Monday, July 3, 2017

NBA Super Teams From the ‘80s Onwards

With the Warriors and Cavs dominating the NBA season, the discussion on the age of NBA super teams has begun. However, what many people fail to realize is that super teams have been around the league for the longest time. Let’s take a closer look at the super teams of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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Los Angeles Lakers
Led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers of the ‘80s were called Showtime and for a good reason. They not only dominated most of the league, but they also did it in such a fun fashion that watching them became an event itself.

Boston Celtics
The only team that could beat the Showtime Lakers was the other super team of the era, the Boston Celtics. With tough, gritty, basketball genius Larry Bird and the front line of Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, the Celtics of the ‘80s were intimidating and unstoppable.

Chicago Bulls
Arguably the greatest super team in NBA history, the 95-96 Chicago Bulls had it all. They had the greatest player of all time, who was also the highest scorer. They had three of the best defenders and the best sixth man. They had the coach of the year. They also had a 72-win season, and most importantly, the championship.

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Houston Rockets
Moving on to the ‘90s, when Michael Jordan retired, it left a hole for the greats to win a ring. Unfortunately, the Houston Rockets did so – without a super team. Their super team came a year after Jordan returned to dominance, and the Rockets got a hold of Charles Barkley. Their big three? Hakeem Olajuwon, Barkley, and Clyde Drexler.

Scott Jay Abraham is an interior designer who is also a certified NBA fan. For more on Scott, follow him on Facebook.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Paint Color Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Choosing a paint color for your home is a task we often leave to professionals. While this is a safe way to go, choosing your own color gives you a better feeling about your home, knowing you have a big part of its design. But choosing a paint color isn’t as simple as choosing color for your furniture.
Here are paint color mistakes you should avoid:

Picking colors that exactly match your favorite object

If you want your favorite piece to stand out in a room, choose colors that are similar but a shade softer. So, instead of choosing the exact green for your pillow, choose a lighter and more subtle shade, so your pillow will pop up.

Choosing very bright colors

Colors that are too bright and strong are not very good for interior wall color. These walls should invite a relaxing feeling when you enter a room, and bright colors convey the opposite. Choose colors that will easily blend with your environment, and complement what you love.

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Overwhelming the eye

Not giving your eye places to rest will make you feel exhausted, rather than relaxed. As much as wall-to-wall boldness is good, even the most colorful spaces need spots for the eye to rest. Make sure to include empty, or neutral spaces in your room that will balance out all the color.

Hey there, Scott Jay Abraham here. I’m an interior design expert in home and office design. I’m also a travel aficionado. If you’re looking for advice on designing, follow me on Twitter.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Health Benefits Of Walking Your Dog

We all know the many benefits our dogs get when we walk them. But dog owners enjoy numerous health benefits from this activity as well. Nature has provided us not only man’s best friend but also the perfect personal trainers. They are hardworking, loyal, and enthusiastic. Their energy is contagious that they provide good motivation to maintain a program.

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Here are some of the benefits of owning and walking your dog regularly:

  • Breast cancer risk reduced by 75 percent and heart disease by 49 percent from regular walking exercise.
  • Good social support plus people who walk their dogs are perceived as friendly and approachable.
  • Dog owners who reportedly walk their dogs are 25 percent less likely to gain obesity than people without dogs.
  • Studies show that 70 percent of adult dog owners achieved 150 minutes of exercise per week compared to only 40 percent among non-owners.

If having a hard time following through on your New Year’s resolution to exercise daily, maybe having a dog is the answer. Go get yourself a dog, grab a leash, and go for a walk.

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Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, and I love my dog Shadow. I like to go to odd places that are ruggedly handsome in my free time to take pictures. I usually take Shadow with me. Visit my blog for more updates like this.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Californian Treasure: The Forestiere Underground Gardens

One of the “hidden” treasures of California is the Forestiere Underground Gardens. I say hidden because while to some the landmark is already well-known, those who have no idea about it will be surprised to see a row of chartered buses along a nondescript stretch of road in Fresno, California for no apparent reason.

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The beauty lies underneath.

The subterranean garden is a manmade creation, built by Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere over a period of four decades starting from 1906. He bought a parcel of land wherein he initially wanted to grow trees and vines, only to be disappointed to discover that his lot was a solid plate of hardpan rock.

Taking inspiration from the Roman catacombs he was infatuated with during his younger years, he spent countless hours digging through the slabs of rocks to create an underground home.

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Before his death in 1946, he was able to carve an unfinished underground network of complex arches and pathways that led to different niches, such as bedrooms for the summer and winter, bathrooms, a functional kitchen, courtyards, and patios. He made all of these with hand tools worth just $300. And contrary to what the name implies, the underground gardens are full of light due to skylights and grottos.

If you are planning to visit this roadside attraction, it is situated on Shaw Avenue, which runs east from Highway 99, and just an hour away from the Yosemite National Park.

My name is Scott Jay Abraham, a home and office interior designer from California. I am a travel aficionado, with an affinity for going to odd roadside attractions. Visit this LinkedIn profile to know more about me.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A beginner’s guide to ‘glamping’

Who said spending the night outdoors had to be grimy and dark? For those who want to experience nature but are afraid to get dirty, why not try glamping?

Glamping is a word play between glamour and camping. It is a form of camping that features accommodation and activities that are luxurious as compared to traditional camping. It’s a different experience, as glampers become one without going back to basics. Glampers do not need to cramp themselves on a small sleeping bag, but they experience luxury outdoors.

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Where do people stay when they go glamping? Instead of setting up a tent themselves, they can settle for other accommodation options like a geodesic dome, an airstream caravan, or a tree house.

Glampsites are usually free-standing, or can be assembled and moved easily unlike a traditional accommodation. It may be situated outdoors, but it must come with comfort. Glampsites often have luxurious beds, bathrooms, and electricity. Different glampsites have different rates, depending on the features of the accommodation.

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Glampers, even if they enjoy luxury, can still do outdoor activities like hiking, white water rafting, and canoeing. There are many wonderful glamping sites in the United States, as well as in Europe and Africa. Glamping is for everyone who want to experience the glorious outdoors.

Hi there, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an avid backpacker and nature-lover. Learn more about glamping and other outdoor activities when you visit this Twitter page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Getting To Know Your Pet: Qualities And Temperaments Of Dachshunds

Dachshunds are the smallest in the hound family but the biggest in terms of determination and spirit. They are well known as wiener dogs because of their long body and tiny legs. If you're considering getting a dachshund pup, then here are some things you need to know:

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The good

Dachshunds are very loyal, clever, and brave to a fault. They have a whole lot of personality for animals with such a small and fragile body. They usually have strong personalities, which makes them good watchdogs. They will not take kindly to strangers and their bark will instantly alert you of suspicious people.

They are ideal for people living in apartments because of their compact bodies and they don't need much exercise so a yard is not a requirement. Grooming is easy for dachshunds, save for the long haired variety, who needs to be brushed frequently.

The bad

Their strong personalities often equate to stubbornness so you might experience a little difficulty in training dachshunds. Despite their tiny bodies, they can be very loud. They're not very friendly with other dogs and strangers and can be possessive and territorial.

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Because of their long bodies and tiny legs, their main setback is their health. They are very prone to back trouble like disk problems and paralysis.

Hello there! I'm Scott Jay Abraham and I love my dachshund, Shadow. Read more about our adventures from this blog

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Fast-Growing Trend Of Sustainable Interior Design

In what has become the norm in design schools, students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents. They will be presenting their plans to set the tone for how aesthetics and culture in designing will play out in the future. Most of them are consciously incorporating the drive for sustainability in their designs, whether the design objective is decoration, renovation, or detailing.
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There have been many factors for the increasing thrust for green living or sustainability, many of which have already been discussed in detail and widely accepted. With dwindling natural resources, sustainability is a trend more interior designers should embrace.

There are various ways to take the green approach other than just integrating energy-efficient lights and appliances, and water-saving bathroom fixtures.

One of which is to efficiently maximize the space available. In doing so, construction materials and other resources needed to execute the design can be minimized. Additionally, natural light and ventilation can be taken advantage of.

Another key style to practice sustainability is the use of locally-sourced furniture and products that are proven to be manufactured with socially responsible practices. Recommended as well is the reuse of reclaimed materials, including vintage décor. Even furniture, fixtures, carpets, and fabrics can be refurbished from recycled sources.
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Hi, Scott Jay Abraham here, an industrial interior designer of homes and offices. But other than that, I love travelling to spots not frequented by tourists and walking my beloved dog, Shadow. For more discussion on interior design and travels, you can visit this blog here.