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Home-builder confidence soars to all-time high despite rising material costs

The numbers: Home builders are more confident about the state of their industry than ever before as foot traffic of prospective buyers continues to improve, according to research from a trade group released Wednesday.

The National Association of Home Builders’ monthly confidence index rose five points to a reading of 83 in September. The index reading was the highest on record in the 35-year history of the data series, surpassing the previous month’s record high.

“The suburban shift for home building is keeping builders busy, supported on the demand side by low interest rates,” Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, said in the report. “In another sign of this growing trend, builders in other parts of the country have reported receiving calls from customers in high-density markets asking about relocating.”

Index readings over 50 are a sign of improving confidence. The index had fallen below

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The Material Pairing That Gives Jessica Alba’s Kitchen Its Luxe Feel

When you want your kitchen to look especially elevated, you can’t go wrong with a zellige tile. We’ve oven sung the praises of this Morocco-originated material since noticing its increasing popularity last year. More recently, however, another covetable celebrity kitchen proves that this backsplash idea can do no wrong, especially when paired with a chic metallic contrast.

In a photo she shared of her 12-year-old daughter, Honor, Jessica Alba gives a glimpse at her simple yet refined cooking space by Clements Design. Glossy white zellige tiles stretch from counter to ceiling, and above her Lacanche range is a wide brass hood. These two design elements might look sleek on their own, but together they make a more dramatic statement (which complements her simple marble countertops and Farrow & Ball Down Pipe–painted cabinets rather nicely).

This design idea isn’t limited to massive interiors, even if Alba’s kitchen is on the larger

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