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Dec 18

See This Photographer's Total Apartment Decor Overhaul — House Tour

Name: Elizabeth Podlesnik
Location: Queen Anne — Seattle, Washington
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Back in June, this former personal stylist-turned-photographer got an itch to redecorate. Like, seriously redecorate. “I sold everything on Craigslist and Offer Up, and started from scratch,” Elizabeth told me. I was slightly jealous of the adventure she’d just been on. From scratch, you say? Swoon. I really do have a thing for blank slates. Over the course of the next several months, Elizabeth made regular visits to a huge consignment store in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood for interesting pieces, surfed Amazon more often than her friends feel is reasonable, and splurged on items she knew she wanted to last. More importantly, she took her time. She’d only finished putting the final touches on it about a week before I came to snap pics—or, that morning, if you count the fresh flowers she dashed out to get last minute.

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Dec 18

The $18 Anthropologie Hostess Gift I'm Obsessed With

While a bottle of wine is a great hostess gift, I think holiday parties are the time to go the extra mile. I love everything Anthropologie—maybe one day, my home will look like their stunning window displays—but the holiday season really brings out the best in their decor. That’s how I landed on the perfect, affordable present for any host: their too-cute printed tea towels.

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Dec 18

11 Wonderful Uses for Washi Tape This Holiday Season

Washi tape has a million uses all year round, but it really shines during the winter holidays—especially if it’s shiny. Here are dozen festive ways to put washi tape to use, ranging from small details to major decorations.

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Dec 18

15 Stylish Home Brands That Are Giving Back for the Holidays

If the slew of corny but bingeable holiday movies have taught us anything, it’s that it is always better to give than receive. Sure, we all want to receive something shiny and new (who doesn’t?); however, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see the look on a loved one’s face when they open a present they really adore.

Of course, the same sentiment applies giving to charities. There’s no better time than the holidays to donate to charities that resonate with you. Today, it’s easier than ever before to support the causes you love. While you can always donate directly to a charity, you can also buy some beautiful pieces, as a gift or for yourself, that give a portion of their proceeds to a cause.

Ready to get shopping? Here are 15 brands that are giving back this holiday season:

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Dec 18

One Super Motivating Way to Flip the Script on Decluttering This Time of Year

We declutter mostly for ourselves. We yearn for the empty space and the room to breathe. So we approach our cupboards, closets, drawers, and garages asking ourselves whatever version of the essential question—do I need this?—that gives us the most clarity. That’s how we decide what to get rid of and what to keep most of the time. But there’s another way to think about it, and there are others to declutter for. Here’s some food for thought this holiday season…

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Dec 18

How I Got All the Benefits of NYC Life Without Actually Having to Move There — Zip Code

I moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, after college because I’d heard it was a great place for young people to live when looking for a job in Manhattan, if you couldn’t yet afford Manhattan prices. Little did I know that apartment prices were high here, too, but for that I got more space, wider streets, and a quicker commute than had I moved to a less-expensive Manhattan neighborhood or another borough.

I figured I’d stay for only a few years, but the city kept evolving—with waterfront parks, more options for families, and more businesses and restaurants on the main drag of Washington Street. My life kept evolving, too: I started my journalism career at the local paper, published a novel about a confused single girl, began a writers’ group, and made good friends—I even ran into a famous musician (Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze) on the sidewalk!

Despite all the changes, I’ve stayed a resident of Hoboken for the past 20 years. Yes, it may still be expensive and there may never be enough on-street parking, but its charm and accessibility really make it all worth it.

Don’t believe me? Just watch Anne Ebeling, fellow Hoboken resident and Apartment Therapy’s executive producer of video, as she tours our neighborhood in the second episode of “Zip Code,” a new series that exploring the best of everything in our favorite neighborhoods— whether you live there, move there, or just want to visit.

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Dec 18

Look Inside: $370K Savannah Home Perfectly Mixes New and Old

This Southern belle of a home isn’t just a charmer on the outside; there are surprising features to delight in throughout.

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Dec 18

You Can Sip Champagne and Sing Christmas Carols at Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle

If you have a few extra hundred dollars hanging around, you can celebrate Christmas in a castle! Highclere Castle, which was featured on “Downton Abbey,” hosts a few Christmas events. It might be too late for Christmas dinner at the castle, but you can still buy tickets to sip some champagne and sing carols.

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Dec 18

The Simple Truth About Student Loans and Homeownership

Once you graduate college, you’re handed a diploma and—most likely—a mountain of debt. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a job where you make enough to pay off your student loans and then, maybe, move on to the next big investment of your life homeownership.

Unfortunately, according to a study by Credit Sesame, the state in which you live may affect your ability to pay your student loans. The study found that residents of West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest number of people unable to pay for their loans (as measured by student loan delinquency rates) at 18 percent, followed by Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Arkansas at 16 percent.

On the other hand, places like North Dakota and Massachusetts were the easiest places to pay off loans: These two states had the lowest rate of student loan delinquency, at six percent; followed by Utah, Washington, New York, and Illinois, which had the next lowest rate at eight percent.

Since student loans are such a big obstacle for millennials achieving homeownership, is it easier to save up and buy a house in these states with low delinquency rates? I asked real estate agents in two of these states—Utah and Washington—how the economic environment in their state favors homeownership for millennials. Here’s what they said:

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Dec 18

Modern Farmhouse Meets California Cool — House Call

Name: Valeria Jacobs, my husband, three kids (two boys and a girl), and a minature pincher
Location: Castro Valley, California
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, renting

We live in a cottage-style home. When we first saw the listing for rent I got a feeling that it was the house for our family. I fell in love with the big windows in the dining room, the hardwood floors, and overall it felt like a little home to us. My husband and I are both Peruvian, born and raised and have been together since high school (almost 15 years). We have two boys and very recently we welcomed our little girl. My husband is a mechanical engineer and I own a small online shop called Rebecca and Genevieve.

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