Bad Homeowner Habits To Break in 2017

Though homeownership is the biggest investment most of us make in our lives, our homes endure a huge amount of abuse and damage. In 2017, make a resolution to take better care of your home. Whether it stays in your family for years and years, or you want to sell it in just a few, you'll be glad you made the effort. BAD HABIT #1: Wearing Your Shoes In The House By removing your shoes at the door, you'll be helping to keep your carpets and floors beautiful longer. Not only that, but you'll also be reducing the amount of toxins, allergens, and dust in your home by up to 85%. That goes a long way to save you and your family from sniffling and sneezing. BAD HABIT #2: Using Doorknobs As Hangers Th

Ringing in the New Year in San Antonio

With the end of a calendar year comes a time to reflect on the last 12 months, a time to look ahead at the coming year, time to spend with loved ones, make resolutions, clean out closets...and celebrate! Whether you want to stay out all night or tuck the kids in early, there's something for you to do. We've compiled a list of a few options if your social calendar isn't too full yet. Maggiano's Little Italy, 8:00pm-12:00am Maggiano's will offer a chef-selected family-style dinner, appetizer and dessert buffets, open bar, party favors and a DJ, all leading up to a midnight toast. Reservations required, ages 21 and up, $95.00 per person, all inclusive. TopGolf San Antonio TopGolf has two levels

Helping Your Guests Feel At Home

Many of us plan on entertaining overnight guests during the holidays. If you've opened your home to visitors before, you'll know that it can come with awkward moments as you figure out how to share your space. Here are some tips for making the experience pleasant for both you and your guests. Plan Activities, But Don't Forget Downtime Your guests will naturally want to experience your town and neighborhood. Pick your favorite spots and plan for some adventures. But none of us like a day full of fun with no chance to rest. Set aside time when both you and your guests can relax at home and even take a nap. Give A Guided Tour, With Perks As you take your visitors through the home, let them know

Paint Finishes 101

The color on your walls can make a big impact on your home decor. Choosing whether to let the color pop or blend in with the interior design is the first step, but sheen plays a big role in perfecting your home, too. So where do you start? Here's a primer on different paint finishes and how to best use them. High Gloss High-gloss paint is durable and easy-to-clean and reflects light well. High gloss paint is perfect for places that need frequent cleaning - cabinets, door and window trims are a good place to start. This is definitely not your best choice for interior walls. The shine is a bit overwhelming. If you're painting with a darker color, choose a lower sheen. Semi-Gloss Semi-Gloss pai

Choosing the Right Rug

An area rug is the perfect finishing touch for a room. When chosen correctly, the room looks polished and complete. If you choose the wrong rug for the space, it can look sloppy or hastily done. There are three elements to think about when choosing your rug: Size Start with choosing the right size for the room. A good rule of thumb is for the rug to fit the seating area of the room you're working with. In an ideal situation, the furniture in your seating area (dining room, living room, etc.) should fit completely within the boundaries of the rug. If this isn't possible, at least the front feet of the furniture should be on the rug. A quick note on shape: use a circular or square rug in a squ

Small Changes Make A Big Impact

Small changes can make a big impact in home decor. If you're looking for a home decor facelift, but don't want to spend lots of cash, consider the following ideas. Placemats and Napkins This seems too easy! If you have neutral plates, changing out your placemats, napkins and other tableware is inexpensive and easy. Go with plaid for the holidays, cool and neutral for winter, bright and sunny for spring, and so on. Your dishes will take on a whole new life. Switchplates Most switch plates are white or another neutral color. Take a risk with a bold color, or find something elegant and ornate. Or, have fun by covering the switch plate with wallpaper or decorative fabric. You'll be surprised at

Outdoor Decorations: Should I Hire a Pro?

Are your decorations up yet? Whether you've got a steep rooftop or want to avoid the chill, you may be thinking of hiring a professional to take care of the lights. Here's what you need to consider. Safety A key item to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a professional is your own safety. The safety of the people you hire is important, too. Make sure that whichever company you choose is insured. This time of year, you'll see signs popping up all over town for light installation. Remember that the person, or company, you hire will be working on your home and near your family. Check with Angie's List or the Better Business Bureau for reviews and reputation. Hiring A Professional Pro

Your December Garden

With chilly weather here to stay (at least for a little while), gardening may be far from your mind. But there are certainly things you can be doing to prepare for spring. In fact, this is prime time for sowing some seeds! The weather won't be cold all month long, and when it's comfortable enough to get outside, it's also a great time to work on expanding your garden. PLANTING This time of year, you can plant spring flowering bulbs. This is your last chance for bulbs before spring! Plant ground covers and borders. Plant hardy perennials and annuals. Plant strawberries. Plant herbs. PRUNING recommends hiring an arborist or at least consulting a good pruning book befo

December Events In San Antonio

There's so much to do in San Antonio in December, and our list is just the beginning! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Nov. 25-Dec. 23 Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Road, 210-267-8388 Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Local actors, singers, dancers, and musicians will have you dancing in the aisles with their fast-paced, upbeat rendition. Dog Days, Dec. 3-4 San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, 210-536-1400 The San Antonio Botanical Gardens invite you to enjoy their holiday decorations with your furry friends on their dog-friendly weekend. Proceeds benefit local animal charities. Tony Bennett, De

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