not all of this ‘extreme decor’ really is

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If you take a look at the online version of the current cover story in New York Magazine, you’ll have an easy way to see what I think about the six “extreme decor” styles featured: the top three I do in fact find extreme (though I think the “paper planes” decor looks wonderful). The bottom three, I could happily move right in. It’s still an interesting look at some really creative folks. By far the most extreme to me is the couple who created disorienting whole-room designs with masking tape and paint splatter; I feel anxious just seeing the photos. The yarn bombing I don’t think even counts as decor — it’s for an art installation! And Amy Sedaris’ apartment with its fake food and vintage art? That just looks a lot like my own house to me. What do you think? — Mary T.

site we’re psyched about: heartsy

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It’s almost too good to be true: a Groupon-style discount site for Etsy, where sellers offer deep discounts on handmade items that people buy and later redeem. But, thankfully, it’s real. Heartsy is a site that does just that: offering a limited amount of discounts people buy for handmade Etsy items like soaps, artwork and textiles. New deals are offered daily, so it’s best to sign up for emails so you don’t miss out on something awesome — and you can even help decide what’s discounted next, so get on over and start browsing! — Megan B.

blogwatch: where we’ve been clicking this week

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If you haven’t done so already, then skip the trip to Hallmark and make mom a beautiful pop up card, with this easy tutorial at Martha’s Crafts Dept.

Unclutterer gives us some great advice on how to limit “media over-consumption”.

While you’re busy not watching Netflix streaming, how about tackling the bathroom? Curbly’s making it easier with this helpful cleaning cheat sheet.

Liven up that boring ol’ chain link fence, CasaSugar style!

May is the best month for outdoor painting, reportedly, so jazz up your exterior and paint your front door, at DIY Life.

With a name like Umami butter, it HAS to be good. Make your own, with this recipe at Delicious Days.

Juxtapoz magazine is featuring a roundup of fences made of unconventional materials, some with better results than others…

friday fun: the ‘home alone’ house is on the market

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It’s been making the rounds on the internet this week, but if you haven’t seen it, here’s a fun injection for your Friday: the expansive home where little Kevin McCallister was left alone while his family spent Christmas in France is on the market! Located in the historic town of Winnetka, Illinois, the expansive house can be yours for a cool $2.4 million, which certainly buys you enough space to make forgetting a kid or two a semi-believable parental faux pas, no? (The logistics of actually leaving a child behind by accident were always lost on me. Maybe this sheds some light?) For more information including floor plans and photos, click over to the Home Alone Home Facebook page or stop by its official website, Homealonehome.com. –- Sarah C.

photo: Coldwell Banker