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Nov 18

6 Things Designers Wish You Would Try While Decorating

When we asked top interior designers from coast to coast what trends, colors, or design suggestions they beg clients to get on board with, we ended up with a surprisingly concise and thoughtful list that underscored open-mindedness.

Designers want you to be brave. And no, not so they can run amok with this season’s wildest styles or avant garde furnishings, but in the name of helping you get the most out of your space. Taking a step out of your comfort zone can make your home all the more, well, comfortable. Just listen to the professionals.

So for those dreaming of a home design project, take the leap, lean in and get bold. Without further ado, here are the top six things designers really, really want you to buy into, even though they can be hard sells..

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Nov 18

A Wellness Company CEO's Serene Santa Monica Home — House Tour

Name: Chelsea Poling and cat Piper
Location: Santa Monica, California
Size: 1,450 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, owned

“I love the location of my home; I am less than a block from the Santa Monica Beach. I make it a daily task or indulgence to go to the beach every day, whether it be a walk on the beach, a dip in the ocean, or quiet meditation,” wrote Chelsea Poling, the founder and CEO of the online wellness boutique Rose Botanica. She recently moved to California from the East Coast after some personal struggles, and her new home is a simple but serene place for her to work, relax, meditate, and more.

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Nov 18

5 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won't Tell You

House hunting? You probably need a broker to help with your search. A great broker can find you a place to live but also sometimes winds up acting as your best friend, your mom, and your therapist all in one. For a successful end result, you really want to make this complex relationship work; we’ll let you in on what your broker might really be thinking…

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Nov 18

How to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table When You Don't Have Much Time

Whether you plan to prep weeks in advance or the day before, the truth is, nobody has a ton of extra time to get the Thanksgiving table set with all the bells and whistles. Check out these projects from table coverings, to place cards, to centerpieces if you want to wow your guests without handing over all your free time.

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Nov 18

Surprise Everyone on Your List with Unique These Etsy Holiday Gifts — 2018 Gift Guide

Getting something unexpected and unique is the holy grail of holiday shopping. But if you don’t have the time to hunt through every boutique and small business in your state, Etsy is the perfect spot for you to search. (Added bonus: You don’t need to put on shoes or pants.) One online destination, it has over a million sellers offering everything from hand-knit hats to handmade dining tables.

But if you’re overwhelmed at the prospect of sifting through all those options on your own, never fear. We have rounded up 15 buys that will make the recipient say, “Where’d you find this?!”

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Nov 18

Mandy Moore Got Married in Her Backyard and It Sounds Perfect

Mandy Moore knows home is where the heart is—that’s why the “This is Us” star chose to get married there!

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Nov 18

Now You Can Tour Prince Charles' Residence Without a Plane Ticket

Ever wished for a peek inside a royal residence? Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with Prince Charles to give a virtual tour of Clarence House.

In honor of his 70th birthday, Prince Charles and his wife, Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, have opened their doors for eyes all over the internet. The virtual tour takes viewers through the famous palace (and former home of the Queen Mother), showing off the couple’s library, formal dining area, and other royally decked out rooms throughout the home.

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Nov 18

14 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Kid's Teacher (That Aren't Starbucks Gift Cards) — 2018 Gift Guide

Though we should be thanking and showering our kids’ teachers with praise on the daily—sometimes right before holiday break is the only time we really get to slow down and remember to show our thanks.

But the thought process of gifting for your child’s educator usually goes like this: “I know my child can be a handful. I’m exhausted by just the one, so I imagine their teacher feels that way times at least 24… Starbucks gift card and cute mug it is!”

While this is a tremendously thoughtful gesture, many times you’re not the only parent who has come to this conclusion. “I know teachers who still haven’t used all their Starbucks cards from last year,” says Molly M., a preschool aide in Illinois. Allison S., an educator in Pennsylvania adds, “Definitely no mugs!”

In order to combat caffeine fatigue, I’ve asked my network of friends and family who work as teachers—as well as their colleagues—what they’d actually like to receive before holiday break this year. True to the unselfish nature of educators, the majority of teachers I heard from said that they’d love to receive gifts that benefit their students (but wouldn’t mind a little R&R if that was on the table). Here, 14 gifts on their wish list this year:

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Nov 18

This Stylish Amazon Kitchen Organizer Instantly Creates Extra Storage Space

Every once in a while I come across an organizer that seriously makes my heart skip a beat. It’s rare, so when it happens I have to take a minute to tell you guys about it. Earlier this year, I waxed poetic about this $10 flatware organizer for narrow drawers, which I’ll still talk about to anyone who will listen. And just a few weeks ago I came across this wire under-shelf basket … in copper!

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Nov 18

7 Sleek Cold Weather Home Buys You Won’t Believe Are from Amazon

Winter is officially upon us, which means it’s time to put some snuggly and warming home decor items to good use. But what to do if you don’t have any stylish, cold weather-friendly goods to cuddle up with at home this season?

Fret not, my chilly friends. Amazon is brimming with affordable but expensive-looking home decor that will keep you nice and warm all winter long. From chunky Scandi-style knit blankets to faux sheepskin throws, here are seven insanely chic cold weather home decor items that you can order on Amazon.

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