TRANSFORM YOUR LIVING SPACE FROM BORING TO DAZZLING WITH A GALLERY WALL

Whether you’ve lived in your home for many years or you just moved in last weekend, you may struggle with decorating. You might wonder why the homes you see in magazines and online always look so beautiful while yours seems to look blah or humdrum.

The truth is, there is no one big secret to making a home beautiful, but there are lot of little ones. One of these is to turn an ordinary wall in your home into a gallery wall. TRANSFORM YOUR LIVING SPACE FROM BORING TO DAZZLING WITH A GALLERY WALL

THIS IS EITHER THE GREATEST HOUSE EVER, OR THE WORST, AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHICH

Do you think minimalism is a plague on humanity?  Do you really, really like the last third of “Goodfellas,” when everyone’s paranoid and wearing totally bonkers asymmetrical shoulder-padded Eighties outfits?  Do you look at the ceiling murals and gold trim of Rococo style design (i.e. the style of the President’s penthouse in Trump Tower) and think, “eh, too subtle, I prefer something with a bit more pizzazz”? THIS IS EITHER THE GREATEST HOUSE EVER, OR THE WORST, AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHICH

HOW TO JAZZ UP YOUR MUNDANE INTERIOR

Many of us dream of living in a spacious home or apartment with big windows, an open floor plan and interesting architectural features like exposed brick or interior columns.

Alas, we are stuck instead in boxy, dark spaces with cheap wallboard and Corian. But the neighborhood is great, it’s close to work and it comes with a parking space, so we don’t want to move.

What to do?

Fake it! HOW TO JAZZ UP YOUR MUNDANE INTERIOR

THE COOLEST COFFEE TABLE BOOKS AROUND

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Coffee table books – we’ve all leafed through them. Some are clearly there to fill time and space, not to serve a legitimate purpose (see: The Automatic Millionaire.) As silly as some of them may seem though, coffee table books can be the investment that keeps on giving. Or, put into realer terms — the investment that keeps guests occupied while you run frantically around the kitchen cooking dinner and “no, don’t be silly, of course they can’t help with anything.” Some coffee table books can even gain a second wind and live on to entertain guests elsewhere when their pages have been leafed through one too many times to make your living room look magazine-worthy. (Read: they can retire as bathroom books!). THE COOLEST COFFEE TABLE BOOKS AROUND

HOTEL HIVE: A NEW COZY NEST IN FOGGY BOTTOM

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The new Hotel Hive is creating quite a buzz in Foggy Bottom.

The 83-room hotel offers tourists and business travelers to D.C. an affordable, chic option with its selection of mico-rooms ranging from 125 to 250 square feet.

“It’s a great value for the working-class person,” said Gordon P. Buist, chief operating officer at Abdo Development, the firm that built the hotel. Room rates start at $100. HOTEL HIVE: A NEW COZY NEST IN FOGGY BOTTOM

“The master bath has a glass-walled shower and twin side-by-side basins, because LORD KNOWS you and your beloved don’t ever want to be apart, even when you’re flossing. (You two make me sick.)”

“The master bath has a glass-walled shower and twin side-by-side basins, because LORD KNOWS you and your beloved don’t ever want to be apart, even when you’re flossing. (You two make me sick.)”

USE HOUSEPLANTS TO CLEAN YOUR BUILDING’S AIR

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It’s common to spend a lot more time indoors in the winter. Given that many Americans, on average, spend about 90 percent of their life indoors anyway, this can amount to a lot of indoor air inhalation. One potential problem with this situation is exposure to indoor air pollution. Just as there are many outdoor pollutants such as fossil fuels, there are many indoor pollutants as well. Sometimes, components of the pollution that is caused by gas exhaustion can travel inside and become indoor air pollutants. These include benzene and xylene and you’re more likely to have these in your home if you have an attached garage. USE HOUSEPLANTS TO CLEAN YOUR BUILDING’S AIR