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As Seen on TV: Survey Reveals Americans Really Do Store Sweaters in the Oven by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
It turns out Carrie Bradshaw's not the only one who stores sweaters in her oven. MakeSpace , a storage solution that combines technology with trained moving professionals, conducted a survey on the State of Stuff in America and found that there are real people out there turning kitchens into closets. READ MORE »
Anyone Can Make This Cool Wall Light for Under $20 by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
A minimal, modern wall sconce does more than provide light to a room. Simple and stylish, a light fixture attached to the wall is a sophisticated step up from a table or floor lamp. It's an intentional design and an easy way to add interest to a spot in your space. But even simple wall sconces can be pricey to buy, so why not DIY your own... for under $20? READ MORE »
Butcher Block Countertops Have One Major Drawback by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
Butcher countertops are still having their moment. They can add warmth and character to an otherwise sterile kitchen, and the natural and classic look of wood can simultaneously upgrade a kitchen and give it a timeless feel. But as with any trend, you should be wary of adopting it unless it's a style that truly and personally brings you joy. When it comes to butcher block countertops , which require extra maintenance and can pose unique challenges, this is especially true. READ MORE »
Pros Weigh In: These Are The Best Paint Colors For Your Kitchen by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
Years ago most kitchens were dark and full of autumn tones, like red, gold, and even orange. More recently, those bolder shades have given way to all-white kitchens. Why? Homeowners are building and renovating kitchens to be open to the rest of the floorplan, rather than segmented. READ MORE »
The Fleet House Is the Only Home Built in an Aircraft Factory in the Entire World — House Tour by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
Name: Chuck Jones Location: South Pasadena, California Size: 900 square feet Years Lived In: 3 years, renting Covered in stucco and overgrown vegetation, this pre-fab piece of history sat unknown to locals and lost to time until purchased in 2006 by Sergio Santino. Since uncovering this mid-century marvel—built by renowned industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss and architect Edward Larrabee Barnes—Sergio's childhood friend Chuck Jones has resided here. Chuck, of local Pasadena mainstay Jones Coffee Roasters , has filled the space with Guatemalan treasures and given it his own mid-century eclectic flair. READ MORE »
How "Dear White People" Uses Design to Tell an Intricate Story of America Today by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
When streaming Dear White People, watch closely. Because while the bold Netflix series offers standout acting performances, innovative storytelling structures, and timely social commentary on race relations in America, it does so with visual techniques that will make you feel some type of way. "There are times when a frame may feel vaguely familiar, but it's because we're visually quoting a major cinema moment that almost always has white or European faces in them," says creator and showrunner Justin Simien of referencing films like Persona, Barry Lyndon, and Metropolis. "It triggers something in the subconscious to see a black face in a classical pose. It just sort of rewires a part of your brain, like you never thought to put those things together. I tried to create those moments visually as much as possible." READ MORE »
Is It Better to Pay Down Your Mortgage Faster or Invest? by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
A couple of weeks ago, we suggested " 3 Totally Doable Mortgage Hacks That Could Save You Thousands ," which delved into the money you can save on interest by spending a little bit more money towards your principal over the scope of your home loan. While we totally stand by those hacks (they're financial-planner approved), a smart reader pointed out that if the interest rate on your mortgage is 5%, for example, and the current 30-year market growth rate for a portfolio of investments is around 8%, then you should instead invest the money instead of paying down the mortgage faster. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} We thought this was a tip worth delving into, so let's look at how this pans out using some very simple numbers: If you have a $300,000 30-year, fixed rate mortgage at 5% interest and you commit to paying an extra $100 every month, you'll save nearly $40,000 in interest over the term of the home loan. However, if you instead put that $100 monthly into an investment that compounds annually with an 8% rate of return of 30 years, you're likely end up with $140,855 when your mortgage ends. You will, however, have to spend the extra $39,937.25 on your mortgage, so your compared return will only be around $100,000—still, not a number worth ignoring. Again, this is a simplistic look at this concept, but it gives you a good idea on what the rate of return could be. To get a second opinion on this, I reached out to Douglas Boneparth, financial advisor and president of Bone Fide Wealth, LLC , for his take on this advice. He says that it is always a smart idea to look at the spread (or the difference between the two interest rates) what you could get through investing and your mortgage rate. However, he thinks 8% is a little more aggressive than reality. Additionally, he thinks this rate of return usually doesn't include tax considerations—which can both help your rate of return (since mortgage interest is tax-deductible, for now), and also hinder it in some situations (if you take advantage of pre-tax income contributions that are taxed later). Additionally, the investment timelines for portfolios with 6-8% return are usually long-term return rates. It is smart to do this, he says, if you have a mortgage with 10 or more years to go, when these longterm rates apply. However, Boneparth cautions that these rates are not guaranteed. A few commenters echoed this statement as well, adding that yes, you could make more money investing the extra dollars you'd pay towards your principal, but the freedom and peace of mind that comes with paying off your mortgage early—and not having to make housing payments every month—is a priceless feeling. READ MORE »
Simple Ways to Keep Cats Off Your Kitchen Counters by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
An all-too-familiar dinner party scenario: At the home of friends, you're sipping a glass of wine while your hosts put the finishing touches on dinner. Soon later, their beloved cat does its business in the litter box, licks itself a bit, and proceeds to hop up on the kitchen counters right where your dinner is being made. READ MORE »
8 Amazing Ways To Personalize Your Dorm Room For Under $20 by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
Dorm rooms tend to be reaaaally basic, with their cold off-white walls and lack of personality—hardly the bright and airy spaces where we see ourselves living for an entire year. Instead of focusing on the negatives you can't control, think of it as a blank canvas instead. There are lots of easy ways to make your space feel larger, brighter, and more cozy. READ MORE »
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Millennials Buying Houses by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
Who had it worse when buying homes: the Boomers or Millennials? It might be a topic that makes Thanksgiving dinner tenuous, but now the argument has an answer. Well, sort of. According to a new report, home-ownership is technically cheaper than it was in the 1980s, but today it's currently harder than ever to afford a home. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} READ MORE »
LL Bean Just Opened The First Outdoor Coworking Space by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
From their iconic Bean Boots to their once-famous lifetime guarantee return policy , LL Bean has been synonymous with outdoorsy lifestyle goals for more than 100 years. So— while Amazon recently tried —if anyone was going to truly bring the outdoors into the office by creating the first ever outdoor coworking space, of course it was going to be one of America's favorite recreation brands. READ MORE »
The Best Outdoor String Lights — The Guide 2018 by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
Outdoor living season is very much here, so it's time to prep your patio/balcony/backyard for summertime entertaining. Whether you're planning large parties or casual get togethers (or just want to decorate for you), utilizing proper lighting is an essential part of creating the right vibe for your space. String lights are an easy solution that have a big impact, so we rounded up our favorites at all price points and styles that will make your outdoor space shine. READ MORE »
A Plant-Packed 500-Square-Foot San Francisco Home — House Tour by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
Name: Jessica Henry Location: Duboce Triangle — San Francisco, California Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, renting Jessica likes to collect things that remind her of a specific time and place, like the leather butterfly chair she got in Argentina, or the bedroom mirror she found at a San Diego thrift store. All of those mementos combined with eclectic accents — and lots and lots of greenery — are what makes her place special. "The mix of my travel finds with some modern furniture and a ton of plants makes the flat feel cozy while brimming with personality," Jessica says. "It gives you a much richer connection to the things you have, and makes for a good story as you show guests around your home." READ MORE »
Own Muhammad Ali's Michigan Estate, Complete With Regulation Boxing Ring, for $2.9M by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
If owning the place where The Greatest boxer of all time retreated from the paparazzi and other trappings of fame would be a bucket list item realized, then take a peek at this listing for the 81-acre Michigan estate where Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay) spent his down time. READ MORE »
These Colorful Bedrooms Will Make You Rethink Your White Walls by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
When discussing the topic of how colors affect emotions , Berkeley professor Steve Palmer stated: "There could be some plausible reasons as to why some colors might stimulate creativity or promote sleep or calmness." Our bedrooms are the windows to our dreams (I made that up, you can quote me), so why not fill them with the colors that stimulate the moods we want to feel before our heads hit the pillow? Here are seven brilliant bedrooms that display an inspiring color story. READ MORE »
We Finally Have Photos of Mandy Moore's Finished Home, And It's Just As Dreamy As We Hoped by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
If you've been diligently following the peeks Mandy Moore has been sharing on Instagram about her freshly renovated mid-century home in Pasadena, then this is what you've been waiting for. With the over-a-year process finally complete, the This Is Us star is on the cover of the July/August issue of Architectural Digest talking about her brand new abode. READ MORE »
The Shed Series by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:08 AM
UK readers will be familiar with Songs from the Shed , Jon Earl's marvellous acoustic recording sessions in his North Somerset shed, but may not be aware that there is a similar project in Mancester, Alabama in the USA called The Shed Series . It's run by Axel and Susan Barron from the shed in their backyard in the Avondale area right next to a centurion oak tree (shades of Folk by the Oak ). Musicians are personally invited to play monthly from April to October and perform on the porch/stage. It's as intimate and atmospheric a concert venue as you could possibly wish for. You can find more photos and an interview with the Barrons at StyleBluprint . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thursday posts are sponsored by Cabin Master : garden offices and studios to fit any size garden. Top quality contemporary or traditional buildings.
A striking concrete home in Ontario targets minimal environment impact by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:05 AM
Toronto-based Teeple Architects has paired a beautiful but unusual site in Ontario with the sculptural Port Hope House, an award-winning residence that boasts a wide array of sustainable features. Located east of Toronto, the single-family rural home takes inspiration from the client’s 75-acre property that consists of a woodlot, a fallow field, an abandoned Grand Trunk railway cut and a steep cliff that falls into Lake Ontario. Built with long concrete walls, the Port Hope House appears like a...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/inhabitat/IvCU/~4/Jb3quZnmHh0" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Mirrored art complex in Bangkok seamlessly co-exists with the surrounding trees by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:05 AM
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Abandoned NYC warehouse is reinvented as LEED Gold-certified apartments by LiveModern Webmaster — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:05 AM
A new apartment complex infused with nature has taken root in New York City’s concrete jungle. Local design firm COOKFOX Architects completed 150 Charles Street, a residence that takes over the abandoned Whitehall warehouse on the Hudson River waterfront. Designed to blend in with the existing urban fabric, the modern building also boasts a low environmental footprint and LEED Gold certification. Located in the West Village, 150 Charles Street offers 91 residential units—including...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/inhabitat/IvCU/~4/ZtCEgro5fQs" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
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