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How to hide the ugly: 5 cheap tricks for renters

My husband and I live in a rented flat in central London. It's small. It's a space that we can't really personalise too much — we have no idea how long we're going to be here (could be three months, could be a year). We've had to work with what we've got, and I'm happy to say that little by little over the past couple of months it's really taken shape. How have we turned a dull, boxy flat with dirty walls into a space that we actually enjoy? A few cheap tricks…

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How do you reheat leftovers without a microwave?

We just moved into a lovely older house that we're planning on renting for at least a year. It doesn't have a microwave, and I'm inclined to keep it that way. I am seriously at a loss, however, for how to heat up leftovers — especially meat — without making them rubbery and dry. Any tips for this erstwhile cook?

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How we made our DIY wall-mounted cat tree

We recently moved and had to ditch the old cat tree after two years of love and abuse. It plain fell apart in the process of moving so we started the hunt for a new tree. We wanted something sturdy, affordable, and something that wouldn't take up too much room. Problem was, the cat trees you typically find on the market are made out of cheap plastic and particle or composite board. After some research, we decided to use the wallspace to the side and above our couch to create a wall mounted cat tree using a mixture of shelves and including a scratching post.

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Our one-bedroom condo in Seattle: Home to four people and a kitty living well

We're a family of four that love living in a pretty small space. Our condo is 730 square feet, one bedroom and one-and-a-half baths. We didn't intend to stay here, and I certainly never expected to end up loving small space living or a minimalist approach to possessions but this home has taught me the value of both and shaped the expectations I put on myself for how I want to show up as a home maker in the world.