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

October 19, 2018

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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How I Decided Between an FHA and Conventional Mortgage

October 19, 2018

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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Peperomia Is One of the Easiest-to-Grow Plants Out There

October 19, 2018

If you live in a small-efficiency apartment, you probably don’t have the space for a showy, sprawling monstera or a towering ficus. You need something petite that can comfortably sit on an end table or windowsill. And unless you’ve been fortunate enough to find an apartment with an abundance of natural light, you probably need something that can survive in a sliver of sun. You need a peperomia.

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These 3D Printed Tiny Houses Are Made of Mud and Compost — And They Cost $1,000

October 19, 2018

Going directly head to head with low-cost, eco-friendly temporary housing from the likes of IKEA, Italian production company WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) has just debuted a $1,000 3D printed tiny house—and it’s made of materials as old as civilization itself.

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The 9 Best Sources for Outfitting Your Small Space

October 19, 2018

Furnishing a shoebox of an apartment or a tiny home can be quite the challenge, especially if custom goods are beyond your budget. But it’s possible to be strategic about how you source items, starting with where you go looking for pieces in the first place to browsing sections (i.e. the back to college department) that you’d otherwise avoid. And, of course, double-duty items and clever repurposing are your small space best friends. Add these nine designer-approved stores to your list, and happy shopping!

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An Interior Designer’s Minimal Home Is an Oasis in a Busy City — House Tour

October 19, 2018

Name: Blanca (Toco) Goñi, Fernando Oliver, little Clara, and dog Tigro Location: Palermo — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 1,077 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

A neutral color palette, natural materials, and white furniture are the trademarks of Toco Goñi, an Argentinian interior designer who’s worked for over seven years, mostly designing custom furniture for her clients. The apartment she shares with her husband and their daughter is full of light and charm and is a true oasis in the busy city of Buenos Aires.

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What Nobody Tells You About Trendy Sliding Barn Doors

October 19, 2018

I’ll leave it to anthropologists of the future to figure out why we all became so enamored of sliding barn doors in this decade. Though most of us do not, in fact, own barns, there’s not a place in our houses safe from the onslaught of this trend.

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Before and After: A Surprising (and Very Sweet) Use For A Dysfunctional Closet

October 19, 2018

Whether you’re a pet owner looking for some inspiration, a design enthusiast who loves a good transformation, someone stressed out by this photo who needs to know that this closet is nice and neat now, or simply a human who could really use some photos of two darling dogs, this is for you.

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Amazon’s Deal of the Day Is A Purrfectly Bewitching Candle (with a Macabre Twist)

October 19, 2018

Want to decorate for Halloween in a lazy, but high-impact way? Look no further than this Amazon deal, which gets you 27 percent off a cute cat candle–that reveals a skeleton as the candle melts away.

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I Saved $7K Living with My Parents—Here’s How We Managed

October 19, 2018

When I was a kid, I used to dream of busting out of my hometown. I’d pine for shows in the mid-2000s that featured gorgeous locales like cities in California, or chic ones like New York City. I was convinced that once I made my big move, it’d be permanent: There would be no turning back to come home again.

But while my husband finished up with the Army, I found myself needing to house hunt, find a job, and see about putting down roots. I didn’t particularly fancy doing this all online, and we’d be making a cross-country drive when it was all said and done to move into our new home. I wanted to be sure of our new neighborhood and city and life; this meant doing my due diligence and what I liked to call “field research” first. In layman’s terms, I needed to have a home base: No place seemed better for this than, well, home. So not only did I moved back into my hometown, but I also moved back in with my parents for a few months.

I wasn’t alone in this scenario: Many millennials are moving back home in order to save money these days, and while some empty-nesting parents secretly can’t wait to have their space back again, chances are there are more elated parents than not to welcome you back into the fray. Still, as a married person, nothing felt more cringe-worthy than living in my childhood bedroom. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly: I weighed the pros and cons for quite some time before deciding it was in fact worth it. I knew that living in my childhood home would come with special challenges, but would discover it would be beneficial in more ways than one.

But before I realized that, I first had to reconcile the fact that I would be sharing space with my parents again—this time as adult. So before embarking on this journey, I had a conversation with Stephanie Wrenn, my best friend who had been living with her mother for a year. I had questions about what to offer to pay my parents while living there (if anything), how to best figure out a budget so that I would save while living there, and how similar it would be to living there as a child. Here’s what we worked out:

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