Day: April 19, 2020

How to Decorate a Man Room

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jayson Franklin and Morgan Gagne of Manly Vintage.

There’s a good chance the first interior decorator was a guy, scratching pictures of a glorious hunt on the wall of his cave, trying to show off for his friends.  This was the first man cave, if you will. Unfortunately, the modern man tends to be as afraid of “decorating” as the stag is of the spear.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  A well-planned, coordinated, organized, and stylish space will bring more pleasure and comfort than a space with random furniture and objects all shoved together.  No one with any sense would advocate that a man should necessarily quit his full-time job and compare color swatches while watching every episode of Design Star, let alone have a decorating opinion for every inch of his abode.  However, he should at the

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Residential & Commercial Roofing Contractor serving Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads

Dear Hampton Roads Homeowner,

Hi, I’m Ryan Merritt, and this is my wife Wendy.  We are the owners of AED Roofing and Siding, parents of 3, grandparents of 1, and local roofing contractors here in Hampton Roads.

Over the past 10 years we have poured our heart and soul into making AED the #1 quality roofing company in Hampton Roads, VA. Our team has replaced, and repaired thousands of residential and commercial roofs in the Hampton Roads area and completed many home exterior (and interior) makeovers. 

Whether you’re a homeowner, commercial property owner or property manager, we aim to serve you by giving you quality service and the best value for your money.

We’ve been featured on the news, have a perfect score with the Better Business Bureau, and have been ranked as the #17 roofing contractor in the U.S. for our commitment and participation in the GAF Roofs for

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How To Design Exterior Stairs

Getting from one place to another is rarely a problem when it comes to exterior design because, unlike interiors, you seldom have to worry about permanent structural elements, like walls, getting in the way. However, more consideration needs to be given to exteriors if there is an incline. Slopes and hills mean you will have to think about an inclined pathway or outdoor stairs.

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Steps and stairs have advantages over sloping paths since they are able to cope with steeper inclines. They are also capable of connecting the architecture of a home with the rest of the landscape design. Exterior stairs need to be hard wearing and resistant to the elements.

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However, there is no need to compromise on a stylish design. Even highly functional stairs, that serve a specific purpose, can look great if you choose the right style, to go with the

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8 Best WordPress Themes For Exterior Design & Architecture Websites

Exterior design is one of the most creative fields of work that requires the most elegant touch. In order to grow your business in today’s age, you’re going to have to create an online presence to showcase your work – build your portfolio. Luckily, you’ve made the right choice (choosing WordPress as your CMS) and come to the right place to look for themes!

We’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting exterior design WordPress themes and templates that you can use to showcase your or your agency’s work. Let’s get started.

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1 CROFTS - Architecture, Agency WordPress Theme

CROFTS is a multipurpose, fully responsive WordPress theme with retina ready display, coupled with the drag-and-drop Visual Composer plugin. This theme is specifically built for architectural design

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Design Patterns | Object Oriented Design

By definition, Design Patterns are reusable solutions to commonly occuring problems(in the context of software design). Design patterns were started as best practices that were applied again and again to similar problems encountered in different contexts. They become popular after they were collected, in a formalized form, in the Gang Of Four book in 1994. Originally published with c++ and smaltalk code samples, design patterns are very popular in Java and C# can be applied in all object oriented languanges. In functional languages like Scala, certain patterns are not necesary anymore.

Creational Design Patterns:

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Singleton Pattern

SingletonEnsure that only one instance of a class is created and Provide a global access point to the object.

When to Use
Common Usage

Example: Lazy Singleton in Java

Example: Early Singleton in Java

Singleton pattern should be used when we must ensure that only one instance of

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118 Modern Houses (PHOTOS)

Here is a terrific collection of modern houses of all sizes, materials and colors that exhibit extraordinary architectural and design talent. Diverse design. Easy-to-scroll gallery.

Geometric top-heavy concrete home built on edge of steep slope

Welcome to our collection of modern houses.

I remember viewing my first modern home that was built in the smallish town where I grew up.  There is a mountain on the east side of town where large homes were built.  It was the premiere neighborhood in our town because the views are incredible.

Far up the mountain in the late 80’s a family built a modern home that deviated from the usual West Coast style of homes that were popular on the mountain.  The sparkling new white cube-style home with cliff-edge pool shone like a jewel on the mountain.  I was smitten… and often went up the mountain to enjoy the views and the homes.

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Family Room vs. Living Room

The different rooms used as places a family can gather and for entertaining visitors are known as living rooms, great rooms, dens, drawing rooms and sitting rooms. Each may have different purposes and design styles.

Family Room vs. Living Room Styles Then and Now

The living room was traditionally a more formal room than a family room. It served as the reception area for guests. The family room was strictly used just for the family and on occasion, guests during informal entertaining. Today, separate formal living rooms are mostly obsolete for the average American family as many social formalities gave way to informal lifestyles.

Interchangeable Terminology

The terms living room and family room are used interchangeably for the average family today. There are some families that may still maintain a formal lifestyle and, in that case, would have a home with both a living room and a family

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Design Design Reviews in Grand Rapids, MI

Updated Mar 12, 2020


Design Design President and CEO Don Kallil
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    Current Employee – Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI


    Positive Outlook

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    I have been working at Design Design full-time for more than 5 years


    The company is growing and progressing, so there are new people coming in and a lot of great opportunities! The office is a very friendly work environment with great company culture. The leadership team truly cares about their employees and pushes to ensure that the company’s core values are being practiced throughout the office. Overall, the team here works very well together,

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Get Home Office Ideas From These 7 Interior Designers

“Currently I am hunkered down in Sedona, Arizona in the mountains. Typically, I don’t work a lot from a desk, but when I do, I try to find the most inspiring place to sketch and create. I’m very old school and use a notebook to write notes and draw. Since this isn’t my studio, I try to add a touch of myself, so I up-cycled my Balenciaga shirt onto a pillow to create the perfect chair. Another important item is my iPad, but the most important thing here is the view.”

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Alex Papachristidis

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“Personal memorabilia is always nice to have in your home work space. I have a photograph of my partner Scott and me at my niece’s wedding in London, which was such a special

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