When it comes to our homes, there eventually comes a time when we all need to invest in a face-lift. Whether it was simply a fresh coat of paint, or an entire external revamp, you all showed us that there's a lot of hard work, dedication, and pride that comes with being the best-looking house on the block. Here is a look at the top picks for curb-appeal remodels in our fifth-annual Reader Remodel Contest, chosen by the editors at This Old House.
See ALL our favorite curb appeal before and afters from the 2012 Reader Remodel contest at ThisOldHouse.com!
1. Before: The Winner! A Colorful Queen Anne Restoration
Who: Diana K.
Where: Bloomington, IL
She wanted to preserve this 1894 Queen Anne house, for which demolition was imminent. In order to do that, she purchased and moved the house to a vacant double lot in 2004.
After: The Winner! A Colorful Queen Anne Restoration
She and her family successfully restored the house to its 1894 appearance, and we have created an authentic landscape
When it comes to our homes, there eventually comes a time when we all need to invest in a face-lift. Whether it was simply a fresh coat of paint, or an entire external revamp, you all showed us that there's a lot of hard work, dedication, and pride that comes with being the best-looking house on the block. Here is a look at the top picks for curb-appeal remodels in our fifth-annual Reader Remodel Contest, chosen by the editors at This Old House.Read More »from 5 DIY Curb Appeal Before and Afters
by Brandi Savitt - June 7, 2012
Affordable Funding for the Arts
At this point, most of you have probably heard about Kickstarter and the trend of crowd funding. But what do you really know about this Fab & Fru way to become part of a creative community that helps make cool projects a reality?
When our friends Caroline and Ian announced their Kickstarter campaign last week to raise $10,000 to help finish their documentary on the famous Catskills Resort- Kutsher's - (think Dirty Dancing), we got inspired by their story and the power of Kickstarter…
For the last five years, Caroline and Ian have been capturing the magic of a time gone by in Jewish American and entertainment history. And now, if all goes as planned, by June 27th they will have enough funds raised from friends, family, and creativity enthusiasts like you to complete their film Welcome to Kutsher's - and release this extraordinary time capsule for the world toRead More »from Kick Start Your Creativity
- The Daily Muse | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jun 8, 2012 1:56 PM EDT
Starting and running a new business isn't for everyone-but regardless of your career, there's something to be said for the "entrepreneurial spirit." A little entrepreneurial zeal can give you a distinct advantage in your professional life, whether or not you think you'd ever strike out on our own. So how do you train your corporate mind to think more like a business owner? Try these five easy ways.
1. Get PassionateEntrepreneurs tend to be immensely passionate about their work-and in the long-term, this is the key to career success and fulfillment in any field. So, if you're spending most of the day dreaming about how you'd rather be doing something else, think about how you might be able to "pivot" your career. (Need help deciding if you're on the right track? Answer these 15 questions to know for sure.) Look for ways you can take what you have and put it to better use doing something else. Could you translate your position to another industry? Transition to another department in Read More »from 5 Ways to Think like an Entrepreneur in Your Career
- HealthyChild.org | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jun 8, 2012 1:21 PM EDT
Bisphenol A, or BPA for short, has been in the spotlight for decades, with both the chemical industry and occasionally the federal government touting its safety, while independent, non-industry funded scientific studies show us how dangerous the chemical truly is. The latest news regarding BPA is no different, with new independent studies showing that the common chemical has the potential to increase the risk of breast cancer when exposure occurs in the womb.
BPA is a common chemical used primarily in the production of plastics, such as baby bottles, canned goods (lining the inside of cans), soda bottles, and other common plastic goods that typically hold food or beverages (although it is found in countless other polycarbonate plastic products, including medical devices). It helps preserve the life of perishable goods, but comes at a dangerous cost to human health.
The chemical easily leaches out of plastic,Read More »from Is Your Water Bottle Giving You Cancer? New Study Reveals Shocking BPA Dangers
With all of the setbacks, distractions and negativity surrounding us today, it is easy to lose sight of our goals. Remind yourself that you only have one life to live and that you are worthy of happiness. What is holding you back from feeling beautiful and living a beautiful life? Change your attitude and start focusing on all of the positive things that you have to offer and all of the great things that are around you. You don't ever want to look back on your life with regrets, wondering how things could have been. Write down what you cannot change- for instance, how tall or short you are or what kind of family you were born into - and learn to accept it. Then, write down the things that you CAN change, focus on them, and take action. Find motivation, surround yourself with good people and start taking initiative to feel and live a beautiful life. http://www.FedeBelle.com/
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"
- Bespoke Jewellery | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jun 8, 2012 4:59 AM EDT
Engagement occasion being the prior stage to the wedding plays an utmost role in making your relationships deeper and stronger. So don't you think that the ring you are gifting to your partner should be something which would create more affection for you in his/her heart? Well I will tell you one of my experiences that at the time of my engagement what I did?
Engagement RingThe most surprising event was that at the time of mine engagement, I came to knew that just a day before, that I had my engagement tomorrow. As when I was going on with my job in New York, USA, at the time when I got the vacations, I thought to go home. There the next day of the vacation I left for home. On reaching there I came to knew that the next day I had my engagement. All the arrangement were made early by my father and my brother. Though I knew her earlier, but still I was surprised. So, rather than I would have indulged in some other work, I just picked up my car and went to the famous jewelry shop in Bespoke alongRead More »from Bespoke Engagement Rings Can Be the Choice of Your Unique Jewelry
- Fancuo Qq | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jun 8, 2012 3:49 AM EDT
He finally won that Defensive Player of the Year award he coveted Wednesday, rewarded for his part in turning the New York Knicks from one of the league's worst into a solid defensive team.
（beats by dre ）''I think that's a lot of why I'm getting the recognition, is because I'm kind of able to change the culture, I've been able to change the culture along with my teammates and coaching staff,'' Chandler said.
Chandler beat out Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka and three-time defending champion Dwight Howard of Orlando to become the first Knicks player to win the award.
The Knicks ranked in the NBA's top 11 teams in both opponents' field goal percentage and points allowed. They gave up an average of 94.7 points, an improvement of 11 per game from the 105.7 they surrendered in 2010-11, when they tied for 27th in the league.
'To me it's really a team thing. I know I'm hereRead More »from Yellow Red Lamboghini Beats by Dre Studio from Monster
- Fancuo Qq | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jun 8, 2012 3:42 AM EDT
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MONTREAL (beats by dre ) Michel Therrien is coach of the Montreal Canadiens again, a home-grown product who rejoins a storied franchise that fell to last place this season and angered many Francophone fans across Quebec over a previous coaching hire.
Therrien, a Montreal native, succeeds Randy Cunneyworth. He coached the Canadiens from 2000 until he was replaced by Claude Julien in 2003.
The announcement Tuesday ended weeks of speculation over the choice by new general manager Marc Bergevin. Former NHL coach Marc Crawford and the popular former goaltender Patrick Roy, now coach and general manager of the junior Quebec Remparts, were also believed to be top candidates.
Therrien has been working in television since he was let go by the Pittsburgh Penguins a few weeks before their run to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He inherits a Canadiens team that went 31-35-16 this season, finished last in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
I'd go for the parfait, thank you very much. Perhaps my choice isn't surprising, considering I spend most of my time trying to resist dessert or chastising myself for indulging. And it looks like I'm not alone.
Related: Editors' Best Lipstick Finds
A new study shows that lipsticks named after food, beverages, sex, and romance -- think Succulent Lychee and Hot Mama -- sell way more than names like Petal Pink.
Researchers categorized the names of 1,722 lipsticks from 52 national brands in order to "understand how meaning is constructed through lipstick naming."
Lipsticks with sweet names like Sugared Plum, Vanilla Brownie, and Raspberry Glace make up the biggest sales (24 percent); those that subliminally invite women to experience an "orgasm," be a "sexy mother pucker," or "x-pose" herself make up 10 percent of all sales. In contrast,Read More »from Do You Buy a Lipstick Because of Its Name?
On the first episode of her new talk show, Bethenny Frankel addressed rumors head-on that she and husband Jason are headed for divorce. Watch her entire premiere episode, June 11th on FOX!
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