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Bradenton woman wins HGTV home

And the winner is: Marsha Coulthard, 43, of Bradenton, is the winner of the HGTV Green Home, a 2,000-square-foot Low Country cottage in Hilton Head, S.C. The house, valued at about $850,000, is built with sustainable, recycled materials. Coulthard's name was drawn from more than 21-million entries. Coulthard, who said she entered the sweepstakes "almost every day," is a medical billing clerk who already reduces, reuses and recycles.

In paint, Behr satisfies most

Behr Paint came in first in customer satisfaction with interior paint, scoring 779 on a 1,000-point scale, J.D. Power and Associates says. Porter Paints came in second (772 points), followed by Benjamin Moore and Dunn-Edwards (tied with 771), Sherwin-Williams (769) and Pittsburgh (765). Industry average: 759 points.

Opt for assortment of interior styles

Tip from designer Julianne Moore, in the May issue of Domino magazine: Mix high and low. Translation: Mingle modestly priced, mass-market items (like those from Pottery Barn or Target) with unique elements and accessories. That's the way to avoid a living room that looks like Page 38 of the IKEA catalog.

Double up on storm survival kits

Here's a hurricane season tip for all ages, from the AARP. Put together two survival kits: one to take if you must evacuate, a second with the basics for survival upon your return. A list of what to put in that second survival kit, plus lots more tips, is at Click on "Hurricane Resources."

How to assess teak furniture

Teak tips from Lands' End, if you're thinking about new outdoor furniture: Teak is a good choice because it's rich in natural oils that resist fungus, moisture, insects and the drying effects of weather. Choose solid teak, not a teak ply, which is plywood with a teak veneer. Clear grain indicates high quality. Look for kiln-dried wood, which reduces moisture, yielding stronger wood that won't warp.

Compiled by Times Homes and Garden editor Judy Stark

Briefs: Bradenton woman wins HGTV home 06/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2008 11:31am]
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