Before and After: Solving Storage Woes in a Home’s High-Traffic Zone

April 19, 2018

Look, having any entryway at all is a luxury—in all my studio apartments, you walked in the door and bam, that was it. But if you do have one it can be tricky to keep it functioning and looking its best. This particular entryway has a lot going for it (high ceiling, built-in storage), but it’s not quite as luxurious as it could be.

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One Thing That Agents Wish They Could Tell Their Buyers

April 19, 2018

Have you ever wondered what your real estate agent is thinking — like really thinking? Well, now’s your chance to find out.

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Letter From Our Editor: What’s Going on At Apartment Therapy?

April 19, 2018

I’m going to tell you something a little personal. Growing up, I used to switch houses every Friday. My parents are wonderful, but I secretly hated all of that shuffling in between. Like everything complicated in life, it had its pros—namely that it made me into, what I hope, is an adaptable, resilient person. But I just wanted one bedroom and one set of rules (and to know exactly where my favorite jeans were).

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Giant Sculptures and Kinetic Art Come to Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

April 19, 2018

One of our favorite parts of Maker Faire Bay Area are the spectacular displays of giant art and massive kinetic sculptures.
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The Best Small Space Organization Solutions—According to People Who Live In Tiny Homes

April 19, 2018

The tiny home movement has undeniably arrived—not just for minimalists looking to get back to basics, but for adventurers, families, and even 9-to-5ers. In fact, at least half of Americans now say they would at least consider living in a tiny house (defined as fewer than 600 square feet), according to a new report. Even if you’re not so sure the tiny life is for you, it sure is interesting to imagine how people seemingly like you could pare down their belongings and live what seems like the simpler life.

Organization is a challenge for most of us, but doing it in less than 600—often way less—square feet? Now that requires some ingenuity. These tiny house owners have plenty of advice for keeping small spaces tidy and organized, giving shout-outs to some of their favorite life-saving products as well. Get ready to streamline your own (likely not-as) tight spaces with their tips.

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Target Is Rolling Out Same-Day Delivery for In-Store Purchases

April 19, 2018

For the decade and a half that I lived, mostly car-free, in Boston as an adult, the number one weekly chore that I dreaded was schlepping heavy essentials home from the store by foot, subway, or (when the snow was thigh deep) splurging on a taxi or ZipCar. Laundry detergent, dog food, and 2-liters of soda water were relegated to a pro/con equation of actual need versus relative sweat equity or Seinfeld-level griping — an algorithm any urbanite knows well. Now, at least in five major cities, Target wants to ease our literal burden. But carrying them up to your fourth-floor walkup is still up to you, sorry.

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BuzzFeed Life Editorial Director Peggy Wang’s Queens Home Is a Vision in Blue — House Tour

April 18, 2018

Name: Peggy Wang
Location: Ridgewood, Queens
Size: 1100 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

A few years ago, I kinda just woke up one day and decided that I didn’t want to live in a tiny apartment anymore. It was like a weird sudden existential outburst in my usual lazy put-everything-off-forever mindset. My boyfriend’s friend happened to be looking to buy a two-family house, which is what planted the idea in my head. It took about eight months between that day I had the epiphany to the day I closed on the house.

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BuzzFeed Life Editorial Director Peggy Wang’s Queens Home Is a Vision in Blue — House Tour

April 18, 2018

Name: Peggy Wang
Location: Ridgewood, Queens
Size: 1100 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

A few years ago, I kinda just woke up one day and decided that I didn’t want to live in a tiny apartment anymore. It was like a weird sudden existential outburst in my usual lazy put-everything-off-forever mindset. My boyfriend’s friend happened to be looking to buy a two-family house, which is what planted the idea in my head. It took about eight months between that day I had the epiphany to the day I closed on the house.

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Survey Says This is the Grossest Thing You Can Have in Your Kitchen

April 18, 2018

I’m not swayed by inner satisfaction or the captivating sparkle of a spotless countertop. No—my main motivation for cleaning my space is almost always making sure that the people who see it don’t think I’m gross. (Even if those people are just the UPS guy and my local Thai place’s delivery driver.) I know I’m not alone, so I think all of us would appreciate the results of a recent study which discovered the things about our homes that are most likely to turn off potential guests.

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A Jeweler’s 19th Century Barn House & Blacksmith’s Shop — House Call

April 18, 2018

Name: Stacy Hopkins and Mark Meyerrose
Location: Hartland, Vermont
Size: 2,000 square feet combined
Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned

My partner Mark Meyerrose and I renovated a partially restored 19th-century barn house with an adjacent stone blacksmith’s shop, (dating back to the late 1750s). Finding this place seemed like a godsend since I am a jeweler obsessed with metalsmithing, and Mark has mad carpentry skills; I loved the design work and he could bring our ideas to fruition. Since this is a historical building, we were sensitive to maintaining the historical character, while bringing in some clean, modern design elements, which blend well with the rustic nature of the building.

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