5 myths that hamper a clean, clutter-free house

It takes more than a cute container and clear plastic totes to get your house in order. Take a look at these common organizing myths, as well as suggestions for making your life more simple and streamlined. Myth #1: To be organized, all you need is a trip to the Container Store. Cute organizers are […]

4 easy, inexpensive ways to pamper your holiday guests

  If you’re expecting holiday guests, making them feel comfortable can be as easy as pie. Make that warm pie, served just before bedtime as “room service.” We asked three local resorts — Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon, Zermatt Resort in Midway, and the Homestead Resort in Heber City — to tell us about ways […]

5 ways to slow down and savor the holidays

If your holiday to-do list is so long you can’t bear to check it twice, maybe it’s time to slow down and give up a few activities this Christmas. After all, seasonal traditions should be about spreading cheer, not adding stress. Woodland Hills speaker, author and television personality Connie Sokol recently released the book “Simplify […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The expert team at Osmond Designs shares seasonal decorating tips to make your holidays a little brighter.    Nice Noel GateHouse No. 1 delivers holiday magic to treetops and centerpieces. Learn from the pros at an open house running daily from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9 starting at noon. Other events and classes are available […]

Jack-o-Lantern-of-all-trades: 4 things to do with the inside of a pumpkin

The pumpkin you’re carving to put on your porch is full of tricks and treats. It’s a jack-o-lantern-of-all-trades, so to speak, and it’s time to put those leftover pumpkin guts to good use. Here are four things to do with the inside of a pumpkin: 1. Roast the seeds The most time-consuming part of carving […]

Country Farm Fest brings hoe-down hometown fun to Payson

“If you build it, they will come” might seem like a trite line from “Field of Dreams,” but it’s become truth for Amelia Dumas, the creative force behind this weekend’s Country Farm Fest in Payson. Now in its seventh year, the fall festival offers a wealth of family-friendly activities for kids of all ages (including […]

Fall gardening: 5 things you should plant right now

The weather is getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can let your green thumb hibernate just yet. According to the Utah State University extension office in Provo, certain vegetables thrive in Utah’s cool fall climate. Here’s what the USU extension experts recommend planting this fall:   1. Cold-weather greens including lettuce, spinach and kale […]

Modern meets mountain

Utah Valley isn’t known for its modern home styles, but Ezra Lee from Ezra Lee Design + Build is starting to change that. His team’s latest modern masterpiece was featured in the 2013 Parades of Homes. Located at the base of Lehi’s Traverse Mountain, the 6,138-square-foot home is a blend of industrial elements and soft […]

Utah Valley Women’s Expo

Attention, ladies! The Utah Valley Women’s Expo is now in full swing. Held at the UVU’s UCCU Center in Orem, the expo is packed wall-to-wall with businesses from boutiques to spas and more. Many of the exhibitors have special show discounts and the Shops at Riverwoods is giving away a $1000 shopping spree. Plus, there […]

Home run: 22 great ideas from Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Did you faithfully put on the blue booties and track your way through each of the 23 dreamy dwellings in the 2013 Utah Valley Parade of Homes? Or do you wish you had? Either way — we’ve got you covered. Over the next dozen pages you’ll find a photo from each parade home in all […]

Get (Real) Estate: Lerron & Kellie Little

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Lerron and Kellie Little, owners of Capstone Real Estate in Provo, have seen major changes in the real estate industry over the past 17 years that they have worked selling real estate in Utah. As top professionals in their field, the Littles also understand that the basic elements of selling and […]

Get (Real) Estate: Steve & Stephanie Vincent

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Steve and Stephanie Vincent have been through the good times and the bad, and are two of the top Realtors® in Utah Valley. As one of the top teams at Prudential Utah Elite Real Estate — and with their many years of experience — they have proven systems to help you […]

Home Helps: Automate solutions

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Sound Advice  (801) 796-9901  •  www.soundadviceutah.com The days of home automation and audio visual controls being “dad’s area” are officially gone. Today, women are enjoying the control and peace of mind that comes from integrated home automation solutions, such as those available from Pleasant Grove-based Sound Advice. “Home automation is no […]

Home Helps: Prioritize comfort

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Western Heating & Air Conditioning 1502 W. 400 South, #5, Orem  •  (801) 224-8899 www.timeforcomfort.com Heating and cooling systems in a home are like human sight. When working normally, each can be unnoticed or taken for granted. However, when lost or compromised, heating (like seeing) becomes a top priority. Western Heating […]

Home Helps: Rethink hard spaces

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Interior Concepts Jacci Hood-Miller, designer (801) 489-4736  •  (801) 372-3399 The bathroom in the above photo started out as the nightmare off of the master bedroom. It was originally two spaces, neither of which was big enough to utilize well. The existing angles, timbers and general lack of natural light added […]

Home Helps: Add variety to cabinets

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Maple Landing Inc. 1890 W. Alvey Dr., Mapleton  •  (801) 489-3446  •  www.maplelanding.com Custom cabinetry blends texture, color and feel into a beautiful compilation of practical storage. In the above kitchen, the homeowner had a list of wants and needs. One of the priorities was to bring a dominant color into […]

Home Helps: Add light and color to your life

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Jones Paint & Glass 1250 W. 100 North, Provo  •  (801) 374-6711 170 N. 100 West, Provo  •  (801) 373-3131 65 S. 500 East, American Fork  •  (801) 756-5282 www.jonespg.com   For 73 years, Jones Paint & Glass has been adding color — enhanced by great, natural light — to Utah […]

Home Helps: Use complimentary design

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Bassett Furniture 322 W. University Parkway, Orem  •  (801) 225-3632  •  www.bassettfurniture.com Selecting the right furniture for a great room can be difficult. Balancing the look you want with the durability you need in a high-traffic space brings extra challenges. With these parameters in mind, Bassett Furniture in Orem offers free […]

Give your soil nutrition

By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Wolf Mountain Products 256 W. Center Street, Orem  •  (801) 722-7062  •  www.wlfmtn.com  •  www.designersoils.com It’s time to get the dirty facts about soil! Did you know nutrition really matters to plants? In fact, balancing soil’s properties and adding nutrition into the soil can actually improve the flavor of garden vegetables […]

Home Helps: Insulate from above

139 S. State Street, Lindon (801) 785-9500  •  www.warburtonsinc.com A lot has been made about energy savings that come from adding insulation to the attic of your home. While adding insulation helps, just imagine the energy savings from reducing heat gain by 45 percent from your roof. With a Gerard Stone-Coated Steel Roofing System — available […]

Home-style Harvesting

2 families bring country lessons into city living  By Greg Bennett, utahvalley360.com Utah’s earliest settlers got tough by taming their turf. But the 1800s turned into 1900s and then 2000s, and most Utah Valley residents traded shovels, plows and tractors for computers, briefcases and commuter cars. While we’re proud of being the other Silicon Valley, modern […]

New Year, New You: The Design House

By Kate Nash, utahvalley360.com (801) 787-9771 | www.thedesignhouseinteriordesign.com The Design House Interior Design is made up of a team of experienced designers, specializing in extraordinary design for all styles and price points. And these ladies don’t just fluff pillows. They can plan and coordinate your entire interior design concept from start to finish. “If you […]

Improved Living

4 ‘whys’ to remodeling Remodeling is the name of the game. If you peruse our Home Helps insert (glued to Page 51), you’ll see ideas for every room in the house. But before paint is applied, furniture is delivered or walls are torn down, decide why you’re remodeling. Why the “why”? Knowing the answer will […]

Loving a Lavish Landscape

Pleasant Grove family goes the whole 9 yards By Greg Bennett Photos courtesy of Decorative Landscaping John and Lori Durfee of Pleasant Grove have a beautiful house, situated in a nice community surrounded by almost a half acre of land. But for the first four years that the family lived there, the space was almost […]

Cowboy Take Me Away

Provo home gives the Old West some elegance By Briana Stewart Photos by Dave Blackhurst Arlene and Kelly Olsen’s Provo home is a little bit country, a little bit modern. “I’d call the style ‘feminine cowboy’ — how’s that for a technical design term?” says Arlene, whose husband is one of the founders of Provo-based […]

UV Index: UV Questions

You’ve got questions — and we don’t have all the answers. But Utah County is home to experts who will take on your burning questions.  Question:  I’ve always wanted to plant a small vegetable garden. What do I need to know to get started? Answer by Scott Engh:  Start at the local garden center. A […]

Clean Slate

By Ashley Dickson Now’s your chance. The blank pages of your 2010 calendar are begging you to forget last year’s unfulfilled resolutions and make a fresh start. And whether you’re looking for a new beginning for your health, relationships, finances or appearance, we’ve got all the tips you need to make this your year for […]

Educated Excellence

Family didn’t wait for bottom to move on with the American dream Johnathan Ward and his family needed more space. They had been in their home for seven years and the home was now filled with four young children — not to mention Johnathan and his wife. With the help of Utah County-based Realtor® Kenny […]