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NAKED HOMES A “naked home” may sound racy, but really – it’s just affordable. British architectural firm OMMX and homebuilder Naked House have teamed up to develop an affordable housing model in London. Meant to draw in first-time homebuyers, these bare-bone residences will be sold for a fraction of the price of an average London home. Each one is designed as a bare shell, with no interior walls, flooring or finishes, allowing buyers to infuse their new purchase with their own personality. Naked House and OMMX plan to give buying priority to those in the low-income bracket. Applicants have expressed excitement over this new model, saying they love the idea of a “styleless” house and can’t wait to make it their own. SO YOU’RE THINKING OF BECOMING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER? If you have an eye for detail and a passion for home decor – a career as an interior designer may be for you. The most important thing to know before choosing this career is the difference between an interior decorator and interior designer. While anyone can be an interior decorator, to call yourself an interior designer you must have accredited education. And while many would-be interior designers dream of days filled with choosing paint colours and shopping for furniture, there are many other aspects to the job that may seem not so fun. Interior designers need to know about the history of the field, building codes, spatial concepts and computer programs such as AutoCAD. Last of all, an interior designer needs to be a people person as they work with individuals from many walks of life such as architects, builders, business owners and, of course, homeowners.

BAKED CHIPS Ingredients: 2 large Russet (or Yukon Gold potatoes) 2 tbsp. olive oil Sea salt Optional: Seasoning Spices Tip: You can also use beets, rutabaga, turnip, carrots, sweet potato, etc. Just note: If you use anything other than Russet or Yukon Gold potato, the bake times will vary.

Directions: 1. Prepare the Potatoes. Trim the ends off of each potato and chop in half. Cut the potatoes straight down so that the cut sides aren’t angled. 2. Slice with Mandolin Slicer. Set up your mandolin slicer on a stable surface and put the protection guard onto one of the potato chunks. Set your slicer to cut 1/8 inch slices. From the back of the slicer forward, firmly press the potato against the blade. 3. Prepare to Bake. Preheat oven to 400° F and lightly oil two large baking sheets. Transfer the potato slices to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and mix with hands. Sprinkle with sea salt and toss to ensure everything is salted. 4. Bake the Chips. Arrange the potato slices in a single layer on the two prepared baking sheets. Give plenty of room between the potato slices so that they bake evenly. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the chips turn golden brown. Remove chips from the oven and immediately flip them with a spatula. This will ensure they don’t stick to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with more sea salt and/or seasonings if desired. 5. Enjoy. Allow chips to cool 2 to 3 minutes before consuming. Chips are best fresh out of the oven. Leftovers can be stored in a food storage bag for up to three days.

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