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 www.aarp.org/states/fl. 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