How to Create a Mid-Century Look in Your Home

My mother always used to tell me that everything comes back into style again sooner or later, and though she was talking about clothes at the time, this idea is true for all kinds of fashions, too. With that in mind, if you’re remodeling or even just redecorating any time soon, may we present the idea of mid-century modern style for your consideration.

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It’s simple, it’s open, it has clean lines and lots of windows: basically everything the modern homeowner is looking for these days. Floor to ceiling glass brings the resident outside when they’re really in, and decorating the patio to match the indoors gives a luxurious feeling while not inside. An overhanging sun visor or deck roof also helps the outside space feel more curated and relaxing.

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Inside, it isn’t all about throwback appliances and decor. Though the style began in the 1930s or so, there’s no need to mistake appreciation for design with having to look totally retro. That being said, using raw wood or materials like this cork floor can liven up a room and create a funky edge to your design, not to mention bringing in warmth to the space. With big natural elements, often the best design approach is minimalist; you avoid the fuss and allow the room to speak for itself. After all, mid-century modern is all about highlighting nature without intruding too much on it. In that way, it’s natural to blend comfort with utility, old with new, natural pieces with hyper-modern technology. Keep it clean, go with wood whenever possible, and don’t forget to add a pop of color, and this decades old style can feel new and fresh today!

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How to Style a Bar Cart

Bar carts are a sign of classiness and sophistication. Nothing says “adulting” quite like having a place for your alcohol and all bar accessories that isn’t that one shelf in the back of the pantry by the pasta. However, bar carts can be expensive, and often needlessly so. The following DIY steps prove that you can style and stock your own bar cart for pennies compared to what you would pay for one pre-made, and this way the cart really looks like yours!


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  • Choose a surface. So we know what you’re thinking, “Don’t I want a cart?” Well, yes, sure, but you don’t have to be married to the “cart” aspect of your bar. Carts are cool because they’re mobile, and you can easily make one by attaching wheels to a small bookcase or drawer set, but you could also use a table, sideboard, or simply a spare corner of counter space. Design this space however you want. Go classy, go funky, use mirrors or cool contact paper; make it yours!
  • Get rid of all your old, cheap, or ugly liquor. You don’t have to throw it away, but maybe keep it in that sad pantry corner we discussed before. Your new bar cart is a place for fancy liquor you’re not ashamed of.
  • Get some proper bar equipment. This means matching martini shakers, bottle openers, ice buckets and tongs, and glasses. Nice, uniform glasses, made of real glass. You can do it.

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  • Decide on a few signature cocktail recipes you want to master and become really, really good at making them. Have the ingredients on stock so you can offer your friends more than just a gin-and-whatever-soda-I-have when they come over.
  • Slice and chop fruit and herb garnishes ahead of time, and then use them as decorations. Keep them out on the cart during a party, and consider typing up the recipes that call for them for a cute, make-your-own set up! Your friends will be impressed by how legit your bar cart is, and you will be too!

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What Robbers Look For When Canvassing a Home

Being the victim of a home burglary is unsettling and unfortunate. Not only have you been robbed of your valuables, but your peace of mind has been affected as well; someone has been in your private space without your permission. However, Popsugar recently put together a list of things you could do to make your home look unappealing to burglars on the prowl for an easy target, and most of them are things you could fix in no time!

  • Have two locks on your front door. Two locks are better than one, and spell double the trouble for home invaders.

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  • While you’re at it, make sure your front door is freshly painted and well taken care of. This is a bit of a mind game, but doors that look well tended-to seem sturdier.

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  • Put away any trash that could show what large or expensive purchases you just made until trash day. The box for your new computer or TV is like a roadside advertisement for your home. 
  • Plant shrubs under your windows. Seriously. Make it harder for someone to hop in, and also trim your trees regularly if they hang close to the second story.

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  • Pull your curtains when you’re not home, so no one can “window shop” your house. They can’t see anything they want if they can’t see in!
  • Get an alarm system. This one might be expensive, but it’s worth it. Just seeing a little sticker on your front window that says which alarm company you have is enough to deter most home burglars from even attempting to get it.

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The bottom line of this list is to make sure your home looks like it’s not worth the trouble a burglar would have to go through to get in and get out with your stuff. Most criminals will pass right on by, because unfortunately, there’s always an easy target.

Red Flags to Look For When Buying a New House

You work hard for your money. Well, maybe you just work for your money. Either way, it’s a precious commodity, and when it comes to spending a big amount of it, it’s best to be considerate about your purchases. One of the biggest purchases many people make, and one of the most exciting, is their first homes. As if buying a house wasn’t confusing enough with all the legal paperwork and bank jargon, realizing that the house you just bought is actually riddled with problems you didn’t notice during escrow is the last thing you want.

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When looking to buy a house, real estate expert and HGTV host Scott McGillivray, has some red flag warnings for home hunters. McGillivray says to start at the house listing itself: learn to read between the lines of the listing for terms like “needs TLC,” “sold as-is”, or “fixer upper,” all of which indicate that the house probably needs some work (i.e. more money).

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When checking out an actual house, start from the bottom up, says McGillvray, starting at the foundation. Just a simple walk around the house checking for visible cracks or damage near the base of the home can help you spot possible future issues. Looking for water run off and the direction from and to which it flows could also indicate future flooding issues, as well.

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Next, consumers should check the interiors of the home for mold and pests. While mold isn’t necessarily a deal break, it could be. If there is mold present in somewhere less likely to see mold (the attic and basements are usually pretty common), it may indicate a humidity or dampness issue in the interior of the walls. Likewise, signs of bugs and pests could also indicate structural damage and may also end up costing you repairs later down the line.

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Checking out light switches, outlets, and windows are also a simple thing to do that could save you from future frustrations. Testing light switches and outlets may help you avoid future electrical repairs. Window inspections may also prevent future mold problems, and even if just a few windows have to be replaced for something more insulating, it may be worth it down the road.

Airbnb Is Teaming Up With Realtor.com To Let Home Buyers Try Out Their Homes Before Purchase

Since it’s launch in 2008, Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel by allowing people to directly market and list their homes or rooms for rent as short-term lodging. With options ranging from shared rooms to castles, in over 91+ countries, you can find just about anything to make your travels magical. In fact you would be hard pressed to find anyone under the age of 40 who hasn’t stayed at or listed their place on Airbnb.

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But Airbnb isn’t satisfied with just turning the hotel industry on its head, Airbnb is partnering with organizations like realtor.com to step into the world of real estate. How does that work? Potential buyers shopping on Realtor.com would have the chance to test out the property they are considering purchasing for for a few nights to help them decide whether it is the right home and neighborhood for them.

No one wants to make one of the biggest purchases of their life only to spend their first night in their place and realize the neighborhood is creepy or loud or just just not a good fit.

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When customers visit Realtor.com, not only will the get to browse all sorts of listings, they’ll also have the option to “Airbnb before buying.” Airbnb and Realtor.com hope that their new partnership will not only enhance the overall home buying experience, but also help to ease customers into homeownership in their new neighborhoods.

Buying a home is stressful, trying before they buy could help to alleviate some of the stress that comes along with the decision making process.

“It’s enabling them to try before they buy,” said Ryan O’Hara, CEO of Move, the parent company of Realtor.com. “We’re helping people make better choices on the biggest decision of their lives.” Chip Conley, head of Airbnb’s global strategy is stoked about the new partnership too saying, “We’ll be able to allow potential homeowners the special opportunity to experience those neighborhoods as if they already live there — before making the decision to buy.”

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Travel made easy, home buying made a bit easier. What’s next?