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Display Name: viabuffalo
Member Since: 3/12/14

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This is a great reminder. My mother-in-law is the only one that judges our space. I've come to realize though, that even when things are just the way I like them, she STILL has objections to our taste. So I've gladly giving up on that people-pleasing front.

Embracing an Open Door Policy: Your Guests Aren't Judging You Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/21/14 03:36 PM

This house is incredible. He's crazy for parting with it. Maybe he has money problems...

and lol @ nicole_slaw

Zac Efron Lists His Mid Century Pad Design News
3/19/14 08:54 PM

Homelov- I love the teal so much that I can't imagine changing it, but part of my concern was that if I painted the woodwork a dark color and wanted to change the teal, I'd have to change the woodwork. You've been very helpful with your story, thanks! Definitely a lot to think about.

Dark grey steel windows against a neutral wall sounds really killer, but I imagine it will look good either way (which is probably part of the dilemma!).

Keepinitreal: I think dark colors can look good with white trim, but after exhaustive internet searching, I don't think white is necessarily the "safe" choice, which is why I agreed to it! I was worried that I just liked the monochromatic look or dark trim because it seemed trendier. It definitely feels a little fresher to me. I like white trim, I have it in other parts of my house.

One issue with the white is that even though the room I painted is large, the white trim seems to create boundaries for the eye, and not in a good way. The room actually seemed cozier, but larger before I painted the trim. (It was very awful wood trim before- installed as part of an addition. Luckily, the other rooms I painted dark colors had decent woodwork, so I've just kept the natural wood grain and avoided the headache.)

I think it really depends on your house and the vibe you're trying to create. The vibe I'm going for is a dark, library-esque room where we'll want to read in the rain. So the white wasn't the best choice.

I clicked through to kathleeny's blog posted above. She went with white trim and a teal that is just slightly lighter than mine for her son's room. I think it looks perfect because: 1) it's a kid's room- no need to be dark and mysterious!; and 2) her trim is nicer and more interesting than mine! I can see why she'd want to highlight it.

Best of luck in your decision -- hopefully whichever way it goes you won't be repainting your woodwork- ugh. Sorry to be rambling, this has just been such an annoying issue for me.

What's Next: Upcoming Trends in Color Combinations for Interiors
3/19/14 08:45 PM

I think literary__lottie hit the nail on the head. If the bedroom isn't being used as an office, sitting room, or primary personal space (e.g. if there are roommates!), then I prefer darker. Darker is cozier and sexier! Even though I like dark living areas, if the bedroom were dual-purpose, I'd need something lighter so I didn't want to fall into bed!

Design Duel: Light vs. Dark Bedrooms
3/19/14 03:59 PM

Also- I'm sure my question regarding woodwork has been addressed on AT before, but I've been unable to find any posts. Redirection would be much appreciated!

What's Next: Upcoming Trends in Color Combinations for Interiors
3/19/14 03:51 PM

Regarding dark teal and finishes- I used Benjamin Moore's Dark Harbor in the matte finish, mixed 25% darker per Erin Williamson of Design Crisis's suggestion. The matte is so deep, gorgeous and velvety that I can't stop staring at the walls, even though we have pretty crappy drywall. Flaws don't show. I will never use anything but matte again (BM makes a matte bathroom paint too!).

Question- to everyone who painted their walls deep, dark colors- assuming it's already been painted, did you paint out your woodwork as well? (Like in pics #2, 5, 7, 10, 11, and 12?) I painted mine white at my boyfriend's request because he was scared it would look too dark otherwise. Now I think it looks a little half-baked. Cottage/beachy was not what I was going for with this color. What finish did you use if you did go for the monochromatic look?

What's Next: Upcoming Trends in Color Combinations for Interiors
3/19/14 03:50 PM

This is a very impressive example of minimalist design. I wish I could tour this house in person because I'm sure the use of space is interesting and beautiful. Being a maximalist, I'm most inspired by this photo to eliminate clutter in the master bedroom by using pax wardrobes to build a walk-in closet. The meditation room here is perfection.

The McDonalds' Serene, Minimalist Home House Tour
3/18/14 12:48 PM


Before & After: St Patrick Himself Would Be Proud of This Sideboard
3/18/14 12:34 AM

Oh and the floors are perfection. Any hints re color/glaze/staining? Thanks!!

Jeremy's Light and Heavy Home House Tour
3/14/14 02:55 PM

This is the first tour I've clicked back through all the pictures three times. My thoughts are that I want to take my space both more and less seriously. There is too much I love to fully list, but: lab kitchen cabinets, school-room bedroom vibe, portraits (always), Glenfiddich and every seating surface. I'm not in love with the look of the floor pillow/killim rug room but I love sitting on the floor and have tried to convince my boyfriend to dedicate some space to this. This was an awesome tour-- artists are always the best!

Jeremy's Light and Heavy Home House Tour
3/14/14 02:53 PM

Um, loving the benches, shelves and corner chair. Looks like these pieces are perfect for bridging the gap between standard Ikea furniture and thrift shop/vintage finds. Smart move, Swedish geniuses!

First Look: 12 Favorites from IKEA's New PS 2014 Collection
3/13/14 03:15 PM

As a new house and dog owner, I just have to pile on! My darling and I waited until we got a house to get a dog because we thought it was unfair to keep a dog in our 600 sq. ft. apartment. We adopted a higher-energy, medium size, pointer mix puppy, and around the same time "inherited" an aussie from a relative. Well. The yard was convenient once the pup was housetrained so that we can make a beeline for the coffee pot while they do their business outside. But since we live in the city, we've been treating our dogs like city dogs anyway- frequent long walks and trips to the off-leash dog park. The dogs follow us around the house, and seem bored in the yard unless we're actively playing with them.

I completely agree with others regarding the noise issue- barkers are not good in an apartment. If you like running and frequent exercise, I wouldn't automatically disregard larger working breeds- ours just require harder, consistent exercise. They're still pretty chill when just in the house. But be careful with a puppy. I didn't realize that dogs aren't supposed to be jogging partners until cleared by a vet around 1 year old!

Good luck -- I'm sure you'll find the right dog at the right shelter or rescue! (If not...don't feel terrible if you have to look to a breeder!)

Would You Have a Big(ish) Dog in a Small(ish) Apartment?
3/12/14 05:47 PM