• July 31, 2014

Kitchen, Bed & Bath

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Decor through the decades: How kitchen and bath product designs have evolved

(BPT) - Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Say 'bye bye' to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 budget-friendly tips
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That’s a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Key considerations for family-friendly bathroom renovations
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Summertime home improvements don't have to be all work and no play
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If this year’s summer vacation plans involve more hardware than beachwear, don’t fret. Just apply tried-and-true trip-planning principles to your “staycation” renovation plans and you can ensure both your time and money are well spent.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for summer entertaining
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it’s important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Popular home decor style - a blend of old and new
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It can be hard to keep up with the latest changes in decorating styles for the home. But the latest trend might actually make it easy for you to have a stylish house, especially if you’ve kept some family treasures around.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
The human touch: Handcrafted items speak to the soul with unique, customized appeal
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The quilt handed down through generations, the turn-of-the-century wooden rocking chair made by a long-gone relative, hand-stitched samplers that have graced every home your family has lived in – handcrafted items simply speak to the soul. In today’s society, when we’re surrounded by technology and homogenous machine-made items from clothes to curtains, handcrafting imparts a human, customized quality to home decor.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Smart, stylish solutions keep your entire home cool - without disrupting home decor
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Don’t sweat it if your home doesn’t have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can’t accommodate ductwork, or you don’t want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home feeling – and looking – cool this summer with advanced air conditioning technology.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Sink into these top tub trends for the ultimate bathing experience
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The tub tucked away in your home’s master bathroom is so much more than a place to get clean. It’s a calming refuge and therapeutic retreat after a busy, high-pressure day. Tub trends indicate that bathtubs are primarily used for soaking, while shower time is mainly for cleansing. The soaking tub has become the destination for relaxation amid today's fast-paced lifestyles.

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Pot was destined for ‘Fort Hood area,’ 3 suspects say
Posted: July 30, 2014

McLennan County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men Monday night who they believe were attempting to transport drugs to Killeen and Fort Hood.

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Fort Hood officials to close House Creek Bridge on West Range Road
Posted: July 30, 2014

FORT HOOD — The installation will close House Creek Bridge on West Range Road at 7 a.m. today to ensure public safety after engineers found major structural issues with the bridge, post officials said Tuesday.

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