Just days after California began selling legal recreational pot, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions unleashed federal prosecutors to more aggressively enforce federal marijuana laws. What does the announcement mean for the cannabis legalization movement?
Rescinding the Cole Memorandum
Marijuana has long been illegal under federal law. But since 1996, when California passed the first law allowing the use of medical marijuana, a growing number of states have legalized and regulated the sale an...
You and your significant other went all out on Christmas gifts. But now the relationship is over, and you want those expensive presents back. Do you have a legal leg to stand on, or is a gift a gift forever?
From a legal perspective, it all comes down to intent
“The general rule – although state law will vary to some degree – is that gifts of tangible personal property become owned by the recipient,” says John C. Hoelle, co-founding attorney mediator and couples mediator of Conscious Family L...
As more and more states legalize marijuana, the question on many minds has changed from “Is marijuana legal in my state?” to “What kind of trouble can I get in if I drive while high?”
Under the influence, or impaired = illegal
“Under the influence” doesn’t refer only to alcohol. Cannabis can be just as problematic for a driver who’s been pulled over by authorities. In every state – even those that have legalized recreational marijuana – driving high is illegal.
Phoenix attorney Marc Lamber, a...
As a writer for Gunivore.com, Sam Manuel provides readers with up-to-the-minute gun updates, including information on important – and sometimes unexpected – hunting regulations. Hunting is primarily regulated on the state level, and the laws can vary significantly from one place to another.
In New Hampshire, for example, archers and crossbow hunters must have their name and address on their arrows and bolts. In Oregon, all hunters must cover their bodies at least 50 percent from the waist up ...
When the first space you enter in your home is disorganized, it can be stressful. Coming home should be relaxing, not messy and chaotic. Developing a smart “mudroom” – whether it’s an actual room or a well-designed entryway – will change the way you come and go and make your life run oh-so-smoothly.
Katie McCann is a coach with Maeve’s Method, which provides expert home organization advice for “happy people inside happy home and work spaces.” McCann offers easy-to-implement tips for creating ...
Animal prints get a bad rap. Some folks say they’re too tacky for interior design, while others utilize them to “wild” extremes. The fact is that animal prints, when done right, can transform a room in a way no other pattern can.
Leopard: A Classic Neutral
“Leopard print is a classic, timeless print that can be used as a neutral or take center stage as the focal point of a room,” says Kymberlyn Lacy, Principal Designer for International Flair Designs in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Lacy says that M...
When ProSource Wholesale surveyed homeowners and trade professionals to determine the most popular design style, transitional easily beat coastal, craftsman, and modern as the clear-cut favorite.
“We love transitional design because of its clean look and cozy feel,” says design specialist Denyne Sanville, owner of Denyne Designs. “That’s the beauty of this style: not too stuffy, not too modern.”
Emma Clark, founder and editor of The Art of Home Renovations, agrees. “Transitional design, simpl...
What comes to mind when you hear “cottage style”? Casual comfort. Quaint design. Charming spaces. It’s a uniquely personal approach that often features fresh-cut flowers and flea market finds.
And there are variations of the cottage look. “Modesty, simplicity, and coziness describe an English cottage,” says Lauren Fleming of American Freight Furniture. “Don’t overdecorate… the charm is the pleasant minimalism.” Think natural wood and muted fabrics.
A beach cottage, on the other hand, incorpor...
Gorgeous floors – wood, stone, tile – provide the foundation for great design. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, beautiful natural elements can be replicated with homeowner-friendly fakes. Give your living spaces a natural look without the upkeep (and expense) that often accompanies the real thing.
Faking It Isn’t Tacky, It’s Smart
“Man-made, synthetic, manufactured, and engineered are synonymous with fake,” says materials historian Grace Jeffers, who has been touring the nation giving prese...
You really can’t go wrong with beloved natural materials like wood, glass, and stone. With every improvement you make, consider incorporating at least one of these timeless elements.
Australian architect Alex de Rijke said, “The 18th century was about brick, the 19th about steel, the 20th about concrete, and the 21st century is about wood.”
Wood can serve not only as the primary construction of a home (have you heard about cross-laminated timber, aka CLT?) but also as a major player of t...
“The overall effect of a room’s design is what creates a mood,” explains artist and designer Pablo Solomon. “Ideally, it’s a harmonious balance of uncluttered, well thought out colors, shapes, textures, furnishings, and lighting.”
First and foremost, creating the “mood” a client wants for a space is the essence of interior design, according to Solomon. Second and not far behind, this image should be one that is successfully projected to household guests and visitors.
Old-fashioned floral. Impossible-to-remove adhesives. Wallpaper has gotten a pretty bad rap, which is why it’s frequently the first thing new buyers of old homes want to replace along with outdated or worn-out flooring.
Why, then, are interior designers embracing its return? Because today’s trendy wallpaper boasts outstanding quality, fabulous patterns, and super-simple applications. It will transform the way you decorate.
It’s Not Just Paper
“Wallpaper, now commonly referred to as wallcoveri...
Looking for the perfect accent to complement your home décor? Embrace one of today’s hottest trend: gold.
From bright and shiny to subtle and brushed, gold provides a look that is rich and timeless and yet oh-so-adventurous. Design experts explain just how easy it is to go for the gold.
The Power Of Gold
“Gold is making a bold comeback,” says New York City designer Cathy Hobbs. “For decades, discarded as old-fashioned and blasé (Liberace, anyone?), gold has found its way back into fashion, je...
You don’t have to “go country” to achieve the uber-popular modern farmhouse design. Pepper in some rustic glam for a trendy yet classic appeal with tips from those in the know.
Modern Farmhouse, In A Nutshell
What do you get when you cross industrial design with family heirlooms? The makings of one of today’s hottest trends: modern farmhouse. The design can be inspired by a single piece from your family’s heritage or by a desire to infuse the great outdoors with your contemporary space.
The approach of autumn traditionally brings a warm palette of gold, maroon, rust, and olive. That’s why Fall 2016’s color trends – led by the blue family – is such a surprising departure.
And blue can be a difficult color to incorporate when decorating your home. Do you know how to make the most of this unconventional color development?
“Blue is strong and provides a nice, clean statement,” according to New York interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth. Although decorating your home with tones...