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Dec 17

A Designer's Own Rustic Modern English Home — House Tour

Name: Kay Prestney, husband Andy, and their children Bella and Finn
Location: Essex/Suffolk border, UK
Years lived in: 9 years

Freelance interior designer, stylist and self-confessed Scandi junkie Kay Prestney and her family — husband Andy and children Bella and Finn — are all set to celebrate the festive season in style in their cozy country home. The largely monochrome palette of whites, pale greys and deepest off-blacks is softened by natural wood and wicker, accessories in ceramic, copper and coloured glass, and plenty of twinkling lights and candles. Wooden floors and rustic wooden benches are warmed up with piles of tactile rugs, sheepskins, cushions and woollen blankets. And, as in any true Scandi-style home, there’s a great sense of connection with the outdoors, with bare branches and garlands of evergreen brought in from the local woodlands and used as decoration.

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Dec 17

A Small Southwestern Modern Studio in Downtown Oklahoma City — House Call

“I’ve been into interior design for awhile and living in a studio has been a fun challenge,” writes Lyndsey, who shares this small studio apartment with her rescue dog Tux. “A lot of people couldn’t handle living in one large room, but Tux and I seem to make it work! Leaving out room dividers makes the space more open and bright but I have to be mindful about anything I bring in the space. If it isn’t useful or beautiful, its got to go!”

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Dec 17

100+ Years of Tradition: Vintage Retail Holiday Window Displays Through the Years

Long ago, before anybody had even dreamed of the internet, people did their holiday shopping in a charmingly analog way: by scoping out gifts in store windows. Then, in 1883, the smart folks at the Macy’s department store in New York City realized that they could draw even more people to their store windows by putting on a show. The first Macy’s Christmas display, which featured a mechanical Santa’s sleigh pulled by reindeer, drew fascinated crowds, and a holiday tradition was born.

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Dec 17

Read This Before You Paint Your Old, Peeling Radiator

Radiators are hot topics for apartment dwellers. We love them, we hate them, we cover them, we camouflage them, we paint them, we do makeover after makeover trying to help them blend in. If yours sticks out like a sore thumb or just use a refresh you maybe wondering if paint affects the radiator’s efficiency. Here’s what you need to know before you get out your paintbrush.

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Dec 17

Pour Yourself a Scotch: All About Còsagach, The Scottish Take On Hygge

Today in “marketing ploys that 100 percent worked on me,” we review the new Visit Scotland campaign which introduces us to còsagach. What is còsagach? It’s “based on an old Scottish word for feeling snug, sheltered and warm.”

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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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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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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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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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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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