7 Lessons We’re Applying from Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

7 Lessons We’re Applying from Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

When cleaning expert Marie Kondo published The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing back in 2014, she inspired countless readers to “spark joy” in their lives via her signature KonMari method. So, when Netflix launched an original series based on her tried-and-true techniques, we binge-watched it accordingly. In honor of spring cleaning, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips from the organizational guru herself. What is the KonMari Method? Kondo’s #1 New York Times bestselling book outlines her KonMari approach to cleaning, which focuses on eliminating items throughout your home that don’t spark joy...

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How to Save Space in a Small Living Space

How to Save Space in a Small Living Space

With minimalism on the rise and more people making the move to downsize, smaller homes, apartments and condos continue to gain momentum in the real estate market. Sure, having a cozy little living space sounds like a dream, but where do you put all of your stuff? You can only downsize so much before you're down to the bare essentials, but even that can be hard to fit into a 600- to 700-square-foot apartment. But don't let that deter you from the charm of a home with less square footage than you're used to or from choosing to downsize to...

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7 Mistakes People Make When Applying Wallpaper

7 Mistakes People Make When Applying Wallpaper

DIY'ing your wallpaper may seem like a big commitment or a job better left to professionals, but taking a few minutes to avoid mistakes will save you a lot of time and money if you decide to take on the project yourself. Above all else, always order a sample before buying the full amount so you can be confident in your color choice. Colors and designs will look differently on a computer or phone screen than it will in your actual home. You need to test the color and pattern with your flooring, the amount of natural light in the...

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Designing with Decorative Concrete

Designing with Decorative Concrete

Have you ever sat on a concrete garden bench and appreciated its beauty and durability? Landscapers long ago discovered the many advantages of concrete as a building material: It’s inexpensive, flexible, easy to work with, and results in a product that’s solid, eco-friendly, and versatile. Most concrete is made from a mixture of ballast rock (sand, stone, and gravel), cement, and water. Even better, it’s entirely natural and can be molded into just about any form. Over the past decade, concrete staining and finishing processes have evolved and concrete has been invited into our interior spaces. Builders are using concrete...

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Home Seller’s Guide to Kitchen Island Shopping

Home Seller’s Guide to Kitchen Island Shopping

In today’s home, a kitchen island serves many purposes beyond mere food preparation. Part dining table, part buffet, and a whole lot of heart, the design and function of the island depends on the size and shape of your kitchen, how you intend to use the countertop and base, and the decor and color scheme you plan to develop. As you search for the perfect kitchen island for revamping your home before it goes on the market, we bring you a few hot picks to stay on trend and budget!

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What Your Entryway Says About You

What Your Entryway Says About You

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Our homes are reflections of ourselves. How you design your entry, naturally says a great deal about you. Did you realize that within your décor style, you are also setting the tone for your guests’ experience, merely by opening your front door? Whether it’s your desire to create an entry that is, playful, intriguing, dramatic, or even classical, it’s your color palette more than any other single element that sets the scene. The colors and color combinations you select, inform your guests on how to feel and how to...

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Pantone Evolution – Infographic

Pantone Evolution – Infographic

Since the turn of the Millennium, Pantone™ has kept a steady finger on the pulse of the global zeitgeist. What do they feel? The steady beat of change - tracking shifting trends across fashion, entertainment, art, film, technology, jewelry, politics and more. Unveiling more than just color, the Pantone Color of the Year has emerged as a force for both reflecting and shaping global consumer culture. Now 17 years and 19 colors later - as 2016 famously awarded the top spot to two colors - we have enough information to put our antennae up and try to detect some patterns. While no single...

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Insight from The Blonde Abroad’s Professional Organizer

Insight from The Blonde Abroad’s Professional Organizer

We met Jen Robin,  a professional organizer from Life In General, summer of 2016. She was working with international traveler extraordinaire, The Blonde Abroad who just happened to select some beautiful wallpaper from York. After getting wind of the project, we asked for her perspective of the project - to talk us through the process from beginning to end, to see how a professional organizer takes on a project and to see how she integrated the tropical wallpaper.  Here is Jen's story... Kiersten and I had met through mutual friends awhile back and when the situation arose that she wanted to re-do...

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Black Friday Shopping 101

Black Friday Shopping 101

Black Friday is a great time to find deals on Christmas gifts, home decor, lighting and many other products. However, going to the mall on this busy shopping day can be a real drag. Why ruin your Thanksgiving dinner and following Friday by filling it up with stressful trips to overcrowded stores, when you could instead stay home and find great Black Friday deals online? Here are the top six tips to help you win Black Friday in 2016: 1. Save Time Online retailers have made it possible to complete a checkout whether its on your smartphone or tablet in...

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