A Small, Eclectic Edwardian Cottage in London — House Tour

Name: Maaike Mekking and Michael Aveling (and Alma, Rosa)
Location: Sydenham, London
Size: 758 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

Art director/Photographer Maaike Mekking and her husband Michael Aveling live in this cute little Edwardian cottage in South East London with their two young daughters Alma and Rosa. The cottage was built by the “Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes,” which was the first of these organizations building semi-detached houses with gardens, rather than traditional terraces or tenement blocks. The cottage is full of Edwardian character like high ceilings and big sash windows, and even the estate was named after King Edward VII’s wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark.


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Real Life Closet Makeover: Aimée and Jonny’s Shared Catch-All Storage

  • Closet size: 25.3 square feet
  • How many people use this closet? Two! My husband Jonny and I.
  • How long have you lived in your home? 2 years
  • Your closet in 5 words or less: jam-packed, chaotic, mysterious, lazy, hoarding

Aimée and Jonny’s closet is a major multi-tasker. When they first moved into their current home, Jonny had the closet all to himself. A year later, Aimée started sharing it with him. Today, it stores not just clothing and shoes for two adults, but also their household linens and props for photo shoots and styling. It isn’t always a total disaster but, with no organizational system in place, it’s always just a matter of time before it gets out of control again. According to Aimée, right now it’s at an all time low.


from http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-closet-for-two-gets-a-makeover-242211
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Join the Movement: How “Slow Design” Can Give You the Home You Really Want

In a world where buying a new sofa can be accomplished by a couple clicks, some in the design world are resisting this fast-paced, instant gratification direction in favor of a slower way. An offshoot of the Slow Movement — which began in Italy in 1986 as the Slow Food Movement (a natural reaction against a McDonald’s opening up) and has gained serious traction as of late — Slow Design focuses on process, origin and materials, while valuing the environment and the individual. If the Slow Design movement is of interest to you, read on to discover five principles to help guide your way.


from http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-5-principles-of-the-slow-design-movement-240942
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Quick: There’s 25% Off Sale Items Right Now at Anthropologie

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Alright, Anthro fans, now is the time to scoop up sale items at an even bigger savings. The boho chic retailer is offering an additional 25% off products already on sale. We rounded up some stylish picks from the house and home section, so you can save time and save some money.


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Prepared to Be Wowed: This Rooftop Addition to a Historic NoMad Building is the Ultimate Manhattan Dream Home — Dwell

Living in New York is fast-paced, and exhilarating, and a dream for many, but for most people, it also means making a few sacrifices — like living in a teeny-tiny apartment with no outdoor space and a view of a brick wall. But just north of Madison Square Park, atop a historic building that dates all the way back to 1869, one family has it all — in a two-story penthouse with ample outdoor space and sweeping views of the city. Here’s a look inside their dreamy, light-filled rooftop home.


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7 Entertaining Party Games You Can Play With Stuff Around the House

Illustrations by Nina Cosford (@ninacosford)

You don’t need a lot to have a really good time. If you’ve got friends and a few common household items, gather everybody up for one of these rousing party games. Whether your goal is to get everyone talking or just to have a good time, one of these games is sure to get the party going.

Sticker Stalker

Give everyone at the party the same sheet of stickers and tell them the rules: You must get rid of the whole sheet by sticking them to the other guests, one at a time, without them noticing. If someone catches you, they can stick one of their stickers on you. First one to empty their sticker sheet wins! — via Party 411

Who Am I?

Pick one name—a celebrity or public figure, someone really well-known—for each person playing and write that name on a card stuck to the player’s back or forehead. Each person gets to ask the other guests 20 “yes or no” questions to find out who they are. — via Our Pastimes

Telephone Pictionary

Sit in a circle and give everyone a note pad (with plenty of sheets) and a pen. Have everyone write down a funny phrase or notable person (or anything at all, really—you could even pick them from a deck of topics from another game) on the second sheet of their note pad and pass the closed pad to the person on their right. Now everyone picks up the new pad, reads the phrase on page two, and draws it as best they can on page three. Pass the notepads again, only this time, you can only look at the illustration and try to guess the phrase on the next page. Keep passing and drawing or guessing until you have your original pad in front of you. Flip through the pages in front of the group for mega laughs as your phrase gets distorted, telephone-style, through the drawings and guesses. — via Great Group Games

Bottle Blow

Shuffle a deck of cards into a loose and messy stack, then balance the stack carefully on top of a narrow bottle (like a beer bottle). Sit in a circle and let everyone take turns trying to blow just a card or two off the top of the deck. The person who blows the entire deck off the bottle loses! — via Best Party Games

Mail Call

Arrange chairs in a circle, using one fewer chair than the number of players (like musical chairs). Have someone start the game by standing in the center of the circle and saying, “Mail Call for everyone who is wearing red” (or “…has a cat,” or “…has been to Europe,” or “…has kids,” get creative!). Then everyone in a chair who has on red must get up and switch chairs with someone else wearing red, with a few caveats: Players can’t sit back down in their own chair, or the chairs directly next to it. The object of the game is for the person in the middle to get a chair before someone else can. Whoever is left standing delivers the next mail call.— via Let’s Party


Divide guests into two or more teams. Have each team line up in a row, and hand an orange to the person at the start of each line. The object is to pass the orange down to the end of the line using only your neck and chin. If a team drops the orange, pass it back (by hand) to the start and try again. First team to get the orange to the end of their line wins! — via Let’s Party

Likes and Dislikes

Have everyone at the party write down some likes and dislikes on a sheet of paper (something like “Likes: Pizza and Star Wars, Dislikes: Spiders”). Collect the cards and have one person read them aloud one at a time while everyone else tries to guess who wrote what. — via Party 411


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Miley Cyrus’ Mom and Sister Are Getting a Design Show on Bravo

This might be the most shocking Miley Cyrus news yet. And no, it’s not about a risqué performance or her relationship with a Hemsworth. Did you know her mother and sister are interior decorators? Well, they are, and they’re getting their own show on Bravo.


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