Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bold Colors Are the Unofficial Trend of Summer 2018

While minimalism might still be going strong, design trend forecasts are looking to bold color to freshen up bare landscapes. If you're looking to dip your toe in some fresh new color palettes, there's no easier place to start than your patio. We've rounded up some outdoor eye candy to inspire your 2018 backyard BBQ refresh just in time for the dog days of summer.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/colorful-outdoor-furniture-trend-259793

9 Of Our Favorite Feel-Good Uses for Essential Oils at Home

Essential oils are natural mood boosters you can use in a variety of ways at home. Choose your favorite scent combinations, and bring a little aromatherapy to your daily routine with these nine projects. You'll feel better for it.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/essential-oils-uses-at-home-259631

How to Decorate Your Home With Bright, Cheery Colors

With all the focus on varying shades of pastels these days (we're looking at you, millennial pink!), it can be easy to forget that bright colors are still a consistent design trend, too. Sometimes a simple, solitary pop of color is all you need, but if you're feeling more adventurous, try pairing two (or three!) together to really pull the room together. If you're uncertain about taking the plunge, let the beautiful inspiration images below guide you gently into the primary color waters.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-decorate-with-bold-colors-259842

Commuter Solutions: The Best Suburbs Close to San Francisco

When you think of San Francisco, your first thoughts may be of cable cars and rows of houses on inclined streets. However, with one of the highest costs of living in the country, San Francisco housing prices can be as steep as its slanted streets. The average small apartment goes for more than $3,000 a month and median home prices top $1.5 million.

But if you're okay with a commute, San Francisco has many suburbs with connected mass transit options that get homeowners close to the big city action with relative ease. These Bay Area suburbs match San Francisco's vibe with their own offerings of historic homes, farmer's markets, nightlife, and dining choices. Some are offer affordable family homes (some in the $500,000 range, this is San Francisco after all), while others offer campus-size space (if you're willing to fork up to $5 million). But no matter what you're looking for, you'll have to act swiftly: Even in the 'burbs, the real estate market moves quickly. Interested? Take a look at these six suburbs—each one will get you to downtown San Francisco in an hour or less. And just a reminder: They're not necessarily cheaper than San Fran, but they'll offer you something you can't find in the densely populated city.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/best-san-francisco-suburbs-259812

10 Smart Trader Joe's Secrets for Saving Time in the Kitchen

Among the shelves stocked with quirky snacks, irresistible cheeses, and swoon-worthy desserts are the best gems of all at Trader Joe's. I'm talking about the shortcut heroes that help me get dinner on the table even faster. This list features my favorite go-to items. Maybe you'll discover something new to help make your time in the kitchen a little bit easier.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/trader-joes-time-saving-cooking-shortcuts-259816

A Dilapidated Old Church Turned Warm, Modern Home — House Tour

Name: Jehu "Hugh" Molten and dog Rupert
Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

All it took for Hugh Molten to consider a dilapidated old church that had been on the market for over a year was his father saying, "But Hugh, you could keep your motorcycles inside!" After that, it wasn't long before he'd purchased the 1,600-square-foot former house of worship and began turning it into his own personal sanctuary.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/old-church-warm-industrial-modern-remodel-house-tour-259606

Four Reasons You Won’t Make Money Flipping Houses

Who among us hasn't entertained visions of buying a distressed house, fixing it up, and selling it for a handsome profit? HGTV shows make it look downright easy—and fun, too. But even veterans of these shows and big-pocketed pros sometimes struggle to make money flipping houses—or, at least, enough to make it worth the stress and hassle.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/flipping-houses-why-you-wont-make-money-259591