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Through the many exotic locales, harried couples, exasperated real estate agents, numerous spinoffs, and hundreds of properties seen on HGTV's House Hunters, there's one constant: the soothing lilt of the narrator's voice. Until now, not much was known about this mysterious woman who is never seen on camera. House Hunters narrator Andromeda Dunker opened up to BuzzFeed for a revealing interview, and we learned that she might be even more fascinating than the show she's famous for! Check out six of our favorite facts from the BuzzFeed article ahead.

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Ikea has long been who we've thought of for inexpensive storage options for the closet, garage, or attic. But thanks to a recent reinvigoration from designer, style guru, and all-around home/life philosopher Ilse Crawford, Ikea now offers storage solutions so chic you'll be proud to bring them out of the closet.

The best storage options can be repurposed at different points in your life - changing with you as your needs change. So look for items that can do double duty, or items that could work in more than one room: living and bedroom, or bath and kitchen. The 19 Ikea products that follow feature organic materials, simple but elegant design, and an earth-oriented color palette.

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Christina El Moussa's interior-design savvy has been one of the driving forces behind her and estranged husband Tarek's tremendous house flipping success. And while Christina has shared her tips for getting stylish backsplash on the cheap, given us glimpses of her own home's uber-glam bathroom tile on Instagram, and shown her trendy aesthetic on Flip or Flop, until now we didn't know what her favorite tile was. The reality real estate star changed all that when she shared a snap of several Cement Tile Shop tile styles she's looking at alongside the caption, "Playing around with @cementtileshop tiles and SO excited to start filming new episodes of #fliporflop today!"

With their boho-meets-mod designs, Cement Tile Shop exemplifies the best of contemporary home design – how can you not love a hexagonal starburst pattern?! Of course, we had to dig a little deeper to find out more about the company. It turns out, Cement Tile Shop tiles are handmade using the centuries-old encaustic process, which inlays the design by burning it into the cement with a mix of color pigments and hot wax. The...

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We used to think that a simple poster quoting Marilyn Monroe and pictures of our high school friends taped to the wall qualified as dorm decor, but after seeing the way these freshmen roommates decorated their dorm at Ole Miss, we definitely need to reconsider. Abby Bozeman and Lindy Goodson have been planning their room since December, and it's absolutely incredible!

Abby told BuzzFeed News that they planned their masterpiece without ever meeting in person to see how it looked. "We weren't really sure everything was going to go together, but then we got here, and it does."

Well, that's putting it lightly!

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The girls explained that dorm decor is taken very seriously at Ole Miss and they were ready to join in on the extravagant fun, and yes, the bedskirts, headboards, and pillows were custom made.

Abby and Lindy posted photos of their room on social media and everyone went crazy, with over 3,000 people retweeting it. This is hands down one of the most stunning dorm rooms we've ever seen!

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I love my home. When I first moved in, I would often go outside just to stare at its brick exterior and marvel at it. Here is a home that has been standing for over 100 years, and now I own it. I sometimes even wished I could give it a hug. Even though my building is my boo, that doesn't mean I still don't longingly peruse Pinterest, looking at all the perfect homes, and wonder what it must be like to live there.

In the years that I've lived in this building, I've used Pinterest a lot. It's often been a tool to guide my remodels, paint colors, and design choices. Pinterest has also been a great way to store all my dream designs and picture-perfect life, kind of a virtual bucket list for the home. I wonder what it would be like to live in one of those immaculately designed homes, even for just a week.

Since a temporary move is out of the question, I decided to see what it would take to turn my current house into a Pinterest-perfect dream home. In the course of a week, I tackled as many organizing, cleaning, decorating, and styling tips as I could find, and this is what I learned.

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Spring is well and truly sprung! So what better way to celebrate than by taking a look at all of the royal family's favorite flowers. Which ones have a special meaning for Prince Harry? Which blooms does the queen have on her desk? And what was the secret meaning behind Kate's bridal bouquet? From blossom-drenched weddings to private palace gardens and poignant plantings to meaningful decades-long passion projects, we've rounded up all the royal flower inspiration you'll ever need.

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At some point, every Fixer Upper fan has wondered how Joanna Gaines does it all. She has a hit show on HGTV, the Magnolia Market home store, a new furniture and paint collection, and recently opened a bakery and bed and breakfast with husband Chip. And that's on top of raising four young children. Despite her busy schedule, one gets the impression that Joanna is a hands-on mom.

So what's her secret? Joanna gave us some insight in a heartfelt blog post she wrote for Mother's Day 2016. In it, she honors and encourages mamas of all kinds and reveals how she survives the good and the bad parts of mothering, from when she shuttered her first decor store to spend more time raising her family to how she balances everything as a working mom today. You can read the entire post on Magnolia Blog, and check out some of the highlights below.

You Are Enough

"I think at times all moms get this insecure feeling of 'I'm not doing enough,'" shares Joanna, who admits that even she struggles to leave her kids when she goes to work, especially when they beg her not to go. But Joanna's response is brilliant: "I...

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George and Amal Clooney are less than a month away from the arrival of their twins. While we already know the happy couple will be welcoming home a boy and a girl, thanks to a slip up by George Clooney's mom, we're only just now learning more details about the twins' nursery. According to sources over at E!, George and Amal waited six months before decorating their babies' room because "they didn't want to rush or jinx things."

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The couple, who recently built a panic room in their 17th century English manor, reportedly sought out London-based interior designer Ilse Crawford to help make their dream nursery come true. The Clooneys were reportedly very hands-on with the decorating process, even selecting many of the nursery decor pieces themselves. According to the E! report, a few of the nursery items were purchased at Baudou, a boutique in Paris. We can't wait to get a sneak peek at the nursery, but until then, these stunning photos of their new Manhattan apartment will have to hold us over.

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We've already picked out our go-to Summer bathing suit styles, and we've been working hard at those beach-ready bodies, but now, we've found the one thing our Summer repertoires have been missing: stylish round towels. Gone are the days of digging through our linen closets for plain, old towels, because not only are round towels perfectly shaped, but they are also adorably Instagrammable.

Coming in trendy patterns like hamburger or pizza print, there are no limits to what your beach towel can achieve. Keep reading to see some of our favorite round towel picks for the Summer, and make sure you order yours ASAP.

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There has been no shortage of headlines surrounding Flip or Flop's El Moussa clan lately, between the news of Tarek and Christina's split and shocking revelations about Tarek's cancer battle. But the latest reason Christina El Moussa is sparking discussion is puzzling; after sharing a photo to celebrate bringing home a new puppy, Christina faced serious backlash from Instagram followers. The photo, which shows Christina and her daughter, Taylor, wearing matching purple bikinis, garnered a multitude of comments calling the post "inappopriate" and "just not cool."

However, following the backlash about posting the image of her daughter in a swimsuit, many moms chimed in to defend Christina. "Love you. Love the pic! Adorbs! You know the haters will hate. That's their problem," one wrote, with many others agreeing that they saw no issue with the photo of mother and daughter. In fact, many complimented the matching bikinis, noting that Christina had an eye for design without even trying!

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When it comes to pests and critters, the last thing any of us wants is to find unwanted guests taking up residence in the kitchen. While there are certainly more harmful pests, there's something particularly icky about ants - especially when they're in close proximity to where you store, prepare, and eat your food. They can get into your food containers and pantry, and one ant soon turns into a whole colony. If you find yourself waging war against these tiny but mighty creatures, try some of these creative yet simple (and effective!) ways to keep them away.

Draw a Chalk Line
If you have a door in your kitchen that leads directly to the outside of your home, this could be where the ants are coming from. To stop them dead (but not literally) in their tracks, draw a chalk line on the ground on the exterior side of the door. Ants dislike calcium carbonate, so it's an excellent repellent and they won't go over the line and into your kitchen.

Sprinkle Flour or Cinnamon
Similarly to chalk, ants are repelled by flour and cinnamon, and these are great options if you don't want to use any chemicals in and around your kitchen. While this can be a little on the messy side, sprinkling some...

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Nothing quite compares to that one-of-a-kind Anthropologie shopping experience that we all know and love. From all of its wonderfully chic pieces just waiting to fill up your wardrobe to the funky decorative items (we are talking bed frames all the way to trinket trays), this company has successfully created the ultimate collection of lifestyle necessities loved from California all the way to New York and beyond. So, being the full-on Anthro superfans that we are, we decided to go straight to the source. Read on as an Anthro employee offers us six supervaluable insider tidbits sure to make our shopping experience even that much more exciting.

1. Anthropologie Offers Complimentary Home Styling

Not only does Anthropologie offer styling free of charge for your wardrobe, but it also extends the service to home styling. The Anthro employee says, "Customers can make appointments online at anthropologie.com or by calling their local stores." So next time you find yourself trying to decide on the perfect table lamp for your desk, you will know just how to get in touch!

2. It's Worth It to Foster an Employee/Customer Relationship

One of Anthropologie's main objectives is to create a...

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One way to dress up a room is to hang art. Another? Transform a plain wall into a gorgeous installation. This subtle ombré technique is actually quite simple (a slightly imperfect flow looks more interesting and organic anyway). Start at the top with the deepest of three graduated shades, finish with the lightest, and blend for a stunning result.

The only tricky part of this project is choosing one color - and its two neighboring shades - that you love. We used Behr, in Stolen Kiss, Cherubic, and Pink Quartz.

MATERIALS

Painter's tape
Drop cloth
3 paint rollers and roller covers
Paint in three shades (amount depends on the size of your wall)
3 paint trays
Ladder
Paint mixing craft sticks
3 paintbrushes

STEP 1

Tape off the wall using painter's tape. Spread the drop cloth on the floor. Fit each roller frame with a cover. Pour each paint into its own tray.

STEP 2

Cover a roller in the lightest color paint and use it to coat the entire wall.

STEP 3

Roll a second roller into the darkest color paint and, using a ladder if needed, add an 18-inch stripe of it at the top of the wall. Use the third roller to add an 18-inch stripe of the...

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Hold onto your champs, Real Housewives of Orange County fans! Mansion-dwelling, bash-throwing matriarch Heather Dubrow just launched Celebrate With Heather Dubrow, a new video series on Evite.com. In it, you can get all of Heather's fabulous entertaining tips, from DIY decor to theme parties, how to make a guest list, and creating a budget. This pro hostess puts it all out there in her signature no-fuss style. Heather promises to take you from a party goer to a party thrower. We're intrigued! And if this series is as over-the-top as her YouTube series Heather's Closet, we're sure we'll be entertained as well. Check out the first episode below.

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I know I'm one of a great many people who love sleeping, but honestly, my real obsession is bedding. I have a constant goal to create the coziest bed you have ever seen and could hope to snooze in. I judge hotels on their beds alone. I have dreams of opening a luxury bedding boutique. So, yeah, the fact that I have been committed to one brand of sheets for the last five years or so should tell you that I did my research before I decided that the best sheets for my buck were Pottery Barn's Essentials line. Crisp, cool to the touch, and soft without resorting to a sateen blend or some wacky technique to get the thread counts sky-high, I was sure I was in it for the long haul with these sheets. But this isn't a story about how these sheets and I fell in love. It's a story about our breakup.

See, I met new sheets. And I am never, ever going back to anything else. Enter: linen sheets.

My curiosity started with Pinterest. Images of sexy, rumpled linen bedding showed up in my feed, and the more I'd click on them, the more would show up. The pictures looked irresistible; unlike the perfectly staged beds with neatly made covers and impeccably fluffed...

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A house with a white picket fence and overflowing flower boxes might be a far cry from your city studio apartment - but that doesn't mean you can't bring some of that picturesque suburban charm into your existing space. If hanging flower boxes from exterior windows isn't an option, bring the flower boxes inside. There's no rule that says they can only exist on the outside of your house. Jonathan Rachman of Jonathan Rachman Design recently transformed the living room in the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase House into a retro green sheathed space. And to complement the shades of emerald, jade, and sage, Jonathan brought in actual greenery. He tucked traditional (but unmounted) flower boxes filled with lively ferns beneath the windows. They take up less space than a potted tree and offer the same enlivening effect as a house plant while taking up much less real estate. They look just as enchanting as outdoor flower boxes, can be filled with a wide array of flora depending on natural light conditions, and are an ingenious way to bring the outdoors into a space of any size and locale.

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If you love candles, then you already know how many incredible options there are out there to choose from - especially when you're willing to drop a bit of extra cash to treat yourself. Next time you're on the hunt for the perfect indulgence for your home, don't spend hours sniffing candles and overwhelm your senses! Simply let the stars decide which way you should spoil yourself.

We've selected a perfect candle for every astrological sign, so whether you're a loyal Taurus or an adventurous Aries, you can spoil yourself rotten (and make your home smell divine in the process).

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While you may expect to find an ant here or there around your house during the Summer, discovering a whole swarm of them can be pretty distressing. And unfortunately, it's not uncommon to find a whole colony of ants taking up residence in different rooms in your house - including your bathroom. They might be harmless, but any unwanted visitors in your home like insects can be pretty gross. Getting rid of ants may not be as difficult as other household pests (we're looking at you, bedbugs!), but it does require some planning. Keep reading to find out how.

Find the Cause

Before you start your battle with your new guests, it's important to figure out where the ants are coming from. Often, if you have ants in your bathroom, it's likely that a colony has made itself pretty comfortable somewhere in the bathroom, and they're probably not coming in for a quick visit. Inspect your bathroom to see if you can find the colony, or watch the ants to see if they lead you there. If you're lucky, the cause of your ant problem will be pretty obvious.

Identify the Species

Not all ants are alike, and identifying the type of ant you have could help in your fight against them. But it might take a...

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Pinterest is a great place to turn to when you want to look for inspiring interior design images - which is also what makes it a great place to look for rising trends. The great minds at Pinterest recently did just that, narrowing down some 100 billion ideas from 175 million Pinners into a handful of the hottest trends. Check out the most popular ideas for the home ahead.

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Every pet owner knows the dreaded smell. That smell. Pet smell in your home! Very few people want their homes to smell like their furry family members, but sometimes (even after deep cleaning) it's inescapable. That is, until now. According to an available on Amazon is a godsend for pet parents, removing every trace of animal scent from animal-lovers' homes.

An impressive 83 percent of Amazon customers rated the candle five stars, and hundreds have left glowing reviews of the product. "I have not kept the candle burning for a long period of time," writes one, adding: "I find that after about 90 minutes I'm very pleased with the fragrance in the room and that is sufficient." The Scary Mommy reviewer agrees with this sentiment, reporting: "The candles give off a light scent and do exactly what they claim to do: They neutralize the pet odors. No smells of Sunwashed Cotton-scented kitty litter. It just smells like it did when I did laundry that one time."

Priced between $19 and $21 based on scent, these candles are available for Amazon Prime delivery. With so many positive reports from satisfied pet owners, why live another day frustrated by your animal-scented house? These...

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Beyoncé and Jay Z have been house hunting for an over-the-top LA estate for several years to no avail, but with the birth of their twins on the horizon, the pressure is on to find the perfect home and fast. Page Six is reporting that Queen Bey and J have found a potential hive: an ultramodern 30,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom, 11-bath Bel Air compound. The breathtaking property was built by famous architect Paul McClean and includes luxuries beyond imagination, including a circular staircase made from a single piece of wood and upholstered in leather and limestone floors.

Not only is this mansion big enough for the growing family, but its gated neighborhood and hilltop location will provide the superstars with much-needed privacy. The Carters can enjoy the stunning views and warm California weather by opening up automated floor-to-ceiling glass panels with the push of a button for access to more than 10,000 square feet of outdoor living space. The kids will enjoy swimming in any one of the four swimming pools, shooting hoops in the private basketball court, and running around the property's two-acre lot. There's a 15-car garage for their many luxury vehicles and total of six...

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You would have to be living under a rock not to realize that Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper, have a booming home renovation and design business. Or that Joanna's Magnolia Home collection of decor is growing at a rapid rate. And if you're a fan, you are no doubt are aware of the Silos, the couple's Waco, TX, complex and headquarters, which houses their flagship Magnolia Market store as well as a bakery and recreation grounds. But what many longtime viewers don't realize is that the Gaineses' Magnolia brand also includes Magnolia Realty, a full-service real estate company.

While you may not be able to have Chip and Joanna create your dream home on Fixer Upper, you can work with their staff of talented Magnolia Realty pros to find your dream home. And you can expect to get the Gaines special treatment; the Magnolia Realty website explains, "Our founder and co-owner Chip Gaines said it best, 'Home is a big deal, which makes our job as realtors really important. And we don't take a responsibility like that lightly.'" Best of all, while Chip and Joanna only work in the Waco area, you...

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Bachelor alums Chris and Peyton Lambton are certainly no strangers to the world of home design and renovation, with hosting creds for both HGTV's Going Yard and DIY's Yard Crashers successfully under their belts. But these days, they are taking on quite a new challenge that many young couples can relate to, and that of course is parenthood. With the birth of their daughter, Lyla James, in November of last year, both Chris and Peyton have started to adjust to life as a party of three. And with that comes baby-proofing the home and also finding new ways to organize their space. Read on as we sit down with the couple to gain insight into their favorite tips and tricks for daily living with their new bundle of joy.

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Target's Summer catalog isn't hitting doorsteps until May 3, but you can get a look at some of the delicious new decor on POPSUGAR right now. Seasonal collections from Threshold and Pillowfort exceed expectations with modern touches, handcrafted pieces, and global appeal. We're talking magazine-worthy style at a shockingly reasonable price. Get inspired and start your Summer shopping early ahead.

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You can't help but smile when you see a space designed by Bob and Cortney Novogratz. This husband-wife team is famous for their colorful aesthetic - think bold hues, graphic patterns, and quirky accessories - as well as the fact that they have seven (seven!) kids. They've designed unique and chic spaces all over the country, both private and commercial. You may not be able to afford the design services of the Novogratzes, but you can still bring their style home thanks to their product line at Walmart. Yes, you read that right: Walmart. 9 by Novogratz offers furniture, accessories, artwork, bedding, and bath. You won't believe the prices, and more importantly, you won't believe the amazing designer look of each piece! Take a look at our favorite products from their line, and then snatch them up quickly. No one has to know where you got them; your secret is safe with us.

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Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow's palatial mansion is filled with many over-the-top design elements that are far from feasible for the ordinary gal; her floating onyx bar, massive closet complete with it's own champagne door bell (we kid you not), and movie theater come to mind. And while we can only gape at those pricey features, Heather does have one elegant design ritual dwellers on any budget can get behind: she fills her entryway with a new display of fresh flowers each week. The fragrant seasonal blossoms set a welcoming tone, while the constantly rotating displays help prevent her home design from becoming stale.

In typical Heather fashion, her the flowers are from a swanky delivery service and are opulent enough to decorate the head table at a black-tie wedding - but you need only swap in a new simple grocery store bouquet every week to achieve the same results. You can even create depth to the look by breaking up the bouquet into multiple vessels arranged at different heights, like Heather does.

Check out the Bravo! star's stunning floral displays ahead. And remember, no matter how much you pay for your blooms or how you arrange them, the key is...

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Brace yourself, Bravo fans, because you're about to be graced with the most glorious mashup series you've been waiting for. Real Housewives of New York's Bethenny Frankel is joining forces with Million Dollar Listing New York's Fredrik Eklund for a new series that puts their love for real estate in the spotlight. Can you even contain your excitement? Because we sure can't!

If you're a true Bravo devotee, you're probably well aware this isn't the first time Frankel and Eklund have worked together, as the real estate agent notably helped the RHONY star sell the luxurious Tribeca apartment she formerly shared with her ex, Jason Hoppy. But it wasn't just any ol' real estate sell - the glamorous apartment was on and off the market in just one day, as Eklund helped find a buyer willing to cough up nearly $7 million in cash in a matter of 24 hours. That's gotta be some sort of record, right?

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Calling all Prince fans! The late singer's Toronto estate is now on the market, and it's sure to make you cry purple tears with its beauty. A 14,280-square-foot home situated on two secluded acres, the mansion was occupied by the music legend from 2001 to 2006 when he was married to second wife Manuela Testolini. Listed by Forest Hill Oakville Real Estate Inc., the property is currently on the market for quite the hefty sum - $12.79 million, to be exact. But considering the fact that the home is filled with reminders of the now-deceased artist, from purple carpeting to his iconic symbol emblazoned on the dining room doors, we'd wager to say there's a superfan somewhere out there willing to cough up that chunk of change.

The sprawling house's amenities include a tennis court, swimming pool, fitness room, floor-to-ceiling windows, media room, heated cabana, and full-blown dressing room. It may not be quite as lavish as his picture-perfect Caribbean estate (or as famous as his mysterious Paisley Park residence), but it's still sure to knock your socks off. Ahead, catch a glimpse at an aerial tour of the property and more photos of Prince's former digs.

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I was a bit secretive capturing this so I'm sorry @chippergaines but you look good getting gas. 😂 #chipgonewild #hairrrrrrr

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Chip and Joanna Gaines have long defined #relationship goals – and Joanna just gave us a delicious reminder why. The Fixer Upper star just posted this video of her handsome hubby pumping gas in slow motion, and it's good. Like, really, really good. As Chip's long, thick locks flutter in the Texas breeze and a white tee hugs his sturdy frame, it's easy understand what Joanna sees in him. And if you're thinking a sexy video doesn't sound like goofy Chip's style, you're right. Joanna secretly filmed the video while admiring her man. Like we said, #relationshipgoals.

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There's lots of chatter about whether millennials prefer to live in the suburbs or the city, but no matter where this demographic choses to reside, it's undeniable that they have unique living needs. Millennials love high-tech features, bold design finishes, and adaptable designs that evolve with them over time. And, since the majority of millennials are in their 20s - hence smaller salaries and families - they tend to live in smaller spaces. For decorating advice tailored to this group of dwellers' needs, we turned to celebrity designer Bobby Berk. Bobby specializes in millennial design and says interior design for millennials is all about smart, original, and creative designs that are both customizable and functional. In this light, he has nine tips that will help millennials optimize even the smallest of spaces.

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