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Feb 19

Could This Bedroom Trend Actually Help You Get a Better Night of Sleep?

The one place I’ve been seeing a lot of color lately is in bedrooms, and things are getting dark. Navy and midnight blues, charcoal grays, deep teals, and even black, which is the trickiest to pull off if you don’t get a lot of natural light in your space. But it’s doable. The word on the street is that this trend might actually be beneficial for sleep—either it helps you drift off easily and/or stay asleep longer. And that’s because darkness, or lack of light, is key for melatonin production.

What’s less clear, however, is whether wall color or bedding color, for that matter—has any bearing on said melatonin production. My guess is that it can’t hurt, but I talked to a few pros to get their take on dark bedrooms and whether they’re actually beneficial for catching zzz’s or not.

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Feb 19

7 Affordable Design Sources You Should Bookmark Now

The internet is a design lover’s dream. Not only can you shop for home decor items from the privacy of your own sofa, you can also find some pretty stellar deals if you know where to look.

So to help you save some moolah, we rounded up a few of the most affordable design sources for you to check out the next time you shop online for stylish home furnishings. Read ahead for seven online design stores where reasonable prices reign supreme—without sacrificing quality.

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Feb 19

7 Rooms That Prove a Full Sized Sofa Isn't the Be-All, End-All of Living Room Design

Alright—what I’m about to say here is going to be very controversial: A successfully decorated living room doesn’t need a full-sized sofa. Boom! Notice I didn’t say seating though. You obviously need that in spades, especially if you want to have people over or entertain. But if your living room just isn’t big enough for a sectional or even a full-sized sofa, don’t force it. Instead find yourself an alternative—a loveseat, an armchair, a settee. You’ll be surprised what might work—even something non-traditional like a chaise, bench or a stack of floor pillows can get the job done. Need some proof? These seven rooms are giving me life right now.

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Feb 19

6 Lies Rom Coms Told Us About Apartments — To All the Rom Coms I’ve Loved Before

Whether it’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” or “The Seven Year Itch,” the combination of lighthearted romance and witty banter between potential soulmates is intoxicating. Though while it’s a popular and fun form of escapism, romantic comedies stray far from the truth. Relationships rarely start with a meet-cute, and thanks to heightened airport security measures, it is really hard to reconcile at the gate. But these aren’t the only lies we have been fed by rom-coms. Perhaps some of the biggest falsehoods have to do with your new love interest’s living situation and what to expect the first time you head over.

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12
Feb 19

These Are Some of Our Favorite Living Rooms of All Time

This Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating the special kind of love many of us feel for gorgeously decorated homes. I asked my co-editors here at Apartment Therapy to divulge their favorite rooms from house tours have been… of all time. It was a hard task for us all (there have been so many gorgeous tours throughout the years), but we’ve managed to narrow it down to those rooms that make us swoon the most. Today enjoy the picks of some of our favorite living rooms ever.

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Feb 19

These Brands are Making It Super Easy to Set Up Your Home

A beautiful home is just a few clicks away.

Over the past few years, a crop of new direct-to-consumer companies have been sprouting up, disrupting the design industry as we knew it and making it easier to decorate your home to your heart’s desire.

Why enlist a courier to drop off a big, bulky mattress when you can have a boxed one delivered to your doorstep? Want to hang something on your walls? You can have your favorite pieces professionally framed and shipped back to you in a few weeks time. There are even companies that take the guesswork out of selecting a paint swatch or undergoing renovations.

In fact, there are so many new companies sprouting up that it’s hard to keep track. To help, we created a comprehensive list of the best brands that make it easy to turn your house into a home:

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Feb 19

10 Chic, Clever Amazon Home Buys Under $50 We Spotted On House Tours

House tours are a great way to scope out trends, inspiration, and design ideas for your home. It can also be a great reminder that great style isn’t out of reach. Some people featured are all DIY or thrifted, but lots of people rely on the kinds of stores and websites millions of the rest of us use every day like Amazon, Target, or West Elm.

And speaking of Amazon, we also appreciate any help in finding hidden gems on their massive online marketplace. Here are 10 great finds–all under $50–that you might never guess came with Prime shipping.

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Jan 19

The 9 Go-To Stores Real Estate Agents Use for Inexpensive Staging Decor

A large part of being a real estate agent is zhushing up a space to attract potential buyers. Because of this, many agents keep an accent and furniture inventory to lend to sellers with an open house or listing photo shoot on the calendar. In case you’re wondering, they aren’t super snobby when it comes to sourcing decor items: They often shop in the same places with an eye on price. I asked real estate agents for insider intel on where they shop to find the inexpensive accents they need. Here, their go-to purchases at nine major discount stores:

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Jan 19

7 Easy (and Affordable) Ways to Adultify Your Home

If we’re being totally honest, a walk down memory lane can be a very cringe-worthy experience. How many pictures have you looked at in total disbelief that you actually left the house with crimped hair, layers of eyeliner, and a hot pink velour sweatsuit? Yeah, not our finest moments.

Looking at pictures of your previous living spaces can elicit the same embarrassment. Before you became a stylish design enthusiast, you probably covered your walls in cheesy posters and lounged in a compact, yet cheap, nylon butterfly chair. And if you’ve been living in the same space since you graduated from college or moved out for the first time, there’s a good chance some of those outdated design elements are still lurking in your space.

We firmly believe your home is a reflection of you and where you are in life, so it’s about time your digs represent the mature, sophisticated adult that you really are.

To help, we asked five design experts to share easy (and affordable!) tips for adultifying your home. Because having a beautiful, grownup space doesn’t have to break the bank:

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Jan 19

Take a Look Inside Kickstarter's Brooklyn Headquarters

Welcome to Design Spotting. We’re on a mission to find and tour the coolest spaces and places out there. Whether it’s a high-tech office space or a highly-anticipated art pop-up, we believe design inspiration is everywhere.

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