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The Benefits of Working with an Interior Designer



Nowadays, investing in your home’s appearance and functionality involves a wide range of home improvement work, especially if your aim is to resell. Moreover, spending the bulk of your budget can be risky if not done properly. Therefore, interior designers can make any place look aesthetically-pleasing as well as increase its value. Other than that, you’ll have your home designed based on your personal preferences and needs.

In addition, there’s nothing better than getting professional help in accessing and arranging materials. Even if you don’t have the time, you can hire an interior designer to do everything according to your own personality. For this reason, we have compiled a shortlist of benefits that interior designers offer as a service as well as some tips on how to hire the best professional for your home.

Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer

  1. You’ll save more money

It might sound unbelievable, but hiring a professional will actually save you a lot of money mostly because you won’t spend your money on unnecessary expenses. Moreover, you’ll be insured against mistakes which will also protect you from spending excess money.

  • You’ll get a professional assessment

Even if you’re pessimistic about it, one thing about getting a professional to help you with your home renovation is that you’ll have an expert take on the overall situation. You should never underestimate a professional’s skills and you’ll definitely notice the positive impact on your budget as an interior designer will effortlessly see all the details and issues that need to be fixed, added, repurposed or completely removed.

  • Attention to details

As mentioned above, an interior designer will be able to picture every detail way more clearly than the owner. What’s more, the latter may have some particular ideas for their home but they can’t have the knowledge on how to materialize them which may be a little discouraging. In short, designers have a better eye for the details and they are expected to think out of the box. After all, that’s what they’re usually hired for. They have all the required information about furnishings, various materials, and accessories stored in their brains and all they need is to picture the final product and meet the owner’s expectations.

  • You’ll get help when planning your budget

Although there’s no need to mention it, one of the designer’s jobs is to help you spend your money the right way. An interior professional is an expert in managing such budgets because he or she is aware of the material prices as well as anything else that the owner might want to renovate – floor, walls, paint, lighting and etc. On top of that, you’ll save time because a designer will already have all the details about the different products that you’ll need for the renovation.

  • Reliable network of other professionals

Obviously, hiring an interior designer will also save you time on searching for reliable contractors as designers usually come with a contact list of efficient plumbers, electricians and other professionals which can be reached in no time.

  • Collaboration with a more knowledgeable one

When renovating your home, remember that you have the final word but a good designer will always have the ideas. Therefore, establishing a good relationship between you and the architect can help you keep track of the major design flaws that normally happen in such processes. Of course, this will have a long-term effect on your home and will ensure there are no details that have been overlooked during the work process.

Yet another perk, most interior designers usually have access to resources and materials at reasonable prices simply because they know the people who are within this industry. In addition, only the fact that they have studied this field makes them a lot more suitable than anyone else. Generally, if you take care of your interior designer, they will take care of your home.

  • Energy efficiency

Obviously, every well-reputed interior designer keeps up to date with the various trends in the home improvement and architecture industry. With this in mind, one of the modern trends in the field is the energy-efficient home. Therefore, you might want your designer to stick to a more eco-friendly approach when renewing your interior. Moreover, it’s a good idea to focus on a more conservative style of utilizing the flooring, tiles, windows and so on, which in turn save you a lot of money in the long run.

How to Hire a Professional Interior Designer 

As mentioned above, before you start working on your home, you should outline a few things you plan on focusing on. If you happen to be unsure where to start from, there are some main areas you should definitely think about:

  1. Carefully sort out your total budget.
  2. Talk to more than one designer about their fees as well as the working process.
  3. Be precise with what you want from the space you have.
  4. Choose a reliable and professional designer.
  5. You don’t have to necessarily spend a fortune to achieve your goal.

After you’ve come to terms with these points, it’s time to hire an interior design service for your project. There are various companies that specialize in the field, all ranging greatly in expertise as well as specialty and pricing. Companies like Swiss Interior offer top quality interior design services in Singapore. However, if you happen to live somewhere else, then you should follow these steps in order to find the perfect professionals for you.

  1. Check for references and reviews. Go online. Don’t rely on someone who hasn’t proved themselves and look for a professional that can actually produce the result you’re looking for.
  2. Ask for affiliations and certifications. This is the best way to check whether the service provider has the required knowledge and skills.
  3. The contact should be smooth. Of course, communication is key so it’s a good idea to work with someone who can be flexible in this area.
  4. There must be good energy between the customer and the professional. Along with communication, your personal preferences have to be channeled properly and having good vibes between you and your prospective interior designer is really important.
  5. Time is always a priority. For this reason, you should talk about the timeline for your project. To some extent, this will show whether they are passionate about your project or just do it for the money.
  6. The interior designer should share and follow your preferences. While some prefer to have the designer do everything for them, others want to be involved in every detail so it’s vital to pick a professional that is ready to discuss things with you.
  7. The fees should correspond to your budget. Last but not least, if you’re not comfortable with the designer’s fee, then you shouldn’t start working with him or her in the first place. If there’s anything in the cost that you don’t understand, you shouldn’t shy away from asking for elaboration.

All in all, hiring an interior designer is up to you. Of course, it’s always better to have a professional help you out with an expert and creative opinion on how to handle your home renovation without having to spend a fortune on things you won’t need. If you’re unsure how to find the best interior designer for your home, then you should consider some of the steps we’ve listed on how to hire a professional. Last but not least, taking your time will definitely earn you magnificent results, so don’t rush things and choose a pro.


Countdown to Christmas: No More Dead Phone



21 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

I am constantly forgetting to charge my phone or I have calls for my business that keep me on longer than I wanted and I am left with a dead phone battery. Without a charger or an outlet I am left extremely frustrated and I know I am not the only one. Now there’s a product that you can always count on. It’s called the PWRCard ($49.99 however buying 3 is $111.99) Sleek and slender the PWRCard is as small as a few stacked credit cards. It stores easily in any wallet or purse, and its LED indicators tell you how much charge it has. Plus, with its built-in cable, you’ll never lose your charging cable. It also works on Apple and Android devices, so whatever phone you have you’re good to go! It’s so light you won’t even know you’re carrying it. But it’ll be there when you need it, ready to charge you back up!

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Watching The Gift Of Giving Is A Blessing In Many Ways



My biggest guilty pleasure is watching East Idaho’s Secret Santa video’s on YouTube. Watching these men and women who are so deserving be seen and heard fills my heart with such joy. Sometimes the thanks is just around the corner.

The Secret Santa is a native Idahoan who lives in eastern Idaho. The money comes directly from him – not some program, organization, charity or trust fund. The recipient’s must live in eastern Idaho and have a true need. If you wonder what a “true need” is or are unsure if your nominee will qualify for a gift, submit your nomination.

The Secret Santa looks for responsible and deserving citizens who have done everything in their power to care for themselves but ill fortune or unfortunate situations have put them at a significant disadvantage. In the past, Secret Santa has provided cars, washers and dryers, furniture, special computers, dental care, diapers, gas and grocery cards and other items.

Recipients of gifts are not taxed by the IRS. However, on some large gifts over $16,000, the giver must pay a gift tax to the IRS. Secret Santa pays all necessary gift and sales taxes. Many wonder if Secret Santa gets a tax break on the gifts he gives away. Since these are gifts, and not business expenses, Secret Santa cannot claim these as tax deductions. He receives no tax benefit whatsoever.

Secret Santa and have been surprising people in need since 2015. That year, Secret Santa gave away $100,000. The amount has increased every year since then.

Secret Santa tells us about one Christmas when he was a young man living temporarily in a foreign country. Since he was away from home, he was not expecting any gifts but on Christmas morning, when he sat down for breakfast, there was a present on his table. It was not an expensive gift and it was anonymous. It was the only Christmas gift he received that year and it had a big impact on him. He did not know who it was from, but he knew someone loved and cared about him. That lifted him up beyond what anyone could imagine. To this day, he has no idea who gave him that small gift. But it still brings a flood of good feelings to him every time he relives that moment.

Today, there are countless people around him who love him, and he wants others to know that there are people who love them and care about them. He believes that giving anonymously with no expectation of receiving anything in return is the ultimate expression of love and caring. He wants others to have the experience that he did as a young man over 50 years ago.

Secret Santa appreciates anyone who wants to help, but he is not asking for donations. He encourages you to find someone in your own community who needs help and bless them – then pay attention to how that brightens your day. His message to the world: Everyone can be a Secret Santa!

Letters to Secret Santa can be sent to:

East Idaho News
c/o Nate Eaton
390 West Sunnyside Road
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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Headed To Walter Reade With Camp4Heroes To Bring Christmas To Our Vets: First Stop Annapolis



My friends and I were headed to Bethesda, Maryland to Walter Reade with Camp4Heroes to bring Christmas To Our Vets.

Our driver decided to take us to the historic charm of Annapolis since two of us had never been there. Along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay is nestled just 32 miles from Washington, DC and 26 miles from Baltimore.

This bustling port town formed in the 18th century, is a National Historic Landmark, America’s Sailing Capital and one of the top waterfront destinations in the United States.

The US Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1845.

If you love the water there are several water taxi’s available.

Margarita and the tree

I loved the music notes that adorned the spruce

The town was adorably set up for Christmas.

Margarita and the loaded Bloody Mary


Shrimp Po-Boy with Cheese Grits

Crab Eggs Benedict With delicious Cheese Grits

Crab Dip and Chips

Famous for its fresh-from-the-bay seafood. The food is sublime. We went to the Iron Rooster and will definitely be coming back.

Called a Museum Without Walls, Annapolis has more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city of comparable size in the nation including the homes of Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use. The Banneker-Douglass Museum documents Maryland’s African American history from the 1600s to the present day. Housed in an old oyster packing plant, the newly redesigned Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park chronicles life on the Chesapeake Bay then and now.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center invites visitors to explore its 2,650-acre campus that spans forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline.

I can’t wait to come back and attend the second largest Renaissance Festival.


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Countdown to Christmas: The Abs You’ve Always Wanted



22 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

Vital FlexCore uses advanced EMS technology that sends electric pulses to stimulate your abdominal and arm muscles. When your muscles receive the pulse, they contract and flex — as if they were lifting weights. It basically mimics a high-intensity workout by targeting and stimulating vital core and arm muscles, but without the strain and injury of an intense workout.

Here are some of the benefits:

  1. Increase your strength – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
  2. Lose weight – Vital FlexCore boosts weight loss by promoting muscle stimulation, allowing you to burn fat and extra calories stimulating your muscles to burn calories efficiently, shedding those extra pounds.
  3. Tones and defines muscles – Vital FlexCore targets specific muscles, helping you achieve a more defined look by increasing muscle density, toning, and sculpting your muscles so you not only look better but feel better too.
  4. Increase range of motion EMS technology can help improve your range of motion and consequently your flexibility by working on muscle elasticity and joint mobility, so movement becomes more comfortable.
  5. Help cramp relief – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
  6. Increase natural blood flow – Muscle contractions stimulated by Vital FlexCore increase blood circulation, reducing muscle soreness and promoting a healthy heart. By using Vital FlexCore, you’re providing muscular support while also being proactive about maintaining a strong heart.

It’s also 100% safe for people of all ages with no side effects. EMS technology has been around for years, and was even used by Bruce Lee in the 70s to supplement his workouts. The engineers behind the Vital FlexCore took it even further by improving the tech and making it portable, as an all-in-one muscle workout machine that melts fat and strengthens muscle in no time. It’s a body hack to turn you into a muscle-building powerhouse minus the gym fees!

It’s easy to use just place it on your belly and arms, press a button, and you’re ready to go. There are 10 intensity levels and 6 unique modes to choose from, so you’re free to customize your workouts as you see fit. No stress or hassle—just a simple and effective way to get in shape!

The cost is $69.99 for the basic. $79.99 with arm and gel added.

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Food and Drink

1800 Tequila and Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop



This is a perfect idea for a gift for the tequila lover in your life. The new 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop celebrates the best taste in tequila and in life this holiday season.

As part of 1800 Tequila’s passion for sports and dedication to its community, all apparel proceeds from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop will directly benefit The Carmelo Anthony Foundation to provide communities better access to recreational activities such as refurbishment of local basketball courts.

Featuring a partnership with brand tastemaker, 10-time NBA All-Star, and entrepreneur, Carmelo Anthony the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop showcases tasteful gifts for tequila, fashion, and sports fans alike.

The 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop is a limited-edition apparel capsule collection featuring four bespoke items designed and produced in collaboration with Carmelo Anthony and his apparel lifestyle brand STAYME7O. The 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O collection includes: 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Varsity Jacket (hero product), 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Hoodie, 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Snapback Hat, and 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Embroidered Fabric Patch.

Consumers can purchase apparel from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop through various bundle sets ranging from $75 – $295 while supplies last. Sign up to get notified for early purchase access on



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