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By Roy Bassave and Roy Bassave,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 22, 1998
Not just the stock market and the economy are booming these days: Home-design software has turned into a $32 million market with 30 percent annual sales growth, according to PC Data, as Americans spend more money and time designing their dream home.It was only a matter of time until television's premier home expert, Bob Vila, entered the fray, teaming with Mindscape and The Learning Company to create "Bob Vila's Home Design" on CD-ROM for Windows 95.Vila, guru of home projects and star of the popular "Home Again" TV series, offers his skill and understanding of homebuilding to help you communicate with your architect and contractors.
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April 21, 2002
After years of designers bringing nature indoors, this spring's trend does the reverse: Furniture for the outdoors is mimicking indoor living. Martha Stewart's newest furnishings at Kmart include pieces so comfortable, you can turn your porch, deck or patio into a living room or dining area. The Victoria Collection has added a three-seat sofa with plush damask-print cushions, a scratch-resistant coffee table and two easy glide rocking chairs to accompany last year's biggest seller, a leaf-patterned dining table with rotating serving tray and mildew-resistant cushioned dining chairs.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1997
Bob Vila brings his travel guide to America's historic homes to Maryland, tonight on A&E."The Museum of Television & Radio Presents: Science Fiction, a Journey Into the Unknown" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- TV space pioneers William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are hosts for this look at sci-fi on the tube, everything from "The Twilight Zone" to "The X-Files." Some interesting stuff, including reminders of a few shows that may have slipped your mind. Fox."Murder One" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Roy Bassave and Roy Bassave,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 22, 1998
Not just the stock market and the economy are booming these days: Home-design software has turned into a $32 million market with 30 percent annual sales growth, according to PC Data, as Americans spend more money and time designing their dream home.It was only a matter of time until television's premier home expert, Bob Vila, entered the fray, teaming with Mindscape and The Learning Company to create "Bob Vila's Home Design" on CD-ROM for Windows 95.Vila, guru of home projects and star of the popular "Home Again" TV series, offers his skill and understanding of homebuilding to help you communicate with your architect and contractors.
NEWS
April 21, 2002
After years of designers bringing nature indoors, this spring's trend does the reverse: Furniture for the outdoors is mimicking indoor living. Martha Stewart's newest furnishings at Kmart include pieces so comfortable, you can turn your porch, deck or patio into a living room or dining area. The Victoria Collection has added a three-seat sofa with plush damask-print cushions, a scratch-resistant coffee table and two easy glide rocking chairs to accompany last year's biggest seller, a leaf-patterned dining table with rotating serving tray and mildew-resistant cushioned dining chairs.
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By Patty LaNoue Stearns and Patty LaNoue Stearns,Contributing Writer | August 2, 1993
Bob and Norm started it all. Then came Steve. Now there are Joe and Ed, Beverly and Lisa, Walter and Tony, Dean and Robin and Lynette.They are the Dream Merchants of the '90s, those inspirational home-improvement gurus who make the most intimidating renovating, refinishing and remodeling projects look like a day at the beach. They use the best tools, the finest materials and, thanks to the wonders of cinematography, take the least amount of time to transform dingy rooms into palatial chambers.
NEWS
August 8, 1997
COLUMBIA RESIDENTS should be grateful that their community enforces its architectural covenants. The notices, threats of lawsuits and actual lawsuits that impose conformity on homeowners have spared neighborhoods from some awful home and garden ideas. Subdivisions with such rules have become common all over.But the Columbia Association's long battle against the owner of a 267-year-old stone house near the shores of Wilde Lake is bewildering.Architect Bruno Reich says the structure was crumbling and uninhabitable when he bought it in 1981.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 26, 1999
The Anne Arundel County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the national nonprofit organization that helps build affordable homes for people without them, is teaming up with the American Plywood Association, Residential Architect magazine and television's Bob Vila to build a home for a needy family in Lothian.The project -- called a "Blitz Build" -- will take one week, with the work being aired daily from Nov. 8 through Nov. 12 on CBS's "The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel."A team of volunteers will erect the house from the award-winning design submitted by John W. Allegretti for the Homes for Habitat Design Awards competition sponsored by the magazine.
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By Orlando Sentinel | December 26, 1990
Screen idol Tom Cruise and presidential naysayer John Sununu both dress dramatically enough to have earned a place on the 1990 "10 Best-dressed Short Men in America" list, published each year by clothier Bob Stern.The 5-foot-2-inch Stern is president of Short Sizes Inc., a retail and mail-order clothing company based in Cleveland. Other well dressed men under 5-foot-8 on his list are rock star Billy Joel, Tony Award winner Robert Morse, Olympic gymnast Bart Connor, TV handyman Bob Vila, Cleveland Mayor Michael White, novelist Tom Wolfe, and actors Michael J. Fox and Danny DeVito.
FEATURES
May 22, 1991
Here's Bob Stern's list of "The 10 Best-Dressed Shorter Men in America."1. Tom Cruise, actor, 5 foot 9. "Black sunglasses. Black silk shirts. He's made both national passions."2. John H. Sununu, White House chief of staff, 5 foot 9. "All business in both politics and dress."3. Billy Joel, singer, 5 foot 7. "Fast becoming a major fashion force. Or on the 'brinkley' of it."4. Bart Conner, gymnast, TV analyst, 5 foot 6. "Now making ladies flip as TV sports' golden bantam all-American Beau Brummel."
NEWS
August 8, 1997
COLUMBIA RESIDENTS should be grateful that their community enforces its architectural covenants. The notices, threats of lawsuits and actual lawsuits that impose conformity on homeowners have spared neighborhoods from some awful home and garden ideas. Subdivisions with such rules have become common all over.But the Columbia Association's long battle against the owner of a 267-year-old stone house near the shores of Wilde Lake is bewildering.Architect Bruno Reich says the structure was crumbling and uninhabitable when he bought it in 1981.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1997
Bob Vila brings his travel guide to America's historic homes to Maryland, tonight on A&E."The Museum of Television & Radio Presents: Science Fiction, a Journey Into the Unknown" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- TV space pioneers William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are hosts for this look at sci-fi on the tube, everything from "The Twilight Zone" to "The X-Files." Some interesting stuff, including reminders of a few shows that may have slipped your mind. Fox."Murder One" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
FEATURES
By Patty LaNoue Stearns and Patty LaNoue Stearns,Contributing Writer | August 2, 1993
Bob and Norm started it all. Then came Steve. Now there are Joe and Ed, Beverly and Lisa, Walter and Tony, Dean and Robin and Lynette.They are the Dream Merchants of the '90s, those inspirational home-improvement gurus who make the most intimidating renovating, refinishing and remodeling projects look like a day at the beach. They use the best tools, the finest materials and, thanks to the wonders of cinematography, take the least amount of time to transform dingy rooms into palatial chambers.
BUSINESS
By Karol V. Menzie and Ron Nodine | September 12, 1999
EVEN IF YOU never lift a hammer and need help to change a light bulb, you may be fascinated by those TV shows where teams of people completely transform some old structure by the end of the series season. Besides the ranks of actual do-it-yourselfers, there is a surprisingly large group of virtual do-it-yourselfers who enjoy watching other people do the work.The enduring popularity of PBS' "This Old House" program confirms that. If everyone who watches the popular program renovated a house, whole cities would have been transformed.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | May 25, 1994
Soap opera takes center stage tonight, as ABC presents the "Daytime Emmy Awards" and Fox devotes two hours to the season finale of "Beverly Hills, 90210." Not to be overlooked, though, is tonight's "American Experience," which gets a jump on the documentary competition by presenting its "D-Day" special well in advance of the event's actual 50th anniversary on June 6.* "Home Improvement" (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Once again, Tim (Tim Allen) closes out a season by challenging guest star Bob Vila to a mano a mano duel -- this time in hot rods.
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