Caitlin Morgan Posts

A Primer on Wallpaper

Many of us have a romantic vision of wallpaper, and a less romantic one of stripping wallpaper. But what’s the real deal—what does it take to install it in our homes? Here are the basics about wallpaper:   You do need to prepare your walls You’ve got to strip any existing paper off the walls. […]

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Chic Decorating for Cheap

Elegant décor doesn’t require buckets of money. Instead, it requires discernment, the knowledge of when to eliminate items that detract from your apartment’s appeal. Choose things you really love, preferably made with quality materials. Check out our basic decorating guidelines for staying chic when you’ve gotta stay cheap: Stay simple and add a few accents […]

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Chores You Should Do Every 4 Weeks

Because the work never stops.   Dust, dust everything   Really, everything. Fans and overhead light fixtures. The surfaces of everything from refrigerator to bookcase to TV to curtain rods. All your picture frames, art, and knick-knacks. This chore will keep your lungs healthier and your house cleaner for longer.   Vacuum the furniture   […]

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Paint it Green: Eco-Friendly Paints

What makes a paint “green”? In general, low- or zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds), all-natural pigments, and/or low biocides/carcinogenic components. Don’t feel like figuring this out for yourself? Here are some great options:   Safecoat AFM has been making safer building products since the 1970s, and has environmental certifications up the wazoo. In addition to their […]

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Make Yourself a Competitive Renter

Striking out on the apartment search—or trying to avoid striking out? At the risk of sounding like a bad issue of Seventeen magazine, spend some time making yourself as attractive a tenant as possible.   Be friendly and responsive from the beginning Your first impression might be your only shot, especially in tenant-flooded markets where […]

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Roommate Age Gaps

If you’ve ever trolled around the internet (or is it trawled?) trying to find tips for living with roommates of a different age, you’ve probably noticed a prevalent anxiety: people wonder how old is “too old” to live with roommates.   Stop worrying about age …So let’s start there. If you’re considering living with someone […]

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Best Home Makeover Shows

Okay, these might not be the “best,” because what does that mean, anyway? But they are ones that some of our staff have enjoyed the most. Sarah’s House Canadian Sarah most recently covers the entire process of design, from plans to final room-by-room decorating. Her design aesthetic is nearly universal in its accessibility—hip, but also […]

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