June 12th, 2018
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Residential Properties Ltd. sales associate Jim DeRentis, as well as the RPL group of Elizabeth Kirk, Elizabeth Cooper, and Kris Chwalk, are currently representing properties which have been selected as finalists in the 2018 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt, a month-long online promotion being held on HGTV.com from June 12 through July 17. During the contest period, consumers vote for their favorite homes among 88 finalists in eight different categories.

DeRentis’s listing at 66 Williams Street on the East Side of Providence was selected by editors of HGTV.com as a finalist in the “Homes With a History” category based on its extraordinary features and inspirational design. The listing at 266 Rumstick Road in Barrington – represented by Kirk, Cooper, and Chwalk – was selected by the HGTV editors as a finalist in the “Curb Appeal” category for its stunning grounds and beautiful entrance.

This is the seventh consecutive year HGTV has aligned exclusively with Residential Properties LTD’s global real estate network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and its luxury marketing division Luxury Portfolio International® to host the Ultimate House Hunt, which is one of the most popular contests on HGTV.com.

Help us represent Rhode Island by casting your votes at the links below!

To cast your vote for 66 Williams, CLICK THIS LINK and vote for the “Federal-Style Manor in Providence, R.I.”

To cast your vote for 266 Rumstick, CLICK THIS LINK and vote for the “Stately Retreat in Rhode Island.”

February 3rd, 2010
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The guest on my radio show this past Sunday was my good friend Krista Watterworth, interior designer and host of HGTV’s “Splurge and Save.” Krista has lent her style and expertise on our show in the past, and you may remember her other HGTV series including “Save My Bath,” “You Should Live Here,” and “The Big Reveal.”

Splurge and Save is a half hour design makeover series that shows homeowners how to get the biggest bang for their buck. Using her design secrets, Krista shows how to pull together any room, how to build the right budget for any room, and, of course, how to stretch every dollar.

Krista uses all the pieces of a room – like furniture, rugs, window shades, or accent tables – to get high style without the high cost. Using one or two really nice pieces as a focal point, and complementing them with more budget friendly options is a great way to stretch a dollar when designing. Putting a designer chair next to a knock-off sofa, or repainting an old end table and topping it off with a $500 vase are some of her techniques.

And while she never did share the passion for cooking, which her big Italian influenced family had growing up, she did learn from watching them that attention to detail, balance of color and flavors, and careful selection of ingredients were the secret to all great recipes. These are the sensibilities that Krista brings to her website, RoomRecipes.com, a great blogging community about practical home design.

Check out “Splurge and Save” on HGTV and visit her website, you will get some great tips for the budget minded homeowner.