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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Huff ‘N Puff… Not Just Insulation

You may not notice it, but your old windows might be costing you. Are you sure they still boost your home’s aesthetic appeal? Can they still protect you from harsh weather conditions? Due to their diminishing efficiency, you might be spending much more on your energy and maintenance bills then you should. Since 1973, Huff ‘N Puff has been serving customers in New York. In 1996 Ed and Ruth Minkiewicz expanded Huff ‘N Puff  from specializing in “blown-in” cellulose insulation into replacement windows, doors and seamless gutters. Huff ‘N Puff became widely known for its superior products, reliability and quality installation.
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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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The Local Decorating Resource..Home Depot

As an incurable DIY’er one of my favorite haunts is Home Depot. A surprising number of objects in my home come from this Big Box Store. That’s partly because I love a somewhat rustic look and also because the store’s prices are usually very good. I love walking through Home Depot and BAM.. it strikes like a hot iron instant inspiration!

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Sexy Garage Doors??

If you think Garage doors aren’t sexy.. well I’m here to share some really beautiful views..A garage door generally takes up a large portion of the view on a property.  Empire Overhead doors has a wider choice of home improvement products and has given us all the opportunity to be different from our neighbors!

Great Homes come with Great views. Being able to sit in your cozy home, relax in a chair or on the sofa and to admire the amazing views beyond is an extraordinary feeling. Garage doors are used in design more and more. Making more homes able to take advantage of the views with Glass Doors that are affordable and practical.
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Comfort Windows and Doors..Bringing the Sunshine In!

There is something magnificent about an open door.. its welcoming..Like a first camera shot in a movie, your front door and windows introduce the style of the interior of your home. Windows and doors have the same effect as an establishing shot in a movie. They speak volumes about your style and invite the viewer to want to live in this world you’ve created.
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