stjamesnews.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section stjamesnews.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:32:40 +0000 Home Help: Embrace spring with DIY home and landscaping projects http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/NEWS/140329989/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/NEWS/140329989/-1/home and garden People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.
Roll up your sleeves and embrace the season of growth with these home and gardening tips:
As temperatures begin to warm, time to enjoy the outdoors is just around the corner. Soon enough you'll be relaxing with family and friends on your deck or [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Contractual error costly for real estate agent http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319573/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319573/-1/home and garden Monty's answer: Hello, Arissa, and thanks for your question. The most important business concept to remember at a time like this is that problems are much easier to solve before the closing [...]]]> Make the most of a small yard http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319618/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319618/-1/home and garden Home Help: Hot decorating trends to make your home interiors pop http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319932/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319932/-1/home and garden Looking for ways to switch up your style? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous.
"Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design," said Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY television personality.
Here are a few home decor trends Nayak predicts will make a big impact this spring:
A hot trend in 2014 is to bring flea-market furniture back to life [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Passing time can change property use http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319878/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319878/-1/home and garden How to bust the rust http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319965/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319965/-1/home and garden Rust is a form [...]]]> Healthy Habits: Poison-proof your home http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319945/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:01:37 +0000 By Betsy Cross More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319945/-1/home and garden More than 3 million calls were made to America's 56 Poison Control Centers in 2012. You might think that [...]]]> Home Help: Save money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319997/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319997/-1/home and garden Home remodel projects don't have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you're interested in updating the look of your kitchen, you can find products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish home without paying a high price.
The trick to finding these products and materials is keeping an open mind, says Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV's Design on a Dime.
"Most homeowners are [...]]]>
Cooks’ Books: Possibilities for a special shower season http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309634/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:57:10 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309634/-1/home and garden How to dazzle at a seasonal soiree — like a bridal or baby shower, spring tea party, picnic or potluck — when you have barely a second? Freeze these showstoppers ahead.
How to keep the children happily occupied at the kids' table? Let them draw on the paper tablecloth, eat in costumes or play with an interactive [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Utility bill increase squeezes tenants http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309908/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309908/-1/home and garden Drought-tolerant plants for 2014 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309900/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:00:00 +0000 By Katie Marks http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309900/-1/home and garden Think a drought-tolerant garden has to be all dull colors and straggly plants? Think again. If your plumbing is groaning over the miserable, dry heat, that doesn't mean your garden has to look like a wilted bouquet. Drought-tolerance doesn't mean boring, and we've got some great recommendations for plants to consider in 2014. Make your garden colorful, lively, and ready for dry weather!

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One of my personal favorites, parrot's beak has silvery foliage [...]]]> Home Help: Four quick color tips to awaken your home http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309986/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:27:53 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309986/-1/home and garden Looking to make a big impact in your kitchen on a small budget? A new color can awaken your kitchen to make it the center for all to gather. Try different hues, with a mix of decorative and functional kitchen items such as serving bowls, platters and pitchers.
If your dining furniture is looking a bit outdated, consider painting it. Chairs, tables, sideboards, buffets and more can be revitalized in just one weekend. Be sure to properly prep your project so it withstands [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Learn about Malibu through its historic homes http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229461/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:14:43 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229461/-1/home and garden Creators Syndicate
The mention of the name Malibu conjures up visions of the wealthy and famous, of a gated enclave where anyone without a Hollywood pedigree need not apply. But the happy surprise is that the area has a colorful history and much to offer anyone who makes time to seek it out.
I made this discovery quite by accident. While I was driving down the Pacific Coast Highway during a recent visit to Los Angeles, I saw the small sign that marked the entrance to [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Using the same agent when downsizing homes http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229724/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229724/-1/home and garden Monty's answer: Hello, Jane, and thanks for the question. In many circumstances using the same agent for both assignments is appropriate, yet there are situations where this may work against you. A bit of background will be helpful.
Agents are independent contractors
Real estate agents work under an Internal Revenue [...]]]>
Jim Hillibish: Pro picker: There’s gold in them thar garages http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229728/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:17:57 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229728/-1/home and garden Sue (she prefers to remain incognito for professional and tax reasons) is a garage-sale mama. Last March, she scored a mint-julep glass for 10 cents on 25th Street NW in Canton, Ohio. It had "Kentucky Derby 1950" on it. She jawboned the price down from a quarter.
A week later, she sold it for $258 on eBay. Be still my heart.
Everybody's got a friend who got rich for a few minutes at a garage sale. It powers the biggest [...]]]>
How house fires happen http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229788/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 By Katie Marks http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229788/-1/home and garden Having a house fire is one of my greatest fears, especially when I'm away from home and my paranoia is allowed to imagine up all sorts of horrendous scenarios. I'm the kind of person who checks the stove and heater before leaving the house, fusses over the electrical wiring, and takes special care when snuffing candles -- and not just I remember a friend losing his home to arson when I was a kid.

I always think that one of the best way to deal with your fears is confronting them head [...]]]> Home Help: Repair or replace? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229976/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229976/-1/home and garden If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself.
You know you need to make a fast decision to either repair or replace, but how do you know which is the right choice? Follow these tips from the professionals at Rheem to point you in the right direction and help you make the best possible decision.
You should repair if:
It's still under warranty. This may seem [...]]]>
Winter garden tips http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229938/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:40:53 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229938/-1/home and garden For starters, stop thinking of the winter as a fallow period in the garden, [...]]]> Home Help: Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219684/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:21:45 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219684/-1/home and garden A home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house — it also can improve the indoor air quality. Air quality is an important factor, especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold outdoor air.
Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
New technology has helped home improvement companies create products that don't contain VOCs, so as [...]]]>
Dear Monty: How to raise rents http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219883/-1/home and garden?rssfeed=true Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:53:12 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219883/-1/home and garden Monty's answer: Hello Bruce, and thanks [...]]]>