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Display Name: sforzando
Member Since: 3/26/14

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"All it took was some color to brighten up the ol' girl."

Well, yes -- that, and new pillows, various new accessories, new art, new rug, new coffee table, new end-tables, new chairs, new couch, and new flooring. Simple as that!

Before & After: From Off-White to Bold and Bright
6/5/14 01:45 PM

Next up: Lighting on a budget: 10 chandeliers under $10,000.

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Outdoor Furniture & Accessories
6/4/14 12:24 PM

Next up: Lighting on a budget: 10 chandeliers under $10,000.

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Outdoor Furniture & Accessories
6/4/14 12:24 PM

This is incredibly dangerous! Not exactly a Molotov Cocktail, perhaps, but certainly one waiting to happen. Call it a Litvinov Cocktail.

Come on, AT, get it together!

How To Make A Wine Bottle Tiki Torch for Under $4.00
5/20/14 08:16 PM

That portrait is brilliant and amazing! I just love it.

WORK Lab's Vintage Eclectic Workspace Workspace Tour
5/13/14 06:46 PM

This before-and-after post reminds me of a similar one that appeared on AT not too long ago:


Isn't it amazing what tidying up can do for the feel and usefulness of a space?

Before & After: Maria's Vintage Glam Room Remix
5/10/14 11:31 AM

Arial must be one of the ugliest fonts around, unmatched except perhaps for Comic Sans. I agree with @tmhtmh: website body-text should definitely be kept serif-free to maintain readability.

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

I'm with @mimilady. This basically looks like the wine equivalent of "platinum" beer bottles and grey cans with silly little pictures of mountains that turn blue when the contents are "certifiably" cold. In other words, it's nothing more than a stupid marketing ploy for pushing a product that people wouldn't otherwise buy because it has no intrinsic merits of its own.

The only wine worth drinking is the one that can be left to speak for itself.

Beyond the Glass Bottle: 3 Unique Ways to Package Wine
5/1/14 12:43 PM


Alors! Perhaps Nee-ko-la is actually a French intellectual living abroad in NY in a poetic reversal of "An American in Paris" -- un Parisien à New York! -- and AT simply translated his submission rather poorly into English. Salle de toilette is of course standard French, after all, whereas the direct translation, "toilet room," just doesn't quite cut it in English.

In fact, now that I think of it, there does seem to be kind of a whole Parisian vibe going on ici...

A Professor's Small Space in Brooklyn House Call
4/23/14 07:16 PM

"As a writer and college professor... [I often go away] in the summer's."

Well, that would seem to have blown your cover story right there. Nice space, though!

A Professor's Small Space in Brooklyn House Call
4/23/14 05:54 PM

BTW - How does Hemingway have a chandelier and an ornamental headboard in his bedroom? What are these but the adjectives and adverbs of decorating?

Literary Style: 15 Writers' Bedrooms
4/23/14 05:38 PM

"And nowhere is the essence of the artist more present than in the bedroom."

Well, the ESSENCE of the artist is probably more present in their actual work than it is in their bedroom. But maybe that's nit-picky.

Literary Style: 15 Writers' Bedrooms
4/23/14 05:34 PM

Seems like a cool house, but the tour itself is super-boring. I closed it out after the tenth shot of the same couch from the same stupid angle. The tour definitely could have been done, to much greater effect, with about a fifth of the number of shots.

Hope and Pete's Bohemian Modern Abode House Tour
4/6/14 12:50 PM

Moroccan lanterns!

Everyone seems to agree that lighting is a problem here, but I'd take the opposite approach from what most people have suggested and instead embrace the darkness! I'd line the right side of the stairs with a variety of different Morrocan lanterns, say one on every second step, which could then be lit with candles (with the overhead lights turned down, of course) whenever you're expecting company. How inviting would that be?

As ashermas has noted above, you already have a couple of Moroccan (or Moorish) elements happening in the entryway, such as the window covering (its geometrical shape) and the terra cotta tiling, both of which would tie in well with lanterns. I think it would look even more amazing if you went with a dark paint colour, as several other posters have already suggested, perhaps also adding a few mirrors to bounce the flickering light around. Later on, once you're in a position to get rid of the carpeting, I'd recommend replacing it with tile and adding a runner, in a bright colour, right down the middle, as SFster suggests.

Just thinking about it makes me wish I had an entryway like yours!

How Can I Make Tiny Entryway More Inviting? Good Questions
3/26/14 06:51 PM