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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Instant No-Closet Solution: The Best Freestanding Wardrobe & Clothes Racks — Annual Guide 2017

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If you’re living in a space with a teeny tiny closet (or no closet at all), that’s no reason to fret. A freestanding wardrobe or clothing rack can provide a home for all your things, no remodeling required. Here are 10 of our favorites.

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A Vintage Hunter’s Custom 420-Square-Foot West Village Studio — House Tour

Name: Alex Fitzgerald
Location: West Village — New York, NY
Size: 420 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years, owned

The trick to studios is how to make the most of the space you’re given. For Alex, a studio apartment previously owned by an architect obsessed with built-ins has proved both a boon and a challenge. An avid antiques collector and reseller (and lover of all things related to Scandinavian design), Alex balances his desire for a warm and well-curated space with the necessities of living in a small apartment — like where to hide your AC unit and bed.

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Could HGTV Unwittingly Cause a New Housing Crisis?

I love HGTV as much as the next home enthusiast, but it’s no secret that many of their shows take some liberties with reality. Like a plywood set design, the dramatic choices and plot twists are often just flimsy, fictional facades thrown together to make the shows more entertaining.

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