8 of the most iconic homes from 80s Film and TV

Which iconic 80s home is your favorite?

In celebrating #throwbackthursdays today and every day (who doesn’t love a good throwback?) we’ve collected some of our all-time-favorite iconic homes from films and TV of the 80s.

Jules’ Apartment in ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

Who could forget the Jules’ iconic apartment from St. Elmo’s Fire? Jules, played by Demi Moore, had quite the eclectic taste in decor – from the bubblegum pink walls to the neon-accented Billy Idol mural.

Josh Baskin’s Apartment in ‘Big’

After Josh gets his wish to “be big” granted by Zoltar, he realizes that while being an adult might seem cool, it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be. Determined to get his childhood back, Josh follows Zoltair to Manhattan, where he gets a job at MacMillan Toys that pays him enough to rent an absolutely gorgeous (if not pretty empty) SoHo loft apartment. After Josh fills it with epic toys and games, the space truly is an 80s kid’s dream home.

Don Barrett’s Apartment in ‘Ghostbusters’

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters, and whoever can find us an apartment with a view like that! This seminal 80s classic features seriously fun ghost-fighting adventures and interior design that makes it one of our favorites!

‘The Wonder Years’ Home

Though it’s never quite made clear where The Wonder Years takes place, it was shot entirely in Southern California. This particular home struck producers as the kind of house that could be found in 1960s Anytown, USA, making it the perfect spot for the nostalgic series.

The ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ home

When this memorable horror movie staple went on sale, the public’s response was a resounding “thank you, next”. While the exterior of this lovely home looks pleasant enough, fans of the 1984 film know all to well not to judge this home by its siding. Though the home is no longer for sale, it clocks in at a cool $2,297,669 market value.

Brad & Stacey’s House in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

Filmed throughout the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High became one of the most iconic films of the early 80s. The 1982 film, based off writer Cameron Crowe’s 1981 book of the same title, explored a school year in the lives of Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), as well as their older friends. Stacy’s house, one of the main shooting locations for the film, can be found in the West Hills.

Ferris Bueller’s Home from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

The tricks Ferris pulled to get out of – and stay out of – both school and trouble are some of the most exciting in film history. A high schooler’s dream day, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off features Ferris, played by a young Matthew Brodrick, finding ever creative ways to make what would otherwise be a regular school day into one of the most memorable.

The ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Home

There’s nothing like a little holiday decor to get us in the spirit of the season. That being said, this absolute… beacon of Christmas spirit might just be a little too much. Is it epic and memorable? Yes. Will it run your electric bill up like nobody’s business? Probably.

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5 Organization Tips To Make Your 2019 Stress-Free

Get Spring Cleaning Started Early!

The first month of the new year has just about come and gone. Resolutions have been made (and broken), folks are still detoxing from the craziness of the holidays, and everyone is looking to find ways to make their 2019 as stress-free as possible. And when it comes to stress-free, why not start at home?

That’s why we’ve put together five of our favorite top organization tips to help you get the new year started right!

Start small

When it comes to organization, it’s easy to get stumped just thinking about the sheer amount that you have to do. Even if you’ve got a small space, you’ve got to account for the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, your bedroom – and all of the nooks and crannies in each of those rooms, too! Before you panic, don’t worry. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and in the same vein, you don’t have to tackle all of your organizational needs at once. In fact, starting small is a great way for you to figure out what your organizational style is!

For that reason, think about tackling junk drawers and small closets first so as not to get overwhelmed. Before heading to your big walk-in closet or your chest-of-drawers, think about those do-anything organizational spots in your house. This might mean anything from starting with under-the-bed storage to organizing the front closet. Wherever you decide to start, make sure that you’re taking your time – and that you don’t get overwhelmed!

Recognize what does (and doesn’t) bring you joy

As organizational queen Marie Kondo asks, “Does it bring you joy?” This is the kind of question that we could easily apply to any aspect of our lives but is particularly important when it comes to identifying what items we really need in our homes.

When Marie Kondo asks those she’s helping in her new TV show or through her bestselling book about what brings them joy, she’s referring to whether or not the items that we’ve chosen to keep around our homes actually make us happy. Sure, they might look nice, but when was the last time those gilded bookends were actually used? And when’s the last time you even thought about them?

Kondo’s “Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” asks viewers and readers (and followers of all kinds) to, if their belongings don’t bring them joy, quite literally thank each item… and get rid of it.

While it might be easier said than done to narrow down what exactly it is that makes you joy, Kondo’s rule of thumb makes a great place to start when it comes to the process of decluttering any spaces in the home.

Cluttered kitchen cabinets? Hang those pots and pans.

Hanging your pots and pans in the kitchen is actually a two-fold win. Think about it: not only do you open up cabinet space for more snacks/spices/dishtowels, but you get some instant decoration. A thoughtfully placed pan alongside a cabinet or hung tastefully on the wall will add a touch of class to any kitchen setup, whether spacious or not.

Of course, pots and pans aren’t the only kitchen items that can be reorganized with a little attention to vertical space. Spatulas, strainers, pot holders, and more can make elegant and effective storage.

Sort by color to bring inspiration to your organizational efforts

Who doesn’t love a good pop of color? It’s thought that organizing by color is not only a great way to bring a little creativity to the home, but also to quickly and efficiently identify your belongings. Papers to file away? Put ‘em in the red bin. Holiday decorations that have somehow still managed to sit out? Throw ‘em in the blue bin. And so on, and so forth.

The great thing about organizing-by-color is that it gives you a little more autonomy in the process. Choose your favorite colors and get to work! By the time you’re done, you’ll be looking for more things to sort away into your colorful bins.

Keep your daily routine at the forefront of your organization

Of course, none of the above is useful if, well, you don’t put it into practice. That’s why our last time – and perhaps one of the most important – is to keep your daily routine in mind while going about your organizational efforts. Think about what you do when you come home after a long day. Maybe you throw your keys and workbag down, drop your coat on the couch, and slide your shoes off. How can you make that process more organized? Anything from setting up a coat stand and key hooks to simply putting aside space specifically for shoes can help you keep your space clutter-free.

This applies to just about every routine that you may have. Whether getting ready in the morning or meal planning for the week, the way that you operate in your space (and of course, the way you use the things in your home) is of the utmost importance to consider. Remember: don’t just organize because you think you should. Organize your space for YOU – because it’ll end up making your life a little less stressful, and therefore easier to live.

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5 Holiday Decor Tips for Small Spaces

Holiday Decor Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

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With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about how best to decorate our homes to celebrate! Of course, while we might have visions of grandiose dinner parties and sweeping garland decor, we might not always have the largest spaces (or budgets) to make our holiday decorating dreams come true.

Not all is lost, though! There are plenty of ways to transform your small space into an unforgettable winter wonderland this holiday! From DIY tips to organization hacks, we’ve collected some of our top favorite ways to bring some of that sweet holiday cheer to your home – no matter how big or small it might be!

1. Use Height to Your Advantage

While you may not have a ton of room horizontally, it’s important to think about the vertical spaces in your home. That’s right – your ceilings might just be the perfect spot for some holiday decor! Hanging snowflakes or colorful baubles is a sure way to bring a little bit of holiday magic into your space.

2. Lighting Is Your Friend

Not only can lighting help make things look a little more festive, but it can certainly help you make a small room look larger! With twinkle lights, it’s easy to bring some brightness into any space you have. Plus, string lights don’t just have to be hung! Think about putting your string lights in a glass jar to create easy, soft lighting for any room.

3. Get Creative with DIY Wreaths

No room for a big wreath? No worries. DIY wreaths of rosemary and pine are small enough to hang anywhere in your home, and will add a touch of class and festivity to your space! Plus, your home will smell fantastic.

4. Deck The Cabinets

When you don’t have halls to deck, simply deck the cabinets instead! Think of your cabinet space as a blank canvas – or at the very least, a place to hang your favorite ornaments. This is the perfect way to add a touch of holiday decor to your kitchen or bathroom space without going overboard.

5. Make Comfort Key

Hosting a holiday dinner in a small space? Make comfort key and think about getting creative with what a “seat” is! Long benches, ottomans, stools, and pillows can all make for super cozy holiday dinner seating. Your guests will feel totally at home!

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