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What Kim Kardashian Taught Me About Life

Fri, 2014-07-25 18:00

In case you haven't heard, this Kim Kardashian game is sweeping the nation, and currently holding down the number one spot on iTunes' free apps chart. I downloaded it, thanks to an insatiable curiosity and chronic fear of missing out, and guess what? It's way more fun than it has any reason to be. After three days of making my way up to the "D" list, I've come away with 27,300 virtual fans and a handful of real lessons about life at home. Place tongue firmly in cheek and read on.

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Categories: Design, Home Design

Keep the Peace: 5 Tips for Making Design Decisions With Roommates

Fri, 2014-07-25 17:30

Oh roommates, they're best friends, occasionally strangers from the internet, acquaintances, and even sometimes siblings, but they're always the person you have to get along with, and yes, most importantly live with. Living with roommates presents all kinds of challenges regarding schedules, chores, and design. It's unusual for two people to agree completely on every design decision, but with respect and understanding two design viewpoints can come together to create a beautiful and mutually pleasing space. Now, the trick is to avoid fighting and hard feelings on the road to that well-designed combined space.

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Best DIY Websites for Free Furniture Plans and Projects

Fri, 2014-07-25 17:00

DIY-minded folks, take note. The following websites are chock full of free plans to build tables, storage, beds — you name it. They'll give you the precise information and guidance you need to create furniture that's exactly what you want, for a lot less than what you'll find in stores. Bookmark these and return to them again and again as resources.

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6 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Overnight Guests Feel at Home

Fri, 2014-07-25 16:30

When we moved from Atlanta to Tallahassee, we were glad to discover that our new location was an ideal spot for friends from Georgia to come over for a little getaway. With some of the country's top beaches just a couple of hours away from us, friends love to come and visit for a few days of catching up and catching some sun and surf. Here are a few ways I've found to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

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Wendy & Gavin's Bright White Cottage — House Tour

Fri, 2014-07-25 16:00

Name: Wendy Withers + Gavin Lester, their two sons Boots + Oscar, two dogs Olive + Bear
Location: Mar Vista — Los Angeles, CA
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years — own

Wendy and Gavin share this incredible and cozy cottage with their two boys and two dogs. They have built a joyous home full of artwork and inspiration, designed with traditional and eclectic elements; an adorable family home.

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How To Make the Most of Typical Rental Features: The Only Bathroom is Through the Bedroom

Fri, 2014-07-25 15:30

Once upon a time, I was flat-hunting in London and found an adorable one. The location was convenient and the space bright and sunny. The problem? The bathroom was located off the bedroom, meaning that guests would have to go past my bed in order to use it. Here's how to make the most of this sometimes awkward layout:

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Weekend Shopping Alert: 10 Great (and ON SALE!) Buys for Your Living Room — July 25, 2014

Fri, 2014-07-25 15:00

If you've hit a summer slump, maybe it's time to spice up your decor. Living rooms can always use some extra love; click through to see our picks for the best living room decor on sale this week.

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Before & After: A Catch-All Laundry Room Gets Beautiful and Functional

Fri, 2014-07-25 14:30

Not everyone is brave enough to show off their laundry room like Anna. Hers was the room that accumulated all of the extra "I-don’t-quite-know-what-to-do-with-this-right-now-so-I’m-going-to-leave-it-here-and-forget-all-about-it." Finally enough was enough and Anna decided her laundry room should be functional for, you know, actual laundry.

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Spite Houses Are Exactly What They Sound Like

Fri, 2014-07-25 14:00

Of the many reasons one might build a house, spite may be the most petty (yet hilarious) one we've come across yet. But it seems that it's more common than you may think. There are a surprising number of houses that are widely known to have been built either to annoy a neighbor, block a view, out-do a relative or challenge a zoning law. Wanna see some of them?

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Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage

Fri, 2014-07-25 13:30

After four years at Apartment Therapy, I'm still surprised by the comments along the lines of the following: "I just don't understand how as an adult with a job, one can be so specific as to what they want. Everything I want, I have already bought for myself." I thought we might take a moment to explore what home life is for the 1.6million of our fellow citizens making $7.25/hour...

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'Family Robot' Breaks Indigogo Records — Design News

Thu, 2014-07-24 20:55

This really cute robot is a part of the family. Developed at MIT Media Lab, JIBO recognizes faces, can turn to follow action, reads, delivers messages, snaps photos. Raising over $1 million in 6 days, it became the most funded campaign currently running on Indiegogo, and the 17th most funded of all time.

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Before & After: A Dated Desk Gets a Fresh, Clean Look

Thu, 2014-07-24 20:00

When Tessa found this desk in the free section of Craigslist, she knew it was meant to come home with her. She said, "I liked the lines of it a lot and the non-existent price tag, if not the color and Hannah Montana stickers."

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Buy or DIY: Noise & Light Blocking Window Treatments with Style

Thu, 2014-07-24 20:00

Whether you're attempting to block the aggressive summer sun or seeking relief from the traffic noise on your busy city street, light- and noise-blocking curtains can help. Here are some stylish options to buy or DIY:

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A Basic Cooler Gets a Modern DIY Upgrade — Almost Makes Perfect

Thu, 2014-07-24 19:00

Big on picnics, Molly from Almost Makes Perfect decided that the drugstore cooler was in desperate need of a makeover. She grabbed some paint, rope, and contact paper, and gave this bargain basic a summertime twist.

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This Treadmill Washes Your Clothes While You Work Out — Design News

Thu, 2014-07-24 18:55

What if the simple act of working out meant you got another chore checked off the to-do list? For the 2014 Electrolux design challenge, South Korean student Si Hyeong Ryu submitted the Wheel, a rotating hamster wheel-like treadmill that uses kinetic energy to do a load of laundry.

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The Best Resources for Finding Pet Sitters

Thu, 2014-07-24 18:00

Finding reliable and trustworthy pet sitters is a seriously intense job. While many pets do just fine at pet hotels and kennels, pets who experience severe anxiety when taken out of their environment (or those that just do better at home) require a little more work. Plus, finding someone you trust to enter your home while you're not there can be panic-inducing. Here are some resources that will keep everyone calm:

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How To Make a Magnetic DIY Frame for Artwork...in 10 Minutes — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Thu, 2014-07-24 18:00

I'm on a DIY framing kick right now, and dealing with all the artwork I've accumulated in the past year. I've also discovered rare earth magnets, which are proving very handy for various projects (like this wall organizer). Put the two together and you get a cheap and custom way to temporarily hang artwork that's easy to swap out when you're ready to display something else.

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Shoes as Art: 10 Clever Shoe Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Thu, 2014-07-24 17:00

I love shoes. Sadly for my wallet, the shoes I find myself the most drawn to aren't necessarily the most practical ones. The shoes I love most are the beautiful ones, the powder-blue suede pumps that you might wear only twice a year but that will look just as good (or possibly better) sitting around your house as on your feet. And really, when you own something that beautiful, what's the point of keeping it stuffed in the closet? There's no rule that you can only enjoy your shoes when you're wearing them. Here are 10 ways you can display your favorite shoes around the house — and ease the burden on your closet while you're at it.

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Graham & Brown Releases Eccentrics Collection

Thu, 2014-07-24 16:55

Graham & Brown has released Eccentrics, a collection of whimsical wallpapers inspired by the architectural heritage of Britain and celebrates the nation's quirky history. The designs include Tudor houses, Victorian loos, and woodland scenes adorned with Union Jacks.

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