Day: June 14, 2020

15 pieces of Animal Crossing decor you can own in real life

15 pieces of Animal Crossing decor you can own in real life
15 pieces of Animal Crossing decor you can own in real life

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In addition to landscaping your island and bonding with villagers, one of the best parts of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is definitely decorating your home. While you start out living in a humble tent, the game provides ample opportunities to build, expand, and customize a real house—then fill it with all sorts of furniture, decorations, and accents!

If you’re anything like me, your Animal Crossing home is more cohesive in its design than your real-life living space, but I’m here to help you change all that. The following are 12 pieces of Animal Crossing furniture that you can buy in real life, bringing your beautiful island abode into the real world!

1. This rustic log bench with ample uses

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Gap Considers Home Decor, Ralph Lauren Signs With Theodore Alexander, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


Gap Considers Home Decor, While Ralph Lauren Partners With Theodore Alexander

Struggling fashion retailer Gap is heading into unchartered, expansive waters—thanks to a new agreement with IMG, as WWD reported. The licensing deal will make room for expansion into home furnishings, decor, and fabric, among other categories. However, when asked specifically about furniture, a spokesperson for the brand demurred: “It’s too soon to share what we’ll explore first and where it will show up, but the flexibility allows us to react to where the customer is and the categories they are interested in such as home.” Also of note, Ralph Lauren Home has inked a contract with Theodore Alexander, making it its sole manufacturer. Theodore Alexander will now handle

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30 Easy Home Improvement Projects You Should Tackle This Summer

Summer can be the perfect time to refresh your home, both on the inside and out. And that’s especially true now — whether you plan to cash in on your vacation days for a staycation, or you’ll be working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can use that extra time for these easy home improvement projects.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

Give Your Doors a Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting your front door can give the exterior of your home a whole new look. Or, you can paint an interior door a contrasting color to give the room some more visual interest.

Expect to spend between $100 and $300 to paint an exterior door and between $50 and $200 to paint an interior door, according to HomeAdvisor.

Seal or Waterproof Your Deck

Get your deck in tip-top shape by sealing or waterproofing it. This DIY project costs an

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27 Best Online Furniture Stores to Bookmark Now

Wondering where to buy furniture online? There are tons of online furniture stores that make getting the perfect new ottoman or couch a breeze. On their sites, you’ll find gorgeous furniture and home decor in a wide variety of styles, plus fast (and often free!) shipping. Some of these retailers you’d expect to see (Target, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, etc.), but others (like Home Depot and Etsy) might come as a surprise. Discover the 27 best online furniture stores now!

Nathan James Lucy Small Mid-Century Modern Table

$216.00, Amazon


You already know Amazon has everything under the sun, but did you know that includes competitively priced furniture that looks way more expensive than it really is, complete with free delivery? The myriad filtering options help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether that’s a down comforter, a small-space humidifier, or a housewarming gift. Amazon is also the

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Need advice on decorating your home during lockdown? Try a virtual interior-design service

The lockdown experience has inspired some to declutter, repaint and generally sort out their home; while others stare blankly at their own four walls, beginning to hate them but not knowing how to go about changing them. So this bank holiday weekend, the last until August, is just the time when you could do with calling in an interior designer – if only you were allowed to let them into your home.

Some, however, are getting around the issue by launching virtual design services, offering their expertise over Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp, to give clients the experience of working with a professional decorator with zero contact. Among them is interior designer, Benji Lewis, who launched his new spin-off service, Zoom That Room, just after lockdown kicked in.

For him, this new way of working is not only timely, but also democratises the whole process: those who wouldn’t normally consider hiring

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Become Your Own Interior Designer With One of These Online Classes

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You’re spending a lot of time at home these days. Your kitchen table is now your home office and your living room doubles as a yoga studio and third grade classroom.  It’s hard not to closely examine your surroundings and get the itch to rearrange the furniture and spruce things up a bit.

Rethinking your space can provide a welcome distraction and offer a sense of control in these uncertain time. But before you start aimlessly scouring the internet for furniture configurations and paint colors, consider educating yourself in the art of interior design by enrolling in an online course. There are tons of great online classes that are affordable and will give you the tools and insider knowledge to become more confident in making home decor decisions.

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To set you on the right path, we’ve compiled a list of

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How to Get Rid of Paint Smells

After you paint a room, the only thing that should linger is how much you love the color scheme you chose. In reality, the fumes from the paint can still stink up your space long after the last coat dried. Whether you’re adding a fresh coat to your kitchen, your bedroom, or any other room in the house, the odor can be unpleasant. It’s all thanks to VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which come from the materials used to make paint and emit that “freshly painted” odor.

While you can reduce the chance of this outcome by choosing a paint formula with low VOCs, fumes are often still detectable. Regardless, here’s how to get rid of paint smell if you find yourself in this very situation.

Get a Few Fans

Open windows are a must for any paint project, but fans will help whisk fumes out of the room faster. Place

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This Dreamy California Bathroom Evokes a Moroccan Spa

<div class="caption"> <strong>AFTER:</strong> The wood vanity in the former laundry room turned bathroom oasis. </div> <cite class="credit">Ulf Bjorlin</cite>

AFTER: The wood vanity in the former laundry room turned bathroom oasis.

Ulf Bjorlin

When Los Angeles–based interior designer Faith Blakeney was tasked with reimagining a 1930s Spanish-style home for a dear friend Deborah Burch, she had specific goals in mind. “She works very hard and she travels a lot for work, so she isn’t home that often,” Faith says. “I wanted to create a space so that when she got home, she could deeply, deeply relax and recharge.”

In order to accomplish this, Faith knew she had to add a crucial element that the house lacked. “This home, while glorious and with so many assets, only had two bathrooms. There was no master bathroom, so that was odd,” she says. “There was a room off the master bedroom that was a laundry room, which seemed ridiculous to me. We decided to move the laundry area to the garage and

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12 Things Every Home Buyer Should Do

Buying a home may be one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. The more you know about the home buying process, the more money, time and hassle you’ll save. And given the global health pandemic, there are certain precautions you’ll need to take to help protect yourself when the time comes to view prospective properties in person.

We’ve outlined 12 things you should prepare for now if you plan to purchase a new house in the months ahead. Take a look.

If you’re curious to know how much you can afford to buy, you can get prequalified for a mortgage by a lender. However, a prequalification is just an estimate of what a lender thinks you can afford, based on basic financial information you provide.

You’ll need to take it a step further once you’re ready to start seriously shopping for a home. You’ll want to get preapproved … Read More