Friday, July 21, 2017

Here Are The Winners Of the Annie Selke Rug Design Challenge

A Healer's Bright, Calming L.A. Home — House Tour

Name: Ashley Neese
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Though Ashley Neese was born in a small town in Wisconsin and grew up in Georgia, she went to grad school in San Francisco in 2005 ... and hasn't left the West Coast. She wanted to build a practice in the healing arts and fell in love with the light and energy of Los Angeles. "I dreamed about living in L.A. when I was much younger. It took me a while to make my way here, but L.A. is everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I have a great deal of love for this incredible city."

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/house-tour-a-plant-heavy-l-a-home-of-a-healer-245186

The Best Home Items From Nordstrom's Huge Anniversary Sale

In the fashion world, Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is the stuff of legends. Brand new designer goods are dropped to super sale prices, causing fashionistas to lose their minds and stock their carts. But even if you've shopped the sale before, you might not have known that the retailer drops prices on a ton of home goods as well. We diligently checked out all of the home items for sale and rounded up our favorites, so you don't have to.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-best-home-items-from-nordstroms-huge-anniversary-sale-248121

How To Make The Most Of A Small Balcony Space

A balcony for your apartment or house can be a fun feature, but if that balcony is small, it can feel very limiting. But don’t let the small size keep you from enjoying the fresh air and comforting environment a balcony can offer. Balconies can be made to feel bigger and more inviting no matter the size. ForRent.com is here to show you how you can make the most of a small balcony space.

One way to make good use of your balcony is to add a soft surface for you to walk on. Try placing a rug on the floor. This can make your balcony feel more like another room in your home.

With that in mind, you may also try adding seating to your balcony. A small wooden bench, patio chairs, or even a small outdoor sofa can work wonders. If you don’t have those, get some crates and place cushions on top. Crates can also work as a makeshift desk or table for your balcony. This basically creates more surfaces that you can place things on. Feel free to improvise!

Nothing spruces up a room quite like plants, and the same goes for a balcony. With more surfaces, you’ll have the space to put some green plants and colorful flowers to add more life to your balcony. Many plants can even hang off of balcony railings, meaning they take up little to no space while also giving a bit more privacy.

Getting enjoyment from your balcony is all in the details. A few colorful decorations here and there like a scented candle or thin blanket can make a balcony feel like home. Place some curtains to block out the sun during certain hours, or keep some books handy for a little afternoon reading. Ultimately, you’ll want to make sure anything you use can weather the elements. With these tips, you’ll soon be able to enjoy your new outdoor oasis!

*We can’t promise you that the following techniques won’t get you in trouble with your property manager. Before you start any of these projects, make sure that you get written permission.

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from Apartment Living Blog https://www.forrent.com/blog/diy/make-small-balcony-space/

Your Mighty New Mindful Habit: Learn to Respond, Not React

Whether you're talking with friends, family, romantic partners or even coworkers or employees, how you communicate means a lot, especially when it comes to serious topics or any sort of conflict. But how do you become a more considerate communicator?

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/mindful-habit-learn-to-respond-not-react-247633

Before & After: A Renovation Makes the Most of a Small Kitchen — Sweeten

House-hunting in New York is a notoriously harrowing process. After months of searching, Nikki and Chris thought they had found the perfect apartment in Astoria. It was beautiful, had all the features they wanted, and was within their budget. But after a few weeks, the deal fell through. Incredibly discouraged, Nikki and Chris wondered if they would ever be able to find a place that felt like home. Two days later, they were putting in an offer on another place.

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/small-kitchen-renovation-247182

This Weekend: Start Saving Major Money With This Easy Home Habit

This was the most popular weekend project last year, and with good reason! Start using this system for your household stuff and you'll get more life out of everything you own, and save money in the process. It also has the added bonus of making your home look and feel brand new again. Ready to go?

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from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/good-weekend-project-rotate-items-to-make-them-last-248090