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Dec 18

This May Be the Prettiest Thing You Can Buy at Anthropologie Right Now

Anthropologie crushes it around the holidays. Year after year, the brand comes up with the cutest, most giftable items. There are always super-adorable ornaments (many of which are food-themed), a new version of the store’s iconic monogrammed mugs, various cheese boards, and more. In fact, it’s totally possible to shop for everyone on your list in one fell swoop. (We know what you’re thinking and, yes, there are plenty of gifts for your dad!)

Some Kitchn staffers were talking about the new holiday items the other day when we realized we were all in agreement about the single best thing to buy this time of year: coupe glasses! Hear us out.

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Dec 18

The NYC Hood Most Tourists Miss Out On (But That's Why It's So Great) — Zip Code

You’re more likely to see someone in Paris sporting a “Brooklyn” tee than a “Queens” one, but despite that (or maybe because of it), Queens’ greatest neighborhoods are among New York City’s most appealing right now (especially since Amazon’s HQ2 is moving in soon). Hop on an uptown N or W, and you’ll soon find yourself in one of them: Astoria, the colorful and unselfconscious neighborhood that stands across the East River from Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Occasionally—and almost accidentally—hip, Astoria is one of those New York City neighborhoods that really feels lived in—no mean feat in a city where living anywhere is more often than not an economic stretch. That’s not to say that this old Greek neighborhood hasn’t been transformed by waves of Broadway actors and yuppies, but there’s plenty of authenticity left beneath the elevated subway tracks and on thoroughfares like Ditmars Boulevard, 30th Avenue, and Broadway. Astoria has a relatively high and diverse homeownership rate, which has limited gentrification for now. And there is a large and diverse immigrant population that mixes with the domestic arrivals—in fact, there are more languages spoken in Queens than anywhere else in the world. We’ve seen plenty of new luxury buildings pop up here in the past decade, but most of the neighborhood landmarks have so far survived it all.

Here’s looking at a few of them, old and new, with a help of Bridget Mallon, fellow Astoria resident and Apartment Therapy‘s design editor. Here, she takes you around a tour of our neighborhood in the third episode of “Zip Code,” a new series exploring the best of everything in our favorite neighborhoods—whether you live there, move there, or just want to visit.

Watch the third episode of Zip Code:

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Dec 18

A $879K California Canyon House with Instagram-Worthy Views

This home has not one, but two decks to soak in the sun.

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Dec 18

Home Depot Has Yard Decor For Every Iconic Holiday Movie

Have you ever dreamed of being that house on your street? You know, the one that makes cars stop and gaze at your wonderful, mystical, illuminating creation in honor of the holiday season? Well, this “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” inflatable may be a great place to start, but there’s much more where that came from.

Home Depot has a vast amount of festive yard decorations for sale, some of them obviously pegged to a particular holiday movie, and others that are symbolic of favorite films. Whether you’re a fan of the contemporary selections (like “Elf” or “A Christmas Prince”) or gravitate toward the more old school cartoons (“A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”), the massive retail company has something its in warehouse for you.

See below for some of our favorite holiday films and the outdoor prop that coordinates with it, and get ready to be the happening spot on your block.

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Dec 18

This Entire Home Was Furnished for Under $4,000 — House Tour

Name: Rachel Stroly, husband, and two rescue cats
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years Lived In: 3 years, owned

The house has a totally granite exterior and sits on top of a hill, so we fondly call it the “Frankfurter Fortress,” a.k.a. “The Fort.” I met my husband four years ago at a Halloween party. He was dressed as a chicken and I was a hot dog (frankfurter) so there are a lot of hidden (and not so hidden!) references to that around. A good friend made us the perfect entryway cross stitch that says “Home Sweet Frankfurter Fortress” and it has a chicken and hot dog holding hands. I love all the little personal touches like that around the house.

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Dec 18

New Parents Squeeze a Nursery into a One-Bedroom With a Living Room Redesign — House Call

Name: Neda Bajwa, my husband, Amir, our dog, Kiko, and our baby girl, Alaia
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Our home design combines mid-century mod, Moroccan, tropical, and glam all in one. It is a combination of black, white, marble, and brass touches throughout. You’ll notice pops of color such as emerald that tie into our tropical living plants brought all the way from our last L.A. home. Each piece is budget-friendly but tasteful, combining global touches from our travels around the world. Our small space is proof that design and creativity can make even a one-bedroom apartment feel like a photo-worthy dream home.

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Dec 18

How to Improve Your Credit Score in 30 Days or Less

When I first started house hunting at 25, I knew my credit score was too low for a mortgage. A year earlier, I’d barely been able to snag a loan for my car. Instead of giving up, I dug into my credit score using Credit Karma.

I discovered errors in my credit, like a bill in collections from a doctor whose services I hadn’t scheduled or received. Multiple accounts were missing from my report. Using a tool on the Credit Karma website, I reported the errors to TransUnion and Equifax. I paid down my balances as much as I could on my miniscule teacher’s salary.

By the time I found my dream home a month later, I’d managed to raise my credit score 30 points, and snagged a mortgage approval letter from my credit union.

While this credit makeover may sound too good to be true, these experts agree with me. And since then, I’ve even discovered even more hacks to raise my credit score. Follow our tips if you’re looking to improve your credit score in less than 30 days:

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Dec 18

5 of Our Favorite Plants That Are Really, Truly Pastel

Pastels are having a moment right now, even if you are so over millennial pink. And if you look closely enough, you can find hints of soft, pale hues all over the plant world. Here are five gorgeous houseplants that will help you move beyond just jungle green.

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Dec 18

7 Smart Wall-Mounted Storage Solutions You Can Buy on Amazon

Let’s face it: Finding the room to fit all your stuff in a tiny apartment is tough. Fortunately, one of our favorite online retailers, Amazon, offers an impressive assortment of wall-mounted furnishings that are both space-savvy and super functional.

To prove our point, we searched Amazon high and low and rounded up seven wall-mounted storage solutions to help you make the most of your small bedroom. From a drop-leaf desk to floating shelves, here are some of the best wall-mounted storage items on Amazon.

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Dec 18

This Creepy Illustration of a Glass of Water Will Haunt You

Humans are mostly made of water, which is why when we drink the element, good things happen — like regulating our temperature, keeping our muscles and joints spry, and of course, helping to filter out the toxins in our body we ingest all day.

That’s why we like to think of the water we drink as the purest substance we put in our bodies. While that may be true, according to science, the water we drink is not exactly as pure as we’d hope.

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