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The Lifestylist List for 2015

IBS GE 15 32015 was a very good year for the home building industry. Interest rates are still low and there are lots of new innovative products and designs being introduced to consumers.

Candy’sDirt.com asked Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber to create a LifestylistList for 2015, and to say it was difficult to narrow it down to 10 products is an understatement!

Here’s the LifestylistList for 2015.

In a few days we’ll be heading back to Las Vegas for the 2016 Design and Construction Week – be sure and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter , Pinterest and Google+ to see real time the new products and trends we discover at the show.

The Martha Stewart American Made Contest

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It’s so hard to find companies that only make American Made products these days, but what’s even rarer than that is a woman owned company that is over 20 years old and only sells American Made products.

Babette Holland was making beautiful furniture, vases, mirrors, and accessories in her Tribeca NY studio when the World Trade Center was hit only blocks from her. She has always been an advocate for animals and was a huge influence before and after for getting animals off the streets and into loving homes.

Shortly after that she was diagnosed with MS, but was worried about what the effect would be on her business if her clients and others knew she was struggling with this disease. She shared in her own words on our Lifestylist page what she has been going through, and how she has decided it is time for her to come forward and educate people about MS.

She has been honored by having her company included in the Martha Stewart American Made contest, and is close to winning but needs everyone’s help to help her over the finish line.

Please visit the Martha Stewart page, enroll then you can vote up to 6 times a day until Sept. 22nd.

Someone like Babette never asks for help, so I’m thrilled for a change I can be the one to help her dreams come true!

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Tracking Trends in Las Vegas

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As a Lifestylist® it’s really important to me that I keep up with changes and trends so Sunday I’m heading to the Las Vegas Market. Usually  go for a day or two, but there are so many great seminars this time I’m going to spend a few extra days to learn about what’s new and what we’ll be seeing in 2014.

Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates right from the show.

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Two Months After The Moore Oklahoma Tornadoes

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I was back in Moore and Oklahoma City Oklahoma this week – two months after the area was devastated by some of the most powerful tornadoes this country has ever seen. It was hard to believe that months had gone by – in many areas it looked like time had stood still but in other areas you could see that progress was being made. Hotels were still full of people with no home to go back to, and Walmart had lots of merchandise for OU students, but the Moore residents who had previously shopped at the store no longer had a home to store or use their purchases in. There were no lines, and very few cars in the parking lot.

As you can see though, some areas have been cleared and are ready for building to begin again -they are just waiting for the insurance claims to be settled and for a sign that someday they might be able to go back home. As a Lifestylist® I’m anxious to see what type of building materials and designs will be used when rebuilding the destroyed homes – will the homeowners want what they had, or are they ready for a new look and lifestyle? Time will tell how many people do rebuild or if they make a lifestyle change and decide to live somewhere else. What will tomorrows New American Home look like to these people who have been though so much?

Fortunately there were still lots of volunteers helping with cleanup and building storage sheds were homes had been providing those families with a new place to store their memories and to start building new ones.

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School Is Cool!

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Can you believe that school supplies are already showing up on the shelves at the stores? An important part of being a Lifestylist® is giving back to the community, and supporting Shared Housing and the important services they provide is something we always look forward to.

Shared Housing is a small under-funded group that helps provide housing to single parent families and and Seniors and one of the things that makes them very special is that once you are a part of the Shared Housing Family you are always invited to be a part of everything they do.

Their 2013-2014 School is Cool campaign has officially started! Our goal this year is to secure backpacks, supplies, uniforms and a pair of shoes for 300 of our current and former homeless children attending school. That means over 420 construction packages, 1000 packages of notebook paper, 1,565 folders with brads, crayons, pens, pencils and oh so much more! The Dallas Stars Hockey Team was very generous and provided the kids with these super cool backpacks last year giving our kids a fashionable start to the school year.

Would you consider becoming a friend of Shared Housing?  Whether you write a check, go on-line to donate, or coordinate a supply drive at your offices, we need it all! So, please help us! You will feel great doing so and our children and their parents will be thankful for your support in getting them to school.

For a list of ways you can join the campaign and help or if you need additional information, please call them or email them at:

Shared Housing Center – 214-821-8510
Maria Machado – mmachado@sharedhousing.org
Pam Russell – prussell@sharedhousing.org

 

Lightening Up Home Interiors

 

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When you walk model homes today you can definitely see a difference in the attitude of buyers – we’ve gone from dark, gloomy homes without a lot of color to light open floorplans and design that bring the outdoors in.  White kitchens and baths are trending, and the more natural light the better in every part of the home.

The Lifestylist® Brands are  super busy and we are getting to work on amazing homes that are innovative and “push” the normal boundaries we’ve been working with. We are even working on a residence with it’s own bowling wing!

 

Here’s a few photos of some of the clubhouses, residences and apartments we’ve been working on – let us know what we can help you

 

 

 

 

 

Making Memories on Memorial Day

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I feel so blessed to have had such great experiences – our family has always been very close and full of role models that to this day I look up to.

I love every community I get to work on, but being asked to be the Lifestylist® for The Hammocks at Millcreek has a very special meaning to me. I’m in a way getting to go home – to share all of the reasons I love Erie with people who will be able to call The Hammocks home.

Please “like” their Facebook page and visit their website to learn why The Hammocks at Millcreek should be your new home.

Spicing Things Up

Spices throwaway 12Spices throwaway 3The Lifestylist test kitchen is almost complete! As I was taking everything out of drawers and my old pantry I realized now is the perfect time to check expiration dates on everything and get rid of things that aren’t as fresh as the rest of the ingredients I use in my dishes.

I was amazed that most spices didn’t have expiration dates on them, but here are a few simple tips that can help you decide whether to keep or trash you pantry inventory.

* Smell – always the easiest. If something smells “off” or in the case of spices has no scent at all it’s time to replace.

* Appearance – if something looks off as far as color or texture get rid of it immediately! The last thing you want to do is make yourself or your guests sick. Faded spices can mean that their strength isn’t what it should be and will throw off the taste of your dish.

* Expiration Dates – I do trust these and if somethings past that date will get rid of it. It just isn’t worth ruining a dish of dinner party to save a few dollars.

* Moisture – if something get introduced to an outside moisture source I would get rid of it instead of having to worry about mold or having it compromised.

My sweet contractor made me a spice rack and I can’t wait to start filling it. My favorite source for the freshest spices is Penzeys. They have opened quite a few stores and they also can be purchased online.

My new absolute spicy find though is Tabasco Spicy Salt. I’ve never found it in the stores but you can but it at their online store. It’s a blend of their very own slat that is mined on Avery Island, Louisiana and ground red pepper. It has quite a kick and a little goes a long way. I use it on everything!