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Home & Real Estate: Design on a dollar

Kerry Howard gives tips on designing with a budget

The Great Recession and the weak recovery that followed have changed how many designers operate and how people are approaching their own home design. Many designers, like Midtown’s Kerry Howard of Howard House Interiors, have changed their business model so they can better fit into smaller budgets.

“I deal with a lot of people on a tight budget, because everyone is on a budget, and what we do is a bible for a room and agree on one price and then they can do all the legwork,” says Howard, who is gay and was a contestant on “Top Design.”

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Fall Preview: LGBT characters on the small screen

There are a fair number of LGBT characters on TV this fall

The start of the fall television season bites for gay fans of HBO’s way homoerotic vampire series “True Blood,” which airs its season finale Sept. 12.

But there are still plenty of queer small-screen offerings for cozy nights in front of the TV, or boisterous evenings hooting at your favorites with friends.

Two of the hottest gay-inclusive new series on network TV last year — “Glee” on FOX and “Modern Family” on NBC — went head to head in the Aug. 29 Primetime Emmy Awards, with “Modern Family” taking home the statue for Best Comedy Series.

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GLAAD announces LGBT advertising award nominees

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced its Media Awards in Advertising nominees yesterday. This is the second year that GLAAD will celebrate inclusive advertisers.

The award categories include TV LGBT market, print and outdoor, print campaign in LGBT markets, interactive and social media campaigns. Nominees include Absolut Vodka, Levi Strauss, Progressive Insurance and Wells Fargo.