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This season’s newest home design books offer something for every style

Interior design books out this fall document one of the year’s strongest décor trends: color, and loads of it. Designers such as Mark D. Sikes, Markham Roberts, Katie Ridder and James Farmer all show a lively mix of color, pattern and style in their recent projects.

Every page is full of inspiration for your own projects, showing you how to mix and match — or not match at all — and love it.

Dominic Bradbury’s new architecture book, “The Iconic American House,” compiles 50 well-known iconic and innovative homes built in the U.S. since 1902. They’re traditional and modern, and each comes with an interesting story.

Here are six new architecture and design books worth a closer look.

“The Iconic American House,” by Dominic Bradbury

(Thames & Hudson; $65; 320 pp.)

You’ve heard of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and the Annenbergs’ Sunnylands

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Nest Audio: Google’s newest smart speaker is replacing the original Google Home

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The Nest Audio costs $100.


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The Nest Audio smart speaker, widely leaked and even spotted last week in stores, was announced Wednesday at the company’s Launch Night In event. It’s the successor to the Google Home smart speaker, the very first speaker the search giant launched in 2016.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we learned today:

  • Priced at $100 (£90, AU$149)
  • Five colors: Chalk, charcoal, sand, sky and sage
  • Designed with 70% sustainable materials
  • 19mm tweeter for high frequency coverage and clear vocals
  • 75mm midwoofer for better bass

Google says the Nest Audio is 75% louder with a 50% stronger bass than the original Google Home. 


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When it comes to features, the Nest Audio keeps up with all the latest Google updates like real-time, multiroom audio, voice calling with Google Duo and

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Home Depot Has Long Dominated America’s Newest Pastime: Home Improvement Projects

It all started with a firing—a very foolish one.

In 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank were executives at Handy Dan, a home improvement chain based in Southern California. Despite the business being very profitable, the pair had begun to tinker with a new idea. By lowering prices, they found, the stores’ volume shot up, making Handy Dan even more money. The executives had planned to implement that strategy systemwide, but they never got the chance. Corporate raider Sanford C. Sigoloff—who liked to call himself the “Skillful Scalpel”—took over the company, and deciding to save himself two salaries, got rid of Marcus and Blank.

That one decision probably prevented Handy Dan from becoming America’s home improvement leader. Instead, that honor would go to a place called The Home Depot.

Recruiting investment banker Ken Langone and retailer Pat Farrah, who’d run National Lumber and Supply Company, Marcus and Blank opened up

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Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen becomes newest spot on Savannah’s Southside – Business – Savannah Morning News

What do you get when you combine a financial advisor, a local public relations and marketing expert and a service industry veteran with more than a decade of experience managing Savannah nightclubs?

If you’re the husband and wife team of Jason and Kara Ford and business partner Brad Sellers, you get OAK 36 Bar + Kitchen, midtown’s newest restaurant located in the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center.

Kara Ford said when the opportunity came up to lease the space in early March the three put their expertise together and jumped at the chance. Sellers had also been involved in the previous restaurant that occupied the spot, Pitchers Sports Bar & Grill.

“After a lot of back and forth, literally March 1 we decided to buy the business assets and then our idea was to create a new brand that appealed to a broader group and Brad would join us as our

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