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Posted by: | Posted on: December 31, 2020

How To Design Around Curved Walls, Odd Angles, or Other Tricky Spots in Your Home

Most home design advice applies only to commonplace rectangular rooms. Yet homeowners who have odd nooks, curvy walls, or other funny angles in their floor plan might be baffled by what to do, or put, in that space.

Fortunately, there’s some good news: You don’t have to hide these odd areas. Highlighting their quirkiness is actually recommended, says Ana Cummings of the eponymous design firm.

“Make your oddly shaped space look intentional, rather than try to cover it up,” adds Drew Henry of Design Dudes. But doing so, you’ll infuse your room with personality and energy, which is much more than any ol’ boxy shape can offer.


Here’s some advice to help you design looks that’ll work in spots with unusual angles.

Accent with wallpaper

Photo by Houzz

An angled cutout under a dormer or skylight is the perfect candidate for a bright color pop.

“You can also paint

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Posted by: | Posted on: December 30, 2020

Yoga Props You Already Have in Your House

This year, the pandemic forced the closure of gyms and exercise studios all around the country, and workout enthusiasts were forced to embrace sweating from home. Some regular gymgoers took the time to embrace yoga at home and vowed to carve out a practice space.

While yoga doesn’t have a high barrier to entry, some equipment is required. However, doing Vinyasa flows in your living room doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy a bunch of fancy props.

“American culture says in order to do something you have to buy stuff,” says Annie Melchior, an Iyengar-certified yoga teacher and director of the yoga program in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s dance department.


“There are things you can grab right around your home that are actually more conducive. This is another mantra of the pandemic: Look around and see what you already have, and be grateful for it.”

Yoga is

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Posted by: | Posted on: December 30, 2020

U.S. Home Prices Surge to 6-Year High as More People Flee Cities, Case-Shiller finds

The numbers: The cost of buying a home surged again in October, a closely followed index showed, and prices rose at the fastest rate in six years in a clear sign the housing market is still booming despite a raging pandemic.

A measure of home prices in 20 large cities rose at a 7.9% yearly pace in October, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller price index. That’s up from 6.6% in the prior month.

A broader measure by Case-Shiller that covers the entire country, meanwhile, showed a similarly large 8.4% increase in home prices over the past year. That’s also up sharply from 7% in the prior month.

Prices have risen at the fastest clip since 2014 owing to record-low mortgage rates and an influx of people leaving cities to escape the coronavirus and find more space. A short supply of homes for sale has also been a contributing

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Posted by: | Posted on: December 29, 2020

My House Failed Its First Real Estate Inspection-Here’s What I Did To Get Through Escrow

When I was buying my first house, everything seemed too good to be true—at least at the start of the process. I found a home within a couple of weeks, the price was fabulously low, it was in a cute lake community with a style I loved, and funding came through quickly and easily. I even received a first-time home buyer’s bonus for tax time. Plus, I didn’t need much of a down payment.

But it turned out too good to be true. My smooth path to homeownership suddenly became rocky when the inspection report came back with a big fat failure on it. I immediately panicked. What did it mean? Was I still able to buy the house? And if I did, was it going to fall apart?

After a few calls with my real estate agent (who, at that point, had become more of a home-buying

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Posted by: | Posted on: December 28, 2020

These Aren’t Your Granny’s Stencils! Modern Stenciling Ideas You’ll Adore

When you think of wall stencils, do you picture curlicue flowers in delicate, dusty shades, decorating the walls of a quaint bed-and-breakfast, or maybe your great aunt’s hallway?

Despite their old-fashioned rap, stencils are making a comeback, thanks to more modern designs and the fact that stenciling is a budget-friendly room refresh that anyone can do.

“Stencils appeal to many people now because folks are eager to make their home their own, but sometimes they’re limited by budgets or even fear—hanging wallpaper is a commitment, financially and aesthetically, and some people are scared to go there,” explains Emma Carole Paradis of Impeccable Nest Interior Design.

Stenciling is also becoming popular due to the rising trend of people putting their own personal stamp on their possessions.

“People are used to personalizing so many aspects of their lives, like their phones and electronics, and they’re looking for new ways to customize

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Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2020

Former NBA Guard Jarrett Jack Selling $2.8M Georgia Mansion

Former NBA guard Jarrett Jack is dribbling away from his Sandy Springs, GA, mansion. The grand home is back on the market for $2.85 million.

Following a 13-year stint in the league, Jack, 37, is ready to vacate his Atlanta-area home. He first placed the home on the market in November 2019, asking $3 million, but has sliced the price steadily over the past year. The Maryland native purchased the property in 2009 for $2.15 million.

Built in 2009, the luxury build on 1.3 acres is entered via a circular drive that features tropical, landscaped grounds. With six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, the interior offers a whopping 11,000 square feet of living space.


Standout features include an oversized foyer with a spiraling double staircase, high ceilings, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home.

The chef’s kitchen offers top-of-the-line appliances including a gas range, double ovens, high-end cabinetry, a center

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