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The Adulting Bookshelf: 6 Books on Getting Your Life Together

Years ago, a friend of mine who was way more responsible and together than I, gave me a copy of this book. Essentially a very readable guidebook to personal finance in your twenties and thirties. It covered so much need-to-know stuff ranging from insurance coverage to the basics of investing for newbies. Show More Summary

A Forgotten Flooring Material is Back, and Better than Ever

The wheel of design is always turning, and at no time is this more delightful than when something you remember from your childhood as being particularly dowdy is suddenly the height of chic. My mother's sandals and culottes are suddenly for sale at Urban Outfitters, and similarly, the floors of my parents' house are the hottest new thing in design. Show More Summary

How "Slow Shopping" Could Save the Brick & Mortar Store (and Destroy Your Budget)

On a recent trip to the Netherlands, I couldn't help but notice that at each adorable home store I stopped into, I was greeted by an equally adorable espresso bar. Being the shameless caffeine-fiend that I am, I happily ordered a coffee at every single one before beginning my stroll around the store. Show More Summary

Monday On Marketplace: Unique Finds Under $100 — Apartment Therapy Marketplace

It's Monday. The weekend flew by, five workdays loom ahead...and you deserve a little treat. What's better than finding something one-of-a-kind for a great price? No need to dig around; these five finds from Apartment Therapy Marketplace are easy on the eyes and your budget: everything is under $100 and guaranteed to get some attention. READ MORE »

The NEW BIGGER Apartment Therapy Marketplace!

Dear Readers, We've been working on a secret project, and today's finally the day I get to share it with you. The big project is Apartment Therapy Marketplace, the largest home design only marketplace in the country! In keeping withShow More Summary

The Nitty Gritty: 3 Too-Real Ways Young People Are Making Homeownership Possible

The reality of owning a home isn't as simple as it used to be decades ago. Many first-time home buyers are now waiting longer than they ever have, around six years, before shifting from being a renter to being a home owner. (And rates...Show More Summary

A Cookie Cutter Apartment Goes Romantic & Cozy — House Tour

Name: Christina and Matt Location: Novi, Michigan Size: 720 square feet Years lived in: 3 years Just married, these newlyweds are both in creative fields: Christina is a talented wedding photographer and Matt is a copywriter. Their creativity is on full display in their apartment, like Christina's photographs, which are sprinkled around each room. Show More Summary

This 10-Year-Old Built an Off-the-Grid Tiny House for $10

(Image credit: via Relax Shacks) Are you feeling productive today? Well, this 5th grader is here to show you up. Ten year old Callie Hilton built an off the grid, solar powered tiny house as shelter for the homeless for a school project. And if that wasn't impressive enough, the materials only cost 10 bucks. READ MORE »

Instant Style Upgrade: 20 Mirrors Worth a Second Look

Nothing makes a room quite like a mirror. They're oh-so-shiny, reflect any available light beautifully, and somehow always end up drawing the eye. If you're contemplating adding something lovely to your home this spring, why not make it a mirror? We've rounded up 20 excellent choices, to suit every style and every budget. READ MORE »

Before & After: Believable "Built-ins" That Are Actually Renter-Friendly & Removable

(Image credit: Submitted by Ariel) Ariel found herself in a situation familiar to many an Apartment Therapy reader; a great idea, great taste and the limits of being in a rental. With a little millwork, paint and a weekend Ariel was able to make her living room dreams a reality. READ MORE »

Here's How To Clean a Blender in 30 Seconds (Without Taking It Apart) — Kitchn

(Image credit: Faith Durand) From Kitchn ? How To Clean a Blender in 30 Seconds (Without Taking It Apart) READ MORE »

42 Unique Cookie Jars That You Won’t Be Able To Keep Your Hands Out Of

Everyone loves a delicious cookie. Enjoyed as a snack on the run, an afternoon bite or a sneaky treat after dinner, they’re easy to eat and hard to stop devouring. Why not invest in a delectable cookie jar to keep them fresh? These forty-two cookie jar picks for your home or office specialize in making […]

Next Wave Natural: The New Way to Do Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

We predicted that natural materials and warmer finishes would rule the kitchen in 2017 (here are our other guesses). One way we're seeing this natural-material trend play out, thanks in part to the popularity of minimalism, is with unpainted, unfinished wooden cabinets. Show More Summary

Clever (& Cheap!) Ways To Organize With Wooden Dowels

(Image credit: Christopher Broe) Walk into almost any hardware or craft supplies store and you'll find a bin full of inexpensive wooden dowels. Buy one of these 48-inch-long wooden wands for under $5, and magically transform it into a useful organizing tool — everything from a DIY pegboard to a simple coat rack, like the one in the entryway above. Show More Summary

Small Space Storage: 10 Wonderful Wall-Mounted Cabinets — Annual Guide

One space-saving secret we see utilized in small homes again and again is to elevate your furniture. This levitation act not only tricks the eye by freeing up visual space and making the room feel less cramped, but it also leaves floor space open for even more storage. Show More Summary

Clutter Confessions: The One Thing of Theirs I Wish I Could Toss

That college-age poster of the movie "Scarface." A collection of terrifying (possibly haunted) Victorian-era dolls. The nine-year-old chair that's just rags and bones. When you move in with a romantic partner, you inherit not just the...Show More Summary

A Financial Planner's Advice on What NOT to Do in Your 20s

Your twenties can be a challenging time when it comes to your finances—you're young, you're free, and you're just starting out in your career, but you're also likely in debt and still learning about how to successfully plan your spending and saving for next month, let alone ten years down the road (and everything in between). READ MORE »

A "Tchotchke Heaven" Montreal Apartment — House Tour

Name: Elyse Location: Ville-Marie — Montreal Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 6 months Elyse's apartment is a museum of small objects that are decorative rather than strictly functional. In fact, she calls it her "tchotchke heaven."...Show More Summary

What You Need to Know About Marriage and Money

Money is still the #1 topic married couples fight about — even happily married ones. Want to keep fiscal fights in your marriage to a minimum? The five tips below can improve your finances and help maintain wedded bliss. READ MORE »

Looking For A New Dishwasher? What to Consider Before You Buy

While we'll never know the exact number of marriages that ended over fights about dirty dishes left in the sink, it's safe to assume it's not zero. Some of the more enlightened among us claim to love doing dishes, but for many people it's a chore that's avoided as much as possible. Show More Summary

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