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May 18

A First-Time Homeowner Aims for "Minimalist Hygge" — House Call

Name: Lauren White
Location: Sacramento, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, owned

This is the first home I’ve ever owned. I’m single, and have a full-time job as well as owning my own photography business, so when looking for a home to purchase, I wanted something that was new and wouldn’t require any flipping or renovation. I found this new development with the perfect 1,100 square foot condo for me!

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May 18

A Tiny, 375-Square-Foot Apartment Masters Minimalism — House Call

Name: Annie Leroux
Location: Santa Monica, California (near the Santa Monica Pier)
Size: 375 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

I live alone in my cute bright 375 square foot apartment, nine blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. The apartment is in a private 10-unit building lined with gigantic succulents and I’m up a private set of stairs in the very back that sits over a garage—so no shared walls or floors! There are multiple windows in each room, which I LOVE for light and air flow, and the windows in my kitchen get the cool beach breeze blowing directly through my apartment in the evenings.

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May 18

A TV-Free, 600-Square-Foot Shared Chicago Apartment Fosters Creativity — House Call

Name: Katherine Corden and her fiancé Dave
Location: Lincoln Park Neighborhood — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Dave and I moved in together about one year ago, around the same time we got engaged. We both are physical therapists full time but when we’re not working, we are pursuing our creative passions! Dave loves playing guitar and learning new music, and I am working to grow my fine art business. When creating this home together we wanted it to aesthetically represent us, but more importantly we wanted it to encourage us to embrace our true selves while supporting our relationship. By integrating both our passions throughout the apartment (his music and my art), those creative outlets are always front of mind. We also intentionally chose not to put a television in our apartment, a decision that has made a big difference in how we spend our time together.

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May 18

Reasons to Go Rugless (And Proof Your Room Could Be Better For It)

Rugs are the textured, sometimes-patterned anchor for many rooms. They add color underfoot, as well as softness to a space. While rugs are a “must-have” for many homes (including renters with leases that require them), don’t think you have to add a rug to a room. In fact, there are a few reasons why you might want to go rug-less entirely. Don’t believe me? These dazzling real-life rooms with bare floors might turn you on to the rug-free side.

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Apr 18

A Comfy, Inspiring Condo Is Brimming With Good Vibes & Positive Energy — House Call

Name: Justine Celina Maguire and partner Adam
Location: Calgary — Alberta, Canada
Size: 1550 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years, owned

My partner and I both lead very busy lives and our home is our sanctuary. It’s also where I live and work—so creating a warm, inviting living room where we can relax, unwind and hang out with friends was really important to me. My ultimate goal was to create a comfortable, creatively inspiring room brimming with good vibes and positive energy! Our apartment is six years old and we purchased it from a builder who was inspired by earth’s natural elements. That inspiration was one of the reasons I originally fell in love with this apartment—so I used that concept as my inspiration for our living room refresh as well.

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Apr 18

This 1930s Austin Bungalow Is a Magical Rainbow Inside & Out

This 1930s house in Austin may no longer be a home, but I sure want to live here. A former barber shop, and before that (presumably) a regular old house, this building has recently been transformed into the Cute Nail Studio, a business opened with the idea to “create a place that celebrates artistry and provides an all-inclusive safe space for beauty treatments.”

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04
Mar 18

A Designer & Diplomat's Global Chic NYC Rental — House Call

Name: Laura Hur and her husband
Location: Chelsea — Manhattan, New York
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, renting

My husband is a diplomat and I am an interior designer. My husband’s job has us moving often to far flung spots on the globe, and our home tells the story of our experiences, travels and shared life together.

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Feb 18

A Studio Apartment Goes from Fine to Fabulous Thanks to a Faux Wall — House Call

Name: Jackie Barth
Location: New York City
Size: 466 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

One of the biggest bummers about living in a studio apartment is the whole “everything’s in one room” vibe. If you don’t love the idea of being able to see your bed from your couch (or are looking for some extra privacy in your small space) you’ll find inspiration in this NYC rental studio. Jackie and her father used wardrobe doors (similar to these IKEA ones) to DIY a “faux” wall to create a separation between the living space and the bedroom space.

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Jan 18

A Positively Perfect, Renovated A-Frame Home in Oregon — House Call

Name: Liz Nelsen
Location: Hood River, Oregon

“My husband Andy and myself along with our two daughters Penelope and Isabella moved to Hood River, Oregon about a year and a half ago from San Diego with the dream to buy land and our first home,” describes Liz Nelson. “We initially found our home in May of last year but it took several months before we closed after waiting for the subdivision of the property and a ton of contingencies. We moved into our house October 1st after closing mid-September and have been nonstop with home renovations.”

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Jan 18

A Sunny Micro Studio in Georgia — House Call

Name: Kelly Jackson
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Size: 300 square feet

“We bought this Eastlake-style Victorian home almost a year ago, right after we had a newborn baby (our second child, daughter Lucy),” writes Kelly Jackson. “The whole house needed major renovations, but my husband, who is a realtor, convinced me that despite this being the WORST time ever to take on a major reno and uproot our whole family, that this was an amazing investment. I listened (begrudgingly) as he convinced me that we could convert the back of the home into two rental units/Airbnbs that could also function as MIL’s when our family was in town.”

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