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The First Apartment Checklist: Things to Buy Now, Things to Buy Later

So you’ve just graduated from college and you have your own apartment, for the first time, or at least the first time on an adult budget, and it’s super exciting and you can’t wait to spend your first paycheck on all the things you’ve admired from design blogs for all these years but never been able to buy. Except that your first paycheck, which seemed so juicy and fat when you first got it, was barely enough to cover the rent, and now you’re starting to realize that maybe you won’t be buying a whole house full of furniture in one fell swoop (and really, where’s the fun in that anyway?). Take a gander at this list of things you can take your time buying — and other things you probably shouldn’t wait on.

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Posted on Dec 7, 2017

The #1 Most Repeated Piece of Advice From Our House Tours

Time and time again we hear our House Tour subjects tell us the same piece of “best advice” when they fill out our style survey. So what do these decor savvy folks do that they think you should do, too? We might as well let them tell you.

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Posted on Oct 29, 2017

Get it Right: How To Pick the Perfect Rug Size for Your Room — Be Your Own Designer

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A new rug can be one of the most anxiety-inducing purchases you can make for your home. For one thing, even the small ones seem shockingly expensive. For another, once you understand the importance of rug size in creating a comfortable space (spoiler alert: bigger is better here) they become even more so. There’s also room use and orientation to contend with. To take some of the guesswork out of choosing the size of rug for your space, we’ve created a handy illustration with all the rug rules you need to know. Happy shopping!

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Posted on Oct 2, 2017

The Dos & Don’ts of Hanging Art: An Illustrated Guide — Be Your Own Designer

As a designer, poorly hung art is probably my number one design bugbear. I’ll walk into an otherwise lovely room, and immediately want to re-position pieces I see as too high, too low, or not suitable for the space (don’t worry, I don’t actually do this—I’m detail-oriented, not crazy). Avoid these all-too-common design pitfalls by referring to our pictorial guide to hanging art like a pro.

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Posted on Sep 24, 2017

Address Numerology: Unlock Your Home’s Hidden Personality

You already know your home has a story. You can literally see it when you strip away 30 years of paint off an old brick wall, like I’ve been doing this summer. (Who chose that bright orange that’s four layers deep?) But if you ask any numerologist, your home also has an innate personality and character—and that’s something a little harder to unlock.

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Posted on Aug 17, 2017

Can Solar Power Pay Off? One Homeowner Crunches Real Numbers

Aside from the obvious benefit of helping the planet, solar power can be pretty enticing to homeowners who are tired of paying an arm and a leg for their electric bill every month. Given that outfitting a home with solar panels comes with considerable costs upfront, though, is doing so practical from a financial standpoint? Can solar power in fact pay off?

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Posted on Jul 5, 2017

Summer Projects That Will Give You Good Return on Investment

You don’t have to do a total renovation to increase the value of your home. Simple home improvement projects — like landscaping, new doors or shutters, or just a new paint job — can do wonders, majorly transforming the look of your house and bumping up its value.

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Posted on Jun 23, 2017

5 Things You Need to Get Rid Of in Your First Grown-Up Apartment

When you move into your first post-college apartment, you may realize that those covetable items that looked so cute in your dorm room (I’m talking about you, furry pink pillow) suddenly look less-than-sophisticated when you bring them into your real grown-up home. Luckily, you don’t have to give up what you love for the sake of a well-designed space—just take favorite elements from your dorm and present them in a more elegant way. Here are the top five trends to ditch, along with ways to rework them for post-grad life.

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Posted on Jun 20, 2017

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