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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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5 Ways to Add Instant Fall Curb Appeal

August 31, 2015 12:36 am

(BPT) – To make the most of your home’s outward appearance, it’s important to implement seasonal curb appeal. With autumn approaching, consider sprucing up your home’s exterior with these fall touches:

Replace your front door with an ENERGY STAR® alternative, complete with decorative glass accents or sidelights to keep cool weather out and natural light in. For entry door inspiration, check out Pinterest, your resident showroom or your local home improvement store.

• If a door replacement is out the budget, swap out door hardware instead for an instant facelift. Select finishes that compliment features like outdoor light fixtures, the mailbox or house numbers.

• Before cold weather sets in, consider repainting the exterior trim framing your home. This will refresh the look without costing as much as an entire exterior paint job. Choose a color that coordinates with the home’s primary exterior color.

Fall plantings add beauty and life to your home’s exterior. Arrange pots filled with hardy plants, like mums, sedum or asters around your front door, porch or deck. Incorporate planters or containers of varied sizes, shapes and colors.

Add exterior accent lighting to the front of your home for more lighting as the days get shorter. Consider illuminating a walking path with ground-insert solar lights, using solar spotlights to bring out landscaping, or installing matching light fixtures outside your front door, garage door or patio door to provide well-lit entrances.

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Melting Pot: Global Cuisines Gain Popularity

August 28, 2015 12:27 am

A variety of ethnic cuisines are increasingly becoming part of everyday American diets, according to recent research by the National Restaurant Association – more so than they were five years ago. The research points to 80 percent of individuals consuming at least one type of ethnic cuisine each month.

“Americans generally are more willing to try new food than they were only a decade or so ago – especially in restaurants – underscoring that the typical consumer today is becoming more adventurous and sophisticated when it comes to different cuisines and flavors,” explains National Restaurant Association Director of Research Communications Annika Stensson.

Which cuisines reign supreme? Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisines are most popular in terms of familiarity and frequency of consumption. Individuals are least familiar with Ethiopian, Brazilian/Argentine and Korean cuisines.

Brazilian/Argentine, Greek, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines are most commonly consumed on-premises at restaurants. Chinese, Ethiopian, Mexican and Italian are most commonly consumed via restaurant takeout or delivery.

Source: National Restaurant Association

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