Home & Garden

Realty Austin: Make the Move

Jean Bruns - REALTOR®   Growing up in Austin, Jean has seen Austin’s market growth first hand and gained many valuable ties to the community. After graduating from Texas Tech University ...
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Fresh Perspectives: Using Sunshine to Light your Space

Solar Garden Chandelier DIY by Ellen M. Miller   It’s that time of the year again when we relax a bit, enjoy longer days and outdoor adventures, even if they are close to home. ...
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Make Yourself at Home: Porch, Sweet Porch

by Fancy Nancy, Interior Designer The official arrival of the spring season is upon us, more specifically the spring equinox. All over the world on March 20th, days and nights are ...
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The Garden Guy: Amistad Salvia

Giving Your Landscape the Royal Treatment By Norman Winter   Until something unseats it, Amistad salvia has to be considered the most beautiful salvia to ever hit the market. Amistad ...
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Fresh Perspectives: Repurposed Chalkboard Serving Trays

By Ellen Miller     I love a good repurposing project, don't you? I refer to them as Fresh Perspectives. Many of my materials are found at charity thrift stores, making me feel ...
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Fresh Perspectives: Globe Trotters

By Ellen Miller     I'm sentimental and save things, probably too many things. The spring cleaning bug bit me recently and I discovered a stash of too many maps from our past ...
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The Garden Guy: Bouquet Dianthus

The Perfect Pansy Pal and Cut Flower for Sharing By Norman Winter   As we start the new year, many are focusing on giving. Giving encompasses more than writing a check. In the garden ...
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Make Yourself at Home: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

By Fancy Nancy, Interior Designer   Every year around this time, the Pantone Color Institute announces its Color of the Year for fashion and interior design. Those of us in the ...
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Mean, Green, Efficiency Machine

Our journey to improving our home's overall health   By Courtney McEwen   One short year ago, home energy assessments seemed as familiar to me as the surface of the moon – a ...
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November/December

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Make the year ahead clutter-free

Many people feel the dawn of a new year provides an opportunity to clean the slate and begin anew. That notion can be applied in various ways, including around the house. Cleaning the slate at ...
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Halloween pumpkin-carving pointers

Transforming pumpkins into cleverly carved creations is a Halloween tradition. Each October, glowing pumpkins take up residence near doorsteps and porches, adding to the magical ambiance of the ...
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Ergonomic tools make gardening easier

The term ergonomics is derived from the Greek words "ergon," which means work, and "nomoi," which means natural laws. In the simplest terms, ergonomics is the study of how work is done and how to ...
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Add value to your home with these renovations

Homeowners choose renovation projects for a variety of reasons. Although many improvements are made to increase functionality and comfort of a home, several others are seen as worthwhile ...
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Sound control key to a calm, relaxing home

Inside and out, life can be loud. Retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world by making your home, or specific rooms within it, a calm, relaxing sanctuary. There's a room in every house ...
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Pretty Pumpkins, No Carving Required!

By Courtney McEwen, LiveIt Editor Pumpkins have officially arrived on the scene and I couldn't be happier. I know it's fall when stores are blanketed with orange, bins and bins of orange. ...
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20 Unique DIY Photo Gifts

It's Always Autumn shares 20 of her favorite, unique DIY photo gifts - perfect for any occasion. 1. These photo coasters from Beauty and Bedlam can be made for only $1 a set if you have a ...
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The Best Plants to Bring Life to Your Bathroom

Plants are a great way to bring a little natural beauty indoors. They clean the air in your home and add color to every room. Your bathroom, however, can be a tough environment, but here are ...
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Tech Talk-Buying a new TV

By Kayla Jean Woods kayla@liveittexas.com Are you considering buying a new TV? Some experts believe March is the best time to buy one because retailers want to get rid of inventory that ...
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Two Cents Worth-Organize for Spring

By Kayla Jean Woods It’s spring time and that means time for spring cleaning and organizing. Here are five ways to declutter your home and get organized. 1. Family Charging Station Can’t ...
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2nd Time Around-Farm Table

Tools you will need: Measuring tape Saw Hammer Nails Sandpaper Chalk paint and brushes Wax and wax brushes • Decide how big a table you would like. • You will need 2x4s and four legs ...
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2nd Time Around-Bucket Light

Tools you will need: Stencil Sharp point tool • First get a stencil to put around the bucket. • With a sharp point tool, punch out your design. • Put a hole in the bottom of the bucket. • ...
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Blooms, Birds & Butterflies-Recycling and Repurposing

By Norman Winter Director of Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens www.coastalgeorgiabg.org Recycling is popular in today’s society, but the idea rarely conjures up visions of beauty. Over the ...
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2nd Time Around-Trunk Dog Bed

Tools you will need: Box cutter Drill Chalk paint and brushes Scissors Measuring tape • Find a trunk you like. • Remove the top. • Measure for the opening. • Cut out the opening. • ...
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