3 Christmas Tree Alternative Ideas from One Creative Holiday Decorator

Traditions. They can be a handcuff, if you’re the type that moves to the beat of a different drummer. But traditions are also an opportunity—nay, an enticing challenge—to celebrate the holidays in the most “you” way possible. I put up a black tinsel tree each year. And this homeowner? Well, she did it her way, in three ways.

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Spanish farmhouse revived by Dom Arquitectura with modern materials and details

By Amy Frearson

Modern furniture and fittings are paired with stone walls and exposed roof trusses inside this old Spanish farm that Dom Arquitectura has transformed into a residence and guest house (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Here, There, and Everywhere: Walls of Books in Every Room of the House

It’s no secret that here at Apartment Therapy, we’re big book lovers. Books have the power to make you laugh, make you cry, transport you to distant lands… and they make pretty great decor, as well. If you’ve run out of room for your books in the library or office (or don’t have a library or office), here are a few more ideas for places to stash all those volumes.

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Before & After: Small Changes Make a Big Difference in a Little Kitchen — Sweeten

Last week, we witnessed the transformation of Elizabeth’s tiny bathroom, and today we’re taking a look at the rest of her tw0-bedroom co-op. When Elizabeth bought the place, she originally planned to only remodel the bathroom, but her contractor helped her realize that with only a few small changes, she could have a whole apartment that she was really happy with.

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Before & After: We're Angling You'll Love This Dresser Redo

Reeves was drawn to the simple style and gorgeous hardware of this dresser on Craigslist, but when she saw it in person it was a little more beat-up than she anticipated. So how did she cover the damage without being boring? Check it out.

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Finally Over the Flu? 25 Household Surfaces to Disinfect

If your household has been hit by norovirus, the flu, or other such illness, first of all: you have my sympathies. When your symptoms subside, you’ll likely be up to your eyeballs in laundry, washing linens and clothing as soon as you have the energy. But don’t overlook these germ catch-alls as soon as you’re up for disinfecting your home:

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Winter DIY: Cedar Smudge Sticks — Pure Green Magazine

Faced with a large pile of cedar brush, Celine from Pure Green Magazine decided to make smudge sticks. A quick and simple seasonal DIY, the cedar will help cleanse the air and make your home smell fresh.

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Open-plan office designs unpopular with workers and can damage productivity

By Anna Winston

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News: more than half of employees prefer a private work space, while open-plan office workers often experience too many distractions to work effectively, according to new data. (more…)

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Quick Tip: How to Easily and Safely Clean Up Every Last Shard of Broken Glass

Breaking a glass is no fun but don’t add injury to insult by leaving miniscule glass shards behind just waiting for the next pair of bare feet to come along. Walk safely with this easy trick (using something you have at home right now).

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What To Do with "Trendy" Stone-clad Wall? — Good Questions

Q: Our new home has one big feature we are not particularly fond of. Previous owners created a feature wall in the family room of ‘trendy’ stone tile cladding and an electric fireplace. While it will be a fair amount of mess and effort to remove the cladding, perhaps painting it with a white chalk paint might be a good quick solution.

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