My Beautiful Home Show

January 18, 2014

Tim Jolly, owner of Tim Jolly Insurance Agency, says that the beginning of the year is a good time to review your home insurance policy. If you haven't updated your coverage in a while, you may not have enough replacement value. Tim has been in the insurance business since 1970 and can offer you the benefit of his experience. Tim Jolly Insurance is located at 66 S. Miller Rd., Suite 203, in Fairlawn. For more information: 332.869.777 or Tim Jolly Insurance.

 Bob Doherty, general manager of Wolff Bros. Supply, the wholesale distributors of plumbing, electrical, cabinetry and solar energy supplies, says that Wolff Bros. also has a showroom that's open to consumers. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you deserve the best professional-grade products. While you're at the showroom, check out the new LED Home Smart Lighting System from Technical Consumer Products in Solon. It allows you to control your lighting from anywhere through an app on your Smart Phone, whether Apple or android. LED lights have a typical life span of 22-plus years. Amazing. Wolff Bros.Supply is located at 1200 Kelly Ave. in Akron. For more information: 330.773.0200 or visit Wolff Bros. Supply.

Sarah Binder, president-elect of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Northeast Ohio Chapter, says that the 33rd annual NARI Home Improvement Show will give homeowners scores of ideas for remodeling their beautiful homes. The show runs Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 26, at the IX Center. For more information: 2014 NARI Home Improvement Show

Finally, if you're planning to be in Columbus Jan. 25 or 26, visit the Ohio Designer Craftsmen's Art Studio Clearance Sale at the Lausche Building in the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. You'll save up to 70 percent off fine craft items for your home. For more information: art_studio_sale

January 11, 2014

Zach Goebelt, owner of  Complete Outdoor Installation, installs outdoor stone walls of all types. Most of his walls are dry stone, meaning that no mortar is used to hold the stones together. Done right, these walls will last forever -- just consider the pyramids built in ancient Egypt. You can meet Zach at his display at the Akron Home & Flower Show Feb. 28 to March 2 at the John S. Knight Center. He'll also be on hand at the Sustainability Symposium at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Feb. 1. Complete Outdoor Insatallation is located at 3479 Kent Rd., Stow, OH. For more information: 330.338.4733 or Outdoor Installation

Allison Perley-Harter, owner of Perley Gates Art & Design, is an artist and interior designer who can be called upon to do everything from creating a single piece of art or a unique finish to renovating an entire home. Allison, who has had careers as an actress and a software saleswoman, draws on her experience to help her clients figure out exactly what they want and stay within their budget. For more information, call Allison at Perley Gates, 330.931.1804, or visit Perley Gates.

Hallie Bowie, architect and certified green professional, is the owner of New Leaf Home Design. She has plenty of suggestions for homeowners who are interested in going more green in 2014. For instance, if you'll be replacing an appliance or a faucet this year, look for Energy Star and Water Sense ratings for appliances and fixtures. If you're interested in renovating your existing home -- which also is more sustainable than building a new one -- contact Hallie at 330.329.6901 or New Leaf Home Design.

Finally, if you're planning to be in Columbus Jan. 25 or 26, visit the Ohio Designer Craftsmen's Art Studio Clearance Sale at the Lausche Building in the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. You'll save up to 70 percent off fine craft items for your home. For more information: art_studio_sale

January 4, 2014

Julie Lewis, an interior and architectural designer with Lewis & Associates Designs, says that designers have been trained to look at spaces and turn them into lovely living areas that reflect the owners' tastes and sensibilities. For more information: 330.416.3114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have you seen a coyote hanging around your neighborhood, and you don't know what to do about it? Jamey Emmert, Wildlife Communications Specialist, says that you can get answers at a program being presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It takes place Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Division of Wildlife District 3 offices at 912 Portage Lakes Dr.  There is no charge to attend but space is limited, so please reserve a seat. Call 330.245.3020 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information: Coyote program

Rachel Wolf, proprietor of Rachel Cooks for Me, makes everything from scratch and customizes parties to the hosts' specific desires, from vegan to French cuisine. Her husband, Brian Wolf, works with her and also does a podcast about food and wine on Spreaker. For more information about their catering services: 330.714.8053 or Rachel Cooks For Me.

December 28, 2013

Start the new year with a clean home.  Ray and Margie Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeastern Ohio, say that they clean your home the way you would clean if you really wanted to clean. But who does? It's so much better to spend your time doing what you want to do. Maid Brigade employees are all thoroughly background checked, so you can feel comfortable and secure letting them into your home. Get scheduled now for a January clean. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade.

Barbara Seelig-Brown is the author of The Healthy Home Cookbook: Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for Holidays, Parties and Everyday Celebration, full of healthful and delicious recipes for anyone who enjoys good food. Barbara is the host of the TV cooking show "Stress Free Cooking" and the author of the companion cookbook. She's also the official food blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. The book is available on stressfreecooking.com, shopdiabetes.org and amazon.



 

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