Let Inside Spill into Your 2021 Yard

by Blake Herzog Our enforced nesting in 2020 has led many to put more resources into their homes, and as the new year arrives that effort is spilling out to the yard. People want to make it more comfortable for their own use and more functional for meetups that have been relocated to the great … Read More…

Resolve to Give Random Kindness

by Sandy Griffis, Executive Director, Yavapai County Contractors Association Happy beginning of 2021. With everything we have been faced with, I want to talk about starting a daily habit of doing “something.” If you have the power to make someone happy — DO IT.  We all know resolutions are hard to stay the course like … Read More…

10 Mountain Plants Hard to Kill in the Garden

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal Agood friend came into the garden center this week wanting guidance in planting a new raised bed wrapped around her house. She knew a cottage flower garden was her style but was overwhelmed by where to start. As a fellow entrepreneur, she also felt the reality of taking care … Read More…

Pinterest Predicts Neutrals, Neon

by Blake Herzog Pinterest, the page where countless home décor, fashion, lifestyle, food and other ideas are born, releases its predictions for what will be trendy for the next year based not on what’s being most searched worldwide at the moment but on those rising the most quickly in the rankings.  For 2021, Pinterest Business … Read More…

Medical Marijuana, Recreational Pot Laws and Driving

With more states moving to legalize marijuana through ballot measures and even more having medicinal marijuana laws on the books, many people may be confused about the legality of driving after using pot. While all states have laws prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, many people who live in states with medicinal … Read More…

Pantone Picks ‘Uplifting’ Colors

by Blake Herzog Given how unpredictable last year was, it is comforting to see the Pantone Color Institute take on its self-appointed duty of prognosticating which color will dominate and symbolize the upcoming year.  It did go ahead and threw us a bit of a curveball, choosing two tones for the second time in its … Read More…

2021: Tale of Two Bathrooms

by Blake Herzog Bathroom design trends are heading in two opposite directions for 2021, yet they point to the same destination — a refuge where you can perform cleansing and self-care in comfort, peace and tranquility. Many will attempt a fusion of modern spa and folksy elements to create a totally personalized sanctuary. Memory Serves … Read More…

Wise Cabinetry Choices Make Your Kitchen Shine

by Blake Herzog Cabinets can dominate your kitchen to the point of making or breaking it, both in terms of appearance and functionality.  So when it’s time to replace them, think about configuration to take advantage of all the space your floor plan allows, as well as durability of materials and finishes. Consider different options … Read More…

COVID-19 Forced People to Take a Deeper Look at their Housing Needs

by Sandy Griffis, Executive Director, Yavapai County Contractors Association One thing COVID-19 has taught us is … there is no playbook. We are in an unpredictable, shifting, liquefied way of life. The COVID-19 economy certainly has presented us with winners and losers with the housing/construction industry a clear winner. The housing market stumbled early on … Read More…

Extraordinary Succulents Grow Indoors

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal, Watters Garden Center The popularity of succulent plants has exploded this year. Their easy-care, love of the sun, and diversity make for fascinating plants. So unique are many of the anatomical adaptations they often appear to be from another planet.  Here are 10 unusual succulents that add personality and … Read More…