Ariana Grande’s mid-century modern kitchen is surprisingly perfect for relaxation

  • July 27, 2023
 Ariana grande in gray at the grammy awards

Ariana grande in gray at the grammy awards

In her announcement for the upcoming Wicked film with Johnathan Bailey and Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande gave us a sneak peek into her gray and cream kitchen. In recent months, fans have taken note of the ‘Positions’ singer’s muted color palette. From a series of black and white photos on her Instagram to her all-gray ensemble at Wimbledon, Ari has been celebrating decorating with neutral tones.

The Instagram photo below shows the former Nickelodeon actress overwhelmed with excitement. Her post is captioned with gratitude to her co-stars, but we couldn’t stop staring at the background.

Ariana Grande, who has lived between New York and Los Angeles, has a mid-century modern kitchen complete with rounded furniture, a chic retro pendant lamp, and tall windows to fill the room with natural light. Tall, leafy plants add texture to the space. An industrial bar cart and glossy table contrast nicely with the natural elements of the room, especially the green outdoors streaming through the home’s generous windows. The brightness offsets the darkness of the hardware in the room, giving the crisp room a warmer feel.

‘With their classic looks, simple shapes, and pared-back style, mid-century modern decor ideas are enduringly popular – and it is easy to see why this look is revered so highly, even now,’ says Jennifer Ebert, deputy editor of Homes & Gardens. ‘Although mid-century modern décor was driven by advances in technology, it was also inspired by the natural world, and wood is the most widely used material for furniture – a popular interior design trend today.’

Ariana’s kitchen perfectly fits the bill. The style of Ariana’s room is deeply minimalist, with only a few pieces of neutral furniture visible. It also closely follows the mid-century modern tenet of mixing

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A Modern Mediterranean That Epitomizes Miami Beach Luxury

  • June 18, 2023

In classic Miami Beach style, this luxe house has water and city views, palm trees planted all around the property and a modern, neutral palette inside.

Dubbed La Joya, this six-bedroom, six-bathroom house at 2901 Flamingo Drive in Miami Beach, Florida—once asking $15.5 million, and now sold—features a first floor with a great room with 20-foot ceilings and large windows, and an all-white kitchen with an attached dining room.

The waterfront home features a casita for guests or parties

The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, lots of marble throughout, and a classic chandelier that serves as a nod to more traditional style in an otherwise modern room. It also has dual sinks, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a built-in TV screen and a floor-to-ceiling wine cooler that’s accessible via a library ladder.

The home’s interiors are neutral, with lots of grays and whites and stone floors. Surrounding palm trees add pops of colors from the windows. The modern furniture, all staged by Meridith Baer Home, was all available for sale, for under $300,000.

More: Tampa Bay’s Most Expensive House Sums up the Metro’s Vexing Inflation

Upstairs, there’s a lofted hallway, with views down into that 20-foot-high great room below. There’s also a primary bedroom suite with an intricate wallpapered ceiling, and a primary bathroom that features chain link light fixtures that match the chandelier in the bedroom, dual sinks, a soaking tub and a shower with lots of natural light thanks to two windows. There’s also a large vanity area for putting on makeup and doing hair in style.

The backyard features a pool and overlooks 300 feet of waterfront.

There’s also a separate casita on the property with its own private entrance, views of the waterway, a kitchenette with a mini fridge and living space, and a bedroom suite

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A designer picks the best Ashley Furniture pieces on sale at Amazon

  • April 20, 2023
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Save up to 55% on Ashley Furniture from, wait for it… Amazon! (Photo: Amazon)

Everyone has renewal on their minds this season. Just as the birds are nesting, the regeneration of flora and fauna makes us want to rejuvenate our homes, as well. What do you need to feather your nest? A cushy mattress? New chairs for a less rickety dining experience? Now’s the perfect time to refresh your rooms, because there are tons of Ashley Furniture pieces on mega sale that you can shop right from your sofa (perhaps you need a new one?) through none other than Amazon. We’re talking up to 50% off recliners, desks, dining sets and more! Let’s level up your home, shall we?



Farmhouse, BoHo, Coastal and Transitional aesthetics can all benefit from the addition of this adorable pouf. Use it as an ottoman or extra seating — this accent is as charming as it is functional. Save nearly 40%.

$90 at Amazon


Here’s a great example of the modern farmhouse look that’s so popular right now. And this table does more than just provide rustic appeal. The top lifts up so you can work, eat or game comfortably in front of the TV. The two-toned wood adds visual interest. Save 36%.

$249 at Amazon


Sick of working at your kitchen table? Upgrade with this beautiful French-style desk that nods to a classic but boasts secret modern features: The top lifts up to turn the piece into a standing desk, while a USB and plug sits within for convenient charging. Save nearly 45%.

$350 at Amazon


For your den, library or TV room, this recliner complete with nailhead trim will serve you well (particularly for afternoon naps). Rock, recline and rest, just as you were meant to, in

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Home Edition’ Finds a Buyer for His Extremely Nice Home

  • April 18, 2023

A Nashville, TN, home belonging to Michael Moloney of “Extreme Makeover: “Home Edition” has quickly found a buyer. It came on the market just last month for $1,850,000 and went under contract after 10 days.

While the listing agent would not comment on the seller, the listing states that a “highly creative and talented owner bought this property in 2003.”

“We have had multiple offers and have a backup as well,” says listing agent Beth Ligon Molteni, of Fridrich & Clark Realty. “The home has great street appeal, is situated on a walkable street in Nashville, and sits higher than the road. It also has a nice backyard.”

Flexible floorplan

The next owner will have a lot of options with the five-bedroom home, she adds.

“There is a lot of flexibility with the floor plan. For example, in the bedroom, there is a room across from the closet that is being used as a small office that could be turned into a second closet. The bedroom next door could be used as an office. You could also turn it into an exercise room or playroom for the kids. There is a lot of space also for storage.”


Delightful domicile

The 3,826-square-foot home is quite different from the original structure that was built in 1959.

“It started off as a one-story house years ago, and then a second floor was added on,” Molteni says. “The wife is a very talented artist, who used to be a commercial designer. When you walk into the house, it is a delightful space and very bright. The home has a fresh, traditional style that is not super contemporary.”

“If you are looking for your happy place, this is it,” the listing states. With a brightly colored interior like this, it would be

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Why bushfire safety rooms could be next home renovation trend

  • April 14, 2023


As Australians look to climate-proof their properties with solar panels and water tanks, perhaps bushfire-safe rooms could be next on the home improvements list.

Researchers have tested a bushfire-safe room that could protect people and valuables in an emergency.

“In theory, people could survive in this shelter for up to two hours, but we need to test other conditions like air quality before recommending human survivability too,” lead researcher Anthony Ariyanayagam said.

It’s the first time a bushfire-proof room has been built and tested using realistic bushfire exposure conditions.

The Queensland University of Technology team tested the room for more than an hour to simulate fire approaching, immersion by fire and residual heat.

The insulated room was made with steel-framed walls and fire-resistant concrete on the roof. It maintained an interior temperature of 29 degrees Celsius despite testing temperatures of nearly 1000 degrees outside.

Unlike safety bunkers, which are built as stand-alone shelters, the design has the potential to form part of an everyday house, or for its principles to be expanded to the whole house.

More than two million Australians live in areas that have a high or extreme risk of bushfire.

Australia’s only Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glen Murcutt has designed sleek, deceptively simple houses that respond to the nuances of their environment, including bushfires, since the 1980s.

Water features, sprinkler systems, heat-reflecting ceramic tiles and gutters that reduced leaf clutter are some of the design elements he’s used to make his houses more bushfire-resilient.

Yet despite this, a high level of bushfire resilience is not a compulsory part of Australia’s building standards.

That’s because the standards are designed to help protect human lives, not buildings, said Ian Weir, one of Australia’s only specialists in bushfire architecture.

Dr Weir, who used to work with the

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See Inside the $17.8 Million California Home Adele is Selling

  • October 19, 2022
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MERE MONTHS AFTER splashing out on an $87 million (US$58 million) mansion, Adele is selling off her other Californian property.

While the home may not be as palatial as her new pad, it is equally as luxurious, with an asking price of $17.8 million (US$12 million).

The chic Hamptons-style home boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, complete with marble and stone finishes, hardwood floors and a fireplace in the master bedroom.

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Additionally, the 5,515 square-foot property includes a quaint library, a family room and combined dining and living room. French doors connect the home to the trellis-covered outdoor living area, which leads out onto a lush lawn and a pool. There is also a sports court with a basketball hoop and a chicken coop on the property.

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The tastefully-decorated pad is located in the exclusive Hidden Valley Estates community in the Beverly Hills neighbourhood, an exclusive neighbourhood where the likes of Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence also reside.

See inside Adele’s new mansion

Adele has traded this sweet California home for a luxurious new pad. Peek inside the freshly-purchased property below:

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How to Bring Maximalist Style to a Small Space

  • October 10, 2022
Photo credit: Per Magnus Persson - Getty Images

Photo credit: Per Magnus Persson – Getty Images

Even in a tiny apartment, more can sometimes be more. Having a petite home and a penchant for maximalism may seem like the ultimate design quandary. With only so much space, conventional wisdom might demand that you modify your style and opt for a muted, minimalist look in order to make the most of every corner.

Contrary to popular belief, you can indulge in punchy patterns, contrasting colors, and varied textures—and still have room to move, too. With some artful tricks, this type of “more is more” aesthetic is highly achievable even in tight quarters. Here, how to go all out while fitting it all in.

Consciously combine patterns and finishes

There is an art to mixing and matching, and it starts with scale. More specifically, it’s about varying the scale of the prints you’re using for a more palatable effect. “For instance,” says designer Lance Thomas of Louisiana-based Thomas Guy Interiors, “thin pinstripes, a medium-scale toile, and an oversized abstract [print] can make magic together,” he says.

Shine or luster is another an important quality that often gets overlooked. “Incorporating various sheens allows [certain] elements to make their entrance known first,” Thomas says. Higher shines, like lacquered furniture, will be noticeable at once, while more matte finishes will reveal themselves a bit later.

It’s that delayed interaction with elements that make themselves known gradually rather than bombarding the eye that makes maximalism effective. Thomas explains, “The more you look at a space, the more you see. Deep, sheeny lacquered walls with a decadent mohair textile, for example, is like maximalist butter for me.”

Pick your bolder moments

A maximalist aesthetic by definition is synonymous with, well, a lot of stuff in one space. Including so much detail can quickly make

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Conan O’Brien Buys Cape Cod Style Carpinteria Home for $23 Million

  • October 1, 2022

Late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien is swapping his longtime Carpinteria home for a new dwelling in the coastal California city. After seven years of ownership, the comedian listed his 2,142-square-foot beachside home with a $16.5 million ask earlier this summer. Dirt reports that O’Brien just shelled out $23 million to upgrade to a 3,476-square-foot abode with sweeping ocean and mountain vistas.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom Cape Cod-style house was built in 1963, but has since been rebuilt and remodeled with modern touches. Situated on a lot slightly larger than an acre within the exclusive and private Sand Point community, the exterior of the split-level structure is sided with milky white wooden shingles complemented by sage-green trim. Dreamy rose gardens and other lush landscaping decorate the property and rustic stone steps lead directly to the beach.

Inside, the neutral color palette of the home’s exterior is continued with cream-hued walls and matching painted wood-beam ceilings set high above oak floors. French doors and an excess of windows invite plenty of natural light and blur the indoor spaces into their outdoor surroundings, which offer multiple patios, decks, and a fire pit. The owner’s suite in particular offers views of the ocean, mountains, and the Channel Islands with a private deck outfitted with a built-in spa. A walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with dual sinks and a sleek glass-walled shower complete the primary quarters. The three other bedrooms all enjoy their own recently refurbished ensuite bathrooms.

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The common spaces include a deluxe kitchen with a skylight and breakfast nook, a living room with a stone fireplace, a formal dining room, a family room, and an office. All are decked out in neutral but cozy trappings that utilize lots of natural materials like wood, stone, and rattan.


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This former hoarder’s home nearly tripled in value after a two-year renovation

  • September 27, 2022

House of the Week: This former hoarder’s home nearly tripled in value after a two-year renovation

The revitalization included walnut and travertine finishes, custom interior design and a basement with a rec room

Neighbourhood: Corktown
Agent: Marianne Radman, Seventy Seven Park
Previously sold for: $915,000 in 2020

The place

When this Victorian townhome was purchased in 2020, the buyers hadn’t even been inside before closing the deal. “It was a hoarder’s house,” co-buyer Eduardo Pontes recalls. “You weren’t allowed to go into the home to see it. The City of Toronto had people with hazmat suits cleaning it out.”

A nearly two-year renovation followed. The home was gutted to the studs and reframed. The basement was underpinned and expanded, adding two additional rooms. Pontes partnered with Maia Legacy Builders and design firm Ancerl Studio to create this three-plus-one-bed, two-and-a-half-bath home with custom furnishings, built-ins and artwork—all of which are included in the purchase.

The neighbourhood, Corktown, is a mix of singles, young professionals, young families and senior residents. There are new condo projects and recreation facilities just north in Regent Park, the Don Valley and Riverside to the east, the Distillery District to the south, and plenty of bars and restaurants to the west.

The tour

A slender front door opens into a foyer and dining area. That brick wall was added during renovations, and the table (with a travertine-marble base), built-in walnut veneer and leather bench are all bespoke. There is heated, polished concrete flooring throughout the main floor.

The living room has a Planika ethanol fireplace surrounded by travertine with a built-in, concealed entertainment unit with storage above. The gallery wall over the couch is an original collection from Ancerl Studio.

Here’s a reverse view of the living room, with engineered white-oak hardwood stairs as

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Jimmy Fallon, Cara Delevingne’s Tonight Show Home-Decor Chat

  • August 3, 2022

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Instead of converting it into a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cara Delevingne has chosen to live in the $10.8 million questionably decorated Gramercy Park triplex she bought from Jimmy Fallon. As she told Fallon on The Tonight Show this week, she loves the decor — basically the Overlook Hotel in The Shining with a maximalist color palette. “I’ve kept it all. It’s creepy,” she said. “I tried to design my house in L.A. basically like that without knowing that house.”

Delevingne is telling the truth! She has described her L.A. home — an English-country-style mansion built in 1941 for the founders of the Vons supermarket chain — as an “adult playhouse” and it lives up to the reputation: There’s a costume dress-up room, a Lynchian poker room, and, naturally, a ball pit. She cites escape rooms and Hugh Hefner as influences, both of which are conceptually fused in a hidden lounge she calls the “pussy palace.”

Since her new Gramercy apartment is a triplex, it will be a bit more difficult to Razor-scooter from place to place as she did in her Open Door tour. (“If you’re bored, you’re boring,” she said. Okay!) I do wonder, though, if Delevingne will install another “rotisserie-chicken thing” in Fallon’s relatively tame kitchen, even if she’ll never use it.

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