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
Choosing Interior Paint Color

Paint is the easiest and most economical way to update a room's look. Selecting the right paint color or colors is a big part of the process. Start by examining the room. Consider the amo...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Be Prepared for Natural Disasters

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready? Here’s how to prepare and respond to most natural emergencies. "Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Families may not be together and y...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Personalize Your Kitchen Countertops

There’s been a change in consumer attitude, marked by people following their own style sense, rather than the trends. “Consumers have become more assertive,” says Gin Guei Ebnesajjad, man...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Should You Consider a Concrete House?

Don't miss Solid as a Rock: 11 Unbelievable Concrete HomesFar from the misconceptions of dark, damp, musty-smelling structures, today’s concrete homes can be designed to stand up to extre...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
10 Indoor Pollutants

We spend a large part of our lives indoors yet the idea of indoor air pollution can be easy to dismiss, especially if no one in our home has health problems. The unfortunate catch is that...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Adding Custom Moldings

Molding profiles tend to represent eras in building design. As architectural details, they often serve to pinpoint a building’s place in time. Those who own period or historic homes often...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Upgrade to a Basement System

Finishing the basement is a smart way to add space to your home. Using a complete basement system package may be the smartest way to insulate, finish and upgrade that space. Unlike a trad...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Rethinking Space Needs as Families Grow

As a family matures, space needs change. Noise levels alter. A need for privacy arises. Entertainment choices diverge. Family gathering spots are still important, but so are places of ref...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Home Office Wiring Connections

The days of basic phone and electric service are quickly disappearing. Working at home increasingly requires high-speed Internet access and networking. Those with high-speed Internet acce...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Home Office Power and Equipment Protection

Lightning HazardsSeveral things affect the power that supplies our home offices. First, there’s the obvious: lightning. Those with home offices in Florida may be particularly aware of the...