• Brown Harris Stevens CEO calls real estate reality TV ‘horrible’
    Real Estate

    Brown Harris Stevens CEO calls real estate reality TV ‘horrible’

    A customer looks at listings on display outside a Brown Harris Stevens offices in New York. Brendan McDermid | Reuters The rise of reality TV shows featuring real estate has been “horrible” for the industry and the image of its brokers, a top brokerage CEO said Thursday. “This is not who we are,” said Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens, at the The Real Deal’s NYC Showcase + Forum on Thursday. “We want to make sure that we maintain the integrity of our business.” Freedman took aim at shows like Netflix’s “Selling Sunset” and Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing,” which highlight personal dramas and battles behind high-end real estate deals.…

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  • Home Design Inspiration for All
    Living Room

    Home Design Inspiration for All

    Home Design Inspiration for All Free Resources Galore from the Santa Barbara and Montecito Libraries By Leslie Dinaberg | May 19, 2022 Credit: Courtesy Looking for some inspiration for your next home improvement project? For when Pinterest isn’t quite cutting it, our librarians Lisa Neubert (Santa Barbara) and Kimberly Crail (Montecito) have curated this list of books to check out. Small Spaces Small Space Style: Because You Don’t Have to Live Large to Live Beautifully by Whitney Leigh Morris:  Interior design maven Morris shares her ideas and practices for making any tiny space efficient and stylish ​— ​whether it’s a rustic A-frame in the woods or a chic micro apartment in the…

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  • Home Depot Photo Tour Explains Success
    Home Improvement

    Home Depot Photo Tour Explains Success

    The parking lot was busy on a Tuesday afternoon, and as I walked in I noticed a sign directing curbside pickup customers. Mary Meisenzahl/Insider Many retailers, including Home Depot, added or expanded curbside offerings that experts credit with helping them survive the pandemic. ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images Source: Insider Walking up to the store, I was struck by how much greenery was everywhere, from flowering plants to vegetable seedlings. Mary Meisenzahl/Insider Home Depot, at least at my location, essentially doubles in size in the spring, when the nursery spills outside into a large uncovered area, plus the gardening section and in front of the store. Mary Meisenzahl/Insider Home Depot is typically…

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  • Stop obsessing over Pinterest bathrooms and create your own
    Bathroom

    Stop obsessing over Pinterest bathrooms and create your own

    We may receive commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. This content is created by a 3rd party partner for Yahoo. Time for a revamp — here are some decor options to jazz up your bathroom (Source: iStock) From starting the day with your morning routine to ending it when it’s time to get ready for bed, you spend a good bit of time in the bathroom — so it should be a pleasant space to be in. If you’re tired of endlessly scrolling through Pinterest in search of the perfect bathroom decor, look no further. We’re giving you a list…

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  • A home on the water (or the next best thing)
    Home Improvement

    A home on the water (or the next best thing)

    I’ve always wanted a house on the water. I don’t have one. But during my stint as a live-in home stager, when I inhabited six houses in four years, I lived in a house that wasn’t mine on a lake. Every morning I woke up to a lake view from my bedroom — and it never got old. When DC and I bought our home five years ago, a water view wasn’t high on our priority list. It wasn’t on our list at all. Other factors — location, number of bedrooms, price, a fenced yard for the dogs — were. A few years later, when we redid our landscaping, since…

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  • A contemporary garden design with a natural swim pool
    Garden

    A contemporary garden design with a natural swim pool

    Winner of Homes & Garden’s Best Garden Reader Award 2021, this garden realises the harmonious balance between architecture and outdoor setting, which is best achieved when they are designed concurrently. With architectural plans for the house on the drawing board, the ambitious and cohesive garden design was formulated, with shared ambitions regarding style, space, function and materials.  Be inspired by the landscaping and planting design tips for your own garden ideas. Natural swim pool design (Image credit: Annaick Guitteny) The concept of a formal, geometric but natural swim pool idea, strategically in line with the architecture and using the same materials of the house, was central to the entire design. …

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