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The History of the Light Bulb

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More than 150 years ago, inventors began working on a bright idea that would have a dramatic impact on how we use energy in our homes and offices. This invention changed the [...]

Don’t Get Scammed! A Warning From HGTV

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HGTV wants to remind you that there are scammers who might want to take advantage of your love for HGTV, so be careful of solicitations offering free home makeovers. If you [...]

Tile that makes your mouth water

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Is it just me? Or is this floor tile delectably delicious? Here are the many ways I love this: It looks like old wood! But there are no splinters! It’s probably a dream [...]

Finally! No more yanking the wrong chain!

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Stress relieving fan pulls I guess these little doodads have been around for a while, but they are new to me. Imagine that you have a lovely ceiling fan with a light. Are you [...]

Does it pay to remodel your home?

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Each year, following the release of Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, we see a slew of headlines telling us “It Doesn’t Pay to Remodel [...]

The Secrets of the Spider Webs

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Here we have two identical windows on the same wall in a bathroom. A spider has built a web on one window (top), but not the other (bottom). Do you wonder why? It’s [...]

Enlightened Journeys

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I’ve been especially enchanted with several house photos in my collection, and I finally realized what they have in common: All of the homes use natural light to make [...]

The $5 starting point

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Isn’t this bedroom yummy? It’s in the Rosarito Beach vacation condo that Don and Gigi Maurizio remodeled. Gigi, an administrator with the Glendora Unified School [...]

The New Chic: Decorating From the Dump

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I knew we were on our way to a Depression Era decorating mentality and now we have arrived. Thank goodness we have artists living at the poverty level to show us the way. As [...]

Why Competitive Bidding Doesn’t Work

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Perhaps you’ve heard this quip when a spacecraft is launched: “There goes the lowest bid.” In my mind, trying to get the lowest bid for a remodeling project is just as [...]
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