An Earthy, Modern Victorian Cape Town Home — House Tour

Name: Ute and Steven Faure and their two daughters
Location: Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town
Size:
150 square meters (not including the central courtyard)
Years lived in:
3 years, rented

At the foot of Signal Hill you’ll find Schotsche Kloof, a vibrant neighborhood that Ute, Steven and their two young daughters call home. Their Victorian-­era home was given an update by the well-known and award-winning Chilean architect, Antonio Zaninovic, who is based in Cape Town. The result is a stylish and modern home that still retains its heritage.

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An LA Transplant Creates a Cozy Home in Williamsburg — House Call

Name: Allie
Location: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, New York
The basics: 4 years, rented — about 900 square feet

Allie’s super-stylish Williamsburg apartment has a ton of cool-girl character. Filled with souvenirs, cookbooks and DIY small space hacks, it has a well-lived earthiness to it, which for a frequent traveler like Allie, is always nice to come home to.

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Home Myths You Probably Thought Were True

You’ve probably heard a lot of home misconceptions over the years—anywhere from the weird (do toilets really flush in different directions based on the hemisphere you’re in?) to the concerning (is standing near your microwave actually bad for you?)—but what are the facts? Not everything you’ve heard or even long-believed is necessarily true.

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The Onion Perfectly Captures What It Feels Like to Shop at T.J. Maxx

If you’re a lifelong veteran of shopping discount stores, no doubt that at least once you’ve wished for a companion website and online shopping experience so you could bargain hunt from the comfort of your own couch. But if this fantasy website were actually true to the feeling of shopping in-store, as The Onion nails perfectly this week, it would be a far cry from the relaxing and efficient e-tail experiences we’ve come to expect.

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Two Big Reasons To Paint Over Your Exposed Brick Right Now

I’ll just start off and say that there’s a lot to love about exposed brick walls. I’ve lived with many over the years, and there’s no substitute for the warmth, texture, and authenticity they bring to a room. But those are just the pros, because exposed brick can also be kind of a nightmare. So, read on to decide if all that historic charm is worth the headache.

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We Decorated Amazon’s New HQ… With Products from Amazon

You may have heard that Amazon is sending cities into a tizzy by announcing that they’re hunting for a place to open a second headquarters outside of Seattle, which will be dubbed HQ2. They’ve got a lot of work cut out for them on making that big move, so we thought we’d decorate the new digs for them—with stuff from Amazon, of course.

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Watch These: Quirky, Cool, Creative Inventions You Have to See to Believe

You know what innovations impress me the most? It’s not talking to my bathroom or a door that unlocks itself. I get inspired by seeing really simple but creative designs that—with just a twist or a push or a turn—make everyday living easier. I may not be running out to buy them, but I love knowing they’re out there. Let’s admire their ingenuity:

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