2020 Ford Escape Interior Driveway Test

Ford’s compact crossover entry has been cleaved in two. While the last Ford Escape was a crossover SUV with sporty handling inherited from the Focus compact car it was mechanically based upon, the new one leans much harder into its car lineage and is pretty much an enlarged next-generation Focus (you know, the one they don’t sell here). It’s lower, lighter and more carlike in appearance, as well as in the way it drives. If you want your crossover to be more like an SUV, well, the new Bronco Sport leans hard in that direction. 

Inside, you can tell the two share a common architecture by looking at the center stack and console: they’re identical from the climate controls to the armrest bin. Everything else is softer and more organic in appearance in the Escape, echoing the exterior and general car-like ethos. 

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Pasadena’s most expensive home aims for $39.8 million

A massive Pasadena estate is listing for sale Saturday at $39.8 million, making it by far the most expensive listing in the city.

The asking price for the 31,415-square-foot mansion is more than three times that of the city’s second-most-expensive home for sale, which is asking $11.68 million. Should the new listing sell for close to the asking price, it would be Pasadena’s biggest deal since 2013, when the so-called “Dynasty” mansion changed hands for $20 million.

The Beaux Arts-inspired house, built in 1991 and designed by noted architect Richard Landry, sits on 4.6 acres surrounded by formal French gardens, covered arbors, fountains, statuary and a private lake with a waterfall. Handmade stained-glass domes top two gazebos. The Olympic-size swimming pool is lined with green and white marble imported from Mexico.

Eastern and western wings divide the blank-slate interior, which includes a two-story foyer, multiple formal rooms, a grand

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Birch Lane’s Friends & Family Sale Is Here! Shop Home Essentials for Up to 65% Off

Birch Lane

While most everyone is familiar with Wayfair, the home goods website that features anything and everything you can imagine, typically at discounted prices, its lesser-known sister brand, Birch Lane, hosts just as many incredible deals. But you’ll surely remember it after you explore its ongoing super sale. 

Right now, you can shop hundreds of home essentials — from bedding sets to patio chairs — on sale for up to 65 percent off. Here, you’ll find items perfect for growing your work-from-home spaces, expanding your outdoor gardens, or updating your favorite indoor spots. But you’ll want to shop fast. Though the sale just started, some items are already selling out.

If you’re on the hunt for a bedroom upgrade, you can shop bedding sets under $100. The top-rated Roseann design comes with a reversible patterned comforter along with two shams and can easily transition from season

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The space-saving folding desks you need

A folding desk will help separate work from downtime, as they can easily merge into one while working remotely: The Independent
A folding desk will help separate work from downtime, as they can easily merge into one while working remotely: The Independent

While many lockdown restrictions have eased, including the reopening of pubs, cinemas, art galleries, gyms, indoor and outdoor pools, one thing that looks set to remain is working from home for many people.

Despite the government encouraging companies to get staff back into workplaces, it’s unclear when offices might reopen though. As reported by The Independent, Google has told its employees that they’ll be working remotely until the summer of 2021, while other tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter have allowed most employees to work remotely indefinitely.

So as we’re now five months into working from home for lots of people, your workspace is probably starting to feel in need of a revamp – especially if your make-shift office and bedroom have merged into one.

However, as the

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