Is it Real Soap?

There is a small boutique located at 271 River Street in the heart of historical Troy, NY. The shop owner is Theresa Hovish Van Duyne a retired Art teacher, opened T & J Hand Crafted Soap in 2012. She makes about 40 different varieties of Cold pressed soaps including soaps made from local beer, wine and tea. Customers will also find a variety of other body products including lotions, fizzies, soaks & handmade 100% Soy Candles.
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Pillow Talk….

Lets talk shall we..Knowing the importance of just the right pillow, and helping my clients with their choices is my job as a designer. Imagine a pillow that supports a refreshing night’s sleep by adjusting to fit the contours of your head, the interlocking foam design of the MyPillow is the unique composition that helps you get a good night’s sleep, night after night.

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Kitchen Concepts

Today we are visiting with Kitchen and Bath World they are located at 1980 Central Ave. in Albany NY. Since 1983 they have been leading in design and customer satisfaction in the Capital District. Sara Bovee a designer at Kitchen and Bath World feels she can create the best possible space for her client’s taste and lifestyle by learning how they live, work and relax in their home.  She will be at Booth 111-113 at the Home Expo to help design a space that is beautiful and functional for you and your home.

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Super Bowl 50!!

It’s the biggest day in football—Super Bowl 50!! The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers face off tonight, which means we have more than a failsafe justification to do a little indulging. I thought I would share some super quick and good game day foods that we are making.. Starting with by favorite from Martha Stewart Pigs in a Blanket!
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Sunlight In A Bottle..Olive Oil!

Il Gusto della Vita” means to “savor life the Italian way,” our family enjoy’s life by experiencing good food and spending time around the table with our family and friends. Last year I stopped and talked with Mel and Terry Palmer the owners of Gutso Della Vita I was reminded of family gatherings as child, our table would be full of fresh tomatoes from the garden, sliced and drizzled with olive oil, and served with French bread like no other I have found. A large platter of soppersata and cheese would be the centerpiece, with my Mom’s homemade pickled-everything in mason jars spread across the table. The adults all drank red wine, which later in life, I have become quite fond of.  Back then, conversations would linger well into the warm summer nights..

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News From the Block

I’ve heard the arguments that glass blocks are dated or that they are an “80’s” product – Kepple Glass Block would disagree, the people who make this claim are not aware of how this material has evolved. Glass Blocks come in various sizes, shapes, colors, patterns and designs, making it easy to match you interior design style or color. You can add a beautiful accent wall or invite more light into your rooms.

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The Story of Soapstone

As the granite countertop trend continues to slowly ebb in high-end homes, other alternatives are starting to pick up in popularity. Soapstone is a natural material, a metamorphic rock that is composed primarily of talc with varying amounts of chlorite, micas, amphiboles, carbonates and other minerals. It has been known for centuries for its ability to retain heat (for example, all of our original hearthstones in the farmhouse are made of soapstone). At Green Mountain Soapstone they are unsurpassed in quality, and the largest soapstone supplier to the USA and Canada. They are at booth 133A at the Times Union to help with more information about Soapstone in your home.

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HGTV Inspired Styles..

From Rustic Barn Revival to tried and true traditional interiors, I’ve decided to take us on a cruise through some beautiful homes.  Paint colors seem to still be in the neutral pallet, while the glamorous mirrored furnishings stand strong in transitional spaces. The rustic statement returns with the HGTV Series Fixer Upper with Joanna and Chip Gaines. Visit Booth 439 at the Home Expo,  get a special offer for home show ticket buyers,  a year of HGTV Magazine for only $10 – that is 75% off the cover price! Offer valid at time of ticket purchase online or at the Home Expo HGTV Magazine subscription booth.  The popularity of this series is very prevalent in design right now. Lets get started!!
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