First Day Of The 37TH Annual Home Expo!!

What an amazing day! I got to meet and interact with so many wonderful and amazing people! There was a steady stream of people coming through the Times Union Home Expo this afternoon. The crowd was in good spirits despite the brisk 20 degree temperature. There was a great amount of anticipation as the last few …

Are You Going to The Home Expo?

Despite what the weather might suggest, spring is right around the corner, inspiring lots of families to start thinking about ambitious interior and exterior home improvement projects. In anticipation of the coming renovation and installation season, many home shows are starting all over the country. These exhibitions feature an array of product vendors and professionals, so…

Snuggle Up Fireside…

  What better way  is there to spend a cold Valentine’s Day than siting by a nice warm fire? Our friends at Matchless Stove and Chimney are ready to help warm your toes this Valentine’s Day! It’s the most romantic day of the year…and here in Albany, New York we are definitely in need of some warmth. The…

Paving The Way

Creating a home with desirable curb appeal is a goal of most homeowners. As you are choosing trees, foliage and lighting, are you also thinking about your driveway design? Except for grass, your driveway probably takes up more square footage than anything else in your yard. The right driveway is a welcome mat for your…

The “Fab” In Prefab

Modern prefab homes are making cutting edge design and beautiful, sustainable  living accessible to more and more homebuyers. The “prefab” in a prefab home means the home’s shell is constructed (fabricated) off-site and shipped to the home’s final location. The term prefab encompasses both panel homes and modular home. Panel homes involve shipping and placing…

Garden Design… Where Do You Begin?

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…

My Exquisite Room…A Design By Michele

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…

Powering the World Reuseable Solar Energy

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…

Renovating Kitchens and Baths…Time to Call A Plumber

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…

Beyond Wolf and Viking …The winner is BlueStar

Renovating your kitchen? Culinary functionality of kitchen appliances combined with magnificent design aesthetics are key elements in creating your dream kitchen. But taking the plunge on choosing a dream luxury stove can be more overwhelming than buying a new car. Pro appliances are pricier but tend to be more durable and powerful, and they are designed BEAUTIFULLY. For…

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