How To Soundproof Apartment (and Look Good Doing It)?

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Q: Hello! I've lately been improving my apartment, which is located in a beautiful old building: hardwood floors, tall ceilings, etc. Here's the thing: my apartment is also located within the girls' dorm at a boarding school. While it's adorable, I recently realized my neighbors can hear my phone conversations or TV. Is there a way to sound-proof my external walls (10 feet-ish, all old plaster), while making it still look attractive?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.