Man caves-the place where guys can kick back, relax, and be themselves-are so popular that there's now a TV show, Man Caves on the DIY Network, dedicated to them. And whether you're looking to carve out your own new cave or renovate an already existing retreat, there are key items every guy's special spot should have. Here are six of them.
Whether it's an old beat up La-Z-Boy from the frat house or a sleek new leather-upholstered home theater recliner, a comfortable chair from which to watch the ball game is a must. Want the bells and whistles on your own bad boy? Purchase one like the gallery massage chair shown here ($500), which includes a convenient cup holder, built-in speakers, USB port, and slot into which you can slide your Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest issues.
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We don't need to tell you, but we'll say it anyway: Bigger is definitely better when it comes to flat-screens. If you don't have one already, splurge on a
Man caves-the place where guys can kick back, relax, and be themselves-are so popular that there's now a TV show, Man Caves on the DIY Network, dedicated to them. And whether you're looking to carve out your own new cave or renovate an already existing retreat, there are key items every guy's special spot should have. Here are six of them.Read More »from 6 Man Cave Essentials
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Haven – Tue, Jun 22, 2010 10:54 PM EDT
Could you imagine paying $75 million for a house? No? Well, how about $75 for an unfinished house?
This 90,000-square-foot home is for sale outside of Orlando, Florida--as is--the AP reports. It has 23 bathrooms, 13 bedrooms, 10 kitchens, and three pools. The owners and timeshare tycoon David Siegel calls his halted creation "Versailles," which is billed as the largest home for sale in the United States. Florida's housing market has been hit hard in the recession, even at the top end, clearly, if Siegel stopped construction on the mansion. Some other features, besides nearly two bathrooms for every bedroom, are a 20-car garage and...
- a bowling alley
- an indoor roller rink
- a movie theater
- a video arcade
- a fitness center
- a baseball field
- two tennis courts
- a bowling alley
- Emily Hsieh, Shine staff | Haven – Tue, Jun 22, 2010 5:52 PM EDT
The biggest trend in patio décor to emerge in the last couple years is the outdoor rug. I'm all for them: just as they would indoors, these floor coverings make any space look more cozy and more finished, and the latest crop are so much better-looking and more durable than ever. They're also a very
- Candy Spelling, Shine contributor | Haven – Mon, Jun 21, 2010 6:02 PM EDT
I have been away from home more in the last few months than I can ever remember traveling before. The reason was that I became a first-time producer -- which is ironic because my husband was the most prolific producer in television history.Read More »from Candy Spelling gets decorating tips from the set of her new Broadway musical
My producing assignment was the show Promises, Promises, which opened on Broadway in April for the first time in 42 years. The delightful musical comedy, starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth, was based on a popular movie called "The Apartment," as the musical adapted with a hilarious script by Neil Simon and music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Much of the story takes place in Chuck Baxter's apartment, as Sean's character finds out that loaning out his apartment to executives in his company can help advance his career.
So much thought and care went into Chuck's apartment, as it played such an important visual role in telling the stories of the characters. Like my own home, it had to become a haven.
Scott Pask, the incredibly talented
- Emily Hsieh, Shine staff | Haven – Fri, Jun 18, 2010 1:25 PM EDT
Grant K. Gibson
Lately I've been noticing a curious new trend within the interior design community: backlash against the toilet paper holder, something I hadn't really given any thought to until recently. Top decorators like Rita Konig in New York (who also pens a column in The New York Times, where she wrote about her "loathe" of the bathroom accessory) and Grant K. Gibson in San Francisco have been leading the anti-TP holder charge, and curious to hear more about why, I phoned the latter.
"They're ugly and stick out far too much," Gibson declares. "They just get in the way, and I'm not into their usual space-age industrial look. Why not put toilet paper in something more interesting?" Gibson solves this issue in his own bathroom by replacing his with a vintage trophy. "I happened to have a trophy cup in the right size, and it makes it look special and unique rather than boring," he says.
He gives back-up rolls the special treatment too: "If you're like me and have relatively small storageRead More »from Designer pet peeve: the toilet paper holder (and how to give yours a stylish makeover)
A friend tipped me off to the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser a couple years ago, swearing it was the most genius cleaning tool she'd ever encountered. Her endorsement was so convincing I ran out and bought one on the spot. I've been using mine regularly to remove any kind of wall scuffs, and it's worked brilliantly. Last weekend when I happened to be visiting another friend, I discovered a couple new uses for the product (I watched as she buffed the rubbery tip of her Converse sneakers with one, and then also used it to clean a pair of white flip-flops-neither of which I ever would have thought of), which prompted me to research the many ways they can be utilized in and around your home. Click on to see a list of 30 ideas to make the most of a Magic Eraser. I'm curious: How are you using yours?
1. Clean the interior of a cooler
2. Remove sticky residue peeling off stickers leaves behind
3. Clean light-colored suede
4. Take off scuff marks on baseboards
5. CleanRead More »from How do you use your magic eraser?
Our little heiress is growing up. Esquire got an exclusive tour of Paris Hilton's mini-mansion - pets, Bentleys, and all. Don't miss even more photos of Paris's home - including a few of the princess of pink herself - here at Esquire.com.Read More »from Inside Paris Hilton's Mini-Mansion
The tour begins, cordially enough, in the drawing room of her house. There are pictures, images, likenesses everywhere. Many are of Paris herself - only the hottest justify display. Many are of Paris and her friends. Paris and Mariah. Paris and Jessica. Paris and Carmen. Paris and Fergie. Paris and Nicole and Nicky, each of them in its own fun frame.
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"My house is kind of like a reflection of my life and my accomplishments and what I've done," Paris says in her serious voice. "And I've done it all on my own. When my parents and my grandfather came over for the first time, I was so proud. It just feels good to like walk around and be like ... I earned all this, you know? I see some
Watching Carolina's video with Rocco Dispirito this morning, I've got backyard barbeques on my mind. Though Rocco showed us how to make a tasty low-cal popsicle alternative for dessert using fresh berries and yogurt, one of my all-time favorite indulgences is still ice cream. This year I'm seriously
Rocco Dispirito is one of my favorite chefs and a lot of fun around the outdoor grill. Today he's sharing some of his favorite summer grilling recipes, secrets and tips with Make Home A Haven.
Rocco's summer grilling tips:
#1 Always marinate. It brings out the best of whatever you're grilling. Simple orange marmalade is an easy go to marinade because it has a good balance of sweet and sour.
#2 Salt food with a far and high toss for even coverage. (Watch how he does it in this episode.) If you salt your food directly over it, you'll get uneven salt patches.
#3 Pour olive oil on a cloth napkin and use it to prep and make your grill non-stick. Rocco also demonstrates this cool tip in this episode.
#4 Rocco saysRead More »from Summer Grilling with Rocco Dispirito
cNo piece of outdoor furniture is more essential than the lounge chair. It's where one can relax, read a book, browse the net, or temper the tan. Here is my take on the best summer loungers on land, air or water.
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