Bare Windows: Beautiful…. But Not Always Practical

Oct 9
Tony Tuma
Thumbing through a recent edition of Elle Décor, I couldn’t help but notice window treatment trends in the many beautiful rooms featured. The big trend was no window treatments at all, or, the simplest, barely there, treatments. MORE

Filed under: blinds, shades, shading, shutters, treatments, window

“Swap My Floor" Photo Contest: and the Winners are…

Oct 8
Jill Ruiz
 I am so excited to announce our Grand Prize and First Place winners for Empire’s first ever “Swap My Floor” photo contest! We received 74 entries and almost 4,500 votes on Facebook. The winners were selected based on their need for flooring and the creativity/originality of their entry. And the winners are… MORE

Filed under: carpet, contest, empire, flooring, today, winners

Ask the Expert: Top 3 Options for Durable Flooring

Oct 7
Todd Johnson
Finding durable flooring for today's busy families is a must. Here are my top three picks for flooring that will stand up to everyday wear and tear and look great for years to come MORE

Filed under: durable, engineered, flooring, floors, hardwood, laminate, vinyl

Entertaining with Exterior Lighting

A few years ago, I had a client come to me with a simple problem but a complicated solution. They loved spending time on their deck, but they just did not have enough lighting in the back of their house to entertain. There was only one light off the back door and the back of the house was elevated, so that light did not provide any lighting for the lower patio area. We knew that the solution was to add more lighting, but this is a more complicated problem to fix. MORE

Renovation Reality: Volume 3, The Bathrooms

Welcome back to the renovation story of the English Tudor home that we’ve been working on. If you thought the powder room in last week’s post was bad, just wait until you seethe two second floor bathrooms!  MORE

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