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Display Name: owlburritos
Member Since: 4/21/14

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Really nice! Your home looks really cosy and everything is so cohesive and fits well together. I'm a student too and I wish my home looked as put together as yours does!

Charlote's Budget Beauty House Call
7/26/14 09:21 PM

Not a fan of this one.. I feel like the faux wall being so short and so massively different architecturally from the rest of the apartment just makes it look like a weird headboard instead of a faux wall. I also really don't like the placement of the little side table - I feel like it would have been better put either flat against the faux wall but facing the window or moved to where the giant candlestick holder is currently (which I feel is a bit of a waste of space in such a small apartment) because right now it is directly in front of the sofa which looks really bad. The jaunty angle doesn't help with that either.

I feel like the old lockers are a waste of space too, considering the tiny footprint of the apartment. They just look really clunky and don't offer much storage space considering the large amount of space they take up. For something designed by a professional, and presumably paid for, I really would have expected something a lot more refined. Sorry!

A Small Parisian Studio Professional Project
7/26/14 05:17 PM

We just renovated the (tiny) kitchen in our flat and we went for a slimline but full height fridge freezer and it works for us. One way or another you're sacrificing worktop or cupboard space - if you go for a full size fridge you might get less worktop, and if you go for an under the worktop fridge, you'll lose a cupboard or two. I think it just depends on how you use your kitchen and what suits you as a 'cook'. We live in the UK where under the worktop fridges are pretty common and we actually had one before but decided to get rid of it for the slimline one because our mini one was just getting too cramped. We don't miss the worktop space at all or the extra storage we could have had, but we do absolutely love our fridge!

Whatever you decide, I wouldn't worry too much about resale value. It isn't a massive issue and if it really proves a problem when it comes time to sell, you can easily remove a cupboard or put in a full size fridge.

What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 04:05 PM

I recently bought my first home. My partner is on the mortgage but I paid the entirety of the deposit, found our flat, organised the move and organised all of the renovations. I would have done the same had he not been around, because I have always been desperate to have my own home.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, wouldn't have been motivated to do it if he'd had to do it himself. He doesn't really care about owning a home, he has no interest in maintaining a home or doing DIY or buying somewhere because, to him, it's just a place he lives and it doesn't really bother him whether he owns it or someone else does. If I wasn't here, he'd be renting with his friends and having a blast!

I think it comes down to priorities. My boyfriend's priorities involve having fun, having as much money available to him as possible and being able to do what he likes. My priorities involve having a stable place to live that I won't get kicked out of, being able to come home to a place that is mine and being able to live in a nice area with my dog. Hence why I bought, and not him!

All The Single Ladies... Are Investing In Home Equity
7/21/14 04:14 PM

Sorry, got carried away and commented before reading the post fully! You want to turn it into a guest space - how about a little daybed with a little fold down bedside table on the wall by the door? I think popping in some lamps is still a good idea, and putting some art on the wall facing the sofa, to make it feel more homely.

Ideas for Narrow Loft Space? Good Questions
7/17/14 08:27 AM

What about getting rid of the sofa and buying some big floor cushions and comfy throws and turning it into a little reading nook/chill out space? It looks like it has nice light and could be a comfy space to read or lounge in. You could get some little lamps or string lights to add some soft lighting at night and maybe a little shelf on the wall space next to the door for putting books on or holding a drink. If you're not into reading books, you could pop a magazine rack in there and go there to read magazines (:

Ideas for Narrow Loft Space? Good Questions
7/17/14 08:24 AM

I love this! As a student myself, I often struggle with the beauty of what I see on AT and the reality of my own furniture/space - which is a mix of vintage, handmedowns and Ikea in a 1950s flat. This post is really inspiring because you've managed to take thrift finds, handmedowns, Ikea and thrown it all together to make a space that looks amazing and comfortable. I really love it, you've done a great job!

Also, I know this is a design site but it'd be helpful to remember that these owners are grad students on a budget when suggesting significant renovation works (like building a mezzanine or moving walls) and make suggestions that are more realistic.

Bridget & Robert's \"Collected Treasures\" Budget Friendly Loft House Tour
7/17/14 05:38 AM

Perfect timing for this post! Does anyone have any tips for getting chewing gum out of a carpet? My boyfriend walked it in on his shoes (I now have a very strict no-shoes policy) and we have a cream carpet. It looks awful and we'll eventually replace the carpet with wooden flooring but until then I'd like to try and get rid of it somehow.

3 Tips for Refreshing Old Carpet Renters Solutions
7/15/14 05:37 AM

This is the most wonderful, inspiring home I've ever seen on AT! Everything is just amazing - from the commissioned lighting (especially the bathroom chandelier, which is incredible!) to the paint colours and all the lovely artwork. It just hits a perfect balance where it is obviously impeccably designed, but without feeling staged or not lived in - in fact it feels like you could just snuggle up in one of the armchairs. Please come and design my house for me!

Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home House Tour
7/11/14 12:34 PM

I much prefer the pains of owning to renting, mostly because we could never afford to rent anything decent in a nice area but we could afford to buy somewhere a bit rundown in a nice area and slowly do it up (which we are doing now). We can keep our dog without having to worry about finding a landlord who accepts dog, we have the ability to fix any issues we find (our rental house was lovely but eternally cold and the owners didn't feel it was a problem that needed solving whereas when our flat got cold last winter, we were able to install new radiators) and we have control over what maintenance we decide to do. It gives us a lot more freedom but it does take some away - we are stuck to this area for the next few years and can't just move at the drop of a hat. It is definitely worth it for us but if I hadn't moved around so much & was desperate to settle for a while, I'm not sure I'd have been so keen to buy!

That said, I don't think I'd feel comfortable owning a house right now. Our flat is just right because we take care of the interior maintenance but our management company takes care of the exterior maintenance (including landscaping) which is just such a huge weight off our shoulders. No worrying about when the roof needs replacing or rising damp!

Living in an Apartment Means Never Having to Do Anything
7/10/14 05:56 PM

I like it but I feel that you lose some of the lovely detail now it's been painted. I wish they'd been able to do something like a little light distressing or two-toning to make it stand out a bit more!

Before & After: A Dark Side Table Gets A Dose of Whimsy
7/9/14 06:07 PM

I love the tour although this isn't my style at all and I think the attention to colour and lighting are fabulous. I think the kitchen is lovely too - very elegant and I really love the use of open shelving.

I do agree with others that it feels impersonal and a bit too staged at times. I wish we could have seen the rest of the house like the pantry and the wardrobes, as I feel like that would have made the tour feel more personal. Plus I really would love to see how organised her cupboards are!

Crystal's Dramatic Home in San Francisco House Tour
7/5/14 02:23 PM

Just checked - yeap, it's by Joel Penkman.

Why Didn't We Think Of That? 18 Genius Kitchen Organizing Tips From Our Readers Reader Intelligence Report
7/4/14 08:07 AM

Not sure if it's the exact artist but it looks very similar to Joel Penkman

Why Didn't We Think Of That? 18 Genius Kitchen Organizing Tips From Our Readers Reader Intelligence Report
7/4/14 08:06 AM

Agree with everyone else - this definitely isn't a new idea - there is also one in the centre of Coventry in the UK.

IKEA Opens First City Location in Germany Design News
6/30/14 04:16 PM

I like the home but I feel like it's a bit claustrophobic. I appreciate that it has a lot of history and strong design elements to contend with but there are some aspects that I wish would have been modernised because, whilst true to the original period, I don't think they're necessarily great design choices (don't shoot me!). I also feel like the furniture, while lovely, makes the property feel like a time warp. I wish some more modern furniture had been used as a contrast to make the place feel less 1949 and more 1949-meets-2014.

Joshua's Usonian Retreat: The L.H. Hamilton House House Tour
4/30/14 05:16 PM

There was a tutorial posted on AP a while ago about building a sliding door for a bedroom (Link below).


I bet with a bit of elbow grease you could modify that to work as mini sliding panels for your kitchen (: You could maybe make the panels from clear acrylic or perspex and then use the adhesive frosting you get for windows to give them that frosted finish and give it a high end look!

But yeah, failing that, we always used the little wicker boxes that Ikea sell to hide things on our open shelves. Works a treat, is really cheap to do and it has a big effect for basically no effort!

Ideas for Adding DIY Panels to Open Cabinets? Good Questions
4/21/14 03:46 PM