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CEO To Queen Boss

Robin Wilson moves from the CEO seat to the celebrity guest judge seat in the Queen Boss conference room. Coming soon in January on BET/Centric. Women entrepreneurs pitch their products and compete for seed capital and to be crowned "Queen Boss" Says Robin, "After 16 years as an entrepreneur, I have some lessons learned from my journey and it is very exciting to be at the table with Tracey, Lauren,…
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Simplifying Life With Schlage Locks

My home renovation has been in progress for a few weeks, and when it was time for the selection of door hardware in the mudroom, it was time to research a lock that exceeded standards, but also one which could interact with my security system – and a keypad option to prevent extra keys from being given for access. After some research and speaking with both a locksmith and my security…
Toddler Room

Toddler Room

So many parents ask me how to effectively design a toddler room – and when to put in a regular bed. My response is that an intermediate step might be best – a toddler bed! The best reason to use a toddler bed is that it is close to the ground, and with a mesh safety railing, the child will get used to sleeping in their own bed, while still…
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MAKE THE MOST OF A SMALL BATHROOM SPACE

Remember to make the most of a small bathroom space by using your walls in a clean design. • Create a niche so that your shower gels and shampoo bottles can be recessed, along with razors and a loofah sponge. • Add a robe/clothing hook so that you are able to hang efficiently • Install a towel warmer so that you can get out of the shower and enjoy warmth.…
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OUTDOOR LIVING TIPS

As we vacation and begin the dog days of summer, there are various safety precautions that people should take into account while participating in outdoor activities. You should be aware of child safety, pool safety, and cookout safety. CHILD SAFETY Bug bites, bee stings, sun burns, and allergies are very common during the summer time. In order to avoid these from affecting your child, here is a simple list of…
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BUSINESS ADVICE: HOW TO FIND FOCUS

HOW CAN YOU FIND YOUR FOCUS? FINDING YOUR FOCUS AND PASSION IN LIFE IS NOT SO SIMPLE FOR EVERYONE- INCLUDING MYSELF. I STARTED OUT DOING ONE THING, AND REALIZED IT WASN’T FOR ME. SO WHAT DID I DO TO FIND MY FOCUS? I SAT DOWN AND THOUGHT ABOUT A LIST OF THINGS THAT INTEREST ME AND THINGS I AM GOOD AT. I KNEW I WAS GOOD AT DECORATING AND FIGURING…
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RENOVATION DIARY #6

Many home security systems rely on phone lines for connection. However, what if your phone line is down while someone is breaking into your home? In order to ensure your safety, I suggest investing in the new z-wave- it has wireless connection, so no need to rely on your phone line. The top three companies I recommend are: FRONTPOINT- A wireless home security that can be set up in less…
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RENOVATION DIARY #5

I just finished cleaning the kitchen of my new home. I thought that I had cleared out all of the dust, but still felt a trigger for asthma. I went through the kitchen again, cleaning everything a second time, but still, no dust to be found.Finally, I figured out the problem; there was a huge clump of dust sitting on the top of the refrigerator. Many people, including myself, only…
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SUMMER HOME TIPS TO PREVENT WHEEZING AND SNEEZING

As we get deeper into the summer there are two things we need to worry about that cause wheezing and sneezing: the high pollen count outside and the mold growth inside. ALLERGENS Although it’s hard to fully avoid our wheezing and sneezing during the summer time, there are still ways to control it. Believe it or not, eating certain fruits can cause the same reactions to those from pollen, grass or…
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RENOVATION DIARY #4 – COST-EFFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL REMOVAL

The construction debris started to pile up and I realized that a dumpster was needed, so I paid for a permit, but then the company said that my driveway was too sloped to get a dumpster in – and they would have to park it on the street until the next week. Not going to happen in my neighborhood! So, there was one other solution that will work for anyone…
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BUSINESS ADVICE: STARTING A HOME DESIGN BUSINESS

One of the first things that all interior designers should remember is that it is a “business”, not simply “design”. One of my friends is an actor and they never say they do “show” – they always say they are in “show business”. Similarly, I encourage that all designers start their career by saying that they are in the “design business”. Otherwise, they will not value their contributions and monetize their training and…
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RENOVATION DIARY #3

The nose knows! I knew that there was a musty smell in the basement, and after the flood, I knew that there was something lurking not only in the carpet, but probably behind the walls. The team removed the old beadboard and radiators, and we found both black and green mold and a lot of rust. The walls are in the process of being taken down to the studs. All…
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RENOVATION DIARY #2 – AVOIDING MOLD

Three weeks in and you wake up to standing water, waterlogged carpet and old linoleum tile. The silver lining: You wanted to renovate basement anyway. The negatives: There might be mold lurking… First thing: call the plumber to verify they will show up quickly. In the interim, turn on a fan to recirculate the air and order a dehumidifier through Amazon. Plumber arrives. Stay out of his way as the…
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BUSINESS ADVICE – INTERIOR DESIGN INDUSTRY NEWCOMERS

How do I become successful in the design industry? – A recent graduate of a design program asked me this very question. It’s tough to give a simple answer to such a complex question, but in short, being successful is all about finding a niche.For example, if you love children spaces and thrive on creativity, your niche may be designing nurseries, child play spaces or doing commercial design for playgrounds or schools. What am I passionate about?In…
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RENOVATION DIARY #1 – NEW KEYS

You just bought your new house and the first thing you want to do is decorate…but no, think again! The first thing I did  when moving into my new home was hire a locksmith to change the locks. Think about it – how many others have keys: realtors, tenants, friends of the previous owner? That’s one too many people having access to my home. Security is always first priority! (Photo…