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Dog Lovers Will Want to Fetch, I Mean, Catch This New Netflix Series
We’re already stocking up on Kleenex. A new Netflix docuseries is heading to your television with six incredible stories about (wo)man’s best friend. “Dogs,” co-produced by Glen Zipper and Amy Berg, follows six individual stories “celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged friends,” Variety reports.
May 3, 2019
Target Is Selling a Weighted Blanket That’s Actually Affordable
And it'll be an even better deal on Black Friday.
May 3, 2019
These New Hallmark Christmas Movies Include Lots of Familiar Faces
Do you love to cozy up on the couch with some hot cocoa and enjoy some wholesome holiday viewing? Hallmark Christmas movies are a staple of season, thanks to their “feel good” vibes and lack of, well, reality. (Hey, there’s a good reason this shirt is in such high demand!) After all, who doesn’t love a happy ending?
May 3, 2019
Want “The Holiday” Vibes? This Charming UK Cottage Is for Sale
Christmas flicks always seem to have the perfect holiday homes. After all, what did Kevin McCallister’s parents do for a living that allowed them that prime Chicago manse in “Home Alone?” Anyway, you may be pleased to hear that this cozy Surrey home has officially hit the market.
May 3, 2019
The Cute Holiday Trend You Can Copy from Prince George & Princess Charlotte
When Prince George and Princess Charlotte head over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, they hang out in some very fun digs. That’s because Carole Middleton, the mother of Kate Middleton, recently revealed some festive fun she likes to bright out for her grandkids during the holidays. Carole, a professional party planner, told The Telegraph that each grandkid gets their own Christmas tree in their bedrooms “so that they can decorate it themselves.
May 3, 2019
This Overlooked Section of Target Houses the Biggest Bargains
Who doesn’t love a bargain? So many of us walk into Target to buy something small, like a roll of toilet paper. And naturally, we end up leaving with a cart full of stuff we didn’t know we needed. So in the spirit of saving a few bucks, we thought we’d highlight our favorite—yet often overlooked—bargain section of the store: the end caps. For those who didn’t even know they had a name, end caps are the shelves at each end of a store’s aisles.
May 3, 2019
This ‘Fixer Upper’ House Is for Sale for Under $500K
If you’re a frequent “FixerUpper” viewer, then you may remember the Prickly Pear House from last year. Named for its giant, overgrown cactus in the front yard, the four-bed, three-and-a-half bath home in Woodway, Texas was entirely overhauled thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines. And the best part? It can now be yours if you’re willing to drop $499,000. Built in 1980, the 3444-square-foot home is located on a beautiful tree-filled lot on over half an acre of land.
May 3, 2019
HGTV’s Dream Home 2019 Is Its Most Expensive Ever
The HGTV Dream is going up—and not just in altitude. According to PEOPLE, the 2019 Dream Home is the priciest one yet—valued at over $2.3 million. And as of Friday, the sweepstakes to win the home is now open. “Imagine a place where the mountains meet the sky, where nature wild and untamed greets you at your doorstep, where every season brings a new adventure.
May 3, 2019
Check Out “The Brady Bunch” Gang Reuniting at Their TV Home
The Brady kids are back, and they’re in for a big surprise. The six of the stars of “The Brady Bunch”just reunited for the first time in 15 years to film “A Very Brady Renovation,” the HGTV series that chronicles the complete overhaul of their TV home’s interior, PEOPLE reports. Since it only served as the exterior of their home on the show, the actors hadn’t seen the real inside.
May 3, 2019
Joanna Gaines’ Latest Book Is For a Totally New Audience
Joanna Gaines is well acquainted with the literary world. But in her newest book, the former “Fixer Upper” star is targeting a whole new audience: children. “Today’s the day! We get to finally share this project the kids and I have been working on!” Joanna wrote on an Instagram post on Monday. The photo, which features her youngest child, a boy named Crew, sitting on her lap, shows off pages from her new children’s book, “We Are The Gardeners.
May 3, 2019
‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Is Heading to HGTV
Get ready to “move that bus”… all the way to HGTV. You probably recall “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the schmaltzy ABC series host by Ty Pennington that overhauled dilapidated homes in a short time span for families in need. While the original series ended six years ago, just today it was announced that the show would be returning to airwaves. Except this time, it will run on HGTV. “HGTV is going extreme!
May 3, 2019
Hulu Just Announced a Price Change —And It’s Actually Good News
While Netflix prices are going up, Hulu’s are going down… sort of. The media streaming company is lowering the price of their signature SCOD offering from $7.99 to $5.99, CNBC reports. However, Hulu users who currently pay $39.99 per month for their skinny-bundle live TV service will see a $5 increase to $44.99. The ad-free version will remain at $11.99 per month. Hulu began operation in 2008 with on-demand streaming, and expanded into live TV in 2017.
May 3, 2019
This Is the Most Popular Home Improvement Show in the US (And It’s Not ‘Fixer Upper’)
Who hasn’t spent a day or two on the couch bingeing home improvement shows? Whether it’s HGTV or the DIY Network, we’ve all been sucked into the renovation zone via our TV screens. Now, the folks at Joybird have analyzed data to determine which programs are the most popular across the country. It may or may not come as a surprise, but HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” scored the number one slot.
May 3, 2019
You May Be Overspending at Target—Here’s How to Check
We like to think that we’re seasoned bargain hunters. So when we caught wind of an investigation into Target’s app, our interest was instantly piqued. KARE11 did a two-month investigation into the Minneapolis-based retailer’s app, and discovered that the prices on certain items change depending whether you are inside or outside the store. Here’s an example: Target’s app price for a specific Samsung 55-inch Smart TV was $499.99.
May 3, 2019
You Can Rent This 750-Square-Foot Cabin from Season 5 of ‘Fixer Upper’
If your kind of a vacation involves a whole lot of HGTV inspiration, then do we have the dream retreat for you. Frequent fans of Waco’s wonder duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines, are probably familiar with the couple’s collaborator, Jimmy Don Holmes. Holmes often participated in “Fixer Upper” renovations, putting his special touch on the projects with his intricate metalwork.
May 3, 2019
Is Jennifer Lopez Hiring Joanna Gaines to Rehab Her Malibu Home?
Even J. Lo likes a Fixer Upper. It turns out that actress/singer/mega-mogul Jennifer Lopez is an HGTV fan just like the rest of us. Thanks to some finagling from boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, it looks like Lopez working with “Fixer Upper” alum Joanna Gaines to renovate her new Malibu home. Rodriguez and Lopez dropped $6.
May 3, 2019
IKEA Hacks Itself to Make Furniture More Accessible for Those with Disabilities
IKEA Israel is teaming up with two nonprofits to make their products easier to use for people with disabilities. Along with nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel, Ikea has 13 new items designed to upgrade handle-less drawers and low-profile furniture, Fast Company reports.
May 3, 2019
Watch Conan O’Brien Go NYC Apartment Hunting in 2001
With the release on Team Coco of 25 years of show clips, we took a look back into some of our favorite bits from Conan O’Brien’s past. One of our favorites is this one, where Conan goes alongside show writer Andy Blitz (you may remember him as one-third of the Slipnutz, the group of guys that slipped on nuts). It’s a funny look at how apartment hunting in cities is generally a painful experience…and how much prices have changed in New York.
May 3, 2019
You Can Be On ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ Even If You’re a Renter
You may recall that back in January, we announced Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was heading back to HGTV. Now, the famed program is giving you an opportunity to score your dream house… If you can pass the cut. HGTV is searching for deserving people to appear on the new season of the show, and competition is fierce.
May 3, 2019
Bicker Upper Is the ‘Fixer Upper’ Parody We Didn’t Know We Needed
“Fixer Upper” has always been ripe for poking fun at. And now, a new parody has just hit the interwebs, complete with Chip Gaines’ silly humor, ridiculous price tags, and an insufferable couple. Folks, meet Bicker Upper. Cece Trask and Tuesday Grant, the duo behind sketch comedy group Not Spicy Enough, created this “Fixer Upper” parody.
May 3, 2019
Peek Inside the Hotels Where the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Stayed During Filming
“Game of Thrones” may be coming to an end, but the most-licensed program in HBO history can live on in the memories of superfans with a serious case of wanderlust. Throughout the years, the show has filmed in 10 countries, including Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, United States, Canada, and Scotland. Hotels.
May 3, 2019
Patti Smith’s Former Detroit House Has a Secret Passageway to a Wine Cellar
Here’s your chance to own a piece of rock n’ rock real estate history. The Michigan home of iconic singer/author Patti Smith has officially hit the market, and the three-bed, one-and-a-half bath Tudor beauty is straight out of a fairy tale. But here’s a unique twist: the realtor is her son, Jackson Smith.Located in St. Clair Shores, the 2116-square-foot brick home, which is listed at $499,000, sits on the canal of Lake St. Clair.
May 1, 2019
Adam Levine’s Beverly Hills Home for Sale Has 12 Bathrooms and a Sneaker Closet
The Maroon 5 frontman and “Voice” judge just listed the five-bed, 12-bath estate he purchased last year.
Apr 25, 2019
3 Things The Savviest Homebuyers All Know About Mortgage Fraud
Real Talk: The chances that you could commit mortgage fraud unknowingly are minimal. The industry has become much more highly regulated in recent years to prevent issues like this. “If you’re working with a reputable lender or a bank and you’re a fairly savvy consumer, it’s probably not something you’ll come across,” say Ed Deveau, a realtor with Century 21 Mario Real Estate in Boston.
Apr 25, 2019
Barbra Streisand’s Former Penthouse Is Classic New York, Just Like Her
Got a spare $11.25 million hanging around? Then you can officially hang your hat where Barbra did. Well, if you can get by the co-op board first. Barbra Streisand’s former 3,672-square-foot home on Central Park West has officially hit the market, and the 9-room penthouse is the picture of Manhattan luxury. It’s no wonder that Babs lived here for over 30 years. Designed by the famed architect Emory Roth, the art deco Ardsley building has a prime location on Central Park West.
Apr 19, 2019
People Are Stealing Reclaimed Wood—Is ‘Fixer Upper’ to Blame?
Laptops? Flat-screen TVs? Jewelry? Nah. In rural Kentucky, the thieves are going for barn doors. And some are laying the blame on “Fixer Upper’s” Chip and Joanna Gaines. A story in Tuesday’s Courier Journal revealed that barn wood thieving is a significant problem, particularly in Kentucky, where there are more old barns per square mile than any other state. So far, theft cases have been reported in at least 13 Kentucky counties.
Apr 17, 2019
Here’s Your Chance to Visit Frogmore House, Where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Had Their Wedding Reception
If visiting the spot where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated their royal wedding reception strikes your fancy, then you’re in luck: Frogmore House will be open to the public for just three days this May. Located within Windsor Castle’s Home Park, Frogmore House has been a royal residence since 1792, when it was purchased by Queen Charlotte. Originally built in 1680 by Charles II’s architect Hugh May, the expansive estate has gone through several reinventions since then.
Apr 15, 2019
Here’s How Baby Sussex’s Nursery Could Look, Inspired by 4 Royals
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s little one expected to arrive this month, online interior design service Modsy imagined the baby’s nursery as it aligns with the design aesthetics of Meghan, the Queen, Prince Harry, and sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s signature styles.
Apr 10, 2019
This Celebrity Home For Sale Is Only Accessible by Cable Car
Fire up the cable car, because we’re ready to move into Suzanne Somers’ desert oasis. The actress and health entrepreneur just listed the 72-acre hillside retreat she shares with her husband Alan Hamel in Palm Springs, California, and the sprawling estate is the picture of privacy. How private? Well… the compound is reachable on foot, by golf cart via a private road, or by private funicular. That’s right: you need to ride a cable car to get to this hillside enclave.
Mar 25, 2019
Here’s Another Study That Will Validate (or Shame) Your Bed-Making Habits
Do you feel like you can’t officially start your morning until you make your bed? Well, it turns out that there’s more anecdotal evidence that this simple task could contribute to your productivity. In a survey of 1,000 people, the company Best Mattress Brand determined how bed-making affects productivity and health.
Mar 25, 2019
Emma Stone Clearly Enjoys a Wallpaper Moment, As Seen in Her Beverly Hills Home for Sale
Cue the “La-La Land” jokes: Oscar-winner Emma Stone has listed her four-bed, four-and-a-half-bath estate in Beverly Hills for $3.899 million, Variety reports. Located in the Coldwater Canyon section of town, the 3,862-square-foot home, which was built in 1953, is the very picture of privacy. Tucked away on a quiet road behind a high wall and secure gates, the property was previously owned by British star Dudley Moore.
Mar 21, 2019
Here’s How You Can Save on a Costco Membership
If you’re one of the 52 million paying Costco members across the world, chances are you love a bargain. And seeing as the company has an 88 percent renewal rate, customers are clearly coming back for more. But when it comes to plunking down that fee for your annual membership, there are a few ways to save a couple bucks. Costco membership prices vary depending on what level of membership you are seeking.
Mar 20, 2019
Now You Have a Reason to Resent Word Art
You step out of your car at an open house and walk into what looks like your dream home. It’s perfectly picturesque from the outside, but as soon as you get through the doorway, you see it—there’s a giant “Live Laugh Love” decal stuck onto the living room wall. For legions of prospective homeowners, real estate agents tell us that word art tends to be at the top of the cringe-inducing decor list—and, point blank, word art makes it hard to sell a home.
Mar 20, 2019
Goodbye Money: Rent The Runway Is Adding Home Items from West Elm
First it was fashion. Now, Rent the Runway is teaming up with West Elm to allow users to rent home goods from their website. That’s right: Your blankets and sheets could now come with a return date. “This is a monumental moment for Rent the Runway and the sharing economy as a whole.
Mar 8, 2019
Here’s Where You Can Buy Meghan Markle’s (Surprisingly Affordable) Crib
It’s no secret that whatever Meghan Markle buys turns to retail gold. So it’s no surprise that expectant moms and dads will be rushing to stores to snag the crib Markle was gifted at her baby shower on Wednesday in New York City.
Feb 22, 2019
Pool Your Funds: This Canadian Home Comes with a 2,000-Bottle Wine Cellar
It’s not just the promise of Tim Hortons coffee and milk in a bag that could bring us north of the border. This sprawling Canadian estate could easily do the trick, too! Tucked inside the exclusive gated community of Stonepine, this 4,135-square-foot home is a contemporary Canadian beauty… and it could be yours, if you’re willing to bring your bidding A-game: The property will be auctioned off by Concierge Auctions starting February 26. Seeing as it was previously listed at $2.
Feb 15, 2019
The Hot New Trend for Married Couples? Roommates
It’s not unusual to live with a roommate to cut down costs. Hey, life is expensive! But 2018 demonstrated that an unlikely population is taking on roommates in order to make ends meet: married people. Economists at Trulia determined that in 2018, over 280,000 married couples (or 0.46 percent of all married U.S. households) lived with a roommate or boarder. Now, you may think that number sounds minuscule. But it’s a serious jump compared to just over 20 years ago.
Feb 13, 2019
Would You Ship Your Luggage to Save on Baggage Fees? This Startup Hopes So
Everyone hates baggage fees, whether they’re unexpected or not. But clearly, the airlines know how to make a bundle off them: In 2017, US airlines collected $4.6 billion in checked baggage fees. Enter: LugLess, a new travel startup that offers a cost-competitive alternative to checking bags. The company is hoping that customers are willing to part with the traditional baggage-checking model in order to score cheaper luggage shipping rates.
Feb 8, 2019
A Goop Series Is Coming to Netflix
Pour yourself a glass of kale juice, because Netflix is about to get Gooped. The lifestyle company, helmed by patron saint of jade eggs and juice cleanses, Gwyneth Paltrow, has inked a major deal with Netflix to create a docu-series that will air this fall. Split into 30-minute episodes, the program will be hosted by Paltrow and other members of the Goop team, and will discuss “issues relating to physical and spiritual wellness,” Variety reports.
Feb 5, 2019
8 Homes You Could Buy For the Price of a Super Bowl Ad
It doesn’t matter if you’re rooting for the Pats or the Rams. If you’re a Super Bowl advertiser, then your business is already a winner. But it’ll certainly cost you: a 30-second spot during this Sunday’s battle on the football field costs a brand a whopping $5 million. The folks at realtor.
Feb 1, 2019
Snag This Brand New Home Designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines
It’s not always run-down properties that Chip and Joanna Gaines sink their teeth into. The “Fixer Upper” alums just listed a stunning farmhouse-style property they designed for $624,000, and it’s safe to say that it’ll be snatched up pretty quick. Just built in 2018, the four-bed, four-and-a-half bath home, which measures 3,150 square feet, is located in The Preserve, a subdivision in China Spring, Texas.
Jan 25, 2019
Diane Keaton’s Former Lloyd Wright Home Is Back on the Market
We all know that Hollywood stars love architectural landmarks. But it’s not every day that these gems are Lloyd Wright (yep, that’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s son) properties. Diane Keaton, star of flicks like “Annie Hall“and “The First Wives Club,” is a seasoned house flipper, and the Oscar winner’s former property, the historic Samuel-Novarro House, has hit the market for $4.295 million.
Jan 25, 2019
Netflix Announced a Price Increase, and The Internet Isn’t Happy About It
Netflix is prepping to increase its price tag, and not everyone’s thrilled about it. The streaming service just announced the prices of their three subscription plans will each go up $1-2 per month, CNN reports. The most popular plan will have the largest pice hike, to $13 per month from $11. While all existing members will have their price increase enacted in the next couple months, new members will have the heightened prices immediately upon signing up for the service.
Jan 15, 2019
In “Hell Yeah” News: More Single Women Own Homes Than Single Men
Sisters are doing it for themselves—and building equity while they do it! All over the United States, single women are outpacing single men when it comes to homeownership. LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, determined that on average, single women own around 22 percent of homes, while single men own less than 13 percent. Considering how expensive it is to buy a house, that’s quite the statistic, particularly since the average woman in the U.S.
Jan 8, 2019
3 Cities Where Millennials Are Actually Buying Homes
Contrary to popular opinion, millennials are buying homes. According to a study conducted by the team at LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, nearly one-fourth of all mortgage purchase requests made on their website between January and November of 2018 came consumers under the age of 35. And three American cities managed to rake in millennial buyers—making up almost one half of total new purchase requests.
Jan 4, 2019
6 Surprising Celebs Who Have Called Atlanta Home
Who doesn’t love a little southern hospitality? The beloved city of Atlanta is a thriving metropolis filled with diversity and character, so it’s no wonder that some of Hollywood’s biggest names have settled down there. Here are just a few of Atlanta’s most famous homeowners: You know her for “How I Met Your Mother,” “Buffy,” and the “American Pie” trilogy, but you might not know that Alyson Hannigan has a thriving side gig.
Dec 21, 2018
Here’s How You Can Stay in a Home from ‘Fixer Upper’ Season One
Get ready to dig deep into the “Fixer Upper” archives for this home. A piece of HGTV history is officially yours for renting, thanks to VRBO. You may recall the Gorman story from all the way back to Chip and Joanna’s very first season. Back then, the family’s 2,600-square-foot house was a dilapidated and filthy den for hoarders, according to Joanna Gaines. Built in 1930, the structure had been declared unsafe for habitation by the city of Waco.
Dec 20, 2018