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Feb 19

A Victorian House from the 1880s Is Now a Jewel-Toned Modern Gem — House Call

Name: Rachael Klieman, husband (Nisar), Dogs (Red & Otis)
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Size: 2,800 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

When my husband, Nisar, and I first saw our house, we fell in love with the details from 1880. The carvings on the trim, the pattern of the oak floors, the original patinated brass hardware, the oversized windows. Nevermind that the kitchen, bathrooms, and mudroom were all a disaster. Who needs a working dishwasher when you have quarter-sawn oak trim!?

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Feb 19

Before and After: A $1300 Pottery Barn Desk Now Has a $60 Doppelgänger

A talented DIYer bought this old desk for $11.25 and managed to transform it into a dead-on knockoff of a $1,299 Pottery Barn desk while adding a clever upgrade in the process.

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Feb 19

A Modern Bohemian KonMari-ed Her Way Into a Dream Home — House Tour

Name: Jina Javier, her husband Jeff, Lucy, and Leo
Location: La Mesa, California
Size: 1,285 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, owned

When Jina and Jeff were preparing to move into their La Mesa home in San Diego two years ago, Jina was reading Marie Kondo’s megahit “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Jina and Jeff were downsizing, moving from a large (but characterless) 2,800 square foot house, into an older home with lots of charm but far less square footage. In preparation for their move, Jina turned to Marie Kondo out of necessity and wholeheartedly embraced the KonMari method. And as Kondo’s philosophy goes, tidying up her home not only led to a simplified, more genuinely styled space for her and her family, but it is also gave Jina renewed clarity and the energy to start her next business venture. Jina—who owns Liv3 with her two sisters—recently opened Leo, a salon and wellness shop in San Diego’s fun and funky North Park neighborhood. The space, much like her home, is airy and light, but cozy and inviting all at the same time.

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Feb 19

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Charming Manhattan Townhouse Is Selling For $13.5 Million

After a long hiatus, Eleanor Roosevelt’s stately townhouse in New York City‘s Upper East Side, where the former First Lady resided is back on the market—for a cool $13.5 million.

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Feb 19

Could This Bedroom Trend Actually Help You Get a Better Night of Sleep?

The one place I’ve been seeing a lot of color lately is in bedrooms, and things are getting dark. Navy and midnight blues, charcoal grays, deep teals, and even black, which is the trickiest to pull off if you don’t get a lot of natural light in your space. But it’s doable. The word on the street is that this trend might actually be beneficial for sleep—either it helps you drift off easily and/or stay asleep longer. And that’s because darkness, or lack of light, is key for melatonin production.

What’s less clear, however, is whether wall color or bedding color, for that matter—has any bearing on said melatonin production. My guess is that it can’t hurt, but I talked to a few pros to get their take on dark bedrooms and whether they’re actually beneficial for catching zzz’s or not.

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Feb 19

A Harry Potter-Inspired Coffee Shop Is Heading to NYC

Harry Potter fans that never got their Hogwarts letters can still experience the magic of the wizarding world. A Harry Potter and Halloween-themed cafe is headed to New York. The name of the coffee shop is Steamy Hallows, a great little pun based on the Deathly Hallows. You can perk up for the day with a cup of “Coffee Potion.”

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Feb 19

Picture This – A Golden Girls Cruise Will Set Sail In 2020

Picture, this, Miami 2020, you and your best friend are boarding a Golden Girls-themed cruise ship, ready for one of the best weeks of your life. This actually could be you! Next year, a cruise based on the popular ’80s TV show will set sail from Miami, Florida and you can book your trip right now.

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Feb 19

This Microwavable Sloth Will Soothe All of Your Aches and Pains

When you’re not feeling well, it doesn’t matter how old you are, it is nice to snuggle up with something soft and warm. If that happens to be a stuffed animal, there is no shame here, there’s a reason everyone loves stuffed animals! They can be extremely comforting and soothing. Experts have even said it is totally normal for adults to sleep with stuffed animals, as they are considered transitional objects that can give us a sense of comfort.

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Feb 19

7 Affordable Design Sources You Should Bookmark Now

The internet is a design lover’s dream. Not only can you shop for home decor items from the privacy of your own sofa, you can also find some pretty stellar deals if you know where to look.

So to help you save some moolah, we rounded up a few of the most affordable design sources for you to check out the next time you shop online for stylish home furnishings. Read ahead for seven online design stores where reasonable prices reign supreme—without sacrificing quality.

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Feb 19

8 Ways to Maximize Your After-Work Time

It starts with good intentions. How many of us have, in an effort to shake off the stress of the workday, ended up in a daze on the couch? Whether you spend your evenings bingeing on Netflix or mindlessly scrolling social media, the post-work lull can compromise productivity and, in the end, keep you from truly relaxing. So why not set your post-work self up for success? All it takes is a little intention.

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