spacers, which leads to less condensation in insulating glass windows," Johnson says. "Because of its all-foam, no-metal design, Super Spacer offers the highest condensation resistance in the industry." According to Johnson, all-foam spacers have other benefits that will ensure the long-term energy performance of replacement windows. "Rigid, metal spacers do not bend, so over time stress from wind, snow and barometric pressure changes can cause the seal to crack. A flexible spacer will expand and contract with weather changes, keeping the seal intact and the window performing longer," she says. A survey conducted by the Alliance to Save Energy found that 64 percent of homes in the U.S. have single-pane windows, which contribute up to 35 percent of energy wasted in buildings. In cold climates, energy-efficient, dual-pane windows with low-e coatings can reduce heating bills by as much as 34 percent. In warm climates, they can cut cooling costs by 38 percent. For more energy-efficient window buying tips and tax credit information, visit www.sustainaview.com.

4.) Add décor to your garden with metal ornamentation: Ever thought of re-using an old wheel barrow as a planter in your garden? Metal pails, over sized watering cans and rustic metal trash cans make for creative décor in the yard and garden areas. Plant seasonal flowers in them, or consider adding a splash of color with paints or stains. Brighten up the exterior or your home with metal planters and see how a dismal garden is suddenly livelier. 5.) Metal office furniture looks great in the home: It may sound odd, but office furniture in the home has a huge trend in décor today, especially metal furniture. Especially chairs that have been repurposed and finishes that have been painted over in metallic paints or left unchanged are big for dining rooms. Look at office consignment and second hand furniture shops for office furniture that might be slightly worn, but can be resurfaced. It is common for offices will change a furniture style and get rid of hundreds of chairs at one time! 6) Exposed metal can add an industrial feel to décor: Exposed concrete floors, and visible metal heat/air conditioning duct work can add an industrial feel to a loft or studio apartment. Open floor plans that show off stainless steel appliances, and metal furnishings can bring a sense of masculinity to your home. Consider using streamlined furniture and minimalistic décor to up play the metal accents in your urban retreat. 7.) Metal architectural brackets add decorative emphasis to shelving: Want to add pizazz to a generally ordinary shelf? Consider buying metal brackets to compliment the existing metal touches in your space. For an inexpensive touch, buy metallic spray paint in varying shades to give old brackets a new look. By mixing shades your finished product will have an antiqued look as though it’s aged. Make sure and wait for complete drying between coats, before applying a new coat. 8.) Add a metal bench to your front entry to welcome in guests: Whether it is a grand park bench or a smaller version, benches in a front entry, gardens or under a tree makes a welcome addition to your home. For wood and metal benches seal the wood with a water seal product and use a polyurethane sealant on the metal to preserve the finish and reduce rust buildup. 9.) Use metal hand rail to bring decorative styling into your home: hand rail range in materials from rod iron to steel tension cable varieties. Depending on your décor, select

hand rail that contrast your interiors. Dark hand rail look striking when paired with neutral and light colors. Ornate and intricate hand rail can bring a sense of tradition while simple and clean lined hand rail fit more modern and contemporary décor. 10.) Door hardware comes in a variety of gorgeous metals: Have you ever noticed how an ordinary door can be transformed by adding beautiful hardware? Change out your front entry door hardware for a contrasting metal finish, and see how your front door will take on new life. For interior doors visit your local hardware or home improvement store. Hardware can range from brushed nickel to aged bronze. For easier gripping for elderly, children or handicapped, opt for a pull down handle hardware as opposed to turn knob handles.

comfortable your home is. Chandeliers, wall sconces and pendant lighting in complimentary metals to your décor can be formal or casual. An ornate metal iron chandelier with crystal can make for an ‘oxymoron’ fixture. The rustic metal combined with faux candles or hanging crystals is a mix of conflicting materials that will make a grand foyer or dining room stunning. 12.) Metal ceilings add grandeur to a room: Embossed tin paneling is common in home libraries and entertaining areas. Metal panels also have faux finishes that look like precious metals as well as steel ceilings can give an industrial or high tech feeling to a room. The higher the ceiling you intend to put the metal panel on the more stately the continued on page 12

11.) Light up your home with metal lighting fixtures: Lighting plays a huge role in how

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20 Best Ways Metal will Beautify your Home From the exterior of your home to the interior, metals have been used to beautify homes since the beginning of time. Metals are one of the most precious materials found on Earth, and when used in the home they can represent strength, beauty, and status. Depending on the finish and how the metal is used, your interior décor and exterior detailing can be transformed instantly with timeless metals. Check out these 20 best ways to beautify your home with metals, you will love the result! 1.) Galvanized metal and recycled aluminum are perfect for décor: Metals can have a shiny finish to reflect light and give a formal look to décor. When galvanized metal is left unfinished a rustic and worn finished is left exposed. Perfect for shelving, and accent trim on furniture, cabinetry and doors.

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2.) Metal grills have many exterior uses: On outdoor porches and sun rooms, metal grills are commonplace as wall ornaments. Use them to welcome guests at your front door or group them on a long bare wall leading to the entrance of your home. Metal grills can be found at art supply stores, as well as home improvement centers in the garden area.

Metal Wall Grill 3.) Use metal in your kitchen/bath backsplash to add glimmer: When used in small quantities shiny metal tiles for a backsplash make for a pop of excitement to a kitchen wall. If you don’t want the all over ‘glam’ opt for using accent metal copper or bronze tiles, amongst matte finish tiles. Some mosaic tiles have random metallic tile sheets that make a backsplash more visually appealing and easier to install on your own.

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Keep warm and dry by sealing your home

(ARA) - Winter may cause many

homeowners to contemplate a new heating system or other major investments, but some small, smart investments can often go just as far toward protecting your home and saving you cash. Through the proper home maintenance techniques, you can keep typical damage caused by snow, ice and rain at bay and avoid major home repairs. One of the best ways to protect your property from the elements is by sealing surfaces where rain, ice, wind and melting snow can intrude. You can save thousands in repair costs when spring arrives by sealing windows, doors, the roof and even the driveway now, before the damage occurs.

Seal from the top down Winter elements - from temperature extremes, ice and snow, to wind, rain and water intrusion - can cause extensive damage to roofs, exterior walls, garages, windows, driveways, patios and pavers, side-

walks and other exposed areas. Sealing cracks in these areas can keep out winter's intrusive, damaging elements and prevent costly problems. Fall sealing prevents spring leaks Many expensive, major spring roof repairs start as simple leaks that could have been solved through sealing. The most common roof leaks begin around chimneys, skylights, pipes, flashing and vents. As part of your fall maintenance routine, seal these potential problem areas by troweling on asphalt cement such as Leak Stopper or All-Weather Roof Cement. Or try a new product - Black Jack Neoprene Flashing Cement, a 100 percent rubber formula that gets tougher over time. For flat or low-slope asphalt roofs that are cracking at the seams, reseal with Black Jack Roof & Foundation Coating. Take the chill off winter energy bills Heat loss is a major cause of high

winter energy bills. But according to Energy Star, you can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs - or up to 10 percent on your total annual energy bill - simply by sealing and insulating. Outside, use 100 percent acrylic caulk to seal around windows, outdoor water spigots, door frames, wall seams and corners, garage doors and under eaves. Caulk anywhere pipes, ducts or vents enter the home. Seal around any seams or cracks in walls and ceilings. Indoors, seal any breaks in walls or ceilings with fume-free SMART zero-VOC elastomeric caulk. Also seal dryer vents, exhaust fans, pipes, ceiling ducts, recessed lighting and attic hatches. Don't forget the driveway Road salt and driveway ice melt products may do the trick to keep driveways and sidewalks from being slippery, but they take a toll

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on asphalt and cement surfaces. Pitting and cracks from winter water happen, and salt and chemicals can intrude into small driveway or sidewalk cracks, creating major repair issues come spring. Sealing your driveway, sidewalk and patio can help prevent damage. To avoid expensive problems, caulk cracks in asphalt or concrete with Black Jack or Gardner crack fillers. Then seal concrete (cement) driveways, patios and sidewalks with Krystal Brilliance, a 100 percent acrylic clear sealer that effectively stops salt and water damage. For asphalt (blacktop) surfaces, use a long-lasting sealer like Gardner Pro7 or Black Jack Ultra-Maxx 1000 to reseal your driveway. The time and money spent on sealing your home now can save you thousands more when warm weather arrives. Visit www.gardner-gibson.com to learn more about sealant products.

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High Point Furniture Market Report: Fall 2010 Patina

How water damage caused by your cleaning appliances could clean out your wallet

• Vintage-inspired looks are a staple at High Point,

and this season is no different • Pieces ranging from seating to case goods sport faded paint in patchwork configurations

Dovetail Furniture at High Point 2010, North Carolina Vintage print • Printed vintage text is a common styling choice for cushions, sofas and chairs • Printing is done on rustic canvas or linen, largely solid, but also seen in Americana blue or red stripes

Peninsula Home Collection at High Point 2010, North Carolina

Metal work • Metal work is an important category at the market, and this season, wrought iron table legs, lamps and accents dominated • Bronze was seen in lighting at Julian Chichester • Aged metal was used widely to create an antiqued aesthetic Julian Chichester at High Point 2010, North Carolina

Contemporary touch

Vintage

• Contemporary design popped in a market that is dominated by traditional and vintage-inspired style • Modern lines and clean finishes were compliThe Bramble Co. at High Point 2010, North Carolina mented by white, wood and black Revival

• Vintage and antique inspired pieces were seen with fresh details and twists • At The Bramble Co. printed wood from vintage crate boxes were repurposed into a writing desk • Patina and chipped paint blurs the line between authentic antiques, repurposed materials and reproductions

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American Leather at High Point 2010, North Carolina

Natuzzi at High Point 2010, North Carolina Height conscious tables • Clusters of side and coffee tables provide a layered look with height and size variations • Many showrooms are displaying these tables in clusters of two and three. • Natuzzi’s new brand Italsofa showcased varied height side tables that popped with colors like teal and green

(ARA) - Being a homeowner means being vigilant. From the roof to the foundation, you need to keep a close eye on your house to guard against damage to your investment and to protect the place your family calls home. Water damage is one of the most common problems that homeowners need to watch for. Home appliances, like dishwashers and washing machines, can be some of the leading causes of water damage inside the home. That's why it's equally important to look for potential sources of water damage inside your home as it is to check for outdoor problems. If you catch water damage early, you can save yourself a lot of stress and money, but letting it slide can cost you: Safeco Insurance estimates that the average cost of repairing water damage is around $5,000, a significant figure for any homeowner. However, if you take action to prevent water damage in the first place, you'll give yourself extra peace of mind for the future. Signs of water damage can be subtle: a ripple in your wallpaper, a hint of a yellow stain. If you see signs like these, it's best to start investigating them as soon as possible. But where should you be watching for water damage in your home? Use this check list to protect your home - once you've gone through it, you'll be able to relax, knowing that your home is water tight. • The kitchen. While kitchens are typically a place of warm memories surrounding the dinner table, many of its components have the potential to cause costly water damage to your home. Using your appliances is essential and if something goes wrong, it is nice to have the peace of mind that you'll be protected. You can protect yourself by investing in a dishwasher that has built-in leak-protection technology. Dishwashers from Bosch home appliances, like the Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher, are equipped with the comprehensive AquaStop Leak Protection System. The system features a double walled inlet hose that immediately stops water at the

source upon recognizing a leak in the hose. Should the leak occur at the base of the dishwasher, the system will automatically shut off the machine if it detects water and will pump the excess water out to avoid a leak. In addition to your appliances, you should check for and repair any sink leaks and pull out your refrigerator to make sure no water is collecting behind it. • The utility room. Check your washing machine's hoses for bulging, cracking and leaks, and keep in mind that they should be changed every three to five years as part of regular maintenance. Bosch home appliances also offers its comprehensive AquaStop Leak Protection System on their Vision washers, which offers homeowners the peace of mind that their washer will not cause costly damage. Also be sure to check your water heater for wet spots on the floor or rust on the tank. If your home has a sump pump, test it periodically to make sure it's functioning properly. • The bathroom. Sealants are a key method of protection in this waterfriendly room, but if they aren't in good condition, problems can arise. If the caulk around your shower or bathtub is cracking or coming apart from the wall, remove and replace it. You should also check under your sink and around the toilet for any loosened fittings or existing leaks. Once you've checked the inside of your home for potential causes of water damage, you should also go outside and check your home's exterior. Give the roof, walls and gutters a detailed inspection for any cracks or damage that could let water in. By carefully checking your home for signs of water damage, you can save yourself the time, money and stress that come with having to make major repairs. And when you're confident that your property is protected against costly damage, you can sit back and enjoy the comfort of your home.

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decorating

Avoiding the post-holiday letdown

(ARA) - It happens every year. Your house looks its absolute best, inside and out, between November and New Year's day. After all, it's the holiday season and the time of year when you want to put your home's best face forward for visiting friends and family. Everything's clean, bright and festooned with cheerful holiday decorations. It looks great. No, wait ... that's an understatement. It looks fantastic. Before you know it, it's January. The tree comes down. The garlands have wilted. The guests have gone home. You've put the gifts away, and the kids have gone back to school. Suddenly your house looks as quiet, stark and boring as a grey winter day … and post-holiday letdown begins to set in. Don't let it. By brightening up your interiors as soon as the holidays are over, you'll create surroundings that will help keep the winter blues at bay and make your house as warm and inviting as it was during all of your year-end festivities. And, don't worry - you can do it even on the tightest post-holiday budget. Creating a cozy space for winter days doesn't require any major construction or costs. Just a few small changes can make a big difference. Paint truly is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to brighten a

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room. Nothing transforms a seemingly dreary space more than a fresh coat of color. A high-quality wall paint also can hide any scuffs and scrapes caused by too much holiday cheer or during the "un-decorating" process. "The right paint color can make a tired room look cozy and inviting," says Peggy Van Allen, color specialist for Pratt & Lambert. "It also can serve as the canvas that ties the rest of your decorating scheme together - once you brighten tired walls, you can get inspiration for other design elements throughout the space." Consider selecting rich, saturated wall colors to warm up the space. Warm, burnished golds. Succulent reds and cranberries. Smooth mochas and bold French roast browns. Set off dark colors with a creamy, white trim for a soft, stylish effect. When selecting paint, think about selecting a coating that has low odor and low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) so you can paint indoors, even in the winter - a time when you don't necessarily want to open all the windows for extra ventilation. Stain resistance is another factor to consider in paint selection, particularly in high-traffic areas, such as kitchens and family rooms.

The Porcelain paint line from Pratt & Lambert offers both of these options, delivering excellent coverage and stain resistance in a low-odor, low-VOC formula that's available in more than 1,000 colors. Paint is just the first step, however. Once you have finished warming up your rooms with a fresh canvas, you can add some finishing touches to create a haven from the cold weather outside. "Think of the month or two after the hectic holiday season as a time of rest, relaxation and recovery," Van Allen says. "Chances are you'll spend much of your time indoors during these months, so instead of bemoaning the fact the tree is down and it looks bare, make your rooms as cozy as possible." One of the first things you might want to do is rearrange the furniture in your most-used rooms to lessen the feeling of emptiness in the space. You can give your room a new look for free, simply by moving a few key pieces to new locations. Also, by moving furniture closer together, rooms can look particularly cozy on a cold day. Next, think texture. If your window treatments are sheer and summery, maybe you'll want to swap them out for some inexpensive velvet drapes or

enhance existing blinds with a luxurious valance. Remove light-colored linen or cotton slipcovers and instead use heavier, winter-friendly fabrics in jewel- or fire-inspired tones. Accent them with fluffy throws and embellished decorative pillows for the look of extra warmth. Area rugs can reduce the stark look of a room. Pick rugs with bold colors and patterns that complement, but not necessarily match, your wall color. In the bedrooms, replace light quilts with heavier comforters and duvets and consider using flannel sheets. Add a few extra pillows to the beds to further enhance the cuddle factor. Hang thick, plush towels in rich colors in the bathrooms and replace existing bath mats with ones that have a thick, luxurious pile. A new, fabric shower curtain also will go a long way toward warming up the space, despite all of that cold porcelain and chrome. With a few simple and inexpensive changes such as these, there's no need for you, or your house, to suffer from post-holiday letdown. Rich color, warm textures and clever room arrangements can keep your home looking spectacular and inviting throughout winter's dreariest months - no holiday decorations needed.

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Contents

WINTER 2010

Decorating 6 8

Avoid the post-holiday letdown

High Point Furniture Market Report: Fall 2010

Home Improvement 10 20 Best ways metal will beautify

your home with metal

14 5 Projects to take your home from cookie cutter to custom 16 Deck the Halls and your bedroom while your at it bathroom gets ready for guests

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Divine Design: Washed out

It’s beginning to smell a lot like a cozy winter

24 Brighten winter’s dark days with simple home safety security steps Community 22 When God sad jump, these volunteers said... Technology 26 Deciphering the technical lingo when buying

a new TV

Maintenance 27 Are you throwing money out the (energy inefficient) window?

28 Hot Home Helpers Under $100 29 Find, Fix and forget - simple steps to weatherize

your home this winter

30 Federal tax credits set to expire by end of year 32 Keep warm and dry by sealing your home 33 Avoiding water damage

EVERYTHING

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Your home, your style: merge your personal style with your home's style By Tracie Vanderbeck Everyone has his or her own sense of style. Whether yours is classic, trendy, bohemian or even retro, you know what looks and feels great for you. Another way to express that personal style is through your home's decor. By incorporating elements and colors that reflect your personality, you'll be sure to create a home that's comfortable and uniquely you.With a few simple tips, you can easily transform your home into a more stylish space. If you like classic colors and shapes, stick to a neutral shade for a subdued backdrop. Prefer louder looks? Try an accent wall in one of your favorite hues, like a bright red, burnt orange or regal purple. Regardless of your taste, a new color that reflects your style will easily update any room so it's perfect for you. Accessorize wisely It's the little details that make a big difference and many options are available to meet any design taste. Updating the hardware in your kitchen or bath is a great way to make an impact quickly and inexpensively. It's like the jewelry for your home. If you like a clean look, stick with sleek metal accents like chrome or stainless steel. If you prefer something more ornate, try knobs or pulls with an intricate design in an old world finish, like oil-rubbed bronze. Lighting is another way to make a stylish statement. Candles add soft lighting to any space, and you can find a shape, height and scent that's perfect for anyone. Pendant lights in a bold color add character and pizzazz, whereas chandeliers are perfect to add drama and glamour to more formal spaces.

Use metal accessories to update your decor. See more ideas for decorating with metal on page 10. Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel. Materials matter The types of materials you use in your home say a lot about who you are and your style. To bring warmth and a sense of traditional styling, add some wood accent pieces to any room frames, a bench or even a basket for magazines. If you're more minimal and like a trendy, contemporary look, try using metal as your showcased material. From end tables to vases to artwork, you can find metal pieces anywhere Fabrics found in your home should also reflect your personal style. If you're a "no-fuss, nomuss" type, cotton blends are a must when it comes to blankets and slipcovers. Do you like things that have a more luxurious feel to them, heavier fabrics, like velvet or chenille, are more up your alley. The choices are truly endless when it comes to personalizing your home. By selecting elements that are reflective of your tastes and styles, not only will you be satisfied with your space, but you'll be sure to impress all who visit your home.

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