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Display Name: lorin.kleinman
Member Since: 2/14/14

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Nice! Also, if you go to her blog and ask for an English translation, you get a hilarious essay.

Before & After: A Plain Pine IKEA Table Turns into a Bold Bar Cart!
7/16/14 11:53 PM

Yes! Elizabeth Warren says some interesting things about the pitfalls of the two-income family, where people take mortgages that they need two incomes to pay for, and then go broke when one person loses their job or part of their income. I think afford really means easily afford--can you lose some of your income and still pay for it? I bought a house I could afford when I was making $25,000/year, which has made it very easy to maintain it through market crashes, unemployment, divorce...and still have vacations, restaurant meals, the occasional very splurgy dress...

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/10/14 09:30 AM

I moved to the DC area after college, and lived in group houses for seven years. When the second group house was sold, I noticed that all of the cheap house sharing arrangements had disappeared. Suddenly, from the point of view of my monthly payment, it seemed to make sense to buy something. I didn't have any plans to leave the area, but I didn't give it any more thought than that.

I bought my house in 2001--a bit ramshackle but solid, three bedrooms, big yard, in an artsy suburb a a 15-minute drive from downtown DC, walking distance to a metro--and it was so fantastically cheap that my overhead costs (mortgage/property tax/insurance) and repairs combined are probably still better than a rental. I had a lot more equity before the housing market collapsed, but I'm still well above water.

There's a pleasing sense of stability that comes with living in a house that I own--which mostly cancels out the difficulties and tedium of managing a house. Also, though Apartment Therapy has made heroic efforts to show what is possible in a rental, I like being in charge of the design.

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/10/14 09:18 AM

Fascinating! They're great shelves--I've had a few for more than 20 years, and they've held up perfectly.

PS: who was the clarinetist who was playing--Jack Brymer?

The Making of an IKEA Billy Bookcase Factory Tour
6/30/14 09:44 PM

That's fantastic! Happy anniversary!

Dream a Little Dream: Our Tenth Anniversary Film
6/2/14 11:51 PM

That's wonderful! And the fact that she combines all of these riotously colorful fabrics with white walls and a bare floor means that it's still a surprisingly (and pleasantly) serene space.

Corita Rose's Vibrant & Colorful Studio Workspace Tour
5/21/14 04:35 PM

That's a good order of events for an empty house, but I think that most people start with some of those things, and then work around them. I've lived in the same house for 12 years, and recently added a new dining table, bed, and sofa. We picked them because we liked them, without much consideration of the other decor. I tend to think that, given a consistent design aesthetic, if I buy only items that I love, they will all live together harmoniously--as our new furniture has! (Admittedly, I always opt for white walls, neutral sofa upholstery, and unpatterned curtains, which makes it easier to add in a variety of other elements.)

The Natural Order of Things: How To Design Your Home, One Step at a Time
5/20/14 01:19 PM

I've never heard of anyone taking the trash out every day either. I compost food scraps, and I keep the compost pail in the refrigerator. Taking it out to the compost pile in the yard is definitely one of the tasks I put off.

5 Chores You Can Skip When You're Busy
5/13/14 07:53 AM

How lovely! They may have bought a new house, but it oozes charm!

Emily & Andrew's Colorful New Orleans Home House Tour
4/28/14 01:24 PM

Thank you, especially for for 1, 6, and 7! Sure, my house isn't perfect, but I'm always working on making it better, and I love it, and my most artistically talented friend says she always feels inspired when she comes here...so it can't be that bad!

Stop Worrying: 7 Things About Your Home That Aren't a Big Deal
4/21/14 02:08 PM

That's a lovely assortment, especially the origami table! I'm perplexed by the comments complaining about everything being the same style, since this site seems clearly interested in modernism. There are eight categories listed under "decor styles," with three modern, one industrial, simple chic... I'm sure there's a site devoted to more rococo types of design, but I don't think this is it.

Top Ten: Best Coffee Tables Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2014
3/8/14 12:45 PM

Thank you for this piece! I was just pondering what to do about my boyfriend's side of the bed, where a larger nightstand won't look right. It's next to a window, so currently, I have a lamp that clips to the window sill, and he keeps everything on the floor. I was planning to extend the window sill, by adding a rounded shelf, and then giving him something to put books on. I like the drum...

10 Unusual Things to Use as a Nightstand
2/14/14 01:28 PM