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3 Trends in Lawn and Garden Decor

March 23, 2016

Some new design trends are popping up for Spring 2016 with nods toward modern design, whimsical products, and a touch of vintage decor. According to a recent study by Houzz.com...

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Trends in Outdoor Living

March 16, 2016

Numerous reports over the past couple of years have indicated that spending time in the great outdoors can have multiple health benefits (Huffington Post on Health benefits of outdoors...

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Best Time to do Remodeling Projects

March 9, 2016

Many consumers think that home remodeling projects should take place during warmer months. But according to a recent article by Angie’s List (https://www.angieslist.com/articles/best-time-year-remodeling-projects.htm), consumers can reap...

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Inspirations from the Tiny House Movement

March 9, 2016

One of the growing housing trends is the move toward smaller, more efficient living spaces, much of which has been spurred on by the Tiny House Movement, a social trend where homeowners downsize to homes of 400 square feet or less. From this...

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Reducing Risk of Illness Through Pest Control

March 2, 2016

Mosquito-borne illnesses have been among the biggest international news stories recently. This news, coupled with the approaching peak mosquito season, means retailers should be prepared to offer their customers a range of mosquito and pest...

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Made in America Movement Continues Its Momentum

March 2, 2016

A study of more than 1,000 consumers conducted last year by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) determined more than half indicated they had made a greater effort in the last year to buy more Made in America products. For...

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Farm Safety

February 24, 2016

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), farming remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Each year, serious injuries, and even deaths, occur. Fortunately, some injuries are preventable with the right...

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Living with Insects

February 10, 2016

When homeowners talk about bugs in their homes, most retailers automatically recommend various eradication products. However, in some situations, consumers aren’t seeking to eliminate insects, but rather to live symbiotically with...

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Remodeling with Multi-generational Families in Mind

February 10, 2016

According to the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University, home remodeling should continue to grow in 2016 (http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/home-remodeling-activity-looking-gain-steam-through-mid-year). But remodeling is no longer...

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Addressing Security Concerns of Smart Homes

February 3, 2016

As the use of smart technology for the home continues to grow at a rapid pace, consumers are becoming more aware of the potential issues concerning the integration of technology into their everyday lives. Questions regarding the streamlining of...

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