• Real Estate Reality Shows Are Lying to You
    Real Estate

    Real Estate Reality Shows Are Lying to You

    A few years ago, some friends appeared on a house-hunting reality TV show. They had a blast, but afterward, they revealed something that surprised me: It was all staged. They’d already purchased a house when they filmed the episode, and that house wasn’t featured on the show at all. The houses they did look at weren’t even for sale. Like any normal person, I accept that so-called “reality” TV is scripted to a certain extent, but I’d previously assumed there had to be some truth to those real estate shows: that the information they presented was somewhat reliable, and that you might be able to pick up at least some…

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  • Living as a ‘minimalist’ or living like ‘rats’?
    Bathroom

    Living as a ‘minimalist’ or living like ‘rats’?

    When Solstice Harris heard from a friend of a friend about an available 270-square-foot studio apartment in Utah’s capital, she jumped. The 24-year-old filmmaker said she had long wanted to move to downtown Salt Lake City — among the safer places in the state, she said, for someone who is LGBTQ. And after an extended search for somewhere — well, anywhere — in the city’s tight residential markets that was affordable on her budget, Harris said, “I didn’t have much choice but to take it.” She lives alone in a windowless basement studio near South Temple and 800 East, one of three living quarters located inside an office building. Her…

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  • A picture-perfect Jersey farmhouse kitchen that does everything to balance new and old
    Kitchen

    A picture-perfect Jersey farmhouse kitchen that does everything to balance new and old

    Emily Todhunter has created a seamless blend of old and new in this extension to a Jersey farmhouse. Arabella Youens takes a look. The owners of this farmhouse, set among rolling hills and with views to the sea, were keen for a larger kitchen, better suited to entertaining. Emily Todhunter, co-founder of Todhunter Earle, set about designing an extension that had the same atmosphere and feel of the existing house. ‘It’s something we specialise in as a studio: balancing new with old,’ explains Miss Todhunter. ‘We intentionally didn’t want there to be a significant visual difference when stepping into the new kitchen.’ Marrying the two spaces involved adding beams to…

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  • I’m an interior design expert – how to make your home look way more expensive for cheap with my easy mirror hack
    Home Improvement

    I’m an interior design expert – how to make your home look way more expensive for cheap with my easy mirror hack

    HAVING mirrors on the walls around your home can be amazing for more than just catching glimpses of your reflection. Following this smart mirror hack can make your house look a lot more expensive than it is – at a very cheap price point. 2 Amelia Liana shares a mirror hack that will make anyone’s home look way more expensiveCredit: TikTok A TikToker named Amelia Liana posted a video encouraging people to try her mirror hack to improve the appearance of their homes. She starts her video by saying: “Changing mirrors changes everything!” She shows off a lightly gold painted mirror that she says she’s had for years, leaning against…

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  • 40 Retaining Wall Ideas That Will Elevate Your Landscaping | Architectural Digest
    Garden

    40 Retaining Wall Ideas That Will Elevate Your Landscaping | Architectural Digest

    Putting up walls can be a good thing. That is, if you’re talking about retaining wall ideas in your landscape design. “At the basic level, a retaining wall is a structure that holds or retains soil behind it,” explains Joe Raboine, director of Belgard Residential Hardscapes, an outdoor hardscapes company. “Though retaining walls are most commonly used to create a functional area out of a sloped terrain, they do serve other functions.” You might think that retaining wall ideas are all about function—after all, retaining walls prevent soil erosion and reduce the risk of flooding—but they are not all utility; these structures can enhance an outdoor space by creating levels,…

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