60-Minute Makeover star John Amabile on how home and design has been his haven during lockdown

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HE became a household name through hit TV series 60-minute Makeover when he brought families’ dreams come true with home transformations.

And as people spent more time at time at home during lockdown, interior designer John Amabile was able to give a little back to his followers and fans. He set up a facebook forum which has become an inspiring and supportive community for budding interior designers and a place to share tips, advice, laugh at disasters and help people try to avoid them.

“Going into lockdown I think, like many people, I wondered how we were going to get through this,” said Amabile. “I am lucky I had my garden and studio to retreat to rather than just stare at four walls. I wanted to do a project to keep me sane and I think people saw their house and home and wondered what they could do themselves. Changing

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The Best Cat Litter Furniture

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If you’ve got a small home or just want to keep your cat’s litter out of sight, a stylish enclosure offers the perfect solution. The best litter box furniture blends in with your decor and keeps the pan hidden while still giving your kitty a spacious entry for climbing in and out. Just as important: It’ll give you easy access to the litter pan, so you can scoop and remove the box for cleaning as needed.

All of these furniture picks are designed to surround your cat’s litter box, which, in addition to keeping things tidy, can help reduce odors. These furniture enclosures have entrances for your cat, and most have one or more doors to give you easy access when it’s time to scoop or change the litter.

Beyond that, your choice comes down to style and size. Whether you want a planter litter box that comes with lush

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Tokyo’s Newest Public Bathroom Features Transparent Walls

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The idea of using a public bathroom with transparent exterior walls would likely cause most people’s sphincters to twitch in horror.

So it may surprise you to learn that such a facility was recently installed in a park in Tokyo, Japan. In reality, using the bathroom isn’t really as daunting as it may at first seem, as the see-through walls automatically turn opaque when you go inside and lock the door. Just don’t forget to lock the door.

The unique restroom has been installed as part of the Nippon Foundation’s Tokyo Toilet Project. The initiative is aimed at improving the reputation of public bathrooms, which, according to the foundation, many people consider to be “dark, dirty, smelly, and scary” places.

Sixteen prominent architects have each been assigned a public bathroom in the city’s bustling

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Enjoy your own dedicated wine room in this Foxrock five bed

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As dream homes go, it’s hard to beat a beautifully restored period property, with modern decor and plenty of outside space in one of the most sought after locations in the country.

Hermitage, which is located in the exclusive suburb of Foxrock ticks a lot of boxes in terms of desirability and style while still managing to retain the look and feel of a family home.

The five-bed house stretches to an impressive 435sq.m. (4,700sq.ft.) and is ideal for entertaining, or cosy nights in thanks to an abundance of reception rooms, dining spaces, a high-end kitchen, but also the addition of a wine room no less.



a path with trees on the side of a building: This Foxrock home comes with its own wine room. Pic: Lisney/Daft


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This Foxrock home comes with its own wine room. Pic: Lisney/Daft

What makes the Hermitage unique is that the original Edwardian property has been carefully restored and extended and sits on half an acre of land.

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Kobe Byrant’s Childhood Home Is For Sale and His Original Basketball Hoop Is Still There

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The late Kobe Bryant’s childhood home outside of Philadelphia is for sale, and the original basketball hoop where he honed his Hall of Fame shot is still hanging. Bryant spent his teenage years at 1224 Remington Road in the heart of Wynnewood, where he attended Lower Merion High School from 1992-1996. Not surprisingly, he led the school’s basketball team to a state championship.



a house with trees in the background: The late Kobe Bryant's childhood home outside is listed for sale outside of Philadelphia, and the original basketball hoop where he honed his Hall of Fame shot is still hanging.


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The late Kobe Bryant’s childhood home outside is listed for sale outside of Philadelphia, and the original basketball hoop where he honed his Hall of Fame shot is still hanging.



a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: kobe bryant's childhood home


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kobe bryant’s childhood home

The 3,434-square-foot colonial-style home is located in the heart of Wynnewood, which offers an easy commute into Philadelphia. It has 5 bedrooms with 3.5 bathrooms and a spacious bonus room. The kitchen features custom maple cabinets and granite countertops, where meals can be

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