A man’s home is his castle. But you might want to make the castle walls more decorative and add some nice furniture to make the fortress more pleasant to live in for yourself. As it turns out, some men have an amazing sense of taste when it comes to interior design. And the proof is in the pudding—the photos here might just inspire you to give your own home a makeover.

Today, we’re showing off some of the classiest, most cozy-looking homes, as featured on the ‘Male Living Space’ subreddit, a community of over a million redditors, dedicated “to places where men can live.” Members discuss how to improve and maintain their apartments, houses, man caves, garages, and beyond, and show off how great their homes look. Hopefully, within the halls of this article, you’ll find the clues that you need to make your own home feel even more like home, dear Readers.

Don’t forget to scroll down and upvote your fave photos that you think are cozy, comfy, and classy. And be sure to give r/malelivingspace a follow if you enjoy the type of content that they post.

Bored Panda reached out for comment about homes, entertaining guests, making first impressions, and confidence to dating expert Dan Bacon, the founder of The Modern Man. Dan told us that we should always try to furnish our homes in a way that makes us truly happy because it's impossible to impress everyone. What's more, you can tell more about a man from how he behaves when he has guests over than from just how his apartment or house looks. Scroll down for the full interview.

#1

I Made Over My Friend’s Studio Apartment. Here’s A Before-And-After. It’s Also The First Time Anyone Asked Me To Design Their Home

I Made Over My Friend’s Studio Apartment. Here’s A Before-And-After. It’s Also The First Time Anyone Asked Me To Design Their Home

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Dorothy Parker
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10 months ago

Very handsome space.

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Dating and relationship expert Dan, from The Modern Man, told Bored Panda that how a man's home looks and how he acts can send completely different signals, meaning people who come over to visit can get wrong first impressions from the interior, the furnishing, and the decorations.

"A man’s home is part of what people initially use to judge his social status and character. However, how he behaves and acts with the people who come over to his place says so much more about him," he said, following up with an example.

"A man might have a perfectly tidy, well-designed, and stylish home, but be very nervous and try too hard to impress people who come over. So, rather than seeing him as a cool, confident, successful man they can admire and look up to, most people just perceive him as a nervous, insecure guy with a nice place. Alternatively, they may see him as a guy who tries hard to please others with material things because he's insecure about himself and doesn't feel good enough in their eyes."

#2

I’m Traveling Majority Of The Year For Work, So I Bought A Camper. My New Home On Wheels. Sure Beats The Heck Out Of A Motel

I’m Traveling Majority Of The Year For Work, So I Bought A Camper. My New Home On Wheels. Sure Beats The Heck Out Of A Motel

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Mich
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10 months ago

Way better than a hotel!

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#3

How It Started vs. How Its Going

How It Started vs. How Its Going

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Cactus McCoy
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10 months ago

Even the lamp feels better.

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I asked Dan about what we should keep in mind when having guests over to avoid creating a negative impression. According to him, it's best to avoid being overly ego-centric. Let others stand in the limelight, you don't always have to be at the center of attention. "Remember that most people care more about themselves than other people. So, allow people to talk about themselves, rather than always trying to be the center of attention," he said.

"Also remember to not try to oversell yourself or your place, to hopefully gain people’s approval. Be confident and secure in who you are as a person and let your surroundings provide additional clues about who you are and how you approach life."

According to Dan, there's a lot of subjectivity when it comes to home interiors and tidiness. While some men can only feel confident if everything is "perfectly clean and in order," others can feel completely confident in themselves living in a messy house.

#4

Small House, Big View

Small House, Big View

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AmmoniteCat
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10 months ago

Looks like my dream bedroom. Must be wonderful waking up to that every morning.

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#5

Bought My First House. Slowly Making It My Own

Bought My First House. Slowly Making It My Own

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

Gorgeous space.

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#6

Before And After. I Could Have Skipped The 4 Months Of Bad Luck, Setbacks And Nightmares In The Middle While Creating This But Oh Well

Before And After. I Could Have Skipped The 4 Months Of Bad Luck, Setbacks And Nightmares In The Middle While Creating This But Oh Well

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Demi Zwaan
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10 months ago

Oh, that lighting is beautiful!

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Dan stressed the fact that we "should always do whatever we want" when it comes to our homes. The point isn't to try and impress everyone, it's to make ourselves happy with where we live.

"If you enjoy placing a lot of importance on your home because it means a lot to you, then do that. If you only see it as a place to live and want to focus your attention on other things, you should do that," the dating expert explained to Bored Panda. "You can never impress or please everyone, no matter what you do. Just look at celebrities as an example. They have millions of people who love them and millions who hate them."

He continued: "The same applies to your home. You will never make it, furnish it or arrange it in a way where everyone loves you for it and wishes they had it. Some people will love it, others will like it and some will hate it. So, just enjoy doing what you want to do. That’s the only way you’ll truly be happy."

#7

Going To Miss This Place

Going To Miss This Place

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Brunettechameleon
Community Member
10 months ago

I love everything about that house. The window, the wall beam color things, the couch, the wall decor. It’s ✨chefs kiss✨

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#8

I Moved Into An Old Squash Court

I Moved Into An Old Squash Court

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Ivo H
Community Member
10 months ago

Beautiful floor!

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#9

Found These Old Lockers And Turned Them Into A Functional Piece For My Living Room

Found These Old Lockers And Turned Them Into A Functional Piece For My Living Room

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Laura Jones
Community Member
10 months ago

clever recycling

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The ‘Male Living Space’ community has been around since October 2012, and they celebrated their 9th birthday just a month ago. In that time, the group has grown immensely, attracting people from all around the globe with one common interest: sharing tips about how to make their homes look the best that they can. Some like to show off, others are reaching out for help, but it’s all done in a lighthearted manner.

If you’re going to be a member of the MLS community, you need to play by their rules. For one, there’s no room for low-effort posts or any advertising on the subreddit. What’s more, if you have any feedback to give, make it constructive: you should be helping people instead of calling them names or being mean. We’re all in it to improve, not to make ourselves feel better by putting others down. Also, you should aim to post actual photos of your living space instead of mock-ups and renders.

#10

Don't Really Ever See Exteriors Here. I've Hated The Color Of My House Since I Bought It. This Week, I Got It Painted! Well Worth Every Penny!

Don't Really Ever See Exteriors Here. I've Hated The Color Of My House Since I Bought It. This Week, I Got It Painted! Well Worth Every Penny!

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
10 months ago

old color was also nice, just needed some contrast, like in the 2nd one

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#11

7 Months After The Girlfriend And I Split. New Apartment. New Life. Same Dog

7 Months After The Girlfriend And I Split. New Apartment. New Life. Same Dog

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
10 months ago

nice

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#12

Chicago Bachelor Pad For Me And The Pup

Chicago Bachelor Pad For Me And The Pup

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

Clean, uncluttered and there's a dog! Heaven!

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Not everyone is a fan of how the subreddit works, however. The person behind the ‘Reddit Spaces’ Twitter account that reshares r/malelivingspace’s content, told Vice in an interview that he believes the subreddit has created its own unique style of interior design that others try and copy before posting photos.

“There are definitely very specific trends that crop up in terms of posts on this subreddit that most people probably aren't aware of," he said. The man heavily curates the content he reshares from r/malelivingspace to show off its more entertaining side and those people who can’t decorate at all.

“The decorating trend among the popular posts will almost always be a neutral grey or brown minimalist space, big couch, big TV, fancy computer setup, plants, and staging the photo to look like it's out of a magazine," the man behind the ‘Reddit Spaces’ Twitter account told Vice.

#13

Just Graduated Medical School And Starting Off My Career As A Doctor. Finally Able To Afford A Nice Place

Just Graduated Medical School And Starting Off My Career As A Doctor. Finally Able To Afford A Nice Place

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

He's got to have a place to go to recover. This is ideal.

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#14

Achievement Unlocked: NYC Apartment With No Roommates

Achievement Unlocked: NYC Apartment With No Roommates

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Laura Jones
Community Member
10 months ago

solo living heaven!

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#15

18 Months Sober: I Now Pay Rent, On Time At That (Bed Stuy - Brooklyn, NY)

18 Months Sober: I Now Pay Rent, On Time At That (Bed Stuy - Brooklyn, NY)

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

Nice area. Good new life. Well done him!

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"There's a checklist of sorts when it comes to what qualifies as popular. If it has plants, a rug, a clean minimalist couch, big windows, a view with natural light and a Herman Miller Eames lounge chair then that's an instant upvote magnet. It can get very stale very fast, but it's especially appealing to men who have always dreamed of their perfect ‘bachelor pad with no roommates,’” he said.

“While it’s easy to laugh at places that are just an air mattress and a pizza box, the worst offenders will always be people who have too much money and not a lick of creativity or basic housekeeping. I'm talking about people who rent four-bedroom homes exclusively for themselves and decide to exclusively use folding tables for any and all surfaces,” the man said.

“Someone renting a $3,000 high-rise luxury apartment in a big city and not knowing what a rug is for. It's such a waste of potential and at that point, I'd decorate for them for free.”

#16

Every Now And Then, I Would Get Blessed With Views Like This. Thought I'd Share It Here

Every Now And Then, I Would Get Blessed With Views Like This. Thought I'd Share It Here

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Woltax
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

I like that IKEA lamp on the left. I have the same. But I fear every third Panda has one. 😄

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#17

I Am So Grateful I Have A Stylish BF!

I Am So Grateful I Have A Stylish BF!

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
10 months ago

Wow. The colour scheme and everything- so nice!!!

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#18

My Sunny La Living Room

My Sunny La Living Room

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Angelar
Community Member
10 months ago

It's in the carpet.

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Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta, told Bored Panda in an interview some time ago that not all great design is timeless.

"Given the speed of change that we encounter today in our lives in the digital environment that we live in, I believe that some great design is not necessarily timeless. One example is seen in Interface Design, Ux Design, and in-service design. As new layers get added into our lives, things naturally have an evolutionary cycle. This is different from furniture which naturally can be more ubiquitous and designed to fit the human body. There is a great deal of fuzziness in this discussion but I do believe that the essence of this idea is true," he said.

#19

Recently Separated, First Time Living Single After 25 Years

Recently Separated, First Time Living Single After 25 Years

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snipergun
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm sorry to hear, but there's no better thing to do, than clean refreshed living and you totally nailed it. Looks cozy too.

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#20

First "I'm Really Proud Of This" Living Space

First "I'm Really Proud Of This" Living Space

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
10 months ago

Love that ocean scene painting to the right.

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#21

My Bedroom

My Bedroom

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RandomHumanBean
Community Member
10 months ago

that is beautiful :)

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While there are definitely objectively good and bad designs, furniture, and products, some fuzziness pops up when you start considering people’s tastes.

"The gray area comes in when people start to talk about taste and about degrees of aesthetic. I may love the design of Bauhaus furniture, for example, while somebody may feel that it is too cold and void of personality. Not unlike great art, I believe that much of what came from this era is ‘great design,’ in part because it represents an era and a philosophy. When we start to mix in discussions of taste and preference, that is where the gray areas of good and bad design get blurred."

#22

I Inverted The Colors Of My Kitchen

I Inverted The Colors Of My Kitchen

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Connie Wade
Community Member
10 months ago

Very nice!

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#23

I’m A 26-Year-Old Dude In Chicago. This Is The First Apartment I’ve Ever Been Proud Of

I’m A 26-Year-Old Dude In Chicago. This Is The First Apartment I’ve Ever Been Proud Of

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
10 months ago

Nicely done.

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#24

Finally Got My Living Room Together. Input Welcome

Finally Got My Living Room Together. Input Welcome

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Daria Z
Community Member
10 months ago

I see a perfect reading nook ❤️️🤓

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#25

My Living Room One Month After Break-Up

My Living Room One Month After Break-Up

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
10 months ago

The yellow chairs!!! AAAH I WANTTTT

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#26

Took A Leap Of Faith And Painted My Tiny NYC Bedroom. I Don’t Regret It At All. The All White Was Making Me Feel Very Confined

Took A Leap Of Faith And Painted My Tiny NYC Bedroom. I Don’t Regret It At All. The All White Was Making Me Feel Very Confined

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
10 months ago

sweet

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#27

Felt Lush, Might Delete Later

Felt Lush, Might Delete Later

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
10 months ago

The dog really ties it together

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#28

Was Told This Would Be Appropriate Here

Was Told This Would Be Appropriate Here

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
10 months ago

Just need a cup of tea to sit and listen to all those records. I really like seeing homes where the decor shows the person's passion, hobby, etc.

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#29

My Living Room Setup

My Living Room Setup

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ravina nimje
Community Member
10 months ago

Too cozy, I might not ever get out of the house.

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#30

Wfh Setup - Can’t Get Tired Of This View

Wfh Setup - Can’t Get Tired Of This View

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Otter
Community Member
10 months ago

Gorgeous view, anyone recognize the city?

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#31

My Downtown Detroit Apartment. I Love Coming Home To This View

My Downtown Detroit Apartment. I Love Coming Home To This View

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littlesaresare
Community Member
10 months ago

Look at all that space!

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#32

My Small Studio Apartment In Moscow, Russia

My Small Studio Apartment In Moscow, Russia

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

If only that was the view. Handsome space.

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#33

Tried To Follow Some Of Your Advice, Thank You. Further Advice Is Still Welcome

Tried To Follow Some Of Your Advice, Thank You. Further Advice Is Still Welcome

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

Getting warmer. Literally.

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#34

My Attempt At Mid-Century Modern

My Attempt At Mid-Century Modern

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me me
Community Member
10 months ago

WOAH!!!! Its so pretty!!!

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#35

It Says Garages Are Also Allowed To Be Posted Here But I Haven't Seen Anyone Else Post Any So Here Is Mine

It Says Garages Are Also Allowed To Be Posted Here But I Haven't Seen Anyone Else Post Any So Here Is Mine

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Woltax
Community Member
10 months ago

Working or playing Gran Turismo while having a nice view on the own car. Great!

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#36

Heading Into The Second Month Of My Very First Home.. What You Guys Think?

Heading Into The Second Month Of My Very First Home.. What You Guys Think?

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
10 months ago

get a cat!

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#37

My New Living Room With Self Made Furniture

My New Living Room With Self Made Furniture

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ultravioletmaglite
Community Member
10 months ago

I have the same bookshelf in the Sims4

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#38

Moving Out Of My Storefront Loft Space Apt In Chicago, Il After 7 Years. Thought I’d Share Some Photos

Moving Out Of My Storefront Loft Space Apt In Chicago, Il After 7 Years. Thought I’d Share Some Photos

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

Don't go!

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#39

Loft Life

Loft Life

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

Pretty great, as long as that's not the bathroom in the glass space.

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#40

My DIY Home Theater Man Cave Set Up

My DIY Home Theater Man Cave Set Up

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Antonia
Community Member
10 months ago

the lights are especially nice

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#41

Finished My Desk Space In New Apartment

Finished My Desk Space In New Apartment

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
10 months ago

Sweet

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#42

Finally Left An Unhappy Relationship. Working On Finding Myself And My Style Again

Finally Left An Unhappy Relationship. Working On Finding Myself And My Style Again

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
10 months ago

Omg that couch... Its gorgeous

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#43

I’m A Sucker For A View

I’m A Sucker For A View

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Vorknkx
Community Member
10 months ago

I love living on high floors too - mostly because of the view. Especially the view at night.

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#44

First Place Out Of College

First Place Out Of College

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

What a way to start a new life.

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#45

28 Years Old, Post-Divorce, First Time In My Life Living Alone! I'm Exploring My Own Personal Style And I Gotta Say, I'm Proud Of My Space So Far

28 Years Old, Post-Divorce, First Time In My Life Living Alone! I'm Exploring My Own Personal Style And I Gotta Say, I'm Proud Of My Space So Far

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
10 months ago

Very cozy

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#46

My Old Living Room vs. My New One

My Old Living Room vs. My New One

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
10 months ago

so its a different place alltogether? that car in the first pic...

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#47

Mornings Are Finally Cool Off Enough To Open Up The Windows Again In Our Downtown Loft

Mornings Are Finally Cool Off Enough To Open Up The Windows Again In Our Downtown Loft

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
10 months ago

really nice

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#48

My Happy Place

My Happy Place

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
10 months ago

Very nice.

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#49

It’s A Work In Progress

It’s A Work In Progress

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
10 months ago

All it needs is the old man from Squid Game in his deathbed.

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#50

Foggy Day In Chicago

Foggy Day In Chicago

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ultravioletmaglite
Community Member
10 months ago

"Where's the world Did it go ?"

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