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Month: August 2020

Paint

How to Nail Color Combinations in Your Home

In a way, asking Rayman Boozer to talk about color is like asking a fish to describe water: “I’ve just never been afraid of it,” confesses the designer, founder of Apartment48, of his deft ability to mix hues. Boozer’s penchant for bold punches of color (and, too, for more subtle combinations) earned him the nickname “the Color Guru” years ago, and the label has stuck. But, as willing as he may be to reach for the extreme ends of a paint deck, Boozer knows well that not all homeowners are as comfortable as he is with the full color wheel. That’s why we asked him to break down some of his most valuable knowledge about color. Because, as Boozer says, “I always remind clients that color is the least expensive update you can make to completely change a room.” Convinced? Read on for Boozer’s ad...
Interior

Merlin wins national award for Lake Las Vegas Home

Merlin Custom Home Builders was awarded the Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Custom Home over 8,000 square feet at the 2020 Pacific Coast Builders Conference virtual awards ceremony held July 24. Merlin received the builder’s award for its “Water’s Edge” show home at Lake Las Vegas. “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious Gold Nugget Award of Merit and thank PCBC for recognizing Merlin amongst the top builders in the U.S and internationally,” said Steve Jones, founder and CEO of Merlin Custom Home Builders. “We are also grateful to our extraordinary partners on the Water’s Edge home — Raintree Investment Corp., Swaback Partners and Studio V. Interiors. Water’s Edge is the first custom home built in Lake Las Vegas’ Estates at Reflection Bay. The extraordinary home has both visua...
Furniture

Malouf Launches New Weekender RTA Furniture Line

To build on their successful furniture expansion, Malouf announced that it is launching seven new furniture items under the Weekender line. Each new piece was designed to meet the current industry demand for entry level pricing, easy shipping, and elevated style. The new ready-to-assemble furniture will be on display at this weekend’s Las Vegas Market, with an opening price point at $299.99 for an entire upholstered bed or $89.99 for a headboard. Product Development Manager Ryan Carlisle said, “Customers want RTA furniture because it’s affordable and accessible. We’ve put our efforts into making a line of beds and headboards that will work for many different customers and t...
Florist & Decorating

St. Bernard commemorates Katrina with 164 symbolic steel lilies, one for each parish resident who died in the storm | Arts

A patch of 164 steel lilies appeared on the lawn outside of Our Lady of Prompt Succor church in Chalmette on Saturday morning. The sculpted flowers – white blossoms and green leaves held aloft on thin stems — were a tribute to those in St. Bernard Parish who lost their lives during Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago.After an ecumenical prayer service in the church, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who had spoken during the ceremony, blessed the memorial garden. Relatives and representatives of those who died in the storm were encouraged to take home a flower as a remembrance.Ray Clement plucked one of the metal sculptures from the grass. The name Wilber Hebert Jr. was written on one of the leaves in gold paint. Clement said that Hebert was a friend that died in his a...
Decor

Pottery Barn’s Fall Home Collection launches cozy layers to war

Fall is quickly approaching, and most retailers have started to drop their new collections. Last week, we just covered Target’s new fall home line with tons of budget-friendly options. Today, we’re going to be sharing our favorites from Pottery Barn’s new fall home collection. This new line has you ready for all of your fall gatherings as well as new bedding, throw blankets, decor, and much more. The company is also featuring all of the hottest trends in how decor, including deep hues, velvet and woven textures, as well as beautiful stoneware. Be sure to head below the jump to find all of our top picks from Pottery Barn’s Fall Collection. Rustic Modern The new fall home line is made up of three sections: Rustic Modern, Pacific Woods, and Chateau. Starting with Rustic Modern, this s...
HVAC

How to Inspect an HVAC System | Home Guides

One of the largest home purchases, the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system requires annual inspections to ensure energy-efficient operation. Neglected and dirty HVAC equipment is the main reason for the majority of system failures. While a homeowner can conduct his own HVAC system inspection, for repairs, local state laws might require a certified professional to correct any problems. After a do-it-yourself HVAC system inspection, you might consider an annual maintenance or service contract to protect your home's HVAC investment. 1Start with the thermostat and check all functions for correct operation. Make sure that both the heating and cooling systems turn off at the preset temperatures. 2Turn off the circuit breakers that power both the furnace and air conditi...
Paint

Why Texture Is Just as Important as Color in Design

“What a bore!” That’s how Joy Moyler describes a room done all in one fabric. It may come as little surprise that the designer, a fashion lover and veteran of Armani’s design studio, sees textural variety as so essential. “Texture is just always important to me: how light hits fabric, the translucent nature, the sexiness of it,” she says. © Lauren Tamaki Joy Moyler @joymoylerinteriors © Raevo Joy Moyler explains why good houses need both. “I’ve always been a strong proponent of using multiple textures too,” she tells House Beautiful. Part of that stems from a childhood spent with an aunt who lost her sight at a young age but, Moyler recalls, “was able to navigate her house based on the texture of things.” “So early on, before I even became an interior designer, I w...
Florist & Decorating

Venerable NYC businesses riding out pandemic after surviving decades of life’s twists and turns

Hard times are old hat for some of New York’s most iconic and enduring businesses, founded by immigrants and forged for survival with the sweat of their brows. © Jeff Bachner The foot pedal assembly is installed on a piano at the Steinway & Sons factory in Astoria, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Pandemic? Been there, done that, back in 1918. Ditto for terrorist attacks and the Great Depression. The beloved Dodgers abandoned Brooklyn in the ’50s, while the ’70s delivered fiscal disaster. There were two World Wars, political corruption, racial unrest, assorted panics on Wall Street. Load Error Through it all, and throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, these too-tough-to-die businesses endure across the boroughs: Steinway Pianos in Queens. Rao’s restaurant in East Harlem. Egidio’...
Furniture

Standard Furniture Offers Exclusive High Point Premarket Tours to Preview Expanded Product Lines

the Saenger Entertainment Console. Case goods and upholstery producer Standard Furniture announced that it will offer furniture retailers a preview of its new product introductions – including a new home office line – at High Point Premarket set for Sept. 14-15. In addition to a broad line of home office furnishings, Standard will offer retailers an advanced look at a new collection of higher-end pieces, each designed to be used in a variety of ways to create the ultimate in design versatility. “We’ve thoughtfully expanded our product offerings to meet the needs of both retailers and consumers,” said Jay Peters, vice president of merchandising at Standard Furniture. “As cons...
Heating & Cooling

Three tips for using temperature sensors to improve cooling system efficiency and SLA management

Manage delta TThe alternative is to manage to delta T — the temperature differential between the cool supply air entering the data center and the warm air returning to cooling units. This approach allows data center operators to minimize the higher-than-necessary fan speeds common in the delta P approach and consistently manage thermal efficiencies to the design intent of the system.Adding temperature sensors in front of equipment racks provides visibility into rack-level temperatures that can be used in conjunction with the delta T measurement to ensure temperature SLAs are being met. The delta T is adjusted based on rack temperature needs, and the control system recognizes and generates alerts when operating parameters deviate from the design intent.With the emergence of the delta T cont...
Bathroom

Why one Michigan school district is allowing online learning on campus

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI -- The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the digital divide in Michigan and the plight of working parents faced with the challenge of children being home from school. © Jessica Scott|MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Portage Public Schools will allow students in grades six through 12 to take their online courses in the common areas of the school building, rather than at home, as one of its virtual options. Pictured is a file photo of a Union High School students using Van Belkum Branch Library's computer because her family didn't have internet access School districts that shifted to online learning have discovered two major difficulties: Some students do not have internet access; and parents working inside and outside the home are struggling to either find affordable c...
Living Rooms

University Place announces completion of unique apartment complexes | Orem News

If you have dreamed of an apartment with wrap-around balconies and a Park Place Avenue address, look no further than The Exton apartments at University Place.University Place announced Monday the completion of two unique residential projects that have been years in the making: The Devon at University Place and The Exton, according to Amanda Butterfield, spokeswoman for owners Woodbury Corp.The third complex, the Aston was completed a few years ago.The Devon and Exton apartment buildings also feature ground floor retail space. The Exton units are designed to wrap around a five-story parking garage.This innovative design is the first of its kind in Utah County and one of a few in Utah. Residents living on the sixth and seventh floors can drive up the parking ...
Heating & Cooling

Why Louisiana air conditioning business are feeling the heat more than usual this summer | Business

Here’s another industry being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic: air conditioning sales and repair.Local air conditioning repair companies in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette said they are seeing a shortage of parts and equipment, which was caused by manufacturing facilities in Mexico and China being shut down by the pandemic. At the same time, demand for air conditioning in other parts of the U.S. has gone up because people are spending more time at home and want to be comfortable.Daniel Bandy, owner of Aire Serv of south Baton Rouge, said parts that used to take a day or two to get are now arriving in a week or 10 days.“It’s not one supplier that had a time frame change, it’s all of them,” he said. “Trane, Lennox, Carrier have all had issues.”Ai...
Home improvement

Revel F328Be Floorstanding Speaker Review

If you've read our reviews of Revel's F226Be and F228Be floorstanding speakers, you may have the impression that those two models, along with the F328Be ($16,000/pair), are simply the small, medium, and large iterations of the PerformaBe floorstanding lineup. While technically correct, this would be greatly oversimplifying the truth. We expect the larger versions of similar speakers to have greater dynamic range and to have more low-frequency extension, and F328Be performs accordingly. But there is a lot more to this speaker than merely "louder F228Be with more bass." Let me get the similarities out of the way right off the bat. The F328Be has a cabinet design similar to the rest of the PerformaBe floorstanding lineup, with a flat front baffle, rounded side walls...
Furniture

Furniture academy honors 19 graduates | Business News

× Sign Up Today and Support Local Journalism Enjoy more articles from the Hickory Daily Record, your Most Trusted Information Source. Subscribers can log in for unlimited digital access HICKORY — The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy recently celebrated the success of several graduates.Graduates for three different types of certificates were recognized during the ceremony held this past week for the Catawb...
HVAC

Pat Baskett: Climate – our final warning

© Provided by Newsroom Pat Baskett reviews a new book about the climate crisis that leaves no room for speculation, examining what's really coming as a result of our actions over the last 200 years. This might be our very last chance to turn mass extinction around, she writes.  COMMENT: Our final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency is not a book of total doom but it is a reality check. I wondered, as I turned the pages, what it would take for the words “crisis” or “emergency” to spark effective, immediate action in the way that Covid-19 has done. And then came news of thousands of people leaving their homes to escape wildfires across northern and central California. Multiple lightning strikes combined with an intense, late-season heat wave and the effects of droug...
Paint

Paint The Town With Love Fundraiser this weekend

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - If you’d like to add some color to Marquette this weekend, the UP Children’s Museum has a solution. © Provided by Marquette WLUC Nheena Weyer Ittner, the UP Children's Museum Executive Director and founder, discusses the upcoming Paint The Town With Love Fundraiser, a city-wide chalk art festival taking place this weekend, August 28th-30th. Residents are encouraged to decorate their driveways and sidewalks with images of hope, love, compassion, and other good vibes to spread positivity in a time where such emotions can be hard to muster on your own.The proceeds from sponsors of the fundraiser will go to cover basic costs at the UP Children’s Museum, a local Marquette institution founded in 1991 and officially opened in 1997.Nheena Weyer Ittner, the Execu...
HVAC

Job training programs find ways to convert hands-on learning to the online environment | Local

 year ago, Christine Cote, president of Perry Technical Institute, said she would have been quick to answer the question of whether the school could do all its instruction entirely online.“We would have said no,” she said.And for good reason: Many of Perry’s programs, such as welding and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, require hands-on training.But for nearly two months, career and technical programs at Perry Technical Institute were all online as the region grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic.Like everyone else, administrators and instructors of local job and career programs had a sharp learning curve after the pandemic forced them to end in-person instruction and shift to the virtual environment.Several months later, instructors and a...
Florist & Decorating

Decorating Walls With Wreaths | Home Guides

At the holidays, evergreen wreaths embellished with red bow and berries brighten doors and welcome vistors. But a wreath doesn't have to be just a once-a-year decoration. If you choose the right type, a wreath can be an ideal way to decorate any wall in your home year-round. The key is choosing the right style to match the rest of your decor and finding the right spot to hang it. Types Wall wreaths come in wide variety of materials, so there's bound to be an option that works for your home. Holiday wreaths are probably the most common type and typically feature evergreen branches with embellishments like holly, berries, pine cones, ornaments and velvet ribbon. You can also find other seasonal wreaths that use flowers, leaves or fruit to evoke the right mood. Floral wreaths are ...