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Brighten Up Your House For Spring With HGTV Expert

Brighten Up Your House For Spring With HGTV Expert

Have you ever been shopping in a hardware store with every intention of updating your home, but secretly wishing someone from HGTV would pop out from behind a large plant and rescue you? I wouldn't mind a helping hang, and this is exactly what HGTV’s home improvement show accomplishes.

Designer and host of HGTV's Room Crashers', Todd Davis, looks for unsuspecting homeowners in stores across the U.S. who could use some help with their home improvement projects. Once he finds them, Davis follows the surprised shoppers home and completely transforms their rooms into a "model home."

Since March 20 marks the first day of spring, what better way to welcome the warm weather then a little spring-cleaning.

Improve Your Home Now With Expert HGTV Host

Improve Your Home Now With Expert HGTV Host


According to HGTV's "Curb Appeal" host, Sasha Andreev, owning a great home starts with a great first impression. It's all about what your house looks like from the outside.

Whether you live in a suburban home or a more urban environment, HGTV’s hit show “Curb Appeal” can provide great ideas to make the most of your home’s appearance at a low-cost.

I caught up with Sasha Andreev at the 3-day Washington Home & Garden Show happening this weekend at the Washington Convention Center, where he provided me with a few simple and inexpensive ways to transform outdated homes and liven up the outside of your house to create that coveted "curb appeal."

His suggestions include:

1. Add color to your front door. This is especially important if you are trying to sell your house. Paint the door a brighter color than your home, don't let it blend in with the rest of the trim.

Rain Barrel Workshops Offered for Leesburg Residents

Rain Barrel Workshops Offered for Leesburg Residents


The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC), will be offering four rain barrel workshops for Leesburg residents during April and May 2012.

Rain barrels are an economical and practical way for homeowners to conserve water and save money. In addition, they reduce runoff, as stormwater is collected before it picks up sediment and contaminants that pollute area streams and rivers which drain to the Potomac River and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay.

The rain barrel workshops will be held at Tuscarora Creek Park (425 Solitude Court SE). The workshop dates and times are:

Washington Home & Garden Show Coming to DC

Washington Home & Garden Show Coming to DC

Looking to transform your home with inspiration from HGTV? You're in luck because the Washington Home & Garden Show is coming to the DC area March 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Place NW.

Free Seminars on Best Gardening for Every Season

Free Seminars on Best Gardening for Every Season

From Merrifield Garden Center:

These seminars are great ways to learn more about the world of gardening, and they are fun and interesting activities during the winter and early spring months. Here are some free seminars coming up this month:

Saturday, January 21

Merrifield Location- Find Your Garden Style, 10 am

Merrifield Garden Center Design Team

Get an overview of various garden styles, such as Formal, English Cottage, Modern, Japanese, Southern, Naturalistic, etc. Pick your favorite style and learn how to achieve the look with plants and construction.


Fair Oaks Location – How to Grow Houseplants, 10 am

Loudoun County Christmas Tree Recycling Information

From Loudoun County:

Christmas Trees: residents who receive curbside recycling services should contact their homeowners association, town office, or private waste collector for Christmas tree curbside recycling information. See Curbside Refuse and Recycling Collection for more information.

From late December through mid-January, Loudoun County collects Christmas trees at several locations which are listed below. Each year, the county processes thousands of those recycled Christmas trees into mulch available for free to Loudoun residents. The 2010-2011 dates for recycling Christmas trees are from Monday, December 26, 2011 through Thursday, January 19, 2012.