Radon and the Tooth Fairy

Remember when you were very young and it was easy to believe in things you couldn't see, like the Tooth Fairy?   The Tooth Fairy was so cool, giving you money for something you no longer needed.  And even when the day came that your baby teeth or your belief were no more, the Tooth Fairy didn't get mad at being ignored.  Good ol'  TF was never bad or harmful. … [Read more...]

Color Conundrums

When it's time to update a color scheme in your home, where do you turn for inspiration?  Traditionally, I looked for great color combinations at fabric stores.  I'd bring home swatches of the most intriguing ones to see how they worked in the room's lighting.  It's a practical low-tech, low cost way to play with color mixtures and textures. I recently discovered a couple of websites that let you experiment with color.   The first website is ColorPicker.com.  Simply move the cursor around the multicolored square and bar until you see a color you like.  Then click on one of four links to … [Read more...]

Painting for Profit and Pizazz

Fresh paint offers the highest return on investment for home improvements, but choosing just the right color can be difficult.  Wouldn't it be great if you knew what a professional home stager would recommend?   To assist my real estate clients, I gathered the colors that home-staging professionals use most often.  This list focuses exclusively on Benjamin Moore paint because it was the favorite brand of the surveyed home-stagers.   If you want to see these colors without leaving home, Benjamin Moore's website has a virtual fan deck and other tools for paint selection.  Go to … [Read more...]

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