Friday, September 22, 2017

Winteriors: Design Ideas for the Winter

Time flies really fast. Before you know it, summer’s over and in comes the fall. Then winter sets in. It’s pretty easy to design the inside of a house. It’s another thing however, to come up with designs for the different seasons. Let’s skip forward a few months and see what kind of winter design ideas are good for a house.

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Spring colors are mostly pastel – green and blue. Summer is also blue to cool down the scene. Fall would be yellow and red to match the leaves. Winter though, is predominantly white with a bit of gray. These colors blend well with the exterior of a house in a snowy region. But some houses though opt for red or yellow to give it a “cozier” feel.
It’s always a good idea to roll out the plush rugs during the winter since wood and tile floorings can be too cold to the touch. Not only does a beautiful rug provide an aesthetic advantage, it also has practical uses, warming up residents.
Romantic candlelight fire in lamps can change the mood of a winter home if you don’t have a (or make use of your) fireplace. As long as every safety precaution is observed, fire serves both an aesthetic as well as practical design.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Quick guide to buying Golden State Warriors memorabilia

There are several types of Golden State Warriors memorabilia that fans can collect as a way to profess their love for their favorite NBA team. They can be classified into three – new items, autographed items, and game-used items, with the latter two deemed most valuable given their unique characteristics. They are most likely to increase their value over time, too. 

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New items 

Fans can purchase a wide range of Warriors gear, including apparel, car décor, home items, and tailgating items. Show off your team spirit by dressing in Warriors jersey, jacket, and other outfits, or don that baseball-style cap or knit winter hat. Decorate your home or car with flags, bedding, bumper stickers, or decorative floor mats for when you want to beam with GSW team pride.  

Autographed items 

Athletes’ signatures, ever in demand, can be obtained at personal appearances, post-games, open practices, and even chance encounters. Some enterprising individuals have even built a business out of obtaining these signatures and selling them to fans and collectors. Beware, though, of forged signatures and reproductions passed off as the real thing. Autographed items include player trading cards, apparel such as jerseys and hats, and paper items such as programs, ticket stubs, or player photographs. 

Game-used items 

Even without signatures, these objects used in games are considered to hold the highest value of sports memorabilia. It’s typical for die-hard fans to spend quite a fortune on jerseys, game balls, nets, and even court logos, especially if they’re from defining games such as championships or if from big-shot players such as Stephen Curry. 

eBay (under Collectibles & Art), as well as many sports memorabilia websites, offers these collectibles for GSW fans to collect, display at homes and cars, and enjoy for a long time. 

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Monday, July 3, 2017

NBA Super Teams From the ‘80s Onwards

With the Warriors and Cavs dominating the NBA season, the discussion on the age of NBA super teams has begun. However, what many people fail to realize is that super teams have been around the league for the longest time. Let’s take a closer look at the super teams of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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Los Angeles Lakers
Led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers of the ‘80s were called Showtime and for a good reason. They not only dominated most of the league, but they also did it in such a fun fashion that watching them became an event itself.

Boston Celtics
The only team that could beat the Showtime Lakers was the other super team of the era, the Boston Celtics. With tough, gritty, basketball genius Larry Bird and the front line of Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, the Celtics of the ‘80s were intimidating and unstoppable.

Chicago Bulls
Arguably the greatest super team in NBA history, the 95-96 Chicago Bulls had it all. They had the greatest player of all time, who was also the highest scorer. They had three of the best defenders and the best sixth man. They had the coach of the year. They also had a 72-win season, and most importantly, the championship.

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Houston Rockets
Moving on to the ‘90s, when Michael Jordan retired, it left a hole for the greats to win a ring. Unfortunately, the Houston Rockets did so – without a super team. Their super team came a year after Jordan returned to dominance, and the Rockets got a hold of Charles Barkley. Their big three? Hakeem Olajuwon, Barkley, and Clyde Drexler.

Scott Jay Abraham is an interior designer who is also a certified NBA fan. For more on Scott, follow him on Facebook.