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Oct 18

The Best Toothbrushes — The Best List

For something we (hopefully) use several times a day, most of us don’t give much thought to which toothbrush we buy. But let me tell you, there’s a whole world of toothbrushes beyond the oral care aisle of your local Walgreens. Doing a few minutes of research can not only help you find the perfect toothbrush for your needs, but also options that pack a lot of style. From electric to bamboo to plain old plastic, we’ve rounded up the most beautiful, eco-friendly and socially-conscious toothbrushes that’ll add some fun to your normal brushing routine.

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Oct 18

This Harry Potter Advent Calendar Will Make Your Holidays Magical

Potterheads all over the globe have a reason to wield their holiday shopping power well before the end of November. Funko Pop! is selling a Harry Potter advent calendar, which is already available for pre-order with an anticipated shipping date of November 1.

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Oct 18

An IKEA Product Developer's Light and Airy Home — House Tour

Name: Adam Wihlborg
Location: Former French Concession — Shanghai, China
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

When Adam Wihlborg tells the story, it’s hard to believe that six flights of dark and dusty stairs once nearly deterred him from signing a lease on his spacious, light-filled flat looking out over the trees in Shanghai’s French Concession. Now, friends and visitors who have successfully ascended those steps are greeted with a cheerful vanity and tidy shoe rack, just a small sampling of the coziness to come: Inside the home, vanilla-custard colored trim, white walls, picture windows, and a jungle of greenery complement spaces neatly filled with vintage treasures and more modern, Scandi-style touches. The former refers to the collections he accumulated over nearly a decade in and around China, and the latter is the inevitable result of being a product developer at IKEA. Editor’s note: This is a tour rerun because it’s such a beautiful space.

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Oct 18

12 Christmas Movies On Netflix You Can Binge Right Now

Netflix constantly gives us new films and shows to spend our time watching, making every month feel like Christmas—that is, until the actual holiday months roll around. Then we’re talking about Christmas overload.

For those who like to celebrate the holidays early, Netflix has an abundant amount of festive movies available for streaming. From the classics like White Christmas and Frosty the Snowman to more recent options like A Christmas Prince, Netflix has a wide variety that suites your particular holiday needs.

See below for our top 12 picks, and happy binge-watching!

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Oct 18

How I Decided Between an FHA and Conventional Mortgage

When my husband and I decided to move from Denver to Indianapolis to buy a house, we knew the process would be humbling. The only things we knew about the home-buying process came from watching HGTV or talking to friends and family who had done it before. We decided to jump into it with an open mind and a cautious approach.

The first major decision we faced was deciding which type of mortgage was best for us: Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or conventional. We had a general idea of what made these loans different, but it took some deep digging to figure out which option best fit our needs right now and for the term of our loan. Here’s how we made our decision:

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Oct 18

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!
  • There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!
  • Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is a great resource for finding local contractors who can help!

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Oct 18

Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice and Other Spooky Spaces, Reimagined for 2018

With Halloween on the horizon, you’ll be sitting down to watch all of your favorite spooky movies and TV shows—but Halloween movies and shows aren’t just fun for a good scare, believe it or not, you can pull some great design inspiration from even the creepiest places. E-design company Modsy really got into the Halloween spirit and decided to design some rooms all inspired by their favorite seasonally-appropriate films and TV show interiors. Take a look below to see how they turned other-worldly aesthetics into modern, real-world spaces.

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Oct 18

A Traditional Wooden House in The Netherlands Was Built by Windmill Restorers — House Tour

Name: Wendy van Wilgenburg and two sons Willem (10), and Adam (12)
Location: Zaandam, The Netherlands
Size: 500 square feet (the house), 1500 square feet (garden)
Years lived in: 6.5 years, owned

My name is Wendy van Wilgenburg, and I am a visual anthropologist and documentary filmmaker focusing on craftmanship. I have made films on master craftmanship for over twenty years and decided to found the Craft in Focus Festival to engage a large audience with the beauty of handmade objects.

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Oct 18

You Can Fly Roundtrip to Paris This Winter for $329

For those who like to jet off when the weather gets cold, we have got fantastic news for you via IcelandAir.

The flagship carrier of Iceland is holding a flash sale over the course of the next three days, which includes roundtrip flights to Paris for a ridiculously cheap price. From January 10 through April 15, 2019, travelers can fly to the popular city for as cheap as $329 out of major airports around the U.S.

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Oct 18

The Frightening Reason You Shouldn't Use Contact Paper in Your Kitchen Cabinets

An $8 roll of contact paper can do wonders for your home. You can use it to upgrade old furniture, modernize shelves, elevate countertops, or even forge a backsplash. For the budget-conscious, it’s almost too good to be true. And, as it turns out, some people say it just might be.

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