» Decorating http://localtalk.mynewplace.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:10:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Graphic Apartment Decor /blog/graphic-apartment-decor/ /blog/graphic-apartment-decor/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 23:05:51 +0000 /blog/?p=18523 What is Graphic Design? By definition Graphic Design is the combination of text and pictures. But to us here at the MyNewPlace Blog, Graphic Design is much more – its a way to blend the hard lines of space (like the physical structure of your house) with art. It’s about expression and utility.   Here [...]

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What is Graphic Design?

By definition Graphic Design is the combination of text and pictures. But to us here at the MyNewPlace Blog, Graphic Design is much more – its a way to blend the hard lines of space (like the physical structure of your house) with art. It’s about expression and utility.

 

Here are some of our favorite graphic apartment decor.

 

Geometric Bowls

By: Melissa Maya Pottery

~$94 for 4

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Image Credit: Melissa Maya Pottery

 

There are 2 reasons why I really love these bowls. 1. Melissa has many other vases, cups, plates, and utility pieces that go with, or complement these bowls. and 2. they are hand made to order. That’s right, hand made. What’s not to love about this apartment decor? Find them on Etsy.

Books Books Books on Shelves

By: Bar Daron

~$14

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Image Credit: BAR DARON

 

I love the simplicity of this design. The blue and green hues would complement just about any wall color and it’s cheap. Definitely pick up this piece if you’re looking for a larger, signed piece of graphic decor.

 

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

By: Charlene Brown

~$275

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Image Credit: Charlene Brown

 

I chose this Coffee Table by Charlene Brown mainly because it’s so easy to blend graphic apartment decor with this style of furniture. Add a few books on graphic design in the bottom shelf and you’ll have a nicely tied together look.

 

Magical Thinking Mountain Sunshine Tapestry

By: Urban Outfitters

~$70

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Image Credit: Urban Outfitters

 

Hanging graphic tapestry (that’s right this is a tapestry, not a poster) in your apartment is a really great way to bring texture and warmth into your apartment home. I’m not  a huge fan of Urban Outfitters as a company, but I must admit that they have some cool apartment decor. Check out this Magical Tapestry.

 

Geometric Shelf

By: Haase Handcraft

~$90

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Image Credit: Haase Handcraft

 

Like the Coffee Table by Charlene Brown this shelf would also work great for bringing together graphic art into a mid-century styled apartment.

 

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TurnTables – A Listening Experience /blog/vinyl-record-player-listening-shopping-experience/ /blog/vinyl-record-player-listening-shopping-experience/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 17:57:43 +0000 /blog/?p=18578 I’m in the market for a new record player for my apartment, so I’ve been doing a lot of research in my free time to try and find the best record player for casual listening. I wanted something that looked good, sounded good, and would hold up well to normal amounts of listening.   There [...]

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I’m in the market for a new record player for my apartment, so I’ve been doing a lot of research in my free time to try and find the best record player for casual listening. I wanted something that looked good, sounded good, and would hold up well to normal amounts of listening.

 

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There a a lot of options out there, and the Crosby is a popular one. You can get them at Urban Outfitters, they don’t cost too much and they look really hip. On the flip side, they are Cheeeeaaappppply made. So steer clear of this cool looking fellow  if you plan on listening every week.

 

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This Turntable from Audio-Technica is an AMAZING BUY. Its very highly rated on amazon, and is often recommended by professional disk jockeys. And it’s only about $50 more then the players from Urban Outfitters – and the LP120 offers a lot better quality.

 

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Such beauty is the Music Hall mff turntables. They are expensive but offer up superb sound reproduction, and handsomely classic looks. If money wasn’t an issue, this is the turntable I’d choose.

 

So there you have it. 3 great record players for 3 different needs. Choose the Crosby if you want affordable sound and good looks, choose the Audio-Technica for amazing sound and lasting build quality, and choose Music Hall for the best looks and sound (but at a price).

 

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Three Space-Saving Solutions Using Pallets /blog/three-space-saving-solutions-using-pallets/ /blog/three-space-saving-solutions-using-pallets/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 17:48:13 +0000 /blog/?p=18573 I love my hometown. I really do. I know a lot of people dream about moving away to a big city and putting some distance between themselves and the place where they grew up. But I was excited to get a place of my own and start off in the comfort of familiarity. However, I [...]

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I love my hometown. I really do. I know a lot of people dream about moving away to a big city and putting some distance between themselves and the place where they grew up. But I was excited to get a place of my own and start off in the comfort of familiarity. However, I found that my small town apartment posed the same challenge as a big city studio: no space. After all, I had a whole 24 years of possessions to fit into 500 square feet of living space. After a crash course in feng shui and a LOT of vacuum sealing, I still had a few finishing touches to make which could not take up a lot of room. Enter: the pallet.

 

Choosing the right pallet

Pallets are fairly easy to come by for free. I have had success finding them in the dumpsters behind grocery stores – yep, die hard DIYers go dumpster diving on the regular. Once you find a good pallet stash, you want to make sure your pallet is in good condition with no nails sticking out, no rotting areas, no spill stains, and preferably no strange odors. I always choose pallets that have been heat treated as opposed to fumigated. A good way to know if your pallet has been heat treated is to look for a stamp with the initials “HT” on the wood. If you see the initials “MB” on a pallet, it means the wood has been fumigated with Methyl Bromide. I’d recommend leaving it in the dumpster.

 

Overhead Pot Rack

Creating an overhead pot rack with pallets is a fantastic way to save shelf and cupboard space in your kitchen. It can be mounted to a wall and extend out over your work space, or it can be suspended from the ceiling to hang above an island. You can paint or stain the rack to add a nice accent to your kitchen space. And if your kitchen is not large enough to house a full-size pallet, you can cut it down to half or quarter-size if needed. Here is a tutorial from A Greenpoint Kitchen that helped me out a lot when I was making my pallet pot rack.

 

Pallet Wine Rack

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Image Credit: http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2013/02/diy-wine-rack.html

 

This pallet project is my favorite space-saver for the wino in us all. I am still in the process of completing mine, but it should look similar to the one shown in this tutorial form The Kurtz Corner. I have decided to keep the vertical ends of my wine rack square rather than cutting a decorative curve into them. And I am applying one coat of dark red paint to the wood. Once the paint is dry, I will sand it down a bit to give the rack a rustic, yet colorful, appearance.

 

Pallet Coat Rack

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This was definitely the easiest pallet project for me. I wanted a coat rack with some character that did not occupy any floor space. So this was the perfect solution. I simply cut my pallet in half horizontally so the long slats of wood run parallel with my ceiling and floor. Then I applied a light stain to the pallet and screwed in a few hooks. Voilà! If you don’t have a lot of horizontal wall space at your disposal, you can cut the pallet vertically so the long slats of wood run perpendicular to your ceiling and floor. This is just as effective, but creates a different feel for the wall area.

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Bike Storage Solutions /blog/bike-storage-solutions/ /blog/bike-storage-solutions/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 18:46:38 +0000 /blog/?p=18547 City life is hard. Small apartments are the norm and transportation can often be a time suck – especially in citys like San Francisco, where I live. That’s why Bike Storage is a top priority for us here at MyNewPlace. If you’re looking for a great Bike Storage Solutions, look no further then the suggestions [...]

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City life is hard. Small apartments are the norm and transportation can often be a time suck – especially in citys like San Francisco, where I live. That’s why Bike Storage is a top priority for us here at MyNewPlace. If you’re looking for a great Bike Storage Solutions, look no further then the suggestions below.

 

Michelangelo Two Bike Gravity Stand

From: Public Bikes

Cost: ~$75

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This rack is available from Public Bikes and comes highly recommended because it can hold 2 bikes, is reasonably priced, and you don’t have to (although you can – and should) attach it to the wall.

 

KAPPÔ – OAK

From: Mikili

Cost: ~$485

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Image Credit: http://mikili.de/en/products/kappo-en/kappo-oak/

 

It’s expensive, but boy it’s handsome. Out of all the bike storage solutions on this list this is the one I would personally hang on my wall.

 

Iceberg Brown

From: Woodstick

Cost: ~$485

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Image Credit: http://woodstick.co.uk/iceberg-brown.html

 

Another expensive one, but remember, you’ll be using this every day. I love the geometric shapes of this Bike Storage Solution.

 

And of course, maybe the right solution is to get a bigger apartment. Searching is easy – find your new apartment home here.

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Apartment Safe Plants /blog/apartment-safe-plants/ /blog/apartment-safe-plants/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:32:21 +0000 /blog/?p=18539 Spring is here and it’s time to open up your windows and let the light shine in. But sunshine is not all that makes your home “spring-ey” to add a bit extra spring into your apartment place at least one house plant in the most used rooms (typically the Kitchen and Living Room). This will [...]

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Spring is here and it’s time to open up your windows and let the light shine in. But sunshine is not all that makes your home “spring-ey” to add a bit extra spring into your apartment place at least one house plant in the most used rooms (typically the Kitchen and Living Room). This will add an organic feel to the room, not to mention the added mental and physical health benefits.

 

 

Plants For Apartments

One major concern with Apartment Safe Plants is their light and water requirements. We’ve constructed the list below by most hardy to least hardy.

 

Dracaena Fragrans

 

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Common Name: Corn Plant

Light Requirement: Low

Water Recommendation: Do not over water. Let soil dry between each watering.

 

Sansevieria Trifasciata

 

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Common Name: Snake Plant, or Mother-in-Laws Tongue

Light Requirement: Low

Water Recommendation: Let soil dry between each watering.

 

Chamaedorea Elegans

 

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Common Name: Parlor Palm

Light Requirement: Low

Water Recommendation: Let soil slightly dry between each watering.

 

Plants We’d Avoid

Even though they are labeled as “easy to care for” we would stay away from these plants because they don’t thrive in an apartment home.

 

Ficus lyrata:

It’s common name is the Fiddle-Leaf Fig, and it is found in most garden centers around the country. We don’t recommend getting the fig for an apartment because of it’s large size and need for bright filtered light.

 

Ficus Elastica:

Its common name is the Rubber Tree (or Rubber Plant), and I’m about to contradict what most gardening professionals will tell you. The rubber tree is not great for most apartments because under fair light it will grow quickly and will need to be pruned often, which often compromises the aesthetic of the plant.

 

Is your apartment not big and bright enough for plants? Find a new apartment! MyNewPlace has 1000′s of affordable apartment homes for you to browse today.

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The Perfect Accent Wall /blog/perfect-accent-wall/ /blog/perfect-accent-wall/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:13:18 +0000 /blog/?p=18519 We posted on our Facebook wall a few days ago about “cut and paste” wallpaper. I thought it would be pretty neat as an accent wall in an apartment, but today I found something even better. This article was also on Design Milk and about wall design – but this time by a company called [...]

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We posted on our Facebook wall a few days ago about “cut and paste” wallpaper. I thought it would be pretty neat as an accent wall in an apartment, but today I found something even better. This article was also on Design Milk and about wall design – but this time by a company called ZNAK. The article featured “tear off” wallpaper that is designed so that you can peel off either the positive or negative space of the design to give a truly unique look to your accent wall, since the finished piece is dependent on how much you peel off. I really love this idea; if you have the ability to put up wall paper in your apartment I would highly encourage you check out the Design Milk article and then head over to the ZNAK website.

 

Photo Credit: Design Milk

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The Bookish Apartment: Bookshelves For Any Apartment /blog/bookish/ /blog/bookish/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:38:07 +0000 /blog/?p=18499 I don’t read enough. Researching a lot on the internet is an obligation of my chosen profession, but I don’t really read. There is a distinct separation between researching and reading. With research your knowledge grows, but with reading your experiences and soul grow.   Since you are so much more likely to read if you have a [...]

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I don’t read enough. Researching a lot on the internet is an obligation of my chosen profession, but I don’t really read. There is a distinct separation between researching and reading. With research your knowledge grows, but with reading your experiences and soul grow.

 

Since you are so much more likely to read if you have a space for doing it, I put together this list of cool bookshelves to inspire you to create spaces like this in your own apartment.

 

Bookshelf Stairs

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This is a great idea for two reasons. #1. it looks fabulous and modern. #2. A great space saving solution for small apartments. Image Credit: Brett Jordan

 

Color Coordinated Bookshelf

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This would be wonderful for an artist’s studio.  Image Credit: John Nakamura Remy. Image altered.

 

Built-in Shelf

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So many apartments have built-in shelving, especially here in San Francisco. Fill the space up with books for an amazing look! Image Credit: Jason W. Dean. Image Altered.

 

The Literal Bookshelf

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It may not be the best way to display books that you actually want to read – but a literal Bookshelf is still a heck of a cool idea and is sure to add a little flare to any apartment library. Image Credit: Stacie. Image Altered.

 

Do you have a great way to display books in your apartment? If so, we want to hear about it! Message us at LocalTalk@mynewplace.com or on Twitter @mynewplace. Featured Image: Andy Mangold

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A New Light Through Recycled Windows /blog/diy-recycled-windows/ /blog/diy-recycled-windows/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:23:50 +0000 /blog/?p=18485 So yesterday I did a piece on DIY Terrariums since I’m going to be building one for my apartment, and to continue that trend I thought I’d write about another upcoming project of mine: recycled window room divider.   There is so much that you can do with recycled windows, it really is amazing. You [...]

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So yesterday I did a piece on DIY Terrariums since I’m going to be building one for my apartment, and to continue that trend I thought I’d write about another upcoming project of mine: recycled window room divider.

 

There is so much that you can do with recycled windows, it really is amazing. You can build a recycled window greenhouse out of them, use them as a rustic window picture frame, and even make a room divider with them, which as mentioned above is something I’m going to be doing very soon. So, in preparation for this I decided to put together some cool ways you can use recycled windows in your apartment home.

 

The Glass House

 

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You’re an apartment dweller, so obviously this is a little out of scale for you, but it’s still neat. Let it offer you inspiration for smaller scale projects. Image Credit: seier+seier.

 

Window Frame Display

 

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If you’re looking for a unique way to recycle that old window frame that has broken glass, this is just for you! Image Credit: Stacie.

 

Mini Green House

 

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Amazing on a back patio, a small green house like this can extend the growing season of fresh herbs. Image Credit: Stephen Boisvert.

 

Photo Picture Frame

 

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Love this idea. I’ve seen it in a lot of my friends apartments and it always catches my eye. Photo Credit: Milk and Honey.

 

Do you have a great new way to utilize that old, recycled window frame? If you do we want to hear from you! messege me at LocalTalk@MyNewPlace.com or Tweet @MyNewPlace

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Color of the Week: Decorating With Red /blog/decorating-with-red/ /blog/decorating-with-red/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:22:16 +0000 /blog/?p=18190   Crazy about crimson? Lusting over lava? Sometimes, seeing red is a good thing. The lively color of love and intrigue, it will certainly add some spice and splendor to your apartment if you incorporate it into your decorating scheme. Whether you want to add some colorful pops of red for your Valentine’s Day trimmings [...]

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Crazy about crimson? Lusting over lava? Sometimes, seeing red is a good thing. The lively color of love and intrigue, it will certainly add some spice and splendor to your apartment if you incorporate it into your decorating scheme. Whether you want to add some colorful pops of red for your Valentine’s Day trimmings or assimilate it into your current interior design for year-round allure, the tips below will help you ring in some rosiness and adorn your home with an energetic vibe.

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Use in Moderation

Here is a secret: red can complement almost every color scheme even though it is not a neutral, so you can likely incorporate it into your existing decor without much trouble. The key is to use it in moderation to avoid overwhelming your space, particularly if you are decorating a petite apartment. Painting an entire room, for example, will make the space feel smaller, and you want your red to liven and brighten, not constrict. Instead of painting every wall, try painting an accent wall to create a red focal point that is balanced, not too intense.

Accent Appropriately

One of the easiest ways to incorporate red is to bring in eye-catching accents and distribute them throughout a room. A few throw pillows here, an afghan for the couch there, and perhaps even a red lampshade, if you are feeling bold, will make a statement without making a huge commitment, like, say, reupholstering an entire chair in scarlet velvet. Try placing a stack of books with red-hued spines or a Chinese lacquer tray on your coffee table, eating off of red plates at dinner, or painting a few picture frames to do the trick.

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Fall for Flowers

One way to ease into red and decide if you really want to commit is to bring in a red bouquet. While it will add some refreshing plant life, it will also help you determine where you want to see red accents in your home. Would that rosy vase you have been admiring look best on the couch side table or on the console near the window? You can move your portable bouquet to any spot you might be unsure about and let it sit there for a few hours while you go about your day. This will help you determine exactly where red will fit in, and as an added bonus the flowers will lift your spirits.

Pick Up Patterns

Solid reds can be intimidating when you are first experimenting with the color, but you can ease into red readiness with something a little subtler. To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed by the brilliant hue, seek out items that combine red with textures or patterns and complementary colors. Try woven ikat-dyed pillows with red and orange designs or a small area rug with thin red stripes. Using red this way will have the vibrant effect you want.

Make a Statement

Red is definitely not middle-of-the-road when it comes to colors. It works best either when you use it as an accent or go all-out. If you are truly fond of red, consider livening up your space with a red couch or living room chairs, but be sure they are not too elaborate. Clean lines and more modern styles will help temper your blazing furnishings.

Image Credits: Image(s) by V.H. Hammer & Boa Franc. Presented from Flickr.com under the Creative Commons License. For licensing info visit CreativeCommons.org.

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Tasteful Americana: Decorating with a Star-Spangled Scheme /blog/tasteful-americana-decorating-star-spangled-scheme/ /blog/tasteful-americana-decorating-star-spangled-scheme/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:01:24 +0000 /blog/?p=18188   Aside from July 4th, Presidents’ Day is one of the best days of the year to reflect on the noble beginnings of the United States and the myriad contributions the presidents have made. You do not have to go as far as building an altar and offering Washington and Lincoln sacrificial cupcakes, but it [...]

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Aside from July 4th, Presidents’ Day is one of the best days of the year to reflect on the noble beginnings of the United States and the myriad contributions the presidents have made. You do not have to go as far as building an altar and offering Washington and Lincoln sacrificial cupcakes, but it is a prime time of year, after starting anew in January, to update the look of your interior while paying homage toward pride in your country. Display your patriotism in a tasteful way that matches your decor using some of the ideas below.

Old Glory

The most visible way to incorporate Americana into your home is to go with the classic staple: the American flag. A photo of the flag adds a pop of color to an otherwise-neutral room, and it harmonizes well with a primarily red or blue room. The design of the flag is inherently geometric, so it works well in a space without other conflicting patterns. This use is a bold way to spruce up a room while showing your loyalty.

Accenting

If you want to avoid being too literal in bringing Americana into your home, accent a room with appropriate elements. Think about how you can bring in red, white, and blue without overwhelming your space. For example, a few plaid pillows woven with the American color trifecta look inviting on your couch, and a cluster of white pillar candles with red and blue ones interspersed livens up your coffee table. Incorporate star shapes as well. A grouping of metal stars hanging on the wall adds just enough intrigue.

Rustic Collections

Antiques add a vintage, rustic look to your decor, especially when contrasted with modern elements. Classic farmhouse style is a distinct facet of Americana, and you can invite this into your home with textures as well as curios. Display a collection of rusty old license plates on the wall, or let a group of ceramic hens peck at a corner of your kitchen countertop. Likewise, military memorabilia is compelling. Create a shadowbox to display your grandfather’s WWII medals or arrange a respectful bookshelf vignette with his hat and photos.

Period Style

This country is home to innovation, even when it comes to design. Uniquely American decorating styles have their place in history and perhaps in your design sensibilities as well. Bring period-specific details into your home. Whether you like the solid look of Colonial pieces, elaborate and delicate Victorian curiosities, clean and geometric lines of the Mission style, or Mid-Century Modern Palm-Springs simplicity, you can add stylized focal pieces into your existing decor. These elements give a nod to America’s history without being too overt.

Buying American

One of the best ways you can show your American spirit and make the presidents proud is to decorate with items that are made by local artists and craftspeople. While whatever you purchase does not have to be plastered with stars and stripes or even reminiscent of Americana, your fellow American’s work will lend a handmade charm to your decor, and you will be supporting your local economy in the process, which is the most important part.

How do you show American pride in your home?

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