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This House Is Waaayyyyyy More Than Zero

If this house looks familiar to you, that's probably because you've seen it in numerous movies, commercials, music videos and more. It was most prominently featured in the 1987 Robert Downey Jr. film Less Than Zero. Now this heavily-filmed home can be yours for a cool $7.5 million.

While that sounds like a lot, consider both that it is a mansion in LA and that it is one of the early works of famed architect John Lautner and the first of his homes to use monolithic concrete, which later became part of his signature style. The home also features one of the first infinity pools and a cantilevered driveway that was so groundbreaking that the city insisted on witnessing a stress test before approving the structure for use. 

Check out more pictures and more information about the stunning house at Homes and Hues: You Won't Feel Less Than Zero In This Glamorous House


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If you've been following Homes and Hues and Neatorama, you might remember our post featuring 18 Geek Chic Bedspreads, Comforters and Duvet Covers. To celebrate Homes and Hues getting 1000 followers on Facebook, we've partnered with Cafe Press to giveaway a few of the great bedspreads we featured in that geeky bedspread article. You can pick any of their designs and get them in any size -and that's not all! You can also win a NeatoShop tee shirt of your choice and a messenger bag, cell phone cover or tee shirt of your choice as well!

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The Best Couch For Small Living Quarters

This couch isn't really ugly, but it's not the best-looking sofa I've ever seen. That being said, it's pretty much the best couch you could hope to have in a small space. That's because you can pull on the arms and turn one sofa into three pieces of furniture -a small bed, a chaise lounge and an armchair.

If you don't want to have a ton of furniture taking up space but wish you could have seating when you have people over here and there, it's the ultimate solution.

Learn more about the design over at Homes and Hues: One Couch With Four Seating Options


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14 Things You Don't Know About Back to the Future

It's one of the best time travel franchises ever made and a rare gem of a film that people from different age groups and different backgrounds can all appreciate. But even if you can recite all of Doc & Marty's conversations because you've seen it so many times, chances are you still don't know all of these juicy trivia bits.

It Was Set In the Fifties For Simplicity's Sake

The fifties were chosen for the past setting not because writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale had a soft spot for the era, but instead because they were easy. Essentially, the two wanted to make a time travel story that didn't require knowledge of the past to enjoy it. They figured the fifties would be far enough back that it would seem like a different setting, but still allow the main character to connect with people that he knew from his regular life.

The DeLorean Could Have Been A Refrigerator

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It took the writers a while to come up with the perfect time machine. In fact, at one point they thought it would be cool to use a refrigerator that had to be powered by an atomic explosion to return home -until they started worrying that kids would lock themselves into them. Spielberg ended up using this idea as inspiration for Indiana Jones' nuclear safe-guard in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Ultimately, they decided on a DeLorean because the stainless steel construction seemed like a good method for flux dispersal during time displacement. Three DeLoreans were purchased for the original and another three were bought for the sequels. After the film's release, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis received a letter from John DeLorean thanking them for using his car in the movie.

It Was Both Too Tame and Too Controversial

Robert Zemeckis had to hit up quite a few studios while trying to sell the film. Since the biggest comedies at the time were much more raunchy, like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Revenge of the Nerds, a lot of studios turned down the idea because it wasn't risque enough. But then when Zemeckis took his idea to Disney, they rejected the story because they thought it was too scandalous to have a mother fall in love with her son.

It Was Mostly Shot At Night

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A Soap Holder That Won't Leave You With A Soap Puddle

I've always been a big fan of liquid soaps, especially when it comes to hand soap. That's largely because I can't stand the soggy mess that soaps become after sitting in a wet soap dish or on the corner of the sink. As if the mess it made wasn't bad enough, sometimes the soaps get so soggy that your hand sinks right through them when go pick them up. 

But the Idea Works Waterfall Soap Saver solves that problem by letting the water drain out right into your sink, keeping your soap usable much longer and your soap dish less crusted with soap goo.

Read more about the creation at Homes and Hues: This Soap Holder Drains Water


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A Great Solution For Hiding Your Clothes Line

There are plenty of reasons to have a clothes line in your home from keeping your delicates safe to saving energy, but no one wants lines stretching across their house and outdoor lines can get dirty and won't work in the house. You can always get the collapsable versions, but they don't dry a whole load and they take up a lot of floor space. So what are your other options?

A retractable clothes line is a great solution for keeping your lines ready to go, but out of the way when they aren't in use. Best of all, you can install them anywhere -including inside a cupboard, so they can be totally out of sight when not in use.

Read more about the clever idea at Homes and Hues: Laundry Lines When You Need Them & A Cabinet When You Don't


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27 S'mores Treats Perfect For National S'mores Day

Did you know today is National S'mores Day? Here at Neatorama, this is a real holiday with a lot of clout -which means celebrating the day to its fullest. Sure, fair weather s'mores fans will probably make a basic s'more and reflect on campfire memories from their youth, but if you really love the sweet treats, then you know there's a lot more you can do with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow than making a nice warm sandwich. In fact, we've compiled enough recipes for you to eat s'mores all day -including for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Breakfast:

Pancakes


By working some marshmallow and chocolate chips into your pancakes as they cook and then covering them with marshmallow, graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips, Bombshell Bling made a reasonably healthy breakfast loaded with all the makings of heaven. To really maximize your s'moreness, you could also try spreading Nutella and then marshmallow fluff on top of the pancakes before quickly popping them under the broiler for that toasty marshmallow magic.

Crepes


For a more traditional French take on s'more pancakes, Bombshell Bling suggests trying your hand at s'mores crepes. These are, just as you may expect, simply crepes loaded with marshmallow fluff, chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs, but when it comes to s'mores, simplicity is often simply amazing. Again, if you really want to up your s'mores game though, try making your crepes with graham flour.

Waffle Sliders


For those who prefer the delicious nooks and crannies of a waffle over those flat old pancakes, Mom on Time Out suggests making s'mores out of Eggo minis dipped in chocolate. Granted, you lose the graham flavor, but that delicious, buttery waffle taste more than makes up for it.

French Toast


Here's another twist on a breakfast classic -French toast stuffed with toasted marshmallow and chocolate and crusted in crushed graham cracker. BS in the Kitchen even went so far as to only use the roasted marshmallow skins since the rest of the mallow would be too much gooeyness.

Cinnamon Rolls


What's better than a cinnamon roll? How about one loaded with chocolate and covered in toasted marshmallows? This recipe by Steph's Bite By Bite sounds utterly amazing, but the pictures are even more mouth watering.

S'moreception

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15 Tables That We'd Love to Eat Dinner On

One of the most important pieces of furniture in a home is the dining table. This is where families enjoy dinner together, where dinner parties occur, where birthday candles are blown out and more. So this week at Homes and Hues, we looked around to try to find you the greatest and most unique tables on the market. 

From chic to cute, we collected fifteen tables knowing that just about everyone will enjoy at least one of them. 

So find out if your dream table is featured over on Homes and Hues: 15 Exquisite Tables Perfect for All Types of Diners


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Win An Awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Gift Pack

We are super excited about the Guardians of the Galaxy, so we partnered with NerdFu to bring you a seriously cool GOTG prize pack. The prize pack includes one Guardians of the Galaxy Unmasked Star Lord Pop! Amazon exclusive (No Longer Available on Amazon.com), one Guardians of the Galaxy Pre-release Rocket Raccoon Pop! Hot Topic exclusive, a Groot Loops tee by Bamboota and your choice of Guardians of the Galaxy tees from the NeatoShop (like those in the related NeatoShop items below). We're even selecting four winners, with the runners up receiving a Guardians of the Galaxy tee of their choice from the NeatoShop (we'll even let you pick a non-Guardians tee if you see one you prefer). Here's how to enter:

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A New Alternative to Your Coat Rack

When you walk in the door after work, you probably put down your purse or empty your pockets, you might shuffle through the mail you just recieved and if you're wearing a coat, you probably take it off and hang it up. Now you can use one simple home accessory to do all of this. The Cubby has a wide circle that can work to store your cell phone, sun glasses or other items. Its width also offers the additional benefit of not stretching out your coat collar or misshaping your hats. Lastly, the top section can be used to store papers, so you can set down your mail while you remove your coat.

Read more about the Cubby at Homes and Hues: Mimimalist Storage Units and Hooks In One


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Black and White Are All You Need For A Stunning Home Interior

There are those who can't live without a bevy of colors spread across their home, but for those who don't need the whole spectrum cast across their living room this Swedish home is certain to be eye candy. 

Aside from black and white, the only shades you'll see repeated here are bronze and an occassional touch of blue. The end result is a timeless apartment that is refreshingly simple and incredibly eye-catching.

See more pictures of this delightful design inspiration at Homes and Hues: What's Black, White & Bronze All Over? This Gorgeous House


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Fun Things to Do Outside the 2014 San Diego Comic Con

Comic Con was over a week ago, but for many who returned from the convention, we're just now starting to get back to our normal routine. That's because the convention itself is only one of the many geektastic activities going on in San Diego that weekend and the more of them you visit, the more exhausted you get.

This year there were stories that the number of big VIP Hollywood VIP parties was down by 40%. As it turns out, that just means there were less exclusive parties and more activities that anyone can partake in. After attending as many of these open-to-everyone events as possible (and one exclusive event), I still feel like Zeon and I barely scratched the surface of outside entertainment during the 2014 Comic Con. Here's a rundown of all the non-con events that took place that weekend.

Wednesday (Preview Night):

Preview night is still the least busy night of the convention. Some exhibitors haven't even set up yet and most out of town visitors haven't even left home yet. Needless to say, there isn't much going on Downtown that day. Even so, there was already plenty of stuff going on that night. At the Mosaic Wine Bar, visitors could pay $35 to hang out with bestselling authors Christina Lauren, Alice Clayton, Kresley Cole and Renee Carlino at the Best-Selling Author's Happy Hour. Henry's Pub hosted the annual Enchantment Under the SDCC party. Side Bar held a Super Hero Party.

The night was a particularly big night for craft beer fans as two different breweries offered entertainment options. Stone Brewery launched their W00tstout 2.0 beer with Aisha Tyler, Wil Wheaton and Drew Curtis, who appear on the bottle, as depicted by Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons. Ballast Point Bewery held a 3DS Pokemon Tournament for Craft Beer Lovers for adults who just have to catch them all while sipping on fine suds.

The Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery held their opening night party for the "POP! Art of the Geek" show that ran through the weekend. While we skipped the opening party, I did visit the show and it was, in fact, fantastic. It was both curated by and featured art from LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. Here are a few more pictures from the event.

All Weekend Long:

Starting Friday morning, in the Petco Parking Lot, there was all kinds of awesome action during the convention. The biggest draw in the parking lot was the Adult Swim Fun House and the Meatwad Dome Experience. The fun house was there last year, but they changed it a little since then. The whole thing was bizarre and awesome -even though Zeon and I had to karaoke "Let's Get it On" together (it was pretty painful to listen to). The highlight for me was climbing through the television set in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force's television set into the crib of a giant, creepy baby.

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Keep Your Snacks Fresh for Only $17

We've all had to deal with stale and expired food before, but preventing the spoilage completely generally requires buying an expensive vacuum sealer -at least, until now. The iTouchless Bag Re-Sealer uses heat to re-seal bags so no air can get in to taint your favorite snacks. Best of all, the item is cheap -only $16.98 for two on Amazon. 

The only drawback is that the reviewers say you can only use the items on thick bags or else the plastic will melt away too much.

Read more about the item at Homes and Hues: The $17 Bag Resealer


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How to Make Your Own Wooden Pathway

A few logs, some bags of sand, a little sealant and some glue is all you need to put together your own great wooden pathway like this one. Just slice up the logs into small pieces, seal the wood, clear out your pathway, fill the pathway with sand and then lay out the logs and glue them together. 

Of course, the specifics are a bit more complex and the process is a bit timely, but if you like the design, you can build your own for around $30. Find out how at Homes and Hues: How to Make a Natural Log Pathway For Dirt Cheap


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14 Fantastic Windows We Long to Look Through

Generally speaking, the beauty of a window is that it allows you to look outside into the big, wonderful world. But there are some windows that are simply stunning all on their own and over on Homes and Hues, we compiled a list of some of them, including the one above by Antoni Gaudi.

These windows come in all shapes and sizes, and they are in all number of rooms, but everyone of them has something absolutely eye-catching and marvelous.

Whether you're looking to renovate, want to get ideas for the future or just love good design, you won't want to miss this great article: 14 Stunning Home Windows


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A Modular Cat Playground For Your Favorite Kitty

No matter how much space you have for your kitty, the CatsPlay Modular Playground is a perfect  fit for your little furball. That's because this cat-friendly creation is modular by the true definition of the word, allowing you unlimited options as to the layout of the design. 

There are a number of different sets you can buy to start out with and from there, you can buy a number of extra parts to really customize your kitty's playground. This is also beneficial as it means you can replace any worn out parts your feline friend has shredded up too much.

See more pictures of the creation over at Homes and Hues: A Modular Cat Playground That Looks Great

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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60+ Costumes From The 2014 San Diego Comic Con

If you've been on the internet at all over the last week, you know the San Diego Comic Con was last weekend. If you are a regular Neatorama reader, then you know that Zeon and I go to Comic Con every year to collect the greatest cosplay we can find at the convention. This year was no exception, and despite losing my badge on Saturday night, I am happy to bring you some of my favorite cosplay photos from the convention.

You'd be forgiven for thinking this crazy street display wasn't cosplay -but there was, in fact, someone inside this massive suit, operating it almost like a puppet. It even had conversations with the giant crowd surrounding it!

This Ice King costume was also massive. It was so big, I'm pretty sure he never even set foot on the convention floor that day.

Young Marceline here, on the other hand, had only her large prop to worry about.

There were a lot of great costumes this year, especially from Adventure Time, but of all the hundreds of cosplay characters I saw this year, I think this warrior Fionna was by far my favorite.

As far as bad-assed, yet adorable cosplays go, there were a surprisingly large number of them. This Rocket Raccoon costume was a particularly good example. Oddly, with all the buzz about Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, I only saw two cosplays based on the franchise.

Two costume trends I did see plenty of were Harley Quinn and Deadpool. This tutued Harley and Avengers Deadpool at least put a fun spin on the costumes.

This punk rock Harley Quinn was a delightfully unique twist on the character.

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Geek Furniture That's Great For Gamers

A lot of games require a lot of space and many tables just don't cut it for the really elaborate table games. Over at Geek Chic though, you can be sure to find something just right for your favorite games. The tables all feature a "game vault" playing area and most offer a rail system along the side of the table where you can hook in accessories like cup holders, writing spaces and areas for you to roll your dice. Many of them also offer storage spacce for your games when they aren't in use. 

We've got a lot more details about the tables and tons more pictures of them over at Homes and Hues: Game in Great Style With Geek Chic


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Hide Your Conditioner Like A Pro -Literally

Central air conditioning is pretty much amazing -but the compressor units are one of the biggest eyesores on the backside of your house. That's why, over at Homes and Hues, we compiled two new solutions to hide those ugly units while still providing them with enough air flow to keep them running at maximum capacity.

While these are both professional designs, the top one looks easy enough for a particularly handy person to replicate, while the lower design could be great inspiration for a professional back yard redesign.

Check out more pictures over at Homes and Hues: Two More Alternatives For Hiding Your Air Conditioner


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15 Stunning Doors We Wish We Could Open

Beautiful doors are more than just home decor -they are also an inviting icon that promises adventures to come. Over at Homes and Hues, we compiled a collection of 15 absolutely amazing and beautiful doors.

From contemporary to classic, these doors are sure to make a statement wherever they're installed -and guaranteed to intrigue visitors to your home.

There's even a great door specially created for kids of all sizes to feel like they better fit into their home space.

Don't miss the full list: 15 Beautiful Doors That Are Entirely Inviting


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The Best Use of A Clear Sink Ever

The Motif Basin might just be the most beautiful sink I've ever seen. With its clear glass bottom, you can see the stunning pattern not just in the basin itself, but along the counter too.

The hand-etched basin comes in three patterns, pebble, forest and kaleidoscope -all of which are stunning. The creator, OMVIVO also sells a white pedestal to go along with the design, although you could install the basin on any counter style of your choosing.

See more great photos over at Homes and Hues: The Motif Basin Makes Your Bathroom Sink A Work of Art


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A Natural, Cheap and Adorable Way to Heat Your Pool

These pool-top lily pads don't just look cute, they also help warm the pool with their polyethylene film. Best of all, this natural heating solution is far, far cheaper than just about any other heating option since you just need to get a few hula hoops and some film and then use a heat source to attach together. 

Find out how to make your own natural heaters over at Homes and Hues: Heat Your Pool Naturally With These Lily Pads


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14 Cool Mirrors to Reflect Your Inner Style

Any mirror can show what you look like on the outside, but it takes a special one to reflect who you actually are inside. Over at Homes and Hues, we collected 14 cool designer mirrors that are perfect for showing off who you are deep down. 

From fancy to cutesy, from chic to downright practical, these mirrors are a perfect way to accentuate your house in a way best suited to your needs.

Don't miss the full list: 14 Unique Mirror Designs That Reflect Your Personality


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Enjoy Four Seasonings With These Fun Four Seasoning Shakers

Salt and pepper is great and all, but why settle for two flavors -especially when doubling your spices also means getting to spruce up your table with these delightful Four Seasons Seasoning Shakers. 

Each plastic dome holds a plastic tree (or succulent) that represents a different season and you can even choose spices that accentuate the theme -by using salt in the winter dome, for example. 

You can buy the set at Fancy and read more about them at Homes and Hues: Use the Four Seasons to Season Your Food


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Living With Nature In South Africa

If you live somewhere as beautiful as the Eye of Africa Estate, you want to take advantage of the area's natural beauty as much as possible. That's why W design architecture set out to create a home that would enhance the experience of living in such a setting. 

The home both blends in and stands out from the African scenery surrounding it with its concrete and steel materials, green roof and underground courtyard.

Check out more pictures of the lovely design over at Homes and Hues: A Home That Really Fits In With Its Surroundings


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A Standing Desk You Can Walk Around With

Standing desks are all the rage right now, but generally speaking, they aren't exactly portable. The StorkStand changes all that -letting you carry around your desk so you can use it on the back of any chair. Just set the height position, strapping it to the chair's back and then you're ready to go. 

The desk can hold up to 50 pounds and weighs a little over four pounds, so it's quite portable.

Read more about the cool device (including where you can your hands on it) over at Homes and Hues: Finally A Portable Standing Desk You Can Bring Anywhere


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Living the Highlife is As Great As it Sounds

Here at Neatorama we love treehouses and British design firm Blue Forest's Living the Highlife is certainly no exception. This cool dwelling featues two different buildings, one for adults and one for kids.

The adult's structure features a kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining area, which makes it perfect for entertaining guests. As for the kid's area, it has a secret trap door that leads up to a gaming room and it has a zip line that leads to an assault course in the forest outside.

See more pictures of the awesome structures over at Homes and Hues: Living the Highlife: A Castle In the Trees


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18 Fantastically Geeky Comforters and Duvet Covers

Do you miss the Star Wars or superhero sheets you had when you were a kiddo? While you might be a bit too grown up for those designs (and they probably don't make them big enough for your adult-sized bed), there are plenty of great geeky bed sets out there for adults these days.

Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the best nerdy designs from science, gaming, sci-fi and more so you can finally sleep in with the things you love most. 

Best of all, most of these designs are a lot more chic than your standard children's bedspreads so you can show off your geek side while still showing a little style.

Don't miss the full list over at Homes and Hues: 18 Geek Chic Bedspreads, Comforters and Duvet Covers


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The Nineties Are Back In Every Way

I don't know about you guys, but I can't stand nineties fashion and seeing it come back into style makes me simultaneously feel bad for and laugh at the teens wearing it. That being said, those stupid inflatable chairs that became so popular back then still hold a special place in my heart.

And I can't be the only one, seeing as how designer Fabrice Berrix just made an inflatable version of his classic Mayflower chair. Presumably it will hold up a lot better than those cheap ones that were sold everywhere back in the nineties, but either way, the cute flower design already makes it look nicer.

Find out more about the chairs at Homes and Hues: Inflatable Furniture Is Back And Cuter Than Ever


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Qwocktwo Is A Clock Perfect for Typography Nerds

What time is it? Time for some great design inspiration! And here it is in the form of a clever typography-based clock. The face comes in two colors -natural rust and gold leafing and the face is removable so you can even change out the battery and set the time easily.

The clock spells out the time for the viewer in plain English (and other languages too)  in a variety of fun phrases like "A Quarter Past Ten" or "It Is Five O'Clock."

See more cool pictures and read more about the limited edition design at Homes and Hues: The Qlocktwo Tells Time In Style


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