Design: Here’s how to think about decorating your living room

Open-concept living spaces—like in this condo in the Blum building—offer different decorating challenges than formal living rooms did long ago. (Photo courtesy of Everhart Studio)

The living room has historically been an over-decorated room used mainly to receive and impress visitors. This room was a status symbol for outside guests, which is why the decor was typically dressed up or done to the nines.

But the American living room has changed a lot in the last two or three decades. In today’s homes, we see less and less the idea of a formal living room—aside from older homes or exceptionally large homes, where square footage and budgets are of no consequence. For the rest of us, lifestyles have evolved, and formal living rooms are things of the past.

Today’s living room has morphed into a grouping of several different rooms into one. The living room, dining room and kitchen have

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Meet the Winners – The Culture of Living: The Inspired Kitchen Contest

For Gaggenau, The Inspired Kitchen is a contest that pays homage to the heart of the home by inspiring design that assures, entertains, and sparks conversation. Designers were invited to put their creativity and design philosophy to the test by creating a culinary space where luxury is expressed through emotion, materials, craftsmanship, and aesthetics. Each designer submitted 3-to-6 kitchen illustrations, renderings, or drawings, including three Gaggenau appliances, as well as a written narrative describing their design inspiration and appliance selection. And, in the spirit of giving back, for the first 20 entrants, Gaggenau donated $500 per submission to The James Beard Foundation—an organization whose mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable.

The five winning designs were chosen based on creativity, originality, and functionality:

JENNIE BISHOP – Studio Gild

Jennie Bishop and design partners Melissa Benham and Kristen

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Here’s what people are buying at home goods, home improvement stores and more | Food + Living

COVID-19 is shaping shopping behavior. That’s been bad news for retailers on many fronts — but certainly not all. Here’s a sampling some of the items shoppers have been snapping up for their homes.


Bon appetit

The Shops at Rockvale, located off Route 30 in East Lampeter Township, have seen a lower traffic count than usual over the past few months, says manager Kristi Burkholder. But sales reports show that those shoppers who are there are buying more things — especially if those things are related to eating at home, says Burkholder.

“The kitchen stores are out of control,” she says.

Foodie-focused business is also brisk at Zest! in Lititz. There, manager Elizabeth Elia says shoppers are increasingly investing in quality basics like kitchen scales. Pizza stones also are selling. So is anything having to do with bread.

“They’re getting serious about baking. One item that is selling like crazy

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Lorella design offers spacious living room | Current Prices

An intriguing three-step hipped roof crowns the Lorella, a small home with a surprisingly spacious living room. Its stately brick column works with the brick detailing on the garage to create an attractive frame for the front door and sidelight.

This plan’s narrow footprint, a mere 40 feet in width, allows for construction on a small lot, deeper than it is wide.

Parents with young children will appreciate the close proximity of the bedrooms, all on the right. Bathrooms, utilities, and closets placed down the middle do double duty, serving as sound buffers between the sleeping rooms and the typically noisier active living areas.

Standing in front of the living room’s gas fireplace, you can gaze outside in three directions. Wide multipaned windows fill most of the front wall, sliders at the rear look out across a patio, and another set of windows flanks the fireplace. On days when you

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The content streaming wars come home: Who’ll win your living room – Google, Apple or Amazon?

This week, on the heels of Apple’s and Amazon’s product announcements, Google held its fall devices event, which introduced a handful of products that many people have highly anticipated for a long time.

What does it mean for consumers? My main takeaway from all of this, especially if you bring it into context with what Amazon and Apple have rolled out over the last month, is it’s evident that a content and services war is about to be waged. Consumers will have to make important decisions about what ecosystems they want to be part of and which services go along with those ecosystems. 

Let’s run down what the fronts of this upcoming war are going to look like — and it’s all going to be played out in your living room.

Google TV: Battle for your eyeballs against Apple, Roku, and Amazon

The first thing Google announced is an updated

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Condo Life: Remodeling adds personal touch for condo living

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Remodeling your home can either be a smooth transition or a rocky one, but knowing the specifics of remodeling a condominium is incredibly important, as homeowners have different hurdles to face.

In the 2018 report by Livable.com, 10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Renovating a Condo, the top item on the list is to consult your condo board well in advance. The reason for this is every condo building is different regarding rules and regulations about construction in the building. The condo HOA or board will then inform you of the basic guidelines for what can and can’t be done for renovations, it stated.


Addressed in the report as well are things to be aware of, such as newly constructed buildings may not yet have rules in place for renovations, and you have to be

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RV renovation: Big changes, small decor touches make a motorhome feel homey | Food + Living

After being grounded for months, we’ve become antsy, craving adventure and escape. But with social distancing recommendations still clipping our wings, plane, bus and train travel seem worrisome.

Home still feels safer than anywhere else. What to do? Why, take that home on the open road. That’s precisely what a motorhome or camper lets us do. It’s no wonder that the RV Industry Association reports a sharp uptick in RV sales and rentals.

“Our inventory is down to a dozen vehicles,” says Autumn Quinn, marketing manager of Dylane RV Center, Denver. “Normally we would have about 80 vehicles on the lot. Spontaneity and freedom are key attractions to travel by RV, and they are precisely what families are looking for after all those COVID constraints.”

Lee Vought of Stoltzfus RV of Adamstown agrees. “We have four RVs in the lot. Normally, we’d have 100.”

Dealers say that RV manufacturers are

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Living Room Ideas That Will Liven Up Any Space, Big Or Small – Living Rooms

Photographed by Amy Bartlam.

When we hear the words “living room makeover,” many of us think a few cans of paint and a new sofa — and don’t get us wrong, those two things can work wonders. But creating a welcoming, tranquil space is about so much more than the colors and the furniture. It’s about combining practicality with aesthetic so you can enjoy living in and looking at it at the same time. 

Before you go down a rabbit hole of living room ideas you’ll want to figure out how much space you’re working with. Measuring a room beforehand can save you tons of headaches down the road: You’ll know how many buckets of paint to buy, you can compare your space to similar-sized rooms on the internet, and you can think realistically about that oversized coffee table — before you have a chance to get too attached. 

Once

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Basement Renovation Now Adds Value and Additional Living Space to Homes of all Sizes

Whether You Live in a Rural or Urban Property, Basement Renovation Now Can Restore All Types of Basement.

The team at Basement Renovation Now recognizes that basements are often dead space in properties, with the space dark, cold and used for storage of unnecessary items and junk. But renovating a basement can bring a variety of benefits to a property and in a very short space of time.

One of the major benefits of renovating a basement is the immediate increase it brings to the property’s value. In an urban location, the basement or the attic are often the only ways of increasing the living space within a home, and the basement often comes with the added benefit of being more accessible by all the family. In addition to this, adding value such as this to a property can really differentiate it in a competitive market, and generate many more

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