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Month: October 2020

Kitchen

Replacing the Cabinetry in This Kitchen Only Cost $500

You’ll be surprised—and inspired!—by some of the cost-cutting ideas that went into the renovation of this kitchen in a mid-1800s Victorian home located in Kingston, New York. Principal designer Maryline Damour of design and build firm Damour Drake undertook the project from concept to completion with the goal of transforming the space utilizing a careful mix of high/low budget materials. The result offers so many examples of how to use a renovation budget wisely. AFTER: Maryline achieved her vision of a “rustic, glam, Victorian” kitchen by integrating a mix of high/low materials. Opting to refurbish used cabinets purchased for $500 and construct inexpensive countertops left room in the budget for splurging on the wood-paneled wall treatment, and the eye catching light fixture. In terms of ...
Florist & Decorating

Flower-related businesses experience ups and downs during pandemic | Business Observer

You can’t underestimate the power of flowers to cheer people up, even in a pandemic. “It’s thoughtful, it’s refreshing, it’s something bright, natural and healthy,” says Jeff Gordon, the owner of Sarasota-based Suncoast Florist. “A number of our local customers comment that you just want something bright and fresh in your home.” As more people choose to spruce up their houses or the houses of friends and family members with flower arrangements, some flower-related businesses in the area have gotten a boost during portions of the pandemic. But recent months haven’t all been rosy — florists have seen their share of sales fluctuations. Plus there are new precautions to take when delivering flowers to homes, hospitals, assisted-living facilities and other locations. Thr...
Kitchen

More time at home means more opportunity for you to design your personal kitchen, bath :: WRAL.com

By Julia Reinert, Martin Communications, writer for New Homes & IdeasEvery year we consider the colors and styles homeowners are gravitating towards when personalizing their new home kitchen and baths. The 2020 season, more so than ever, has given us the most poignant glimpse into how everyday living can affect our design choices.  The global pandemic we continue to experience has resulted in families spending more time at home, altering both their needs and wants with regards to aesthetics, technology, innovative design options and energy-saving features.   Buyers may have also found a little extra time to spend on Pinterest or watching HGTV to get inspired on the design of their new home. “I have buyers that come in af...
Living Rooms

Chefs are parents, too. Here are their tips if your kitchen is now a makeshift school cafeteria

Yahya Noor from East Boston’s Tawakal Halal Café has seven kids — four of whom started virtual class last week — so he knows what he’s talking about.“Think about it like going to school all day, where you don’t have the option to just go to the cafeteria,” he says. Instead, he packs Tupperware containers of lunches and snacks the night before for easy distribution at set times so his kids don’t get distracted. A favorite? Basmati rice with wild-caught salmon from Market Basket (his go-to grocery store), mozzarella cheese sticks, and grapes.Yahya Noor of Tawakal Halal Café.HandoutGet creative at breakfastIf your kid eats on the fly, use breakfast as the main meal. Valentine Howell from Krasi in the Back Bay has an 11-year-old daughter with an “eclectic” palate and a remote curriculum in Ros...
Furniture

Live6 provides patio furniture to small businesses on Livernois to stimulate local commerce

In response to the COVID-19 shutdown effects, my organization, the Live6 Alliance, created a pilot program called Livernois Outdoors to provide patio furniture to eateries and restaurants located on Livernois’ Avenue of Fashion to encourage visitorship to the corridor.  In 2019, the city of Detroit invested in a large streetscape redevelopment project, which slowed operations for a lot of businesses on the corridor. It was a long and extensive project spanning just south of Seven Mile to Eight Mile, removing the center median and expanding the sidewalks in front of the retail storefronts. During the construction period, many businesses struggled to keep their doors open and attract customers.  Patio furniture outside Good Cakes & Bakes at 19363 Livernois. And then in spring, just as b...
Paint

An Iraqi teen with autism expresses himself through color. He draws in black since his mother got coronavirus

Nahla al-Nadawi's voice is filled with love as she gently asks her son why the flower he drew is black. © Aqeel Najm/CNN The color black has crept back into Ussayid's drawings. Nahla believes that her son has carried that darkness with him since his father's death. It pains her to have to ask that question. Ussayid, 19, has autism and struggles to verbally express his thoughts, fears, and pain. He does so through colors. "We worked for years to get him away from the black of death," she explains. "But this was his expression of his fear that I would die or that my husband who he considers as a father figure would die."Nahla and her husband Aqil both contracted the coronavirus within days of each other. To get Covid-19 in Iraq means to assume responsibility for yourself, sh...
Kitchen

21 Family Room Decorating Ideas, Ranging from a Quick Refresh to a Total Overhaul

The kitchen’s reign as the heart of the home has gone on long enough. This year, it’s time to reclaim your family room—or living room, den or whatever you call the space where your sofa and coziest armchair reside—as the ultimate hangout. Whether you’re looking for a quick refresh or a total overhaul, we’ve got the inspo you need. These family room decorating ideas run the gamut, with options for every skill level and style.You should feel totally comfortable living in your living room, which is why Maydan Architects did some strategic splurging when designing this San Francisco home. “We selected a fabric for the sofa that can be cleaned easily. The floors are porcelain ceramic, which is almost indestructible and looks particularly elegant,” says founder and principal Mary Maydan. “By usi...
Furniture

Mass. furniture maker AIS to deliver 22,000 masks to poll workers – News – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

CEO Bruce Platzman said AIS expects to deliver more than 22,000 facemasks to city and town clerks for use by municipal employees, poll workers and volunteers. BOSTON — To ensure the safety of those working at polling places on Election Day, a Leominster furniture manufacturer plans to donate enough high quality facemasks to protect every poll worker who needs one in Massachusetts on Nov. 3.AIS plans said it's working with state and local officials to make sure masks are delivered ahead of Election Day. Already, more than 235 city and town clerks have requested mask donations from AIS, with some asking for as few as 10 and others seeking as many as 1,500 masks."AIS's generous donation of masks to each community who chooses to participate ensures that poll workers, volunteers and ...
Paint

Animal Crossing Halloween Update – How to Get New Face and Body Paint Colors

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is heading quickly into the Halloween season with a fresh update arriving today that offers a ton of seasonal fun. One of the coolest new additions are a set of new body paint colors that will let you change your face, arms, and anything else into unique new shades. You saw these in the Halloween Update reveal video, but with so much going on the game doesn’t take time to explain how to get them. We’ve found where they are though, so here’s how to get new face and body paint colors in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. How to Get New Face and Body Paint Colors There’s two items that you need to fully unlock the new customization options offered by the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween Update. Both are found at the Nook Stop ATM within Resident Services. H...
Florist & Decorating

Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill’s Wedding: Peek at the Decor

After saying "I do" on October 10, Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill had the most lavish setup to celebrate with their loved ones.  As seen in photos and videos posted to Instagram from the big day, The Real Housewives of Atlanta couple's reception held at the Governors Towne Club in Acworth, Georgia, featured jaw-dropping details including luxe candles, gorgeous chandeliers, and a silver balloon display adorning a grand staircase where guests including Eva Marcille, Kenya Moore and Quad Webb posed for photos.  Of course, there was no shortage of places for a photo op throughout the night. In addition to a photo booth, guests gathered in front of a stunning floor-to-ceiling white flower wall featuring the couple's custom logo, an intertwined "C" and "M." Hu...
Kitchen

Kitchen cabinets are costly. Don’t make them trendy

The latest colors and trends are tempting, but a kitchen should be timeless, says Barbara Miller, design director for the Neil Kelly design and remodeling company.It’s expensive to remodel a kitchen, and cabinets can make up 30% of the costs, so make sure you or an owner five to 10 years in the future won’t think the look has gone out of style, she says.A sure-fire solution: White cabinets.Since Neil Kelly started remodeling homes in Portland in 1947, “we have never stopped selling white cabinets,” says Miller, referencing a statement made by owner Tom Kelly, whose father founded the company.She says styles and hardware have changed, but white remains popular in the Pacific Northwest, as does wood-grain.The easiest way to ensure a kitchen has a timeless feel is to match key elements with t...
Living Rooms

What it’s like to be a New York University student living on campus right now, from a mandatory 2-week quarantine in a dorm room to a $100 Grubhub gift card for meals

Akpovwa's quarantine suite is the same room she'll be in all year. She currently does not have a roommate. She says it was hard to tell how full the dorms were with quarantining students in late August, because everyone kept to their rooms.During the two-week quarantine, students were expectd to stay in their individual rooms. They were not allowed to walk around or go outside."Quarantine means not leaving your suite, except for testing. So for food and all that, they have runners that bring up food to the front of your door, three meals a day. If you have packages, they bring up your packages to your room, too," Akpovwa said.Students also had to submit two negative COVID-19 tests before being cleared to attend in-person classes and being allowed to ent...
Furniture

KeyCorp Research Analysts Lift Earnings Estimates for Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. (NYSE:HVT)

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. (NYSE:HVT) – Research analysts at KeyCorp increased their FY2020 EPS estimates for shares of Haverty Furniture Companies in a research note issued on Wednesday, October 7th. KeyCorp analyst B. Thomas now expects that the company will post earnings per share of $0.96 for the year, up from their previous forecast of $0.90. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Haverty Furniture Companies’ Q4 2020 earnings at $0.80 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $1.20 EPS. Several other research firms also recently issued reports on HVT. ValuEngine raised Haverty Furniture Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 6th. TheStreet raised shares of Haverty Furniture Companies from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in...
Paint

Hero Glamour Blaze Edition Launched at Rs 72,000 in India, Gets New Paint Scheme, USB Phone Charger

© Provided by News18 Hero Glamour Blaze Edition Launched at Rs 72,000 in India, Gets New Paint Scheme, USB Phone Charger Hero MotoCorp has introduced a new special edition of the popular Glamour motorcycle – the Glamour Blaze. The new motorcycle comes in a new Matt Vernier Grey Color along with the addition of a USB charger to the handlebar. Glamour Blaze will be available at Hero MotoCorp showrooms across the country at an attractive price of Rs 72,200 (ex-showroom Delhi). Commenting on the new motorcycle, Naveen Chauhan, Head – Sales and Aftersales, Hero MotoCorp, said, “Glamour is a highly popular brand across the country and represents style and performance. The response to the new Glamour that was launched recently has been positive and now in its Blaze edition, the brand co...
Florist & Decorating

Shop Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER Home Fall Collection for Fall

Drew Barrymore launched a daily talk show last week, but that hasn't stopped the star from keeping her FLOWER Home collection for Walmart at the top of consumers' minds. The stylish furniture and home decor line's fall offerings just dropped on Walmart.com, and as to be expected, every item reflects Barrymore's vibrant, boho aesthetic. And like previous home releases, she turned to everyday wonders to fuel her creative process. “Inspiration comes from everywhere,” Barrymore said in a press release. “Something that you love in life can become something you love in your home. Curate your love of life and live right in it.”From colorful botanical prints to eye-catching abstract patterns, the eclectic FLOWER Home collection for the new season includes peel-and-stick wallpaper designs, plus...
Kitchen

Mistakes to avoid when upgrading a kitchen: Don’t get sucked into tempting, one-function items

Your household may have grown during the coronavirus pandemic as adult children who lost their jobs returned home. At the same time, your wallet may have become thinner during the economic fallout caused by the global health crisis.Combine those factors and it’s easy to see that a study by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) found that people want to improve their kitchen, especially with germ-avoiding, touchless technology, while adhering to a tight budget.An overwhelming 99% of manufacturing, construction, design and retail businesses surveyed by the trade association said more consumers are requesting assistance with small-scale, DIY kitchen projects.To reduce the risk of getting COVID-19, the survey found, people want contact-less products with automatic sensors and anti...
Bathroom

My First Home: Instagram star Meggan Grubb on building a home gym

Personal trainer and social media star Meggan Grubb, 24, spent lockdown renovating her first home.If her fitness tips and videos on social media don’t get you out training, maybe Meggan Grubb’s house-hunting skills will inspire you to get that dream pad. At 24, the personal trainer and social media star has not only earned 1.3 million followers but she’s even bagged her own ‘grown-up’ house near Winchester and managed to do it all up during lockdown. The insta star and her fiancé spent lockdown decking out their bathrooms with Bali-inspired designs and building a home gym. And there we were watching Tiger King on the couch… When did you buy your first home? I bought my first home when I was 23, almost exactly a year ago. Before that, I was living in London in student flats. Bu...
Living Rooms

25 The Elf on the Shelf Ideas For Every December Day ‘Til Christmas

Click here to read the full article. Ah, the The Elf on the Shelf — the bane of so many parents’ holiday seasons. Maybe you have a love-hate relationship (or, OK, a hate-hate relationship) with the wily little guy. But chances are, your kids love him. And hey, the internet loves him. He’s basically the best thing to happen to holiday mischief since Santa himself.Although it can be fun to come up with your own creative ideas for where to place the beloved/dreaded elf (and we encourage you to do so) it can also be a little… exhausting, to say the least. And nowadays, The Elf on the Shelf has so many accessories — Elfie’s even got his own pets — to keep this yearly activity fresh and exciting. Elfie can almost give Barbie a run for her money. So here are more than two dozen easy The Elf on th...
Furniture

The patio furniture seat cushion mystery | Columns

My wife’s timing is impeccable, unless, of course, we’re going somewhere I want to go. Then, it’s sometimes peccable.Recently, I was in the midst of watching a Georgia football game when she had the audacity to phone me.Somebody better be seriously injured, I muttered.“Len, there’s this patio furniture that’s on sale, and ...”At that point, I zoned out. Minutes later, the phone still held to my ear, I noticed she had never stopped talking, “... you know, I don’t know if we’ll get the opportunity for this type of deal again, and — ”“Yeah, yeah, yeah, go ahead and buy it,” I said as the Dogs sputtered offensively against Arkansas (first half). She hung up quickly and happily.Normally, I would inquire about such things as, oh, I don’t know, the price. But she ...
Paint

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin’s revolutionary paint shop is coming to life

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin’s revolutionary paint shop appears to be coming together. Local reports indicate that paint equipment deliveries have been continuing and a little testbed for the paint facility may in the process of installation. The EV manufacturer teamed up with Geico Taikisha, a leader in the design and construction of turnkey automated auto body paint, for Giga Berlin’s next-gen paint shop. Last month, the first batch of machines was delivered to the German plant’s site. Local drone-operator @gigafactory_4 observed that Tesla may have installed some of the Geico Taikisha equipment for Giga Berlin’s paint shop in a little testbed. While the exact location of said testbed was not specified, the drone-operator did clarify that Giga Berlin’s Geico Taikisha machines were stored...