Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

Cresto Ranch name on “It List” by Travel & Leisure Magazine for best new hotels for 2014 / Best 50 Adventure Holidays 2014 – The Times UK / Top 40 (#12) Resorts in the West – Readers Choice Awards, Conde Nast Traveler 2013 / Winner of the “Greatest Outdoors Hotel” by Mr & Mrs Smith 2013 / #4 Best Food Lovers Hotel in America by Bon Appetit / #1 All-Inclusive in the USA – #6 All-Inclusive in the World 2012 Tripadvisor “Travelers’ Choice Award” Continue reading “Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado”

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s Los Angeles Home

First, a caveat: Anyone expecting the home of supermodel Gisele Bündchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to be a lavish pleasure dome replete with sultry sirens and gridiron gods cavorting around the pool is in for a serious letdown. Likewise, those who imagine a sprawling palace staffed with a battalion of liveried footmen proffering protein shakes on silver trays have also missed the mark. The reality of Bündchen and Brady’s life in Los Angeles’s Brentwood neighborhood is far more—dare we say it?—normal.

Tom-Brady-house-13“I like simplicity and coziness,” says the renowned Brazilian beauty. “I want to live in a place that feels like a real home, where you can put your feet up on the couch and just relax.” Brady seconds the notion: “Gisele and I have eight sisters between us, and there are lots of kids. We built this house as a sanctuary for our family—a place where we can enjoy being together.”

Tom-Brady-house-12The couple’s L.A. story began roughly six years ago, when Bündchen and Brady started making regular excursions to the sunny shores of Southern California during the NFL off-season. On one of those trips, prior to their marriage in 2009, they discovered an open lot with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean near the house they were renting. They immediately knew the patch of land would one day be home.

Tom-Brady-house-11“It was important for us to plant roots for our family, and since we both enjoy the creative process, we decided to start from scratch,” Brady recalls. (The couple has a three-year-old son, Benjamin, and a baby daughter, Vivian Lake, along with six-year-old John, Brady’s son from his previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.)

To help refine their vision of domestic bliss, the pair engaged architect Richard Landry and one of his frequent collaborators, interior designer Joan Behnke. “I’m all about team dynamics and putting the right people together,” says the future Hall of Famer and owner of three Super Bowl rings. “We knew Richard and Joan could take us where we wanted to go without imposing a signature look. They understood that we wanted a comfortable house, not a style statement.”

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Photography and press by ArchitecturalDigest.com

Get The Best Mortgage Rates: Five Tips the Pros Use

A mortgage loan is often the only choice for the individual who is seeking to pay off his or her debts. Home buyers, for instance, often take out such loans either to make the purchase itself or to secure the property against a bank, a credit union or some other financial institution. This article will tell you how to find the best mortgage deals by following five of the tips used by the “pros.”

Tip #1: Visit the websites of a wide range of lenders.

Just a generation ago, comparing mortgage rates on-line was not really a viable option. If you wanted to get a mortgage loan, you had to go to the bank in person and fill out an application form. You might decide that you did not like their interest rate or their terms in general, in which case you would just have to either accept them anyway or visit other lenders. This whole process could take some time.

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Now it is much faster to search on-line for a mortgage lender and it takes just as little time to fill out the application (many browsers have an auto-fill function that enters all your information automatically) and to finally get approved. Your best move, however, is to visit more than one lender until you finally find the one for you.

Tip #2: Use a comparison site.

In addition to the sites of individual lenders, you will also want to visit one on which you can compare different lenders at a glance. They will ask for the type of loan you are seeking (buy a property, re-mortgage a property or buy to let) in addition to the amount of the loan and the value of your property.

Tip #3: Figure out exactly what you are seeking.

You will have to take this step before you do anything else. As the saying goes, if you don’t know where you’re

Tip #4: Get acquainted with different types of mortgage rates.

The two main types are fixed rate and adjustable (or floating) rate mortgage. Some loans have characteristics of both types.

Tip #5: Know that there is no “one size fits all.”

Just because particular mortgage rate is right for somebody else does not mean that it will work for you. It makes a big difference whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced “buy to let” investor who is looking for a property to lease to others. There are at least two things that you need to do to find which mortgage rate you really need: compare rates on-line by viewing quotes, and “shop around.” If, for instance, the lender to whom you have applied declines to grant you the loan at the advertised interest rate but is still willing to do so at a higher rate, then you should continue your search elsewhere for a better deal.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Sleeping Porches

After a hard working day there is no better place to rest than the sleeping porch. Taking nap on the hanging bed is more than experience and will provide you with tranquility of your lifetime… In today’s article we collected the top 10 most beautiful hanging beds and sleeping porches from all around the world. Unfortunately we do not have additional info about them Continue reading “Top 10 Most Beautiful Sleeping Porches”

Clayton Homes and Duck Dynasty Husband and Wife Work Together

Who knew Clayton Homes would be visited by A&E celebrities? Clayton Homes Sitting With Si Phil Kay Robertson News. Husband and wife, Si and Christine Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, works with Clayton Homes in finding the perfect they have been patiently looking for. The couple has decided on the Clayton Homes’ Sequoia model,  2,123 sq. foot home complete with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It comes with a enchanting foyer, large dining room, a roomy master bed, and an enticing kitchen. The open floor plan includes a breakfast bar, large kitchen island with pendant lighting, and double sinks in the master bath. “I was just amazed at the different designs,”said Si Robertson. “Whatever you want, hey, they can make it happen. My wife is ready to move in today.”

Clayton-Homes-5The homes of Clayton Homes are environmentally-friendly. It is of high quality and provides a life a family needs. Visit www.claytonhomes.com for home improvement ideas and interests in purchasing one of the homes. If you are unable to find the home of your dreams at your local home center, you can pick a floor plan from the various modular and manufactured homes available in your area that will be customized and built to your satisfaction, meeting your own needs.

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Thank Tradesmen for Their Contributions to Society

IRWIN Tools associates and their retail partners plan to thank tradesmen across the country on National Tradesmen Day, which is on Friday, September 20, 2013. IRWIN will conduct events and give many tradesmen free products and other gifts from IRWIN as a token of appreciation. One such event will take place at in the Freedom Tower in New York City. IRWIN employees will greet and thank the tradesmen who built the newest addition to New York City’s skyline. Other appreciation events will take place that day at hundreds of job sites countrywide, including in Chicago, IL and Charlotte, NC.

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It is time to reinvigorate the trades. The number of skilled tradesmen have declined, especially during the past four years. Beyond the messages of “thanks,” IRWIN wants people to consider careers in the skilled trades. Young people, especially, have noticed that manual labor is devalued in our culture and because of that stigma, in part, they no longer consider a career in the trades. Without an adequate supply of tradesmen, who will meet this growing demand and fuel the housing recovery and our longer term housing needs? IRWIN Tools is leading the campaign to change attitudes about the skilled trades so we can build America and keep it running strong.

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Beautiful Wall Decor Ideas

Every stylish woman and man would probably want to have nicely decorated wall in their homes. But it is sometimes a time-consuming and demanding project. Some will hire experts to have their wall decorated, but many people can do it themselves. If you are among those people, there are so many amazing things that you can do to your wall an spruce up their bareness you can make masterpieces out of the plain rooms. Here are some advices that will help you to have the most beautiful décor in any of your rooms.

Wallpapers are a great option. They will add a totally new look to the room. There are numerous different textures and types. Selecting the right one could be a fun project. You don’t have to stick to just one colour or texture. You can match several colours and shapes and get that modern funky look.

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A nice and big clock would be marvellous décor. They are a bit expensive but they are definitely worth the money. They are available in many colours and shapes. Choosing the right one is a hard part.

If you’re a parent, nice way to brighten up the walls would be to put the framed art work of your kids. You can also convert them on any kind of material and then frame them. You can also include special wall hangings. These decorations will have both nice look and meaning.

Mirrors are clever trick if you want your room appear larger and they can also be decorative and stylish. You can use different shapes and sizes on one wall. Setting them and arranging them is up to your taste. They can also be mixed with some other wall decorations.

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Candles are women’s favourite. Setting them in your rooms will make the house smell nice. They can be also added as wall décor. They come in many colours, so you can choose the combination that suits your room’s colour scheme. Take the right scones and hang them, after that add your candles.

Another great idea for decoration would be to hang simple artwork to your walls.  Add some of favourite artwork; Make sure the match with the walls. Scattered artworks wouldn’t be nice decoration. They should at least have the same subject or the same colour pattern.

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By using collages you can add a different and very interesting look to your wall, they could be made of your kid’s photos or your family photos or maybe some of your colour schemes. They can be made of your favourite quotes. Select colour that matches your walls. Sticking black and white will add for a modern look.

Possibilities and ideas are endless. Whatever style and colour you choose you can use any of above mentioned ideas to the wall and have a wonderful décor scheme. Stick to only one colour scheme. Maybe you can use two of them.  If you go with some of these ideas walls in your home will ok stunning I no time.

Bank of the West Presents Homebuyer Videos

Do you want to buy a new home? If so, do you know how to start? If not, you should check out Bank of the West. Bank of the West Releases Homebuyer Videos for consumers to educate themselves about the home-buying process. Many of the videos talk about a variety of topics including, but not limited to credit scores, loan costs, and proper documentation. Each video is hosted by the head of Bank of the West’s team of mortgage bankers, Karen Mayfield. Continue reading “Bank of the West Presents Homebuyer Videos”