butlercountytimesgazette.com http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20121229/LIFESTYLE/121229294/1017/LIFESTYLE butlercountytimesgazette.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:45:03 +0000 Dear Monty: Selling a nice home in a distressed neighborhood http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140419540/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140419540/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello, Ashley, and thanks for your question, and thanks for sending me your address. I was able to see your home from aerial photos on an Internet map. You are fortunate to have some mature vegetation and trees to provide a partial shield. A risk in homeownership is the [...]]]> Home Help: Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of spring http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140414/NEWS/140419794/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140414/NEWS/140419794/1017/LIFESTYLE Something about spring seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize spring as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. For sheer spring-like impact it's hard to beat decorating with light.
Incorporating light into interior design can go far beyond a few strategically placed, attractive lamps and some upgraded overhead lights. It's possible to use both natural and artificial [...]]]>
Through the Front Door: Spring cleaning time! http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140412/OPINION/140419698/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:50:23 +0000 Jan Colvin/TG columnist http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140412/OPINION/140419698/1017/LIFESTYLE Dear Monty: Building a real estate investment team http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409326/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409326/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello, Rob, and thanks for your question. Owning investment real estate can be a great business. You are spot on to be looking at assembling a team approach. A team will be extremely helpful for a newcomer to the business.
Basic considerations
Much of how to proceed depends on a variety [...]]]>
Home Help: Spring into simple DIY home decorating trends http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409925/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409925/1017/LIFESTYLE Whether you're personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to mean getting rid of everything in the garage. Familiar pieces showcased in a special way can be a conversation starter. Love cycling, but have an old bicycle that you don't ride anymore? Consider using its components to construct a unique piece of furniture to showcase your passion for the [...]]]>
Through the Front Door: Make simple things impressive http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140404/OPINION/140409591/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Jan Colvin/TG columnist http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140404/OPINION/140409591/1017/LIFESTYLE Sometimes, the simplest way to bring designer elements into your home involves your family’s necessities! I mean the really fundamental stuff we all need to take care of our daily life! I have a couple of ideas that get so overlooked: tissue boxes and wastepaper baskets. Yes, that’s right. Ladies and gentlemen, we can do better—soooo much better.
I must admit that I’ve made a call or two to some of the bigger tissue [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Elderly seller avoids remodeling http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409941/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409941/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello, Mary, and thanks for your question. This question will generate a variety of answers from anyone you ask. Most opinions will boil down to this:
The common wisdom
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Go bold with bright exterior paint http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409989/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409989/1017/LIFESTYLE Jim Hillibish: There’s a high-pressure solution to the trickle http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339939/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:55:50 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339939/1017/LIFESTYLE What a great idea. Think of the billions of gallons we'll save if everybody uses water-restricting shower heads. This causes environmentalists to power dance and governments to legislate. Billions of gallons. Imagine that.
Not exactly. None of these meddlers ever took showers, obviously. It's not how much water you use. [...]]]>
When a tree falls — what do you do? http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339940/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:48:45 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339940/1017/LIFESTYLE That means contacting your home insurance agent if you sustain damage and paying your deductible. Your option on the deductible is to file a lawsuit.
Here are some other considerations provided by [...]]]>
Home Help: Bathroom blooms with spring makeover http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339997/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339997/1017/LIFESTYLE Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors, and revive any room just in time for warmer weather.
Relaxed modernity is ideal for a bathroom, and a serene palette is a great step to create this calming oasis. Use the beach as your muse; pastels such as light blue and eggshell white [...]]]>
Dear Monty: The benefits of owning small apartment buildings http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329599/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329599/1017/LIFESTYLE Our other two-family is hitting on all cylinders, debt is looking good and we once again have a good amount of disposable income. I have been looking at multifamily [...]]]> How to control swallows http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329717/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329717/1017/LIFESTYLE Home Help: Embrace spring with DIY home and landscaping projects http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140324/NEWS/140329989/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140324/NEWS/140329989/1017/LIFESTYLE People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.
Roll up your sleeves and embrace the season of growth with these home and gardening tips:
As temperatures begin to warm, time to enjoy the outdoors is just around the corner. Soon enough you'll be relaxing with family and friends on your deck or [...]]]>
Through the Front Door: Two worlds walk hand in hand http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140321/OPINION/140329842/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Jan Colvin/TG columnist http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140321/OPINION/140329842/1017/LIFESTYLE Dear Monty: Contractual error costly for real estate agent http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319287/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319287/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello, Arissa, and thanks for your question. The most important business concept to remember at a time like this is that problems are much easier to solve before the closing [...]]]> Make the most of a small yard http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319360/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319360/1017/LIFESTYLE Home Help: Hot decorating trends to make your home interiors pop http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319952/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319952/1017/LIFESTYLE Looking for ways to switch up your style? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous.
"Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design," said Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY television personality.
Here are a few home decor trends Nayak predicts will make a big impact this spring:
A hot trend in 2014 is to bring flea-market furniture back to life [...]]]>
Through the Front Door: A look inside the 'Man Cave' http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140312/OPINION/140319770/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jan Colvin http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140312/OPINION/140319770/1017/LIFESTYLE Dear Monty: Passing time can change property use http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319826/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319826/1017/LIFESTYLE