How to Set and Keep the Right Bedtime

Sleep is an essential function for the body that helps with everything from memory consolidation to warding off diseases. That means it is absolutely imperative to take sleep hygiene seriously. A key part of that is establishing — and actually sticking to — a realistic bedtime. Yes, even on weekends.

So how do you determine what is the right hour for you to wind down and drift off each night? And, more importantly, how do you actually stick to your bedtime? Here are four tips from a sleep expert about the different ways you can set (and actually keep!) the bedtime that works for you.

Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep. 

Setting your bedtime starts with figuring out what time you need to wake up the following morning. “So much of what I found in researching best practices for teen sleep applies to adults as well. Adults should

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A California Bungalow That Embraces Its Garden

Garden House is a bright and breezy transformation of a previously dark and inward facing brick bungalow in Malvern East, Victoria, by Maike Design, and overseen by Bancroft and Malone Architects. 

The brief provided was to accommodate the growing family’s needs, including the provision of spaces for working from home at odd hours.

‘It was a clean and neat little house, but it needed repairs, and it didn’t functionally meet any of the client’s requirements,’ says Mairead Murphy, director of Maike Design, of the house pre-renovation. 

‘The two almost teen girls were sharing a room (which was definitely starting to wear thin!), the house had almost no storage, it was very cold and damp. and gave next to no connection to the enormous backyard.’

In response, the designers replanned the existing house to feature quiet spaces catering to the ‘inwards facing parts of life’ (three bedrooms, a bathroom, en

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A Glamorous Holgar & Holgar Home Hits The Market

A  classic Holgar & Holgar home by architects John Holgar (1922-2006) and Helen Holgar (1923-2012) is ‘palatial in every sense’ according to architectural historian Simon Reeves. After emigrating to Australia, the Polish-born couple designed numerous Australian homes together from the 1960s to the early ‘90s in their ‘flagrant luxury’ style, one of which is currently for sale! 

Beyond a signature curvilinear facade lies four bedrooms and three bathrooms over two-storeys, before a north-facing backyard. 

Current owners Dean Cherny, DJ and retail tech entrepreneur (founder of Marketing Melodies, storePlay, and SocialQ), and family first came across the house 13 years ago, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own such an iconic 1970s design.

‘Technically we were just ‘researching’ when we stumbled across the listing, but we knew from the moment we walked through the door that this home was special. We both love mid-century

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$85 Fluted Furniture Dupe – Fluted Furniture DIY Before and Afters

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Fluted furniture is very popular right now, from end tables to nightstands to dressers to consoles. A cylindrical fluted table evokes classical Grecian vibes, while a console table with detailed lines can almost look Art Deco.

No matter the aesthetic you’re going for with fluted furniture, it’s no secret that it looks designer and high-end, and it’s also no secret that it can be quite pricey. Fortunately for Apartment Therapy readers, there are plenty of ways to DIY fluted furniture so inspiration abounds.

Here’s another project to add to that list. Seasoned furniture flipper Michelle McRae (@shellychicboutique) used a genius material to add texture and clean lines to an old dresser that had been previously painted in an “old shabby chic style.” Future flippers, take notes: Pole wrap is the inexpensive material you’ll

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5 Tips to Help You Buy Kitchen Essentials


If you want to renovate or build your kitchen, keep in mind that it is going to be a serious undertaking. Before you choose new appliances, don’t forget to do your homework and find out exactly what you need. In this article, we are going to share with you a few tips that will help you purchase kitchen essentials. Read on to find out more.

1. Plan your Menu

First of all, make sure you create a list of items that you really need. In other words, you may want to create your menu to get started. This will help you know what type of essential items you need to invest in. This will include all of the items that you cannot manage without.

2. Set your Budget

Without any doubt, you are going to pay a lot of money for new commercial equipment. If you are going to renovate

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