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Opening Your Home to Old Family Members


Q: We found some great old family portraits when we were cleaning out my great aunt's attic and garage. I don't know who they are and don't care but would love to hang them in our living room. This would have to happen over my wife's protests because everything else is pretty contemporary. Any thoughts?

A: I think you should already be reaching for the hammer and picture hangers: nothing adds more personality to a room than personal artworks, especially family portraits.

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The Android Smartphone for the Rest of Us


The New and Attractive LG Lucid

--- Some reasons why you should consider the LG Lucid as your next smart phone.

The smartphone world is full of competition all centered around convincing you, their phone is the fastest, the slimmest or the most advanced. However, many of these phones fall short in one glaring way or another. Meet the LG Lucid. It is a low cost entry level phone designed to open your eyes to the world of affordable smart phones.

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Weekend Activity: Visit The New Converse Store This Saturday At Westfield Garden State Plaza

New Converse Store at Garden State Plaza

Converse, a classic American shoe company has re-imagined itself with urban decor and artistic flare at the their new location at Westfield Garden State Plaza. Their first mall store brings a new twist to the Converse brand by letting customers customize their footwear, shirts, and accessories. This new destination is the place for both sneakers heads and artists alike. Don’t miss out on their customer event where you can get 20% off a customization!

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To Infiniti and Beyond! - A look at Infiniti's New LE Concept


Infiniti LE Concept
April 5- Press day at the Jacob Javits Center is quiet and generally devoid of crowds, so when I say Infiniti really attracted a crowd today, it was really quite noticeable.  

What was more noticeable was the impending count down promising Infiniti's newest and greatest creation.  Imagine this, a zero emission all electric four door sedan, a splash of luxury, and a touch of elegance.  This is what you get with the new LE concept. The excitement was palpable and its unveiling was glamorous.  Videos and more about the LE concept below.

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Verizon's Galaxy Nexus - An extended test of Android's Latest Benchmark

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus hit stores late holiday season last year and with Samsung's fierce advertisement campaigns it quickly ascended to the top of the must have list. Word of its beautiful curvacious screen and its cutting edge Android 4.0 software update had not been the topic of conversation since the release of the new iPad. Does the silence from its users mean its truely problem free unlike the iPhone 4? An extended test on the beautiful Nexus answers all these questions and more.

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It's Quite a Stretch, Decorating for 'Boomerang' Kids


Slip on something youthful to bring worn furniture back in style: new form-fitting stretch slipcovers.

[Q: We're trying to make a nice home office for our son who is moving back home until he can find another job. His father thinks we should move in some of the furniture that's been in storage, like a small sofa and some lamp tables. They're looking a little shabby to me. I don't want our son to feel any worse than he does about having to live with us. Do you have any ideas that don't cost much?

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Hyundai Veloster: Different, in a Good Way


New Hyundai Volestar

The Hyundai Veloster is a good imitation of a cyber-sportster darting around an edgy video game. It's not as quick as its online avatar, but it is just as three-dimensional. And the young adults Hyundai hopes will buy this inventive three-door coupe can plug in their game console and play in the car -- while it's parked.

Whether this four-seat subcompact becomes an occasional arcade is something to explore, but, for sure, this clever car is the epitome of media connectivity. The standard, 196-watt, six-speaker audio has more kick than the 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

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Decorating for Room Service Round-the-Clock


Q: We are buying a small house -- just two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms we'll use mainly as our TV room, except when my husband's teenage daughter visits (every other weekend). I'd like ideas on how to make the room serve both needs. Is a sofa bed still our best bet?

A: Sofa beds are a boon and a blessing, but by no means are they the only answer to a space that must do double-duty.
The room we show here features a double daybed piled with pillows and dramatized with a canopy. This daybed is totally comfortable for TV-lounging all week, then it morphs, at night, into a sleeping space fit for a princess.

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Pride of Porsche: Redesigned 911 Carrera Has Evolutionary Styling, Revolutionary Performance


Redesigned 911 Carrera

There were some changes made to the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera that caused consternation among corporate board members and raised eyebrows among loyalists. But in the end, the 911 Carrera -- known in company terms as the 991 -- is a soaring successor as an icon of the brand. The 2+2 coupe is lighter, stronger, faster, more fuel-efficient, cleaner-burning and just more fun to drive.

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Three Reasons to Love Verizon’s Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 this Valentines day


Verizon’s 4g isn’t just one more “g”. At speeds around 10Mbits per second, I never had to wait. It’s exponentially faster, and it makes the whole entire device seem faster. Yes, it’s true that data plans are expensive and not for everyone. But, I’ve never seen a device more deserving of monthly upkeep. 

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Making Everything Old New and Now! Again


Making Everything Old New

Q: We are thinking about buying a grand old townhouse that dates to the mid-l9th century. It will need some restoration but the architecture (plaster moldings, ceiling medallions and floors) is in surprisingly good shape. We have a few antiques, but most of our furniture is contemporary, so we're looking to blend periods -- old and now -- and need advice.

A: If pictures are really worth a thousand words, here's all the advice you need, summed up in this photo of a splendid, old, big-city, row house that has been beautifully reclaimed by architects Katarina Edlund and Scott Slarsky.

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Volvo S60 R-Design: Balanced, Tasteful and Completely Enjoyable


Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 R-Design wears the halo in the midsize sedan lineup, but this car is no angel.

It gets more power and suspension finesse than the standard S60 T6, but it still runs on regular unleaded, you could still tow 3,300 pounds if you wanted to, and it costs less than $50,000 with nearly all the factory options.  The all-wheel-drive R-Design models, including the XC60, are the next stage in Volvo's public awareness campaign that it not only builds safe cars, but these Swedes know how to have fun, too.

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Epoxy-Painted Floors: Fab but Don't DIY


Epoxy Floors

Q: Is it possible to paint floors so they look like stained concrete? I really like the smooth, seamless look, but I'm in a condo and there's no way I can have poured concrete. Is there another way to get the look?

A: Take a leaf from the book of visual tricks belonging to architect Charles "Chip" Bohl. In his own apartment, he used epoxy paint to seal the floors, so they gleam as smooth and shiny as ice underfoot.

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Some of My Favorite Fashion Things


Fashion Resolutions

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...well, maybe not so much. Warm woolen mittens? Now we're getting closer. Some of my favorite things to give for the holiday season usually, of course, have some sort of "fashion factor" to them, and this year, my list of favorites is long. However, in the interest of Santa's budgetary constraints, here are just a few of my favorite fashion things -- all for under $100:

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Avoid Going Overboard with Home Decorations This Holiday Season


Q: My wife goes crazy with Christmas decorations every year. I don't get it because she has great taste in everything else, but Christmas turns into cutesy stuffed Santas and fake poinsettias everywhere. I always manage to tone down the outside lights — ours is not the neighborhood for blowup plastic snowmen.

How can I get a message across without hurting her feelings … or her Mom's, the original overdecorator?

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Dressing Sexy


Forget your size, forget your age...every woman can be sexy, says designer Bradley Bayou who has dressed dozens of Hollywood stars. "Celebrities use red carpets as advertising," says Bayou, who shares his style secrets in his book, "The Science of Sexy." "They have to think carefully about what they're going to wear, because what they're selling is their image. The same goes for you. No, you may not be walking down an actual red carpet, but the minute you walk out your door, you are selling yourself and your image."

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Subaru Impreza WRX: A Handy Carving Tool


Subaru Impreza WRX

The Subaru Impreza WRX is a wide-body attitude adjustment in an all-wheel-drive car line that ranges from a meek entry model ($18,220) to the spike-fanged, 305-horsepower WRX STI. The WRX has always been a hoot to drive, but this year Subaru stroked its stance with the same wide-body styling as the STI. The package is available as a sedan and five-door hatchback, which launched this generation's legend. The track is wider by about 1.5 inches, and the 17-inch Dunlop SP Sport performance tires are an inch wider, too.

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Stair Landings Worth a Stopover


Classic Recamier sofa and swing arm lamps

Q: We have an odd configuration in our entry hall: The stairs split left and right, leading up to the landing into the living room. It's the first thing you see, so I'd like to make it attractive, but the space is kind of small. Any ideas?

A: Any space, however small, can pay big decorating dividends. Generously sized stair landings are comparatively rare in contemporary architecture, so you must have an older home and -- let's hope -- the architectural detailing to go with it.

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Hyundai Veloster: $18,060 to $19,310


Hyundai Volestar

Pricing for Hyundai's new 2012 Veloster three-door coupe starts at $18,060 for the entry-level model with six-speed manual transmission and ranges to $19,310 with the six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. Cars are rolling into dealerships now. Both models are powered by a 138-horsepower, direct-injection, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with the manual transmission, and 29/38 with the dual clutch.

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How Obama Protects the Teamsters


Michelle Malkin

Barack Obama and Jimmy Hoffa are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Lady Gaga and hype, the "Jersey Shore" cast and hairspray: inseparable. The president can no more disown the Teamsters Union's leader than he can disown his own id.  At a Labor Day rally in Detroit on Monday before Obama spoke, Hoffa stoked anti-tea party hostility by urging his minions to "take these son of a b*tches out." (Botched grammar added that extra boost of street-gang authenticity to the labor lawyer's threat.) The same civility police on the left who decry any references to crosshairs as incitements to violence are now mute about Hoffa's brass-knuckle rhetoric. 

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