• Home Improvement

    ‘Trans Handy Ma’am’ goes viral on TikTok after sharing home improvement tips

    Wisconsin resident Mercury Stardust began posting videos on TikTok to promote her weekly burlesque show, but it wasn’t until she began sharing home improvement and maintenance tips that her account really took off.  It all started in April, when Stardust created a video in response to a fellow TikTok user who did not know how to use a ratchet strap, which is used to tie down and transport cargo. “That took me from like 100 followers to 25,000 followers in less than 24 hours,” Stardust told NBC affiliate WTMJ of Milwaukee. Stardust, a transgender woman, has since been dubbed the “Trans Handy Ma’am” and has seen her TikTok account skyrocket…

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  • Living Room Decoration

    Mantel decor ideas: 10 tips for fireplace and mantelpieces

    Each time you gather round the fire in the coming months, mantel decor ideas will be at the heart of all these cozy, winter moments.   Interior design ideas for your mantel are all about adding an extra layer of visual warmth to your home as the weather gets colder, meaning that the fireplace should be a priority for a seasonal refresh.  Rethinking your living room or bedroom’s look for after the festive season is also about appreciating the beautiful natural changes happening outside the window, so be sure to sprinkle some seasonal magic in the form of nature-inspired color palettes, rustic textures and raw materials.  Mantel decor ideas  Whether…

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  • Home Design

    9 sustainable design tips from an old Connecticut home

    When an environmentally conscious couple and their two young children relocated from NYC to a 100-year-old house in West Hartford, CT, they wanted to preserve as many of its original features as possible. The house is historically protected, but the family needed the property to work for them as a comfortable and practical living space. They wanted to update the interiors to fit their modern family lifestyle while still retaining its historic charm. They called in an interior designer to help them achieve the right look.  The resulting redesigned home offers exactly the balance the family were looking for. A stylish combination of new and original features, alongside upcycled and…

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  • Garden Design

    Design Tips for an Accessible Garden

    Gardening can bring benefits to all. Unfortunately, some gardens feel exclusionary. If you have mobility issues or some form of disability, or are simply getting on in age, you may feel overwhelmed by the process of designing an accessible garden that you can maintain and enjoy. Creating an accessible garden does require some care and thought. But it need not cost the earth, literally or metaphorically, to create a garden that works for you or all the members of your household.  Linking the Home and Garden A great garden is an extension of the living spaces within a home. But while many homes are fitted out for accessibility, links to…

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  • Swimming Pool Design

    Tips on Choosing the Right Colour for Your Swimming Pool

    Tips on Choosing the Right Colour for Your Swimming Pool Casa Marina Lancheros / Giovanni Schettini Arquitectos. Image © Renzo Rebagliati Share Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest Whatsapp Mail Or https://www.archdaily.com/973612/tips-on-choosing-the-right-colour-for-your-swimming-pool It could be said that one of the main aspects to take into account when designing a swimming pool is the choice of colour for the coating. The light, the shadows, the depth, the environment and the elements that surround it are variables that directly affect the final tonality of the water. The effects of artificial and/or natural lighting also determine the final aesthetic, because if it’s located outdoors, reflecting the sky, it will create a different effect than if…

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  • Home Design

    9 Tips for Home Design To Boost Your Longevity

    If we were to draw one key lesson about longevity from the centenarians of the Blue Zones regions—aka places that are home to the longest-living folks on Earth—it’s that it doesn’t come from fad diets, or overwrought workout routines, or really any practice that’s bound to fizzle within months. Rather, these long-living people “live in environments that nudge them unconsciously toward healthier behaviors, like moving more and eating plants,” says longevity expert Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Challenge: A 4-Week Plan for a Longer, Better Life. And those environments start within the spaces of their homes, which include elements of design and organization that facilitate healthy habits. In essence,…

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  • Living Room Decoration

    Living Room Ideas: 5 Tips for Staging Your Living Room

    It’s no secret we’re in a seller’s market. And with homes flying off the market and many selling above list price, you might be tempted to put your house up for sale without upgrading your home’s décor. After all, why bother when so many buyers are already clamoring for a low supply of homes? The reasoning is simple: “No matter how hot the market is, selling a home is all about presentation, and staging is your number one marketing tool when you take listing photos,” says Barb Schwarz, a home decorator and stager in Hawaii. Staging is the process of primping a home for sale so that it looks its…

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