One of my families most cherished memories is of our camping trips. With no money for trains and planes we opted to purchase a pop-up camper. It slept 6 comfortably, but it seemed to hold more than that on occasion, if you counted the neighbors kids and our two dogs. Today’s fast-paced life often leaves busy parents searching for opportunities to spend quality time together as a family. Increasingly, families are discovering that vacationing in a camper or RV is the best way to cement family relationships while having a great time. Read more “Summer Nights…”
You can’t help but be drawn to the display by Albany Center Gallery this year. I’m pleased to announce that Jae Schalekamp’s work, will be featured this year at the Times Union Home Expo. So much of Jae’s work captures Mother Nature, she opens up a whole new view to an environmental focus. Jae Schalekamp’s work goes beyond canvas, to a living force. Read more “Mesmerizing Works of Art..”
While choosing your dream garden design, its crucial to keep in mind the character, style and personality of your home. Versatility is the key to creating a garden where you and your family will spend many memorable hours together. Pulling the elements that are unique and eye-catching is what Jerry Parmenter owner of Elemental Landscapes Inc. achieves with his landscape designs. Read more “Garden Design… Where Do You Begin?”
Hi and Welcome! I’m so excited to take a moment and share a bit about myself with you today! I’m Michele Conti, my company is Designs by Michele. I’ve been Blogging for the Times Union Home Expo for three years now and love sharing informative tips and ideas from the vendors attending the Expo each year. Today I’d like to share how I got started designing. My husband and I built our home together (and yes stayed happily married in the process, which by the way is not an easy task when your husband is a builder and you a designer!) I have learned a ton about home building, construction, and design in the process so I hope I can be a resource and an inspiration to you…I enjoy what I do and love to dream of design, today I was perusing through furnishings to put into a family room design for a client. My mind started to drift and I asked myself what would my dream living room include? Read more “My Exquisite Room…A Design By Michele”
Here in the Northeast, we are in the middle of winter and enjoying the warmth of cozy fires, while looking at the beautiful blanket of white that covers the earth outside our windows. Hmm…but is this what we see?
Are you a sun worshiper and love large windows, but feeling the sun will do more harm than good? Do you have beautiful windows, but have covered them with costly shades only to feel that the shades clearly weren’t as fun to stare at as the view was, and they really didn’t help much with the cold or heat. Read more “Sun Worshipers Rejoice!”
Green Mountain Energy began in Vermont in 1997 with a simple but powerful mission: Use the power of consumer choice to change the way power is made. Green Mountain Energy is one of the nations longest serving renewable energy retailer. Growing Energy solutions, and a clean energy future is what more people want these days! Offering information on Solar, wind, geothermal and more Green Mountain Energy offers several options for the residential consumer.
When the time comes to do your kitchen or bath there are definitely more things to consider than most people think. Making a kitchen or bath useful in the ways you need it, beautiful in the ways you want it, and doing it all on a budget that makes sense, can be difficult.
You have now done your research, spent hours on these sites, and you have loads of ideas of how you want your bathroom or kitchen to look. If you are at all like the “average consumer”, the internet has educated you, but with knowledge, comes confusion. ALL the pictures look pretty! Why spend $500 when there is similar product for $150? Why the difference? Design, construction, brass content, ceramic cartridges, water volume, all of these things matter and you need to take them into consideration when deciding on what fixtures work best for your renovation.