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Name: Estefania and Chris Palomarez
Location: Cleveland Heights — Oakland, California
Size: 550 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months, rented

Estefania says she had a plain looking apartment a few months before their house tour. But she and her partner Chris pushed themselves to work their way down each room, painting the walls and building pieces that suit their style (and are functional). Almost one year later, their apartment shows off both of their styles beautifully, in a lovely blend of industrial, mid-century and modern.

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I work from home as a freelance writer/editor in a room that once was my formal dining room, which I transitioned into an office, as I wasn’t content with sitting at my kitchen island on my laptop for hours on end every day. The room is jam-packed with furniture that didn’t quite work anywhere else in my home. That printed floral chair I bought for a corner of my bedroom that didn’t really fit? It’s in my office. Those marble side tables from West Elm that were too small for my living room sofa? Also in my office. Oh, and that sofa I picked up as a steal of a deal from HomeGoods that used to be in my formal living room but no longer fits because my dining table is there now…yup…office.

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Name: Li Ward and husband Dan
Location:
South End — Boston, Masschusetts
Size:
1,380 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, owned

Li Ward and her husband Dan initially met through their work as computer science professionals, but after a decade in the industry, Li decided it wasn’t the right future for her. Around 2009, Li took the plunge into full-time freelance photography after seeing a West Coast friend succeeding at the same thing. She now runs Fat Orange Cat Studio here in Boston, a well-recognized wedding and pet photography business, as well as Li Wardian, a bespoke lettering and design company.

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After spending $60 (or more…gasp!) on a single candle, it makes sense to enjoy that luxury purchase as long as you can. Even after the candle has been burned, the pretty glass container it came in can still be used to beautify—and maybe even organize—your home. Careful, these brilliant ways to reuse a candle jar may reignite your diptyque obsession.

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Name: Lisa Martin
Location: Ville-Marie, Montreal
Size: 540 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, rented

Her travels in South America — seeing the colorful culture and world-renowned traditional crafts — have heavily influenced Lisa Martin’s Montreal apartment. Though small (just under 550 square feet), the space feels light and airy, thanks to clean white walls and a minimal aesthetic (and the small bits of color sprinkled throughout). Perhaps most impressively, she’s fit very distinctive living areas in her space, including two separate work zones!

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It’s been about six years since actor turned CEO Jessica Alba started her non-toxic brand The Honest Company, and the business has outgrown quite a few spaces in that time. Architectural Digest takes a look at the newest space in Playa Vista, California, designed to feel like home for the company’s 450 employees.

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I did a double take when I saw this on my news feed. Balenciaga, the French luxury brand has just released a new bag that looks almost identical to IKEA’s iconic blue carry-all. The color, size and handles are almost the same. The difference? The material — it’s made from wrinkled, glazed leather, it’s lined, it has a zipper and of course, major difference — the price tag. $2,145 at Barney’s. That’s a lot of FRAKTAs. I’m guessing Balenciaga is just trying to have some IKEA hacking fun.

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Does lugging the IKEA FRAKTA feel more chic now?

It’s not the first time the French brand has taken inspiration from odd places. A year ago, they released this colourful shopping bag, reminiscent of grocery bags commonly found in many parts of Asia.

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And earlier this year, the blanket bag. Really, Balenciaga?

Balenciaga's blanket tote

Photo: www.barneys.com

That aside, IKEA in collaboration with Hay, is giving the blue bag a makeover.

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Photo: www.mnn.com

It’s definitely more subtle, with the deep shade of green and the omission of the IKEA logo from the straps. But I still kinda prefer the old one, I like to carry it loud and proud. What do you think? Do you like the new “blue” bag?

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Name: Liesel and Pieter Crafford and their children, Jack and Gabi
Location: Vredehoek — Cape Town, South Africa
Size: 315 square meters
Years lived in: 13 years, owned

Liesel and Pieter fell in love with this house the moment they saw it, although what you see today is very different to how it originally looked. It was once the home to a mosaic artist, and nearly every single wall was a different, vivid color. Liesel and Pieter have plenty of color in their version of this house, along with some more soothing hues, too. But the artist’s impact can still be seen: mosaic work still sparkles in the living room!

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