Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Magical Attic Apartment with a "Genie Bottle Bedroom" — House Tour

Name: Terra Zosel
Location: Kenwood Neighborhood, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 6 months

The story of Terra's apartment is multi-fold. Her home occupies the attic of her grandparents' house where she lives as caretaker to her grandmother. Her grandparents purchased the home in the 1960s from a couple who relocated from Minneapolis to the significantly warmer state of Florida. Little information is known about those earlier owners or what the "genie bottle" room was used for, but Terra does know that it remained largely untouched from how the former resident — an artist — left it.

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Why I Chose to Move 2 Minutes Away From My Ex

When my ex, Sarah, moved into her new home on a beautiful tree-lined street in the middle of one of Toronto's most charming and historical neighborhoods, I began a months-long search for a place nearby. Even though we didn't have any children together, it was an absolute priority for the both of us that I move within walking distance.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/co-parenting-single-moms-experience-261344

Here's Proof That Mirrored Walls and Doors Can Actually Look Good

You've seen them, I know you have. The sad, mirrored walls, or maybe sliding closet doors, the ones that were intended to be signs of disco-era extravagance but that can now read a a little sad and tawdry. They're all over a certain kind of '70s and '80s condo. I always thought that mirrored walls were just plain bad. I thought that until I started doing research for this post, and discovered that actually, mirrored walls can look very nice. It's a design idea that's very often misunderstood.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/mirror-wall-door-design-ideas-261112

Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Realtor on House Hunters

It's not all complaints about ugly paint color and wall-to-wall carpeting. Leslie Remy, owner of Astra Realty in San Antonio, Texas, dished to GuideLive.com about what it's like to be a real estate agent on an episode of the HGTV hit show "House Hunters." And while it may look like the Realtor just pops in for a three quick viewings and to sign a few papers, Remy says that couldn't be further from the truth.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/house-hunters-realtor-experience-261597

Urban Outfitters is Having a One-Day Sale on Furniture — These are our Favorite Finds

If you still think of Urban Outfitters primarily as a clothing store, it's time to think again. The hipster-favorite actually sells an impressive array of furniture and decorative pieces—bonus points for stocking a ton of small space-friendly finds—and it's one of my favorite places to look for on-trend accents for my apartment.

The only downside? Some of the pieces feel just a little pricey. But not today! Urban Outfitters is running a deal of the day where all of their furniture is on sale. That means today only you can take up to 40% off sofas, bed frames, side tables and more. The prices are as marked too, so you won't have to break out your calculator to figure out how much you'll end up paying.

There's a wide variety of pieces on sale, but we picked out five of our favorites to get you started.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/urban-outfitters-furniture-sale-261570

10 Clever Finds for Snack Lovers (and Those of Us Who Love Them)

You don't choose the snack life, the snack life chooses you. And whether your personal brand of snacking is more "small bites throughout the workday" or "weekly Sunday movie snack sesh," these fun and thoughtful products will make your snack life sweeter. (Or make the perfect gift for a snack-obsessed friend.)

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/snack-lover-products-gift-ideas-260922

How I'm Making a 45 Percent Increase in Rent Work For Me

My husband and I can't buy a home in L.A. because we're spending too much money on avocado toast. Just kidding—fancy brunch isn't the problem. The problem is that houses, even "starter" homes in decent neighborhoods, are too expensive. If we wanted to purchase a home in Highland Park, it would likely cost around $737,700 (the median home value for that neighborhood, according to Zillow). That would mean forking up close to $150,000 as a downpayment. Other desirable neighborhoods, such as Echo Park and Silver Lake are even more expensive (each have median values of $868,600 and $1,133,400, respectively).

So, starting September 1st, my husband and I will be doing the closest thing we can to buying a dream home: moving into our third rental in our four years living in Los Angeles. It's a two-bedroom, two-bath house with its own private porch, basement, and driveway in Highland Park for $3,500. The thing is, the house is $1,100 more than we're currently paying for our two-bedroom, one-bath townhouse. After entering our salaries into a rent calculator we found on the internet, we reasoned that we can technically do it—but it will be tight.

Yes, we know paying more in rent will endanger our ability to squirrel money away into our Let's Finally Buy A House fund and also mean losing the opportunity to invest in property that could yield in a high ROI when we choose to sell and retire. But guess what: We've decided it's the best thing for us right now in our lives (a.k.a. all that matters). Here's how we're planning on making it work and contribute to savings without feeling too stressed about money left over after our rent gets taken out.

But before I get into my savings plan, I do want to note that while my financial situation may be different from yours, the idea that we may have to re-forecast our budgets in order to afford higher rent (or whatever it is in your life that you're trying to upgrade) is something that I think many can resonate with. And of course it's true that budgets are subjective—while $3,500 rent might sound insane to many (I totally get it, welcome to Los Angeles!), to some, it might be considered a steal. Some of the ways I plan on saving money each month you might be doing already—and if that's the case, I applaud you. You're already ahead of the game. Every person's budgets, needs, and sacrifices are different. I hope that mine offer insight into how one woman is able to manage her money in a way that makes sense for her.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/save-money-afford-rent-increase-261366