The newest cheap home decor chain is on its way to the United States.
The parent company of T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods is launching a new home store concept called Homesense. Parent company TJX announced in March that it would open a new discount chain selling home decor items, but didn’t release any other information.
The company told People magazine that Homesense stores in the U.S. will be similar to the locations already open in Europe and Canada. The stores will offer furniture, art, sodas, chairs, pool tables, lighting and other home decor items.
Homesense also carries items like cleaning essentials, home improvement items, hardware items and storage supplies. The first store will open Aug. 17 in Framingham, Massachusetts, and more locations are set to open this year in New Jersey.
“Just as our customers enjoy shopping both TJ Maxx and Marshalls, we are confident that loyal customers and new shoppers alike will be excited about shopping both Homesense and HomeGoods,” HomeGoods and Homesense president John Ricciuti said in a statement. “We are excited to bring consumers an expanded selection of quality merchandise at incredible prices, along with a new shopping experience in which they can discover and curate the home of their dreams.”
According to reports, there are three major differences between HomeGoods and Homesense: the “general store” offerings including hardware, home improvement and cleaning materials, the store’s layout and availability of more furniture and big design items.
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A Georgia woman could face jail time and a large fine over her garden.
Atlanta city code enforcement officers told Lexa King that her flower garden is overgrown.
King told WSB-TV’s Rikki Klaus that she’s been growing her garden for about 30 years. She beams when she talks about the azaleas in her yard.
"And since I pay the taxes and since I pay the mortgage and since I pay the insurance, I figure I'm the one that gets to say," King said.
Code enforcement officers see the situation, and her garden, differently.
"They said it was messy, said it was overgrown,” King said. "I said, ‘Well, this is a matter of your interpretation.’”
In December, King said, an anonymous complaint led to an arrest citation. It details "overgrowth" in her yard and said she's violating a city code that prohibits "excessive growth."
"We asked him for a definition of excessive, which he could not provide," King said.
Klaus asked King whether she plans to cut the shrubs back.
"Not unless I'm absolutely forced to," King said.
King said she's fighting a bigger battle to protect the quirkiness of Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood.
"This is not about me. It's not about those azaleas. This is about our neighborhood and the way of life that we have here," King said.
Neighbors said they've been writing to City Council members on King's behalf.
"We're hoping for dismissal of these charges before Lexa King appears in front of the Municipal Court of Atlanta to be sentenced for her crime of azaleas," neighbor Scott Jacobs said.
Klaus researched the penalties of a court citation. King could face up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Her hearing will take place in August.
Klaus contacted code enforcement for reaction to this story. She’s still waiting to get a response.
The big green bugs that make a deafening sound are back.
Cicadas have popped out of the ground early this year and are starting to show up in Ohio and other parts of the Midwest, as well as the South and East Coast.
First you see their skin. Then you hear their call.
It's the unmistakable sound, and evidence the cicadas are back.
"I think they're really gross," said Ashley Gilbert of Kettering, Ohio.
"They're a little scary, kind of prehistoric looking so they're a little startling," said Melissa Todd of Riverside, Ohio.
The fragile brown casings could be from Brood X – some of these 17-year cicadas reportedly are arriving four years early – or the annual dog-days-of summer cicadas that have arrived several weeks ahead of time.
According to the Gardener's Network, Brood X cicadas span the following states: Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia.
Whichever kind they are, cicadas don't bite and don't cause much harm to trees. Their loud sounds and startling movements is all most will have to deal with.
– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
Earlier this month, an odd Zillow listing for a house in Cayce, a small town south of Columbia, South Carolina, started circulating – and immediately sparked some spooky speculation about who might be living upstairs.
“Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances,” the listing read. “Buyer assumes responsibility for the month-to-month tenancy in the upstairs apartment. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place. (Yes, it does not make sense, please don’t bother asking.)”
Other mildly disturbing details included a door to the upstairs apartment stained with blood-red paint, an odd sculpture in the backyard and a gaping hole in the ceiling.
The internet went wild with speculation that perhaps a serial killer – or the devil himself – was the mystery tenant.
The State debunked any notions about evil occupying the home May 13.
The newspaper revealed that the mystery tenants are artist Randall McKissick, 70, and his three cats.
According to The State, the Columbia native was a world-renowned artist and illustrator in the 1980s and 1990s. His work was shown internationally – in Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Atlanta and Chicago among other places.
One of his pieces still hangs in the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.
About 10 years ago, McKissick fell on hard times. The man whose friends call him a creative genius went through a divorce and eviction and suffered crippling anxiety. Those troubles, coupled with the rise of computer illustration, made McKissick quit painting.
“I lost the spark. I don’t know how to get it back," McKissick told The State.
A childhood friend allowed him to rent a room in his upstairs home free of charge. But the owner, Michael Schumpert Sr., had a car wreck in December, and his family now needs to sell the house. Schumpert's son, Michael, wrote the listing.
“We don’t really have much choice but to sell the house; my parents need to sell it,” the younger Schumpert told the newspaper. “But it’s been in the family for so long, we don’t really want to. And we want Randy to be able to stay there.”
The house is now off the market, but McKissick's two daughters are still looking for a new place for him to stay. Amber Albert told the paper her father's perfect home would have room for his cats and some studio space, so he might get his spark back and start painting again.
“I just want to paint again,” he said. “I just want to find that spark.”
Tesla is officially taking orders for its solar glass roof, which is said to be cheaper than a regular roof with an "infinity warranty."
Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the solar roof can be ordered in "almost any country." The roofs will be deployed this year in the U.S. and overseas in 2018.
The roofs will come in textured, smooth, Tuscan and slate.
The roofs are made with tempered glass and are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles, according to Tesla's website.
The ongoing drought could bring danger slithering right into Floridians' yards.
The dry conditions mean the most venomous snakes in Central Florida are on the move.
Herpetologist Bob Cross said low water levels in many lakes and swamps means snake sightings are more likely to happen in neighborhoods.
“It’s very frightening to think that they’re that they’re that close to a house,” said Longwood resident Candy Bauer. "I don't feel the same about my backyard."
She found a cottonmouth in her backyard this week and called Cross to relocate the animal.
“Usually when people saw that, it’s a harmless water snake," Cross said. "But in this case, the lady was right."
He said the dry weather is forcing the cottonmouths and other snakes to seek water elsewhere.
"He’s going to be traveling like the gators,” Cross said.
He said a bite from a cottonmouth would cause severe pain and swelling.
"We'd be calling 911 and a helicopter for you," Cross said.
The snake found in Bauer’s yard will be sent to a facility in DeLand which will use it to produce anti-venom.
A real estate prospector just profited big-league from the sale of President Donald Trump's childhood home.
According to CNN, the 2,500-square-foot New York Tudor has a new owner just three months after Michael Davis bought the property in Queens' Jamaica Estates neighborhood for $1.4 million. Last week, an unnamed bidder reportedly shelled out $2.14 million for the home where Trump lived until he was about 4.
The house, built by Trump's father, Fred Trump, has "a brick and stucco exterior and an old-world charm interior featuring arched doorways, hardwood floors, five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, library, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, basement and more," Paramount Realty USA said in the listing.
Kids say the darndest things.
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Dax Holt, a former producer at TMZ, recorded a conversation he had with his daughter, Skylar, about an awkward exchange he had with her teacher.
“When I got to your school, your teacher said, ‘I heard you have a lot of weed at your house,'” Holt told Skylar. “Are we growing weed at our house?”
“Yeah,” said Skylar.
“A lot of it?” asks Holt, to which Skylar responds, “Yeah, just a little bit, but it’s going to grow a lot.”
“Do you want to show people what you’re talking about?” Holt asks.
Skylar then leads him to the backyard to point out the “weed.”
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My child's teacher: "so Skylar tells me you guys have a ton of weed at home."Me: "umm"Teacher: "she said you're growing it"Me:Posted by Dax Holt on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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