Stepping into this light-filled home with open spaces and a lofty feel, it is hard to imagine that it used to be dark and oppressive.

The original interior was very compartmentalised, the ceiling was low and the natural light coming in from the small windows was limited.

When the owners purchased this semi-detached unit off Holland Road in 2017, they envisioned a hygge (a Danish catch-all term for all things comfortable and which imparts a sense of cosiness) home for them and their three children.

The wife says: “We wanted an inviting place where we could make memories as a family and entertain our friends.”

The task of transforming the home fell on Mr Hsu Hsia Pin, Ms Eunice Khoo and Mr Amoz Boon from home-grown architectural practice Ehka Studio.

“Our approach embraces the existing structure and exposes it instead of trying to conceal it,” says Mr Hsu, a partner

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Labor Day weekend can be bittersweet, but Wayfair is here with a holiday sale to end summer on a high note. The site, which is known for trendy-yet-affordable furniture and home goods, has select furniture, décor and outdoor living items marked up to 70% off right now.

Shop outdoor furniture, bedroom pieces and even small appliances, all up to 60% off. Area rugs start at $49, wall art is marked up to 70% off and grills are up to 40% off. Oh, and don’t miss this rolled armed settee that’s a jaw-dropping 78% off — maybe the best deal of the whole sale.

MORE FROM FORBESThe Best Labor Day Sales You Can Shop Now, In Every Category

There’s a lot to wade through with this sale, so we plucked out our favorite items in every category, including outdoor, bedroom, living room, kitchen and bath. Check it

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As invisible threats like coronavirus and disease-resistant staphylococci close in, we find ourselves in an age where one simply can’t be too careful. And yet, here we are, virtually all of us brushing our teeth just a few feet away from the toilet.

I’ve long relied on the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum as a quick fix for such issues. This handy device bathes a pair of toothbrush heads in ultraviolet light, zapping germs and keeping the brush heads in a sealed chamber until their next use.

The Philips system works great—or, at least, it works great at keeping me from fretting about airborne feces on my toothbrush. But it does have one flaw. It’s quite homely, better suited in design for a dentist’s office than a consumer’s bathroom.

With its Sonic Toothbrush, Tao Clean aims to combine style and function, radically rethinking the electronic toothbrush with design squarely in

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When Tyler and Melanie Tapajna canceled their wedding reception due to COVID-19, they didn’t let the food they ordered go to waste. The Ohio couple decided to take their wedding dinner, which was catered by a food truck, to Laura’s Home, a shelter for women and children in need.

Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center is part of the Ohio non-profit The City Mission, which helps people overcome homelessness. About 70 kids currently attend the Cleveland-based program with their mothers.

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Tyler and Melanie Tapajna arrived at Laura’s Home right after their wedding ceremony. They got in the kitchen and served meals while still in their gown and tux. 

Caroline Stoltzfus/The City Mission


The City Mission CEO Rich Trickel told CBS News he doesn’t believe the Tapajnas have volunteered at the organization before, but they reached out before their wedding day to see if they could help.

Melanie Tapajnas told CBS

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