Category: Room Make Over

Why vacation homes have become more work and less play

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live and work – and that’s prompting changes in the way custom builders are designing new vacation homes.

Rustic log cabins, tiny bohemian abodes and wine cellars have become less popular in the pandemic era as vacation-home buyers want more of the following amenities: 

  • More bedrooms and ensuites to accommodate extended families
  • Multi-function rooms that can be used for home-schooling or for
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Unbelievable DIY mistakes you won’t believe


These ridiculous design fails will have you doing a double-take. Whether down to bad planning or terrible execution, these houses have been struck down by shoddy fittings, low standards and inexplicable additions to rooms. So, take a deep breath before you click or scroll through our roundup of the world’s worst home design fails…



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If You’re Tired Of Your Decor, Consider The Bold Style Of Balenciaga Collaborator Crosby Studios

Crosby Studios Home is a lifestyle brand for these fraught and frazzled times.

When reality is a hybrid of real, virtual and augmented, Harry Nuriev believes people crave comfort, stimulation, clarity, calm and a sexy personal story for their living spaces.

“Crosby Studios Home is about thoughtfully curating objects for our [living spaces] and discovering new parts of ourselves in the process,” said Nuriev. “The collection also seeks to add new energy into the home with expressive

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Team effort produced Nats ace’s Virginia showcase

“It has direct river access and a 180-degree view of the water,” Cooke told Home & Design magazine, which featured the house in a 2019 issue. “We felt it was ideal for what the homeowners wanted to build.”

Scherzer — a three-time Cy Young Award winner who was part of the Nationals’ 2019 World Series-winning team — and his wife wanted a home that would be not only kid-friendly but also pet-friendly. In addition to their two daughters — Brooklyn and Kacey — they have four dogs and two cats.

Distinguished homes for sale in the D.C. region

McLean modern
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Expert shares how to buy a gaming chair

Thanks to a certain pandemic, many people have spent the better part of the year working from home — often in less-than-ideal situations. If you’ve finally decided to build a more long-term home office, a desk chair is one of the most important purchases you’ll make. But as you browse, you’ll probably see a lot of snazzy “gaming” chairs lumped in with the more boring, traditional office chairs — if you’re looking for the latter, there are some things to keep in mind before adding it to your cart.

What is a gaming chair?

There’s nothing particularly unique about

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