The Reality of Renovations

There are many of you out there who have taken on the momentous task of either building a new home or going through renovations. Now, I’m a renovation company’s dream. I grow very tired of my surroundings quickly and am always looking for my next renovation fix. When you come to my house, you’re not going to find many antique family heirlooms (unfortunately). I buy somewhat inexpensive furniture and when I grow weary of it, I pass it on to someone who will love it. I have made it through a kitchen renovation, family room redo and now am going through the master bathroom. I think doing a project of this magnitude is equivalent to having a baby. You totally forget the pain and discomfort and do it again in a couple of years. When I was much younger, I tried to be the ultimate DIYer. However, as many of you can attest to, there actually needs to be a bit of talent behind the project or you end up walking by a tiled counter top for months critiquing the uneven grout. As I’ve aged — and I like to think become wiser — I’ve come to realize that some things should be left up to the professionals. Our current renovation project is going on while I type this column. If you ask me, these situations can either make or break a marriage. Our bedroom is covered in tarps, there’s a huge Jacuzzi tub in the middle of the room and we had to officially move into the guest room. Actually, it’s been pretty nice because we have the other space, but have I mentioned that the man I live with doesn’t exactly embrace change? It’s fascinating. In the world of business, he’s progressive and likes to move things forward. At home, we would still have the first sofa we ever purchased if it were up to him. He would say that it just finally was broken in. I’m thankful that he subscribes to the happy wife, happy life philosophy. Another area that I’m very happy about is the choice of contractor, who happens to be a member of the local Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing. I have been an associate member of the HBA for the last couple of years and feel really comfortable looking to them for recommendations as it relates to great companies in our community. Our cover gal Cindy Kosloski, executive director of the HBA, is a force to be reckoned with. She is knowledgeable, personable and an amazing advocate for the industry. For our home issue, it was a perfect choice to not only focus on Cindy and the HBA, but to also talk about the resurrection of the industry after the difficult recession of the last few years. It feels like it is coming back and I’m proud to showcase all of the talented organizations that contribute to new homes being built as well as older homes like mine getting much-needed renovations. Be sure to ask the HBA for recommendations on your next project. I want to thank all of the players and sponsors of our successful Lady Classic Golf Outing. It was an amazing day and we raised funds to support a worthy cause. Through the donation, C.A.R.E. (Capital Area Response Effort) will continue to support women who are survivors of domestic violence. Check out their website and help where you can at I also want to encourage you to check out a new event on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the University Club called the Greater Lansing Business Monthly Financial Expo. This event presented by PNC is aimed at providing women and men in our community solid information and resources when managing money. There will be speakers and vendors providing valuable insight. Get your tickets at I’m certainly not forgetting that it’s October and we have pushed into fall to enjoy the turning of the leaves, crisp air, crazy amounts of football, cider and doughnuts, the World Series, pumpkins and Halloween. October is definitely one of my favorite months and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Have a spooktacular month, Tiffany Dowling | Publisher

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Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at

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