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On Trend: Formica Gets a New Look

February 15, 2017

For a long time, laminated countertops were relegated to the designer dustbin as consumers found favor with surfaces made from granite, marble or other stone products. However, with today’s trends moving toward more neutral palettes, sleeker...

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New Shower Design Borrows Look from Farm

February 15, 2017

One of the newer trends in home decor is the barn door look, which combines the rustic industrial chic of substantial exposed hardware with the various materials used for doors, whether wood, metal or other materials that fit the overall home...

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DIY Learning Set for Kids

February 7, 2017

Creative play kits for kids are a great way to get them interested in DIY, construction and design. EITech is one such company that offers these types of kits for kids. Among EITech products is the Teifoc® line of brick-and-mortar construction...

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Countertops Go High Tech

February 7, 2017

As homes become smarter, certain fixtures are taking on additional roles. One of the latest products to benefit from integration with technology is the countertop. Once just a simple surface, the countertop is now receiving its own high-tech...

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4 Tips to Give First-Time Homeowners

February 1, 2017

First-time homeowners often have questions about home maintenance tasks, such as what should be done on a regular basis, as well as what to look for around the home when it comes to wear and tear. Below are four tips your staff can share with new...

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Small Salesfloors

February 1, 2017

The average hardware store is around 9,500 square feet, but there are hundreds of successful urban and small-town stores that range in size from 5,000 square feet to 1,500 square feet. How are they thriving in the era of big-box stores and...

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3 Popular Bulbs for Spring Planting

January 24, 2017

When most consumers consider flowering bulbs, many think about those commonly planted in the fall like daffodils, irises, crocuses and the very popular tulip. But there are several varieties of bulbs that can be planted in the spring for blooms and...

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Holiday Season in Review

January 24, 2017

The final numbers are in for the 2016 holiday shopping season and overall sales were healthy for most retailers. Below are a few highlights. Better than 2015: According to the National Retail Foundation, sales during the 2016 holiday season...

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Keeping Predators Away from Small Livestock

January 10, 2017

Ranches, farms and even urban homesteads are not immune from livestock predation. For those with smaller livestock, such as sheep, goats, poultry or rabbits, finding ways to keep predators away can be challenging. There are considerable types of...

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Wear Your Heart in Your Window on Valentine’s Day

January 10, 2017

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Get in the mood with these heart-filled window display ideas from hardware retailers. Remote Controlled Heart: Cliff’s Variety in San Francisco created a window display that included a glowing...

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