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)
If these professional ovens by J. Corradi look a bit too nostalgic for you, as does this vintage fridge, we certainly hope the company contemporary Capri line of modular cooking systems is more to your liking. Designed to create a focal point in your house for the most unforgettable moments either indoors or outdoors, these versatile modular cooktops bring a restaurant quality cooker in your home or in your garden. You built the cooking system to your preference, you pay and get it delivered. Later, this open system can be … (read more)
VillaWare Espresso machine delivers rich aroma, crema and taste, bringing the authentic Italian espresso bar experience right into your home. With an elegant stainless steel design and large ergonomic dial control, this espresso machine is a perfect match with the metal toaster, and its powerful 15-bar Italian made pump and an easy-loading water reservoir ensure everyone wakes up to their favorite espresso coffee, with a fantastic aroma, blend and strength.
Other key features and benefits of this VillaWare espresso maker include,
– distinctive stainless steel trim with shale accents
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Carter Williamson Architects created this small home with interiors that seem to flow seamlessly right into the great outdoors. This Sydney, Australia house design features a massive sliding glass wall that lets natural light flood the space. We love this sweet spot, outfitted with a window seat – the perfect place to read, chat with friends on the phone or in person, or daydream solo. At the foot of the window, the dining table offers an always pleasant view, regardless which seat you’ve snagged. Directly across the dining nook, the kitchen features … (read more)