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The overall vibe at the Mineheart booth was very Miss Havisham -- opulent decay. The Palace Wallpaper Mural behind the sofa runs about $85 a square meter; the throw pillows are about $115 each.

 

 

This doozy of a davenport from Sentient. It's made of reclaimed American oak sheathed in Icelandic…

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By Arrol Gellner | Inman News – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 7:00 PM EST

Have you ever been to a house where you had to skirt the gas meter or sidle around garbage cans to get to the front door? Or one where there was such a bewildering array of doors, you weren't sure which one to knock at?

The front entrance is seldom high on people's remodeling priorities. Yet, just like that old saw about first impressions, it's your home's entrance that people notice first. It's practically impossible to rectify a bad impression made at the front door.

Tract-home builders have known this for years; even in the cheapest house, they'll never cut corners on the front door. They know that a strong impression of quality here subtly colors a…

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If the shoe fits, wear it. And for David Hasselhoff, if the house fits, buy it.

The actor and singer just dropped $1.95 million on a Mediterranean mansion in Calabasas, CA. With a pool, waterfall, spa and outdoor kitchen, the home has “Baywatch” heartthrob written all over it.

By contrast, Hasselhoff’s Encino home, which he sold in April for $3.549 million, was a stately colonial — not exactly what you’d expect for the red-shorts wearing, chest-hair showing lifeguard.

Now Hasselhoff can enjoy a slightly smaller home decked out with several celeb-worthy amenities including 6 updated bathrooms, a family room wet bar, and large master suite with a fireplace, balcony and walk-in closet.

The backyard is…

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(Photo: Tecca) Follow & Review Us On:  Our phones are getting more powerful. Our computers are getting lighter and more portable. TVs can connect to YouTube and the Internet all on their own. Our lives are filled with connected gadgets, but there's more out there.
Everyday household appliances can be connected to the Internet now, too. Come with us as we look at fridges, thermostats, and scales that all go online to allow you more convenient control and save you energy and money.
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One home appliance you may not think of connecting to the Internet is a thermostat. Adding WiFi to a thermostat opens up a bunch of possibilities. Programming most thermostats can be a pain, but a touchscreen model from…

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hidden home entrance Cool Secret Entrance Door Controlled by Remote [Video]

 

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We are used to hearing about secret passageways and hidden doors, but these concepts are usually not so frequent in real life. Which is why we were pleasantly surprised to find a true architecture portal in a movie posted on youtube a few days back. As you can see, the idea is not far-fetched and can be well implemented in the overall design of a house. And no, this won’t work by simply pushing the door aside and then pulling it after you exist the house. An interesting system was elaborated, which implies a Morning Industry Keypad and Remote Deadbolt. And there is one other small element that could give the secret away: a tap. Either way, the project is highly original, some might say even fun. Have a look at the video…

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The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas has again been named the best public high school in the nation by U.S. News.

U.S. News/Photo - The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas has again been named the best public high school in the nation by U.S. News.

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The importance of a strong high school education cannot be overstated.

Good schools challenge students academically, while giving them ample opportunity to explore their interests. This combination can set teens up to succeed long after graduation. By contrast, subpar schools can leave students struggling to make the transition from high school to college or the workforce.

The 2013 Best High Schools rankings, released April 23, 2013, can help parents wade through the ever expanding options of public high schools. U.S. News collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools…

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At least one set of photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms should be installed on each level of your home, including the basement and the attic.

By Daniel DiClerico | ConsumerReports.org

A recent report on smoke alarms on NBC's "Dateline" has triggered further debate about which type of alarm works best: photoelectric or ionization. If you're familiar with Consumer Reports' smoke alarm tests, you know that the answer is ... neither. We recommend both technologies to ensure maximum protection from fire. (Click here to go to Consumer Reports' smoke alarm tests.)

Here's why.

Our tests of a dozen smoke alarms from BRK Electronics, First Alert and Kidde found clear strengths among the two technologies. Smoke alarms that use ionization technology were great at detecting a fast, flaming fire such as burning paper, but poor at detecting a smoldering fire, as in a couch or mattress. The opposite…

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In 2010, Alex Rodriguez bought a parcel of prime oceanfront for $7.4 million.

He poured in $24 million to create his ultimate custom home — 18,000 square feet of modern, luxurious living space — that he ended up listing less than three years later.

Now Gossip Extra reports that the New York Yankee has sold his home for $30 million to a Palm Beach couple.

Originally it was rumored that Rodriguez was planning on building the home for he and actress Cameron Diaz, his girlfriend at the time. The two visited the building site, and gossip mags speculated the two were moving in together. But it wasn’t meant to be. The two split, and shortly after the home was…

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Spring is a great time to clean up the damage caused by the winter season, and prepare your home for the effects of the impending summer heat.

By Diana Bocco | Yahoo! Homes – 

Sure, spring is the perfect opportunity to take strolls in the park and enjoy outdoor activities. But it's also a great opportunity to clean up the damage caused by the winter season, and prepare your home for the effects of the impending summer heat.

Whether it's making sure your cooling system is ready to go up against the summer heat, or ensuring that your roof can withstand torrential winter weather, keep reading to learn what should be on your spring to-do list…

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Daily Real Estate News | Friday, May 24, 2013

Mortgage rates continued to inch higher this week, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. 

"Fixed-rates moved up for the third consecutive week, with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage about a quarter-percentage point higher than three weeks ago,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “While this may slow some of the refinance momentum, rates are nonetheless low and home-buyer affordability high, which should further aid home sales and construction in coming weeks.”

The rates are also lower today than they were a year ago at this time. Freddie Mac reports the…

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