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Display Name: Carina4
Member Since: 9/16/07

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I love # 1 because of the chevron pattern wood floor

Blissfully White Kitchens Roundup | Apartment Therapy New York
3/3/10 10:17 PM

I once saw a lucite chest like this, also used as a coffee table, that contained a set of gorgeous china. The chest was provided with the china by the manufacturer so the collection inside was orderly. It was a novel storage system and was very chic. I've been on the lookout for something similar ever since.

Lucite Trunk by Serge de Troyer | Apartment Therapy Boston
3/3/10 05:37 PM

Beautiful! I want color but I don't want it to scream at me when I walk into a room. This is a great example of the color layering that I'd like to achieve in my home. I don't have the same fabulous architectual details as this home, but I'll certainly be looking over the photos in more detail for inspiration.

LakBDesign's Controlled Color House Call | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/1/10 08:17 PM

Use a steamer. It will loosen the adhesive and you'll be able to peel the color film from the glass. If you pull slowly, the adhesive will come up with the film and minimize the amount of scraping you'll have to do. I recently removed solar tinting from two windows and a sliding glass door in a few hours with minimal mess and scraping. I tried the ammonia & garbage bag method first with no results whatsoever. I called a window tinting company and they said they use a steamer. The following link provides instruction for removing tint from car windows but it's the same process I used (minus the six pack):,-chea/

Apartment Therapy New York | Stripping Glass of Colored Film? Good Questions
10/13/09 11:19 AM

corned beef & cabbage and some Irish soda bread. Yum.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Holiday Gift Bag 2007: Win a Le Creuset 5-Piece Set
12/10/07 06:38 PM

Perfect for quick sweeps about the place. I'd love one.

Apartment Therapy New York | Holiday Gift Bag: Ergorapido Cordless Vacuum in gold!
12/3/07 06:01 PM

yes please, I'll BETA

Apartment Therapy - AT Countdown.....
11/17/07 04:47 PM

This is what my place wants to look like when it grows up and gets it's act together. All together splendid!

Chris, if you stop by again, would you share information about the wallpaper above the fireplace? Anyone else recognize it?

Apartment Therapy - #18 - ChrisToronto Winter Antidote
10/15/07 07:53 PM

That's exactly what was happening, Wende. The aqua/green colors were highligthing the console and pushing it more into the room. I'll have to find somewhere else to use the color as I'm really taken with it. After playing around with online color tools, I see that the violet-grays may indeed put the console in it's place. I'm off to the paint store. Thanks for your suggestion.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Three - Weekend
10/1/07 06:45 AM

I need some help. My goal for the fall cure was to bring some color into my living room. While assessing the project, I also determined that I need to better integrate the dark wood furnture into the western light-filled room. I'm not having much luck.

First the color - I've determined that my furniture has warm undertones. The couch is taupe with orange/yellow/gray tones, the console is dark brown with red undertones and even the off white chairs have a yellow/gray undertones. I thought a dark teal or agua/geen might work as it's a complimentary color to the red undertones and a triadic partner to the orange/yellow undertones. I painted a few test patches, using Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore, and it's not working for me. I feel like it's fighthing with the console for attention. I thought I might like the contrast but it was too much. I guess I want a more harmonious, serene look. I was contemplating going darker, which would subdue the dark console some but I'm thinking that would be fighting all the natural light in the room. The rest of my place is light also, so a dark living room is not making sense to me.

So what do I do? I like my furniture and I like my light-filled apartment. The stark white walls need to be warmed up and the dark brown console needs to be toned down. I'm not having much luck with wall color. So now I'm thinking maybe a brown patterned rug, to pull the brown through and ground the room, a darker neutral, with warm undertones, for the walls and then splashes of color in the accessories.

I feel like that's taking the easy way out but I'm literally throwing things against the wall and nothing is sticking. I found an interior design/color consulting business in town that charges $350 for a color consultation. That's pricey but I'm feeling color challenged and frustrated enough to think it may be worth it.

I've been offline this past week due to long work hours and then illness. I've read over week three posts and I'm so impressed with everyone's Deep Treatment progress. I didn't take on the Deep Treatment for a number of reasons but I didn't expect to be struggling this much with the One Room Workout. After making plans and doing a deep cleaning in the first two weeks, I put in some time again this weekend. However, I don't feel like I've made much progress, unless you call figuring out what doesn't work progress.

Any ideas?

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Three - Weekend
9/30/07 04:21 PM

Watson Kennedy, in Seattle, sells vintage French menus

Apartment Therapy - Good Questions: Where To Buy Old Restaurant Menus?
9/24/07 03:49 PM

oh jessicat, I remember the challenges and joys of trying to get things done with little kids. My kids would be my 27 year old son and his girlfriend. Not quite what you were referring to but they'll likely help move furniture, hang curtains and paint.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Two - Weekend
9/23/07 08:25 PM

Of all the remaining finishing touches, I'm most nervous about buying a rug. I purchased a Pottery Barn run off ebay that didn't work out well in my living room; the style wasn't quite right. It was a very nice rug and I got a good deal but it wasn't cheap. I ended up giving it to the kids so it wasn't a wasted purchase. However, I'm nervous about buying the next rug. I'm considering a dark brown rug to ground the room, as the rest of the room will be mostly light. My inspiration was Ron Marvin's room, as seen in the Smallest Coolest contest and in the October Metropolitan Home:

Here's a few options:

The other thing that is perplexing me is the carpet over carpet look. I've seen it done successfully in magazines and in other's homes but this adds to my rug anxiety.

Other progress:

I made an appointment this coming week for in an in-home consultation for a quote on window film. If that turns out to be too expensive, I've measured my window for solar shades.

I've decided to use curtain rods rather than build a cornice for my curtains. If I get window film, I'll have fixed curtain panels to frame the windows and matchstick blinds. If I go with the solar shades, they'll replace the matchstick blinds. I'm on the hunt for curtain panels and figuring out how to get a 14 ft. curtain rod to span the west wall.

I washed the windows. I'm disappointed with Meyer's window cleaner as it left my windows streaked. I had to go back and wash the windows a second time with vinegar & water.

I've also made an appointment to have my living room carpet and upholstery cleaned.

wig3000 - I agree with Alana. I think the traditional knobs, in polished chrome, will be a good bridge between your faucet and pulls. I like your first and alternative choice but I think those are heading in a new direction and won't help pull the existing hardware together. I like your collection of Bauer & Fiestaware. Have you ever considered replacing the top row of cabinet doors with glass front doors? That might be a nice way to display and contain your collection.

Jessicat: Can't wait to see your blik pics.

Anh-minh: your LeKlint lamp is gorgeous! I really like your dining room decor. Regarding the other corner of your home, I vote floor lamp, as it will be easier to adjust for reading/relaxing. Can I vote even though I don't have a specific floor light suggestion?

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Two - Weekend
9/23/07 05:55 PM

Lisa from VA: Thanks for your assistance. I had the pics tagged but had not sent them to the group. They're up now.

jessicat: I agree with ahn-minh, the colors you have on order will look like silhouettes and will work great in the room. You can add splashes of green elsewhere if you'd like.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Two
9/17/07 09:11 PM

hmmm, I uploaded photos yesterday but I'm not seeing them in the flickr group. I'll have to go back and make sure I tagged everything correctly. I'm doing a one room cure in my living room. I've been stuck for some time on how to pull it together and finish the room. I'm hoping that participating in the cure will help me make some forward progress.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Two
9/17/07 02:37 PM