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Space Age Design to Improve Quality of Life

January 13, 2016

Product design has often reflected the social and economic climate of the times. Yet instead of being a reflection of the outside world, one company seeks to drive change in order to improve the lives of consumers. In November 2015, the...

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Indoor Winter Projects

January 6, 2016

It’s not surprising that after the holiday festivities, many consumers start thinking about home improvement, organization and decorating projects they can tackle while the weather is unforgivingly cold. Throughout the year, many people may...

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Decorating Walls with Tape

December 23, 2015

For some, décor limitations exist. Apartment dwellers and dorm residents are oftentimes restricted from dramatically changing the look of their spaces; there are rules against painting the walls, hanging picture frames, or installing shelves....

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Storm Prep Checklist for Homeowners

December 16, 2015

  When severe weather looms, many consumers race to buy supplies they might need during an emergency. For hardware and home improvement retailers, this means items such as batteries and flashlights will be in high demand, as will other items...

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Creating a Technology Niche

December 9, 2015

Technology is increasingly becoming more integrated with every aspect of daily life, and consumers are demanding newer and more innovative products to give them more control over the day-to-day management of their personal life. Given this trend,...

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Cold Weather Tips for Small Livestock & Pet Wellness

December 2, 2015

Winter is almost here, and many livestock owners are in preparation mode to make certain their animals will survive the cold months ahead. Retailers can help by carrying select products and materials consumers need to keep their small livestock...

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Repurposing Live Holiday Decorations

November 25, 2015

Most people agree that live decorations during the holidays add nostalgic character to the home, but some consumers, concerned about the mess and waste of live decorations, steer clear of lawn and garden departments during the holidays. Retailers...

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2016 Lighting Trends

November 25, 2015

Good lighting is a key component of any home. It provides illumination for safety and task completion, it sets the mood for a space, and it can enhance a room’s decor. Consumers looking to update a room will often change out lighting...

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Toolbox Gift List for First-time Homeowners

November 18, 2015

The purchase of a first home is a happy occasion, and many times, those close to the first-time buyer want to give gifts that help make a house a home. Below is a gift guide to help with the inevitable projects and repairs that come with...

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Top Wish List Items for Christmas

November 18, 2015

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and according to the National Retail Federation (www.nrf.com), consumer spending will be higher in 2015 than in previous years, which is terrific news for retailers. Consumers will be looking for a wide...

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