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This YouTuber Got the Best Revenge on Package Thieves
Nowadays, nobody wants to let packages sit on their front steps while they’re away at work. Package are stolen at a sky-high rate, particularly during the holidays. So we couldn’t help but admire one man who found the perfect way to deal with sticky-fingered thieves. Mark Rober, an engineer/inventor/YouTube star, finally got fed up with having his packages snagged off his front porch. “About seven months ago, I noticed a package reported as delivered, but it never arrived.
Dec 19, 2018
The Royals Have Released Their Christmas Card Photos
The Royal Family: They’re just like us! No, not really. But while last year’s royal holiday card embraced a pretty formal style, this year they decided to go rather casual. Taken at the family’s home, Amner Hall, by photographer Matthew Porteous, the shots were released Friday morning and show a less rigid side of the family.
Dec 17, 2018
Here’s How Buckingham Palace Is Decorated for the Holidays
Queen Elizabeth is decking the halls of Buckingham Palace. The holiday decor has officially arrived, and as you could probably guess, she doesn’t go the “red and green lights and inflatable Santa” route. Just like every year, there are three Christmas trees, each of which have been grown on the grounds at Windsor, put up in the exquisite Marble Hall. The Christmas Trees have arrived at Buckingham Palace! ? Watch as the Marble Hall transforms for the festive season.
Dec 11, 2018
This Baltimore Real Estate Listing Has a Festive (and Funny) Surprise
Mr. Grinch may be a “mean one,” but this real estate listing is pretty creative. A three-bed, three-bath home in the Hampden section of Baltimore, Maryland, received a wild holiday makeover, complete with a series of cameos by none of other than the Grinch. The classic Dr.
Dec 11, 2018
This New Customizable Rug Startup Is the Warby Parker of Carpets
We all get the occasional bout of nerves when it comes to clicking the “complete order” button while shopping online for furniture. After all, returning home decor online isn’t exactly as easy as exchanging a pair of pants at Banana Republic. But when you wan’t to take advantage of the highly discounted price tags of e-commerce, sometimes you just suck it up and click.
Dec 6, 2018
Sorry to Tell You: Your Dog Isn’t Particularly Smart, According to Science
We all know how perfect our furry friends are. Sure, they may scratch the furniture and eat our shoes, but we love our dogs like they’re our extra-hairy children. So it’s particularly brutal that a new study says Fido and Sparky are not particularly gifted. According to a new study in “Learning & Behavior,” dogs are cognitively quite ordinary when compared to other carnivores, domestic animals, and social hunters.
Nov 30, 2018
You Need to Understand This Tricky Rent Practice—Or it Could Cost You
We’ve all seen the ads: Rent a unit in our building and you’ll get access to amazing common areas! Dog spas! Bike storage! Real estate companies and landlords will toss in freebies until the cows come home to ensure you sign a lease. However, nothing lures prospective renters in as much as the appearance of a serious dent in their rent. But “appears” is the key word here.
Nov 25, 2018
7 Free (or Super Cheap) Ways to Stage Your Home
Your home is on the market, and you’re gunning to sell, but you still haven’t gotten any offers. Staging your home, or preparing it for resale, can make all the difference. According to, staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more than non-staged ones. But for the average person, dropping thousands of dollars (and there’s no doubt — it will cost you that much) to stage a home is a bit unrealistic.
Nov 24, 2018
Here’s What’s Open on Thanksgiving Day
You forgot to buy butter for the mashed potatoes. Aunt Patty killed off that bottle of Pinot Grigio. You want to grab that gift for Grandma at the “Night before Black Friday” sale. There’s a million reasons to run out to the store on Thanksgiving (it’s also okay if you just need a break from your houseguests).
Nov 21, 2018
Mandy Moore Got Married in Her Backyard and It Sounds Perfect
Mandy Moore knows home is where the heart is—that’s why the “This is Us” star chose to get married there! The actress wed her fiance, musician Taylor Goldsmith on Sunday. According to E! News, the fete was “an intimate backyard wedding at Mandy’s home that started just after sundown on Sunday evening.” And if we had her backyard, we’d get married there, too.
Nov 19, 2018
This Is the Most Hated Cleaning Task in America
Being an adult means tackling things we’d rather not do, and that is especially true when it comes to certain household chores. According to a new survey compiled by the American Cleaning Institute, over half of Americans rank this task their most hated out of all of them—do you agree? When it comes to cleaning tasks people dread cleaning the most, the top answer is (understandably) the bathroom, which scored 52 percent of the vote.
Nov 14, 2018
Here’s How We Can Help Those Affected by the California Wildfires
It’s heartbreaking to watch the destruction caused by the wildfires in California. Now declared the most devastating blaze in the state’s history, nearly 200,000 acres of land has been razed, and 31 people have died, according to CNN. The Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Ventura County have ravaged entire towns, destroying homes and taking lives.
Nov 12, 2018
Here’s Just How Much Insta-Famous Pets Make Per Post
If you don’t feel photogenic enough to be a social media influencer, don’t fret: Your pet can make that cash for you. In fact, a pet with 100,000 followers can garner a few hundred dollars for an Instagram post, says Loni Edwards, founder of top animal talent management firm The Dog Agency. (Yep, it’s a thing.
Nov 9, 2018
The Simple Home Habit You Should Steal from Prince Harry
Ever find yourself as an adult copying your parents’ behaviors? Yeah, us too. But at least we’re not alone: Prince Harry recently said in the new documentary “Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70″that he has picked up the same habit as his father. Just like dad, Harry is always flipping off lightswitches, PEOPLE reports. “He’s a stickler for turning lights off,” Harry said of his father, Prince Charles, in the doc.
Nov 8, 2018
IKEA Could Take Your Business to Bootcamp
There are no burpees or squats in this kind of bootcamp. In collaboration with Rainmaking, Swedish mega-company IKEA is bringing back their Bootcamp program, and your startup could be one of 20 lucky ones that gets chosen to participate. The IKEA bootcamp program was started in 2017, when ten startups worked closely together with IKEA and Rainmaking to create “a better everyday life for the many people.
Nov 5, 2018
3 States Where a 20 Percent Down Payment Isn’t Even Enough
If you’re on the hunt to buy a home, chances are you’ve been saving up for that down payment for quite some time—and while you may think you can get away with putting down 10 to 15 percent for your first home, in some states that might not be competitive enough. According to a new study performed by online loan marketplace LendingTree, prospective buyers in five American states can expect to plunk down more than the standard 20 percent.
Oct 29, 2018
JetBlue Is Handing Out Free Trips For Those Who Want to Volunteer
Don’t have the cash for a winter getaway this year? We feel you. But f you’re a lucky winner, you may have a chance to ditch shoveling snow for sunshine. As part of the JetBlue Month for Good, the airline is taking 100 people on an all-expenses paid volunteer trip to a mystery destination. 50 winners of “Destination Good” (and their lucky plus-ones) will receive a free four-day volunteer service trip to an as-yet-undisclosed location, Thrillist reports.
Oct 25, 2018
The Historic John Proctor House, Dating Back to the 17th Century, Is for Sale
An important piece of American history just hit the market, just weeks before Halloween. Originally belonging to John Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth, the John Proctor house is a 3,910-square-foot First Period colonial filled with history. Built in 1638 in Peabody, Massachusetts, the home became instantly associated with the Salem Witch Trails when Proctor was hanged after being falsely accused and convicted of witchcraft. Currently listed at $600,000 by Joseph Cipoletta, an agent for J.
Oct 15, 2018
How We Can Help Those Affected by Hurricane Michael
The strongest tropical cyclone to hit the US since Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Michael has already impacted coastal Florida and as far north as Virginia. According to CNN, the US death toll is already at 13—and it’s expected to get worse. While Michael has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, there’s no better time to help out—and we’ve compiled a list of organizations helping the victims of this brutal extreme weather event.
Oct 12, 2018
The Queen Is Moving to Accommodate Palace Renovations
It’s just a minor home renovation for the Queen of England. The 92-year-old royal is moving out of her gilded spread at Buckingham Palace so the infamous estate can undergo a £369 million renovation. According to the Daily Mail, more than 3,000 precious treasures and historical artworks have been removed from the Queen’s residence so changes can be made. This included 200 paintings, 40 chandeliers and 1,000 trinkets from the East Wing, where the renovation has already begun.
Oct 8, 2018
This Vacant Apartment Exists to Sell You Stuff on Instagram
They did it for the ‘gram. We’ve all snapped a photo or two of something pretty or unique knowing it would get lots of likes on social media. But a 2,400-square-foot penthouse apartment where nobody actually lives? That’s more than just a flattering filter. In a now-viral story for the New York Times, a sprawling SoHo property that rents for $15,000 per month is furnished in millennial pink, with a roof deck and floor-to-ceiling wine fridge.
Oct 5, 2018
Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk Weighs In on Everything From Toilet Paper to Christmas Lights
He’s down with gallery walls, 70s design, and Japanese toilets. “Queer Eye” interior design expert Bobby Berk just played a cheeky game of 20 questions game with Airbnb Plus, and we learned a few fun details about the Fab Five’s decor guru. In the video, Berk reveals that he hates Venetian blinds and Christmas lights indoors. His first AOL screen name was Bieber81 (was he using AOL in 2013?) and his dream dinner guest is President Barack Obama.
Oct 5, 2018
A New Study Shows Just How Obsessed Cat People Are
We always knew cat lovers were a breed of their own, but a new survey has locked down the proof. Through a survey of 1,000 cat owners, it was determined that the average cat owner “likes” 398 cat-related posts and looks at 725 cat pictures and videos in a year. 47 percent of owners surveyed report taking photos of their cats often, and say it takes an average of three attempts to get the ideal photo.
Oct 2, 2018
8 Celebs with Sprawling Nashville Estates
It’s not just every bachelorette party in America that heads to Nashville. Tennessee’s capital city is a major draw for everyone from actors and athletes to business tycoons and, of course, musicians. In fact, you’ll find most of country music’s top crooners have set up shop in Music City. Here are some of our favorite big names who have called the Southern city their home: As you may have seen on their new E!
Sep 18, 2018
5 Signs You Can Save Money on Your Dream Home
After toiling through an endless trail of listings and showings, you’ve found your dream home. The only problem? The price tag that’s out of your budget. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream of home ownership; if you’re willing to put the research and effort in, you can often move the price point down significantly (within reason, of course).
Sep 11, 2018
6 Celebrities with Awe-Inspiring Swimming Pools
If you’re struggling with summer’s departure, fear not: In Hollywood, it’s always bright and sunny. In fact, it’s rare to come across a big celebrity who doesn’t have a sparkling swimming pool in their backyard. Whether they’re smack-dab in Los Angeles or 3,000 miles away, here are some of our favorite celebrity swimming pools: When Anna Faris sold her Nichols Canyon home last month, she actually lost money on the deal.
Sep 8, 2018
This Start-Up Will Get Rid of All Your Ex’s Sh*t For You
If you’ve been in a relationship that’s gone south, you know there’s a point in time where you can’t stand to look at the sh*t your ex has left at your place—but you don’t necessarily want to throw them out either (because what if you end up getting back together?!) Well, a new service will solve this problem for you (without having to pull a mutual friend into the middle of your drama.
Sep 5, 2018
Peek Inside Prince Harry’s Dorm Room In These Throwback Pics
There are many remnants of the early aughts.
Aug 31, 2018
Chip Gaines Wants To Fund Your Business—Again
Chip Gaines is looking to make your dreams come true… again. You may recall that last October, the “Fixer Upper” alum/home renovation king launched a new platform called Chipstarter (you know, like Kickstarter) to help a few lucky folks achieve their wildest dreams. “There’s no dream or goal too big.
Aug 30, 2018
These 6 Gorgeous Homes Have a Bonus: A Celebrity Landlord
You didn’t think they made all that dough on movies, did you? For some of Hollywood’s hottest names, building up their bank account goes far beyond what they do in front of the cameras. Celebrities use their high profile properties as investments and make a hefty dose of extra money each month—and when you own a $10 million house, think how much you can charge in monthly rent. Just don’t expect them to pop by to fix a leaky faucet!
Aug 21, 2018
6 Celebrities Who Rent, Just Like You
They may not be cobbling together rent money on the 31st of every month, but there are many celebs out there who rent just like us. Of course, it’s usually for reasons other than not being able to afford to buy a home. Celebrities are attracted to renting because of the financial flexibility, as well as their transient lifestyles that takes them from movie sets across the globe.
Aug 19, 2018
Joanna Gaines’ New Wall Treatment Is a Huge Departure from Shiplap
Joanna Gaines is continuing her takeover of all things home decor. The “Fixer Upper” star and Magnolia magnate just released four new patterns of wall coverings, and we’re guessing you’ll be slapping them up on your walls before you can say “shiplap.” In collaboration with YorkWallcoverings, Gaines has added four more fun patterns to her hefty collection of 17 wallpaper options.
Aug 17, 2018
7 Celebs With Bigger Houses Than You Can Even Imagine
Most celebrities live in nice houses (once you’ve watched enough episodes of MTV’s “Cribs,” you know not to say “all”). But there are nice houses… and then there are sprawling estates so palatial that you’d get lost on your way to one of the 15 bathrooms. For these seven big names, home is certainly where the heart—as well as the 17-car garage, screening room, and horse farm—is.
Aug 4, 2018
7 Celebrities Who’ve Bought Homes for Dear Old Mom and Dad
While it might be viewed as the ultimate power move, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars think sharing the good life with their parents is the best part of making it big. Here are some of Tinseltown’s biggest names who shelled out serious bucks to give their parents the digs they deserve: When you’re Beyoncé Knowles, dropping a million dollars here and there doesn’t even put a dent in your wallet. So when Mrs.
Jul 21, 2018
Prince Charles Is Giving You A Peek At His Private Family Photos In a New Exhibit
Prince Charles is putting his private life on display… literally. In a new exhibit in Buckingham Palace’s Ball Supper Room (don’t you have one of those in your house?) the Prince of Wales is showing the world an exhibit titled “Prince and Patron.” It features over 100 items belonging to Charles and the Royal Collection, ranging from photographs and paintings all the way to personal memorabilia and knickknacks, PEOPLE reports.
Jul 20, 2018
Chip & Joanna Gaines Are Selling a Boutique Hotel In Texas
Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are constantly growing their Magnolia empire, and that means a hefty dose of high-end real estate. But their latest property to hit the market isn’t a single-family home: Instead, the couple’s Magnolia Realty just listed a historic boutique hotel in the small town of Hico for $2.35 million.
Jul 10, 2018
The Most Hollywood Thing? Buying a Home from Another Celebrity
Sometimes it feels like everyone in Hollywood knows each other. We see celebrities commenting on each other’s Instagrams as if they’re all members of the same club. (“So-and-so is friends with Chrissy Teigen and Busy Philipps? Who knew!”) And when you put all of those people into the same 50-mile radius, it’s no wonder that their real estate purchases tend to overlap. And when you’ve got many millions to spare, you gotta spend them on something, right?
Jul 10, 2018
Prince Harry Bought Meghan Markle This Art —And Here’s Where You Can Get it
While you may never seen the inside of Nottingham Cottage, now you can furnish your own home with the same art as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle… if you move fast. Back in 2016 before the couple went public, Prince Harry purchased a piece of art titled titled “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,” saying it was “for a special person.
Jul 9, 2018
8 Surprising Celebs Who Have Called Canada Home
It's time to bust out the Tim Horton's coffee, because we're headed north.
Jun 23, 2018
As Seen on TV: Survey Reveals Americans Really Do Store Sweaters in the Oven
It turns out Carrie Bradshaw’s not the only one who stores sweaters in her oven. MakeSpace, a storage solution that combines technology with trained moving professionals, conducted a survey on the State of Stuff in America and found that there are real people out there turning kitchens into closets. While you may have considered it an urban legend up there with “alligators in the sewers,” this method of dealing with abysmal apartment storage is very real.
Jun 21, 2018
This $1.29 IKEA Hack Will Solve ‘The Big Bathroom Issue’ For Brides
It pays to be resourceful. And for one blushing bride, that price tag was only $1.29. A Facebook post by user Djsweeby shared an Ikea hack that made her wedding day a whole lot easier. Via, Djsweeby shared that when she got married just a couple weeks ago, she was concerned about how she was going to go to the bathroom in her beautiful, beaded mermaid wedding gown.
Jun 19, 2018
Survey Says: There’s One Home Feature Americans Would Trade Sex and Their Salary For
Stuff. We’ve all got it, and generally way more of it than we can handle. According to the Los Angeles Times, the average household has collected more than 300,000 personal items. And with the average size of new apartments dropping to just 934 square feet, our closets, drawers, and shelves are overflowing more than ever—making that minimalist aesthetic we see splashed all over social media seem all the more unreachable. (Seriously, where do the influencers put all their clutter?
Jun 13, 2018
The Costly Mistake You Might be Making When You Declutter
You’d rather eat glass than put your great aunt’s ugly statue on your living room shelf. But Jacquie Denny, co-founder of online estate sale company Everything But the House, says you may be making a serious (and costly) mistake. Denny declares that the most common misstep people face when cleaning is assuming that things they don’t like have no resale value.
Jun 6, 2018
If You’re a New Grad, Can You Actually Afford to Live Alone?
You can only have your leftover lo mein eaten by your roommates so many times before you start to curse communal living. And for the legions of recent grads who are moving on from college dorms this spring, living alone may sound like a dream come true. But is it financially feasible? Locking down a job is the first step to determining your rent budget.
May 26, 2018
Why You Should List Your House This Weekend If You’re Looking to Sell
The sound of lawn mowers purring. The smell of lilac bushes starting to bloom. May is a magical time period for a variety of reasons, particularly for those of us who have eagerly awaited the warmer temps and sunshine. But it turns out that the first half of May is a real dynamo for the real estate market, too. According to research conducted by Zillow, homes listed from May 1 to 15 sell about 2 weeks faster, and for a $2,400 premium over properties listed at other times during the year.
May 11, 2018
Can You Tell What’s Unusual About This NYC Listing?
Finding reasonably-priced real estate in New York City is no simple task. So if you happen to be breezing through the apartment listings looking for your next home, you may come across this one-bedroom unit in an adorable East Village co-op building. But before you start packing boxes and updating your magazine subscriptions, you may want to look a bit closer. Listed at $2,500, the apartment is extremely charming.
May 11, 2018
Royal Baby Cheddar Exists, and Here’s Where You Can Get It
If you happen to be combing through the cheese aisle of your local Whole Foods store, then you may have noticed Royal Addition Cheddar, a limited-edition cheese made in honor of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s newborn son. “Celebrate the birth of Great Britain’s future heir with this wonderfully creamy yet savory 12 month cheddar,” the sign reads at the Whole Foods in Boston’s South End, where our spies spotted this stack. “Cow’s milk.
Apr 25, 2018
6 Celebrities Living in Enviable Mid-Century Modern Homes
We’ve all heard that everything old is new again. That’s why it’s no wonder that some of Hollywood’s biggest names avidly embrace the unique world of Mid-Century Modern architecture. Whether they’re frequent house flippers or just design obsessed, here’s a roundup of stars with excellent taste who have snagged some of the country’s most exquisite Mid-Century designs.
Apr 18, 2018