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Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President

by Kate Wagner
Kate Wagner is the founder and editor of McMansion Hell, a web site for people who love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst. Photo: Sam Horine

If I had a dollar for every time I received a request to take on Donald Trump's interior design, I'd have enough to buy coffee for quite a few weeks - no small feat. 

As the Internet's chosen McMansion taxonomist, I have spent a lot of time with tacky. After spending so much time with tacky that my fingers have started to stick together at the mere thought of a grand estate, here is my thesis: 99% of McMansion decor is inspired by people like Donald Trump. As Fran Lebowitz so elegantly put it, "Donald Trump is a poor person's idea of a rich person." It's a pretty simple system, really: gold = rich. Columns = rich because banks have columns. Chandeliers = rich because they're big and shiny. You catch my drift. 

We as people have been fascinated by the dwellings of celebrities since the dawn of celebrities, who, back in the day, were usually royalty or the Pope. Donald Trump's Manhattan penthouse apartment is a particularly interesting (and recursive) instance where a celebrity decorates based on the taste of previous celebrities. In this case, King Louis XIV and King Louis XV of 17th and 18th century France. Luckily, the world was spared from the continuation of the heavily ornate Rococo style for a couple centuries thanks to the French Revolution. Then the 80s happened, and Donald Trump came with them. A fun guessing game to play is: Is it the French Palace of Versailles or a Donald Trump apartment?

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How to: Turn a Backing Rack Into a Modern Grid Organizer

by Lidy Dipert

How-to: Turn a Cooling Rack Into a Grid Organizer

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I find myself going into this weird funk. Our home felt like it was going to burst at the seams with all the stuff we had accumulated. The last couple weeks I've been on major purge mode to help get things feeling peaceful once more. Plus it doesn't hurt to be more organized!  This simple project is all about making life easier when it comes to rearranging the home. And all it takes...

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Make It: Awesome & Simple IKEA Towel Rack Hack

by Lexy Ward
Make It: Awesome & Simple IKEA Towel Rack Hack
Photo: Your DIY Family

I'm all for decreasing the amount of clutter around the home. And I really mean it when it comes to the bathroom. That space is already tight & small, so any chance I get to clear out some floor space, I'll hop on it. There are no linen closets in our house. Not one. So our towels are on display on a metal shelf in the master bath. This towel rack hack is stylish, modern, and could be the answer to all my towel-storing problems. 

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15 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in Getting Rid of Their Excess Stuff

by Jennifer Farley

15 Ways To Get Your Kids Excited To Get Rid of Things

It's that time of year again when you get the "itch" to clean up and clear out. Santa came last month with some new things and it's time to make room for them. Sometimes your excitement to simplify or clean out isn't shared by your kids. Here are some creative ways you can get your kids involved with the process of getting rid of their things. Who says donating can't be purposeful and fun?   

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Make It: Gold Leaf Tissue Box

by Lexy Ward
Make It: Gold Leaf Tissue Box
Photo: Lovely Indeed

Do you keep boxes of tissues in your home? If you're like me, you have them on every floor and almost in every room. But let's be honest for a minute and state the fact that most tissue boxes aren't stylish. Many of them look cheap, so I was so excited when I spotted this lovely little gold-leafing DIY. I'd happily display a tissue box like this one! 

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Curating Color: DIY Dust Jackets To Colorblock Your Shelves

by Lexy Ward

We have an incredible amount of books in our home. I'm sentimental, an avid reader, and part-hoarder. So we could stock a small library if we tried. A large majority of the books aren't on display because they're tattered and torn, or their spines are just too busy and not aesthetically pleasing. These DIY dust jackets might just be the answer to that problem! 

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How to: Get Organized With This Colorful Wooden Crate Cart

by Faith Towers
How-To: Get Organized With This Colorful Wine Crate Cart
Photo: Faith Towers

I don't know about you, but storage is one thing that I can never get enough of. Especially cute storage. So today I'm sharing a project with you that I made to create some mobile storage for my home office. It's a stacking, rolling storage cart that can hold all of those odds and ends that you just don't know what to do with.   

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How to: Make Gorgeous and Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

by Marwa Hayat

How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
I'm not sure about the healing power of crystals, but I am sure enchanted by their beauty. Thanks to their weight, these shining amethyst crystals are a natural fit for great bookends. Purchased from a high-end boutique, you're in for $300+ for a pair. But crafted at home, you can make a beautiful set for around $50, and a couple hours of your time.

Add them to your shelf, or wrap them up as a holiday gift. Either way, they'll bring some serious style to any bookshelf.  

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The Only Three Home Organization Books You Need To Get Through 2017

by Jennifer Farley

Isn't it funny how you can open up Pinterest and get a sense of exactly what time of year it is? A month ago it was filled Christmas ornaments, gifts, decoration, and food selections. Literally, the day after New Years, you open it up and are filled with how you can lose ten pounds in the next two months or start the year organizing your life. In the area of organization, there are so many wonderful ideas and tips that I personally can get overwhelmed by it all. It's like standing in front of a fire hydrant as it shoots out water. Yes, it is a little ironic that I am adding to the overwhelming mix, but I wanted to be simple by paring it down to three books. In my opinion, these are the only three books you will need for your organization goals of 2017.   

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