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4 Things to Know When Designing And Decorating Your Home

LOVEWhether it’s your first home or you are just doing some re-arranging, the idea of decorating can be a bit intimidating at times. It may be more questions than answers. What color of paint? What rug size do we need? Does this couch even work anymore? You get the idea. Designing and decorating your home [...]
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Tips For Saving Money and Water this Summer

Lake Travis - Sometimes PeninsulaSummer is here, and conserving water is more important than ever. Austin is still at the mercy of drought-like conditions and stage 2 water restrictions, which means keeping your water bill down, your lawn green, and your garden alive is no small task. So we thought we would share some tips with you on how [...]
Lake Travis - Sometimes Peninsula
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Top 5 Austin Farmers Markets

photo (6)If you’re looking for some fresh, locally grown produce, meat, and dairy in Austin, it’s not too difficult. You just have to know where to find one of the many farmers market around the city. With all the markets that have been popping up lately, we decided to spend the weekend exploring them for some [...]
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Green is the New Black!

Austin Tree HouseUpgrades, energy savers and minor touches that fall into the category of “green” have gone mainstream—especially in Austin—upping the value of homes and improving the quality of life inside and out. Nowhere is it more apparent that green now runs the gamut than after a visit to TreeHouse in the Westgate Shopping Center on South [...]
Austin Tree House
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Modern Home Tour Austin 2013: Highlights

Modern Home Tour Austin 2013Modern Home Tour Austin 2013 is behind us. We hope you enjoyed all of the amazing homes on this year’s tour.If you missed it, don’t fret; we’ve created a library of our best photos and a blog that captures the modern splendor of each spectacular home. We think 2013 was our best Modern Home Tour [...]
Modern Home Tour Austin 2013
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What Austin Homeowners Are Doing That Could Jeopardize Their Foundations

Austin Homeowners – Foundation TipsYour home’s foundation is literally the most important part of its structure. Experts speaking to GoodLife Team say one of the most common methods homeowners use to protect foundations during hot and dry summers may actually put them in jeopardy.   “Maintaining a sound foundation should be at the top of every home owner’s maintenance [...]
Austin Homeowners – Foundation Tips
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9 Tips: Don’t Burn Your Budget This Summer

9 Tips: Don't Burn Your Budget This SummerAnother Scorching Texas Summer is Far From Over It has already produced new records for heat and for statewide energy usage. Texas power demand reached 65,047 megawatts on Monday June 25th, destroying the record set last year. We know that will turn into record high utility bills for a lot of Austinities, so we visited [...]
9 Tips: Don't Burn Your Budget This Summer
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Cool, Hip, Modern Austin Xeriscapes

Austin XeriscapeRiding the Balcones Beast Xeriscaping in Austin by Bill Rose, Blissful Gardens/Green Dragon Design Gardening in Central Texas can be quite a challenge, like riding the romping Balcones Beast. Here in Austin we are perched on the Balcones Fault, a demarcation line dividing desert to our west and lush pine woods to the east. The [...]
Austin Xeriscape
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The Best Barbecue found in East Austin

Franklin-BBQ_Small-Sign.jpgWith 184 Google reviews, 521 Yelp reviews, and nearly 5-star reviews over all, Franklin Barbecue on 900 East Austin 11th Street is doing something right. There is a reason why they sell out every day, sometimes before lunch, and the line starts at around 9 am. Bon Appetit magazine named their operation, “The Best Barbecue” [...]
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East Austin Hangout at Hot Mama’s Café

Hot Mama's SignAt East Austin, one unanimous lunch spot for offices is the Hot Mama’s Café. Last time we spoke, Kelly, the owner and proprietor of Hot Mama’s, shared to us that she felt that the cafe “chose her”. That was last year, but she assured me that her beloved establishment is “still choosing her”. Her community [...]
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