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Display Name: Isabelle23
Member Since: 2/14/14

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I love this! Agree that it is small but it's their secondary residence - I feel like I could share a space like this if it were for relaxing, but when I'm stressed about work, I need a door to shut or I will snap at whoever comes my way.

Also, I really like the design and work that went into the space. Irrespective of whether I'd live in a home like this, it is a true encouragement to tackle DIY projects and think about downsizing in our own individual ways.

Christopher & Merete's Truly Tiny
Home on the Range House Tour

4/12/14 08:04 PM

I second the Home Depot suggestion. We bought a set on sale that looks no bad, is quite comfortable and has held up well. Ikea also has some good stuff, but that particular chair looks horridly uncomfortable.

7 Sources for Budget Outdoor Furniture
4/9/14 10:51 AM

Yeah, the last one is the only one with some sort of storage. I'm happy to use my laptop at my kitchen table, but although I consider myself somewhat paperless, I still have a few files I need to store conveniently.

Decoration Inspiration Fitting a Home Office into a Small Space Small Space Solutions
4/7/14 07:04 PM

I also have a metal shelf (with a bit more personality and pretty ironwork) that is rusty and in need of some DIY love. I'm also thinking of painting it brass but have never painted metal before, so I'm a taker for advice and I'm glad this turned out well.

Before & After: Plain Jane Shelf Gets a New Occupation
4/4/14 01:13 PM

Not my style but tons of personality and a good job working around the weird layout of so many Montreal apartments. Also, love the rug!

Isaac and Florence's Eclectic Zen-Inspired Apartment House Tour
4/4/14 12:23 PM

I love Foodlab! Yummy food and fun setting. Although I hate how long Montréal apartments tend to be...

A Chef at Home: Michelle Marek of Foodlab in Montreal Kitchen Tour
4/2/14 03:44 PM

Yep, Montrealer here, moving day is July 1rst and it's a big pain because moving trucks cost a fortune and trucks often block the roads. And it's hot.

Why May 1st Was \"Moving Day\" For All of Manhattan
4/2/14 10:56 AM

I'm not a fan of the lime green, but overall this is a huge improvement!
I also have a very blah rental kitchen - might try to convince my landlord we need to remodel.

Before & After: Plain Particleboard Cabinets Get a Cheery Spring Paint Job
3/22/14 11:27 AM

I used steel wool to block a gap in my wall that mice were crawling through and it worked well, although its not clear if this would be a fire hazard in your case. I also moved the hell out of my apartment asap - once mice are there, the only things you can do in old buildings is temporary patch ups, short of fully renovating and redoing the walls.

Help! Mice Are Falling from My Ceiling! Good Questions
3/20/14 08:55 AM

Just to add, I'm rarely barefoot in my shoes (again, cold climate) but if I am I might keep them on - I agree that walking barefoot is not always preferable.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 11:10 AM

I also live in Canada and would not dream of keeping my shoes on - but people here wear snow boots half the year and it would be beyond disgusting to wear them inside.
If I'm going to a fancy party I'll bring a pair of heels or flats in a bag and change at the door. I'm iffy about workers and contractors but will usually let them in with their shoes on and then promptly wipe down the floor behind them.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 10:45 AM

I use the "if I haven't worn this in two years..." test. It's surprising how many things I keep just in case I suddenly start to like them (to this day - never happened).

I sell what I can on Ebay and donate the rest. We also hold the occasional
garage which helps make a bit on money - but not a lot.

A word of advice - be slightly cautious where you donate. Some organizations are really sketchy. I donate to the local women's center: they re-sell stuff on site to raise money and keep unsold items to help out the women who stay there. Donating for a worthy cause always makes me feel better.

Closet Cleanout: Our Best Reader Tips Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/4/14 04:37 PM

Emma, I moved to Montreal from France (colder than Spain, but still) five years ago and had a hard time adjusting too. My advice - buy good quality winter clothes and get out there. I'm so much happier since I've embraced skiing, snowshoeing, or even just jogging in the winter. Just going shopping outside instead of the dreary underground malls means enjoying the sunlight and crisp air. Take a coffee break in a sunlit café if you get too cold.
Also, check out university gyms - they are usually quite affordable and mine has indoor tennis courts (available to the general public, not just students).

How To Overcome the Winter Blues...for Parents and the Rest of Us, Too
3/4/14 11:37 AM

I was also afraid of how this would look - I like wooden furniture the way it is - but you did a great job of freshening it up while preserving the style.

Before & After: Erin's Inherited Dresser
3/4/14 11:33 AM

This is something I've often wondered about. I used to really like the Impressionists, and then my friend - who works at an art gallery - was really scathing and told me the impressionists were like the beige of the art world. Now I'm a little embarrassed to mention this (but still secretly want a Monet in my living room).
I want to believe I stick to my personal taste, but can't help being influenced sometimes by what my tastes say about me in society.

Does Peer Pressure Affect Art Tastes? Design News
3/3/14 05:42 PM

Is Weuweu a trustworthy company? I'm was looking into them because they are cheaper than Bemz for North America, but can't seem to find any record of them existing exist a link that says "avoid Weuweu, they won't deliver your slipcovers, ever". I'm wondering if someone has actually used them and has any feedback.

Make It Work: The Complete Guide to IKEA Hacks & Projects
2/28/14 02:02 PM

Yeah, I have to agree. I would have tried to keep the old style or just sold it. The new piece is not bad, but very generic, and not better IMO.

Before & After: A Modern Nursery Staple on the Cheap
2/27/14 02:46 PM

The anchor wall is sweet. The clementine one is a bit much, but playful.

DIY Home Decor: 5 Hand Stamped Statement Walls
2/27/14 02:42 PM

What a lovely home. I'm usually not a fan of green walls, but it works in this space.

Eva's Sense of Clarity House Tour
2/24/14 01:06 PM

It's our first home together with my BF and for that reason, it will always be special. It's in a fantastic neighbourhood and we love the patio in the summer. But we're moving this year, precisely because it's a ground floor apartment and way too dark. I'm jealous of all your daylight!

What Do You Love About Your Home?
2/24/14 01:05 PM