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9 Things No One Needs Anymore and Should Declutter

No one wants to be a lemming. But there’s a time for some well-placed social pressure, especially when there’s a habit you want to form or a way of being you wish to cultivate. In direct opposition to “keeping up with the Joneses,” here’s a de-cluttering list that will help you not have the things no one else has, either.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2017

An Off the Grid Fairytale-Like House (For When You Want to Run Away)

The little house that Diana and Michael Lorence built for themselves in the woods of Northern California is like something out of a fairy tale. Unlike many tiny houses you see, it’s not built on a trailer base, since minimum square footage requirements don’t apply in the middle of the woods. But there’s another thing that sets this little house apart: it’s completely off the grid.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

West Elm’s Black Friday Sale: Our Picks For the Best Deals

Welcome to the unofficial-official start to holiday shopping. Whether you decide to brave the stores in person or stick to deal hunting online, Black Friday through Cyber Monday are prime days for savings. If you’re looking to find a great gift or are just shopping for a gift for your home (or yourself!), West Elm has some serious deals going on. We’ll be updating this post throughout the coming days with our picks for the best deals for your gift list and your home, so you won’t have to look far to snag a steal.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Where to Stack Coats and Bags When You’re Having a Big Party in a Small Space — Small Space Problems

Nothing is more fun during the holiday season than hosting friends and family for a gathering. But what happens when you love to entertain but don’t actually have a ton of room or even a proper coat closet to store everyone’s stuff?

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Here Are the Worst Times for Thanksgiving Traffic, According to Google Maps

Using data from Google Maps, Google News Lab has figured out where we’re going, what we’re looking for and when we’re getting there around Thanksgiving. So, if you’re trying to eat Chinese food on the way to the plant nursery on Black Friday, you’re not alone—but you should probably avoid driving at 9am.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Cat Lovers Share a “Garage Sale” Comfy Chic Portland Home — House Tour

Name: Cherie Jellison and Nick Dirks , plus cats Susan and Charlie
Location: Laurelhurst — Southeast Portland, Oregon
Size: 630 square feet (plus basement and a garage!)
Years lived in: 4.5 years, renting

Cherie and Nick are self-proclaimed “crazy cat people” who have been living in an apartment they truly love for the past four years. Cherie is an emerging interior designer who believes that “it takes time to make a place feel like home” and Nick is a former pro-snowboarder who now works at a tattoo studio .

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

The Paint Trick You Didn’t Realize Your Art Needs

While most people feel finished after hanging a piece of art — others go one step farther. And it’s a step that you might want to add to your home if you have art that needs enhancing or enlarging. It involves a little paint and time, but the end result is a one-of-a-kind look that will add a ton of personality to your home!

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

The Secret History of Thanksgiving (Or, Interesting Tidbits to Bring Up If You’re Seated Next to Great Aunt Mary)

Thanksgiving: Pilgrims, Indians, harvest, yadda, yadda, right? From your tender pre-school years of handprint turkeys (perhaps graduating to a construction paper cornucopia), you’ve been fed the basic narrative of the Thanksgiving holiday. And this narrative has gradually morphed into the modern traditions of turkey, pumpkin pie, football and watching a parade on television. Well, there are plenty of fascinating twists and turns to this holiday and they could come in handy as interesting chit chat if you find yourself seated next to someone you don’t know well for the duration of this long meal.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Science Pawsitively Confirms The Secret To Living Longer, Happier Lives

It’s been well documented that the Swedish may just hold all the secrets to living a happier and healthier life. And according to a new study from Uppsala University (the oldest college in Sweden), one of those secrets is really simple: Adopt a dog .

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Here’s How to Give Your Christmas Tree a Modern Twist

The base of a Christmas tree presents a bit of a design conundrum. The traditional kind of tree, which one finds in the wild, is anchored into the ground by roots, and ends in a trunk, a very elegant design. A Christmas tree, whether real or artificial, must be held upright by supports at the base, which are effective but unsightly. How do you keep from exposing this structure to the world, and ruining the illusion that a tree has somehow sprouted unbidden in your living room? Traditionally the solution was a tree skirt, but lately I’ve been seeing more and more people choose another alternative that is equally elegant, and less expected: the tree basket.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

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