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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Home Design Leans toward Nature-Inspired Comfort

October 27, 2015 2:51 am

Gone are the days of the Hollywood-inspired home exuding "look, but don't touch elegance.” Design preferences this year lean toward “inviting,” “rustic” and “beachside charm,” according to a recent® assessment of its visitors.

"We are seeing a shift in home design trends – leaving behind the glitz and glam for a more natural look, whether that may be a rugged barn with many textures or a serene beach-like feel," says Jennifer Farrell, television host and lifestyle expert. "Today's style reflects today's lifestyle and we've found that having a space for entertaining family and friends all year round is the number one trend."

An “inviting” living space, which is described as a welcoming atmosphere that includes fun barware, plenty of seating and a gather-worthy kitchen that can serve as the life of the party, received 23 percent of the more than 100,000 votes cast by® visitors. This was followed closely by “rustic” at 22 percent and “beachside charm” at 21 percent.

Those who prefer a “rustic” look favor natural elements: wood, stone, water and light. This style takes traditionally organic materials from the outside inside for a perfect balance. Also taking on a relaxed and casual feel, the “beachside charm” look is airy and breezy, incorporating terracotta tile, patio umbrellas, sundecks and scattered shells to make homeowners and their visitors kick back and feel like they are miles away from the hustle and bustle of life's daily pressures.

“Regal,” a grand look with fine fabrics and antiques, was selected fourth among® visitors, followed by concrete jungle “urban,” eclectic “mid-century modern” and slinky and engaging “earthy.”


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Smart Home Ranked "Most Useful" Technology

October 27, 2015 2:51 am

Over the next 10 years, smart home automation is likely to prove the most useful to the majority of Americans. In fact, more than half of respondents to a recent Honeywell survey ranked smart home technology as more practical than other connected innovations, such as driverless cars and fitness apps. And by 2025, respondents believe smart home tech will be implemented in almost half of items in their households.

From recording favorite television programs to taking care of pets, Americans see many uses for the connected home. Among these uses, according to the survey, are:

• Controlling lighting
• Controlling locks
• Feeding pets
• Programming a DVR

Additionally, nearly a third of respondents would prefer an app that can control their home devices to be voice-activated rather than with a touchscreen.

Source: Honeywell

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