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(Image credit: Amit ) Amit had been using these two IKEA floor lamps for TEN YEARS — ever since senior year of college. From dorm room, to first apartment, to the first home, which Amit moved into about a year ago. But while they functioned great, they were drab — boring office gray with a plain white plastic shade that disappeared against the new house's gray walls. After renovating and buying new, mid-century modern furniture, Amit realized a makeover was needed to keep these ultra-functional lamps lighting up for years to come.
(Image credit: Katie Miller) Amanda's cramped main bathroom was in desperate need of two things: light and space. After patiently waiting for two years, she got to work and created a bright & stylish space.
Name: Jan-Nicolas and Vincent Location: Plateau Mont-Royal — Montréal, Canada Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: Owned 2 years As soon as you enter, Jan-Nicolas and Vincent's home can't help but leave an impression. The staircase leading up to their third-story flat is painted a bright, happy yellow. This is the first of many elements that bring a warmth and vitality to their 1000 square foot home. Continue up the stairs and into their beautifully curated space, and it's easy to see that both have a keen eye for color and a deep appreciation for innovative design.
Getting together with friends shouldn't be a fussy affair. If all you have the time and energy to do is send out an email, then offer to host a potluck dinner at your place and get the gang together for a night. Being the potluck host doesn't let you off the hook completely, but it's a heck of a lot easier than cooking for a crowd.
House Tour: Cheyenne Weaver's Gilded Simplicity (Image credit: Apartment Therapy ) Say what you will about selfies—some people love them, some hate them, and some think they're an important part of self-care . People have been taking pictures of themselves long before the word "selfie" was added to the dictionary in 2013, and I'm not just talking about the dark days of grainy, over-contrasted, poorly angled Myspace selfies. From the time the camera was invented, people have taken self-portraits, and before that, they were commissioning painted portraits of themselves.
(Image credit: This is Glamorous ) Maybe you've always dreamed of a giant closet. Maybe something about seeing shoes and clothes hung up and laid out, neatly, in a space where they have room to breathe, is deeply soothing to you. Most closets are cramped, unpleasant, windowless affairs, so it's no surprise that those who have the space to spare have often chosen to turn an under-utilized room in their home into a walk-in closet—or as I like to call it, a boudoir, a private space to retreat, to be surrounded by lovely things, and to prepare oneself to go out into the world.
When I wrote recently about How Much Time I Actually Spend Doing Housework , I mentioned offhand that my partner and I operate under the made-up Same Amount Of Free Time System for Division of Labor & Harmonious Living. It's just one way that we balance our very different schedules along with the demands of taking care of a home. A few commenters asked me to explain how this works—and how it could work for them.
Oh, how I love a good clutch! I have a vintage collection given to me by a friend over the past decade and 50¢ thrift store favorites that I don't have to worry about treating too gently. So, you'd think I wouldn't need every single one of these DIY confetti-filled, fringed, tasseled, and pom pom-ed clutches... but I definitely do.
(Image credit: Keller Williams via Zillow) This quaint Victorian home in Southeast Portland is just too adorable for words, but I will try to find some.
Name: August & Sara Location: Middlebury, Vermont August and Sara are college seniors who make urban-chic living in the cozy, rural town of Middlebury, Vermont look easy. Nestled in Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks, Middlebury College is home to quintessential New England scenery — thousands travel north to admire the spectacular fall foliage each year.