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apartment and every house comes with its own set of distinctly personal
quirks. (My own home, for instance, has the vexing characteristic of
having just about everything that’s pre-installed – lighting
fixtures, bathroom vanity, medicine cabinets – aligned to absolutely
nothing, and, if it comes as part of a pair, just slightly askew from
its mate.) Certain decorating problems, however, seem universal to the
quasi-adult living experience. Whether it’s because what little cash
we have goes towards student loans, food and rent, or we’re just too
swamped with work and play, the end result is that our abodes have a
natural tendency towards one of two extremes: the cluttered, "I can’t
resist buying every piece of junk I find at the flea market" place
or the spartan, "I’m too lazy to decorate" space. You know
which category you fall under; either way, we’re here to help ...
the symptoms: You know you’re nursing a clutter problem if
you’ve got …
• Stacks of books + CDs piled up in
precarious towers on top of that one crammed little bookcase,
spilling over onto the floor, the coffee table, the kitchen
• A hodge-podge of sofas and chairs, in clashing colors and
patterns, squeezed so tightly into your living room that there’s
barely room to walk.
• No wall visible because it’s tacked end-to-end,
floor-to-ceiling with all manner of posters, snapshots,
postcards, your candy wrapper collection, that placemat from the
Chinese restaurant where you and your sweetie went on your first
the symptoms: You know your place is uninvitingly spartan if
• Your living room consists of less than three pieces of
• You’re using cardboard boxes as a TV stand, bedside table,
sofa end table … in short, for any function other than storage
• You can see every stain, crack and nail hole in the vast,
stark, naked expanse of your walls
• Sound echoes, bouncing unimpeded off the bare walls, as
there’s simply no stuff in between to absorb/block it.
• Visitors ask you how you’re liking your new place … when
you’ve been living there for a year and a half already.
on for our simple remedies!
lounge . nourish .
. laze . home.