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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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What to Buy (and Not to Buy) in June

June 22, 2016 2:27 am

With graduations, weddings and Father’s Day to celebrate, you may find your wallet takes a hit come June. Looking for some relief? Here’s the scoop on bargains—and what can wait—from the shopping mavens at DealNews and NerdWallet.

Carpeting/Flooring – June is typically a slow season for flooring retailers, so be on the lookout for low prices—and don’t be shy about negotiating for installation discounts.

Fishing, Gardening and Hardware Equipment – June historically offers deals on fishing equipment and home-related items, like gardening and hardware tools.

Gym Memberships – Gym memberships tend to fall in June (when many exercise outdoors), so take advantage of discounted rates for the fall.

Laptops – School may be out, but many electronics retailers kick-off back-to-school sales in June. Expect deals at Apple stores, Best Buy and online on Amazon.

Lingerie – June is semi-annual sales month at Victoria’s Secret and other lingerie retailers. Gift yourself or a soon-to-be bride with an affordable set.

Outdoor Gear – In June, many outdoor retail chains offering fitness- and sports-wear and accessories slash prices up to 50 percent.

Swimwear – Expect early-season sales on swimwear in June—or, wait until just after July 4 for real blow-out savings.

Hold off on:

A/C Units – The hotter the summer, the higher the prices. Wait for end-of season discounts if you can.

Bicycles – Prices are highest in early summer. Wait until fall for the best buys.

Grills and Patio Sets – Prices are at a premium once summer starts. Delay buying a grill or patio furniture until August, when retailers reduce stock.

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Critics' Picks from the 2016 Architectural Digest Show

June 22, 2016 2:27 am

Trends in architecture and interior design come and go. For residential design, it’s important to note the trends that have real staying power—ones that will serve the needs of homeowners well beyond the year-long design cycle.

So, what’s hot, what’s not, and what trends are most practical for homeowners? We look to some of the critics’ picks from the recently-held annual Architectural Digest Design Show:

• Architects-ToyBox.com was among many exhibitors highlighting Sony’s Life Space UX, technology that provides “transformative sensorial impact” of lights, sounds and visuals applied in unexpected ways. On-trend products include:

- LED Bulb Speaker ($239), combining a dim-able LED light and speaker into an ordinary light bulb;

- Glass Sound Speaker ($799), a wireless speaker with ambient LED illumination; and

- Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector ($999), capable of throwing a 22- to 80-inch image onto walls, tables, or any adjacent surface.

• Luke Lamp Co. displayed its sought-after rewired industrial light fixtures, which are currently endorsed by the likes of Twitter and Urban Outfitters.

• Jenn-Air also earned top marks from critics for its Wi-Fi-enabled wall oven and Obsidian refrigerators.

Based on critics’ takeaways from the show, interior design is generally gravitating toward dark, saturated shades (eggplant, navy blue), light finishes (blond wood, copper), and rounded elements (arc-shaped sofas, circular lamps). As expected, eco-friendly products remain top-of-the-heap.

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