Before taking on more debt, head off these major home repairs
More shoppers are reaching for the credit cards–total consumer debt ticked up 0.3 percent in the final months of 2012, the first increase in four years, according to the New York Federal Reserve. That may be good news for the economy, but it could spell ruin for homeowners who get hit with an unexpected home repair. So before you rack up any more debt, read our checklist of problems not to be ignored.
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We love the innovative, outdoor vibe of this unusual “inside out” house designed by Brazil’s Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Maracana House located in Sao Paolo’s urban jungle puts what are typically considered to be exterior elements indoors, like exposed brick walls and a balcony overhead. The main living area is a two-storey space featuring an open layout and enclosed in this light colored brick, overlooked by a curious loft area with a casual, industrial appeal. The upper tier and the staircase leading up to it … (read more)
While you’re away, give your home that lived in look
Before you pack your bags for that holiday visit or end-of-year vacation, take a safety survey to make sure your empty house isn’t putting out the welcome mat for burglars. Walk around the perimeter to observe whether your shrubbery is obscuring your windows and, if so, cut it back. And a lock that’s strong and sturdy can thwart crimes of opportunity. Only one of the dead-bolts tested by Consumer Reports resisted typical break-in techniques.
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Black Friday sales at the home improvement stores
The dirty little secret of Black Friday is that many shoppers are out for themselves. And why not take advantage of the lower prices, especially if you have a remodeling project in the works. The home improvement stores are offering deep discounts on appliances, outdoor power equipment and other tools and supplies, some which fared well in Consumer Reports tests.
Do-it-yourselfers who don’t typically frequent the Black Friday sales may want to reconsider. “When many people think about Black Friday, they have … (read more)
We got a hot trend tip from a pair of young Italian up-and-comers who recently launched their new brand, Rocket Design. The Milan-based design duo is dedicated to creating original home decor, and they’re fun, funky and functional decor accessories that really crank up the style meter. Here’s a taste of the brand’s first collection; these really cool creations that work as great as they look. Inspired by the rock ‘n roll disco culture this clothes-hanger system, shelf and wine rack will rock your rooms! To see more, visit the Young Designer Book … (read more)
Trash the old home radiator that you have been trying to casually (yet unsuccessfully) conceal and check out the cool Fish radiator by Giancarlo Zema. And unlike its predecessors, this home radiator is sure to get lots of attention for all the right reasons! Create a sculptural, fashionable and functional focal point in your home in one fell swoop. This cool radiator features abstract fish which take shape in warm waves and line up in a row of hot colors like pink, red, green and blue. Put some life into your decor with … (read more)
Fun yet sophisticated, we love this contemporary glass art for the home, by Turkish company Ilio. The “Ice Drop” candle holders and the “Bouquet” vase make a great gift – for yourself or for someone deserving. The aptly named candle holders are inspired by delicate ice formations, with the drip, drip, drip of glass leaving its trail. The Ice Drop would look great lined up along your mantel or adorning the window sill. Meanwhile, the Bouquet vase takes on liquid art form. This suspended vase can be hung in a bedroom or bathroom, … (read more)