Would You Spend $899 for a Kitty Scratcher?

Vegetable-dyed scratch pads and organic catnip leaf? The money grows on these cat trees.

#cats, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings

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For a Brooklyn Heights Townhouse, a Divine Reinvention

The Greek Revival house, once home to the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, needed more than just a simple renovation to function in the 21st century.

#brooklyn-heights-brooklyn-ny, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Kitchen Range Hoods

Whether you choose a showstopper or one that’s virtually invisible, a range hood is essential. Otherwise, you’ll be smelling that fish for days.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #kitchens, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

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After 19 Years in Hawaii, They Were Missing Something: Winter

With their daughter leaving for college, a couple began planning a new life — and a new house — in Idaho, where they could enjoy the cold.

#furniture, #hailey-idaho, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #idaho, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #sun-valley-idaho

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Shopping for Daybeds

What’s the most multifunctional piece of furniture you’ll ever buy? Probably a daybed. Here’s why — and what to look for.

#beds-and-bedding, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A Swedish Design Duo’s Eclectic 18th-Century Apartment

In a country house on the Baltic coast, Nina Norgren and Bengt Thornefors, the founders of the textile and furniture brand Magniberg, have made a home entirely their own.

#content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #magniberg-textile-co, #norgren-nina, #sweden, #textiles, #thornefors-bengt

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The Next Amenity? Furnished Condos

Developers are catering to buyers who want a true move-in experience, with the furniture already in place.

#condominiums, #design, #design-within-reach, #furniture, #luxury-goods-and-services, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-hardware-holdings-inc

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Can You Have a Puppy and Nice Furniture?

People with nice furniture do have dogs. So how do they do it?

#content-type-service, #dogs, #furniture, #pets, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Two Emerging Designers Who Find Comfort in Antiquity

Max Zinser’s new collection of animal-like furniture and Matthew Fisher’s debut offering of marble and wood objects are both rooted in age-old crafts.

#design, #fisher-matthew-designer, #furniture, #wood-and-wood-products, #zinser-max

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How Many Renovations Does It Take to Get Things Just Right?

More than one, as a Chicago designer and her client — who also happens to be her brother — discovered.

#chicago-ill, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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A Pandemic-Driven Love Affair With All Things Vintage

A new generation of homebound shoppers is developing a hunger for antiques and other hard-to-find items online and on Instagram.

#1stdibs-com, #antiques, #e-commerce, #furniture, #instagram-inc, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media

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The Golden Age of Free Stuff Is Upon Us

The pandemic has spawned an enormous wave of items tossed out on New York City’s streets — including kitchen sinks, a Korean wedding chest and even a Tiffany bracelet.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #furniture, #new-york-city, #social-media

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Furniture startup Burrow raises $25M

Burrow, a startup that first launched with a modular sofa, eventually aims to sell you furniture for every room in your home. Today, it’s announcing that it’s raised $25 million in Series C funding.

Burrow participated in the Y Combinator accelerator in 2016 with an initial aim of building sofas that, by virtue of being modular, were easier to move and adapt to a variety of living spaces. Now its product lineup also includes armchairs, ottomans, tables, rugs, lights and other accessories. In fact, the company says it launched 19 new products last year, including a modular shelving system.

When I asked via email about this expansion, co-founder and CEO Stephen Kuhl told me that the company follows “a very rigorous research process” involving customer surveys, focus groups, online search data and more.

“The goal is to match the largest customer needs with the biggest market opportunities,” Kuhl said. “Once it’s clear what category to enter, we use our research to define how we’re going to develop the best version(s) of each product for our customer base, and how we’re going to build the best end-to-end customer experience around that product. I’m probably going to jinx it, but every single product we’ve ever launched has exceeded projections, a testament to our customer-centric, research-driven design process.”

Burrow says it saw triple-digit revenue growth last year, a trend it anticipates continuing in 2021. Kuhl suggested that the startup is also benefitting from broader trends accelerated during the pandemic, including the shift to e-commerce, an increased focus on the home and people moving to the suburbs (and buying more furniture in the process).

“Over the last 18 months, we launched innovative new products in every category of living room furniture,” he said. “In 2021, we’ll continue that expansion into every room of the home.”

The startup has now raised a total fo $55 million. Its Series C was led by Parkway Venture Capital, with Managing Partner Gregg Hill joining Burrow’s board of directors. NEA, Red & Blue Ventures, Winklevoss Capital and Michael Seibel also participated in the new round.

Burrow says it will use the new funding to launch new products while also investing in operations and building out its international supply chain.

“Parkway looks for brands that are changing how we live today as well as innovating to stay ahead,” Hill said in a statement. “We believed in Burrow’s business model from the beginning, having invested in their Series B round, and recognize all their future potential.”

 

#burrow, #ecommerce, #funding, #fundings-exits, #furniture, #parkway-venture-capital, #startups

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A Perfectly Imperfect House in Miami

The exterior of the 1930s Mediterranean-style home in Coconut Grove was charming. The interior was anything but. This couple was thrilled.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #miami-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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What’s It Like to Sleep in a Hexagon?

After buying an awkward 1960s house with a clumsy 1980s addition, a couple set about dragging the lakefront property into the 21st century.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Clamp Lamps

A clamp lamp is the easiest fix when you need to bring light to a dark corner — or a makeshift home office.

#content-type-service, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A Bay Area Home Ideal for Lockdown

The house in Orinda, Calif., was designed for entertaining. But it turned out to be just as good for living through a pandemic.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #orinda-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Herman Miller C.E.O. Grapples With Politics and Pandemic

As the C.E.O. of Herman Miller, Andi Owen has had to navigate a polarized work force while thinking about the future of the offices her company makes furniture for.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executives-and-management-theory, #furniture, #gap-inc, #herman-miller-inc, #innovation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #michigan, #owen-andi, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

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Furnishing Your Home in a Pandemic Will Require Patience

The coronavirus has disrupted supply chains in unpredictable ways, creating long waits for basic items like dishwashers and love seats.

#furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-and-retail

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A Family of Four and a Home Office, in 660 Square Feet?

For one couple looking for a place in Brooklyn, natural light mattered more than space. They knew they’d make the compact apartment work.

#cobble-hill-brooklyn-ny, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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From Mod-Chic Chairs to Virus Barriers

What Plexi-Craft — an upscale furniture factory in the Bronx — has, the city wants: Acrylic resin skills.

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #furniture, #plexi-craft-quality-products-corp

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In the Tuscan Countryside, a 15th-Century Monastery Turned Beloved Family Home

Since moving into the Chianti, Italy, property in the ’70s, the shoe designer René Caovilla has, together with his kin, made the traditions of the ancient region his own.

#art, #chianti-italy, #design, #furniture, #monasteries-and-monks, #rene-caovilla, #siena-italy

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That Home You Made With Your Ex? ‘Say Goodbye to Everything’

As one architect discovered after a failed relationship, the best way forward is sometimes getting rid of most of what you own.

#carroll-gardens-brooklyn-ny, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Benches

Because you need a place to sit near the front door — unless you want to kneel while you’re putting on and taking off your winter boots.

#design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

A scientist tracks the dangers of flame retardants, meant to protect children, and why manufacturers cannot seem to stop using them.

#american-chemistry-council, #babies-and-infants, #chemicals, #chemistry, #child-car-seats, #children-and-childhood, #consumer-product-safety-commission, #consumer-protection, #fires-and-firefighters, #flame-retardants, #foam, #furniture, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #parenting, #stapleton-heather-m

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Holiday Table Decoration Activity

With a little paint and accordion folding, your newspaper can become décor for your Thanksgiving table.

#content-type-service, #furniture, #handicrafts, #newspapers, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tables, #thanksgiving-day

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Pig Couch on Craigslist: The Full Story

We did find out where it is, though.

#cisco-systems-inc, #craigslist, #furniture, #pigs, #sourcefire-inc

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A ‘Surprising and Unexpected’ Update at Winterthur

The museum’s director recruited the designer Thomas Jayne to bring new life to the Federal-style Chandler Farm, the house where her family lives.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #museums, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #winterthur

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Covid Pushes Real Estate Into the Future

There’s no going back to the old ways. Which technologies could propel the industry forward?

#brooklyn-nyc, #elevators-and-escalators, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #locks-and-keys, #luxury-goods-and-services, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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A Dining Room That Celebrates Every Meal

Even with a socially distant Thanksgiving around the corner, you can create a dining room that lives up to the food you’re serving.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #thanksgiving-day

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When He Bought the Tiny House, He Was Single. That Didn’t Last.

The one-bedroom cottage on Shelter Island was perfect for one person. For a family? Not so much.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #shelter-island-ny, #workstead

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Shopping for Armoires

When you’ve run out of space to store clothing or work materials, this is one piece of furniture you need.

#design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #storage

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The New York Store Where Furniture Is Theater

The family behind ABC Carpet & Home has been enchanting the city with otherworldly finds for over a century.

#abc-carpethome, #carpets-and-rugs, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #cole-paulette, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #new-york-city, #shopping-and-retail

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An Almost-Lake House in Texas, Renovated for Work and Art

For a tech investor and a radiologist who collects art, having a multifunctional house was even more important than finding one directly on a lake.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Beds

When you’re choosing a bed, think big.

#beds-and-bedding, #content-type-service, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #shopping-and-retail

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Ikea Will Buy Back Some Used Furniture

The program, part of the company’s larger efforts to combat climate change, will be available in 27 countries, but not the United States.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #furniture, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ikea, #shopping-and-retail, #sweden

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The Little Black Door app makes luxury wardrobes shareable, resalable, and sustainable

When Lexi Willetts and Marina Pengilly realized they could make as much as £30,000 a year reselling their luxury clothes and accessories online, they resolved to create a solution for modern women who are already well-versed in the behaviors of Instagram and the sharing economy. Their solution, Little Black Door, has just gone live on the iOS store, and allows women to see, style and share their wardrobes with friends and followers. It also connects them to resale platforms, unlocking a vastly more environmental-friendly and sustainable way to shop for high-quality fashion. And with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the fashion world, the app is set to benefit, as consumers head to the re-sale of luxury, rather than new items.

As Willetts puts it: “This started as a response to our own bad wardrobe behaviors. Our overbuying often because we forgot what we had, often thinking to buy rather than borrow from friends. Plus, we saw the headache of creating resale listings. Realizing that so much of our interactions were online, thus producing very rich e-receipt data, we set about thinking of how we could make use of that to create better wardrobe engagement and reduce our overbuying of irrelevant, cheap fashion.”

The problem with platforms like this has always been: how to digitize the wardrobe in the first place. Most people can’t be bothered to go to the trouble. But this app takes a fresh approach. It concentrates on using wardrobe purchase data and leveraging social sharing behavior to more easily create a digital wardrobe. It also allows the wardrobe to be connected with retail, making it far easier to start the resale journey of selling unwanted items.

The resulting LBD app appears at first to be a sort of ‘Instagram and Depop’ mashup. Users add items to their virtual wardrobe which then employs image recognition AI and natural language processing to figure out what the item is, and tries to categorize it as well. It checks with the user if something is a t-shirt, black, short sleeve, minimalism, urban casual, etc. before it’s confirmed into the wardrobe.

But perhaps more interestingly, the LBD app will ingest receipts of items purchased via email. This means the wardrobe can be built up from new or existing data the user already has. Once the wardrobe is built inside the app, the user can see the clothes and categories, their total wardrobe spend, and create “lookbooks” which they can share with friends and followers to comment on. Friends can then borrow items or users can send items to resale via the ‘swipe to sell’ feature.

Most other wardrobe apps haven’t created a ‘viral loop’ whereby the user is incentivized to use the app daily. LBD has added social features to create a community-driven platform that is almost like an ‘Instagram for fashion’.

Previous ‘wardrobe apps’ like this have obsessed over whether the app can recognize clothes or not, but most don’t work well. The better use of AI, as LBD has realized, is to use receipts data and purchase histories, plus retail partner links, to add to wardrobes. This means the wardrobe upload feature isn’t the primary focus, as it is trumped by wardrobe item data. It’s on this basis that they can create more useful and – crucially – playful features.

“We’ve designed features to entertain and engage the user relating to their wardrobe. We create ease of sharing with friends, tapping into the sharing economy mindset… Moreover, the app is designed to build a culture of conscious consumption, encouraging users to buy less ‘fast fashion’, invest in quality pieces, and wear and share the contents of their closets,” says Willetts.

So the app is interesting, but what about the business model? Effectively, LBD is creating a data play around women’s wardrobes. They could use the data to create advertising for relevant and sustainable brands; partnerships with retailers; value-added services; a resale platform with commissions; verified sellers; and a premium version for high-end users with high-end wardrobes.

LBD is hitting four key trends. The rise of resale (see Real Real, Depop); the rise in sharing wardrobe behaviors (rentals like Rent the Runway, Hurr); the rise in the use of AI in e-commence; and the rise of re-receipts and online sales.

The fashion market is big. The global clothing and apparel market is worth $758.4bn and is over 50% female. But although that market has been hit by the COV-19 pandemic – as people needed to dress up less during lockdown – it is recovering, and now with a client base far more aware of the issues of sustainability. So LBD is set to benefit from that general ‘re-set’.

And, in the coming recession, it will be cheaper to shop second hand from sellers you have an insight into (your friends) as well as selling items to re-sale. For retail partners, they get better data on what consumers really do within the privacy of their wardrobes, allowing them to produce and sell more relevant and more targeted collections, reducing inventory waste, and generating a positive environmental impact.

#artificial-intelligence, #europe, #fashion, #furniture, #instagram, #natural-language-processing, #online-sales, #tc, #wardrobe

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Shopping for Footstools

Whether you want to relax, entertain or get some work done, this is one piece of furniture you should add to your living room.

#design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tables

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For Black Designers, Opening Doors That Have Been Shut

A tiny proportion of designers are Black, but a host of new initiatives, as well as evolving tastes, are working to right the imbalance.

#adjaye-david, #archibong-ini, #art, #black-people, #design, #discrimination, #furniture, #race-and-ethnicity

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A Colorful Homecoming for a Milanese Designer

After living around the world, Nicolò Castellini Baldissera has returned to the city in which his family — and his heart — has always resided.

#2020-t-design, #castellini-baldissera-nicolo, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #italy, #milan-italy

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A Canadian Dream House That Took Three Architects to Build

Cascading down a rocky slope in West Vancouver, the home was a creative effort that required patience and a tolerance for loss.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #vancouver-british-columbia

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Shopping for Blankets

Because it may not be cold yet, but it will be soon.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #textiles

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In Italy, a Fabric Designer’s Wildly Colorful Home

Perched above the shores of Lake Como, the vibrant weekend house of Caterina Fabrizio is a shrine to pattern and texture.

#dedar-spa, #fabrizio-caterina, #fabrizio-raffaele, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #italy, #lake-como-italy, #textiles

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Their Dream Was a Working Farm (But They Weren’t Farmers)

So one urban couple had a brainstorm: Why not build a house they could share with farmers just starting out, on land that could be farmed?

#agriculture-and-farming, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #orange-county-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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They’re Stuck at Home, So They’re Making Home a Sanctuary

With few places to go or reasons to spend, those lucky enough to be employed remotely are upgrading their surroundings. The impulse comes with guilt.

#cookware, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #furniture, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantines, #unemployment

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A Sculptural Sofa, Rereleased for the First Time

Designed by Mario Bellini, the Camaleonda was a hit when MoMA included it in a landmark 1972 show.

#design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings

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A Cozy Cottage on an Island Northeast of Stockholm

After years of creating avant-garde retail spaces for Scandinavian fashion brands, a pair of designers has built a deceptively simple home for themselves.

#furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #stockholm-sweden

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Shopping for Bar Tools

With most indoor bars still closed, the next best thing is the do-it-yourself version. Here’s what you need to get started.

#cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tableware

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How to Keep Your Collections From Looking Like Clutter

There’s an art to arranging collections like a pro. Here are a few pointers.

#collectors-and-collections, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #storage

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