• Real Estate

    A realtor explains what is going on in this bonkers real estate listing.

    You don’t tend to see a lot of people when you’re clicking through real estate listing photos online, and you definitely don’t see a lot of people dressed in full suits of armor. But if you happened to land on the page for 12227 East Tallman Road in Chattaroy, Washington, in the last day or so, that’s exactly what greeted you: a knight decked out in a 100 pounds of 16- and 13-gauge steel. He pops up throughout what’s otherwise a standard slideshow of wide-angle shots of the home, which, it should be noted, does bear more than a passing resemblance to a castle: There he is slicing some oranges…

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  • Kitchen Decoration

    Put kitchen scraps and yard trimmings to work in the garden

    Convert landscape and garden trimmings into valuable compost. Incorporate this soil amendment into garden soil to improve drainage in clay soil and increase water-holding ability in fast draining sandy soils. It also promotes healthy plant growth more resistant to insect and disease problems and keeps plant-based kitchen scraps and garden waste out of landfills. Composting is as simple as placing disease- and insect-free plant debris into a pile and letting it rot. Don’t add meat, dairy, or fat that attracts rodents or weeds that have gone to seed, invasive plants or perennial weeds that can survive the compost process and end up back in the garden.  You can enclose the pile…

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  • Home Design

    Home Decor and Design from Asian-Owned Brands 2021

    Lauren Ro is interested in baby gear (she’s a new mom) and the ins-and-outs of decorating a home. Prior to the Strategist, she was a writer at Curbed, and before that was Wes Anderson’s assistant. Brooklyn-based Virginia Sin makes ceramic candlestick holders and fruit bowls (that you’ll find below). Photo: Retailer One way to shop more consciously, as we’ve written before, is to patronize businesses owned by members of underrepresented communities. Those who’ve read our (ever-growing) guide to AAPI-owned businesses or contributor SuChin Pak’s lists of products and gifts she loves from AAPI-owned brands have probably noticed a good chunk of the companies mentioned focus on décor for the home.…

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  • Garden Design

    Growing garling can be great | Home & Garden

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  • Home Improvement

    The Remodeling Industry’s Shifts in Specialization, Scale

    The home remodeling industry is one of the most fragmented in our economy, according to an article in Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies blog, which examines whether that could be changing. Taking a look at a couple of research projects on the sector, Senior Research Fellow and Economist Kermit Baker deduces that as the remodeling industry expands, so does contractor specialization and scale. Homeowner spending on improvements that increase their property’s value has doubled in the past 20 years to about $260 billion annually (JCHS’s paper entitled Improving America’s Housing 2021), an inflation-adjusted average 2% increase per annum. The coronavirus pandemic, telework trends, short housing supply, and high home-sale prices collectively…

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  • Real Estate

    Texas real estate agent who says she ‘bought into a lie’ in storming the Capitol and ‘regrets everything’ pleads guilty to a misdemeanor

    Jenna Ryan, a supporter of President Donald Trump who was photographed in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, appears in this photo from the Department of Justice’s court filings. DOJ A Texas real estate agent who flew to DC on a private plane pleaded guilty in the January 6 riots. Jenna Ryan pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor a count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol. Ryan boasted about storming the Capitol on social media but later said she regretted it. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Jenna Ryan, a Texas real estate agent who boasted about storming the Capitol on January 6 before…

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  • Bedroom Decoration

    Twitter Reacts To a Room With Extremely Bad Vibes

    Twitter may well be a grim wasteland full of Nazis, toxic bullying, bad faith political takes, and corporations putting on the nauseatingly cuddly ‘relatable’ act via the poorly treated social media interns that have to run their social media accounts—but it can also a window into ways of thinking and parts of the world you may otherwise have never encountered. For example—and not to dunk on the user behind this tweet—the idea that this is what the ideal ‘man’s room’ is supposed to look like: A Man’s room supposed to look like this. pic.twitter.com/5iS3W1PnWf — ChrisExcel (@ChrisExcel102) July 26, 2021 I was pretty confused when I saw this tweet. Being…

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