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. 

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25 Tips and Tricks for Buying a Car Online During the Pandemic

The coronavirus shutdown has forced car dealers and auto manufacturers to place a much greater emphasis on selling vehicles online. The process isn’t new to the COVID-19 crisis, but the current situation has compelled virtually every major automaker to expand their online offerings to the point that you can now research, select, test drive, negotiate for and purchase virtually any new car without leaving your home. Here’s what to keep in mind when buying a car.

Last updated: July 10, 2020

Don’t Panic, Not Much Has Changed

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of buying a car online for the first time, don’t. Much of the traditional car-buying process — shopping, researching, applying for loans, etc. — takes place online anyway, so not that much is different. The important thing is not to forget the basics.

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the best face coverings available online

Silk masks available from Pearl Lowe
Silk masks available from Pearl Lowe

Ministers have announced that it will be mandatory to wear facial masks and coverings when using public transport from June 15 and in shops in England from July 24.

That means if you use trains, tubes, trams, ferries, planes or buses, you must cover your nose and mouth to help contain the spread of coronavirus. Those without an adequate face covering could be refused travel on public transport and may even face a fine.

Many people have already been wearing masks for walks or to shop for groceries, but now it’s official – and there’s more choice than ever.

What’s the difference between medical masks and face coverings?

Not to be mistaken for clinical medical grade face masks (or PPE), which NHS staff and frontline workers still need to stay safe, facial masks and coverings are typically made from cloth and elastic and sometimes

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Duncan Hines Is Selling Ultimate Baking Kits Online So Your Kitchen Is About To Turn Into A Full-Fledged Bakery

Photo credit: Duncan Hines
Photo credit: Duncan Hines

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DIY and at-home kits have been so popular over the last few months, but many of those kits have to be ordered through special delivery apps. Duncan Hines is making it so easy to get their new Ultimate Baking Kit, though; it is available on Amazon Prime.

In two days flat with Prime, you can get the Duncan Hines Ultimate Baking Kit that comes with everything you need to bake all kinds of goodies at home for just $39.95. The kit comes with two fudge brownie mixes, one devil’s food cake mix, one classic yellow cake mix, one vanilla frosting, and one chocolate frosting.

Photo credit: Duncan Hines
Photo credit: Duncan Hines

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It even comes with candy toppings like Pop Rocks, gummy bears, milk chocolate M&M’s, peanut M&M’s, and peanut butter M&M’s that you can use to decorate your

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How aubergines and crying faces connected us all online

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Between 1998 and 1999, while the rest of the tech world was preoccupied with the Millennium bug, a 27-year-old engineer at Japanese phone company, NTT Docomo, was working on a project that would define the next era of digital communication. Although he didn’t know it yet.

From his office in the Gifu prefecture, Shigetaka Kurita, was trying to create a way for customers to communicate through icons. For years his employer had been successful at selling pagers to Japan’s teenagers, and its decision to add a heart symbol to one device had proved popular. But as competitors quickly created similar features Kurita knew Docomo required more.

The result was a set of 176 icons in 12×12 pixels, which Kurita named emoji, a combination of two Japanese words: “e” for picture and “moji” for character. Drawing from manga and Chinese characters, as well as international bathroom signs, he covered everything

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The 15 best places to buy patio and outdoor furniture online

Create your outdoor oasis with these online retailers.
Create your outdoor oasis with these online retailers.

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Each summer, people milk every second they can spend outdoors. This year during the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. As many continue spending more time at home than ever before, upgrading your own backyard, deck, or patio with new furniture is a great way to enjoy time outside.

If home stores near you are closed, or if you would rather not go, do not fret. Shopping online for patio furniture is not only fun (imagining a furnished yard with everything you’re scrolling through is thrilling), but it can be easy, too.

When browsing furniture from retailers online, you have to be especially smart about how you shop. Since you can’t physically see and touch pieces, scrolling through reviews and choosing reliable online retailers

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The Six Best Compost Bins to Buy Online, According to Thousands of Reviews

Once you’ve learned the basics of how to compost, the next step is investing in a quality compost bin. Indoor compost bins are designed to simply store your food scraps until you can transfer them to an outdoor composter, which is where they will actually start to decompose. And having the right one is crucial to making this environmentally friendly practice a regular habit that gets the best results. Not only does composting provide you with a nutrient-rich treatment for your plants, but you’ll also significantly reduce the amount of food waste your household puts in the trash. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are also sustainability benefits: “Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.”

It’s worth investing in a dedicated bin for composting in your home or garden because these products much more convenient

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Pier 1 Is Closing All Stores For Good, but You Can Still Get Your Decor Fix Online

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 18: A sign hangs above a Pier 1 imports store that is slated to close on February 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The struggling retailer announced today that it had filed for bankruptcy and was closing 450 stores. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 18: A sign hangs above a Pier 1 imports store that is slated to close on February 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The struggling retailer announced today that it had filed for bankruptcy and was closing 450 stores. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Pier 1 Imports is shutting its doors for good. On Tuesday, the Texas-based company announced that after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year and failing to find a buyer, they’d be shutting down the remaining 541 stores. For all of us decor-loving shoppers who have had many a full cart zooming down the aisles at Pier 1, here’s the plan that’s been announced. When stores are able to reopen post-coronavirus shutdowns, Pier 1 will begin its out-of-business liquidation sales and initiate an “orderly wind-down” of its inventory, as reported in a press release.

The company will continue to fulfill online shopping orders and

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6 Essential Steps to Sell Your Stuff Online Quickly and Safely

If you’ve been storing furniture and home decor you no longer use or want, now is a great time to start clearing out that extra stuff. Before you set that old sofa or antique dresser on the curb, however, consider the potential resale value of the piece. “You’d be surprised at what you might be able to sell,” says Natalie Angelillo, vice president of community at OfferUp, an online marketplace. “Even items that are slightly damaged or have normal wear and tear can still be sold to the right person.”

Selling unwanted furniture and decor online is an easy way to make some extra cash (and free up space around the house). Follow these tips on how to sell furniture online, including the extra precautions you should take to stay safe during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Brian Anderson

1. Choose the Right Platform

Listing items on the right platform is

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27 Best Online Furniture Stores to Bookmark Now

Wondering where to buy furniture online? There are tons of online furniture stores that make getting the perfect new ottoman or couch a breeze. On their sites, you’ll find gorgeous furniture and home decor in a wide variety of styles, plus fast (and often free!) shipping. Some of these retailers you’d expect to see (Target, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, etc.), but others (like Home Depot and Etsy) might come as a surprise. Discover the 27 best online furniture stores now!

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You already know Amazon has everything under the sun, but did you know that includes competitively priced furniture that looks way more expensive than it really is, complete with free delivery? The myriad filtering options help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether that’s a down comforter, a small-space humidifier, or a housewarming gift. Amazon is also the

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