This Wall Divider Trend Is Genius for Splitting Up Small Spaces

This Wall Divider Trend Is Genius for Splitting Up Small Spaces

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You definitely have at least one friend/coworker/relative in your life who’s just so all around effortlessly cool, it’s a little soul-crushing. For me, it’s one of my college BFFs, Althea, whose mom also shares the covetable eternally-stylish gene. They recently teamed up to decorate Althea’s new studio apartment, and I knew even before seeing it that I’d have major decor envy. Sure enough, the first time I set foot in the space, I went full-on fangirl — I’m not ashamed to admit I started taking pictures because, yes, it just looked that good.

One standout feature (and photo) from her studio that I keep coming back to? A genius block of modular wall dividers that she hung from the ceiling — with just Command Hooks, no less — to section off her bed from the living room area. I know, I know: Room dividers aren’t that revolutionary. Truthfully though, I’d never come across a small space solution IRL quite like this one before. And I’m not alone in my adoration: I showed a photo to the AT Style team, and they were instantly awed, too.

Especially perfect for studios, these sets of hanging panels check all the boxes (geometry pun very much intended!). They’re easy to install, renter-friendly, fairly affordable, and genuinely alluring. To that end, I also really like how the whole piece functions as a built-in privacy provider but still leaves little pockets of the area it’s obscuring peeking through. It helps break up the room without making it appear completely closed off, an effect you might not get with a backed bookcase or solid screen doing the same job.

Equally obsessed with this arrangement and want to shop the look? One word: Etsy. Your favorite handmade hub is a hidden treasure trove of pretty partitions for any nook or cranny (and where Althea sourced hers, pictured above). You can browse by color, motif, panel length, and as one unit or with individual tiles. I picked out a few favorites for inspo below, whether you want something to tuck away your sleeping space, a laundry corner, or even an exercise bike.

26 Thoughtful Personalized Gifts That Aren’t Cheesy or Too Expensive

26 Thoughtful Personalized Gifts That Aren’t Cheesy or Too Expensive

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I was a kid when the iPod Nano had peaked in popularity. At the time, Apple offered an engraving option where you could put any message you wanted be it a name or initials, a loving note, an inside joke, or really anything on the back of the device. I remember making frequent visits to the Apple website just to experiment with different messages various loved ones might write for me, should they ever decide to generously bestow one upon me. And even though I eventually got one myself sans customization, I was always jealous of friends who had their name or a sweet message from their parents laser-cut on the back. No matter how small, it’s hard to resist a custom-made gift!

Think of the popularity of name plate necklaces, or monogrammed towels. There’s just something so special about getting something made for you and only you. If you’re looking for just the right gift to give for a loved one, or to mark a special occasion, a personalized gift is sure to communicate your thoughtfulness. From jewelry to artwork to kitchenware, you too can find your recipient’s iPod Nano: Something so meaningful, they’ll love and use it for years to come. And luckily for you, we’ve gathered together some suggestions here to make your search a little easier. Read on for 26 of the most unique personalized gifts that money can buy. 

Olivia Bowman

Commerce Editorial Intern

Olivia is an editorial intern on the commerce team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing, she’s probably re-watching The West Wing, reading her horoscope, or researching skincare products. She is a proud University of Oregon alumna and firmly believes that seltzer water is part of a balanced diet.

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These Are the Best Candles You Can Buy from Etsy Right Now

These Are the Best Candles You Can Buy from Etsy Right Now

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If there’s one luxury I’ve unashamedly afforded myself recently, it’s candles. Chalk it up to pandemic retail therapy or just a soothing scent craving, but after this past year, I’m now somewhat of a self-proclaimed candle connoisseur. And TBH, I see no end in sight for my newfound burning passion (excuse the pun): To me, lighting a candle’s the hallmark of any self care ritual. As I continue to expand my collection, I’ll let you in on one spot I keep coming back to for well-made, budget-friendly options: Etsy.

I’ve already waxed poetic (more puns, not sorry) about the online hub’s super stylish lamp offerings, and Etsy’s candle selection is, naturally, just as spot on. Whether you share my treat-yourself mentality or need an easy gift idea, you’ll find trendy sculptural creations, custom birthday candles, minimalist staples, and loads more — plus wonderful smells, of course. Oh, and they’re handcrafted from small businesses or local artists… what’s not to absolutely adore here? Gear up for ~cozy szn~ with my top candle standouts below, featuring a few AT-favorite Etsy home decor shops:

These Are the Most Stylish Lamps You Can Buy From Etsy Right Now

These Are the Most Stylish Lamps You Can Buy From Etsy Right Now

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Of the many, many things I love about Etsy, the company’s home decor selection tops the list — it’s absolutely unrivaled and reliably affordable. So naturally, when I recently decided I wanted a pleated table lamp for my nightstand, I turned to the online treasure trove for shopping inspo. To exactly no one’s surprise, I instantly found (and subsequently ordered) exactly what I wanted, but even I was genuinely surprised by the sheer volume of stylish lighting options they had overall. The prices? Also mind-blowing. A little louder for the people in the back: Etsy lamps are it.

I knew I had a duty to spread the lighting love to all of you, so I scoured the site for even more one-of-a-kind finds in all varieties: sconces, pendants, desk lamps, floor lamps, and the like. Take note of my favorites below because, even if you’re not in the market now, there’s no such thing as having too much light.

20 of the Very Best Gifts from Etsy to Give This Year

20 of the Very Best Gifts from Etsy to Give This Year

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What’s not to love about Etsy? The online retailer is a gold mine for specialty items and continues to receive praise for its unique, personalized gift options — most of which are budget-friendly and completely irreplaceable. Whether you have a loved one who’s getting engaged, married, celebrating a birthday, or just bought their first home, Etsy has countless gift options they’ll cherish forever. (Don’t forget to skim through Etsy’s curated gift guides for even more specialized suggestions.) Tons of Etsy sellers are currently offering unbeatable deals on their best-selling items, so now is also a great time to get ahead of the holiday shopping rush and buy memorable gifts that won’t break the bank. Plus, when you shop on Etsy, you’re supporting small businesses and independent artists who’ve turned their personal passions into beautiful works of art — and with an attention to detail that’s simply unrivaled. Read on for 20 gift ideas our editors are eyeing right now.