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Home & Real Estate: Design on a dollar

Kerry Howard gives tips on designing with a budget

The Great Recession and the weak recovery that followed have changed how many designers operate and how people are approaching their own home design. Many designers, like Midtown’s Kerry Howard of Howard House Interiors, have changed their business model so they can better fit into smaller budgets.

“I deal with a lot of people on a tight budget, because everyone is on a budget, and what we do is a bible for a room and agree on one price and then they can do all the legwork,” says Howard, who is gay and was a contestant on “Top Design.”

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Home & Real Estate: Easy entertaining at home

Entertaining at home can be easy

Inviting friends or a date over for a meal can be daunting, but don’t worry. Here are some tips to have a successful party that will have them swooning.

The easiest dining party is brunch. All you have to do is make a frittata, buy some bakery goods from your favorite place and make some mimosas or bloody marys. Use Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice in a champagne flute for non-drinkers.

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Home & Real Estate: Fall is perfect time to spruce up home décor

With summer travel behind you and the holidays coming faster than you think, fall is the perfect time for simple touch ups to make your home even more inviting.
Improving your décor doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out these items to add style or whimsy to your home.