Keeping a modern sensibility calm in a bedroom makeover

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Jenn O’Brien’s clients, a young professional couple with a 4-year-old daughter and two dogs, adored their late 1960s saltbox home in Boxford. However, their bedroom, which is located in a later addition, lacked character. O’Brien removed the carpet to reveal wide pumpkin pine floorboards and painted the walls Benjamin Moore Super White, creating a shell that’s both bright and warm. Taking cues from the property’s farm-like setting, she developed a subdued palette punctuated with black for contrast to achieve the dreamy feel they desired while keeping the space grounded. “It’s now the serene getaway they asked for, and it showcases their personality,” she says.

a living room filled with furniture and vase on a table: A bucolic setting inspires the makeover of a master bedroom in a Boxford home.

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A bucolic setting inspires the makeover of a master bedroom in a Boxford home.

1. A printed rug by Loloi pulls the room together. “It has all the tones we used—pinks, sea greens, blues, black—and then some,” O’Brien says.

2. A professional installer

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Best Peel And Stick Wallpaper

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Professional wallpaper can take your space from blah to brilliant, but it can also be costly and tricky to apply and remove. Whether you’re renting your place or have cold feet about committing to standard wallpaper, peel and stick wallpaper looks just like the “real” thing, but its self-adhesive backing saves you time, mess, and money. The best peel and stick wallpaper is made from water-resistant or waterproof material that can be wiped clean and easily applied and removed without destroying walls. Before you plan your next reno, here are a few things to keep in mind.


Most removable wallpaper is made from either a sturdy polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl that is usually waterproof or water-resistant and able to hold up against the most humid spots in your bathroom and kitchen. This material is the easiest to wipe down clean with a damp sponge or rag, making it

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Spa Bathroom Ideas: What you need to turn your bathroom into a spa

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CNN Underscored has interviewed experts to find the best options to help you cope during this uncertain time. Find all our coronavirus-related coverage here, and let us know your thoughts here.

Whether you’re stuck inside under self-quarantine, working from home, or a courageous essential worker, one thing this pandemic has definitely caused is a lot of stress.

There are plenty of ways to release some stress, even if you are cooped up inside. You can exercise at home, play video games, or have yourself a spa day right in the comfort of your own bathroom.

And with lots of items on the market that bring the spa experience straight to your home, that’s easier than ever. Find the right stuff and soon enough, you’ll be able to have a soothing, Zen experience in your own bathroom.

To help you get that pampered feeling anywhere, we’ve rounded up a

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Lawn chairs and kitchen tables: Ergonomics in the involuntary work-from-home era

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This is your skeleton. This is your skeleton working from home. Any questions?
Enlarge / This is your skeleton. This is your skeleton working from home. Any questions?

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With offices shuttered around the world, many people are experiencing working from home for the first time—or experiencing it in much longer doses than they were used to. Many companies are planning to keep employees working remotely at least part of the time well into 2021. And some are considering making it permanent.

Countless people have had to improvise their work-at-home workspaces. But now that we’re several months in, some of that improvisation may be wearing thin. And one of the things that often gets pushed to the back burner in all this improvisation is ergonomics. If you haven’t worked from home regularly in the past, and you’re now sitting at the kitchen table every day working from a corporate-issued laptop, you’re probably

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