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How This Designer Turned a Drab Apartment Found on Craigslist into His Dream Home

Photo credit: CHINASA COOPER
Photo credit: CHINASA COOPER

From House Beautiful

Photo credit: CHINASA COOPER
Photo credit: CHINASA COOPER

Anyone who knows Mikel Welch will find it charmingly appropriate to hear how he found his apartment: “Believe it or not, I found it on Craigslist,” Welch says. The designer, who is currently hosting the buzzed about Murder House Flip on Quibi, actually got his start through the website: When he decided to switch careers to design, he began posting Craigslist listings. Now, years after Steve Harvey hired him and he found success on Trading Spaces, Murder House Flip, and more (including landing on House Beautiful’s Next Wave list) Welch hardly needs to head to the site to land gigs. But, he’s still a devoted scourer of listings, many of which have resulted in some of the most unique pieces in his apartment, which he has transformed from a blah space into a layered oasis that blends a serene

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10 Calming Home Design Shows On Netflix That Aren’t From HGTV

If you’re spending this stressful time confined to a small, lackluster apartment like me, you’ve probably considered some vicarious viewing options.

For me, that has mostly manifested in travel shows. But as I’ve worked my way through the classics of that genre, I’m finding myself perusing a different escapist category ― the home renovation field.

HGTV obviously leads this type of programming, but I’m not really a fan. The homogenous HGTV aesthetic tends to (in my mind) feature rich white people making tacky suggestions that rely on expensive imitations of bric-a-brac such as expensive, oversized brass jack game pieces.

Netflix has tried to compete in this genre over the last few years and offers some semblance of an alternative.

Adair Curtis and Jason Bolden in "Styling Hollywood" on Netflix. (Photo: Netflix)
Adair Curtis and Jason Bolden in “Styling Hollywood” on Netflix. (Photo: Netflix)

The Netflix renovation shows aren’t perfect. They still have some HGTV homogeneity and tend to have low budgets

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Inside Creative Mogul Cordelia de Castellane’s Eclectic Country Home

It’s a bit mix and match, but every piece has a story,” says Cordelia de Castellane of the eclectic assemblage of treasures inside her enchanting country house about an hour north of Paris. Although she hails from an aristocratic family that counts numerous statesmen and aesthetes in recent generations, the artistic director of Dior Maison and Baby Dior is anything but stuffy and old-fashioned. So it comes as no surprise to find that her personal retreat, festooned with climbing pink roses and chock-full of family heirlooms and flea-market finds, is a dreamy, effortlessly chic getaway.

<div class="caption"> A Braquenié print envelops the boudoir. Cordelia de Castellane often draws at a desk that belonged to her grandmother. </div> <cite class="credit">Matthieu Salvaing</cite>

A Braquenié print envelops the boudoir. Cordelia de Castellane often draws at a desk that belonged to her grandmother.

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<div class="caption"> De Castellane in an efflorescent alcove next to her boudoir. </div> <cite class="credit">Matthieu Salvaing</cite>

De Castellane in an efflorescent alcove next to her boudoir.

Matthieu Salvaing

De Castellane has been steeped in the fashion world since youth. She went to work at 16, cutting her teeth with fashion

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SpaceX’s first crewed mission is headed back to Earth. Here’s every step that must go perfectly for 2 NASA astronauts to come home safely.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley practicing a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 19.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley practicing a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 19.

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Two NASA astronauts are currently orbiting Earth in a SpaceX spaceship and about to embark on a fiery fall through the atmosphere, into the ocean.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first people to fly SpaceX’s brand-new spaceship, the Crew Dragon, on May 30. It was the first crewed launch from American soil since July 2011 and the first-ever launch of a commercial spacecraft with humans inside. The ship docked to the International Space Station the next day, and Behnken and Hurley have since been conducting science experiments and spacewalks there.

But now comes the hard part: bringing them back to Earth.

Behnken and Hurley must hurtle back through the atmosphere — a voyage that will require the spacecraft to weather temperatures up to 3,500

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