SHEN Beauty Opens in Brooklyn for Discovering Emerging Beauty Brands

In the heart of New York’s arguably most creative and vibrant borough, SHEN Beauty recently opened the doors to its new location, inviting beauty lovers and wellness seekers to discover a plethora of under-the-radar brands curated by founder Jessica Richards. The 1550-square-foot space was designed by retail design and branding studio Mythology (formerly Partners & Spade), who chose to use sustainable plywood as the material of choice for creating a laid-back, elegant and androgynous environment.

The store is split into three sections: the left wall offers a self-guided search for products with hand-written recommendations from Jessica herself, the middle space features islands for exploration and discovery, and the right wall is reserved for treatments. For design aficionados with a keen eye, you’ll notice modern furnishings punctuate the interiors, like Lindsey Adelman sconces and purposes stools by Thonet from the 1950s. Murals by artist Petra Börner greet shoppers as they walk … Read the rest

The 5 Best Leather Sofa Brands You Should Choose From

Leather upholstery is the ultimate luxury for a piece of furniture. It looks beautiful in any style living room, and unlike fabric, it gets better as it ages. However, leather is also an investment, and you want to be sure that you’ve chosen your purchase well before spending the money. 

We’re here to help! Whether you’re buying a leather loveseat, three-seater, or sectional sofa, we’ve got the top-rated brands to help you make your selection. 

Since we already covered our favorite individual leather sofas of 2020, here we’ll share the brands that offer the best leather sofas in terms of quality, style, value, durability, and customer service.

The Best Overall Sofas of 2020

Our team evaluated price, quality, comfort and additional features to bring you the best new sofas available now.

The 5 Common Leather Grades

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10 Bold, Colorful Accessories for Your Home Inspired by Ptolemy Mann’s Textile Art

We came across this woven textile art piece by UK-based Ptolemy Mann and fell hard for its vibrant color palette and gradient pattern. Your eyes bounce from color to color, taking special note of each color blending into the next one. The energetic hues offer a happy escape that will definitely have you seeking out anything and everything in bright, saturated colors. Since none of us will be able to take this massive piece home, we searched for some home furnishings that reflect the bold colors seen in Mann’s work. Take a look.

>>> Sottovolto Rug by Portego <<< Starting at $2745
Inspired by the water that interacts with architecture in Venice, this bold rug not only boasts geometrics in the pattern, but in the shape of the rug, also. It’s bound to liven up any room it’s placed in with its vibrant color palette and unique design.

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Professionals Share Best Tips For Home Painting

Many homeowners believe painting is a simple job anyone can do. However, it requires a lot of patience, experience, and skill to give your home a great finish. It takes more than just smearing paint all over the walls and hoping for the best. There is a lot to painting preparation and execution that makes this chore best suited for a professional.

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the ideal paint job for your home. Sometimes your favorite color won’t also be the best choice for any room. If you want to follow a certain theme or design, there is a pallet you’ll need to turn to to make sure everything fits. A professional company such as Painterly will be able to help you out by offering a pallet that best fits your room.

However, if you are working on a budget and cannot afford a … Read the rest

Best 5 Sofas for Heavy People (or A Lot of People)

If you’re a heavy person, one of the most important features to take note of when shopping for a comfortable sofa for your living room is whether or not it has a high weight capacity. If it doesn’t, you’ll put more wear on it early on, shortening the lifecycle and potentially even breaking it.

Each piece of furniture is made differently so the things you want to keep an eye out for on a high-quality sofa are high-density foam used in the cushioning and a solid hardwood or steel construction. 

In this article, we’re going to share some of the best brands for heavy-duty sofas including Allform, Modway, Homelegance, Wayfair, and Bassett.

5 Best Couches for Heavy People Consumers Loved This Year

1. Custom Sofas by Allform

Photo courtesy of Allform

Price: Starting at $1595
Weight Capacity: Not available
Where To Buy: Allform’s website

What real customers loved about the

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Revitalizing Biodiversity with 3D-Printed Coral Tiles

Following the 3D-printed footsteps of previous efforts to save coastal marine biodiversity utilizing technology and biomimicry, architects and marine scientists at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have jointly developed a novel method for coral restoration making use of specially designed 3D-printed artificial ‘reef tiles’ for attachment by corals to enhance their chance of survival in the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park in Hong Kong waters.

A project commissioned by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to combat bio-erosion of essential coral habitat home to more than 120 fish species, architects from HKU’s Robotic Fabrication Lab, under the Fabrication and Material Technologies Lab of the Faculty of Architecture, and marine scientists from the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) of the Faculty of Science at HKU collaborated to develop reef tiles printed with intricate detailing optimized to invite live coral attachment.

The reef tiles were 3D-printed using reef-safe terracotta, … Read the rest

The 5 Best Sofa Beds Available Right Now

For those living in small spaces who may not have the extra guest room, or are using it as storage space, never fear! You can have overnight guests in your living room with a pull-out bed.

The days of having to keep an air mattress are over because we have the top picks for sleeper sofas at reasonable price points so you can have the best of both worlds. Lounging in the day time, and a cozy place for guests to sleep at night.

The Best Overall Sofas of 2020

Our team evaluated price, quality, comfort and additional features to bring you the best new sofas available now.

The brands we plan to share with you today include West Elm, Innovation, IKEA, Allmodern, and Urban Outfitters.

5 Best Sleeper Sofas Consumers Loved This Year

1. West Elm Shelter Queen

Price: Starting at $2199
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Camille Walala Brings Her Vibrant Aesthetic to East London High Street

As summer draws to a close and London begins to come alive again after lockdown, residents will notice an East London high street that’s undergone a major transformation. Famed artist Camille Walala and art collective Wood Street Walls joined forces to enliven an entire block of Leyton High Road with one of London’s largest public art projects called Walala Parade. To make it happen, a community-led crowdfunding campaign via Spacehive raised £40K to transform the once bland block filled with shops. Even the Mayor of London pledged £25K to help bring the project to life!

In addition to the project being community funded, it was also community-designed, as they invited Londoners to vote on favorites to aid in the final design.

Well known for her iconic public installations and large-scale murals, Walala brought her signature aesthetic of bold, bright colors and graphic patterns in hopes of helping to resurrect … Read the rest

Smart Strategies for Canadian First Time Home Buyers

Buying a home is a huge investment that requires a lot of money and time. If you are a Canadian first time home buyer, you must pay attention to details to ensure that you make an informed and calculated decision. It will help if you consider every critical aspect to make your investment secure.

Here are a few smart strategies mentioned for Canadian first time home buyers.

Savings

You must start saving as early as possible if you plan to buy a home in Canada. The main costs of buying a home with your savings include down payment, move-in expense, and closing costs. The down payment will depend upon the type of mortgage and lender you choose. You can use an online down payment calculator to have a clear idea about the total cost that you need to cover. The move-in expense incorporates immediate home repairs, furnishings, and upgrades. And … Read the rest

The Best Time to Buy Living Room Furniture (and When to Avoid Shopping)

When shopping for new furniture, it can be a challenge to find options that suit your style and your budget. Our recommendation? Take your time – this isn’t something you want to rush.

Also, if what you’re looking for isn’t on sale now, it might be in a few months. One of the easiest ways to find a great deal on your new furniture is to wait for the right time, seasonally, to purchase living room furniture. 

There are certain times of the year when furniture sales are more plentiful and you can save more money during this period. Today we’ll show you when the best time to buy furniture is and when you should avoid shopping.

The Best Times to Buy Living Room Furniture

The best time of the year for buying furniture is at the beginning of the year or toward the end of summer. This is because … Read the rest