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The Best Time of Day to Shop and 5 Other Insider Tips Straight From an Ikea Employee

We're always itching to learn more about the intimate workings of Ikea. So when we saw that a customer service rep spilled the inside scoop in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, we couldn't wait to check it out. See the juiciest insights this Ikea employee revealed below.

When is the best time of day to shop?

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How often do people come looking for missing screws?

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Do you have to walk through the entire store to get a missing part or return an item?

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Do you get an employee discount?

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What is the work culture?

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What is the most common question for customer service?

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Why This Controversial Organizing Method Is Exactly What You Need

Letting go of clutter is hard to do. Anyone who has encountered the teachings of Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo knows that minimalism is currently all the rage; her housekeeping manual, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has inspired legions of readers to throw away their unneeded belongings. We love all things related to organization and have to admit to clearing out our drawers and closets in a fit of aspirational tidying ourselves.

Not everyone, though, is on board with KonMari, the nickname Kondo gave her techniques. As with any good trend, there's a corresponding backlash. A writer for The New York Times extolled the virtues of living a life surrounded by things in an article called "Let's Celebrate the Art of Clutter."

Whether you're pro- or anticlutter, you must admit there's a certain calmness to be found in a well-organized drawer. Read through to see 25 examples of Marie's method at work, and see if you aren't a little inspired to take a turn at organizing your own home.

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Next Time You Feel Bad About Your Rent, Think About This $664K Parking Space

The next time you're lamenting over real estate prices where you live, consider this: somebody in Hong Kong reportedly set a record by paying the equivalent of $664,000 for a single 188-square-foot parking space. According to local reports, the first-floor parking space is located in a luxury apartment complex near the region's harbor. Understandably, social media was filled with dramatic reactions to the news; even in pricey markets, dropping six figures for a parking spot is wild.

Someone spent $664,000 for a parking space in Hong Kong. Where I live, this is the kind of house you can have for that same amount of money. pic.twitter.com/BHNkfxUErZ

- Breanda Newell (@Breanda_Newell) June 14, 2017

So someone paid $664,000 for a Hong Kong parking space. I take it they got a free Ferrari worth $663,000.00 with that😂

- Stephen Moody (@stephen_390) June 14, 2017

I can barely afford to put gas in my car half the time but someone in Hong Kong spent $665,000 on a parking space...

- ცąცყ ῳɛ'ཞɛ ℘ɛཞƒɛƈɬ (@1D5sosCrazy) June 14, 2017

Let's just hope that the owner of the parking space doesn't have to sell their car after spending so much to park it! We'll be over here counting our...

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Colorstrology Is Real, and It Will Change the Way You Decorate

When it comes to astrology, let's admit it: who doesn't love reading their monthly horoscope? Gaining insight into your future relating to your career, relationships, health, and beyond is not only intriguing and exciting, but oftentimes, it can be extremely accurate. So, when we heard about a mashup that existed between astrology, design, and color theory, we had to know more.

This hybrid idealism, coined "colorstrology" by astrologist and numerologist Michele Bernhardt, is thoroughly mapped out in her book Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You. Michele has created a comprehensive chart of Pantone colors that are assigned to every single day of the year as well as one color for each month. Using ruling planets, sun signs, and the influence of numbers and other important dates, Michele has determined which color creates the highest benefit for each.

So locate your birthday month ahead, and read on as we break down your most beneficial color as well as exciting ways you can incorporate it into your home space for an extra boost of positive energy.

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This Is the Cutest Tiny Home We've Ever Seen - and It Can Be Yours

"I can guarantee that if you buy this true classic you will never lack attention," begins the listing for a pastel aqua trailer. One look at the midcentury gem in question, a 1955 Spartan Royal Mansion dubbed Spartacus, and you'll understand why. It was just listed by Aubrey Avila in North Carolina for $59,000, quite a deal considering it includes all the retro furniture and decor inside the trailer.

Aubrey has decorated the tiny home in an irresistible aqua and copper color palette and outfitted it with soft-closing custom cabinetry, a hammered-copper stove hood, cozy dinette, 32-inch television, top-of-the-line mattress, Bluetooth surround sound, new appliances, and even air conditioning. Yowza! That's nicer than most full-size homes. Take a look at this vintage gem in the pictures ahead, and just try not to be smitten.

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20 Ingenious Ways to Decorate With Plants Straight From Joanna Gaines

When Joanna Gaines combines two of her favorite things - plants and interior design - the results are astounding. This HGTV star has a knack for creatively sprinkling greenery throughout whatever she's working on, be it a Fixer Upper reno, her own farmhouse, or the displays at Magnolia. Given houseplants can help keep your house cool in the Summer, ward off mosquitoes, and improve air quality, we thought it was worth seeking some inspiration from Joanna on how to incorporate them into our own abode. Check out 20 times we loved how Joanna decorated with plants ahead.

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54 Outdoor Decor Gems You Won't Believe Are From Ikea

When mulling over how to step up your outdoor decor game, you may not immediately think of the supercheap goods lining Ikea's endless aisles, but the truth is that Ikea is a treasure trove of outdoor items lovely enough to make you want to camp out on the patio all Summer long. There's affordable outdoor furniture, beautiful lighting options, and more planters and greenery than you'll be able to fit on the deck. Keep scrolling for some serious outdoor decor inspiration, and prepare for the screeching disbelief from your friends when you tell them where you found these gems.

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11 Affordable Alternatives to West Elm Favorites

When it comes to sleek and modern midcentury home decor and accessories, West Elm has it all figured out. From its bold statement pieces all the way to its smaller home accents, it is definitely one of the top shops for all of your home design needs. But if you are currently on a budget, it may seem close to impossible to indulge in all of the latest trends with limited funds holding you back. So instead of just daydreaming about your long West Elm wish list, we have scoured the internet for more affordable alternatives that you can fill your house with today. Read on as we break down our 11 fave West Elm look-alikes for considerably more attractive prices.

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36 Essentials For the Ultimate Summer Pool Party

There's something nice about having your friends and family come to you for one raging (or relaxing) pool party. And while that does mean the pressure is on to be the perfect pool-party host, there are a few essentials you can acquire to make it as seamless as possible. We apologize in advance if you have a hard time getting your guests to leave!

Here, we've rounded up all our favorite Summer pool party necessities aside from, well, the pool.

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Heather Dubrow's New Mansion Will Knock Your Manolos Off

On Bravo's Real Housewives of Orange County, viewers are gifted with a front-row view to Heather Dubrow's sophisticated and often enviable lifestyle. We have known her for years as an actress, a mom of four, and the wife to plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow. More recently, though, we have gotten to know her as a California mansion designer extraordinaire. Avid viewers of the show live for the little glimpses of her decadent new digs now that her vision is fully complete.

Heather's shared plenty of sly shots of the over-the-top and exceptionally beautiful interiors on Instagram, though there's yet to be a big reveal. Until then, these social snaps prove that every detail from her aired-in olive tree to the jaw-dropping master bath is going to wow us beyond belief. So grab a glass of Champagne and enjoy this inside look at the Dubrow abode, and we promise, it does not disappoint.

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12 Tiny Homes That Prove Small Is Beautiful

There's a lot to be said for living in a small house. Less wasted space, cheaper energy bills, and fewer chores . . . it almost makes you wonder why anybody would prefer a large home! Not to mention, one of the best features of a minuscule living space is the fun of decorating your limited square footage. In a world that would like you to believe that bigger is better, it's hard to imagine drastically downsizing your home, but the benefits can be worth it. Here are 12 tiny dwellings that will inspire your itty-bitty aspirations.

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15 Things Organized People Have in Their Homes

If searching for your keys is a part of your morning ritual, it's time to break the cycle. Being organized is more than just a personality trait, it's a lifestyle decision that's easier to achieve if you stock your home with the right tools. These 15 clutter-busting essentials will make your days feel longer and less stressful. Cheers to that!

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How I Turned My Ikea Couch Into a $10,000 Designer Sofa

I don't believe you grow out of Ikea past the age of 25. I love the Swedish brand's minimalist aesthetic. And since I like to mix things up, the price point works for a design commitment-phobe like me. Despite my Ikea love, after three years, my Karlstad sofa started to look a bit sad. Since the low-profile sofa fit perfectly in my open living room, I decided to give it a designer-couch makeover instead of replacing it.

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This Raleigh Sectional from Design Within Reach (pictured above) served as my inspiration. The walnut frame matched the midcentury vibe I strive for, and the light fabric color would add to the airy look in my bright living space. That sofa retails for as much as $10,000. I knew I could DIY the look for less. Read on for how I did it.

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An Inside Look at Carrie Fisher's Home, Which Could Be Mistaken For the Set of Star Wars

EXCLUSIVE: First look tour inside the home of Carrie Fisher! @Ginger_Zee gets a tour from Todd Fisher: https://t.co/jGJ0mffCP5 pic.twitter.com/vN8K0jFBsf

- Good Morning America (@GMA) June 13, 2017

Carrie Fisher was known for her sparkling personality and dedication to her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Although she tragically passed away from a heart attack in December, we're now getting an inside look at her home and we're seeing just how closely Fisher's bright onscreen life resembled who she was off screen. Good Morning America recently walked through Fisher's Beverly Hills home with her brother, Todd Fisher, to show fans how the late star lived.

"The whole house is filled with her life," Todd Fisher said. "It's kind of like being inside her head."

The home is literally filled from top to bottom with memorabilia - a life-size Princess Leia statue greeting you on the front porch, a bronzed Yoda (that you must rub for good luck), and even the chair she sat in on the set of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The home is a straight depiction of her energetic personality.

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The 10 Commandments of Rental Decor

If there are rules that you as a renter must follow, make it these 10 commandments. Because, while paying your rent on time is important, so too is making sure your place is personalized and stylish. Working within the boundaries of your landlord, it's little things like a new light fixture that will make an impact without costing a lot of time or money. And, the best part about this entire list is that you'll leave with your security deposit intact once it's time to move up and on.

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Money-Saving Tips For Decorating Your First Apartment

Sure, graduation and your first job are huge steps towards adulthood, but what's the true sign that you've officially made it? When you get the keys to your very own apartment. Moving into your first (or second) place is a big deal, but we all know it can come at a high price. It was a rude awakening the day we realized our Pinterest-fueled dreams didn't exactly fit our budget. But don't give up hope! Having an apartment that's chic and affordable is totally possible. The key is knowing the tricks and hacks that will help you save money without skimping on style. That way, you'll save your money for what's really important . . . the housewarming party.


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Once You See Kendall Jenner's Luxurious Condo You'll Wonder Why She's Selling It

If you've ever wanted to live like Kendall Jenner, now's your chance. The 21-year-old reality star and fashion model just listed her luxurious Los Angeles condo, which she first purchased back in 2014, on the real estate market for a cool $1.6 million. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom digs also have hardwood floors, wraparound windows, high ceilings, and a gorgeous view of the LA skyline. (So it's pretty much perfect!) Keep reading to see more photos of the spacious open-plan adobe Kendall has already said goodbye to in favor of this sexy Hollywood home once owned by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.

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The 1 Item a Home Editor Says You Should Always Buy at Ikea


Tackling closet chaos has been an ongoing problem for me. With limited space and lots of clothes, I've tried many different types of hangers over the years. Some had a narrow profile - great for saving space - but couldn't stand up to the weight of my clothes. Others were sturdy but slippery, which caused my blouses to fall off and get lost in a giant heap on the closet floor. Then there were the expensive hangers I finally decided to spring for because they looked so beautiful that they must work well, right? Wrong. They worked terribly. And don't forget about the flimsy wire hangers mixed in from the dry cleaner (oftentimes with the clear plastic garment bag still attached). The net result of all these failed hanger experiments was a lot of money wasted and a hodgepodge of mismatched hangers holding up the garments in my closet.

Enter the Ikea Home Tour Squad. They recently came to my house to help me overhaul my entire clothing storage situation with a customized Pax Wardrobe. One of the biggest highlights of my new wardrobe was the hanging clothes section. The Bagis hangers the squad used were everything I had been looking for but could never find: strong and slender,...

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The 1 Thing You Should Always Buy at The Home Depot

More than ever, greenery is becoming an essential design feature. Whether brightening up your living room with a trendy split leaf philodendron, experimenting with Joanna Gaines's beloved potted olive trees, or endowing your yard with curb appeal in the form of a rose bush, a plant can be that final piece that turns a house into a home. But unless you're an experienced gardener or green thumb, you probably find greenery a tad intimidating. After all, it is a living organism that requires maintenance to stay alive and can be temperamental about its environment.

The fear of a plant, tree, or shrub dying can give many homeowners pause when they're about to sink a chunk of change into purchasing it. Well, you needn't worry anymore. The Home Depot offers a one-year guarantee on all tropical, house, and perennial landscape plants and trees. With its no-questions-asked return policy, it doesn't matter how or why the greenery died. All you need is your receipt, and you'll be refunded for your purchase. Makes investing in plants and trees a lot less risky, doesn't it?

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15 of the Best Backyard Entertaining Finds From Costco

The temps outside are rising, and that can only mean one thing: it's finally time for an outdoor party! Whether you're prepping for a Fourth of July bash, a Sunday afternoon cookout, or just hosting a few friends for a glass of ice-cold Rosé, you need to be sure you have plenty of backyard party essentials. And while you might not immediately think to browse Costco for all of your entertaining needs, it is actually a mecca for all of the hottest party necessities. Read on as we have selected the top 15 Costco finds guaranteed to make your get-together the highlight of the Summer.

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This Cat House Real Estate Listing Is the Thing Nightmares Are Made Of

Real estate agents advise against putting anything so quirky and specific in your home that it will make it hard to sell. Well, this Arizona homeowner certainly didn't take that advice to heart when installing cat walkways and a multilevel medieval cat castle in their two-bedroom, one-bath home. The house was just put on the market for $240,000 - and it's going to take finding a special buyer to sell it. "If you love cats this is the home for you! If not bring your sandblaster!" the listing reads. Images reveal that the quirky, log-sided house has been completely outfitted for its feline residents, from four-leg-friendly play areas to the fur ball decor that covers the walls, floors, and even ceilings. Take a look at this one-of-a-kind property in the video below and slideshow ahead.

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All the Affordable Backyard Decor You Need Is on TJMaxx.com

The days are long, the weather is warm, and the backyard is begging for use. And getting your outdoor space ready for stylish Summer soirees is easier than you think. Merely log onto TJMaxx.com to browse a variety of adorable - and affordable! - patio decor. Check out our favorite pieces ahead.

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A Study Found Homes Painted These Colors Sell For More Money

What color to paint the different rooms in a home is always a hotly debated topic. Interior designers have their standbys, trends point towards another set of colors, and mood boosting or calming hues dictate their own palette. But Zillow found that homebuyers place a premium on certain colors - primarily, neutral shades of gray and blue. The online real estate website broke down what colors buyers are looking for in each room and how much more they're willing to pay to get them. Take a look ahead.

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You'll Want These Mermaidy Seashell Planters to Be Part of Your World

Calling all Ariel wannabes! We've just discovered the perfect vessel for storing your favorite plants: seashells! Sure, the ocean treasures look lovely perched on a shelf on their own, but why not repurpose them by adding a little soil and a baby succulent or two? If you don't live near a beach where shells are plentiful, a few Etsy users sell their own shell-shaped holders for pretty affordable prices, although most of them are man-made. Naturally formed or not, these planters will add a summery vibe to any room, especially if you toss some dolphin-shaped succulents into the mix. Dive into the pretty seashell planters below for a dose of decor inspiration.

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A Colorful, Cultivated and Comfortable Family Home — House Call

Name: Courtney and her family
Location: Ross, California
The basics: 7 years, owned (recently sold) | 2,800 square feet

Courtney decorated her home with usability in mind, which you might not immediately guess given how stunning it is. Beautifully thought out, the space balances curated style with a life with children and all that entails.

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The Small Safety Risk Too Many People Are Taking at Home: Some Quick Facts About Home Burglaries

Many homeowners will tell you that securing their home is a top priority, however, that doesn't mean home invasions aren't a very real threat for Americans. According to a new survey by Eyewitness Surveillance—a commercial surveillance company based in Maryland—a burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the United States, resulting in a startling 2.5 million home intrusions reported every year. Yet what's more startling is how many of those burglaries were actually preventable, had homeowners simply remembered to lock their door. And the surprising discoveries don't stop there. The company surveyed 1,000 Americans about the steps they take to secure their homes, and their findings might surprise you.

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Before & After: The Power of a New Color Palette

Older homes deserve to be celebrated. They usually have a bit more character, were often made with better materials and they just have that sense of history that makes you feel a part of something bigger. These qualities were especially true for The Cardinal House, a home that was renovated by Lanie and Brent, the very talented husband-and-wife team behind the Kansas City-based RootedKC.

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New Study Shows How the Wage Gap Affects Renting (and Buying) A Home

You already know that the wage gap is alive and well (but if you don't or you want to learn more about it, head on over to the National Women's Law Center for a detailed breakdown of what it's like and how it affects women—and women of color, in particular), but have you thought specifically about how it affects housing issues? Real estate resource RENTCafé decided to find out in a recent study—and the results are, unfortunately, unsurprising. In short: it's much harder for single women to rent or buy homes than it is for single men.

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The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living.

DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.