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Florist & Decorating

Downtown Franklin Shops Offer Unique Pumpkin Decor for Your Home

As temperatures begin to plunge, the fall décor comes out. For some, that means black cats, ghosts, and witches. For others, it is all about pumpkins. Pumpkins can go out as a decorative introduction to fall in September and last through Thanksgiving. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes, giving a home a splash of color and lots of texture. Pumpkins are made from all kinds of materials, including porcelain, metal, wool, fabric, paper, leaves, plastic, and mercury glass. They can be artisan-made, vintage, or manufactured. Then, of course, they can also be real. Some are realistic, while others are whimsical. We found these great pieces of pumpkin decor at downtown Franklin shops. Now is a great time to shop in downtown Franklin, as downtown Franklin is celebra...
Living Rooms

Hot Property: ‘SNL’ vet Will Forte lists Santa Monica home

Every Hollywood idea has to start somewhere, whether it’s scribbled on cocktail napkins, pecked out on a vintage typewriter or the outcome of an afternoon in the writers’ room. For the sitcom “The Last Man on Earth,” the idea came around the dining room table at the Santa Monica home of show star Will Forte.Forte is now ready to part with the house where he and his team penned the Emmy-nominated show’s first episode, listing the classic Craftsman for $2.45 million.In the Ocean Park neighborhood on a corner lot, the brick-accented home maintains its classic character while incorporating subtle updates involving skylights, hardware and fixtures. Box-beam ceilings, window details and the extensive use of wood in the interior are among period details of the 107-year-old home.The living room r...
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...
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...
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...
Florist & Decorating

Spruce up your space for fall! 13 Home decor deals from Amazon Prime Day

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.Prime Day was created by Amazon which has an affiliate relationship with TODAY. Whenever you buy an Amazon product through our site, Amazon pays TODAY a small commission on that sale.In the mood to spruce up your space for fall? Whether you're shopping for a new coffee table, some wall art or anything in between, Amazon Prime Deal has plenty of home decor deals going on right now. Here are 13 the Shop TODAY editors are currently eyeing.1. Salipt LED Flickering Flameless Candles Set of 10Salipt LED Flickering Flameles...
Decor

Modern design earns historic status for Tucson home by famed local architect | Local news

The modern-looking two-story home he designed for himself on Lind Road, near Fort Lowell Road and Tucson Boulevard, is an example of Brutalist architecture, a postwar movement that first emerged from Great Britain in the 1950s.The form is characterized by angular geometric shapes and bare building materials — usually exposed concrete or brick — with monochromatic colors and little adornment.Clinco said many civic buildings were built in the Brutalist style during the middle of the 20th century, including Pima Community College’s West Campus on Anklam Road and the Mathematics Building and library at the University of Arizona.Style goes from villain to heroBrutalist houses are much harder to find. “I think there are just a very, very small handful of homes in Tucson that are built in this st...
Interior

Late Winnetka Trustee’s Midcentury Modern Home Sells For $640,000

WINNETKA, IL — A midcentury home on the edge of the Skokie Lagoons in Winnetka sold for $640,000 last month. The four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home sits on a half-acre lot on Tower Road overlooking a small village-owned pond. It was built in 1956 to the northwest of the Winnetka Golf Club as part of the Forestview subdivision, according to property records. The home's architect and original owner could not be identified. Its design features a master suite, one bedroom a two-car garage and storage on the right side of its foyer. On the left side, it has two more bedrooms and a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows facing toward the south and west. Click on any image for more photos from 1620 Tower Road. (Realtor.com)The interior also includes several skylights, hardwood floors and ...
Living Rooms

Advice for Decorating Your Home

This column is part of a series for the Design special report of The New York Times. Readers are invited to send questions to [email protected] moved into a new place in March, and our plans to furnish an extra room were waylaid by the pandemic. Is it a good idea to get a pullout sofa bed for guests, given that we don’t know when we’ll be able to host anyone? Day to day, we use the room as an office.Choosing a sofa is tricky even without adding a bed to the equation. Will it fit through your front door? How can you gauge its comfort level without sitting on it first? What if the upholstery gets stained? (Short answers: Measure accurately, check out the cushion composition and consider Crypton fabric.)Keep in mind that a good sofa will last a decade or more, and hopefully you’ll b...
Florist & Decorating

Artificial plants and flowers for home decor

Now that everyone is spending more time indoors, faux plants that truly look real can add a touch of nature to your space, minus the upkeep. After all, some people love the look of plants in their home but seriously lack a green thumb. Others love to change things up and decorate seasonally, so they hesitate to commit to living plants, which generally have to be cared for all year. Either way, carefully selected faux plants and flowers give you all the highs of having a home with greenery without the lows of having to worry about watering, fertilizing or moving it around to ensure it gets enough sunlight. © Home Depot Nearly Natural Mix Greens Artificial Plant in Planter © Amazon MyGift Set of 3 Artificial Plants When selecting faux plants and flowers for your home, l...
Interior

9 Things To Consider When Building a Vacation Home by the Beach

The sand, the sun, the sound of waves lapping against the shore—when you are living by the beach, life is good! As amazing as it all sounds, there are many things to consider if you are thinking of building a vacation home by the beach.While the location, safety factors, proximity to the beach, and accessibility can be easily fixed, it's finalizing the house plan that can feel like a Sisyphean task. Your plan outlines the complete structure of the home from the foundation to the entire interior layout. It is the "map" or the complete resource your builder has for the entire building project -- making it all the more important to get it right!With over 30K+ house plans created by over 200 design experts and architects, Architectural Designs is an excellent place to find the perfect plan for...
Decor

The return of warm, earthy browns is among fall decor trends | Home & Garden

Don't overdo brown, she warns, but blend it with modern materials like marble for beautiful juxtapositions."Bringing it in with light woods, leathers and other natural materials can help make a space feel timeless," Jimenez says.Melissa Morgan of M Interiors in San Antonio, Texas, thinks brown's rebirth is "a reaction to years of very light, tonal interiors. Clients are looking for warmth and sanctuary in their homes more than ever."Lighter, yellowish browns, like caramel, often works well in leather."In upholstery, we consider saddle leather to be a form of brown that's like a trusty pair of blue jeans - it goes with everything," said Chicago designer Brynn Olson.Soft browns and caramels are also appearing in pillows, lamps and drapes. Caning is on trend too, said Amy Leferink of Interior...
Interior

Hershey home preserves 1950s architecture blended with modern updates and renovations: Cool Spaces

This home, built in 1951, retains its classic brick Colonial appeal with luxury additions that perfectly blend contemporary aesthetic suited to modern family life.The original blueprints for 360 Elm Ave., Hershey were mail ordered and dated 1949 from The Standard Home Company of Washington, D.C. These blueprints were slightly amended on Oct. 2, 1950, and the new home was finished in 1951.The owners of this now 6000-plus-square-feet downtown Hershey home took great care to respect the history of the 1951 original home, including matching the exterior brick addition to the original brick, while also adding space and incorporating many updates that families want today.The interior has an open concept flow from a foyer with staircase that appears to float thanks to a flowing, open modern sculp...
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At Home: Some service companies add COVID-19 precautions – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Everything looks different in the age of COVID-19, including routine home maintenance and repair services.Three Topeka companies weighed in on how their business practices have been altered by the pandemic and what they’re doing to keep consumers safe.Have customers been expressing concern or asking about health and safety precautions during the pandemic?Dennis Bowser, owner of Countryside Chimney Sweep, said, "It’s 60/40. Some will shake your hand because it’s good luck to shake a sweep’s hand, and then we’ve had probably 10 percent cancel their annual appointment and then reschedule six months to a year out."Bowser says he’s made it a habit to ask customers what makes them comfortable before entering a home. Some customers prefer to be outside while the work is done, while ot...
Decor

Scottsdale family updates midcentury home with a nod to its roots

CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRoseanne South’s home, nestled between Scottsdale and Hayden roads, is right in the center of Scottsdale's action without losing privacy.“My favorite part of living here is that I’m so centrally located to everything,” Roseanne said. “I live in Scottsdale and still have the cowboy feel of the Wild West and Sonoran Desert.” The neighborhood has no HOA, which allows for diversity in the look of the homes, and the lack of streetlights and sidewalks lends to the natural desert feeling Roseanne and her family love so much.  “Houses are unique in appearance and range in age from 70 years old to 7 weeks old,” she said. “The neighborhood is quiet and holds a secret network of horse trails for riders or those who just want to get off the ...
Decor

Comforting brown returns as a fall home decor trend

In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world. "Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide," says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.                                                                                                                                                                                                     ...
Interior

This Chic London Home Will Show You How to Mix Antiques and Modern Pieces

Photo credit: Mark RoperFrom ELLE DecorIt all started with wallpaper. For Australia-based interior designer Thomas Hamel and longtime clients from Perth looking to design their London pied-à-terre, the bonding began when Hamel first accompanied the wife to a de Gournay showroom in London. “It was like bringing a person into the best chocolate shop in the world,” Hamel says. “I was like, ‘You cannot lick the walls.’ She knew every single panel and which one had been featured in Vogue, which one was in Kate Moss’s house, and so forth.”From there, their creative collaboration took shape, leading to a Belgravia townhouse with contemporary bones, punches of pink and green, and—as promised—de Gournay prints in unexpected places.Photo credit: Mark RoperHamel, born in America and trained at Parish...
Kitchen

Decoupage Ideas for The Kitchen | Home Guides

Decoupage allows you to decorate just about any surface with images, designs and text cut from paper or fabric. Around the kitchen, decoupage turns drab, plain cabinets, tabletops or wall hangings into works of art, dressed up with your favorite themes such as vintage appliance ads or retro fabric prints. Decoupage medium is the "secret sauce" that holds it all together and serves as a top coat. Watered-down school glue can be used in place of decoupage medium. Tabletop Transformation Decoupage offers an ideal means of turning an outdated or less-than-attractive kitchen table into a piece fitting of the room's decor. Cover the tabletop with pages from old or outdated cookbooks, photocopied images from vintage food packages, seed packets or advertisements for kitchen appliances....
Florist & Decorating

How to Use Artificial Flowers as Home Decor | Home Guides

If you want to add life to your space without crunching your budget, or if real flowers aren't an option, consider using artificial flowers in your decor. Faux flowers have taken on a new reputation with updated technology that creates lifelike petals and stems. What was once looked down upon is now widely accepted. High-end interior designers as well as magazines geared toward the homemaker and inner decorator have chosen to add artificial flowers to decor, and offer many ways to incorporate the flora in a tasteful way. Bouquet Brightly colored flowers gathered together into a beautiful bouquet will liven up any tabletop or other surface. Bunch the stems together, then wrap and tie with string or garden twine. For a living room or reading nook, lay your favorite book open on a...
Decor

Modern home offers unique design, space

Sarah Colburn, Special to the Times Published 8:58 a.m. CT Oct. 1, 2020 CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThis modern-styled farmhouse welcomes family and friends with its architecturally arched entry and adjacent screened porch.This home melds the eras in a blend of mill-work accents and rich wood detailing. Just inside the foyer, the great room touts wood-beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows overlooking the natural 2.25-acre landscape.Wood floors and details like board and batten and shiplap create a warm and clean design in the space. A wooden mantle sits atop the shiplap fireplace and creates an ambiance and airiness in the room.The gourmet kitchen is complete with open glass shelving, high-end appliances and a large ...