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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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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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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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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…
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GIVE YOUR HOME CURB APPEAL AND AVOID THE WHEEZES AND SNEEZES

As the weather starts getting warmer, many homeowners are working in the yard to enh ance their home’s curb appeal for the spring and summer months. But with the warmer weather comes the wheezes and sneezes of allergy season. Not to worry, though; there are plenty of ways to spend time outdoors sprucing up the look of your home without the bothersome symptoms of allergies and asthma. Even better news:…
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Pick Your Feet Up, Step In Time

Floors contain the most dirt and dust than other part of your home – not only that, but the dust and dirt on the floors are always spreading. The floor in your home is put to best use when it is well-maintained from the start. Did you know? Vinyl and carpet flooring usually contain substances with high-VOC (volatile organic compound) levels that are released with every step one person takes…
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Home Color At Its Safest

Picture this: you are finally getting the renovation of your dreams starting with brand new painted walls. You open the door to your home and take in the smell of your freshly painted house. Take a deep breath in and… STOP! The smell of fresh paint is actually toxic! The smell of ordinary paint is due to the large amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals are used to…
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Create Your Home Color Palette

Creating a new palette for your home can be intimidating. Picking the right colors for each room and making sure that they flow and create the environment you want is vital FIRST THINGS FIRST Budget Moving to a new house or repainting a house on itself can be expensive. Most families don’t have the opportunity to move and refurbish their home with completely new stuff so when choosing your new…
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Out of the Ashes – Family who lost everything in fire to move into first-of-its-kind Eco Bungalow

Home rebuilt with donations from businesses to be healthy, energy efficient “The sponsors went way above and beyond. This would not be our house. It’s amazing.” --Steven Ambers, homeowner When fire burned through the walls and smoke smoldered in the ceiling of Steven and Cindy Ambers’ home on Christmas Day 2011, they never imagined it could be the beginning of a new, healthy way of life for him and his…