Inspiring handicraft items for home decor

A few years after a first encounter at Cafe Milano, Rebecca Grunfeld, an attorney, and Ryan Samuel, a real-estate developer, bumped into one another at a Wizards game (her dad is team general manager Ernie Grunfeld). A few weeks later, Ryan called Rebecca to ask her out for coffee, which turned into watching the US men’s soccer team in a World Cup game at Logan Tavern, followed by an early bite at Le Diplomate. On Rebecca’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary a few years later, Ryan proposed in the home he and Rebecca had bought and renovated.

They married in an intimate ceremony at Rebecca’s parents’ house, where Rebecca’s sister-in-law officiated and Ryan’s two children (Rebecca’s “bonus babies”) read a book they made for the bride entitled Ten Things We Love About Becky. In the pool, inflatable swans adorned with floral wreaths added a whimsical touch, and reception decor included embroidered napkins, Chinese statues representing good health and happiness, and Rebecca’s mother’s china. For dinner: a family recipe for Caesar salad, beef tenderloin, penne alla vodka, and mushroom risotto. Dessert included mini cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, and brownies à la mode, plus a vanilla funfetti wedding cake with strawberry buttercream.

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Racist comparison announces PM Modi’s arrival in Argentina for G20 summit

Modi compared to Apu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Argentina for the G20 summit was marred by racist overtones after a local news channel used controversial animated character Apu to mark Modi’s visit.

Argentinian channel Cronica TV used the character from the American show The Simpsons to announce that PM Modi had arrived in the country. They used the headline “Apu Arrives” as PM Modi reached Buenos Aires for the international summit.


CORT hosts grand opening celebration for new Houston furniture showroom

CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway company, has opened its new Houston furniture rental showroom, a one-stop shop for unique, rental furniture and accessories.

The Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 15, provided guests an opportunity to browse the showroom and experience CORT’s product selection.

CORT’s furniture rental showroom is located at 788 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Suite 132, in Houston. It features rental furnishings and accessories to meet any design style or budget..


This tiny home is the perfect space for artists

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This eclectic tiny home in Claremont, New Hampshire is fit for an artist. Inspired by gypsy caravans, train cars and old ships, this small home looks like it is straight out of a movie set.

“This provides us a way a to travel to the job, still stay in our home and then pack up and leave when the gig is over,” says the owner


The Dining Room: Dedicated for eating and not a dumping grounds for paperwork

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The dining room of the home is many times the last-in-line to be decorated and styled. Many think as soon as you select a table and chairs the project is complete, but actually, that is not true. The dining room is the gathering place for family meals and memories and should not be an afterthought or the dumping ground for bills and paperwork. Some homes are designed with a more casual eat-in kitchen dining table and no dining room. For the purpose of this article, we are discussing homes that have a dedicated dining room although some of these rules can also apply to the eat-in kitchen.

Choosing a table and chairs: The first decision is the table and chairs. Selecting a style that flows with the rest of your home is as important as the dining room is usually open to the other public areas of the home. In deciding on the table and chairs, consideration should be given to the size of the room. Guests should be able to freely move around the table when other guests are seated especially when the table isn’t expanded. Many tables have leaves for added length and some are self-storing leaves. Most dining rooms cannot accommodate a fully expanded table for everyday use; plus, you may only expand your table two to three times each year, so most of the “rules” are for the everyday size of the dining table. Just keep in mind the furniture needs to be in proportion to the size of the room.

Storage needs: Next question is do you plan on having storage pieces like a sideboard, buffet or hutch? It is very nice to have storage for silverware, serving pieces, linens, china, etc. I have often seen homeowners struggle with the furniture placement of these types of pieces in the dining room especially if the chandelier was hung in the center of the room. That is because when a hutch or buffet is added, it can shift the center of the dining table to one side making the chandelier off center from the table.

Lighting: Speaking of lighting, most dining rooms will have a chandelier over the table or sometimes two. The lighting of a dining room should be dimmable so to keep ambiance as warm and inviting. The traditional height of a chandelier is 30 inches above the table for an 8-foot ceiling height to the bottom of the fixture, but as with all rules, exceptions can apply. Typically, you would add 3 inches for each additional foot of height. The size of a chandelier should be 12 inches less than the table width for a rule of thumb.

Area rugs: Your choice of an area rug also has an important role. Color, texture, and style will definitely influence the style and design of the room. If the rugs from the living room, entry, or other adjacent areas are visible, the rugs by no means need to match. They just need to coordinate and flow with each other. The dining room rug needs to be two feet wider than the table on each side, or in other words, four feet longer than the length and four feet wider than the width. This allows dining guests’ chairs to remain on the rug without the back legs falling off the edge of the rug.

Walls and windows: Wallpaper is reemerging as a strong accent and the dining room is the perfect room of your home to show off a wow factor. Paired with wainscoting, wallpaper can be the star even in a neutral color palette. Another wow factor to consider in the dining room is custom window treatments. The style of your home will dictate whether luxurious floor-length drapery or a simpler top treatment is in order, but the perfect finishing touch in the dining room is definitely a beautifully crafted window treatment.

So as we enter the holiday season, take a critical look at your dining room to see if it is living up to its potential. Enjoy entertaining by having your dining room attractive and well-designed.


Pub chef apologises for drunken rampage in street

Pub chef apologises for drunken rampage in street

A CHEF who went on a drunken rampage in Henley has been spared jail.

Mihai-Alexandru Banciu broke doors and windows at the Bull pub in Bell Street before storming into the street and smashing a car windscreen.

Banciu, who was then working at the Brakspear pub, suffered severe injuries to his hands and arms and was treated by passers-by in the street before being taken to hospital.

He was arrested on his release and later charged with two counts of criminal damage and one count of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence.

Banciu, 29, was ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service when he appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday after admitting the offences.

He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs, an £85 victim surcharge and £65 in compensation for the damage to the car. The court heard how Banciu had been out drinking with other members of staff from the Bull on the night of Monday, July 9 and was trying to get back in by climbing through the window of his room via the roof.

A colleague said he was “very agitated”, kicking out at doors and pushing things over.

He cut his hands and kicked open the door of a colleague’s room to ask for help before attempting to wash the blood off in a sink.

Banciu then went outside, followed by the colleague who saw him kick a wooden gate and smash six of the pub’s windows.

Andy Callender, prosecuting, said: “There were significant cuts to his wrist, covering his arms, head and top in blood.

“He walked into the road, causing cars to stop or swerve around him. One car reversed the wrong way down the road to avoid him. A vehicle had to stop due to his presence in the road.” Banciu stamped on the front bumper of this car and struck the windscreen, smashing it and leaving it covered in blood.

He then lay in the road, allowing himself to be treated for his wounds by passers-by before being taken to hospital.

Mr Callender said the police received numerous calls from members of the public about the incident.

He said: “One caller said he was locking himself in a restaurant toilet due to fear.”

Alex Perry, Banciu’s probation officer, said the defendant “had problems” with his employer at the time and was suffering from the build-up of a number of issues.

He said: “He had been out drinking, hadn’t had much sleep because he had been working long hours and had mental health issues. He just lost it.

“He smashed windows inside and outside and in doing so slit his wrist and severed the tendons. Luckily, one passer-by was a GP without whom he may not be here today. This has had a real impact on his future. He doesn’t want to drink any more.”

Mr Perry said Banciu now enjoyed working as a chef at the Lord Nelson Inn in Brightwell Baldwin and his boss was very supportive.

He said that Banciu had previously suffered from depression and was the victim of human trafficking, which had a lasting impact on his mental health.

He had also undergone rehabilitation therapy.

Mr Perry said: “He’s terrified by the prospect of custody and thinks his mental health would deteriorate.”

Banciu told the court: “I apologise for everything.”

Sentencing, presiding magistrate Christopher Smith said: “We have heard you are in full-time employment and moving on with your life. You have to accept that this is quite a serious incident.”

Brakspear said the pub was closed at the time of the incident and the damage was repaired the next day


Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Northeast D.C. lists for $357,900

The 1,260-square-foot condo at 1 Hawthorne Circle NE No. 1 in Washington — listing for $357,900 — has high ceilings, hardwood flooring and a fireplace. (D. Kotowicz)

November 26 at 5:30 AM

Finding an affordable condo in a gated community with a swimming pool, outdoor space and plenty of parking sounds impossible in the District, where the median sales price was $602,250 in October, according to Bright MLS. Yet with a little searching and a willingness to live within a bus ride,…