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What Could Home Decor Say About Couples' Relationships?

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Moving in is a big step in any relationship. But once you cross that threshold, what you do with your home — design, spacing, the abundance of personal items like photos — could have larger implications for partners. 

UT graduate student Lindsay Graham and psychology professor Sam Gosling have begun a study that collects data from couples' homes to discover how choices can effectively create a sense of "home" for both partners and express their senses of self individually.

Researchers will survey a space for up to an hour and determine their initial impression of a home — documenting how it makes them feel emotionally, whether a place seems inviting, and marking all visible design choices.

The study looks to gather how identity is expressed by partners sharing a home, and how that expression is shared among partners.

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at aweber@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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