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    Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas is coming to Netflix tonight – Netflix Life - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    HOLIDAY HOME MAKEOVER WITH MR. CHRISTMAS - The Sosoo Familys decorated home from Episode 1 of HOLIDAY HOME MAKEOVER WITH MR. CHRISTMAS. CR. Courtesy of Netflix/NETFLIX 2020

    Its time to get out the tinsel and Christmas lights becauseHoliday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas is coming to Netflix late-night tonight!

    This series is a must-see if you look forward to decorating your house for the holidays every year. As reported by House Beautiful,Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas centers on the talents ofinterior decorator Benjamin Bradley, also known as Mr. Christmas.

    Each episode of the series will follow Bradley as he gifts different families with a decorating extravaganza. Using his expertise as founder ofE & Co. Home Interiors and his love of the Christmas season, Benjamin Bradley is committed to spreading cheer. This series sounds like the perfect way to get excited for the holidays.

    According to IMDb, the first season of the holiday home makeover series will have four episodes.Bradley and a crew will only have two days to meet a family and redo their house! Since I have definitely not started my Christmas decorating, this show sounds like it will be great for inspiration!

    As previously told by Courier & Press,Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas was filmed last year. Each family featured on the show is hoping to have a special holiday. One family wants to have a memorable holiday before their daughter leaves for college, while another hopes to blendChristmas with Hanukkah in a dual celebration!

    You can watch the trailer forHoliday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas below. Netflix has put out some great holiday content this year, including Dash & Lily and Holidate!

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    We needed this: Austin puts up Christmas lights early in 2020 – austin360 - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Its not even Thanksgiving yet, but its beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Austin. With temperatures in the 80s and the calendar barely halfway through November, some Austinites might have noted a very merry trend: an uptick in early holiday decorations.

    Call it a coping mechanism, a nostalgic yearning for carefree childhood or a rush to show 2020 the door, but something is jolly in the capital of Texas. Calendar-checking Grinches who dictate that holiday decor shouldnt be displayed until after Thanksgiving will call it a fa-la-la faux pas. But not everyone buys into that thinking.

    "Its total B.S. Decorate whenever you want," said Maddy Braat, a participant in Austins fabled 37th Street neighborhood light display.

    While 37th Street residents have canceled this years display to protect the neighborhood's immunocompromised and elder residents from thousands of shoulder-to-shoulder revelers "Stay at your home, not ours," a digital flyer reads if there were an authority on the dos and donts of Austin holiday decor decorum, Braat and her neighbors might be it. Barring a few years in the mid-2000s, their weird, kaleidoscopic, DIY decoration extravaganzas have been a source of light and delight for Austinites going back to at least the 1980s.

    Braat and neighbor Robert Foster are part of the core group responsible for 37th Street decoration planning these days, which can begin as early as August. Like Braat, Foster shrugs off antiquated rules about when its appropriate to do something that makes you happy.

    "Its very literally some light at the darkest time of the year," Foster said. "It brings a little joy to the city when the suns going down at 6 p.m."

    Silent night on election night

    After anxiously poring over live election results as the polls closed on Nov. 3, Rebecca Rogers decided she had had enough. She took a break from the 24/7 news cycle and broke out the tree.

    "I turned off the news, turned on Christmas Vacation, and we put up our tree. I wanted to change the vibe, and it was the best," Rogers said. "Theres something to be said for anything that can bring any sort of joy and goodwill. Were all kind of clinging to that. Every layer of life feels a little uncertain right now."

    As for running afoul of those unwritten holiday decor rules, Rogers showed some Yuletide self-control. "We restrained ourselves to one tree for now," she said with a laugh, noting that a few other trees would be up before the turkey hits the table later in the month.

    RELATED: Up to some good: South Austin Harry Potter display benefits local nonprofits

    Rogers isnt alone in her embrace of holiday light lawlessness. Around East Austin, some homes had lights on display as early as March and July. She hopes others will continue to step up their holiday decorating game this season, as they did over Halloween. With two young children, its not just something to do; its a break from the monotony of pandemic life.

    "We spent the last month walking around looking at all the spiderwebs and Halloween decorations, because there were so many this year," she said. "We live for it. Its hard to drop into the Trail of Lights and Mozarts, so Im so happy our neighborhood can fill in that space."

    Quarantined at home for Christmas

    When Cristy Holmes husband was forced to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, she decided early November was a perfect time to deck the halls at her home in the Wooten neighborhood.

    "I needed something to do with the kids. There was this sudden feeling that we couldnt go anywhere for 14 days, so lets just put up the tree," she said. "Our house is pretty minimalist besides kids toys everywhere but now everything is so pretty and happy."

    Holmes and her two young children filled a weekend decorating the tree, baking holiday goodies and listening to Christmas music. Since then, her kids have moved on to making presents and cards and watching holiday movies.

    "Youre trying to find any bit of joy you can right now and make it as big as possible especially for the kids," Holmes said. "We cant do all the traditional things we might normally do. Were not having a big Christmas. We arent going on vacation. But the things we can do, were just trying to make super fun."

    As word got out that Holmes had put the familys tree up, friends and parents at her daughters school began to reach out, seemingly waiting to see if they could get the go-ahead to take the plunge themselves.

    "Because of coronavirus, people are just going for it. And why the heck not? I have friends who say it messes with Thanksgiving, but we have turkeys out next to our Christmas tree," she said. "I dont feel like were taking away from Thanksgiving; were just adding to the season."

    Skeletons, candy canes and Lisa Frank

    Ginger Snaps is a burlesque and aerial performer who lives in Windsor Park with her boyfriend, dogs and a skeleton named Steve. (Steve is a year-round bit of yard decor who currently is in the backyard dressed as a lifeguard for the hot tub. "He cant really blow the whistle, but hes got one," she said.)

    Needless to say, she is no stranger to decorating, but she typically holds until after Thanksgiving to do her holiday decorating. But when everything is out the window quite literally when many are only experiencing social interaction outside so go these rules.

    "None of these are actual steadfast rules. Decorate once Halloween is done. Its fair game," she said. "I came close to leaving some skeletons up and decorating them. But then I was afraid some small children might think it was a dead Santa or something."

    As her business has been slow due to the pandemics effect on live entertainment, Ginger Snaps said she decided to decorate early both as a creative outlet and a way to give a bit of joy back to the community.

    Her approach to decorating is big, bold, and colorful. "I grew up in the 90s and am a product of the Lisa Frank generation, so I come from the school of more color is better. I try to get in as much color as possible," she said.

    RELATED: Shop Second Street, Tarrytown for Austins holiday window displays

    Around her neighborhood, Ginger Snaps reported seeing more Halloween decorations than usual, but she hasnt noticed more holiday decor just yet.

    "Im waiting to see if I'm going to be so obnoxious that my neighbors will dislike me, or (if) I will encourage them," she said. "Its a great way to interject a little fun into every day. Its cheerful to look out your window. And I know the neighborhood kids really love it. Over Halloween, I would find free-range children in the yard playing with skeletons. Now I made a fence with candy canes, just to keep them from tripping on the cords."

    While the experience for many over the past year has been especially isolating, she said small things like decorations have brought the block together.

    "I feel more connected with the community here now. Everyone is more talkative," she said. "I tend to be shy around people I dont know, but we see the same people stopping by and we start talking."

    Yule rules out the window

    In some neighborhoods, as the gap between holiday decorations has gone the way of Frosty the Snowman on a sunny day, its not uncommon to spy some Halloween decorations on display next to wintertime standards. In Hyde Park, hairstylist and interior decorator Ryan Van Horn-Zakotnik said hes seen a front yard with zombies lingering next to sparkly holiday lights dangling from eaves.

    Like many, Van Horn-Zakotnik has long stuck to the traditional "decorations go up after Thanksgiving" rule, but he decided to put up decorations two weeks earlier this year and is expanding his decor repertoire to include some menorahs.

    "I say do it if it makes you happy," he said. "We have COVID fatigue, and were bored. We all need a little extra sparkle."

    Van Horn-Zakotnik has already made multiple runs to stockpile garlands and other decor, but theres one holiday line hes not willing to cross just yet. "I havent started Christmas music yet," he said. "I put my foot down there."

    A feel-good expenditure

    Its not just Austin homes that are getting in on the act earlier than ever. The Austin Trail of Lights has expanded its run, starting almost two weeks earlier than normal this year its a drive-thru and opens on Nov. 27. Meanwhile, Mozarts Coffee Roasters long-running Lake Austin light-and-sound show began on Nov. 11.

    But these arent the only operations seeing an earlier-than-usual spike in holiday spirit. Craig Robinson owns Can You Hang, a decoration installation company that serves Central Austin and the area toward Lakeway. He received his first call of the year on Oct. 3, and his phone hasnt stopped ringing since.

    "Were seeing probably double the call volume we were seeing at this time last year," he said. "People arent going to Cancun for Christmas; theyre staying home, and they really want to do it up."

    RELATED: Watch Austin A Charlie Brown Christmas concert for free next month

    Robinson said the increased drive to decorate in tough times doesnt come as too much of a surprise, given what hes seen in his 16 years in business. During the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, he prepared himself for business to dry up, only to see it flourish and grow year over year.

    "Its a feel-good expenditure," he said. "People are looking to create some joy in the muck for something positive to end the year. I think everyone is over 2020."

    Cheer is contagious, and it sure beats yard signs

    For 2021, Foster and Braat hope to bring the 37th Street lights back and bigger than ever. In the meantime, theyre serving as ambassadors and advisers on Austin-style holiday decorating. Theyre encouraging other streets to rise up and create their own hyper-local bubbles of holiday decoration and go bigger and weirder than before.

    Besides the spectacle of pretty shiny things that are pleasant to look at, Foster believes coming together around something as simple as decorating can have a massive impact on the atmosphere of a neighborhood.

    37th Street "is one of those streets where you can just walk into a neighbors house and grab a cup of sugar. You get to know your neighbors well," he said. "Its very Mister Rogers Neighborhood-feeling at times."

    For others looking to take up the merrymaking mantle, Foster said 37th Streets approach involves gauging interest via flyers and organizing a meeting for all interested residents both of which can be done without having to meet face to face. They then figure out how homes might work together on larger, lot-spanning elements and share tools like ladders, jigsaws and multimeters to make it easier for neighbors to execute plans without spending a fortune at the hardware store.

    Most who are in on the early decorating game agree theres a social pressure around decorating whether its keeping the lights in the attic until after Thanksgiving Day or the domino effect created when one house decorates. Holiday cheer (at least the type expressed through outward displays) is contagious, it seems.

    Robinson said social pressure actually drives much of Can You Hangs decoration installation business. "People think, I dont want to look like a Scrooge if everyone else is doing it," he said.

    Ginger Snaps said shes noticed how one house going all out can create a playful competition that leads to more lights. "Its like this silent battle," she said. "We just finished the silent battle of political signs, so I feel like we can roll it over to a silent battle of lights."

    Living room escapism

    Whether youre bah humbug-ing these harbingers of the holiday season or welcoming them with wide eyes, if nothing else, it gives us a topic for a good-spirited, low-stakes debate the sort of discussion about as weighty as whether we should brush our teeth before or after breakfast. (After, you monsters.)

    But whatever side you fall on, Election Day tree-putter-upper Rogers makes a compelling case against wagging fingers at those who jump the gun on the holidays this year.

    "We shouldnt be shaming anyone for decorating or turning on Christmas music in October especially this year. Were tired. Its been a slog, and I think I kind of hate my house the more I sit in it," Rogers said. "Celebrate how you want to celebrate and when you want to celebrate. Zero regrets. Just do it. It was a total game-changer for our brains a little escapism in the living room."

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    Delhiwale: The tea house of the poets – Hindustan Times - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Old Delhis tea stalls make very milky and sweet chai. The venerable Modern Tea Stall with its not-so-modern wooden chairs and chipped china is different. Its tea is dark and kadak (strong). Founded in 1967, this atmospheric destination on Haveli Azam Khan street was lying shuttered since the coronavirus-triggered lockdown in March. It reopened a month ago.

    Before the pandemic changed the texture of everyday routines, some of the areas distinguished verse writers would gather in the tea house every evening (see photo) to chat about the latest trends in contemporary Urdu poetryas well as gossip about the private life of the poets. Indeed, the daily soires of these faithful attendees were a most convenient gateway for an outsider to experience the Walled Citys vibrant hyperlocal literary scene. The eminences included poet and publisher Munir Hamdam of Turkman Gate Mohalla, (late) poet Rauf Raza of Chitli Qabar who made his living as an interior decorator, journalist Javed Mushiri of Ballimaran, poet Javed Niyazi of Kucha Rohilla Khan who runs a rubber business and poet Iqbal Firdausi of Baradari who manages a small factory of musical instruments such as drum sets and harmonium parts.

    These days the tea house remains silent. Just like the grave man at the counter, who has an eerily quiet temperament. Dressed in white kurta, pyjama and topi, Muhammed Khaleel sits on a throne-like chair placed at the entrance, occasionally jotting on his notepad. This is hisaab (balance sheets), not shayiri (poetry), he clarifies.

    Open by 7am, the tea house offers relaxing distractions. Those with a fascination for old objects might be mildly enchanted by an aged wall-clock. Or perhaps by the once-white tiles on the walls whose current shade resembles the yellowing pages of old musty hardbounds. Faded posters of famous Sufi shrines too draw attention. The tea house would stay open until about midnight with the aforementioned poets as its last customers. Thats how it used to be in the Before Corona, or BC, era. These days the poets dont show up, and the place shuts by 8pm latest.

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    Maharashtra police interrogate Republic TV CFO in connection with 2018 suicide case only 2 days after Arnab Goswami was released from Taloja jail -… - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Continuing their witch-hunt against Republic Media Network, the Raigad Police on Friday questioned Republic TVs Chief Financial Officer (CFO) S Sundaram in connection to the 2018 suicide case of interior decorator Anvay Naik, only two days after editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was released from Taloja jail.

    According to the reports, the Raigad Police had earlier summoned S Sundaram for questioning him in the 2018 suicide case. The summons to Republic TV CFO comes two days after Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was granted interim bail in the same case by the Supreme Court.

    Reportedly, Raigad police had summoned Sundaram after Arnab Goswami had allegedly said that making payments on behalf of the company was the job of the CFO. Accordingly, the police officials have issued summons to him and asked him to appear before them on Friday.

    The officer said they will scrutinise the financial records of the accused. A few more persons will be issued summons in the coming days, the officer said, adding that they will also audit more financial records before filing a charge-sheet in the matter.

    On Wednesday, a Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra hearing the petition said that Bombay High Court made an error in rejecting the application for grant of interim bail on technical grounds. Granting the bail to Arnab Goswami, the apex court alsodirectedthe Raigad police to ensure the compliance of the order of release of Arnab Goswami forthwith.

    The Supreme Court also asked Arnab Goswami and two other accused to execute a personal bond for an amount of Rs 50,000 for release on interim bail.

    Justice Chandrachud, hearing the plea had made scathing observations saying, If we dont interfere in this case today we will walk on path of destruction. If left to me I wont watch the channel and you may differ in ideology butConstitutional courts will have to protect such freedoms.

    Arnab wasarrestedlast week by the Mumbai Police after it had reopened 2018 abatement of the suicide case of an architect, Anvay Naik. On the 4th of November, 15-20 policemen armed with assault weapons and led by encounter cop Sachin Vaze had stormed into the house of Arnab Goswami and dragged him out. The 2018 case has been unilaterally opened against after it was closed in 2019 at the behest of the Home Minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh.

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    Dramas that will help you forget about your ex – Somag News - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Dramas that will help you get over your ex, forget about broken hearts with these series that will distract you with their stories.

    Love is one of the most complicated things in life, Korean entertainment has often been inspired by this feeling to create various plots that make us cry and fall in love with the characters. The pain of a broken heart is something we all experience at some point in our life, these stories will help you overcome that love break.

    If you need to cry or be distracted by stories that help you believe in love again and show that there are many things to be happy about, these Korean dramas are for you. With genres like science fiction, comedy, medicine, romance and even poems, these plots will make you forget about your excrush.

    There are characters who must go through some adversities to fulfill their dreams or to overcome past pain, also who fight against everything to be happy with the people they love. Even if you have lost a love, remember that it is a new opportunity to meet someone new, who values you and reciprocates you, our hearts can love another person despite being broken by the wrong boy.

    Build your marathon and enjoy these Korean dramas.

    You can also see doramas inspired by the fall-winter season.

    Year 2014Starring: Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo JinWhere to watch: Netflix, Viki

    First psychiatric drama that tells the life of a girl who is an intern in a university hospital, whose life changes when she meets a famous writer who suffers from obsessive compulsive neurosis disorder. The plot aims to portray the reality of people suffering from a mental illness.

    Year: 2017Starring: Lee Jun Ho and Won Jin AhWhere to watch: Viki

    Romance drama that intertwines the lives of two people who met through an accident, years later, they meet again, but they will have to deal with the wounds of their past before giving way to their feelings.

    Year: 2018Starring: Lee Yoo Bi, Lee Joon Hyuk, and Jang Dong YoonWhere to see: Dramas Releases

    Romance medical drama that narrates the life of a group of hospital workers who deal with the situations of daily life, but in each episode a poem is revealed that will make you feel warm when you see the story and will make you forget the ugly of love relationships.

    Year: 2017Starring: Yoon Si Yoon Kim Min JaeWhere to watch: Viki

    Youth romance drama that tells the life of two boys, one of them is a famous idol who suddenly disappears, the other is a young aspiring public servant. Your path will cross and it could change your life.

    Year: 2018Starring: Bona and Ha Suk JinWhere to watch: Viki

    Comedy drama that tells the life of a boy who learns to deal with the chaos of life, if you go through a love break this drama is for you, because the protagonist is like an interior decorator, nothing better than a renovation to leave behind the pain. In the plot, you will meet a girl who works in a real estate agency.

    Year: 2016Starring: Lee Jong Suk andWhere to watch: Viki

    Science fiction drama that tells the life of a girl who is a doctor, is the daughter of the author of W, a very famous webtoon, whose main character is Kang Chul, but whose destiny is about to end. However, she manages to travel to the alternate world and saves him, both will have to find out what is happening.

    Year: 2015Starring: Lee Dong Wook and Jung Ryu WonWhere to watch: Viki

    Romance drama that narrates the life of a group of inmates in a hospital and the workers of a radio station, who learn to enjoy life and be happy despite adversity, each of them suffers from some deficiency. Even if broken hearts hurt, there are better things to fight for.

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    14 Times Beautiful Tiles Appear in the AD Archive – Architectural Digest - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Molyneux-Designed Garret That Merited Its Own Feature

    Since the Revolution, when the building was confiscated and sold off in pieces, it has been mistreated legendary designer Juan Pablo Molyneux said to Architectural Digest in September 2007 of his 17th-century Marais-set manse. My contribution has been to restore that missing respect. The story of that effort got an importantand romanticnew chapter when Molyneux decided to restore its habitable attic into a surprise for his wife, Pilar.

    Ultimately, he drew inspiration for the Delft tilecovered space from the Menshikov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. When I brought Pilar to visit the Menshikov for the first time, the experience was moving for both of us, he said. I wanted her to understand the happinessthe revelation of beautythat I had there as a boy of 19. My travels have always been a source of inspiration, and I filed away my first impression of those marvelous rooms with an intuition that one day I would have the opportunity to design something in the same style. And he certainly did. But because of his unique approach to curating the space, it pays homage to its model. Yet its totally Parisian.

    The title of the article that first featured this image was Sleeping Beauty.

    A Los Angeles Bathroom That Thinks All Pink

    We had to replace the existing tile because the plumbing had damaged everything, Clara Yust told Architectural Digest of her home bathroom in February 2005. But it was dark brown, and I didnt like it anyway. The pink tiles seen here, which cover every surface of the room, were carved from rosa portogallo salmone marble. Throughout the rest of the Los Angeles home, which was first built in 1920 and had long been coveted by Yust, original details remain. The pendant light fixture is made of Murano glass.

    Home is where the tiled hearth is.

    A Sunny Room With a Tiled Fireplace

    A yellow and purple-blue color paletteand one that features tiles to bootmight conjure a mental image of a cheerful kitchen. But here, in a home featured in the August 1995 issue of Architectural Digest, such a scheme was used to add great panache to a special living room. The furniture seen here, as well as the large cast-iron vase, are by Jay Griffith. A Carolyn Ferris graphite portrait of William S. Burroughs, made in the same year that this interior was featured, perches above the asymmetrical fireplace.

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    Iconic Victorian in Tremont asks $750,000: House of the Week – cleveland.com - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- If youve ever been to Taste of Tremont, the Tremont Farmers Market, or frequented the nearby restaurants and bars, youre undoubtedly familiar with the red-brick Victorian on the southeast corner of Lincoln Park.

    Built in 1870, the home has been carefully restored and thoughtfully renovated over the years, most recently by the current owner, Stephen Harrison.

    This home is one of those treasures that just loves you back, says Harrison, the curator of decorative art and design at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    On the market for the first time since 2009, 1103 Starkweather Ave. has 3-bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2,578-sq. ft. The asking price is $750,000.

    The house transports you back in time with its many original decorative elements such as 12-foot ceilings, huge plaster moldings, arched pocket doors in original finish, wooden floors throughout, carved wooden doors, and a curving staircase with original banister, Howard Hannas Chris Davidson writes in his listing.

    He says Harrison worked with architect David Ellison and interior decorator Thomas Lee Randleman on an extensive redesign. Changes include converting a small bedroom upstairs into a gracious bath and laundry room to complete the master suite, which now also boasts a cedar closet. They also enlarged the side porch to be a more versatile space for dining and relaxing. Built-in bookshelves were added to the library.

    The result was an outstanding residential preservation award from the Cleveland Restoration Society in 2014.

    Practical improvements have brought the home to todays standards, too. They include a new roof and high-capacity hot-water heater in 2018, HVAC systems in 2005 (upstairs) and 2010 (downstairs), and updated electrical throughout in 2000.

    This is Tremonts most iconic and recognizable home, Davidson says.

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    See the full listing here

    Address: 1103 Starkweather Ave.

    City: Cleveland

    Price: $750,000

    Size: 2,578 square feet

    Lot: 5,872 square feet

    Year built: 1870

    No. bedrooms: 3

    No. bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half

    School district: Cleveland Municipal School District

    Real estate agent and contact info: Chris Davidson, Howard Hanna

    e: chrisdavidson@howardhanna.com

    p: 440-263-2669

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    The 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,578-sq. ft. home at 1103 Starkweather Ave. in Tremont was built in 1870. (Photo: Bill Berris)

    For more information on 1103 Starkweather Ave., contact Chris Davidson, Howard Hanna at chrisdavidson@howardhanna.com or 440-263-2669.

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    Hollywood Regency Is That Glamorous Style Youve Been Trying to Pinpoint – Yahoo Entertainment - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Youve noticed it for years now: that style that mixes leopard print with glitzy chandeliers, mirrored finishes with curved velvet couches. Its simultaneously Old World Hollywood and yet still of-the-moment, but you just havent been able to put your finger on what it is, exactly. Well, were here to tell you that youve been drooling over Hollywood Regency, a style most commonly associated with interior design, furniture, and landscape architecture that comes out of the 1930s Golden Age of Hollywood.

    Indeed, the origins of the style can be traced to the silver screens themselves, as actors and actresses grew accustomed to the shiny materials and traditionally-inspired furniture they found on set that created the lavish scenes of their wealthy characters. Set designs emphasized pieces that showed well on camera because of their dramatic surfaces, attention to detail, contrasting of patterns and textiles, and creation of light and dark that could be captured in black and white. Soon, designers of the stars found themselves recreating the opulence of the screen in real life for their clients.

    Among those at the forefront of Hollywood Regency were interior designers like Dorothy Draper, who rose to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s after decorating some of the major hotels and apartment buildings in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. Her signature style focused on dramatic color schemes often with shiny black ceilings or black-and-white patterned flooring along with a profusion of mirrors, floral textiles, and green woodwork.

    Other designers who had a serious impact on the style were William Billy Haines, a former actor-turned-decorator to the stars, and Paul R. Williams, a noted African American architect whose client roster included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Barbara Stanwyck, and more. While Haines, working with his life partner James Jimmie Haines, consistently created designs that fit the high-profile lives of their clients like Joan Crawford, Williams worked in a range of styles and project types. But for his high-end clientele, Williams often produced grand homes that combined the traditional elements of Classical design but slimmed them down, simplifying the ornament to give them a sleek, modern edge.

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    And this combination of traditional and modern continued, borrowing elements and characteristics from several different periods (including the English Regency, which lent part of its name to the new style), but incorporating unexpected color combinations, new materials, geometric patterns, and lots of eye-catching, glamorous textiles and finishes. Think of the glamour of Art Deco materials and simplified lines, but with the eclecticism of an antiques dealer and the maximalism of a movie star.

    Like any trend, though, as time went on, the style evolved, too. As historically-inspired styles waned in the 1950s and 1960s and gave way to the International Style and midcentury modernism, Hollywood Regency stayed strong, but took on more modern forms, incorporating more contemporary color palettes and patterns including jewel tones and geometric motifs. It also embraced newer materials like lucite in combination with old classics like shiny brass or glossy lacquer, all while keeping true to its origins rooted in old school glamour and glitz.

    Thinking about incorporating Hollywood Regency into your own home? Take a look at some celebrity homes that continue to seek out this now-classic California style for their own spaces, and see if you can find any inspiration for yourself.

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    If There Are Tree Trunks on the Wall, You Must Be in a James Huniford Home – Yahoo Lifestyle - November 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    From ELLE Decor

    Few designers have married purpose and passion as successfully as James Ford Huniford. In 2004, the New Yorkbased decorator founded Design on a Dime, the hugely popular annual fundraiser for Housing Works, the nonprofit fighting AIDS and homelessness. As an ELLE Decor A-List designer, he is known for mixing found objects with antique and contemporary pieces as well as for his emphasis on sustainabilitya sensibility that is captured in his new book James Huniford: At Home, published by the Monacelli Press.

    The book, Hunifords first, takes a thematic approach. Huniford presents his work by examining such topics as how to approach a room and achieve scale and proportion, all while showcasing homes that range from city to country, from East Coast to West.

    I hope the book will help people look at an interior and think about mixing and matching, Huniford tells ELLE Decor. Or evaluating what they might think are their problems with a room and being able to resolve that.

    One theme that stretches across all of Hunifords work is his surprising use of materials. Like the factory molds that are mounted on the wall of Hunifords own Bridgehampton, New York, kitchen, his focus on reuse and rediscovery creates delight and disruption in equal measure. Huniford says he is inspired by the work of artists like Richard Serra, who force the viewer to appreciate shape, color, and texture in new ways. A Huniford room might display wooden rings that were meant for hoopskirts as art; might turn tree trunks into tables, as in the Westchester County, New York, cottage of Josh Lehrer and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller; or might feature a ships ladder as a design element.

    The trick to making found objects work as decor? Using color as a unifying canvas. Huniford is drawn to warm whites with a hint of celery or a shade of blue in them.

    By finding new uses for old things, Huniford says he is creating an opportunity for conversation. When you work with objects that are reinvented, theres just a lot more freedom, Huniford says. Theres a playfulness and also a point of dialogue.

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    At Home is a testament to Hunifords visionone that reveals his creativity and imagination, and one that pushes both his clients and his readers to rethink the possibilities of what design can be.

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    On the island of Palm Beach, reactions to Biden win range from gloom to elation – Palm Beach Daily News - November 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Darrell Hofheinz and Shannon Donnelly| Palm Beach Daily News

    Now their neighbor might be coming home to stay.

    And just like any neighborhood, opinions about the big news in Palm Beach that PresidentDonald Trump would be leaving the White House after one term following his defeat by former Vice President Joe Biden varied Saturday from somber to joyful.

    "I'm disappointed," said John Scarpa, a longtime friend of President Trump. "As an American, I'm worried aboutour future."

    Palm Beacher Blair Brandt, a political strategist and Republican fundraiser who helped lead money-gatheringefforts for the president in the SunshineState, said Trump had won an impressive victory in the state of Florida during Tuesdays election.

    But he declined further comment due to the legal challenges the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are waging in multiple states.

    Biden, a longtime Delaware senator who served two terms as vice president under President Barack Obama, secured enough electoral votes Saturday to claim the presidencyafter winning the state count in Pennsylvania. Joining him as vice president will be California Sen. Kamala Harris, who made history as the first Black woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to the second-highest office in the land.

    The news of Biden's victory left Kevin Byrne "absolutely elated."

    "I have regained my faith in my fellow citizens," he said. "It's like waking up from a nightmare, especially this past week."

    Democrat Leta Austin Foster, a Palm Beach interior designer and retailer, alsowas relieved and happy to hear the race being called or Biden, though she sounded a note of caution.

    But I know its not all over yet, she said, referring to Trumps ongoing efforts to challenge the election results. Unfortunately, that just makes people doubt the legitimacy of the vote. Im not surprised at that. I wish I were, but Im not.

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    She added: What Im really sad about is that (the last four years) exposed how many people in this country are really racist and thats so sad. But hopefully, things will get better.

    The presidential election exposed deep divisions in American society, with one side certain that a second Trump presidency would usher in a right-wing autocracy, and the other just as convinced that a Biden presidency would mean a triumph for socialism. Voters turned out in record numbers: About 161 million people voted, with Biden on track Saturday afternoonto win the popular vote by more than 4 million ballots.

    Another key concern for residentssuch as Bruce Langmaid was a possible change in fiscal policy. Trump, whose secretary of commerce is fellow Palm Beacher Wilbur Ross, signed a tax cut into law in 2017 that was widely seen as beneficial to the nation's wealthiest citizens.

    Langmaid said hefears a Biden Administration will increase his tax burden.

    "I'm worriedabout my income taxes going up," he said. "And I wonder what this means for property values in Palm Beach."

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    Jeff Alderton was unhappy about Saturday's development, and suggested that election anomalies were responsible.

    "This has been a very difficult election process for me. It was a national election, which should have national standards ... not state-run standards, which may have interfered with the voting count, hence the outcome," he said.

    But Alderton also said what mattered going forward was how the new president would work with the Senate, and "most importantly how we as Americans will be heardand react in a level-headed and respectful way."

    Hanging over the election was the coronavirus pandemic, now into its eighth month and resurging strongly across the United States, where more than 236,000 people have died of the contagion and nearly 10 million people have been infected.

    Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene, an island resident, said he is confident that Biden is better equipped than Trump to effectively tackle the demands of the coronavirus crisis.

    I have been so disappointed by this administrations response to the pandemic, Greene said. Im thrilled that we have an adult in Vice President Biden who will finally address this issue.

    Greene hasnt agreed with many of Trumps decisions and policies including his support of automatic assault rifles, which Greene described as weapons of mass destruction," andthe presidents appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Palm Beach Democrat Bram Majtlis said hebelieves Biden and Harris will work to protect the rights of LGBTQ people, including the legality of same-sex marriages. He and his husband, Nick Gold, were together more than 30 years before they got married a year ago.

    The LGBTQ community will be in good hands with this new ticket, Majtlis said.

    Democrats, he added, must work to bridge the divides that characterized the contentious election. Bidens maturity and his reputation as a centrist, Majtlis said, will help that effort.

    We should reach out our hand to make one America," Majtlis said. "I think we need to be civil, and civility has been lacking over the last four years.

    Nancy Brinker, a lifelong Republican and former U.S. ambassador to Hungary, also expressed hope for conciliation.

    "Whether youre a Republican, Democratic or independent, we can all take a strong measure of gratification and pride from the record turnout and participation that we have witnessed in our democratic process," she said. "I am especially heartened by the record number of women who were elected to office and the message that sends to young girls across the country."

    Brinker, who also served as chief of protocol at the State Department, said the world looks to America for leadership, and that means the different sides must work together.

    "It is my hope that our elected leaders in Washington, regardless of party, understand that collaboration in the name of freedom and progress is no vice. There is far more that unites our great nation than divides us, she said.

    Foster, the Democratic interior decorator, made national news when she was the sole person to show up in June for what she thought would be a Palm Beach protest against the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died while being detained by police in Minneapolis.

    She said she is hoping Biden can help heal divisions in the country. Hes always been an across-the-aisle man, she said.

    Perhaps the last word belongs to Bill Bone, who took a uniquely Palm Beach view.

    "I'm glad the election has been called so I can stop talking about this and start loving my neighbors again," he said."I will never again get upset when it seems like all we worry about is parking, leaf blowers, beach sand, and the size of the second story on the new house down the street."

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    Staff writer Greg Stepanich contributed to this report.

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