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Display Name: CatherineM_
Member Since: 11/18/09

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The mosaic fountain and vintage end tables are GORGEOUS!

A Mixup of Mosaics | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
7/3/10 11:12 AM

I live in Downtown Miami and write the blog Inspire Bohemia, I would love to contribute to any future division for the Southeast or the city of Miami.


Blogger Search: House Tour Contributors | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
6/9/10 08:22 PM

I love, love, love the long pendant lamps in image #2... anyone know where they are from?

Inspiration: Hanging Lamps at the Bedside | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
1/17/10 11:24 AM

Yes, wonderful idea! Although, I have done this with my clothes many times and it always goes back to the same chaos after a while... hahaha... But I really love the idea of photographing all of my collections and converting them to artwork through pencil drawings, painting, etc. Thanks for sharing!

Inspiration: Lisa Congdon's Collection A Day | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/13/10 03:57 PM

I strongly advise NOT painting the cabinets (white or any other color). To me, there's something very wrong about painting over perfectly good wood, especially since removing it entails such tedious work should you ever decide you don't like it anymore.

Wood is timeless, therefore I would do all possible to work with it by:
-continue the turquoise paint from the dining room into the kitchen
-add funky knobs/pulls/hardware to the cabinetry
-[if you can't install wood floors] distract the eye by covering a large part of the floor with an area rug that has the turquoise and other colors from your dining room
-add some type of treatment to the window in color coordinating fabric
-changing out light fixture with something updated
-add under cabinet lighting to brighten up those dark counters and back splash
-add finishing touches by decorating the counter tops with all of your turquoise pieces and other colorful items, they will pop off the dark granite.

By the way, your mid century vintage dining room is beautiful! That turquoise paint color is so perfect - seems to be close to what I have been searching for - do you mind telling me what brand/color it is?

Thanks and good luck!

How To Bring Vintage Charm to Remodeled Kitchen? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
12/7/09 11:08 AM

The first thing I thought when I saw the first tree is that it's trying to send the following message: Got a wish? TAKE A NUMBER! hehe :)

If it weren't for the tinsel I'd like the third tree, it has the most class.

Inspiring Designer Christmas TreesGeorgetown Jingle | Apartment Therapy DC
12/3/09 04:54 PM

In my opinion, despite bringing high design to the masses, Design Within Reach is a total hypocrisy. Almost nothing about it is "within reach"... I am an Interior Designer and I've been to countless showroom parties at DWR, they are pretentious and expensive - just on another level from the manufacturers that they copy.

The Rise and Fall of Design Within Reach Fast Company | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
11/24/09 04:18 PM

I only have three pieces of new furniture in my entire apartment: my armoire, my sofa and my desk. Ironically, the three pieces I foresee getting rid of soonest are those three, haha. Other than that, I consider the rest of my furniture to be long term pieces.... Why? Well, first off, the majority of my other pieces are antiques inherited from my grandmother, great grandmother and great aunt.... In short, they have sentimental value, but more importantly they are classic beauties with classic lines and a design that will never go out of style (at least my style). Also, I believe older furniture is usually of much better quality and much more character than anything I could buy new! I find that most new furniture goes out of style too quickly, it lacks a certain timeless beauty.

"Keeper" Furniture: What Can't You Part With? | Apartment Therapy DC
11/24/09 02:40 PM

I think painting the chair is the worst idea out of all possible ideas, the wood and its carvings are gorgeous! I don't mind the upholstery but I think that is because I've also inherited antiques with more or less the same retro velvet and I was so thrilled to have the beauties that I didn't care about the upholstery. My style is very eclectic bohemian, I can make anything work. I suggest, as mentioned above, remove the arm covers and add a unique pillow in teal, burgundy or beige... This chair is so beautiful, please don't paint it! I think you should "live with it" for now and give it a chance as is, perhaps it will influence your style! :)

How to "Punch Up" This Chair? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
11/23/09 09:16 PM

But, I agree with dodo in that some expressions of distaste can be harsh and may deter others from sharing their art for fear of the public opinion. My advice to those that feel that way is - don't waste your time caring what others think, it's your life and in the end doing what makes you happy is what will count the most. There's nothing worse than hindering yourself, your talent, your inspirations or your aspirations for the sake of pleasing or impressing others. Life is too short to live according to another person's standards.

How To: Turn Tea Bags into Curtains Time Out New York | Apartment Therapy New York
11/19/09 12:56 PM

Apartment Therapy specifically asked if we like the result, so why should anyone refrain from saying that they don't? I could have said I thought it was ugly, but I feel that is an unfair judgment to make about another person's art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has their distinct tastes and unique eye for creativity. However, I must add, that a public forum that seeks the reader's opinion isn't solely for "OOOOH I LOVE IT" kind of comments.

How To: Turn Tea Bags into Curtains Time Out New York | Apartment Therapy New York
11/19/09 12:48 PM

I agree with AZKathy - I think the best (and most stylish) way of making a thermostat blend into the wall decor is to hang a frame around it (not cover it)...let the thermostat be a framed piece of art itself! It's a clever idea that everyone will love.

How to Deal With a Poorly Situated Thermostat Dial? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
11/19/09 12:34 PM

Interesting that someone had the idea to do this, however I don't like it at all.

How To: Turn Tea Bags into Curtains Time Out New York | Apartment Therapy New York
11/18/09 06:38 PM