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Hip girls cook and clean

These days, in addition to successful careers, we want to grow our owntomatoes, bake organic muffins and throw awesome dinner parties toserve them.

These days, in addition to successful careers, we want to grow our own tomatoes, bake organic muffins and throw awesome dinner parties to serve them.

Kate Payne taps into this movement toward domesticity and self-sufficiency with her new tome, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking.

But the last time we checked, twentysomethings don’t read Good Housekeeping. so what exactly makes keeping home hip?

“Well, (the book) doesn’t assume you have no other obligations,” explains the writer and thrift store expert.

“It’s for people who have busy schedules, who have jobs. Whereas the less-modern manuals are like, ‘here’s how to do everything’ — and they make you feel bad if you don’t do it.”

Never tried a cross-stitch?

No problem. Payne’s approach is geared toward beginners and filled with tips and easy-to-do, wallet-friendly projects to make your generic rented apartment feel like home.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’d go to people’s houses who maybe have more resources and feel like I want to have a nice place, too,” said Payne.

 
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