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Adding Asian Flair to Your Home

Oct 31, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Adding Asian Flair to Your Home

Everyone needs a place to unwind at the end of a long day. The cool, sophisticated palette and balanced elements of Far Eastern decor are naturally relaxing. Create your own Zen sanctuary with these Asian design elements.

Vibrant Color 

Color and texture set the stage for every other piece of decor. Cool down with soft grays and pale, watery blues, or warm up with taupe and bright pops of deep plum, crimson red, or cherry blossom pinks. Gold accents lend sophistication and a subtle gleam.

Rich Texture

Chinese decor typically incorporates wooden pieces with highly polished black lacquer, but don’t underestimate the elegantly rustic charm of a wooden Japanese dresser with ornate iron drawer pulls. Another way to add texture in keeping with this style is through the use of bamboo picture frames, window shades, or furniture. 

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2014 American Music Awards Preview

Oct 29, 2014 in Sports/Entertainment . 0 Comment

2014 American Music Awards Preview

The 2014 American Music Awards are sure to deliver suspense, excitement, and a few surprises along the way. But you can be sure of an entertaining evening, since the fans themselves have voted the performances that will take place during the event. With songs by Charli XCX and Jason Derulo, the show which airs Sunday Nov. 23 at 8 on ABC is sure to rank high in the ratings. 

Instead of the typical 5 nominees for Artist of the Year, the number has doubled to 10. With 6 nominations, Iggy Azalea leads the nominations list this year. Other artists trailing just behind with 5 nominations to their name are John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. Here’s a closer look at a few of the categories.

Single of the Year

Iggy Azalea’s song Fancy featuring Charli XCX is a contender, but it has some strong competition from John Legend’s big hit, All of Me. Katy Perry’s song Dark Horse spent 4 weeks at number one on Billboard’s Top 100, and is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Rounding out the list is MAGIC! with Rude and Pharrell Williams and Happy.

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New Apple iPad Unveiled

Oct 27, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

New Apple iPad Unveiled

News of the latest Apple iPad hit a fevered pitch as details of the latest devices were leaked. In an apparent mix up, the iTunes store gave tech watchers and Apple enthusiasts an opportunity to preview the goods days ahead of the formal debut. Screenshots of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 confirmed many of the rumors that were swirling about the devices. Now that the company has formally introduced the devices at the recent Apple event, here’s everything you need to know about the new iPad and iPad mini.

New Devices Unveiled

One of the biggest announcements at the event was that the iPad Air 2 has gotten thinner and lighter. In fact, it is the thinnest device of its kind on the market today. At just 6.1 millimeters, it is a full 18 percent thinner than the original iPad Air. Another notable change is that the new iPad is markedly faster than its predecessor; the new A8X chip makes it 40 percent faster. Also, Apple reports that the graphics are two and a half times faster than before. 

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Using E-Books to Market Your Business

Oct 24, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Using E-Books to Market Your Business

Not long ago, social media was considered the last frontier for business marketing. Today, one can find a plethora of businesses on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media. However, the next frontier of online marketing is e-books. Use these tips to ensure your e-book reaches a wide audience and is well received.

Keep Content Relevant

When you’re using an e-book as a marketing tool, you can’t just write about anything. You have to use it to promote yourself as an expert in your field. For instance, an indie yarn dyer might publish a book on knitted or crocheted stitch patterns, while an online stationery and fountain pen company might extol the virtues of penmanship as art instead.

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When and How to Refinance Your Mortgage

Oct 22, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

When and How to Refinance Your Mortgage

Many homeowners choose to refinance to lock in a fixed interest rate or reduce their monthly payment. However, a lower payment doesn’t always mean you’ll save money. Knowing the right time and process for refinancing goes a long way toward making a wise decision.

Refinancing Pros and Cons

There are several pros to refinancing.

-Lower interest rates can significantly reduce your monthly payment and the overall amount you pay.

-Shortening the length of your mortgage term increases your monthly payment, but saves you much more in the long run. However, be aware that you may do just as well by paying a little extra each month under your current terms.

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