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How to help your freedom-loving dog adjust to life in an apartment

When I moved across the country last year, I was mildly worried about how my husband and I would settle into a new place and new jobs. However, I can honestly say I was afraid of how our dog, Gidget, would adjust to living in a 700-square-foot apartment. Fortunately, our worries were unfounded and months later she has become the perfect apartment dog. Here's what we did to help make the transition easier on all of us…

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Tiny, gothic-meets-nerdy-meets-bohemian apartment in the middle of Amish country

We live in a medium-sized town, that is situated in the middle of Amish country in Pennsylvannia. Our home is unique due to the fact that is a two bedroom with five people. My husband, myself, and our three children. Our two son's (ages 11 and 4) share the big bedroom, while our daughter has the smaller bedroom. My husband and I sleep on a king sized mattress on the floor that doubles as a very large couch during the day.

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"Texas redneck hippie" home tour where it's Halloween year-round

We like to call ourselves Redneck-Hippies. We have lived in Texas our whole lives and really love it. We have an enormous collection of music and movies, mostly '70s-'80s horror, and we love collecting different art. We both have very different styles though, I would love to paint every wall a different color and hang every piece of awesomeness I come across, while Dustin is more conservative with our space.

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A tiny, geeky, artsy, punk-y studio in Seattle

There are two big challenges here: storage room and tidiness. It's not a very big apartment — I think it clocks in at about 425 sq. ft., and it only comes with just the closet and some poorly arranged kitchen cabinets to contain all my stuff. So most of my furniture is for the storing of things because I can't live without making and surrounding myself with art.