Tuesday, February 21, 2017

20 Kitchens With Beautiful Butcher Block Countertops — Kitchn

PMI: How You Can Use it to Buy Your First Home

If you're looking to be one of the 52 percent of home buyers that make their first-ever home purchase in 2017, I feel like I could probably sum up your thoughts as this: "How the hell are we gonna make it happen?" I know this because I was in your shoes this time last year—wanting desperately to buy a place of my own but, after earnestly crunching the numbers, feeling more discouraged than ever.

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Two Nature Lovers Bring the Outside In — House Tour

Name: Laleh and Matt Lewis
Location: Medford, Massachusetts
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: Rented, 2.5 years

Matt and Laleh's home is full of collected items, inspiration from nature, and positive mantras to remember daily. With backgrounds in early childhood education and environmental science, the two are active members in their community. Spending her weekdays teaching young children, it's no wonder Laleh's source of inspiration are "feelings of comfort, positivity, and wonder". It's easy to see how their love of travel and the outdoors has influenced their home space, as well.

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Another Look at Laminate: The Style Evolution of this Budget-Friendly Countertop Option

In the conversation about countertops, flashier options like granite, quartz, marble, and now soapstone come up a lot. Even concrete and butcher block get plenty of love, but laminate is usually absent. For many of us, laminate countertops conjure up the image of stained, peeling countertops in the dated kitchens of our youth. But just as kitchen design has evolved, so have laminate countertops — and this incredibly budget-friendly option is worth a second look.

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Chalkboard Paint Like You've Never Seen It Before: A Magical Chalk Art Mountain Mural — My Room

Name: Connor ( Two months)
Location: Houston, Texas

Connor's nursery is chock full of impressive DIY projects, smart storage solutions and very cool chalk art. Designed with Connor's future in mind, the room is perfectly playful while cool enough to last well into his toddlerhood and beyond.

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Sleep Tight: Shop the Headboards You've Been Dreaming Of — Apartment Therapy Marketplace

Here's a nightmare scenario for you: after a long day of work and a hellish commute, you're beyond ready to dive into bed. But just as soon as your head hits the pillow, you and that fluffy essential have slid right off. What could be standing between you and a much-deserved peaceful night's sleep?

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How Saying No Changed My Life and How It Can Change Yours Too

I used to pride myself in being a "yes girl". If my girlfriends invited me out for drinks, I said hell yeah even though what I really wanted to do was just spend the night reading in bed. If my boss asked if I could take on an extra assignment, I happily accepted even though I was already feeling overwhelmed. "Yes" was pretty much my automatic response to (almost) everything. That need to say yes stemmed partly from FOMO (fear of missing out) and partly from not wanting to let people down.

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