Vinyl siding loses lead as top cladding for new homes

Vinyl siding has lost its 25-year lead to stucco as the most popular cladding choice for newly constructed houses, while fiber cement gained ground to round out the top three exterior wall materials.

Stucco was installed on 27 percent of the 903,000 single-family houses built in 2019 compared to vinyl siding on 25 percent and fiber cement on 21 percent, according to the characteristics of new housing data collected in a survey of construction by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the other exterior siding materials, brick was installed on 20 percent of new houses, wood on 5 percent, and “other,” as in concrete block, stone and aluminum, on 2 percent, the survey says.

In the latest shift, stucco gained 2 percent, fiber cement picked up 1 percent, vinyl siding and brick each lost 1 percent, and use of wood and other materials held steady, the survey also says.

The figures,

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The Internet Is Obsessing Over Gigi Hadid’s Rainbow Pasta Cabinets



a close up of a glass door: Supermodel and mom-to-be Gigi Hadid showed off her NYC apartment via Instagram. She had been working on it for a year with Gordon Kahn.


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Supermodel and mom-to-be Gigi Hadid showed off her NYC apartment via Instagram. She had been working on it for a year with Gordon Kahn.

Over the weekend, supermodel Gigi Hadid debuted a groundbreaking new look: her NYC apartment. Via Instagram, the 25-year-old fashion icon shared some shots of her colorful, eye-catching interiors that she had been working on with Gordon Kahn. As it turns out, she’s a total maximalist (like bestie Taylor Swift) with a design style that is quite—er—outside the box.

“Spent all of last year designing and curating my passion project / dream spot,” the mama-to-be captioned her 10-photo post. With each photo, we get a look into her bold, colorful, and very much one-of-a-kind apartment.

You’ll find the living room gives off boho-chic vibes, while the staircase nods to the pop art era. One of her bathrooms looks like it was taken

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How to recreate the hot 2020 pink bathroom trend in Animal Crossing

Video games have long been sandboxes for those looking to sample interior design trends (oh Sims, you and your endless carpet swatches taught us so much). Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one such experience, giving you an entire house to spruce up using whatever knick knacks you can find.

If you want to recreate one of 2020’s hottest trends, read on for six tips that’ll help you design the perfect pink bathroom in Animal Crossing.

Design pink indoor decking to play with levels



a bedroom with a green door: (Image credit: Animal Crossing)


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(Image credit: Animal Crossing)

One of the quickest ways to take your bathroom to the – ahem – next level is to build a raised indoor platform. Animal Crossing includes a customisation app on the NookPhone, so you can install floor tiles that you’ve either designed yourself or downloaded from another player. 

This pink decking by Yamaji Maya (Creator ID: MA-8569-4772-9405) is

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Venus Williams Has a Whole Other Career as an Interior Designer

Tennis champion Venus Williams has a lengthy list of athletic achievements and history-making feats. She and her younger sister Serena Williams are two of the world’s most gifted players, and they both are enterprising business owners. Like other celebrities, they are spinning more than one plate.

Not all of Venus Williams’ endeavors are connected to sports, as she is the head of her own interior design firm.

Venus Williams
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Venus Williams launched interior design company in 2002

Williams opened the doors to V Starr Interiors in 2002 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since then, she and her team have provided design services for residential and commercial properties.

While she can claim her sister as part of her clientele, her first project was for NBA player Carlos Boozer. V Starr has also tackled homes and condos in New York, Chicago, and other major cities.

Williams told Elle

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This Virtual Showhouse Is Debuting Online and Off Next Month

For the first time in its 43-year history, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, which benefits San Francisco University High School, is going virtual—at least in part. Designers are still taking over rooms—27 of them, to be exact, at the Mediterranean-style house at 22 22nd Avenue in the city’s West Clay Park neighborhood. But given the currently-in-flux COVID-19 crisis and the myriad regulations that govern group get-togethers these days, the showhouse’s organizers have added digital components that are anything but sides to the entrée of the home itself. 

In fact, while there are tentative plans to move forward with in-person tours from August 29–September 27, it’s likely that most of this year’s visitors will instead partake in walk-through video tours of the house and gardens, an interactive 3D self-guided tour, and online designer interviews than will actually visit the physical location. 

AD PRO discussed the challenges and highlights of designing for

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