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Friday, October 31, 2014

Top 10 Scary Halloween Makeup 2014

We just pass it last night in Cambodia. We all love to end our year with awesome and beautiful memories but sometimes shopping for the right costume for Halloween can be pretty challenging. Halloween makeup and costumes should be two crucial to-do things on your holiday list. If you are thinking of going the Halloween makeup way, here are some awesome ideas that could help you out for western-time tonight :D

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

10 Tips to Take Good Care of Your Nails

Ladies love their nails. They make our hands look elegant and feminine and we would like them to be strong and pretty. However, a lot of girls out there have problems with their nails. Get rid of those problems today!
1. Rubber Gloves Are Your Friends
Do not EVER do the dishes or clean your home without wearing rubber gloves. The chemicals you use for cleaning are very strong and can really damage your hands and your nails. Not only that they will make your nails weaker, they could also give you nasty burns. Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning.

2. Calcium Gels and Nail Hardeners
Calcium gels and nail hardeners can really make your nails stronger. However, you can’t expect results right away, you need to give it some time and use the product regularly. I used to have a very good nail hardener which I can’t find on the market anymore, so if you could recommend me the one you’re using, I’d be very grateful.
3. Nail Creams

Your regular hand cream is sometimes not enough. In order to take good care of your nails, you need to get special nail creams. They are usually not expensive, and there’s a bunch of them on the market. Try a couple until you find the one that suits you best.
4. Cuticle Removing
One of the biggest mistakes many girls do when it comes to their nails is cutting the cuticles. This should never be done. Instead, apply cuticle remover gel or cream and gently push your cuticles with a cuticle stick.
5. Regular Clipping
You really have no reason to have super long nails. Not only that it’s unpractical, but it makes you look a bit slutty. Keep your nails at length that doesn’t come in a way of your every day chores and clip them regularly. Nails that are too long are also much more prone to breaking.
6. Filing and Polishing

First and foremost, invest in a good nail file. Every time you clip your nails, file them. Do this by moving the file in one direction only. When you move it left and right you’re actually creating tiny cracks that weaken your nails. Polish your nails not more often than once a month. If you do it too often, you can make your nails thinner and weaker.
7. Easy on Nail Polish
Although colorful nails are quite cool, nail polish actually does a lot of damage to your nails. The reason is that nail polishes contain acetone, which makes your nails soft. Don’t manicure your nails more often than once a week and buy only high quality nail polishes. If your nail polish has passed its expiration date, throw it right away.
8. Oil Based Nail Polish Removals
Even though I don’t know anyone who still uses acetone based nail polish removals, I feel that it’s still a good idea to mention it. The bad effect on acetone on your nails has been previously explained, so opt for oil based nail polish removals. They are much less harmful to your nails.
9. Acrylic or Gel Nails
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Even though I personally don’t like any kind of artificial nails, a lot of my friends who have really weak nails swear that acrylic and gel nails keep them from breaking their natural nails. So, if your nails are weak too, maybe you can opt for one of these solutions. Be careful though, I’ve heard some girls had quite bad reactions to gel and acrylic. Also if you somehow pull an acrylic nail you risk pulling your natural nail together with it. And that hurts a lot.
10. Keep Your Nails Healthy
No treatment or special care will help you if you don’t know how to keep your nails healthy. Now, since there is more than just one advice on this, I’ve dedicated a whole article to the subject. Read more on how to keep your nails healthy.
So, these are tips on taking care of your nails I have for you. What do you think, are they helpful? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top 10 Airport in the world 2014

1. Singapore's Changi Airport
changi airportYearly passengers: 46.5 million

Why it's awesome: Changi is designed to alleviate the stress of travel, and it offers passengers the opportunity to enjoy lots of greenery, an outdoor pool, and a butterfly garden.

For those who prefer to stay inside, it houses movie theaters, spas, showers, and a four-story slide.

Business Insider editor Jennifer Polland visited last month and wrote: "I recently spent several hours in the airport during a trip to Singapore. The bottom line: This is a place where you'll actually enjoy having a long layover."

This year, it won high marks for security, immigration processing, leisure options, and cleanliness.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

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2. Incheon International Airport
incheon airport koreaYearly passengers: 39.2 million

Why it's awesome: Incheon, the largest airport in South Korea, serves passengers on more than 70 airlines, and is one of three airports to receive a five-star overall rating from Skytrax.

Every year from 2005 to 2012 it was rated the world's top airport by Airports Council International.

The young airport — it opened in March 2001 — is home to a museum of Korean culture, and has excellent rankings for cleanliness, external views, rest areas, Internet access, and local-food choices.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

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3. Munich Airport
munich airportYearly passengers: 37.8 million

Why it's awesome: Germany's second-busiest airport features aesthetically pleasing terminals on the walk to the gates. Many of the walls and ceilings are made of glass, making the airport feel large and open.

The airport, a 45-minute train ride from Munich's city center, was named the best in Europe and commended for its dining and shopping options.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

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4. Hong Kong International Airport
hong kong international airportYearly passengers: 53.3 million

Why it's awesome: Located less than five flying hours from half of the world's population, Hong Kong's airport is one of the busiest.

It was named the best airport for dining and baggage delivery, and ranked among the top airports for cleanliness and shopping.

In March 2012, the airport added a third runway to increase its capacity.

Hong Kong International offers a nine-hole golf course — a great place for travelers to spend long layovers.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

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5. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
schipol airport amsterdamYearly passengers: 49.8 million

Why it's awesome: Schiphol opened in 1916 as a military airfield and has transformed into one of the busiest airports in the world.

While travelers wait for departure, they can enjoy a massage, play a game of poker at the casino, and catch up on some reading in the airport library.

According to Skytrax, Schiphol also has excellent dining, shopping, and leisure options.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

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6. Tokyo International Airport — aka Haneda Airport
tokyo Haneda Airport Terminal 1 MarketplaceYearly passengers: 62.6 million

Why it's awesome: With a third international terminal opened in 2010, Haneda can accommodate 90 million passengers annually.

More construction is in the works. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced plans to expand the new terminal with eight more gates, more parking, and a hotel by March 2014.

The airport won Skytrax's award for World's Best Domestic Airport, and was commended for shopping, security processing, and cleanliness.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

7. Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International AirportYearly passengers: 78.7 million

Why it's awesome: Already beyond its 78-million-passenger annual capacity, Beijing Capital is the busiest airport in Asia and the second busiest in the world, trailing only Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson.

That's why the city is building another airport, one that will be bigger than New York's JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports combined.

Capital's tallest building, Terminal 3, came in eighth for Best Airport Terminal. It opened in 2008, in time for the Beijing Olympics.

Its Langham Place Beijing hotel was named the second-best airport hotel in the world.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

8. Zurich Airport
zurich airportYearly passengers: 24.8 million

Why it's awesome: The largest international airport in Switzerland, Zurich Airport was significantly expanded in 2003 with a new terminal and an underground automated train called the Skymetro, which shuttles travelers.

Located seven miles north of Zurich's city center, this airport also ranked highly in Skytrax's airport security processing, immigration, and dining categories.

The airport offers a porter service for which travelers pay a fee to have their bag picked up from anywhere in the airport and delivered to their final destination.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figures provided by Zurich Airport.

Photo: Fedor Selivanov / Shutterstock.com

9. Vancouver International Airport
vancouver international airportYearly passengers: 18 million

Why it's awesome: The least busy airport in Skytrax's top 10, Vancouver International offers visitors a large collection of Pacific Northwest native art.

Skytrax named Vancouver International the Best Airport in North America for the fourth year in a row in 2013, a streak that justifies the $1.4 billion that the airport spent on a recent expansion. It also ranked top for staff.

Volunteers, known as green coat ambassadors, help travelers get to where they're going.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figures provided by Vancouver International Airport.

10. London's Heathrow Airport
london heathrow airportYearly passengers: 69.4 million

Why it's awesome: Despite London Mayor Boris Johnson's concern that Heathrow gives visitors "a terrible impression of the U.K.," the overcrowded airport made it into Skytrax's top 10.

The third-busiest airport in the world in 2011, it took home the awards for Best Airport Shopping and Best Airport Terminal, for T5, which opened in 2008 after a $6.2 billion, 19-year design and construction process.

Heathrow's Skytrax review includes four or five out of five-star rankings for ease of use, flight information, public transport, security staff efficiency, and more.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.

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Top 10 electric cars now under $27,000

There are now 10 mass-manufactured electric cars that come in under $27,000 in California, and several that cost less than $20,000... after federal and California incentives.
With the average new car purchase price sitting at $32,500 in September, $27,000 is a very attractive price and under $20,000 for a quality car is a steal.
Why focus on California? For one, it's by far the largest electric car market (or car market, for that matter) in the United States, which is the largest electric car market in the world. Also, due to California regulations, automakers really need to sell electric cars there -- which results in some companies only really offering their electric cars in California and a few other such markets. California also has an electric vehicle rebate that helps to bring the cost of electric cars down further than most other places.
Unfortunately, Tesla's not on this list yet, but thanks to new electric car models and recent price cuts, there are 10 noteworthy electric cars on the Californian market that will cost you less than $27,000 after the federal electric vehicle tax credit and the California electric vehicle rebate. Click through to have a look at these fine cars.
1.Chevy Spark EV
The Chevy Spark EV is one of the lowest-priced electric cars on the market. Unfortunately, it's just available in a few markets at the moment, but one of those is California (of course). The Spark EV, known for its zippiness and for getting a higher Consumer Reports score than the gasoline Chevy Spark, clocks in at $27,495 before any incentives, but throwing in the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs and the $2,500 California EV rebate brings it down to $17,495. That's nearly half the price of the average new car purchased in the US, which was $32,500 in September.

2.Chevy Volt

The Chevy Spark EV's older, more popular, and more widely available Chevy Volt is also on the list. It's actually a plug-in hybrid electric car, which means that you can run it on 100% electricity and can charge it in your garage, but that you also have a gasoline engine and tank for backup if you need to take an exceptionally long trip without charging.

The Chevy Volt is a quality car that has topped owner satisfaction surveys from Consumer Reports in multiple years. I follow the GM-Volt.com forum and can assure you that Volt owners absolutely love their cars.

The MSRP of a Chevy Volt is $34,345, but the federal tax credit and California EV rebate can bring that down to $25,345.

3.Fiat 500e

The Fiat 500e is priced at $31,800. That would bring it down to $21,800 after the federal and California EV incentives. The Fiat 500e is definitely a "compliance car," produced in limited quantities and barely available outside California, but it has been awarded with a lot of praise, including winning "Best Electric Car of 2013" in Road & Track magazine.

4.Ford Focus Electric

 The Ford Focus Electric is one of the key reasons I thought to make this list, as its price was just cut $6,000 (and actually follows an earlier price cut of $4,000), bringing its base price down to $29,170. That's $19,170 after the federal and California incentives, making it a serious contender for the best electric car for under $20,000.

5.Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV is just hitting the California market, another key stimulus for this article. It is likely to see serious sales in the United States, as it is not only a very attractive electric vehicle coming in at a competitive price, but Kia is also intent on actually selling the thing, offering it well beyond the California market.

The Kia Soul EV comes in at a base price of $33,700, which means $23,700 in California after the federal and California EV incentives.

6.Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the most affordable electric car in the US. Competition has been increasing, but it has brought its price down as well in order to remain the most affordable of the lot. Of course, it's a more basic car than most of the other ones on this list, but it still gets the job done. Its base price is $22,995, which means just $12,995 in California!

7.Nissan LEAF

 The Nissan LEAF is the top-selling electric car in the US and the world. It led the way with massive price cuts. For what it offers at its low price, the LEAF is definitely competitive with anything else on the market in that price range. Though, some of the newcomers on this list may give it a run for its money.
 Oh yeah, the price: it's $29,010, or $19,010 in California after incentives. That's a good deal for such a great car.

8.Smart Electric Drive

Just behind from the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Smart Electric Drive is the second-cheapest electric car on the market. Its base price for a full purchase is technically $25,000. However, that's not really how Smart offers its car. The Smart Electric Drive battery is leased on a monthly basis. SO, the base cost is actually $19,990 + $80 a month for the battery.

Anyhow, keeping the figures the same as with the other cars, $25,000 would come down to $15,000 in California. That's cheap, as is $12,490 + $80 a month.

9.Toyota Prius Plug-in

The second-to-last car on this list is the Toyota Prius Plug-in, a plug-in hybrid version of the very popular Toyota Prius. It has a relatively small battery (and low electric-only range) compared to other electric cars, but it offers a lot of space and a gasoline engine that serves as backup when the battery is drained.

With a base price of $29,990, the Prius Plugin comes down to $24,483 after the smaller (due to the smaller battery and gasoline engine) $4,007 federal tax credit and $1,500 California rebate.

10.VW e-Golf

The last car on this list is another brand new one. The VW e-Golf is just hitting the California/US market. It barely makes this list, as its base price is $34,445, making its California price after incentives $24,445. But it's also one of the most attractive cars on the list, and its the electric version of the massively successful VW Golf. It could go somewhere, and word on the street is that VW is looking to really sell these babies, not just limit them to California and limit supply. Go take a test drive when they hit your area!
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Top 10 world's weirdest creatures

1.Red-lipped Batfish
This odd little creature is from the Galapagos Islands. It’s a terrible swimmer so it has a little protrusion from its head for attracting prey.

2.Dumbo Octopus
This little octopus has ear-like flaps that act as little fins. It tends to live at extreme depths and eat food from the sea floor.

3.Yeti Crab
The name feels appropriate. This little guy was discovered back in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean. It lives near deep ocean vents.

4.Lowland streaked tenrec
It's spiky and cute! The Lowland streaked tenrec is found in Madagascar. It eats worms and insects.

5.Patagonian Mara
It's a rabbit - no, wait! - it's a kangaroo? Nope, meet the Patagonian Mara. It comes from Argentina. These little guys are monogamous.

6.Japanese Spider Crab
It's hard to give a sense of scale to these guys, but their leg span can reach up to 12 feet!

This birds' mouth curve makes it look delighted all the time.

8.Bush viper
This viper is found in Central Africa and spews out neurotoxic venom.

9.Pink Fairy Armadillo
This is the smallest type of armadillo in the world - it grows up to 4.5 inches long - and can be found in Central Argentina. When it rains pink fairy armadillos have to leave their underground habitats so they won't drown, but this increases the risk it will be spotted by a predator.

10.Blue Dragon - Glaucus Atlanticus
This is actually a type of sea slug that likes to munch on Portuguese Man o’ War.

10 ways to live better electrically

CC BY 2.0 Electric tower by Bert Kaufman/Flickr

The cost of electricity is going up (both in dollars and in environmental and health impacts) and it doesn't show any signs of doing otherwise. About half of the energy in the American grid is coal generated. We won't bore you with what you already know: coal is a really stinky, dangerous, nasty, unsustainable, and silly way to make power and a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions. By using less energy, and greening the electricity that we do use, we can lighten our footprint immensely. The subject of electricity and its environmental impacts is a massive one and we can't cover every corner of it here. This brief guide can offer some solid suggestions for greening your electricity and use thereof.

Top Green Electricity Tips

  1. Audit yourself
    A home energy audit is a way to inventory your home's energy use, where energy is lost, and where it can be saved. You can do an energy audit yourself or get a pro. Many utilities also offer home and business energy audits for free.

  2. Reduce your use
    The lowest hanging fruit just begging to be picked are simple energy-saving practices. They're also the most cost effective. Top tasks include:

    • Replace your light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs).They have come so far down in price that you should take a pass on compact fluorescents.

    • Turn off lights and other devises when they're not needed. Check out theguide to green lighting guide for more lighting tips.

    • Eliminating electronics that sleep on a standby setting; they continue to pull a current even when "turned off."

    • "Wall warts," those clunky AC adaptors on many power cables, pull current, too, so those should be taken out of the wall when not in use -- this is also known as phantom power. Your best bet is a "smart" power strip, or a power strip that can be turned off at night.This is particularly important with some of the new game consoles that use a huge amount of power in standby mode.

    • Clothes driers gobble up a lot of power, so line drying can be a great energy saver. When you do get a new dryer, look for Energy Star or the new heat pump style dryer.
  3. Put your house on a diet
    Homes consume an enormous amount of energy, especially in heating and cooling, and American homes consume around six times the world average. Once you've audited your home for energy use (even if you haven't) some simple moves can cut your electricity bill. Keep your house cool with natural ventilation instead of air conditioning as much as possible. Use in-room, ceiling, or whole-house fans to move air throughout the house. Blocking sunlight during hot hours of the day can help lower your cooling load. If your house uses electricity for water heating, wrapping your water tank in an insulating blanket can save on power.

  4. Buy wise
    After cooling and heating, appliances and other plug-in devises are the next biggest users of energy in your abode. When looking for new appliances, seek out the most energy-efficient models. Most new appliances come with a yellow EnergyGuide label which, like mileage ratings on cars, shows its consumption in terms of kWh per year. Also look for Energy Star rated products (more on Energy Star below). Electronics like computers and audio equipment can be big power suckers, too; use notebook computers instead of desktops if your uses permit. See below for more on greening your computer usage. Being smart with lighting is another key way to green your power usage.

  5. Homemade juice
    You think making your own bread at home feels good? There's nothing quite like the feeling of making your own electricity from the sun, wind, or water. Installing an home alternative energy system is becoming more and more cost effective as technology improves and assistance programs spread. Photovoltaic, or solar electric, systems are the most common. Depending on your available space, local climate, budget, and local utility, a solar electric system can provide all the energy needed for a typical home (and possibly more). Check with your local power utility about subsidy programs or other available programs.The price of solar has been dropping for years and now is affordable for almost anyone with a roof.

  6. Charge up your toys
    For all the portable electronic gizmos in your life, consider feeding them green power with a solar charger. Some look like notebooks, cell phones, flowers, or are built into backpacks. Your MP3 player, laptop, PDA, cell phone, and camera can all be charged with portable solar, and you'll never find yourself searching for a plug.

  7. If you build it...you will save
    A home or building designed and constructed around energy efficiency can realize enormous savings. Everything from the house size, positioning of the house, use of daylight and natural ventilation, lighting and appliances, and renewable energy system can push a building closer and closer to net zero energy consumption. If you are considering building a home, do serious renovations, or an addition, make sure that energy efficiency is a key design criterion. The Energy Star rating system has a home certification program, and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) now has a rating system for residential homes. Other great standards are Net-zero and living building challenge. One of many great books to consult is Your Green Home, by Alex Wilson.

  8. Sign up for green power
    Getting green power may be as easy as checking a box on your energy bill. In this sort of program, the local utility buys renewable energy (wind, solar, etc.) and then passes it along to customers. It often costs a bit more, but not much, and it helps support the industry for clean, green power. Before you sign up, though, ask where they're getting their power from. If it's a source like waste coal or waste-to-power, you might be better off buying your credits elsewhere.

  9. Think lifecycle
    We all use energy. It's just a fact. Even an off-the-grid house is filled with embodied energy. Everything from the power it took to manufacture the solar panels (which was a lot), to the fuel burned in transporting the micro wind turbine from the factory, embodied energy, or lifecycle energy, is in everything we buy and use. Manufacturing, advertising, packaging, shipping, etc. are all part of a product's energy history. We should all learn to think of things this way. That’s why size matters so much; the less you build, the less material consumed and energy embodied. Solar panels, for example, have a great deal of energy embodied in them, much more than, say, a passive solar water heating system.

Green Electricity: By the Numbers

  • 40 percent: Total U.S. energy consumption used by commercial and residential buildings.

  • 67 percent: Amount of U.S. power that comes from coal, natural gas and petroleum, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • 39 percent: Amount of U.S. power that comes from coal. Other power sources are broken down like this: 19 percent nuclear, 27 percent natural gas, 7 percent large hydroelectric, and 1 percent petroleum.

Green Electricity: Getting Techie

Kilowatt Hours
We use them, we pay for them, we talk about them. But do we really know what a kilowatt-hour is? A good way for our brains to handle the scope is to parse megawatts and kilowatts into something more easily digested, like everyday human activities. For example, here is what 1 kilowatt-hour can allow you to do: shave 1200 times with electric shavers (> 3 years), slice 100 loaves of breads, dry your hair 15 times, watch TV for four evenings, listen to 15 CDs, use a small refrigerator for 24 hours, microwave 20 meals, drill 250 holes, enjoy four evenings of light with 60 W incandescent bulbs or bask in 20 evenings of light with 11 W compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Net-metering is a very important concept in the world of home power generation. Net-metering means that if you produce your own electricity (with solar, wind, etc.) you can use this energy to offset the power you would otherwise buy from the utility company. Your NET power use refers to the balance of energy consumed from the grid and energy produced by your home system. Not all states have net metering laws in effect. For more info visit the DOE's page on the subject.
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Top 10 Interior Design and Home Remodeling Trends for 2014

1. U-Socket:

Apple devices reign in most households, so the new U-Socket wall plug has two built-in USB ports to power devices including iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles and iPads. The U-Socket also has a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged — an environmentally friendly feature that prevents “vampire drain.”

2. Kicking the Shower to the Curb:

Showers are becoming more popular than tubs. “Homeowners are looking to embellish the ‘shower experience’ rather than the tub experience,” says Neil Kelly Design Consultant Kathleen Donohue. An increasingly popular feature is the curb-less shower.
3. Stand Alone Tubs:

If homeowners want a tub experience in 2014, it’s likely they will select a free standing tub as a structural element, which takes up much less space in the room than the old tiled-in tub deck.
4. Floating Shelves:

Cabinets can make or break a kitchen design, and Neil Kelly design consultant Fabian Genovesi likes to break up the cabinet layout. “I design kitchens that are not just long runs of cabinets but that are broken up into different sections,” says Fabian. “Don’t take up all the space with cabinets. Have floating shelves, open spaces, and room to hang wall art.”
5. Cobalt Blue:

While designers may disagree on what constitutes some trends in 2014, on one subject they all agree: Bright colors are most certainly “in.” Neil Kelly Design Consultant Suzie Atkin says cobalt blue is a particularly hot color.
6. From Modern to Modest:

The industrial modern d├ęcor of 2013 will morph into a more relaxed, more classic and modest look in 2014. While stone, metal, and wood will still be popular, expect a more relaxed feel and rounded designs with earth shades and raw metal finishes.

7. Self-Expression:

Whether it’s bold use of color or ornamentation, homeowners won’t be afraid to express their personality. Jeweled colors, gilded frames, and layered textiles will be methods of self-expression in 2014.
8. Multigenerational Living:

Neil Kelly Design Consultant Barbara Murphy is helping clients design bathrooms outfitted with multigenerational features that can accommodate aging parents or boomerang kids. Wall mounted sinks for wheelchairs, walk-in bathtubs, and motion sensing faucets can make the bath a better experience for everyone,” she says.
9. Eco-friendly Cabinets:

2014 incorporates looks from Mother Nature, and cabinets will be no exception. Earth-friendly cabinets with no added formaldehyde and non-toxic glues, binders, and finishes will rise in demand. Neil Kelly has seen a rise in inquiries from people with chemical sensitivity.
10. Urban Downsizing:

Downsizing continues to be a long-term trend. 2014 will see people interested in living in smaller spaces that are closer to urban downtowns rather than larger houses in the suburbs.

Source: neilkelly
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Top 10 best places to live

A data-driven ranking of the most liveable cities

NOT New York nor Paris nor Tokyo. Urbanites in Britain’s former dominions should count themselves lucky, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our corporate cousin. Its annual “liveability index” puts eight of the ten most comfortable places in Australia, Canada or New Zealand. The index crunches 30 factors related to things like safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment in 140 cities. Over the past five years urban life has deteriorated somewhat: liveability has declined in 51 places and improved in 31 places. During that time, the index average has dropped 0.7 percentage points (skewed by cities in conflict areas where survival, rather than living well, is the priority). Interestingly, the top cities have not changed much over time. The EIU notes that they “tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density.” Hence those of us in London, San Francisco and Shanghai must endure the rat-race, and dream of dwelling amid Viennese coffee houses or Vancouver’s sailing and skiing. 
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