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Famous Folks at Home — Whose kitchen is it?

Whoever owns this kitchen probably eats out a lot. The house is big, the celebrity is famous, the budget was probably unlimited. But this is not a cook’s kitchen. It’s missing counter space, for one thing. And any warmth. I love stainless steel, but not to this excess. And when you’re at the sink, what [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? Brad Pitt Homes in the Lower 9th Ward

As you may know, Brad Pitt helped create the Make It Right Foundation, which has the goal of building 150 new homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The area was decimated when the defective walls of the Industrial Canal gave way after Hurricane Katrina blew past, making the destruction part of the [...]

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Laundry rooms of the rich and famous — their secret

So I’m sitting here watching HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David, one of my many guilty pleasures, and Larry is in one of his typical fixes. He’s offered to let the residents of a battered women’s shelter use his washer and dryer when theirs has gone on the fritz. Of course, if you know [...]

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Remodeling in History: 1948 — President Truman slammed for building a balcony off the White House

In 1948, President Harry Truman wanted to add a balcony on the side of the White House and his detractors were up in arms. “Women especially seem to resent the fact that Mr. Truman is altering the White House a few months before the people are choosing a president,” David Lawrence reported in the Spokane [...]

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Flaunting Ashton Kutcher’s luxury studio trailer is in very poor taste . . . but I wanna touch it!

As you well know, the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are going the other way. The whole economy is rigged that way and you wonder how long it will go on. As our new two-class economy unfolds, it seems disgusting for rich people to flaunt their riches, doesn’t it? So why [...]

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The Vanilla Ice Project: A revealing Q&A with the rapper-turned-remodeler

In 1990, he created a sensation with his hip-hop single, Ice Ice Baby. Two decades, several public controversies, and many life lessons later, Rob Van Winkle emerges from the shadow of his alter-ego, Vanilla Ice, to debut a mellow, more mature attitude and a new show, The Vanilla Ice Project, on the DIY Network.  We spoke exclusively with [...]

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Lisa LaPorta’s new website

The first thing I do when an episode of Designed to Sell comes on HGTV is check to see if Lisa LaPorta is the designer host. No offense to other worthy designers on the show, but Lisa is my favorite. She’s real. She’s talented. She’s calm. She’s classy. I just prefer to spend by Designed to [...]

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‘The Vanilla Ice Project’ coming Oct. 14 to DIY Network

You remember Vanilla Ice? The white rapper famous for the 1990s hit “Ice Ice Baby”? Well, who knew the rest of the story? Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, has become a very savvy home builder and investor during the past decade in South Florida, where he lives with his wife and [...]

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Chip Wade from HGTV’s ‘Curb Appeal: The Block’ answers some of our questions

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Celebrity boot raffle at home show to benefit BP oil disaster victims

This is brilliant benevolence. The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans has teamed up with Catholic Charities to raffle off boots decorated by celebrities, chefs, sports figures, politicians and others to benefit victims of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The raffle happens Sept. 17 to 19 at the inaugural launch [...]

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Angelina and Brad’s $40 million fixer upper

Think you’ve got massive remodeling challenges? Consider the issues that must be inside the $40 million Italian villa that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt just bought. After all, it’s from the 1700s and is 18,000 square feet. I suspect the local building community is beyond thrilled at this upcoming boost to the economy. See the [...]

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Want to be fashion forward? Go back to the 1950s

It’s been said that home fashions follow the fashion world. It’s also been said that this year’s fashion statements are right from the ’50s And look at this photo of Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Blake Lively at Fashion Week in New York City. See a little ’50s vibe in the mix? If you [...]

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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton’s wife has a whole lotta shoes . . . and a great closet for storing them

If it wasn’t for the poisonous Chinese drywall used in the house owned by New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton and his lovely wife Beth, there may not have been a massive remodel to get rid of that drywall. And if there hadn’t been a massive remodel, she may not have gotten these awesome shelves [...]

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Oval Office Before and After — Hot or Not Hot?

Since the 1930s, every president except Jimmy Carter has redecorated the Oval Office at the beginning of their term(s). Here is the office as decorated by George W. Bush: And here is the remodel by Barack Obama: And a side-by-side view: How do you think Obama’s team did? Here’s a story of the decorating. Photos [...]

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Kitty Bartholomew: Extreme beauty on a ceiling

Check out this mural on an awkwardly shaped ceiling, which Kitty Bartholomew of HGTV fame had painted in her bedroom. Typically a tray ceiling is a real boost to a home’s architecture. But in this 1930s Cape Cod home, it was out of place. The room had apparently been added on and the modern style [...]

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What do you look for in a flea market chair?

What do you look for in flea market chairs? Kitty Bartholomew of HGTV fame shares two tips: 1) Look for chairs with a seat that can be taken off and recovered. Turn it over and see if there are screws holding the seat to the frame. If there are, the potential for recovering the seat [...]

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Jennifer Aniston’s sumptuous bed: DIY instructions here

When Jennifer Aniston’s home turned up in Architectural Digest last month, the bed in the master bedroom really caught my eye. As you can see above, it’s an oversized platform with two “ears” for low-slung night stands. I can imagine one of those ultra-comfortable memory foam mattresses sitting atop this platform. It’s just too yummy. [...]

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Coach Sean Payton wants to know: Does your house contain tainted drywall?

By Kathy Price-Robinson for DIY Life: Lately, when Louisiana residents like myself see New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton on TV, it’s usually not in reference to the Saints’ first-ever trip to the Super Bowl February 7. Rather, in numerous ad spots, Payton can be seen discussing tainted drywall from China that was used in [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? Brad Pitt Homes in the Lower 9th Ward

As you may know, Brad Pitt helped create the Make It Right Foundation, which has the goal of building 150 new homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The area was decimated when the defective walls of the Industrial Canal gave way after Hurricane Katrina blew past, making the destruction part of the [...]

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Flash Bulletin — Mike Holmes is single!

A breathtaking bit of news from HGTV popped up on my Twitter page the other day. Here's what it said: What is our #1 question lately? "Is Mike Holmes married?" And the answer is…NO! He is single This brings to mind a follow-up question: WHAAAAT? I mean, isn't Mike Holmes, star of Holmes on Homes, exactly [...]

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