15
Dec 17

A Lovely Little LA Nook for Two Roommates — House Tour

Name: Lucia and Page
Location: Highland Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, rented

Roommates Lucia and Page have a decorating motto when it comes to treasures from thrift stores: If you want it, you get it! That’s how they were able to create a pretty home even though they don’t have a big budget. The roommates say they complement each other perfectly: Page is good at solving problems and Lucia is the handy one. Whenever Page has a decorating idea, Lucia is already searching YouTube for how to do it!

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15
Dec 17

The Best Bathrobes — Annual Guide 2017

It’s peak bathrobe time because it’s getting COLD and we never buy nice bathrobes for ourselves; they’re always that awesome gift from someone who LOVES you. So, we did a ton of new research, pulled our fourteen favorites, tested four front runners at our offices and awarded this year’s Top Pick to the Amigo Robe from Abyss (Maxwell’s personal pick) and the Atelier Ace X Wings + Horns Robe from the Ace Hotel Shop, which ran away with the office vote. Both are great, have different styles and price points. Check them all out below and tell us your faves in the comments.

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15
Dec 17

Meryl Streep Just Bought This Mid-Century Home in Pasadena

Meryl is on the move. The 20-time Academy Award nominee (and three-time winner) just dropped $3.6 million on a mid-century pad in Pasadena, California.

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15
Dec 17

Here's Where Procrastinators Can Still Get Holiday Cards in Time for Christmas

Were you the type that put off working on term papers for weeks just to stay up ’til 4am writing them the morning they were due? If so, chances are good you’ve probably also waited until the last-minute to decorate for Christmas and Hanukkah, and send off those holiday cards. Well, for all you procrastinators out there we’ve got a major PSA: today is a big cut-off day when it comes to ordering (and receiving in time for Christmas) your holiday cards from a number of favorite online card makers (for those of you that prefer design-forward site Moo, know that their cut-off was yesterday, unfortunately).

As extra enticement to order, a number of these sites are also offering huge last-minute sales. So really, what other excuses do you have to put off ordering all your office cards, party cards, and family cards?

Here’s the breakdown:

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15
Dec 17

This Instagram Holiday Trend Epitomizes 2017 Decor Vibes

2017 was a year infatuated with desert vibes. Everywhere you turned it seemed as though someone was waving goodbye to city life for the quiet and dusty roads of Joshua Tree, or you know, cactus stores were popping up in your neighborhood. And now, one look at Instagram, and you’ll notice that those desert vibes have taken over Christmas in a big way. Enter: The Cactus Christmas tree.

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14
Dec 17

Should Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling?

Should Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling? | Simplifying The Market

In a recent CNBC article, it was reported that many baby boomers are selling their current homes and moving into rentals, rather than purchasing another home.

“Between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters aged 55 or above rose 28 percent, while those aged 34 or younger only increased 3 percent…

Meanwhile, more than 5 million baby boomers across the nation are expected to rent their next home by 2020, according to a 2016 analysis from Freddie Mac.”

This makes sense in the short term for many reasons. If you are moving to a different part of town or a new region of the country, you may decide to rent until you pick the perfect home in an area you love. However, is renting a good long-term strategy?

A mortgage payment remains fixed. Rents, however…

The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 third quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today:

Should Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling? | Simplifying The Market

As you can see, rents have steadily increased and are showing no signs of slowing down. If you are faced with making the decision of whether you should rent or buy your next home, you should take this into consideration.

Bottom Line

One way to protect yourself from rising rents is to lock in your housing expense by buying a home instead of renting. Let’s get together so we can help you decide what the best step is for you and your family!

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14
Dec 17

Same Day Delivery Is Coming to Target in 2018

Great news for bullseye fans: Target just acquired Shipt, a grocery delivery service, that will allow the retailer to bring same day delivery to nearly half of its stores by early next year.

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14
Dec 17

Here's What's New on Netflix In January

New year, who dis? We can’t believe it’s almost 2018, and Netflix is cementing that fact by letting us know everything that’s due to hit the streaming service next month. After a month of holiday parties and cheer, it’ll be a welcome distraction to cuddle up and dig in to some new—and old—favorites. Here’s what we’re looking forward to.

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14
Dec 17

Never Fear a Low Battery Warning On Your Cell Again

We’ve all been there. You’re running late for a busy day at work only to realize you fell asleep last night before plugging your phone in. That or you’re out and about the whole day, snapping photos or Boomerangs for your Insta feed and your battery is zapped by 3 pm and you’re desperately in need of a recharge with no plug in sight. The stress of that 10% battery life warning doesn’t need to take over when you’re prepared.

If we’re going to recommend one thing to add to your daily carry stash, let it be something that works for you, like this best-selling portable battery pack (on sale today for over 30% off).

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14
Dec 17

A Natural, Neutral & Sunny Duplex Penthouse in Barcelona — House Tour

Name: Fabiola, Javier, Claudia (5) and Guillermo (2)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1,720 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

When Javi and Fabi first saw this space on the top floor of a beautiful duplex in the family-friendly neighborhood of Eixample, it was completely different. All of the fixtures were outdated and the layout needed to be reconfigured. Undeterred, they saw the potential of the space and decided to do a complete overhaul.

As the proud parents of two young kids, their main concern when redesigning the layout was making sure that each space served a practical function…and that they had plenty of storage. Working closely with talented architect, Abel Perez, and his interior design team, they were able to achieve all of their needs while creating an elegant aesthetic they both desired.

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