U.S. Sales Surge 9.8% In March, Home Improvement Continues Strong Growth Up 12%

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The U.S. Census Bureau retail report showed a sales improvement of 9.8% (seasonally adjusted) in March compared to February for the retail trade and food services industries. Favorable categories were apparel and accessories, up 18.3% as anticipated due to warmer weather, a lift on COVID shopping restrictions and the Easter holiday. Nonstore sales improved 6% with the category having the highest sales in March and

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Uber vets raise $12.5M for real estate property management startup Doorstead

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Doorstead executives, from left to right: William Wu, CTO; Jennifer Bronzo, co-founder and COO; Jason Karas, VP of Growth; Ryan Waliany, co-founder and CEO. (Doorstead Photo)

New funding: Doorstead, a San Francisco real estate property management startup founded by former Uber employees, raised a $12.5 million Series A round led by Seattle firm Madrona Venture Group.

Company background: The 2-year-old startup targets 15 million small real estate investors who own single-family units and need help renting out their space. It provides data on optimal rental prices and offers a guaranteed rental offer in less than 24 hours.

Doorstead also

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Thanks to Bridgerton, Regency Decor Is on the Ascent

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After Shonda Rhimes’s Bridgerton made its buzzy Netflix debut last December, millions lusted after the enigmatic Duke of Hastings. For design-minded viewers, however, the opulent Regency architecture and furnishings were just as easy on the eyes. According to antiques dealers, auction specialists, museum curators, and more, the period’s aesthetics have left a lasting impression on a new wave of consumers—demand for Regency-period furniture and collectibles has never been higher.

“When somebody gets exposed to great objects, they realize how great they are, and it creates a desire for them. This also happened with Downton Abbey,” Bill Rau of M.S.

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Interiors with Vaulted Ceilings: 21 Non-Obvious Designs

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Interiors with Vaulted Ceilings: 21 Non-Obvious Designs

High Park Residence / Batay-Csorba Architects. Photo: © Doublespace PhotographyMunicipal Archive / Aulets Arquitectes. Photo: © José HeviaWildernesse Restaurant / Morris+Company. Photo: © Jack HobhousePENTHOUSE / P-M-A-A. Photo: © José Hevia+ 22

The simplest definition of a vaulted ceiling is a self-supporting arched structure to cover a space. This technique was used extensively during the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages but fell into disuse with the advance of other building solutions that became more practical. However, many contemporary projects still build these elements or highlight the original structures in renovations because of their powerful impact on the building design.

Vaults are already very powerful architectural

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Hundreds show up to speak on Lee Schools’ bathroom policy for transgender students

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Dozens of parents spoke during public comment at the Lee County School Board meeting on Tuesday night about a policy that provides bathroom access for transgender students.

Their comments were brought on because of the district’s Equality Florida Best Practices and Action Steps poster, promoting an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.

Hundreds of people came to speak about the policy, but only 60 made the cut. Each had one minute to speak before the board.

The school board policy was updated with those best practices in June 2020 after multiple public hearings. They were also added

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People see, people buy: imagination turns houses to homes at convention |

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Bonnie Moore takes a break from selling sunrooms to check out the jewelry at Andrea’s Duffle and Tote Collection Jewelry during the Home & Garden Show on April 10, 2021 at Central Bank Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Martha McHaney | Staff




2020 was the year the world stayed home: the COVID-19 pandemic confined most people to their homes for more time than they’d ever imagine, and what were once living room and kitchens became offices and schools.

After months of looking at the same four walls, many people found themselves on a home improvement. For Lexingtonians,

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