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The Good, the Bad and the Tacky: Holiday Decorating Don’ts

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is gawking at tawdry, awkward and straight up weird holiday decorations. I can't help it. There's so much fun to be had rubbernecking at tacky decorations! I blame my strange fascination on this guy: ...


How To Use Your Landscape to Deck the Halls

(TNS)--Plants that were just there through the year suddenly get important in December. That’s when we look to our landscape for ways to make the house look festive. ...


5 On-the-Money, Out-of-the-Box Holiday Gifts

(TNS)—Stuffing cash in an envelope — or tucking it in a box of chocolates like my Dad used to do — can be a pretty great gift in many households. Unfortunately, some people do view cash as a tad impersonal. ...


Great Spaces: Former Home of a Weather Forecaster

A hot shot in the world of weather is letting go of his LA home. Dallas Raines (convenient name for a weatherman, no?) recently listed his house in Pasadena for $3.498 million. Perched high on a hill with sweeping views of the skyline, ...


‘Star Wars’: Ranking the Galaxy’s Most Iconic Homes

We’re just days away from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of the franchise’s sequel series picking up three decades after the fall of the Galactic Empire. While we anxiously await lightsaber duels and starfighter battles (and new planets!), we’re tapping into our own Jedi powers to ...


8 Easy Ways to Cut Your Taxes Now

(TNS)—Right now you’re probably thinking more about Santa Claus than Uncle Sam. ...


Savvy Storage for the Smaller Home

Many homebuyers may hesitate to consider a smaller home that lacks sufficient storage space. While this often means getting rid of—or acquiring fewer—belongings, there is still a need for accessible, efficient storage throughout the home. Short of adding or constructing areas specifically for storage, there are ways to coax more ...


Great Spaces: Looking for a Lease in Downtown Brooklyn?

If you’re in search of a luxury lease in beautiful Brooklyn, consider downtown’s latest residential tower, creatively dubbed City Tower. ...


Getting a Mortgage? How Credit Unions Stack up against Banks

(TNS)—You already have your dream house in mind, but have you considered whom you’d like as your lender? ...


To Your Health: Quitting Facebook Makes You Happier

(TNC)—Need a pick-me up? Try taking a Facebook break. Researchers at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen studied the moods of 1,095 regular Facebook users over a week’s time. They divided participants into two groups: those who kept logging onto Facebook per normal, ...


Before Winter, Be Sure to Pest-Proof Your Home

(TNS)—If I’ve learned anything over the last 33 years of homeownership, it’s that animals that exist happily outdoors three seasons of the year will try to find a warm space indoors in winter. ...


Shield Your Home this Season with Winter Maintenance Tips

As the colder winter weather takes hold across the country, it’s important for homeowners to ensure their heating systems are ready to stand up to the frigid temperatures. To help prevent unexpected breakdowns, American Home Shield, is offering five expert tips to maintain ...


History for Sale: Michelangelo’s 16th Century Tuscan Home

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni’s products range from sculptures to painting, poetry, engineering and architectural design, through the refinement of the High Renaissance and into the artistic age of Mannerism. He is considered by many to be the greatest artist of all ...


How to Reprogram Yourself for Success In 2016

Some people start each day with an early morning jog. Others begin with a cup of coffee and a donut. ...


Four Steps Everyone Should Take Before Holiday Shopping Begins

While millions of shoppers are expected to descend upon shopping centers and malls across the country hoping to cash in on post-Thanksgiving savings, some are deciding to stay home and avoid spending. Half of the respondents to the most recent National Foundation for ...


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