A Colorfully Eclectic 450-Square-Foot Studio in Greenwich Village — House Tour

Name: Jennie Cohen
Location: Greenwich Village
Size: 450 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 5.5 years

This bright and airy Manhattan studio is full of mid-century charm while at the same time feeling comfortable and modern. The minimal use of vibrant color creates a startling contrast in this clean white space.

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HGTV’s “Rehab Crazy” Stars On What It Takes to Turn An Old House Around — HGTV’s “Rehab Crazy” Stars On Turning an Old House Around

Cathy, and her husband Garrett, are just two design lovers living a “quiet, country life” (her words) in Washington state. Here are a few things that that quiet country life entails: rehabbing a 105-year-old farmhouse into their family home, flipping a 117-year-old house, and working on an HGTV pilot. Cathy also maintains her own blog, The Grit & Polish. So they’re busy, but not too busy to sit down with us (virtually!) and share a few insights about what it takes to refurbish, and flip, old, down-on-their-luck houses. Cathy’s experiences provide a unique look into the unexpected challenges of renovating older properties, but also a glimpse of the rewards that can be found along the way. Here’s what you can expect.

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5 Creative Holiday Cards that Won’t End Up in the Landfill

Do you cringe at the thought of how many holiday cards are tossed in the recycling (or worse, the trash bin) come January 1st? If you’re trying to be more waste-conscious, or have friends and family who are, you might want to consider alternatives to traditional greeting cards. After all, you’re not a grinch. But the struggle to maintain your waste-conscious lifestyle during the holidays and still join in the generous spirit of the season is real.

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An Artist’s Sophisticated Chicago Home — House Tour

Name: Josh Young and Ignacio Martinez
Location: Gold Coast — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 7 months, renting

Josh and Ignacio have spent the last eight years living all over the world in cities like Milan (where the couple met while studying), Santiago, and New York. Ignacio was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Concepción, Chile. Josh spent most of his growing up years in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. After moving to Chicago last spring, they knew they wanted their apartment to not only reflect and display the elements from where they had lived and traveled before, but also represent where they are as a couple today. They have always chosen to live in historic, pre-war apartments and always appreciated the elegance and charm of these buildings…and how well modern, modular furniture look within them.

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Mies Made Minimalist: The Barcelona Pavilion Gets a Temporary Facelift

For years, visitors who have frequented Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion have marveled over the structure’s abundance of natural color, but the iconic building has recently undergone a major transformation to strip away the various hues and leave it with a more modern appearance. Over the course of a week, the building’s famous marble wall surfaces were clad in all-white vinyl screens.

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The Easiest & Cheapest DIY Art Project (Using Your Phone)

When it comes to making your own art, there is no shortage of project ideas. If you have artistic tendencies, you can likely take any idea or inspiration (online or IRL) and turn it into something worthy of that much-coveted spot on your gallery wall. However, if you have less-than-artistic tendencies, those ideas may be more likely to become Pinterest Fails than framed masterpieces. And that’s okay. My advice when it comes to DIY art is this: know your limits.

Maybe you don’t know your way around a paint brush and canvas, but I’ll bet you know your way around a smart phone – enough to take a photo and open it in an app, right? So instead of fussing over supplies at the art store, only to end up disappointed with yourself, how about an art project for the art-less…

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