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This Is How Much It Costs to Cover Your Rental Cabinets in Washi Tape

There have been two recent house tours in which the renters decided their apartments’ plain, boring kitchen cabinets weren’t cutting it. Renovating wasn’t an option, but these clever renters found a way to add color and pattern anyway: with washi tape! Both examples are vibrant and unique, but how much does it cost to cover your kitchen cabinets in tape? And how long does it take to do it? We got the lowdown.

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Posted on Dec 6, 2017

An Easy, Quick and Super Affordable (Under $20) Wall Art Idea To Copy

Boy there was A LOT to drool over in Joy the Baker’s New Orleans house tour. Like every square inch, basically. (And the cat!) But there was one detail in a tucked away bathroom that readers seemed particularly drawn to: the simple but beautiful photo wall in Joy’s bathroom.

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Posted on Dec 5, 2017

Stress-Saving IKEA Kitchen Reno Tips from an Actual Homeowner

Elise and Ben loved a lot about their 1950s Mount Washington house when they first bought it (you’ll have to be sure to check out their full tour to read the story behind the previous residents!). The kitchen, however, needed an upgrade. They chose IKEA to keep within budget, and Elise learned a few lessons about using IKEA to renovate your kitchen. She graciously shared her tips for anyone thinking about their own IKEA kitchen upgrade.

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Posted on Dec 4, 2017

Design Lovers Mix Their Style & Stuff in Brooklyn — House Call

Name: Zachary Ioannucci
Location: Greenpoint — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 1000 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

I live with my boyfriend Travis. We’re both into interior design and I’m sure we both wish we could start over again and do that. The furniture is a mix of his and mine. Nothing was really planned. We just went forward with what we already had/found and built around that. Also, fun fact — we had seen twenty six apartments before seeing this one.

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Posted on Nov 30, 2017

The One Thing About Making a Home We Wished We Learned Sooner — Editors Weigh In

Some lessons just take a long (also hard and occasionally miserable) time to learn. That applies to lessons in life, work, love and yes, even home. No matter what age you are in your home-making life, peruse this list of the things we wish would have learned sooner. Our hard lessons might save you trouble (or, you could share your own ideas to save others!).

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Posted on Nov 30, 2017

An Author & Artist’s “Modern Adult Meets Fun Child” Brooklyn Reno — House Call

Name: Rajiv Fernandez
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 540 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years

I am a freelance architect, artist and children’s author. I founded my company Lil’ Icon in 2017 that does design to make you think and wink. The premise for my design company is evident in the apartment — sophisticated in base palette with pops of fun in the accessories. I originally hail from Iowa and moved to NYC for grad school 10 years ago. I enjoy a good slice of pizza, but will gladly dip it in Ranch, like a true Iowa boy.

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Posted on Nov 29, 2017

The Most Effective Space-Maximizing Ideas Real Renters ACTUALLY Use

Advice from design writers is great and all, but what’s useful is learning about what people who are actually dealing with real rental issues are doing to overcome design dilemmas. Since the worlds of rental issues and small space problems can often overlap, why not look to folks with stylish spaces for ideas on how to make the most of the rental space you have?

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Posted on Nov 29, 2017

This Tiny Denver Home Makes Downsizing Look Good — House Call

Name: Austin Klapesky
Location: Denver, Colorado

“This tiny house was one of the biggest challenges of my life. Going from a 1,500-square-foot house to 400 is a challenge to say the least,” writes Austin Klapesky. “When I purchased it, it was a disaster. Great bones, but every surface needed rebuilding. We went down to the brick walls and dirt floors. As I was designing it, I had to really challenge myself to think small scale yet smart and efficient. I wanted to live in a ‘no compromise’ space and that’s a challenge at 400 square feet.”

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Posted on Nov 27, 2017

Before and After: An Incredible DIY Makeover for Rental Kitchen Cabinets

When Puno Puno (yes, you read that right, her name is Puno Lauren Puno!) and Daniel Chin Yee moved into their Downtown Los Angeles loft earlier this year, they knew they’d found their dream home. First, because of all the added space (their previous apartment was a modest 600 square feet to this loft’s 1,500). And secondly, because of the huge amount of light pouring in from the wall-to wall, industrial-height windows that line their corner unit.

Even with all of these amenities however, the couple knew they had some work cut out for them in terms of updates they wanted, including making their dark kitchen much lighter and brighter. Because they rent, buying all new kitchen cabinets wasn’t an option, and the existing modern inset cabinet door handles made updating the look with new knobs difficult. So the couple devised a DIY way to update their kitchen — and when they move out some day — they can change it all back!

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Posted on Nov 27, 2017

This Is Quite Possibly the Most, Colorful, Creative, Cat-Friendly Home of All Time — House Call

Name: S.T.A.R
Location: Long Island, New York

It’s quite paw-sible that these two Burmese cuties on the left (officially known as The Choco-Lettes) are the luckiest two cats on the planet. Why? Because their humans have crafted one of the most incredible feats of feline ar-cat-ecture in the home they share in Long Island.

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Posted on Nov 24, 2017

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