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7 things to make your bedroom more sustainable

By Lizzy Briskin, Mon, May 16, 2022

Photo courtesy of Thuma

If you’re outfitting a new bedroom or looking to upgrade your current set-up to something better for the environment, that’s also built to last, we’ve found the best products and companies for a sustainable–and chic–bedroom. Of course, when it comes to furniture, the most eco-friendly choice is to thrift or look for gently used pieces, rather than buying something brand-new. Check out Facebook Marketplace, a local antique shop, or even Craigslist for some great finds. And for everything else, including a stylish robe and comfortable bedding, these companies are committed to helping you do a little better for the planet while you catch some Zs.

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12 affordable side tables for small spaces

By Terri Williams, Tue, April 12, 2022

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A side table adds functionality and convenience, providing a great place to set drinks and food, eyeglasses, the remote, and other items. Some people use them for lamps, floral arrangements, photos, and other decor items. Others use a stylish side table as a design element, either as a cohesive piece that brings the other furniture in the room together or for a unique pop of color. If you have a small space, you may be limited in size. However, these 12 side tables ensure that you won’t be limited in style and function, while also not breaking the bank, with selected pieces ranging in price from $100 to $450.

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If you’re outfitting a new kitchen in New York City, chances are you don’t have endless cubic feet of storage space or a Kardashian-style pantry to fill with every snack you crave. If you’re working with limited space but want to have the necessities to whip up an impressive meal for date night, we’ve rounded up the must-have kitchen products. Ahead, find the easy-to-store essentials that every NYC apartment kitchen needs, regardless of culinary skills or kitchen space.

All of the easy-to-store essentials this way

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29 essential items that make working from home easier

By Terri Williams, Mon, March 7, 2022

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Whether you’re working from home a couple of days a week or spending the entirety of each workweek at home, you need to create the right environment to work efficiently. And since you’re at home, there’s no reason why you can’t also be comfortable – and choose items that you’d actually like to use. Ahead, find some of the WFH essentials you’ll need to create the perfect workspace.

Here’s what you need

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The 15 best poufs and ottomans you can buy online

By Terri Williams, Wed, February 23, 2022

The Harper Burrow Nomad Leather Ottoman from Burrow; Photo courtesy of Burrow

I love poufs and ottomans because they’re so versatile that they can be used for seating, serve as a footrest, and some can even provide storage. Poufs and ottomans are available in a variety of sizes and materials, making them ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, kids’ rooms, and nurseries–as well as on the patio. Below, find some of our favorite poufs and ottomans you can buy online.

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17 things to keep you warm in your apartment this winter

By Terri Williams, Wed, January 12, 2022

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Winters in New York City can be brutal, with even our notoriously hot, steam-heated apartments feeling uncomfortable during a cold snap. Thankfully, there are several ways to stay warm in your home, and we’ve researched the best products to keep you toasty during this frigid season. From thick throw blankets and cozy rugs to a towel warmer, these are the best items to keep you warm all winter long.

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Hay Quilton Sofa. Image courtesy of Hay.

Lovers of mid-20th-century modern design have never had so many options. Vintage and new versions of designs that defined the century, from Art Deco to ’80s-style Memphis–often with a focus on Scandinavian aesthetics and 1950s “Atomic Age”–can be found everywhere from e-Bay to trendy High Street stores like CB2. Vintage treasures from gallery-level to quirky bargains abound online. And many of the best designs are still in production today, available from sources that specialize in finding that perfect Prouve dining table or Togo sofa, genuine or “inspired by.” Below you’ll find enough sources to make your modernist dream interior a reality–without a trip to Denmark or a time machine.

A modern furniture bonanza, this way

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10 houseplants that are safe for pets

By 6sqft, Thu, August 12, 2021

Photo via The Sill

Pet parents also tend to be plant parents, but it can be hard to get your green thumb on when you’re worried about your pet chowing down on a houseplant that might hurt them. We spoke to Erin Marino from The Sill (an NYC-based plant delivery service specializing in providing plants to city dwellers) to learn about which houseplants are non-toxic and won’t harm our furry friends.

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Affordable housing has long been a topic at the forefront of NYC politics, but it gained even more attention with Mayor de Blasio’s plan to preserve or build 300,000 affordable units by 2026, which has resulted in a slew of new lotteries, a new more user-friendly web portal, and an update to ease the process for immigrants and low-income New Yorkers. But the topic is not without its issues, especially with the city reeling in the wake of the pandemic. Many still wonder if the city is doing enough for affordability and if some of the available units are really affordable. Ahead, we break down the different types of affordable housing programs, how you can qualify and apply, and what happens if and when you get in.

Everything you need to know about affordable housing

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After finally finding that perfect New York City apartment, it’s time to prove you can actually pay for it. Many NYC newbies and even natives can’t meet landlords’ strict criteria, like having a high credit score or a salary that equals 40 to 45 times the monthly rent, for example. This is where guarantors come in. A guarantor is a co-signer who guarantees payment on the lease if it otherwise can’t be made. But this is an entirely additional process, from finding someone who fits the bill to gathering all of the necessary paperwork. Ahead, find out everything you need to know about using a guarantor, as well as some tricks of the trade.

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