These Amazon buys will make designing your studio apartment a breeze

Angela R. James

Welcome to #Adulting, the ultimate breakdown for all your grown-up needs. These articles are here to help you feel less alone and answer all your personal, financial, and career questions that weren’t answered in school (no judgement, we get it!). Whether you’re looking to find out how to tackle laundry or you want a deep breakdown on how to make a savings plan—we’ve got you covered. Come back every week to find out what life skills we’re upgrading next and how.

There are definitely pros and cons to living in a studio apartment. The space is entirely yours,

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Meet the Inspiring Interiors Icon Behind Jungalow, Justina Blakeney

Angela R. James

Welcome to Second Life, a podcast spotlighting successful women who’ve made major career changes—and fearlessly mastered the pivot. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief content officer at Who What Wear, each episode will give you a direct line to women who are game changers in their fields. Subscribe to Second Life on iTunes, and stay tuned.

Designer, artist, and best-selling author Justina Blakeney has established a career built on the foundation of self-expression. Known for her unique style full of color, pattern, and a passion for plants, Blakeney believes decorating is about feeling free, having fun, and

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Inside Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita’s Sophisticated New York Pied-a-Terre

Angela R. James

When one door closes, another one opens. Such was the unofficial mantra of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, lawyer Justin Mikita, when the couple found out Ferguson’s long-running ABC show, Modern Family, was ending after 11 seasons. For Ferguson, the series’ end made it the ideal time to invest in a larger home in New York, as he’d no longer be tied to Los Angeles for filming. “I feel very at home here,” Ferguson says of Manhattan. “I was strictly a theater actor before moving to Los Angeles, so New York sort of feels like my true home.”

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7 Ways to Get Crafty in Isolation

Angela R. James

Confinement, unpleasant as it may be, has a history of inspiring great art. During the aftermath of the bubonic plague in 1606, William Shakespeare reportedly wrote two plays—King Lear and Macbeth. While recovering from the Spanish Flu in 1919, Edvard Munch (his The Scream feels a little too real right now) quickly resumed his painting practice. And it was in total (albeit, voluntary) isolation in Concord, Massachusetts, that Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden.

So, as shelter-in-place orders went into effect near and far, we couldn’t help but wonder what new creations would emerge from designers, stuck at home

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Life in a Dollhouse Instagram

Angela R. James

When Ella begins a new project, she looks at her inspiration, then draws out her design in the rendering software SketchUp. But Ella isn’t a professional interior designer—she’s the insanely talented 13-year-old behind @life.in.a.dollhouse, an Instagram account and online store where she shares the detailed miniature rooms and furnishings she creates in the basement of her Minnesota home.

It all started two years ago: “When I was 11, I started watching tiny kitchen videos,” Ella tells House Beautiful on a phone call after school one day. “And I thought it was the coolest thing. So I started making miniature boxes.”

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