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Display Name: nataliestone
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Two regrets, one roommate (who I loved, we just had bad luck). First regret: passing on a BEAUTIFUL loft that was just a little outside our price range. It was perfect, perfect, perfect, and I still dream about living there 7 years later.

Second regret: the house that we moved into (instead of the beautiful loft) was owned by a woman who had moved out because she couldn't afford the mortgage. The house was great, the rent wasn't bad, but when we had a major plumbing issue (roots in the line about 20 feet from the house), she tried to get out of fixing it. We lived without running water for a WEEK (fortunately, our very kind next door neighbor let us use her guest bath). And the owner was such a pain that our property manager dropped her as a client, which meant that we, the tenants, then had to deal with her directly. Did I mention she also lived out of state? It took two months, but we were finally able to break our lease and get our deposit back. Tears were shed that we were not living in that beautiful, recently built, well-managed loft. Many, many tears.

What's Been Your Biggest Rental Regret?
7/28/14 05:57 PM

We painted the trim dark in a rental. The landlord was OK with it since it had been painted a medium brown before. I've had dark trim in a few homes, and I really love it. We are buying this year, and I'm trying to decide whether or not to paint the white trim dark. I'm very, very tempted. Especially after seeing these images.

Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black
7/16/14 01:42 PM

I always ask because painting my space is really important to me. There was only one place where I didn't paint, but the owner/landlord was a professional painter so the place already looked amazing.

Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 12:31 PM

I live in a place with that EXACT same knotty pine paneling. In my opinion, it's not so fancy that it needs to be saved. I like the suggestion of doing a wash on the paneling or "pickling" it so that it will be lighter, but still maintain the cottage feel you want with a wood finish.

If even that is too much, I would paint the fireplace. The flooring is already fairly light, and you really need a way to bring in some lighter finishes. I'd just be concerned that you won't get there without painting something. That said, you may want to furnish the space first and see how you are feeling. You can't come back from painting the room. Once it's done, it's done.

Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/24/14 02:37 PM

I would wait to paint the walls until you get your stuff in/have a good idea of what you want to put in there. I think the white could be really great to keep it light, and you could warm it up with accessories. However, if you are dark bedroom people (and the plantation shutters make it sound like you might be), a dark wall color could look really amazing in here. A super deep charcoal or navy could make it very cozy.

As for solutions about the shelves, I think there are a couple ways you could go. I think that you could style the shelves with books and your own personal stuff, and it could look great without any real changes. I also thought you could hang a curtain rod on the soffit in front of the shelves. It would give you the option to completely cover the area in a fabric of your choosing, which would help make it feel more symmetrical, while still allowing you to use all the shelves.

I will also echo the no carpet, but that's not what you asked ;)

Color & Shelving Suggestions for London Bedroom? Good Questions
6/17/14 03:58 PM

Decide which of them offends you the most. Update that one first, and see how it goes. (I like the suggestions of adding molding and updating the handles.) If you find you hate them less with that change, examine each room from there on a case-by-case basis.

For my part, I think most folks will have the same quandary you do when you look to sell: they like the storage, but they might prefer the floor space. If you're going to be in the house for a few more years, though, make the decision that makes you happy. I don't think that these units are going to be the make or break for your home's resale value.

Are These 1970s MDF Built-Ins Trash or Treasure? Good Questions
5/19/14 05:33 PM

Unless I've misunderstood and the bottom layer of the photo with all the samples is a floor that won't be in the space. If that's the case, ignore what I just said about the warm color and go for an aqua or silvery sage color.

Wall Color Ideas for Kitchen Renovation? Good Questions
5/16/14 11:36 AM

I think you need to go with a warmer, light, neutral color. I worry that with all the cool tones (which look great, btw) that a cool color on the wall will make your floors the unintentional focus of the room. A warm color may help mitigate that.

Wall Color Ideas for Kitchen Renovation? Good Questions
5/16/14 11:33 AM

Serif for web is fine, and the change makes sense for longer copy. The switch to Georgia is appreciated. Baskerville was just a bit too narrow for my liking.

Font Change! Baskerville is out for text, Georgia is in... May 2014 Relaunch
5/9/14 05:58 PM

I vote against wallpaper, but I'm prejudiced against using it in high moisture areas (and it looks like you have showers/tubs in these bathrooms).

For the salmon bathroom, I think a bright, bright white (no yellow/cream) would be great on the walls, and black or navy accents with some bright pops of color in artwork or linens would work really well.

For the olive bathroom, my first thought is to go really dark with the walls. (Black or charcoal. Even a really dark green could be nice).

Color Ideas to Work with 1960s Bathroom Tile? Good Questions
5/9/14 02:02 PM

Another vote for paint the walls, not the trim. It's quicker, and it may change how you feel about the woodwork.

To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/23/14 02:18 PM

The first (budget-friendly) thing this makes me think of hanging old windows and frosting the panes. You could just use hooks and chain to suspend them from the ceiling. I've seen it done as a room divider before, but it could work in this application, too, particularly if you're more concerned about the coverage, and less about moving the panels back and forth.

Ideas for Adding DIY Panels to Open Cabinets? Good Questions
4/21/14 04:30 PM

I think charcoal is a great color option, and I love the idea of a contrasting piping. I think it would look very sharp and suit the style of the chair itself. I'll echo that you should get upholstery grade fabric.

Upholstery Advice for Vintage Lounge Chairs? Good Questions
4/16/14 10:37 AM

I second this! With a white or near white in the living room area. A soft grey would also be really nice. I would say white here for the scandi feel previously mentioned, but it doesn't look like your countertops are true white? But maybe that's just the photo.

What Color Would You Paint This Kitchen? Good Questions
4/15/14 12:09 PM

I think the answer is to get a different couch. You might be able to shoe horn it in there for the short-term, but the scale is going to make you hate that couch. If it's in good shape, Craigslist it, and use the cash towards a new, more appropriately sized couch.

Furniture Arrangement in Living Room with Short, Angled Walls? Good Questions
4/3/14 07:00 PM

I'll echo the comments about checking to make sure this thing is structurally sound and comfortable. If yes, try to negotiate the price down some, but don't expect to get much beyond 25% less than the current asking price. You may be able to get lower, but don't count on it. That's my rule of thumb for bargaining, personally. I would also guess that you might be able to redo the seat cushions somewhat inexpensively yourself (depending on your craft comfort level).

I think that you could significantly tone down the pink by covering the seat cushions with a blanket or fabric (either of which can be purchased on a budget if you do a little hunting). And I think that pink can work really nicely in a boho chic kind of way. You may end up liking it more than you expect.

Do I Love this Pink Craigslist Sofa Enough? Good Questions
3/25/14 01:13 PM

I also vote for a picture ledge type solution. Here's another example with instructions:

How To Display 200 Pulp Fiction Paperbacks? Good Questions
3/14/14 06:05 PM

I would do a tile backsplash behind the sink to break up ALL THE WOOD. Then, I would look at painting either the walls or the island (maybe both). I think the wood on the cabinets could really work, and you're right that painting cabinets is hard. They get a lot of use, and you see them all the time.

I'll leave others to tell you how to rearrange the space, but I would love to see white on the backsplash, a fun color (green is what I'd want, but that's me) on the island base and something more neutral on the walls.

Ideas for Our VERY Woodsy Kitchen? Good Questions
3/14/14 05:55 PM

I would see if you've got an architectural salvage place in your area. There are all kinds of treasures there that might work for you (doors, windows, gates, random metal work from old buildings). Even if you don't find something that works, you'll get some inspiration for what you might want...

What's Next When the Wall Decal Headboard Won't Cut It Anymore? Good Questions
2/13/14 06:15 PM

As a long-time renter, I think the first option is the way to go. As someone who doesn't even cook often, I think the kitchen set up in the second diagram is bonkers. The countertops will be a mess to have cut, or there will be great gaps like you have in the actual diagram. The prep space will be more limited, and there would never be a good way to get a dishwasher in there. Also, it looks like one of the windows will be blocked by upper cabinets? No bueno.

The first diagram looks really great, though. Good light in the bedroom, which in an apt. that small will be crucial. Other commenters have mentioned some good options in addition to glass blocks to let that light spread into the rest of the apartment. (I vote french or pocket doors, but I know they are not always cheap.) That layout also gives you a lovely large entertaining space with room for a kitchen table, even. That flexibility in the living space will be really nice for your tenants, and you lose that with the second diagram.

Where Would You Put the Bedroom? Good Questions
1/21/14 03:26 PM