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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Midcentury Marvel Attracts a Huge Audience

A perfectly preserved midcentury modern home in Portland, OR, featured in the TV show “Shrill” has come on the market for $639,000.

Don’t bet on it selling at that price, which seems like a bargain basement rate compared to homes in California of a similar era.

After only a week, the famous home has already been scheduled for 70 showings and has multiple offers, according to the listing agent, Lori Fenwick with Premiere Property Group.

Fenwick says that the amount of attention from potential buyers is probably due to the show, where the property features as the home of the

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How to Master the Art of Scandinavian Design, According to Experts

Photo credit: Courtesy of Liza Laserow
Photo credit: Courtesy of Liza Laserow

From Veranda

Between fashion brands like Ganni, Stine Goya, and By Malene Birger dominating the style landscape; companies like Ikea bringing functional home design to the masses; and architectural firms like Bjarke Ingels Group reshaping the way we view and build our cities, it’s needless to say Scandinavian design is taking over. And we’re expecting an interest in Scandinavian design to continue growing as the world sees a greater need for sustainable, soul-soothing design to make our homes—and the world—better places to live and thrive.

We talked to authors of three Scandinavian design books,

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Fans are Flooding the Last Man Standing Instagram with Questions About A Home Improvement Reboot

Photo credit: ABC Photo Archives - Getty Images
Photo credit: ABC Photo Archives – Getty Images

From Country Living

  • Tim Allen offered a fun surprise for fans of Home Improvement on a recent episode of his current show, Last Man Standing.

  • After reprising his role as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, fans are wondering if this means more new Home Improvement content is in the works.

Home Improvement fans have not let their enthusiasm for the show wane after all these years—what can we say, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor holds a special place in our hearts! So naturally when Tim Allen brought his Home Improvement character

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Christina Anstead Says She Plans to Open up a Wellness Center Within the Next Year

Photo credit: Christina: Stronger by Design/ discovery+
Photo credit: Christina: Stronger by Design/ discovery+

From Prevention

Christina Anstead has big plans for 2021! On the premiere episode of Christina: Stronger by Design, which is now streaming on discovery+, the home design star has brunch in her backyard with her long-time best friend Cassie Zebisch, as well as her current makeup artist-turned-friend Shannon Houston. The ladies reflect on their past year spent at home and their goals moving forward.

“I really want to open up a wellness center by this time next year,” Anstead reveals to her friends. “Like start it, buy it… like a piece of

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