Turn dated furniture into dazzling decor on a dime

Do you love watching HGTV? Do you enjoy browsing through catalogs from West Elm or Pottery Barn?

It is fun to dream about redecorating your home, but furniture shopping can be expensive. You can easily drop thousands redoing a room, but you don’t have to break the bank. You just need to be open-minded and willing to put in a little work like James Judge!

The realtor, designer and home flipper finds cheap pieces with potential at Goodwill and other Valley thrift stores and then works his magic!

Over the last few years, he’s revamped hundreds of dated and worn furniture items into chic couches, chairs and coffee tables.

How does he do it? We went on a shopping adventure with Judge to find out, starting at the Goodwill near 16th Street and Indian School Road.

“This happens to be my favorite store, because I feel like it brings in a big collection of items from all over the Valley in one central location,” Judge said.

Watching Judge shop for furniture is like watching a kid go to Disneyland!

“It’s all about treasure hunting for me, and really trying to find these special pieces that someone else has discarded that I can find and reclaim and bring life back into,” he said.

Right away, Judge spots a treasure!

“I really like this nightstand for $17.99. You can’t beat that price point,” Judge said.

Judge likes the lines on the pieces and the wood drawers.

“My goal with this piece is to transform it. I would paint the lament part just because it’s not something that can be sanded. I would stain the drawers that way you have a two-tone piece and add some hardware,” Judge said.

Judge does several laps when he shops because he can miss things the first time around. As we make laps, he finds another treasure.

“This coffee table is a great find for $12.99. It has a medal base and glass top. You know it’s dirty and has some scratches on it, but being that this is medal it could actually be used outdoors,” Judge said.

Judge says it won’t take much to bring it back to life!

“The glass is in great condition so some Windex, a can of spray paint, and suddenly for $12.99 plus a can of spray paint, you have a perfect coffee table, perfect for outdoors or indoors,” Judge said.

Judge quickly found two pieces with a lot of potential and a cheap price tag, but he’s still looking for a couch.

We now head to the Goodwill near 32nd Street and Thomas Road to find a sofa and right away, he spots something that could work even though it’s pretty dirty.

“Well the dog hair is really appealing, but beyond that, it has interesting lines and I actually believe these two pieces go together, this is actually a chase that connects into that sofa,” Judge said while examining the two pieces.

He buys both items. Each have a price tag of just $7.99. That’s less than $16 for the couch!

“This is a DIY sofa and by the time it’s done, it will be looking like something from West Elm,” Judge said.

The shopping is complete! James bought three pieces for less than $50. How did he restoration the furniture? Here’s what he did with each piece:


UK Stylish Hospitality Furniture Soft and Plush Conference Accessories Announced

Burgess Furniture The team at Burgess Furniture is known for its blend of quality and style.

(Newswire.net — November 14, 2018) — Burgess Furniture, the Middlesex based hospitality furniture supplier, has announced that it can provide customers throughout the UK with premium and innovative furniture at great prices. The team at Burgess is known for its great furniture design and exceptional functionality.

More information can be found at: https://burgessfurniture.com.

The site explains that Burgess Furniture knows the industry well and has been helping customers over the last 50 years to find the best deal. They have worked with top hotel chains to provide them with great furniture solutions, and have developed a reputation for trust, reliability, and quality styles.

Burgess Furniture tests at a higher standard than most on the marketplace, and quality is guaranteed when anyone buys from the specialist team at Burgess. There is a wide range of items and styles available through the Burgess site, and customers can buy safe in the knowledge that they’re buying premium quality.

One of the things that defines Burgess Furniture and separates the company from others in the field is that the team prides themselves on offering the hospitality industry furniture that couples great design and the best in functionality.

Among the products on offer, customers can find soft seating options for hotels, B&Bs, and other hospitality customers. They can also get chairs, tables and accessories for rooms throughout their property.

Items are broken down by range, with a bedroom range available, a meeting range, conference range, events and dining range, food and beverage equipment, and casual seating.

This means that hospitality professionals can browse through the available furniture more easily and quickly track down the type of items they would like for their business.

One of the most popular categories is the bedroom range, which features Vario chairs, Junea Rockers, Tabou and Dishy tables, and luxury soft seating options.

The company states, “We offer a wide range of furniture from tables to chairs and accessories making different spaces more functional and on trend meeting spaces and boardrooms, conference spaces, events and dining, bedroom, casual spaces and more.”

Full details can be found on the URL above.


Ajith to Vijay: Chennai Super Kings star Harbhajan Singh puts up important tweet in Kollywood style

Ajith, Harbajan, Vijay

Actor Aith, CSK star Harbhajan Singh and actor Vijay (Photo | YouTube Screengrab and EPS)

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On Thursday it was revealed that IPL defending champs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has retained star cricketer Harbhajan Singh.

The veteran Indian cricketer took to Twitter and shared his excitement on being retained by one of the most successful teams in IPL history.

Harbhajan Singh put up a tweet in Tamil, announcing his continuity with the ‘Men in Yellow’. What made the fans go gaga over his tweet was the fact that it consisted of some memorable punch dialogues and song lyrics rendered by popular actors like Ajith and Vijay on the big screen.


Samsung Submits Patent for Infinity-O Style Displays, Galaxy S10 Might Sport Punch Style Hole Cut-out

Samsung’s next flagship offering, the Samsung Galaxy S10 which will likely release sometime in the first quarter of next year is going to be a big step up from the previous phone. While the Samsung Galaxy S9 was a progressive update from a device earlier, many are expecting a breakthrough in terms of design when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S10. We have already seen a lot of renders, rumours, leaks and speculations about the Galaxy S10 and the stream doesn’t seem to be stopping. At the recently held Developers Conference, Samsung showed off its different notch implementations which are the Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O displays, with the cut-outs being of the same shape as the respective letters. Also, a patent application image of a new Infinity-O display has surfaced which points towards the possible design of the Samsung Galaxy S10.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Likely to Come with Infinity-O Display

These new patent images have been spotted courtesy of the Dutch site LetsGoDigital, which gives us a full-fledged illustration of how the Infinity-O display might look like. The Infinity-O display, as demonstrated by the new pictures will feature punch-hole style cut-out for the front-facing camera. Now we already know that Samsung is one of the rare manufacturers in the market, which has strictly decided not to implement the notch in its phone and is relying on its Infinity displays to achieve more permanent, bezel-less and edge-to-edge solution for its screens. These new patents seem to be a step ahead in this regard.

The submission comes with a lot of similar illustrations which are experimental cutouts for the Samsung Galaxy S10 hinting towards how the phone might look like. However, it’s clear that Samsung is putting a lot of emphasis on the Infinity-O display rather than anything else. The Infinity-O display which has been depicted in the pictures comes with a punch-style hole cut-out on the upper left-hand side of the device. Further, there are two designs implemented for the form factor, one with more rounded edges and the other one with slightly rounded corners. Additionally, there are also different layouts submitted with curved, square and flat displays.

Samsung to Possibly Set New Benchmark for Design

As per the report from the Dutch page, these patent applications were made to the Hague International Design System (specialising in industrial design patents), managed by the World International Property Organisation (WIPO). The images have also been uploaded to Hague’s bulletin page.

With that being said, we are now sure of one thing, although Samsung might have brought little progressive updates on to its Samsung Galaxy S9, the next flagship phone by Samsung is probably going to be a big step up concerning design and display. Also, it’s entirely possible that with such a new display design and finally a replacement for the notoriously popular notch, Samsung might kick-start a new trend for smartphone designs.


Smartphones with color and style that you can buy in India


With increasing choice of colors, finish and material used in smartphones, consumers have all the more options to choose from. It is true that some prefer cases, and then there are those who want their smartphone to be outright good looking.

It’s not just the Chinese manufacturers who have opted for brighter or gradient colors in their smartphones, even big companies such as Apple and Samsung also followed the trend with latest devices. Here’s a list of colorful devices that you can purchase in India right now.

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max comes in variety of color options. The device is available in six different color finishes of White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral and (Product)RED. It is the first time after the iPhone 5c when Apple has offered a wide variety of color options.

Apple iPhone XR is basically a toned down version of iPhone XS with LCD display. The smartphone comes with single rear camera and lower storage option. It comes in three storage variants with the base model offering 64GB for Rs 76,900. The iPhone XR with 128GB storage and 256GB storage are priced at Rs 81,900 and Rs 91,900 respectively. The smartphone is available online from Flipkart and via other Apple authorized retailers.

OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple

OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple is company’s latest addition to the existing lineup. OnePlus has not changed the pricing of the Thunder Purple variant and it will be available for Rs 41,999. Other color variants including the Midnight Black and Mirror Black will continue to be available at the same price in the market.

Image Credit: Rehan Hooda

Talking about the specifications of the device, the device will only be available in 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage option. Other hardware specifications for the Thunder Purple variant will be similar to the regular variants of OnePlus 6T.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Burgundy Red

Samsung’s current flagship Galaxy S9 looks quite stylish already, and recently Samsung India brought vibrant ‘Burgundy Red’ color option to India as well. The variant was first unveiled back in May, for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models.

After the new addition, Samsung Galaxy S9+ is now available in five color options in India. Other color variants include Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Midnight Black and Sunrise Gold. The Burgundy Red is now available via select offline stores, online portals, and the Samsung Shop only.


Style File: Malaika Arora in Rami Al Ali, Alena Akhmadullina and Alice McCall

Malaika Arora has been busy shooting for ‘India’s Got Talent’ and she is constantly serving some super looks.

For one of the episodes shooting, she wore a grey embellished and ruffle detail mini by Rami Al Ali, which she styled with soft curls and Giuseppe Zanotti silver sandals.

Another episode saw her wear separates from Alena Akhmadullina’s Pre Fall 2018 collection. Her floral pattern sequined top and matching wrap skirt was styled with a pair of pearl hoops from Isharya and soft curls.

Her latest look was a white lace key hole detail dress by Alice McCall. The pretty dress was cinched at the waist with a belt and she rounded her look out with Valentino wedges and hair tied in a bun.

Taking a break from the shoot, she was photographed while out and about in Mumbai today. Her casual look included a pink ‘Minnie’ oversized sweater from Moschino x H&M collection. Simple hair and a pair of espadrilles rounded her look out.


Fashion Friday: Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and other divas are making boyfriend trend their go-to style

We love raiding our boyfriend’s closets and how. Those comfy tee-shirts, baggy denim and cosy sweaters are the one thing girls can spend their lives in. While earlier, wearing boyfriend’s clothes was something only a brave-hearted woman would do, today the trend has caught an eye of Bollywood divas and they are rocking it the way we like. Making comfort the new trend, these A-listers have time and again given some major boyfriend trend goals by their style and panache.

The oversized fashion trend has gained a lot of momentum and not just the Bollywood stars but even the designers on the international ramps are following the style rigorously and we don’t blame them, after all, it has got the best of both worlds- comfort and style.

The trend is vast and covers baggy outfits apart from boyfriend’s jeans, like oversized sweaters, blazers, shirts and a lot more. Stars like Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma are sporting the look like a diva they are and are proudly owning to it. Take a look at the style files of these stars and take some major cues from their look.

Alia’s super comfy tee is a steal, while Deepika Padukone is totally stealing a pair or two from her husband Ranveer Singh’s wardrobe. Priyanka Chopra too decided to step-up her fashion game by opting for a comfortable outfit.



Oppo A7 Photos, Specifications, and Price Leaked; Launch Tipped for November 22

Oppo A7 Photos, Specifications, and Price Leaked; Launch Tipped for November 22

After leaked renders of the Oppo A7 surfaced last week, the device has leaked once again in promotional images, and the report also outs the probable launch date and full specifications of the phone. The Oppo A7 will be the cheaper variant of the Oppo A7x, and the smartphone is now reportedly expected to launch on November 22. The promo images reveal that the Oppo A7 looks similar to the Realme 2, and may just be the rebranded version for the Chinese market.

Mr. Gizmo reports that the Oppo A7 will launch in China on November 22, and the price of the smartphone will be at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,500). The publication also got its hand on a few promotional images, and it shows the Oppo A7 sporting a waterdrop-shaped notch, a dual camera setup stacked horizontally, and a rear fingerprint sensor. It is seen sporting three gradient finishes – Gold, Green, and Rose Gold.

The report states that the Oppo A7 will run on ColorOS 5.2 based on Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The smartphone is expected to sport a 6.2-inch (720×1520 pixels) FullView Display with 2.5D curved glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by the 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 64GB, further expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie sensor tipped as well. The Oppo A7 packs a 4,230mAh battery, and connectivity options reportedly include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS with A-GPS, and GLONASS.


Sharp Aquos R2 Compact With Dual Notch Display Launched: Price, Specifications

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact With Dual Notch Display Launched: Price, Specifications

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact smartphone has been launched in Japan. The handset tries to keep up with the trend of display notches, and goes one step further, by incorporating two notches -one waterdrop-shaped notch is on top of the display housing the camera sensor, while a slightly wider notch sits at the bottom, housing the fingerprint scanner. The Aquos R2 Compact packs the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC, offers 5.2-inch of display, 64GB of inbuilt storage, and is waterproof and dustproof as well.

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact price, design

Sharp hasn’t revealed what the pricing of the Aquos R2 Compact is going to be. The smartphone is going to be available through SoftBank in Japan from mid-January. As mentioned, the phone comes with two notches, unlike its predecessor which had a large chin at the bottom to house the fingerprint scanner. The smartphones sports an aluminium frame, power and volume buttons are situated on the right edge, and there’s a single camera setup at the front and back of the smartphone.

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact specifications

As for specifications, the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact features a 5.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 2.5D tempered glass protection. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 64GB with microSD slot support for further expansion of up to 512GB.

Optics include a 22.6-megapixel rear with sensor with high speed autofocus, f/1.9 aperture, OIS, and electronic hand shake correction as well. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone packs a 2,500mAh battery, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port. The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact dimensions are at 131x64x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 135 grams. The smartphone supports both face unlock and fingerprint scanning.


Realme MediaTek Helio P70 Smartphone to Launch Under New ‘U’ Series Soon

Realme MediaTek Helio P70 Smartphone to Launch Under New 'U' Series Soon

MediaTek launched the Helio P70 SoC in October, and Realme soon after announced that it will be the first brand to launch a smartphone globally with the new processor integrated. The Helio P70 went into mass production last month itself, and was reported to be made available to clients in November. Now, Realme has again teased the arrival of the Helio P70 smartphone, and the company says that the MediaTek SoC will be integrated into a device that is a part of a completely new ‘U’ series.

Realme took to Twitter to announce that it will be introducing the world’s first MediaTek Helio P70 smartphone, under the company’s brand new ‘U’ series. With this, Realme confirms that it will be introducing a new ‘U’ series soon, expanding its portfolio further. Currently, the company offers the Realme 1 ₹ 10,490, Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro ₹ 13,990, and the Realme C1 ₹ 8,840 in the Indian market.

Unfortunately, the company hasn’t detailed on the exact date for the upcoming new ‘U’ series. Apart from the fact that the smartphone will be the first to be powered by the new MediaTek Helio P70 processor, other specifications, design, or pricing information of the upcoming device are not known yet. The Helio P70 features an enhanced AI engine, upgraded imaging and camera support, boosted gaming performance, as well as improved connectivity when compared with previous generations.

The MediaTek Helio P70 is an octa-core SoC that’s been built on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process, and it is meant to power “full-featured smartphones at affordable price points.” It bears four ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 2.1GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz. These are arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration, while the SoC also features an ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU that’s clocked up to 900MHz. The Helio P70 SoC comes with a multi-core APU clocked at up to 525MHz for better edge-AI processing.

It comes with a 4G LTE modem with up to 300Mbps peak download rates, and also supports dual 4G VoLTE. The SoC supports up to 32-megapixel single cameras, or 24+16-megapixel dual cameras, and comes with three independent image signal processors (ISPs) for reduced power consumption (up to 18 percent less compared to previous Helio dual-camera setups).