12
Dec 17

Proof Planning Pays Off: A Bright, Cozy Home in Just 300 Square Feet — House Call

“My home is small but I feel so lucky to call it mine. It’s located in a small beach town within walking distance to some really great shops and restaurants,” describes Lauren Hunter, of her studio apartment.

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Oct 17

This Minimal, Modern Brooklyn Rental Will Make You Believe in Beige Again

Interior designer Maggie Burns describes her Williamsburg rental apartment’s style as “Modern, Eclectic, Cozy, Urban, Minimal.” But I would describe it as a beautiful way to keep a home light and airy by using warm, cozy beige and cream tones (rather than a just all-white palette). Beige has (quite rightly) gotten a bad reputation over the years (mostly due to bland, builder’s grade homes). But in this newly built apartment, beige joins a cadre of other neutral, natural colors to create an elegant composition perfect for a fresh modern look. From the softly-hued furniture and accessories, to a beige kitchen backsplash, to a simple art grid composed of earthy colors over the sofa: This is a home that will make you reconsider beige!

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Oct 17

There's More Color in This Modern 360-Square-Foot London Flat Than Most Homes — House Call

Name: Sally Averill
Location: Notting Hill, London
Size: 360 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

After putting in a few failed offers on flats in the Notting Hill area of London, Sally discovered this mini and modern home and knew it was love at first sight. “I’ve lived in Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and Australia — I love the light and knew I wanted somewhere full of light but also bold colours. It’s so small so I’ve tried to avoid clutter whilst adding bits and pieces I’ve collected from all the places I’ve lived and worked.” It’s beautiful how Sally has been able to decorate such a tiny home, but even more amazing is how she’s defied the “all-white” vibes many minimal homes have. This space has bold color splashed on big surfaces in every room…pretty impressive in only 360 square feet!

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Oct 17

4 Things No One Warned Me About Before I Adopted a Dog

“Are you going to take it on walks? Are you going to have time for it? Can you afford it?” There were a lot of things my friends warned me about before I adopted the painfully adorable dog above (my mom also shared many of her concerns). But even with my friends’ advice and nearly a decade of pet sitting experience under my belt, I was surprised by a few unexpected things after bringing Stanley home from the LA-SPCA.

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12
Sep 17

The Easy Way to Turn an Empty Wall into a Welcoming Entryway

(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

We don’t all have the luxury of a dedicated entryway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all try carve one out using ingenuity and design elements. Start with the where — the obvious location is the wall right beside the door you use daily — and then add these things in. Below: your easy entryway checklist.

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06
Sep 17

The Inside Scoop: What It's Really Like Living With Open Kitchen Shelving

The debate between open shelving and closed cabinets in the kitchen divides many people. Some find the look charming, but hate the practicality of it. Others think it looks messy, but wonder if they’d use their stuff more if they could see. And many other opinions in between abound. So I asked some folks who live with open shelving in their kitchen every day to share the real truth.

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18
Aug 17

How to Work With a Strong Architectural Feature That You Can't Change

Celeste and Blaque are roommates in an East Nashville rental house built in the 1930s. It has plenty of room for the two women’s creative endeavors — Celeste is a painter and Blaque makes jewelry. It also has quite a strong architecture feature front and center in their living room: a bold, white brick and black marble fireplace and mantel. Though it’s an architectural element unique to this house, the way Celeste and Black designed with it, and not against it, is worthy of a closer look. This living room holds lessons that could be applied to other spaces.

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