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Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Cos. Announces New Executive Vice President

After months of work and consideration, the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties (HBADOC) announces that Holly Fraccaro of Chicago, Illinois, has been named HBADOC’s new Executive Vice President (EVP).

HBADOC’s Executive Committee and the full Board of Directors recently approved Fraccaro as the person to take over the reigns of the non-profit trade association that serves the home building industry throughout the three counties.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties at this time,” Fraccaro said. “My goal is to capitalize on the up-swing we’re seeing in the housing market and to use this momentum to engage, support, and promote our existing members and to increase the recruitment of new members. In the building industry, we all know how important a strong foundation is. Former EVP Nick Tennyson has done an incredible job of building the foundation. And now, together with the phenomenal staff and Board of Directors, I will build on that foundation to further the mission, to grow the organization, and to support our members.”

Holly Fraccaro is originally from North Dakota. She moved to Chicago for graduate school 18 years ago. Most recently, she served as executive director at North West Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization in Chicago dedicated to creating and implementing programs to promote economically diverse housing by bringing public and private resources together. Before that she was executive director of the Single Room Housing Assistance Corp., a nonprofit that provides supportive housing to homeless adults in Chicago. A triathlete, she received her degree in psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.

Fraccaro and her husband, attorney Kyle Fraccaro, are in the process of moving to North Carolina from Chicago. She will start work full time on October 7th.

According to Andy Krichman, HBADOC president, the selection process was involved and meticulous. The HBADOC’s selection committee first conducted focus-group interviews with key stakeholders to determine key aspects of the position in order to create job postings as well as assessments.

The committee also used an online application process with supplemental questions to be able to compare the applicants and metrics at each step of the process so the preferred answer or “best fit” answer for the organization was pre-identified and the applicant then compared to that.

Finally, the best candidates went through three stages of screenings during an intensive two-day interview process that culminated in a unanimous decision that Holly Fraccaro is the best EVP candidate for the HBADOC.

“Holly is the type of person who accomplishes whatever she sets her mind to,” Krichman said. “Holly is an energetic, positive, go-getter who enjoys working as a team player to accomplish goals. Together we will all help our HBA to build on what we have created and take it on to more growth and the next level.”

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Tu Bloom Designs Livens Up The Gift Lounge At This Year’s 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

On January 31, 2010, the world will watch the 52nd Annual GRAMMY ® Awards. For the three days leading up to Music’s Biggest Night ®, Mr. Tu of Tu Bloom designs will be the featured floral designer at the official backstage Gift Lounge. Distinctive Assets felt he was the right designer to beautify this year’s Lounge with an elegant grand entrance piece along with vibrant table pieces. Tu Bloom will also be providing GRAMMY presenters and performers a gift card so that they too can experience the power of an enchanting garden.

Since he was 8 years old, Mr. Tu, president and owner of Tu Bloom Designs, has been captivated by the life inside of a garden. He has a natural talent for envisioning a magnificent design and bringing it to life by catering it to the gardens owners’ lifestyle. He brings colors and textures together that simply take your breath away.

Tu Bloom Designs Livens Up The Gift Lounge At This Year's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

Tu Bloom, founded in 1998, has grown to be a nationally known garden design corporation. Servicing Chicago , Los Angeles , New York and Miami , Tu Bloom can enrich anyone’s home, garden or landscape. They offer their service all year round for every season because a lively rich garden should never die. You can contact Tu Bloom for your beatification needs at

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on January 31, 2010, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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Popular Interior Design Blog ‘Homes Suite Homes’ Provides Inspiration For 2010

With the turn of the New Year comes the chance to give your much loved humble abode a fresh new look. The year 2010 is set to see Homes Suite Homes blog continue to supply the best advice and inspiration tips and trick to its loyal audience, making their journey towards creating their perfect home more exciting and adventurous.

Due to the current economic and environmental climate restrictions, more and more homeowners will be taking on the task of simple home projects to save money and improve their current space. Equally, others are sprucing up in preparation for placing their home on the market.

Regardless of the purpose, a fresh coat of paint remains one of the most economical ways to accomplish all three. No matter what paint color is used, homeowners continue to strive for comfortable, tranquil home environments.

The minimalist look is always a great look and it does not require a lot of effort in order to get it just right. We all like the idea of spending money on extravagant items now and again, and with the abundance of online home decor blogs there is a huge amount of style inspiration and design tips to be had. With all of these ideas at our finger tips, there are numerous ways in which we can add a touch of style to our homes with minimal effort.

Black walls for example strike many people as somewhat Gothic and dark slightly cold even, nevertheless innovative British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was a fan of this look for 2010. He likes setting off the darkness of walls with crisp white woodwork and the occasional wild-card accent such as a selection of token sofas. You can heighten entrance hall ways and living rooms with semi-gloss black walls, a chalk-white vaulted ceiling, doors, and baseboards. Colour is definitely still an option, but keep it to a few token pieces For example, a deep red sofa would look great within the black and white living room setting. If you are dealing with smaller spaces remember that deep, dramatic colours don’t always make a little room look minuscule. Actually, dark walls can either make an interior seem larger by diminishing its boundaries or give it a sense of cosiness, and if you are lucky sometimes both.

Many are unsure about how to decorate their living room, but it is easy to get ideas f r o m magazines, websites and blogs such as Homes Suite Homes can also help you decide. Put together a scrap book, as this will help you plan your overall desired look. Being bold will be essential. If there is a lack of creativity it is worth trying to make the biggest piece of furniture the focal point of the room and keep everything else simple. If you are looking for value for money, put good effort into comparing prices but try not to forget that quality is important too. Accessories can make a huge impact, good and bad! For a smaller room, try the minimalise approach otherwise you can end up with the ‘cluttered’ look!

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Thracian Cliffs Golf And Spa Resort Bulgaria – One Of Europe’s Top 3 Golf Courses

Soon, Bulgaria will be home to one of Europe’s top 3 golf courses, in the form of Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa Resort, which boasts an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course.

Thracian Cliffs Golf And Spa Resort

At the heart of the luxury mixed-use development is the Gary Player Signature golf course, located on 164-hectares of wild, scenic Black Sea coast terrain, spanning 4.5 kilometres of coastline and bestowing a truly exhilarating golfing experience with stunning sea views.

Mr Player cannot speak highly enough of the course. “I’ve been designing golf courses for a long time all over the world – in China, India, Africa, America – all over the world. And I must say that I have never seen such a beautiful golf course as this here.

I am certain that it will bring a lot of tourism to Bulgaria and I am confident that Bulgaria will become a favourite place for holding world class golf tournaments within the next two to three years.”

The Golf Clubhouse will offer casual luxury with a comfortable, sophisticated and inviting social atmosphere for golfers and friends.

The facility will include relaxing restaurants, an elegant bar and lounge with fireplaces and terraces overlooking the 18th green and seaside views to the Gary Player Signature golf course.

The Clubhouse will include workout facilities, indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic views in all directions.

Gary Player has the final word, “You will never see a golf course like this anywhere in the world. Never.”

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Soon, Bulgaria Will Be Home To One Of Europe’s Top Golf Courses, In The Form Of The New Gary Player Signature Course, Which Is Part Of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort

Soccer mad Bulgaria traditionally hasn’t had much time for golf, but that is changing as people realise that the Bulgarian climate would suit the golfing season perfectly- stretching it out to eight or nine months a year.

Europe’s Top Golf Courses

Nine years after the first golf course was built, Bulgaria is on the fast track to becoming an established world golf destination and the development of the golf industry would double the all-important summer season on the Black Sea coast.

The Government is also backing the drive to boost golf in Bulgaria and plans to develop the industry and attract an increasing number of upper-class affluent tourists. It sees the construction of golf courses as an alternative to the property boom on the Black Sea Coast and in mountain resorts.

Soon, Bulgaria will be home to one of Europe’s top golf courses, in the form of the new Gary Player Signature course, which is part of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort.

The 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course forms the core of the luxury mixed-use development which is located on 164-hectares of wild, scenic Black Sea coast terrain.

The Golf Clubhouse will offer casual luxury with a comfortable, sophisticated and inviting social atmosphere for golfers and friends. The facility will include relaxing restaurants, an elegant bar and lounge with fireplaces and terraces overlooking the 18th green and seaside views to the Gary Player Signature golf course.

The Clubhouse will include workout facilities, indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic views in all directions.

And just in case you find yourself on the golf course without your dictionary, here are a few useful phrases to help you get ‘a-round’….

‘Did you see where that landed?’
Видя ли тази топка къде падна?
Vidia li tazi topka kyde padna?

‘That is a horrible lie’
Това е ужасна лъжа.
Tova e uzhasna lyzha.

‘Surely that’s a gimme’
Тази топка е вътре със сигурност.
Tazi topka e vytre sys sigurnost.

‘This to go all square. No pressure.’
Резултатът от тази дупка е равен. Спокойно.
Rezultatyt ot tazi dupka e raven. Spokojno.

‘I didn’t touch it’
Не я докоснах.
Ne ia dokosnah.

‘No I definitely scored 4 not 5’
Не, със сигурност отбелязах 4, не 5.
Ne, sys sigurnost otbeliazah 4, ne 5.

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The Ivy Log Development group is proud to announce Union County’s first golf course community; Owen Glen

The championship golf course at Owen Glen was designed by world – class golf course Architect Denis Griffiths. With over 35 years of experience Denis has designed and built courses in Scotland, Thailand and here in the United States.

The Owen Glen community offers outstanding amenities for golf enthusiasts as well as those who want to lead active lifestyles surrounded by opulence and beauty.

Our Pre Opening Sale offers 27 premier lots many offering golf frontage, creek frontage and year-round mountain views Lots priced from the low $70’s to $250’s all to include a FREE 1 year golf membership Our Semi-private Championship 18 hole course is scheduled to open in the Summer 2009 The spectacular clubhouse is scheduled to begin construction in Early 2009 Golf memberships to include total access to our championship 18 hole 7500 yard course that may be played by cart or walking, designed to be enjoyable and an adventure to all, the golf course practice facility are unparalleled in North Georgia and will especially cater to the juniors and beginners Social memberships will include access to the fitness center, pool, tennis court, a snack bar and public meeting rooms

Call me today to schedule a private tour of this exciting golf community. Come experience the excitement of Owen Glen!


Bill Ruegge,


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