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Stop looking to other people for permission to do what feels right
Nate has a friend with a vintage apartment—light-filled with high ceilings and old metal doorknobs. The walls are painted pale gray to offset the apartment's original moldings done in glossy white—a color combination that looks expensive—but she's turned everything on its ear by throwing in an ottoman reupholstered in shocking pink. "Her space always makes me think of a very elegant banker wearing a chalk-striped suit with funny socks," writes Nate, who adds, "why not tie a piece of twine around an antique glass decanter, or perch a branch atop a bookshelf, just because you happen to like the way these things make you feel?"

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