Blending Traditional Christmas with Whimsical Style

The traditional Christmas decor that we’re all used to includes: A green  tree, white snowflakes and peppermint themed ornaments. Well this year, Carla Bethany is doing it her way – Lots of color! See how she spiced up her Christmas tree and decor this year with the help of The Home Depot.

Whimsical Pink Christmas Tree

I have always dreamed of a pink Christmas tree. Pink, I know, is not a traditional Christmas color, but it makes my heart happy to see bright and fun colors during the holidays. I believe decorating should be fun, and you should not limit yourself to traditional red and green colors. This year I decided a pink tree would be all the whimsy I needed to blend traditional colors.

Blending Traditional Christmas with Whimsical Style

I ordered my tree online at Home Depot and picked up in-store. I enjoyed this process, and it makes life so much easier. While I was there, I was able to grab two containers of Fantasleigh Shatter- Resistant Ornaments in two sizes, an 11 in. Mercury Gold tree topper, and a roll of 15 ft Royal Easton Red Velvet Gold Ribbon for my gift boxes.

Blending Traditional Christmas with Whimsical Style

The Christmas tree was super easy to assemble,

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Balancing Traditional and Neutral Holiday Decor

Without a doubt, Christmas is my favorite holiday! It’s a time filled with love, joy and bonding. Growing up in a large family, I remember our home coming alive for Christmas. There was music, laughter and good conversations — all happening over a feast! Between the family traditions and quality time spent together, I’ve collected so many fond memories that will last a lifetime!

When it comes to home decor, I’m a neutral lover at heart. So naturally, I gravitate more towards neutral Christmas decor as well. This year has been a first for us in many ways. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first year we didn’t have a family vacation. It’s also the first year we’re decorating our courtyard for the holiday, and including more traditional Christmas colors and decor.

Balancing Traditional and Neutral Holiday Decor

With my girls missing out on so many activities this year, it felt more important to make Christmas extra special and extra festive for them! When The Home Depot invited us to participate in their Holiday Style Challenge, I saw this as an awesome opportunity to have some styling fun with my girls.

Pops Of Color For The Kids

Balancing Traditional and Neutral Holiday Decor

Bright pops of color are my girls’

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How the 2020 Presidential Election Affects the Housing Market

Politics aside, the housing market in many areas has slowed down due to uncertainty about the economy.

Everyone has an opinion about the 2020 presidential election — including real estate agents. HomeLight asked 1,157 of their top agents how they thought the election would affect the housing market.

Here are some of the findings:

Real estate agents are optimistic about the housing market. 23% of agents say the housing market will stay strong regardless of who is elected, President Donald Trump or Vice President Joe Biden. 31% say election results will have no impact on the housing market.

• Agents believe one candidate is best for the housing market. 52% of agents say a second term for Trump in the 2020 presidential election would have been the best choice for housing; just 8% of agents say the housing market would benefit from a Biden presidency.

Some legislative issues affect real estate more than others. 27% of agents say access to affordable housing is the top concern; 25% say homeownership tax breaks and incentives; 9.8% say diversity, fair housing and racial equality in real estate; 9.7% say mortgage and foreclosure relief; and 6.7% say financial and

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Superior Lawn Care Review | Today’s Homeowner

Superior Lawn Care USA has been offering lawn maintenance services to the Pittsburgh area for nearly 40 years. See how it stacks up against the competition. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © ppa

Keeping a lawn looking green and lush year-round is no easy task. You can mow and water it yourself, but when it comes to treatments like fertilizer, aeration or lime amendment, you may not know what your grass needs. Luckily, there are many lawn care providers who are happy to help you keep your yard looking its best.

Located near Pittsburgh in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, Superior Lawn Care USA offers its lawn care services to the southwestern Pennsylvania area. It’s been around since 1981, and it remains locally owned by the Brown family. All of its technicians are licensed in the state, and it’s a member of numerous local business associations. In this Superior Lawn Care review, the reviews team has evaluated the company’s services, reputation, customer ratings and more to give you a verdict on the best professional lawn care company for you. 

Ultimately, the biggest drawback about Superior Lawn Care is that it’s a local company and unavailable to homeowners outside of southwestern Pennsylvania. For lawn

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Freedom Home Warranty Review (2020)

Freedom Home Warranty is now part of Old Republic Home Protection. Here’s what you need to know. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock ©  Susan Law Cain

When a system or appliance fails, homeowners find themselves swamped with multiple tasks like finding a repairman, diagnosing the problem and figuring out how to pay the bill. Investing in a home warranty allows a company to take care of this process for you.

Freedom Home Warranty ended its services in March 2020 and was officially acquired by Old Republic Home Protection (ORHP) on May 15, 2020. Our team has done extensive research on the best home warranty companies, and below, we’ll explain what Freedom Home Warranty offered, what customers can expect from their new provider and why we think you should consider American Home Shield as an alternate provider. 

To get a free quote from American Home Shield, call 844-529-9298 or enter your ZIP code to start the online form

In This Article:

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.

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How to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Danny Lipford, posed in this home bathroom, points to a box with a Broan-NuTone ventilation fan that he will install in his personal shower.
Want to breathe easily? Install a ventilation fan like this one in your bathrooms, home gym and laundry room.

New homes are more energy-efficient than ever, thanks to construction improvements that seal them tight. But these home-building innovations also negatively affect indoor air quality.

That’s because the latest construction techniques that keep outside air and water outdoors, where they belong, also trap stale, polluted air inside your home.   

Fortunately, it’s possible to enjoy the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home with clean air to breathe. You just need to make some lifestyle adjustments and, possibly, some home improvements.


Closeup of steam rising from a stainless steel pot
No one wants the smell of last night’s cooking in the house today — not to mention the moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew. (©Adam, Adobe Stock Photos)

Sources of Pollution

All kinds of pollutants affect your home’s indoor air quality, but some are more common than others.

Think of how you cook food, and how you cool, heat and furnish each room. Oil, gas and kerosene are household necessities; so are coal and wood. And don’t forget about cleaning products, pesticides and paint packed with harmful chemicals.

Improving your home’s air usually boils down to controlling pollutants, improving

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