A judge decided Tuesday that the estate of one of Asia's richest women will go to her family's foundation -- not her lover and feng shui adviser -- winding down a probate battle that has captivated the southern Chinese enclave.
Anyone fond of coming home to a chilled glass of Chardonnay to help wind down may soon be dreaming of the front door keys rather than a corkscrew. The pleasure is due to a hot new field of design called neuroarchitecture.
If you're ready to make a clean sweep of your house, help is here. Experts share the six main reasons why people can't seem to let go of their stuff and their smartest tricks for outwitting that primal hoarding instinct. Prepare to clear out -- for good!
Susan Roberts can design you a gorgeous living room or a charming kitchen, but don't call her an "interior designer" - she could be fined $500 and spend a year in jail. Why? Because the state of Connecticut hasn't licensed her to adopt that moniker.
Architects and remodeling contractors are the folks to call for structural planning, while interior designers work out optimal room size, traffic flow and lighting. When it comes to choosing and coordinating the color schemes, paint finishes, cabinet styles and light fixtures that go into that room, that's where an interior decorator comes in.
Michele Mann was doing just fine on her own, thank you. She had launched a successful interior design business, which now earns her about $100,000 a year. She'd nearly paid off the two-bedroom Phoenix condo she had bought for $450,000 in 1992. And she'd amassed a handsome portfolio.
You're longing to replace those dark oak cabinets, avocado appliances and worn countertops in your kitchen. But the $50,000 to $100,000 price of a high-end renovation and the thought of living on kung pao for three months during construction make you queasy. Plus, in today's buyer's market, a full-scale renovation doesn't return what it used to: In 2006, home sellers got only 80% of their kitchen remodeling costs back, according to the National Association of Realtors, down from 91% in 2005.
You're longing to replace those dark oak cabinets, avocado appliances and worn countertops in your kitchen. But the $50,000 to $100,000 price of a high-end renovation and the thought of living on kung pao for three months during construction make you queasy.
The latest trends in home decorating are all about bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out. So whether you prefer soaking up the sun or kicking back on the sofa, this spring you can get the best of both worlds, no matter where you are.
Ethan Allen wants customers to think of its upscale home furniture as classic yet trendy, offering top quality at a good price, and being a solid, long-term investment. That's also how many analysts describe the company's stock.