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Guest Picks: Doggy Decor

I am a self-described “mad dog lady,” and while I have yet to (completely) fill my house with canine-inspired decoration, I am certainly not opposed to it! Listed below are 20 doggy designs that might just find their way into my house sooner than later. Enjoy, fellow dog lovers! — Capree from My Adventure Is The Advantage

Etsy

Midcentury Modern Dog Furniture, Moderate by Modernist Cat – $519

Part dog house, a side table, I am head-over-heels with this piece of doggy furniture!

Etsy

Fire Hydrant Bookends by Knob Creek Metal Arts – $44.99

How I see it, a bit of humor never hurt anyone! Why not have a, um, dog-marking bookend collection?

West Elm

Claudia Pearson Dog Plate, Rectangle – $16

Sun-bathing dachshunds, swimming dachshunds and browsing dachshunds — oh my!

Crypton Home

Doodle Dog Pillow – $40

I am always a fan of switching things up in the decoration department with a fast cushion swap. This doodle dog might be just the thing to bring a few playfulness for your decor!

Gavin Coyle

Companion Rack

Aw, what a good little helper! This magazine/newspaper rack is not only functional, but completely cute.

Binq Design

Bloq White Dog – EUR 299

It’s a negative table/nightstand that doubles as a puppy bed — brilliant.

Naked Decor

Doxie Silhouette Pillow – $45

I’ve never noticed a rainbow-striped dog cushion I did not like! OK, fine, this is the sole rainbow-striped dog pillow I’ve ever observed.

peterfasano.com

Calvin & Lewis Wallpaper from Peter Fasano

If you are really committed to your love of dogs and aren’t afraid to show it, then this playful puppy background is just for you!

Amazon

Offi MyPetLamp Dachshund Accent Lamp – $79

Wiener dogs are just funny, aren’t they? In table lamp form, they are even better!

Barneys New York

Spisani Scottish Terrier Bookends – $265

A pair of these acrylic Scotties is sure to class up the place and keep your books aligned.

Kikkerland Design

USB Poodle Hub – $15

It’s a hub in the shape of a poodle! What is not to adore?

The Spoon Sisters

Dog Bone Shaped Paper Clips – $6.95

Distribute some “mad dog person” cheer into your office partners by affixing these milkbone-shaped paper clips into your TPS reports.

2Modern

Areaware Pug Mini Cushion – $40

You guys. Pugs would be the saddest looking dogs around. Catch a pug cushion and provide a squeeze, will you?

Denhaus

DenHaus BowHaus Modern Dog Crate – $599.99

More side-table-dog-bed-in-one activity! I really like the modern sunburst design on this aluminum number.

Neatoshop

Dog Stapler – $5.45

Officially take matters into a completely different degree of “mad” around the office with one of these dog-shaped staplers. Best when paired with bone paperclips.

Walls and Fabrics

Dog Flock Velvet Wallpaper – $259.95

What is black and white and flocked all over? This great dog breed wallpaper, that’s what!

UncommonGoods

Desktop Dogs – $20

These handy helpers store all of your office supplies in 1 spot. What good dogs!

AREAWARE

Dovetail Dog – $19

An interactive puzzle/toy/objet d’art, this wooden puppy would make a fantastic present for that dog-obsessed buddy of yours.

Doxiegear

Jonathan Adler Dachshund Bowl – $149.95

It’s not a party until the wiener dip bowl is brought out by you! That is a actuality.

Whatshisname

Good Puppy Lamp – GBP 1,000

Yes, this is real. Yes, it’s a desk lamp in the kind of a dog taking a dump. Yes, it’s actually available.

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Newel Post

There is A newel post your post in the end of a balustrade of a stairs. Larger and more decorative than the spindles of the railing, it can encourage the railing on top, bottom and midsection based on the period of the flight.

Rachel Reider Interiors

This newel post was made using a wood turner, which spins the raw timber across a blade and also carves it uniformly.

Siemasko + Verbridge

All these newel posts are Craftsman design, and the diamond depth is repeated in the fretwork of the spindle and the panes of the window.

LDa Interiors & Architecture

The potency of a newel post can encourage the baluster in the base where the railing produces a turn.

Siemasko + Verbridge

A glass ball finial tops this carved-wood newel post with dentil molding.

SUITE New York

The white painted part of this newel post has fluted detail.

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How Bluetooth 4.0 Will Change Remote Control

Wireless technologies have been transforming domestic life since the accessibility of home radios in the 1920s. Ever since then every new type of wireless technologies and each new application has attracted more transformative changes to the home.

Television, by way of example, used to get its signal wirelessly, which allowed its rapid adoption in the 1950s. As the use of cable TV spread, altering a wireless signal into a nonwireless one, wireless remote controls added another advantage.

Vacuum telephones altered when and where you could make and receive calls. Wireless garage door openers and other special-purpose wireless devices subtly enhanced people’s lives in tiny ways. You probably have a Wi-Fi community in your home, which you use to connect computers, laptops, telephones and your TV into the web.

You likely also use another wireless technology called Bluetooth. If you’ve got a wireless headset with your mobile phone, or a wireless keyboard or mouse with your pc, you are using Bluetooth.

Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are geeky technologies functioning invisibly and also behind the scenes to profoundly change houses all over the world. They have eliminated cables, reducing clutter. And they have freed you to put consumer electronics devices everywhere.

Now a technology that is new is going to really change things.

Why the new, enhanced Bluetooth will change your property. The fourth generation of Bluetooth technology is revolutionary. It is not only a bit better than the Bluetooth you are currently using. It is massively better.

Today most chatter about Bluetooth 4.0 is all about complex gadgets, such as the highly anticipated Pebble E-Paper Watch (revealed). The device will utilize Bluetooth 4.0 to let you control your phone, as well as household appliances and press devices like your TV, from the wrist.

Bluetooth 4.0 is also called Bluetooth Smart Ready, and among the greatest things about it is that it uses much less power.

Should you use a wireless mouse or keyboard, you understand that the batteries must be changed or recharged every couple weeks or, at most, every few months. Bluetooth 4.0 would allow them to never need to do anything using batteries. These devices are charged when you start the box and stay charged for more years than you would want to utilize them.

This really is great news, and not simply for idle wireless keyboard users. I will tell you why in a minute.

Where Bluetooth 4.0 comes from. Bluetooth 4.0 is not something you buy at the shop. At some point, one by one, a gazillion gadgets may add or upgrade to the new technologies. The most competitive organization to build Bluetooth 4.0 into its goods is Apple. This is astonishing, since Apple often lags behind other companies in the introduction of new standards and new technologies.

The iPhone 4S was the first phone ever to support Bluetooth 4.0. The present iPad (revealed in usage over) is your first tablet to support it. In fact, every important Apple product, such as notebooks and laptops, shipped in the past year includes Bluetooth 4.0 support.

From the close of the year, we can anticipate every important Bluetooth apparatus, from telephones to tablets to peripheral devices, to support the brand new Bluetooth 4.0 standard.

And that is only the start.

Control4 7-Inch Mobile Touch Screen – $999

What happens when all is connected. The motive Bluetooth 4.0 will totally change everything in the home is that it’s going to accomplish the following feats:

1. It will replace proprietary technologies. A wide selection of home gadgets, from TV remote controls to room temperature thermostats into doorbells, use nonstandard technician to communicate wirelessly. New capabilities in Bluetooth 4.0 will mean all these gadgets may only use the new standard. When that happens, you will be able to easily connect to, monitor and control things with your phone and tablet. Present tablet goods, such as Control4’s 7-Inch Portable Touch Screen (revealed) utilize Wi-Fi or proprietary wireless technologies. Due to these technologies, the use of tablets for controlling things is uncommon. Bluetooth will make home tablet controls and control panels commonplace.

2. It will enable more things to become wireless. Bluetooth 4.0 can allow it to be cheap and easy for companies to add wireless connectivity to random things: lamps, washing machines, refrigerators, coffee makers, air conditioners, ovens and a lot more. You will be able to control and monitor things from your phone or over the Internet that you previously had to control by touching the object.

3. It will let you automate things. Once a product or piece of functional furniture may be controlled through Bluetooth 4.0, it is easily automated. You simply need the software to command it. Your smart mobile and tablet computers are based on an “program” economy, and that means you can expect literally tens of thousands of home-control apps to come out there during the upcoming few decades.

4. It can help appliances speak to one another. With all your stuff connected through Bluetooth 4.0, the appliances in your home can speak to other appliances without your involvement. The thermostat may turn on the air conditioner. An incoming phone call can pause your TV display. The alarm clock by your bed can turn on the coffee machine. The mobile phone in your pocket may turn on the lights in and around your home as you pull in the driveway.

Futurists have been making bold predictions about the coming era of the “smart home” for decades. These visions involve wireless technologies for connecting devices to the world wide web, to user control devices and to each other.

Bluetooth 4.0 is that technologies. And now it’s here.

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Magic Mirrors Emerge From Fairy Tales

With the potential exception of Simpleton’s golden goose, the trendiest fairy tale home accessory ever has got to be the wicked queen’s magical mirror in Snow White.

The Grimm Brothers’ description of this mirror is positively medieval. But in the speech of Silicon Valley, that magic-mirror gadget has been a augmented-reality display with face recognition and a voice-controlled artificial intelligence virtual helper that has been capable of querying remote databases of females ranked by fairness.

Don’t look now, but magical mirrors are not only for wicked queens.

Magic mirrors and magical windows — actually, magical glass surfaces all around the home — will become commonplace, as a result of breathtaking advancements in computers, computer interfaces and, of everything, glass.

It is all about the glass. The top U.S. innovator in glass to consumer electronics, Corning, has developed a technology which enables it to fabricate elastic glass as though it were printing background. The elastic glass is going to be used as a computerized touch coating, theoretically turning any surface — from fridge doors to countertops to entire walls — to smart-touch displays that function like iPad devices. This glass is going to have the moisture permeability, temperature tolerances and clarity of glass but the flexibility and reduced cost of vinyl.

Corning can be developing glass which kills bacteria and viruses on contact, and all different sorts of smart glass technologies. It generated a

#!”> Video about the near future that showcases exactly what will probably be possible when its present research comes to market.

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American Architecture: The Elements of Tudor Style

What it is: First, let us clear this up confusing moniker. When speaking to the architectural design from the U.S., the expression “Tudor” is actually historically imprecise. It refers to not normal buildings of Tudor England (early 16th century) but rather than a style popularized in the USA during the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. ” Furthermore, the design is much more of a catchall term based loosely on many different components from medieval English architecture, from humble cottages to stately manors.

Where to locate it: In cities and suburbs all over the USA.

Why you will enjoy it: With its storybook details (think Hansel and Gretel) and countryside charm (even in the center of major cities), there is no more romantic style.

Cosmetic (or False) Half-Timbering

It is one of the most recognizable features of a Tudor home. Medieval houses in Europe featured walls in which the spaces between the supporting timbers were filled, leaving the construction exposed on the facade. Modern-day homes conceal that arrangement with cladding. The cosmetic half-timbers on Tudor houses are an attempt to mimic authentic medieval structures.

How to make it your own: Adding ornamental half-timbering is a simple, inexpensive way to get a Tudor look without needing to change your roofline or chimney.

Soorikian Architecture

Steeply Pitched Roof

All Tudor homes have steeply pitched roofs, usually with side gables, meaning the gables “open” on the surfaces of the home. The steep roofs are often punctuated by dormer windows, like those previously. The facade usually features a portion of the home that juts out and is topped with a cross-gabled roof, plus a steep pitch.

How to make it your own: Look for homes with similarly pitched roofs, with or without the other Tudor details. A pitched roof means there is more room underneath for storage or extra bedrooms. Adding dormers is an excellent way not only to enhance curb appeal except to bring in natural light.

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

Embellished Entrance

Tudor entrances are celebrated. Everything about them says solid. The doorways are often made from board and batten wood, usually arched (sometimes with a Tudor, or pointed, arch like this one) and usually boast some kind of medieval-looking hardware, such as these hooks hinges. Statement-making door surrounds, like this one, call even more attention to the entryways.

How to make it your own: Swapping out your door for a board and batten one, perhaps with strap-hinge hardware, is another simple way to get a taste of Tudor design without knocking down some walls.

Kerrie L. Kelly

Mixed Siding Materials

Tudor homes are made with several siding materials. Although stone and brick are the most frequent types, stucco wall cladding plays a significant role in the Tudor design as well.

How to make it your own: When planning a small addition, consider cladding that part in a different substance.

Zeterre Landscape Architecture

Casement Windows

Although some Tudor homes comprise double-hung windows, they nearly always have at least one set of casement windows. The windows also are usually narrow and tall, typically have several panes and are often clustered together. Truly authentic Tudor homes usually feature at least one set of leaded glass windows, in which metal casings hold together the individual panes at the window over. Stone mullions, like those above, frequently casements.

How to make it your own: Such as doorways, windows are relatively simple to change out. Try casements rather than double-hung versions.

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd..

Elaborate Chimneys

Not merely are the chimneys big, often with numerous shafts, but they also commonly feature ornamental chimney pots (the upper area of the chimney), usually either round or octagonal. There’s something about the chimneys, like the squatty doorways, which communicates a sense of permanence.

How to make it your own: whilst making additional chimney shafts is not practical, including a decorative pot is a means to get a touch of Tudor design.

Inform us : What do you think about Tudor houses? Are you prepared to embrace English cottage style, or would you prefer to restrict your Tudor ingestion to Showtime’s hit TV show about the scandalous lives of Henry VIII and his wives? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

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