Top Ten: Best Shelving Units & Bookcases — Apartment Therapy’s Annual Guide 2016

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Here’s our highly subjective list of some really great shelving units and bookcases for 2016. Color features prominently on the list, along with clean lines, plenty of powder-coated metal, and options that double as room dividers.

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How to Make Your Home Look Well-Travelled (Without Ever Booking a Plane Ticket)

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There are a rare few in this world who are unaffected by wanderlust, but we do not consider ourselves amongst them. Traveling to faraway lands offers not only a break from the doldrums of daily life, but also an intimate peek at another culture’s aesthetic. Spend a week in one country and it won’t be long before you start to notice the same design components over and over again, whether at the flea market, local restaurant, or boutique hotel. In the event that you can’t afford an impulse ticket abroad, here are a handful of ways to bring that global spirit home — no passport needed.

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Luxurious LA Residence Boasts Sustainable Features

architecture modern residencePrime Five Homes sent us photos and information about 432 S. Citrus Ave, a modern sustainable residence in Los Angeles, California, USA. With 5 spacious bedrooms and 5.5 designer bathrooms, smart systems and a nearly 300-square-foot covered patio with fireplace, this retreat meets the demanding needs of a luxurious lifestyle.

Moreover, the design of the project incorporates sustainable materials, solar panels and water capture systems. The indoor-outdoor, open-concept layout of this 4,113 square-foot-home, along with the two-story windows offer an outpouring of natural light.

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Solar panels reduces the amount of energy required to power the house. Ever mindful of the drought, the water capture system and drought-resistant plants lessen the home’s water intake.

All interiors are defined by contemporary elegance and an overwhelming feeling of space. The Italian kitchen is the highlight of the first level, where the social area is located. The upper-floor bedrooms feature large windows framing the surroundings.

A private entertainer’s backyard, with zero edge pool and spa complete the image of an opulent Los Angeles retreat. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Prime Five Homes]

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Updated Up-Chair Invites to Creativity and Comfort

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Designed by Martin Ballendat for Italian manufacturers Tonon, the Up-Chair was updated to a sleeker, more attractive version. This is how design evolves. One chair at a time. Besides offering a comfortable physical touch, its shape and manufacturing story inspires anyone to improve on what exists. From the older aluminum-cast version to this elegant wood or leather version, the manufacturing process and design work only got better. So now the Up-Chair made in Italy provokes you to take a seat and try on the shape, the textures, the size.

“Up-Chair from Tonon is an extremely emotional product. The comfort is also achieved through the use of an innovative manufacturing process of the shell,” designers reveal.

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A chair that seems cut in American walnut decorates even an empty room. Following the contours of the design, it completed by innovative armrests in American walnut.

“The material is called FREEFORM ADVANCED, an integral solid-coloured foam, whose molecular structure is very stable and partly self-supporting, that means more flexibility and more comfort as well as lightness to the chair. The shell is available in 10 fresh colors, the metal base is available both matte or polished chrome finish.”

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Before & After: A $5 Light Freshens Up

Ashley made some small but seriously impactful changes to this old light. By saying goodbye to a few details and adding a new bulb, she made a stylish and subtle update.

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Easy (& Cheap!) Fixes to Help You Survive the Suckier Side of Summer

There are a lot of things to love about summertime—vacations, movies, warm weather and that DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince song, chief among them. But we all know how those other summer staples—sweat, stink and sunburns—are the enemy of a good time.

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A Dreamy, Rustic, Eclectic 1729 Yorkshire Farmhouse — House Tour

Name: Rachelle Blondel, husband Keith, children Tom, Jake, and Violet, Stanley the dog, and four cats
Location: North Yorkshire; England, UK
Years lived in: 14 years; Rented

‘Tread gently, live simply’ is sewn onto the aprons that Rachelle wears, it’s the motto on her website, Dock & Nettle, it is the theme of her latest book, Forgotten Ways for Modern Days, and it’s a motto that is reflected completely in her cozy family home filled with handmade beauties and rescued treasures.

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