Maria Mastrolonardo, Realtor

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Californian Artist Tom Holland's Former Midcentury Hits the Market at $1.25M

The entire home boasts midcentury-modern charm. Yet, it's the master bathroom that steals the show.<p>Built by Berkeley–based architect Jorgen Elmer in 1964 for renowned artist Tom Holland as a studio and home for his family, the 2,395-square-foot residence in Berkeley Hills, California, has been …

Mid-Century modern

A Carefully Restored Midcentury Hits the Market at $415K in Savannah, Georgia

This award-winning midcentury has been carefully remodeled, and even comes with a contemporary detached office in the backyard.<p>Inspired by the work of Joseph Eichler, architect-builder John Ahern created this three-bedroom, two-bath home in 1954.<p>After being updated over the years with careful …

Frank Lloyd Wright

This Simple Email Trick Can Save You Hours a Day

1 Second Everyday co-founder Cesar Kuriyama has a hack that takes 10 minutes, but will save you from email overload<p>Your inbox is one of the most dangerous places to start your day. As one entrepreneur put it, starting with your email is like handing today's agenda to someone else. It automatically …

This 1 Habit Will Make Your Sunday Less Stressful, And Your Monday More Productive

That's not such a difficult habit, is it?<p>People who don't make progress toward their goals all share 1 thing in common:<p>They never sit down and reflect on what <i>isn't</i> working.<p>Instead, unproductive (and often times stressed-out and unhappy) people stay caught in a vicious cycle of always looking to the …

Dwell Community’s Top 20 Homes of 2017

These astounding homes will have you doing double takes.<p>If you're ever at a loss for architectural inspiration, look no further than the Add a Home channel on Dwell.com, where designers, architects, and proud homeowners can share their abodes with the wider community. The top 20 homes, rounded up …

Architecture

10 home design trends to watch out for in 2018, according to Houzz

Believe it or not, New Year's is just around the corner, and while you're deciding on your annual resolutions, the design world is setting its sights on what styles will be big in 2018.<p>The home remodeling and design platform Houzz is ahead of the game, recently having released its top 10 …

Home Decorating

5 Charming Kitchen Makeover Tricks (No Reno Required!)

Designer Lauren Leiss used natural finishes and simple displays to put everyone at ease in this North Carolina kitchen.<p><b>Pare Down Color</b><p>"I let the …

These 30 Hull pets are winning at Christmas outfits

Animal lovers across Hull have dressed up their pooches and their pussycats to show that everybody in the family can get into the festive spirit.<p>We …

17 Books Read by Incredibly Successful People

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or need inspiration yourself, these books come highly recommended by executives who thrive on self-improvement.<p>Whether you're looking for the perfect gift, or need inspiration yourself, these books come highly recommended by executives who thrive on …

The most beautiful home for sale in every state in America

Hidden — and not so hidden — gems spring onto the real estate market daily across the country. From the alpine peaks of Wyoming to the rocky shores …

Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!

<i>By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine</i>Bamboo is making its way into more home interiors. From flooring, window treatments to wall accents, …

Flooring

How to replace your old, outdated 3-way light switches

Archaic light switches might as well be from the stone age. All they do is turn a light on and off. They can't dim lighting gently or remember the brightness level you prefer. Outdated switches don't play nicely with LED bulbs either. The solution? Swap them for modern switches.<p>This guide will take …

After a surprise loss, Oak Park home flipper nearly flopped. Here's what she learned the hard way.

This is the alternate ending.<p>Over the last year and a half, I wrote a column for the Tribune recounting my experience living the dream — an untutored layperson flipping a house for the first time. Each month I wrote about port-a-potties and plumbing fixtures, countertops and coach houses. My final …

These Are the 20 Most Popular Dog Names of 2017

While naming your human child is arguably a more important decision, we infinitely respect the Daily Treat for serving up some much-needed fur-baby …

The Real Cost of Time (and How to Create More of It)

The cost is significant, the solution is lucrative (and at your disposal)<p>Lately, everywhere I go, I hear the conversation of time come up. Over and over again. <i>"I'm out of time," "ran out of time," "need more time," "have no time," "lost track of time,"</i> all offered in the context of a goal not met, …

TED Talks

An Inspirational Guide to Farmhouse Christmas Decor

Think of the most traditional Christmas you can imagine. We would guess that images of going home to a house in a snowy field comes to mind. An old …

Sash Replacement Kit: A Little-Known Fix-It for Bad or Broken Windows

Did you know that instead of investing in expensive replacement windows you can buy something called a sash replacement kit? Yes, you can bypass the …

5 Morning Rituals to Boost Your Productivity

The world's most successful people start their day at 4 a.m. If that's not your cup of tea, you can still master your morning at the office with these daily rituals.<p>Want to get a fast start to your day? Before you jet out the door and into the frantic pace of your work routine, getting that …

Hillside House No. 3

Hawaii<p>White walls, splashes of color, and vintage furniture are a winning recipe for this Hawaiian remodel.<p>With the help of salvaged materials and furniture, this Hawaiian home achieves what's often impossible: modern elegance but with a comfort that feels immediately worn-in and familiar. The …

Los Angeles

This Nashville Couple Showed Us How to Downsize in Style

They spent years planning before they broke ground.<p>As Michelle and Nick Spiva’s three boys left home and headed off to college, the Nashville couple …

Check Out This Surprise (!!!) Apartment Reno in New York City

A designer totally transformed her mother-in-law's one-bedroom—in secret<p>Many New Yorkers jump the overcrowded ship to sunny California. Goodbye to the city that never sleeps, hello to the city of angels. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? Then there are the brave people who decide to make the move in the …

Looking to Buy a Home? First, Check Off These Milestones

Updated November 22, 2017<p>Buying a home for the first time is exciting. So much so, that the anticipation of homeownership often overshadows the …

Rent No More! 10 U.S. Cities With Huge Increases in Homeownership

It's time to tune out the chatter, the doom, and certainly the gloom: The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Really.<p>But that doesn't …

Real Estate

7 Productivity Apps That Will Make Your Life More Efficient

Ever reach the end of the day and wonder where all your time went?I keep reading articles where the author points out that all of us—from …

Apps

Keep Ants Out of Your Pet's Food by Putting It in a Second Bowl

A few weeks ago we had a few days of rain in San Francisco, which is actually a pretty rare occurrence. All that water resulted in a colony of ants …

The Productivity Tricks Of Seven Successful Entrepreneurs

Successful entrepreneurs have a lot of things in common; one is knowing how to make the best use of their time. When the clock is ticking and they are under pressure to deliver, many have a favourite productivity hack to ensure things get done on time. Here, seven entrepreneurs share their tried …

Time Management

Make Your Kitchen Feel More Open With This Magic Design Move

We love tricks of the eye, and ways to make your spaces magically look larger and more airy. Open islands are one of those secrets, and offer not …

Kitchens

Paint Color Trends for 2018

01 of 22<p>Discover the 2018 Paint Color Trends<p>With 2018 here, there’s no better time to start thinking about all of the fun ways you can refresh your …

How 17 Celebrities' Pets Celebrate the Holidays

During the holiday season, we get endless inspo from a quick scroll through Instagram—especially when it comes to celebrities’ festive celebrations. …

Steps to Take for a Smoother, Low-Stress Move with Pets

Moving is nerve-wracking enough for the humans of the family. Can you imagine the stress on our furry friends when they're uprooted from the homes …

Pets