Maureen Blaney Flietner

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maureen Blaney Flietner is an award-winning freelance writer and former daily newspaper staff writer, copy editor, and section editor. A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Ms. Flietner contributes to a range of publications, including Renovate Your World and Hobby Farms, and The Horse.

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JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Nature Inspires Sustainable Solutions for the Home

Rather than trying to dominate or overrun nature, some companies are being inspired by it, and with good reason. Over eons, nature’s “laboratory” has developed sustainable solutions to li...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Window Blind and Curtain Safety

Since 1991, more than 175 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in drapery and window cords. This issue has resulted in industry changes and guidelines for cor...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Adding an In-Law Suite

Job loss and broken retirement nest eggs may encourage more Americans to consider moving in with their adult children. It’s important, however, that this new living space allows privacy a...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Zone Your Kitchen Countertops

Busy lifestyles mean that many families are solution-driven. The key to contemporary design is to find a way to do it all in one room. One solution is to “zone” the kitchen. Homeowners ar...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint a Room

Preparing to PaintPaint preparation starts with clearing the room. Take down window treatments and remove as much furniture as possible. Move the rest to the center of the room and cover ...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture

When choosing outdoor furniture for a garden room, outdoor kitchen, or multi-level deck, some consumers prefer quality tables, chairs, and assorted pieces that become an investment to pro...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Avoid House Painting Problems

Start any exterior paint job by cleaning, scraping, and repairing the surface. Take notice of how the paint has weathered and any surface problems. Chalking, blisters, peeling, cracking, ...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Growing a Bamboo Garden

Clumping and Running BambooBamboo is a member of the grass family, with more than 200 species available in the U. S. and 1,300 worldwide. Its leaves can range from over 55 inches long to ...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Pick the Right Appliances

When it's time to purchase new appliances, go beyond colors and styles to consider features, capacity, energy efficiency and cost. Start with some research: Keep a tally of a week's usage...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Painting the House: Should You Hire a Pro?

If you’re used to taking on your own renovations, painting your home’s exterior might be a natural money-saving project. But before you start positioning that ladder, here are the equipme...