Go bold in your rental (and still get your security deposit back)

Angela R. James

Noelle Daumeyer and her roommates knew they needed a big, bold art piece to decorate the bland, white walls in the living room of their rented apartment, but they also worried about damaging the paint.

They solved the problem by painting their own version of Henri Matisse’s “Dance” and using hooks with removable adhesive to hang the canvas.

“We wanted to give the space more personality,” said Daumeyer, of Columbus, Ohio. “All of our friends comment on the painting. It really brightens up the room.”

Hygge & West's Storyline removable wallpaper in blue.
Hygge & West’s Storyline removable wallpaper in blue.

Many renters who are hoping to get

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An Apartment in Pomander Walk Gets a Bright and Expansive Update

Angela R. James
<div class="caption"> This Manhattan complex is named for a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomander_Walk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:romantic comedy by Louis N. Parker" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">romantic comedy by Louis N. Parker</a> where the buildings in the play are described as miniature copies of Queen Anne mansions. The play opened in New York in 1910 and the real-life iteration, seen here, was built in 1921. </div>
This Manhattan complex is named for a romantic comedy by Louis N. Parker where the buildings in the play are described as miniature copies of Queen Anne mansions. The play opened in New York in 1910 and the real-life iteration, seen here, was built in 1921.

Claudia Oribe had been living in an apartment with her family for several years when she started yearning for more space. Moving wasn’t ideal for obvious reasons but also due to the fact that she lived in Pomander Walk, the historically landmarked co-op on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that’s full of whimsy, storied history,

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Inside Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Surprisingly Empty LA Mansion

Angela R. James

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are household names in many parts of the world. They’re especially known for their extravagant lifestyle, so it’s no surprise that the power couple’s newest nest is a mansion that cost just over $22 million. But the real story here is the additional $20 million renovation that took place after they took possession of the property. The exact details of this project remain murky, of course, as the two try to maintain at least some degree of privacy, but Kim has started to allow some interviews, and has even posted her own pics and YouTube

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Trump’s Plan for Federal Buildings: Make America Old Again

Angela R. James
Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty
Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty

Somewhere in the White House, a draft executive order entitled “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” is circulating. Given a title replete with the bravado of this administration, the contents of the order would overturn over two centuries of precedent establishing the proper relationship of the federal government to public architecture.

In 1962 Daniel Moynihan, at the time an official in the Labor Department, wrote a report that has set the framework for government building ever since. Earlier there had been casual attention given to individual federal buildings, mainly the U.S. Capitol. But there

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The Best Dinnerware Sets Will Make You Feel Like an Actual Adult

Angela R. James

In the search for essential home furnishings, the quest for the best dinnerware sets falls somewhere in between a couch and a Spiralizer. Sure, plates matter—you can’t eat cacio e pepe over the sink—but they aren’t as crucial to everyday life as your mattress. Perhaps that’s why dinnerware sets tend not to elicit the kind of deep-dive, dark-corners-of-the-internet, sub-sub-Reddit research the way beds and vacuums do. Does this plate hold my food? Yes. Is the color not offensive to my eyes? Yes. Annnnd scene.

Sure, any old thing can serve as a functional vessel for holding roast chicken/avocado toast/Frosted

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