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The cat isn't allowed in closets. This was necessitated by a couple of incidents where she clawed her way up my clothing to get to the top shelf, and is mostly just enforced by keeping the closet doors closed. We also only allow her in the bedroom when we're there—when we aren't around we just keep that door shut. This way, we can stash anything that we don't want her to get into in the bedroom, and I can feel safe that she won't decide to belly-flop on my jewelry tray, or knock water bottles off the bedside tables.

Keep Out: Pet-free Zones at Home?
3/13/14 04:32 PM

The wood floors.
The pipe shelving we built ourselves :)
Cooking a good dinner with husband.
The kitten. A sunday afternoon snuggle on the couch. Or watching her play on the new rug. Or waking up to see her perched in the window. Or coming home to her little mews. Kitten brings so much love to our home.

What Do You Love About Your Home?
2/24/14 08:58 PM

I never realized how much stress my messy home was causing me, but the January Cure put me in the habit of cleaning every weekend. I take some time about it and mix it with my relaxing time—I put on a movie, have a snack, and usually spend some time snuggling with the cat during cleaning time as well—but my one rule is, wipe down all surfaces. I move the soap and toothbrushes to get under them in the bathroom, take the burners off the stove so that I can get the stovetop right, sweep every room, shake out the rugs, wipe down all the counters and faucets, etc. etc. It sounds like a lot to write it out like that, but when it's interspersed with some more relaxing activities (see above), it really becomes bonding time with my apartment and I just feel better at the start of each week because of it.

How Do You Deal with Mess Stress? Good Questions
2/24/14 03:49 PM

The other thing to take into account is pay scale in those different locations. After graduating I was choosing between LA and Seattle, neither of which made the list but LA there is a major difference between the two. The salaries I was offered in Seattle just couldn't work given my student loan obligations, because all the employers said "But Seattle is so much cheaper than LA!" then proceeded to offer salaries at 40% less, despite my single largest expense being 100% the same no matter where I live. If you have non-negotiable obligations like that, living in the expensive city can actually really come in handy if the salary scales up as well.

These Are the World's Most Expensive Cities to Live In Design News
2/3/14 01:34 PM

I don't use flat sheets because I always wind up kicking them off. Anytime I'm in a hotel or at someone else's house, I wake up with the comforter gathered around my shoulders, and the flat sheet kicked off. It's been that way as long as I can remember, and at some point it just seemed silly to keep making the bed with something I was never going to actually use.

What’s the Purpose of a Flat Sheet, Anyway?
1/30/14 04:44 PM

Extra tip for the pipe shelving: get some cork and glue it to the bottom of the feet to make sure you'll get your deposit back! We just made a set of these over Christmas and they're the best thing in our apartment.

Make It Organized: 10 DIY Wall Shelving & Storage Ideas
1/29/14 02:19 PM

The bad news: I worked late every night this week and have not done a thing for the cure those days as a result. I did buy zip ties over my lunch hour so I can do some cord control though.

The good news: My living room already kicks a lot of butt, since my entry area was my cure project, which is now complete. So this is essentially my catch-up weekend. Also, my catch up on SLEEP weekend, so I'm glad the bedroom is looking nice from last weekend!

Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room & Lighting January Cure Assignment #17
1/24/14 12:35 PM

If you choose to go without a headboard, any tips for keeping the wall area behind clean? Somehow I always end up with a kind of gross head-sweat spot there...

Pull It Off: Beds in Front of Windows
1/19/14 07:12 PM

This is the big one for me. We just moved and had company for the holidays immediately after moving. So where did everything we didn't have time to handle yet get dumped? That's right, our bedroom. Now it's time to actually deal with everything I've literally been shoving into a corner.

Weekend Chores: Flowers, Bedroom Cleaning & Wardrobe Organizing The January Cure: Assignment # 12
1/17/14 11:59 AM

I'm waiting on supplies to come in so I can finish my project—a set of 6" hairpin legs I ordered to turn an orange crate into a side table!—so tonight I'm working on another overdue project and writing my post wedding thank-you notes. That'll get one item out of my outbox at least.

The Halfway Point!: Project Progress The January Cure: Assignment #11
1/16/14 07:51 PM

I'd add another consideration: will it work for all members of the household (including pets)? My apartment doesn't have enough cabinet space and we added some open shelving to compensate for this, but have realized we have to be really careful about what we put there. Shouldn't be food, or the cat will chew through the packaging. Shouldn't be anything fragile enough that we'd be pissed if she knocked it off the shelves. So we have really unexpected things like mixing bowls and tupperware displayed instead, because it's sturdy enough to hold up to the antics of a very energetic kitty.

How To Know if You're Ready for Open Kitchen Shelving
1/16/14 02:59 PM

An architect who spends their time on residential projects will usually be quite capable of the things an interior designer is capable of, but probably won't offer the services that a decorator will (and really, given the difference in pay rates, having an architect pick out accessories for your home is a really poor use of money anyways). This definitely varies from person to person though, and it a question that will be a good one to ask as you interview architects for your project. I would definitely start with architects, because another service that's part of architecture is the coordination of trades—they'll advise you if you need to bring on for example an interior designer, a soils engineer, a mechanical engineer, etc. and coordinate that trade's work with their own.

What's the Difference? Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator
1/15/14 02:23 PM

More likely they're a recent graduate who hasn't begun the licensure process yet so hasn't become immersed in the distinctions, as many interiors programs are calling themselves 'Interior Architecture', and are not actually accredited architecture programs at all. It definitely confuses licensure discussions for sure, and I wish they wouldn't do it, but I get the reasoning behind it.

What's the Difference? Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator
1/15/14 01:18 PM

Throwing another term into the mix: many interior designers have adopted the title 'Interior Architect' in order to further distance themselves from the throw-pillows-and-curtains set.

What's the Difference? Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator
1/15/14 01:03 PM

What about something like this?
At only 8" deep, that seems like it might be slim enough to get the job done without being too in the way.

Elizabeth's Cure: The Long, Winding Landing Strip Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/14/14 06:39 PM

Elby, actually my project for this cure is a sort of entry piece that combines low seating with an accent table that fits below my window, because my entry is similar to yours. A bench or rectangular ottoman could serve this purpose for you maybe?

The Clutter Filter: Create a Landing Strip January Cure: Assignment 9
1/14/14 02:12 PM

we just moved, so this is the perfect time for a housewarming!
That also means this weekend was way easier on me than most of you… I'm feeling very lucky about that, and committing to keeping things clean throughout the year so that next year I don't have a bit dirty hole to dig myself out of. I'm ashamed of how dirty our last apartment got, and don't want to let this one get that way. I'm taking advantage of this by doing two projects instead of one, and got one of them almost finished this weekend, and the outbox cleared out!

Keep Yourself on Track: Get a
Get-Together Together
January Cure: Assignment # 8

1/13/14 06:23 PM

The thing about 'toxic to pets' plants is that the cats I've had tended to know what to stay away from, so they're toxic but that seems to protect them. I've got a dracaina marginita and the cat scratches at the soil occasionally but never eats a leaf or otherwise does serious damage. On the other hand, she likes to attack a small succulent I brought home that's probably not toxic at all.

And to those who are getting defensive about all the cat questions, I think it's a good indicator of the audience demographics here... if that's what's relevant to the audience, what's so bad about them asking?

5 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants
1/12/14 10:22 PM

She's not eating it, she's just de-potting it and ripping it apart with her claws. Though now that Im thinking about it, she attacked spongesfor a few days too and then got over it on her own, so maybe she'll get over the plant thing too...

Weekend Chores: Flowers, Kitchen Organizing & Cleaning, Make a Meal January Cure: Assignment # 7
1/12/14 01:45 PM

I'm making zuchini fritters for dinner. I pinned a recipe ages ago but haven't made them yet.

Also, question! for people who have plants & pets... like many people I wanted to reinterpret the "flowers" assignment into live plants, but just in the past two days my cat has taken to attacking a succulent I already had. In two days she attacked it 4 times, pulling it from its pot onto the floor and digging into the roots, which has resulted in a loss of 1/3rd of the plant and much frustration on my part. After all, I can't repot my plants 2x a day because the cat's in a bad mood. Any tips? I've grown basil with success before but my current apartment doesn't get enough light. What are some plants that dont' need tons of light that are cat-friendly?

Weekend Chores: Flowers, Kitchen Organizing & Cleaning, Make a Meal January Cure: Assignment # 7
1/11/14 04:44 PM