As you look for light fixtures, consider existing finishes and colors. Say you have gold drawer pulls and bronze door hardware. Selecting a fixture with both gold and bronze can pull a room together.

Choosing the proper lighting for your home can take a space without a purpose and transform it. Adding a new floor lamp to brighten up a workspace allows us to work longer hours or enjoy a good book. Installing some wall sconces for softer light will add ambience when entertaining friends or relaxing with good music. Proper lighting sets the mood and makes everything better!

Question: Lighting choices are seemingly unlimited. How does a homeowner go about narrowing down them down?

Answer: There are many things that factor into finding just the right fixture for a space. Final selections take into consideration the design style of the home, existing finishes and colors, ceiling height

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Homeowners looking to increase their homes’ values sometimes find themselves considering which improvements are the best investments. Major home improvement and remodeling projects aren’t cheap, so realizing the best value for the dollar is vital. As a major home improvement, kitchen remodeling ranks well in terms of delivering a return on investment. Depending on the housing market and the type of improvements made, a kitchen remodel can boost a home’s resale value very nicely.

How Kitchens Fare

Though they’re expensive, major kitchen remodeling projects deliver solid cost-to-value ratios for homeowners. A February 2012 article by United Press International reports a major kitchen remodel tends to fare better than bathroom remodeling when it comes to improving home value. Kitchen remodeling returns nearly 69 percent of its cost vs. 57.2 percent for bathrooms. The National Association of Realtors also ranks a well-designed, sensible kitchen remodel as the best home interior remodeling project

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Have-a-go interior design enthusiasts are taking over Instagram at the moment.

And in Belfast, there’s no shortage of proud home owners taking to the platform to share their decor, design inspiration and budget-friendly make-over tips.

One such homeowner is Valerie Robinson – also known as the Belfast House Bird – from Jordanstown.

Valerie, an education worker by profession, has been transforming her 1950s bungalow which she describes as ‘a work in progress – on a limited budget.’

Her fifth home so far, the mum of two is no stranger to decorating her home but still finds bold, innovative ways to give her rooms a new lease of of life.

We caught up with Valerie to talk all things interior design – from bargains and money-saving tips and tricks to her unique rain forest bathroom and how to pull off a dark feature wall.

What is your interior design style?


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Melania Trump announced Monday she will oversee a renovation of the White House Rose Garden, overhauling the iconic greenspace adjacent to the Oval Office and West Wing.

Trump intends to restore the space to more resemble the original design and formation of the Rose Garden, established by President John F. Kennedy, and implemented in 1962 by horticulturist and philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Mellon. The renovation, which will include excavation, could take several weeks, according to a source familiar with the timeline, and the Rose Garden will, during that time, be out of commission for use.

“The very act of planting a garden involves hard work and hope in the possibility of a bright future,” the first lady said in a statement. “Preserving the history and beauty of the White House and its grounds is a testament to our nation’s commitment to the care of this landscape and our dedication to American

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  • TikTok user @eli.korn_ shared a video of an incredibly skinny house, and viewers couldn’t believe its shocking proportions.
  • The 1,112-square-foot home is located in Deerfield, Illinois, where it is known as the “pie house.”
  • It was previously on the market for just under $270,000, according to Zillow.
  • The two-bedroom, three-bath home may look narrow on one end, but photos of the inside show that it may be more spacious than it appears.

A uniquely shaped “skinny house” has been taking over TikTok because of its oddly narrow appearance.

The video of the home was shared on TikTok by @eli.korn_ on Thursday, and it’s since captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of viewers on the platform who seemed to be shocked at its unbelievable proportions.


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a close up of a flower garden: How the White House's Rose Garden became a place of political power and the history behind Jackie Kennedy's and Bunny Mellon's vision for it.

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How the White House’s Rose Garden became a place of political power and the history behind Jackie Kennedy’s and Bunny Mellon’s vision for it.

The White House Rose Garden is far more than a picturesque background for announcements and briefings, State Dinners, and official ceremonies. It is a place that has signified an intimate and more casual side of the White House: John F. Kennedy welcomed the Project Mercury astronauts in the Rose Garden; Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia was married on its lawn; and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Barack Obama did a “Rose Garden Freestyle” rap. It is one of the most recognizable gardens in the United States.

a group of people in a garden: A press conference in the Rose Garden.

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A press conference in the Rose Garden.

Despite its name, the area more closely resembles a flowered lawn than a traditional rose garden—its half acre can hold up to 1,000 guests—a

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A healthy restaurant ecosystem has many components: a charming front-of-house team, cunning managers, and a motley crew of underpaid misfits that are actually cooking your food.

Unless you’ve worked in a kitchen, it’s hard to understand the chaotic dance of a dinner rush. Coded language, constant personality clashes, and thick-as-blood camaraderie are side dishes to every entree you’ve ever ordered.

To turn the world of cooks into an open kitchen, we asked back-of-house staff from around the country to enlighten us on some of the things that they’re always having to explain to their friends who they only get to hang out with on Monday nights.

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Salt and butter are everywhere

But always unsalted butter. Also, half-sticks of butter look downright cutesy compared to 1lb blocks.

Cooks don’t get tipped out

If you’re going by the book, it’s illegal to force employees to pool tips for

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President Obama with Savannah Guthrie for the Super Bowl 49 pre-game show (White House – Pete Souza)

From Simple Cooks to Gourmet Chefs

In the early life of the White House, the African American staff and other servants who lived at the President’s House most often had rooms in the basement. Open at ground level on the south, the basement (referred to as the ground floor today) has windows on the north facing a deep areaway that is below grade. The kitchen and pantry together are about 22 feet by 27 1/2 feet.

The ground floor’s vaulted Central Hall once accessed a great kitchen 40 feet long with large fireplaces at each end, a family kitchen, an oval servants hall, the steward’s quarters, storage and work rooms, and the servants’ bedrooms.

An inventory for the year 1826, during John Quincy Adams’ administration, records the typical furniture used by servants in

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  • Netherlands-based Haaks has created a tiny home with a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom that can be placed on a mobile platform.
  • The “Nano House” is almost 20 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 11 feet tall. 
  • The tiny home’s amenities are powered by solar panels and a battery.
  • The Wilg “Nano House” currently starts at €36,450, about $39,615, without VAT.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Netherlands-based Haaks — which also made a two-story RV — has created the Wilg, a tiny home with a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom that can be mobilized with an optional platform on wheels.

The idea for the Haaks company first came when founders Pim Gijsbers and Jules Luijpen decided they wanted to bring innovative ideas to the mobile home market. In 2017, they officially founded the company, which now includes a lineup of two camper homes, first debuted in

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Want to infuse your home with a little bit of beach chic for the summer (or year round)? Wait until you see these 35 beach house decor ideas. You can bring a little bit of coastal living into your home or apartment, even if you’re not beach-adjacent, with just a few tweaks! Here’s how:

Add some nautical stripe beach house decor

A blue and white stripe is a fresh beach house decor idea. Here are some ways to add a coastal living stripe to your space:

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Add a beach-style striped throw to your bed or sofa. Image: Julia Sperling

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For a coastal chic living room, add a large and
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