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

“We Need a New Logo” Contest: Help Us Choose!

The Empire Today “We Need a New Logo” crowdsourcing contest (announced here) is now down to the very end, and we’d love to get your thoughts on the top three designs. Go to this link, where you can rate the designs (out of five stars) and also provide comments on your thoughts about the designs. I promise that we will be reviewing all of the feedback we receive and will take it into careful consideration in our thinking about our logo. MORE

The Importance of Vacuuming Your Carpet

Oct 1
Larry Gantt
Frequent vacuuming is one of the most important factors to maintaining the appearance of any carpet. Without frequent carpet maintenance, home owners can expect the highly used areas to show heavy traffic patterns much sooner than expected or necessary.  MORE

Filed under: advice, care, carpet, carpeting, cleaning, maintenance, tips, vacuuming

Window Treatments Offer a World of Options

Sep 30
Tony Tuma
Along with painting, new window treatments are a relatively quick and economical way to refresh and enhance your décor. Window treatments are a wise investment, whether you plan on selling your home in the near future, or you plan to stay for the next several years. MORE

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