This summer, Sunset magazine opened “the ultimate modern beach home,” a 4,500 square foot, four bedroom and 5 1/2 bathroom residence complete with drought-tolerant landscaping, “a no-mow lawn,” edible garden, swimming pool, and outdoor kitchen and living room. Sunset’s editors partnered with architects Tomaro Design Group, builders Mike Davis Custom Homes, and landscape designers Masterpeace Gardens to create the magazine’s first Los Angeles-area Idea House, which showcases sustainable building and architectural and design innovations.

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With an equal focus on luxury and livability, Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc. has consistently been named one of Interior Design Magazine’s “Top 100 Interior Design Firms in the World.” When the National Association of Home Builders invited the design firm to work on the 2014 New American Home, the Boca Raton-based interior designers knew they wanted to create a space that would seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living.

The palatial home, built in the foothills of Henderson, NV’s exclusive Sky Terrace housing development, is modern, elegant – and also on the cutting edge of energy efficiency. Marc-Michaels’ interiors emphasize the natural beauty of the mountainous landscape, while Infratech heaters blend into the design organically, subtly adding comfort to cold desert nights. We spoke with the elite design firm about how our heaters enhanced the home.

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We all love traditional hotdog and hamburger cookouts, even the occasional grilled pizza is a treat, but what about grilled artichokes, lemonade and even pound cake? Give your hardworking stove a rest and fire up the grill with our favorite savory, sweet and unexpected recipes perfect for your next summertime barbeque.

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Step aside Nest, there’s a new smart thermostat in town.

We know a thing or two about heating things up, and when a new home climate system hits the market, it’s definitely something to talk about!

Back in 2011 the Nest Thermostat broke into the smart home arena and revolutionized indoor climate control. The savvy device learned its users’ habits and developed a more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling solution. But smart home technology is only getting smarter. A short three years after the release of Nest, Honeywell not only caught up with the competition, but surpassed it with its own smart thermostat, the Lyric. Here’s three reasons why we’ve left the Nest and moved on to the best thermostat on the market, the Lyric.

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“The greatest American architect of all time,” as named by the American Institute of Architects, died over 55 years ago, but he’s still making headlines today. Frank Lloyd Wright created over 1,100 designs almost half of which were built during his seven decade long career and several of which are currently on the market. Instead of simply touring one of his famous landmarks like Fallingwater or the Guggenheim you can own one of theses masterpieces. Get your checkbook ready, these homes aren’t cheap! Here are our top picks of Frank Lloyd Wright properties currently up for sale.

John Storer House – Los Angeles, CA
$6,900,000

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