Objects of Desire: Indoor Swings for Flights of Fancy

Published August 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Houzz.com just posted this wonderful article on the increasing use of chairs, benches and hammocks suspended from ceilings and incorporated into your design plan. I am never more comfortable than when I'm lying in a hammock so the sheer idea of this has me bookmarking the page for "New House Ideas". 

Read the full article here. 

Flights of Fancy
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Home builders' confidence in housing market up for third month in a row

Published August 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Home builders gained more confidence in the housing market in August, the third consecutive month of gains in an index measuring current sales and expectations for the future.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose 2 points to 55, its highest level since January. Any number over 50 indicates most builders view conditions as good. The Northeast was the only region where the number was below 50.

Give the improved jobs market some credit...

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The Sounds of Silence, for a Price

Published July 17, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

How developers and home owners are bringing down the volume in noisy homes

July 10, 2014 6:31 p.m. ET

The problems started the first night Bob Morris and Ira Silverberg moved into their West Village co-op apartment in Manhattan.

"Almost immediately, there was a thundering sound above us," Mr. Morris said. The footfalls of the family upstairs were so heavy they could feel the vibrations, he said. And while he was complaining...

The Price of Silence
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