In Marie Flanigan’s new design book, there’s beauty in every home


The coronavirus pandemic has slowed life to a different pace, but Houston interior designer Marie Flanigan is busier than ever.

In addition to publishing her first book, “The Beauty of Home: Redefining Traditional Interiors” (Gibbs Smith; $45; 240 pages), Flanigan has launched a new collection of lighting with Visual Comfort and a collection of natural stone slabs with Aria Stone Gallery.

Flanigan’s distinctive updated traditional style always showcases great lighting, so her collaboration with Houston-based Visual Comfort

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An American family struggle as pandemic worsens U.S. food insecurity

NEW YORK — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry.

There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black families like hers. Meanwhile some of the largest protests against racial injustice in decades were transpiring right outside their window, after the family had experienced its own terrifying encounter with police earlier in the year. There were unpaid bills, and feelings of shame from having to go to a soup kitchen in search of a meal.

So Vinson made the painful decision to send 11-year-old twins Mason and Maddison to live with their father, six states to the south, knowing that way they’d at least be fed.

“I needed them to breathe,” Vinson said, wiping away tears in her living room of

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Jane Seymour, 69, poses in sports bra to encourage her fans to share positivity and encouragement

Actress Jane Seymour in her sports bra wowed fans as part of an inspirational National Day of Encouragement post on social media.

The “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” actress took to Instagram on Sunday where she shared a bright snap of herself posing in a sports bra and leggings inside what appears to be an outdoor garden. The 69-year-old holds her arms outstretched in the air and sports a big smile.

“Today is #NationalDayofEncouragement and in case nobody has told you recently, I am PROUD of you! We are collectively experiencing these difficult times but you are overcoming obstacles day by day,” she captioned the image.

JANE SEYMOUR RECALLS BEING SINGLE IN HER 60S: ‘TINDER WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN’

The star then encouraged her followers to share some of their encouraging words with people in their life in the comments section.

The actress’s inspirational words didn’t stop there. The following day

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Mansion seen on ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ will soon be available on Airbnb

But will they allow guests to toss Jazz out on his ear?

In honor of the 30th anniversary of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Airbnb, together with Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, are inviting Los Angeles County residents to book “the freshest staycation ever” at the home that served as the inspiration for the Banks mansion.

LAST SURVIVING BLOCKBUSTER TEMPORARILY TURNED INTO AIRBNB RENTAL

“It’s been 30 years since Will Smith rolled up the driveway and knocked on the door of this iconic LA crib for the very first time,” Airbnb wrote of the promotion in a press release. “To celebrate the unforgettable memories, valuable life lessons and laughs that have lasted decades, ‘The Fresh Prince’ will turn things upside down – once again – for the town where his reign began.”

Airbnb further claims that the mansion is “just as fly” as it was back when Will and

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Hunger, Protest And Pain: A Brooklyn Family’s Coronavirus Summer

NEW YORK CITY — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry.

There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black families like hers. Meanwhile some of the largest protests against racial injustice in decades were transpiring right outside their window, after the family had experienced its own terrifying encounter with police earlier in the year.

There were unpaid bills and feelings of shame from having to go to a soup kitchen in search of a meal.

So Vinson made the painful decision to send 11-year-old twins Mason and Maddison to live with their father, six states to the south, knowing that way they’d at least be fed.

“I needed them to breathe,” Vinson said, wiping away tears in her living room

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15 quarantine home renovations from our viewers, readers — and the photos are amazing

We asked our viewers and readers to send us photos of their DIY home renovations that were completed during quarantine, and we were absolutely stunned by the responses.

Not only did we get dozens of submissions showing photos full of incredible home makeovers, but a lot of viewers submitted before-and-after pictures — and the attention to detail and craftsmanship is truly commendable.

From people finally building a deck in the backyard, to restoring an old piece of furniture or getting around to painting the walls of their home, our viewers got to work during the early days of quarantine.

Since we got so any submissions, we decided to show off some of the best of the best.

Ready for some before-and-after pics? We thought perhaps even if you haven’t done a project yet, these might give you some inspiration for the future.

A landscape makeover.
A landscape makeover. (User submitted photo.)

This family

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Top Interior Design Trends of 2020: From Home Offices to Two-Tone Kitchens

There is an upside to spending more time at home: researching your dream house, down to the cabinet handles.

To decipher what dream home means in a global-pandemic world, Mansion asked the editors of three house-centric websites—Houzz, Decorilla and The Real Houses of IG—to identify their most popular images from the first half of the year. We examined photos that home-décor followers are clicking, liking and scrolling through to better understand today’s trends.

The verdict? It’s in the details.

People simply have more time and are going to greater lengths to plan out, and to seek inspiration for, their dream home, says Kate Rumson, founder of The Real Houses of IG, a home-and-design Instagram account with 2.4 million followers. Many are in the process of building their homes, she adds, and they are committed to making perfect choices, no matter how small. Questions about wall colors, window treatments and furniture

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A family struggle as pandemic worsens food insecurity

NEW YORK (AP) — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry.

There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black families like hers. Meanwhile some of the largest protests against racial injustice in decades were transpiring right outside their window, after the family had experienced its own terrifying encounter with police earlier in the year. There were unpaid bills, and feelings of shame from having to go to a soup kitchen in search of a meal.


So Vinson made the painful decision to send 11-year-old twins Mason and Maddison to live with their father, six states to the south, knowing that way they’d at least be fed.



“I needed them to breathe,” Vinson said, wiping away tears in her living room

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The Dog-Crate Prison Break – The Atlantic

Toby Dorr never ran a red light, never rolled through a stop sign, never got so much as a speeding ticket. As a kid, she was always the teacher’s pet, always got straight A’s. Her parents never bothered to give her a curfew, because she never stayed out late. She married the only boy she’d ever dated, raised a family, built a career, went to church. She did everything she was supposed to do.

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She’s in her early 60s now, just over 5 feet tall, and with her wry smile and auburn curls, she could be your neighbor, your librarian, your aunt. But people in Kansas City remember Toby’s story. She’s been stared at in restaurants, pointed at on sidewalks. For more than a decade, people here have argued about whether what she did was stupid and selfish or

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The Literary Scene in the Great Depression (and Today)

In The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today (OR Books, 2020), the journalist Jason Boog writes about the plight of writers in the United States since the stock market crash of 2008 and compares their challenges to those of poets, novelists, and journalists in the 1930s. When focusing on the mid-20th Century, Boog, the West Coast correspondent for Publishers Weekly, highlights better-known literary figures from the Great Depression (Richard Wright, Cornell Woolrich, Muriel Rukeyser, Nathaniel West, Kenneth Fearing) along with more obscure authors (Edward Newhouse, Maxwell Bodenheim, Orrick Johns, Anca Vrbovska).

Boog roots this excellent survey of past and present literary lives in his own experiences as a journalist whose employer, a legal publication, went under in 2008. Without office space, security, or health insurance, Boog perched himself near the American Literature stacks at New York University’s Bobst Library and began an obsessive

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