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A seller's market: Low supply, high demand lead... The number of homes for sale nationwide has declined on an annual basis for the past 35 months, according to the December 2017 Zillow Real Estate Market Report. Lack of inventory, coupled with strong demand from buyers, is one reason why home values across the country are reaching new peaks."Tight inventory fueled by a tight labor market and low interest rates propelled home values to record heights in 2017, but the outlook is now much less certain. Tax reform will put more money [...]

If stainless feels stale, try a touch of brass Bored with the same old stainless-steel and chrome fixtures? Brass can add a splash of color and luxury and help modernize an outdated kitchen."The resurgence of brass in home design is bringing a new level of warmth back to kitchens," says kitchen designer Jennifer Howard of JWH Design & Cabinetry.The soft, rich and sleek material can provide a subtle contrast of color with kitchen appliances, and it especially shines in all-white and neutral surroundings. "Mixing [...]

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Pillow power: Creating a stylish bed display When it comes to pillows on the bed, how many is too many? Cathy Hobbs, interior designer and founder of Design Recipes, shares her insight and expertise on style, size and pillow arranging."For many interior designers, toss pillows are not only a secret design weapon, but also the icing on the cake. Toss pillows, instead of being an afterthought, can and should complete a color story, serve as an opportunity to bring in graphics and texture, as well as serve as a prominent design [...]

Why the dining room is due for a revival For many overscheduled families, "dining" has been reduced in recent years to grabbing a plate of food at a kitchen island or on an ottoman in front of a screen. Even in homes that have a separate dining room, the table is regularly commandeered for homework or, at this time of year, as a tax-prep command center.But there are signs that we are heading back to the dinner table, designers say. Their clients are tiring of grabbing meals in the "great room," a more informal, open [...]

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Light your way: How to create lighting design Any room looks better with good lighting. The best lighting takes into account not only personal style and decor but also your habits, use of space and budget."Lighting has the ability to make or break the look and feel of your home," said Jennifer Kis, director of marketing communications for Progress Lighting. "Without the right lighting, focal points, architectural details, unique textures and even colors can be lost, overlooked or nullified. Lighting can help set the right [...]

Just add books: 12 accessories for the perfect... You may have seen the hashtag #shelfie plastered all over your social media feed — usually next to an artfully arranged shelving unit or rainbow color-coded bookshelf.A search for the hashtag yields nearly a million posts on Instagram alone. Not to be mistaken for a selfie, a "shelfie" is often used to show off a clutter-free, well-staged shelf, mantel or bookcase that is functional and visually appealing.We enlisted Victoria Smith of the lifestyle blog SF Girl by [...]

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Trump Panama hotel showdown appears to end, and... The majority owner of President Donald Trump's only hotel in Latin America said Monday that Panamanian authorities had allowed him to take over management of the hotel - ejecting the Trump Organization, after a weeklong standoff over control of the property.Orestes Fintiklis, a Cypriot businessman now based in Miami, said that a Panamanian legal official - who visited the hotel with a [...]

There were over 12,000 poison control calls for... Tide Pods are the internet's breakout meme of early 2018. For those of you not in the know, the joke is that brightly colored laundry detergent pods look like delicious fruity candy so maybe we should, you know, eat them.To be clear, you should not eat them."You're really taking a chance - and to what end?" Alfred Aleguas of the Florida Poison Information Center told The Washington Post earlier this [...]

13 siblings, some shackled and malnourished,... There were no toys and no bicycles on the front lawn - only weeds that sometimes grew six feet tall.Neighbors rarely saw the 13 siblings who lived inside the home in Southern California, because they never went outside to play. Instead, authorities said, they were held captive in a dirty and foul-smelling house, some of them shackled to the furniture with chains and padlocks.Before dawn Sunday, a 17-year-old girl escaped [...]

New US embassy, which Trump mocked on Twitter,... The gleaming new U.S. embassy in London opened on Tuesday with little fanfare and no official ribbon cutting. President Donald Trump sparked a furor here last week when he tweeted that he wasn't coming to open the $1 billion building - the most expensive embassy every built - because it was a bad real estate deal and in an "off location."Many of those who live nearby took offense to Trump's [...]

Heroic dog is honored 75 years after saving the... Everyone in the Wren family knew that Chips was a special dog. Just how special, though, it would take a war to discover.In 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, Americans were eager to aid the war effort. The military even asked people to donate their dogs to be trained for guard and patrol duty. More than 11,000 dogs ended up serving with the Army and Marine Corps.Chips was one of them. [...]

10 movies that turn 20 years old in 2018 While the year 1998 may or may not seem like a long time ago to some of you, it may surprise you to hear about some of the movies turning 20 years old this year.Here's a look at some of your favorite films that are turning the big 20 in 2018:"A Bug's Life"Pixar took the world by storm in 1995 with "Toy Story" and today they basically own the world. Well, Disney does at least, but that's a [...]

He tried to hold in a sneeze and ended up in... Sneezing is an astoundingly powerful human action, blasting mucus and air from the nose and mouth at up to 100 miles per hour, according to the Cleveland Clinic. That power exists whether a sneeze is held in or not."Occasionally, people will cause some damage to their eardrums or their sinuses if they stifle a very violent sneeze," Rachel Szekely, an immunologist at Cleveland Clinic, said in an article urging people to sneeze [...]

Florida love triangle led to a murder-for-hire... Heartbreak and jealously were the twin engines driving the scheme, police would later say.Ishnar Marie Lopez-Ramos was in love. The object of the 35-year-old Floridian's affection, however, was tangled up with another woman. To solve her heart's woes Lopez-Ramos allegedly concocted a scheme straight from a dime novel or a telenovela: eliminate the other corner of the love triangle.Alexis Ramos and Glorianmarie Quinones [...]

Think flu season is bad? It could get worse... The influenza virus that's sickened millions of Americans is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track more than a dozen years ago. Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse."Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now," said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "This is the first [...]

South African government wants to know why... South Africa is among a growing number of countries taking action against President Donald Trump's remarks last week that Haiti, El Salvador and African nations are "s---hole countries" whose inhabitants are not desirable for U.S. immigration.South Africa's government called for a meeting Monday with acting U.S. Ambassador Jessye Lapenn in Pretoria as part of a diplomatic protest of Trump's "disturbing" comments, the Department of [...]

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