December 30, 2022

Opt for a new kitchen that breaks the rules

You yearn for a remodeled kitchen. Problem is, you prefer a sleek modern look while your significant other insists on a more elaborate, classical approach. Fortunately, there's room for compromise in the form of a transitional kitchen, which was recently voted the most popular kitchen design style (chosen by 88%) among surveyed members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

“Transitional” is a fairly new term in the design world that harmonizes elements of both traditional and contemporary design—offering the best of both worlds. Learn more about this design approach and how you can implement it in a kitchen redo by reading my latest piece for CTW Features, available here.

December 19, 2022

Cineversary podcast traces Mockingbird's grand flight across 60 years

In Cineversary podcast episode #54, host Erik Martin learns afresh why it’s a sin To Kill a Mockingbird, as he honors the 60th anniversary of this remarkable work. Joining him this month is Chris Hite, a film professor at Allan Hancock College and an award-winning filmmaker, animator, and screenwriter of movies like FireStorm ’77: The True Story of the Honda Canyon Fire (2021). Erik and Chris pay homage to Mockingbird and explore why it’s worth celebrating six decades later.

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December 12, 2022

Short on (ginger)bread this holiday season? Consider a Christmas loan

Need extra cash for holiday purchases or unexpected expenses that arise late in the year? Consider a Christmas loan, also called a holiday loan. This financing is a type of personal loan with a short repayment period. It can come in handy when you need funds in a pinch in November and December.

But know what you are getting into before committing to a Christmas loan. Learn how it works, what’s needed to qualify, pros and cons, eligibility requirements, who offers it, and alternatives to consider by checking out my newest article for, available here.

December 6, 2022

When it’s time to redo the loo

Next to the kitchen, arguably the most important room in your home is also the most private and prized: the bath, where nature’s necessities and hygiene are handled in comfort and style. 

Problem is, it’s easy for the lavatory to look and feel antiquated after a few years. That’s why it pays to keep up with the latest bathroom trends and tastes—a goal shared by many homeowners, as evidenced by the finding that 84% of homeowners desire a bathroom remodel due to outdated design, per the results of a recent survey.

Learn more about the latest bathroom renovation trends by reading my newest article for CTW Features, available here.