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The Ultimate First Apartment in Paris: A Brother and Sister’s Shared Quarters Designed by Marianne Evennou

A few years back, Paris interior designer Marianne Evennou worked on a family house in Neuilly and along the way became friends with the owners. When their now twenty-something-year-old daughter and son, Lola and Joseph, went in on Paris apartment together, Evennou was again summoned. Having bought what the designer describes as “the rare gem at the end of a cul-de-sac in the 11th arrondissement,” the siblings—Lola is a medical student and Joseph is a musician— wanted to make the place their own. The request this time was decidedly more complicated than tackling their teen bedrooms: “They wanted to each…

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Current Obsessions: The Great Indoors

This week, the Remodelista editors have been noting midwinter flower classes, more than one kind of eco soap, an Italian escape—and a few small home-improvement projects perfect for passing a weekend indoors. Read on: Above: Photograph from Radical, Ethical, Colorful: The Bull Inn in South Devon, England. May we recommend: https://www.remodelista.com/posts/current-obsessions-the-great-indoors/

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Turn a Storage Room into a Modern Home Gym

With two small children running around, it is hard for my husband and me to get to the gym. This year, we are dedicated to creating a space inside our home to work out. The only unused space available is our unfinished storage room in the basement. Watch how I turned this small space into a functional and modern home gym. For a list of tools and materials for this project, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Building a Home Gym in a Storage Room: Step-by-Step Before: My small storage room is the only unused space in my…

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10 Things Nobody Tells You About the Benefits of Wool

In addition to linen and cotton, wool is one of our tried-and-true, go-to textiles for all over the house. It’s both hardy (as in a dependable wool rug) and luxurious (as in soft sheepskin blankets), and we love the way it looks in all its forms. But wool has other benefits, too: It’s eco-friendly, water-resistant, antibacterial, and even has the potential to help you sleep better. It’s also the traditional gift for wedding anniversary number seven (in case you want to drop any hints). Here’s what to know about this all-purpose, dependable material. N.B. Featured image of the March Indigo Sturbridge…

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How to Give Your House a Yearly DIY Inspection

Use this detailed DIY home inspection checklist as a guide as you look around for leaks, cracks, breaks, wear, and every other conceivable problem that can develop over the year. Then make a repair list to keep up on maintenance in the coming months. Electrical Check trees around the house to be sure they're not threatening wires. Open the panel and look for new scorch marks around breakers or fuses. Also check outlets for scorch marks, which could be a sign of loose and sparking wires. Look for loose outlet covers, receptacles, and loose boxes, which may have to be…

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Just Add Water: Eco Cleaning Supplies (and Refills) from Blueland

We’re frequently on the lookout for earth-conscious cleaning supplies (for some of our findings, see 13 Favorite All-Purpose Cleaners, Eco Edition). The latest we like? Blueland, which offers household cleaners and laundry supplies and reusable glass and tin containers. Their mission: to eliminate plastic waste and to “make it easy to be eco” with products that are “convenient, effective, and affordable,” as founder Sarah Paiji Yoo writes on the company’s site. All of the packaging is recyclable or compostable; the vegan formulas Leaping Bunny and EPA Safer Choice certified; and the company has been climate neutral since 2020. Once you’re…

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