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The Secret History of Thanksgiving (Or, Interesting Tidbits to Bring Up If You’re Seated Next to Great Aunt Mary)

Thanksgiving: Pilgrims, Indians, harvest, yadda, yadda, right? From your tender pre-school years of handprint turkeys (perhaps graduating to a construction paper cornucopia), you’ve been fed the basic narrative of the Thanksgiving holiday. And this narrative has gradually morphed into the modern traditions of turkey, pumpkin pie, football and watching a parade on television. Well, there are plenty of fascinating twists and turns to this holiday and they could come in handy as interesting chit chat if you find yourself seated next to someone you don’t know well for the duration of this long meal.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

10 Bathrooms Inspired by Design’s Most Daring Decade

The phrase “’80s bathroom” may conjure a bit of a shudder — along with images of cracked square tile and particle-board vanities. But right now we’re feeling inspired by an entirely different kind of ’80s bathroom, one not necessarily built in the ’80s but definitely inspired by the decade.

Lately, the influence of Memphis — the postmodern collective that defined avant-garde design during that time — is everywhere, so it seems inevitable that those bright colors, speckled finishes, and playful geometric shapes would eventually make their way to the bathroom. The resulting spaces might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you have to agree that they’re anything but boring.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

The Surprising History of a “New” Trend that isn’t New at All

Few kitchen trends are so polarizing — and simultaneously so ubiquitous — as the recent move from closed cabinets to open shelving. But while we may think of open shelving as a new trend, it’s actually been around for a long, long time — and even predates the appearance of cabinets as we know them now. Let’s take a look at the surprisingly long history of open shelving.

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Posted on Nov 8, 2017

Does Your House Have a Name? Here are Some Suggestions…

Once reserved for grand estates and castles, house naming is a much more casual affair these days thanks to social media. House names can be like Twitter names or vanity license plates: Another place to define your identity and communicate your personality and humor.

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Posted on Nov 4, 2017

Putting the “Trick” Back in Trick or Treat: The Origin of Everyone’s Favorite Halloween Phrase

Ask any kid what the best part of Halloween is, and they’ll most definitely say it’s trick-or-treating. Even though you might still don a clever costume each year, you probably grew out of the whole going around and collecting candy from strangers thing by the time you became a teenager, right? You may be old enough to buy your own treats, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put the “trick” back into the equation.

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Posted on Oct 31, 2017

HP lost key historical archives in California’s wildfires

There’s no question that California’s recent wildfires are ultimately a human tragedy, destroying homes and upturning lives. Please donate if you can. However, they’ve also represented a loss for technology history. The Press Democrat has learned tha…

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Posted on Oct 29, 2017

Why Do People in the South Call Lunch ‘Dinner’ and Dinner ‘Supper’?

I grew up in the South, and that means I had a grandma who was an excellent cook, but it also means that, throughout my childhood, I was exceedingly confused about what the word ‘dinner’ meant. Most people I knew used dinner to refer to the evening meal and lunch for the mid-day one, but at grandma’s dinner happened at noon and there was another meal, supper, in the evening. Were my relatives trying to confuse me? What, exactly, did it all mean?

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Posted on Oct 26, 2017

5 Once-Hated Design Elements That We Now Kind of Love

When it comes to design, what’s in and what’s out is constantly changing, and sometimes a particular trend will come full-circle—from loved to hated and then (eventually) back to loved again. Here are five once-hated design elements that are currently enjoying a renaissance. What’s your take? Do you love these resurrected trends? Or do they deserve to stay in the past?

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Posted on Oct 24, 2017

This 100-Year-Old Kitchen Design Looks Better than Ever

Almost 100 years ago, in 1926, a team of architects set out to design the home of the future. In the wake of the first World War, Frankfurt, Germany experienced a huge housing crisis, and the team, headed by Ernst May, was tasked with creating 10,000 new units of worker housing. It was the perfect opportunity to show off the new ideals of modernism, and to create a home that was a shining example of minimalism and efficiency. The perfect modern home needed a perfect modern kitchen, and for its design May turned — unusually at the time — to a woman.

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Posted on Oct 19, 2017

A New Exhibit Explores The Modern History of Apartment Living

Since its opening in the 1980s, The Tenement Museum has provided a wealth of information on the origins of urban apartment living. The incredibly preserved building on 97 Orchard Street features multiple well-researched tours that cover different immigrant families who occupied the tenements in the past, offering you a glimpse into working class urban life up until the 1930s (Full disclosure: the Tenement Museum is my favorite place on all of planet earth. All of it). Next month they’ll open up a new extension of the museum at 103 Orchard Street that focuses on families settling in the neighborhood after World War II, to the current day.

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Posted on Oct 14, 2017

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