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Laura Fenton writes about home design and sustainability. She is a regular contribute to Curbed, and her work has been published in Better Homes & Gardens, Eater, New York Magazine, and Parents. Her forthcoming book, The Little Book of Living Small, will be published by Gibbs Smith in April 2020.

Laura lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her family.

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