5 Habits That Help Average People Make Millions

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Five steps have helped me achieve the financial success that I have today, and I’m hoping that they will do the same for you.

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Selling Tennessee Farm for $3.45M

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Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and her husband, country music star Keith Urban, are departing from their luxe country home in Franklin, TN, for which they’re asking $3.45 million, according to Variety.

The duo bought the gorgeous farmhouse and guest cottage with nearly 36 acres in 2007 for $2.45 million. The property is a star in its own right.

The gated retreat is “a true sanctuary,” according to the listing. It also comes with a gym, barn, garden, and trails.

Set on a hilltop with unfettered views of the surrounding landscape, the 5,000-square-foot farmhouse has four beds, four baths, and two half-baths. There’s a formal living room with vaulted ceiling and skylights, a cozy family room with fireplace, and a kitchen with casual eating area. French doors open to the patio, which features dining space and a grill. Other rooms include an office, gym, and media room.

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Nicole Kidman’s house for sale

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Living room with lots of light

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Kitchen with casual dining

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Although the celebrity couple are shedding their rural retreat, they will keep roots in the state, where they own a mansion in Nashville. Their real estate holdings also include a New York City condo, a Beverly Hills, CA, contemporary, along with property in Sydney, Australia, where the actress grew up. Kidman was recently nominated for a Golden Globe in the HBO series “Big Little Lies.”

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What’s the Difference Between Interstate and Intrastate Moving?

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Interstate versus intrastate – it’s only a difference of a letter, right? Wrong. It could mean a significant difference in logistics and costs for your upcoming move. We’ve broken down the differences between interstate and intrastate moving to save you money and help you avoid any potential headaches. Why does it matter? Sometimes what you […]

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Strange Spectacles: How to Make Your Odd Collections Look Amazing in Your Home

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Whether you collect fine art, first-edition books, random knickknacks, or something far stranger (hotel soaps or antique handcuffs, anyone?), your collectables display could likely stand for improvement-that is, if you’ve bothered to put any thought into showing off your precious pile of stuff at all. Because let’s face it, if you’re going to obsess over these objects, you may as well embrace it and let that nerd flag fly, baby!

To help you organize that jumble into something you’re proud of, here are some collection display ideas that will look amazing in your home-on shelves, hung on walls, tucked in shadow boxes, or beyond.

What’s constitutes a collection vs. heap o’ junk?

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First things first: Is the collection you own worth showing-or is that ephemera really just a pile of unrelated trinkets?

“A collection is a group of similar objects that mean something to you,” explains Julie Muniz, a curator and art consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. But you still need to sift through your items.

“If everything has value, then nothing does,” points out Julie Coraccio, an organizing expert at Reawaken Your Brilliance. Edit what you have and then keep only memorable things that bring you happiness, she adds. “If your ‘collection’ is sitting in the garage, then it’s most likely junk to you,” she says.

Consider the location

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If space and storage are an issue, Liz Toombs, an interior decorator with PDR Interiors, suggests putting them in a place that won’t hog valuable real estate-like a wall.

“I helped a client hang a collection of platters from Italy on a wall between her kitchen and dining room,” she notes. In addition, a floating shelf was installed to hold bourbon bottles, which kept them off the credenza or other surfaces “and didn’t clutter valuable space,” Toombs says.

Also see if your collection is usable in some manner; if so, try to put it to work. For instance, Toombs’ display of a collection of plates “worked as both artwork and for serving guests,” she says.

Count the group

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Display your collection with purpose, says Muniz. “Don’t sprinkle single pieces around-group them for greater impact,” she says. Depending on your space, you can put small groupings throughout the house or show off the collection as a whole.

As for numbers, odds beat evens. “Even numbers of objects look too symmetrical, whereas groups of three and five create a conversation,” she says.

If, however, you own just a special pair, consider asymmetry. “Put one object on a small stand and the other on a shelf next to it so that your attention is drawn to each thing while keeping them as a pair,” explains Charles Snider, a gem and fossil appraiser at American Geode.

Go for glass

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Floating glass shelves are ideal for highlighting every facet of your collection. Or you might hit up a flea market or tag sale for an old cabinet with clear shelves and a mirrored backing.

“Curio cabinets with glass shelves are smart because they allow you to look at the bottom side of whatever precious item you’re showing,” Snider says.

Hang with care

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Measure carefully if you’re hanging an art collection, says Muniz. “I always hang my collections at 60 inches on center, which means the center of the artwork or frame is 60 inches from the floor so it rests at eye level,” she explains.

How you hang your art also depends on ceiling height and how tall your family is. “If your family is on the shorter side, it’s fine to hang artwork lower,” she adds.

Fill a bookcase

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If you have built-in bookcases, the job of arranging a collection is made easier, says Carole Marcotte, a designer with Form & Function in Raleigh, NC. “A set of bookcases with cubbies can hold pottery, glassware, or other collectibles,” she adds. Breakable collections are particularly well-suited to bookcases since you can store the more fragile pieces in the upper sections; lean framed artwork or something less precious in the lower bays.

Light it right

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Watch out for lighting around artwork on walls. “Lamps can fall on pictures and special lamp lights above pieces can swing into them,” warns Snider.

And when it comes to fabrics, don’t hang them near direct sunlight. “Textiles can’t be bathed in light or they’ll bleach,” notes Jacquie Denny, co-founder of Everything but the House, an online estate sale marketplace.

Think outside the (shadow) box

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Does your collection comprise many shapes and sizes? A shadow box or one with little cubbies is a good pick in this case, says Coraccio.

Another wise way to upcycle? Turn these odds and ends into a whole new thing. For instance, “I’m also a fan of making a T-shirt quilt out of all those old tops that have been saved from junior high, high school, and college,” she adds.

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This Week’s Most Expensive New Listing Is a Massive $65M Miami Beach Penthouse

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Taking a page from the Manhattan luxury playbook, the most expensive new listing this week on realtor.com® is a multilevel penthouse in Miami Beach, FL, on the market for $65 million. Carlo Gambino of Douglas Elliman holds the listing.

Located in the Apogee, an upscale residential waterfront tower, the unit is billed as “undoubtedly the best apartment south of New York City, with the best views and location Miami has to offer.”

We’re not here to argue or quibble. The unit’s massive floor-to ceiling windows provide stunning views of the water and city skyline. The focal point of the condo, which spans the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th floors, is a translucent spiral staircase that extends from the living room. Nothing will block the light or those incredible vistas inside this space.

The three-level condo measures 8,200 square feet and has five bedrooms and seven baths. Perhaps most impressive for a luxe home located in a warm-weather climate, the penthouse features more outdoor than indoor space: 13,000 square feet, including wraparound terraces on all three floors.

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Rooftop terrace

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One of five bedrooms

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Most of the third floor is taken up by a 7,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, along with a pool, hot tub, cabana, outdoor kitchen, movie screen, and dining area.

This amazing dwelling didn’t always look this way. According to the Wall Street Journal, former lawyer William Duker picked up the apartment when it was nothing more than raw space for $16.5 million in 2008.

He spent three years building it out, including adding the jaw-dropping glass staircase, with interior design and furnishings from Miami’s PH Design Group. Now, Duker apparently wants to sell it so he can sail around the world. If he’s able to float away with his current asking price, it will set a record for the Miami area.

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