Published May 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to put away your winter jacket, throw on a T-shirt and relax in your backyard.

The patio market is thriving this time of year, especially in Michigan. Following months of hot and cold temperatures, massive rain events and dreaded hailstorms, the days are lasting longer and the sun is calling everyone to go outside.

Corie Conroy, an interior decorator and president of First Impression Home Staging & Interior Design in Bloomfield Hills, said being a Michigander has its perks — notably when the temperature heats up.

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Published April 26, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Anything goes — eclectic is the name of the game when it comes to decorating your walls these days.

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Published April 14, 2017

DETROIT — For 37 years, “This Old House” on PBS has been showcasing how to take run-down or dilapidated houses and turn them into fresh, livable homes. This spring, the show is featuring Detroit.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When outdoors this spring and summer, you don’t have to be in the dark when the sun goes down.

There are plenty of outdoor lighting options for your backyard, front yard, patio, driveway, walkway, deck or flagpole.

The national chain of Lowe’s Home Improvement offers several options.

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Published April 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Nicole Parlor, program director for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, couldn’t remember the last time a large Christmas wreath, stowed in the storage area, had been used. 

Since it had been at least two years, volunteers from the National Association of Professional Organizers, Michigan Chapter — who donated their time, expertise and sweat equity to organize the storage area at the club March 28 — put it onto the donate pile. 

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Published April 3, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Thirty percent of all millennials are renting, Detroit is on the move with an upcoming 50-block entertainment and sports district, and the housing market is on the upswing in Michigan.

Those were a few ideas presented at the Real Estate Forecast Breakfast, put on by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce at The Reserve in Birmingham March 23.

Real estate powerhouses spoke on topics from millennial buying trends to how homeowners are living in their homes longer. And Gen Xers are in the prime of their lives when it comes to home buying.

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Published March 29, 2017

NOVI — In preparation for the end of hibernation and the awakening of growing things, the Novi Home & Garden Show will return to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi March 31-April 2.

The 20,000-square-foot showroom will transform into a living space complete with 30-foot trees, the smell of mulch and all types of home appliances on display. Vendors will share the newest landscaping ideas, materials and products.

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Published March 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Get ready. It’s time to get to work if you’re looking to grow this summer’s veggies from seed this winter.

Whether you’re starting seeds with a grow kit at home or in a fully functional greenhouse, March and April are busy months for from-seed farmers. If you’re serious about growing seeds, you’ve probably whiled away the winter months by browsing handy seed catalogs and wandering websites to narrow the search for your favorite garden varieties. 

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Published March 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Spring and summer is the time when homeowners begin to prepare for big updates, additions and projects.

Whether it’s about pools, spas, patios, hot tubs or big landscaping projects, vendors for all will be at the 22nd annual Novi Backyard, Pool & Spa Show March 24-26 at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

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Published March 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — While tornado season doesn’t usually get off the ground until April, unstable weather has already been spotted this year and more could be on the way.

Experts say it’s never too late to start thinking about an emergency preparedness plan and what you should do should a tornado strike.

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Published March 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Two local real estate agents agree that, with a drop in inventory and an increase in the number of educated buyers, now is the time to list homes for the spring market.

Kathy Broock, of Max Broock Realtors, said the low supply is not necessarily inflating home values because buyers are sitting and waiting for something better to come along.

“I think people are optimistic,” said Linda Rea, of Real Estate One.

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Published February 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Neutrals are a sophisticated, timeless option for those who may want to create a classic look and not redecorate every season. But personalized color can be a winner in private homes.

“I think 2017 was kind of the year of the neutral,” First Impressions Home Staging President Corie Conroy said. “If you decide you need some kind of vibrant hue, you can do florals or inexpensive pillows. You don’t need to have buyer’s remorse when you want to change your interior.”

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Published February 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — For Peck Elementary School first-grade teacher Nicole Pelczarski, the workday isn’t over when the final school bell rings.

While the married mother of two leaves the school building for the day to attend her children’s sporting events and spend time with her family, Pelczarski is back to work later in the evening not at school, but at home. 

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Published February 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With a slew of cloudy, rainy weather and a rise in political tensions, some may want to seek a sanctuary or escape from the real-world challenges that persist daily.

A local home stager and an interior decorator offered some tips that readers can implement in their homes to help carve out some peaceful, quiet moments for themselves.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging in Bloomfield Township, suggested outfitting a space with comfortable furniture and eliminating electronics, including TVs, computers and phones.

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Published February 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Do you have furniture and other household items that you want to find a new home for? 

They could help local families out of homelessness. 

Claire and her fiancé, Lander, in their 60s, are caring for seven children, Claire’s five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The mother of the five grandchildren could not care for them, and the mother of the two great-grandchildren died. Humble Design withholds its clients’ last names to protect their privacy.

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Published January 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s easy to protect your family against the threats you can see: You lock your doors and windows at night, you make sure you turned the coffee pot off before you leave the house, and you trim the low-hanging branch hovering dangerously over the roof.

But the less obvious threats to our safety can be just as scary, even if we can’t see, hear or smell them. And that’s exactly what radon gas is, according to Andrew Cox, environmental health director at the Macomb County Health Department.

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Published January 11, 2017

The Pantone Color Institute recently unveiled its 2017 Pantone Color of the Year — “Greenery.” The zesty yellow-green shade, categorized as “nature’s neutral,” is symbolic of new beginnings and a connection to the natural world.

Since 1999, Pantone has designated a color of the year to mirror the culture and mood of the world.

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Published December 21, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Criminals better watch out: Santa may not be the only one watching them this holiday season.

With the technology for cameras and wireless links becoming more common and affordable, the use of cameras on front doors, also known as doorbell cameras, has been steadily rising in recent years. These cameras can be of varying sizes and costs, but they are installed facing out from the front door of a home and can record or send a video stream or still photo when they detect motion near the door.

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Published December 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — According to local real estate agents, the past year has shifted the balance away from favoring sellers more to leveling out the playing field.

While property values continued to rise in 2016, interest rates remained low, so both buyers and sellers won, said Kathy Coon, owner and broker of Real Living Great Lakes Real Estate in Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield and Clarkston.

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Published December 7, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When it comes to decorating the Christmas tree, baking endless batches of cookies or wrapping presents, listening to the sounds of the season while getting ready for the holidays is a tradition for many people.

And for anyone throwing a festive party or hosting Christmas dinner, playing seasonal favorites of “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Blue Christmas” in the background is sure to set the mood. 

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