This Man Is Responsible for the Gardens at NYC’s Top Restaurants

February 23, 2018

It was a gray Friday afternoon, but Studio—a café and restaurant tucked inside the recently opened Freehand New York—felt alive. I was sitting across from the person who helped to create that vibe through a surprising vehicle—plants. They filled the corners, shelves, and the area between the tables, bringing each space very much to life. And, it turns out, the man responsible for their being is also behind the plants at a host of New York City’s hottest restaurants.

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A “Joyfully Minimal” Chicago Apartment — House Tour

February 23, 2018

Name: Mark Dye and Jeffrey Spivock
Location: River North — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

Jeffrey and Mark have lived all over the world. Jeffrey is from Montreal, Mark is from London, and the two met while they were both living in Toronto. They then moved to Japan where they lived for two years, and most recently they relocated to Chicago. After living in several countries, they’ve learned to select the styles and customs that work best for them.

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​Why You Should Keep Coffee Filters in the Living Room

February 23, 2018

It’s easy — and sometimes good — to be compartmentalized. It’s one way to keep ourselves sane and present in a world of multi-tasking and many-hat-wearing. But when it comes to uses for items around the house, thinking outside the box — or the room, as the case may be — can unearth some pretty handy applications for things we already have on hand. For example, here’s why you shouldn’t relegate coffee filters to the kitchen, but keep some in the living room as well.

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A Photographer Has Set Out to Capture All of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings

February 23, 2018

Partaking in what sounds like the photography assignment of a lifetime is Andrew Pielage, who has set out to capture every one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s remaining works.

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The Unfortunate Downsides to Having Two Bathroom Sinks

February 23, 2018

Having two sinks in a master bathroom is either a nice little luxury, or a total relationship-saver, depending on how much your schedules overlap, how well you share space when they do, and just how messy you both are. Would anyone turn an extra one down? Turns out this set up does have a couple of drawbacks however, which might give you pause.

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Whirlpool Has Recalled These Kettles For a Burn Hazard

February 23, 2018

Time to check your kitchen counter: Whirlpool has recalled their KitchenAid brand electric kettle. They’ve recalled around 40,200 units in the US and 47,300 in Canada due to burn hazards.

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Get the Look: Call Me By Your Name’s Worldly Italian Villa

February 23, 2018

If we could all be so lucky to inherit a 17th century mansion in the Northern Italian countryside, Villa Albergoni is a good inspiration (and the real shooting location is for sale!). Yes, it’s got some 80s memorabilia in Elio’s room that you could take or leave, but it’s largely filled with antiques and objects spanning time and geography. I love how cozy it feels, even in its grandeur.

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The Mortgage that Pays Itself: What You Need to Know to Get Started Hosting on Airbnb

February 23, 2018

If you have any extra space in your home — a spare bedroom, guest house, a finished garage — chances are you’ve toyed with the idea of listing it on Airbnb. Pros: extra money for bills or savings, a fun way to meet cool people, and not a lot of real work. Cons: the potential for weirdos in your space, property damage, and near-constant mental labor in the form of requests and bookings.

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A Beautifully Rustic Barcelona Rental Apartment — House Tour

February 23, 2018

Name: Ares, her husband and their baby
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1,292 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

When Ares was on the hunt for a larger apartment for her growing family, the search was initially a bust. Nothing seemed to be what she was looking for, that is until this unit came across her radar. Which is kind of surprising considering the state of the space when she found it. The apartment had sat empty for awhile and the kitchen and bathroom were in sore need of a remodel. But Ares saw past the outdated designs; she loved the light and the spaciousness of the living room.

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