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Display Name: AlyCatNat
Member Since: 12/13/09

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I have lived in houses with tile countertops and I just have to join the chorus here- don't do it! Tile is SO bad when it gets old. The edges fall off, the grout discolors and erodes around the sink, the surface is uneven, I could go on and on. I spilled hydrogen peroxide and all the grout fizzed like crazy, I think that means it was full of bacteria.

Tired of Granite? 8 Countertop Alternatives to Consider
2/15/14 12:15 PM

So many horrible roommates! Just had to give a brief hat tip to the roomie who decided that since I, a single mother, was on food stamps and he paid taxes, he therefore had personally paid for all of my food and was entitled to eat anything of mine in the refrigerator. Talk about taking food from my baby's mouth! He then condescendingly informed me that he was attracted to me and would like to date but his family would never approve of a "welfare queen".

Run, Don't Walk: Worst Roommate Ever Stories
8/30/13 11:05 AM

Growing up in Detroit, my father had a hard and fast rule about starting up the boiler- Thanksgiving or snow, whichever came first. It was usually snow.

When Do You Decide to Turn on the Heat?
10/9/11 02:39 PM

I can't stand wall to wall carpet in the kitchen or the bathroom. Seen it done a few times, always a bad idea.

I Would Never Rent an Apartment That…
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8/8/11 06:47 PM

Please Please PLEASE go around and take down the signs you put up after the sale is over; I have spend hours of my life trying to find a garage sale that was actually the weekend before.

Money in Your Pocket: Tips for Hosting a Garage Sale
7/24/11 03:07 PM

What are all those young, slender, professional looking people doing in MY dream house?

House Tour Portraits:Personal Style at Home
7/24/11 02:50 PM

"Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies"

Demiteri Martin

Design Ideas from the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2011
4/29/11 10:21 PM

When Bepsf talks, I usually listen, but in this case I disagree. The "granny" sofa and the olive chair pull well together and their luxurious upholstery contrasts nicely with the rustic/industrial vibe of the sideboard, whereas the brown leather loveseat is kind of pedestrian and late 90's to me.

Put the loveseat elsewhere if you can, ditch the diagonal, get that ugly little table with the Christmas tree out of there (I'm assuming it's just there for the tree anyway), add a rug, some side tables that echo the industrial/rustic, and some drapery to soften the window.

The sideboard is great, I would re-arrange the knick-knacks to have a better composition, maybe even bring in some taller knick-knacks or a lamp, and arrange the stuff inside the glass doors more consistently, such as: all liquor bottles to the front, possibly the wine rack would fit inside the glass door compartment, and maybe store your prettiest wine and cocktail glasses in there.

Then add a splash of lighter, brighter color, for example with throw pillows, knick-knacks or a brightly colored lamp base. You could pull in the burnt orange from the candles on the sideboard, or turquoise contrasts well with olive and wood.

Rug & Ottoman or Table to Help Tie Room Together?
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1/4/11 04:01 PM

Since y'all are willing to "go there" as far as mentioning feminine hygene products, can I just put in a big vote for a discreet place to dispose of such items. I've been told many,many times not to flush a tampon, especially in a house with old plumbing or a septic system, yet not everyone has a garbage pail in the bathroom ( I prefer one with a lid). It's pretty bewildering to have a used tampon on your hands and no discreet way to deal with it.

10 Little Things To Do Before Company Arrives
11/21/10 04:28 PM

The insanely disrespectful uber-abstract renovation of the new england farm house in "Beetlejuice".

Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films

11/2/10 01:11 PM

Just painted my gloomy dark north facing living room in Seattle the brightest orangey red that BM carries, I am getting tons of positive comments, and it looks especially glowy in artificial light, which, let's face it, is the only kind of light I'll be seeing for the next three or four months. I am so much happier with the vibrant color, it really counters the gloom.

Best Paint Colors for Gray Skies
10/23/10 11:51 AM

I did this in my last apartment, it had a big picture window that faced into the coutyard of the building. Pulling the shades would have made it feel gloomy and enclosed, the window full of plants let light in but still provided privacy. All the hanging plants were in the kind of pot that has a built in drip tray, and all the tall floor plants were on big plates, no problem watering at all.

Look! Plants for Curtains in SoHo | Apartment Therapy New York
5/17/10 05:20 PM

Don't the light bulbs eventually burn the cloth in those wrapped chandeliers?

FLOS Opens its First-Ever US Store in Soho Sneak Peek | Apartment Therapy New York
5/15/10 05:05 PM

I have a friend who had custom slipcovers made to fit over her dog crates. Now they coordinate with the upholstery and function as large side tables in her living room, you practically don't even notice they are in there.

Keeping a Clean & Stylish Home…With a Big Dog? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy DC
5/10/10 04:43 PM

Thank you all commenters who recommend an independent housecleaner! I am an independent housecleaner, and I have worked for agencies and they are really exploitive: the cleaners get paid a little over minimum, have to pay their own car expenses, aren't paid for travel time between houses(which can use up a couple of hours of any given workday) and some of them are not above hiring illegal emigrants under the table.

I worked for an agency when the economy was good (late '90's) and they would hire anything that breathed. I was in the car with a trainee and she asked me if I knew where to get heroin. I can't think of any greater recipe for disaster than the keys for somebody's house given to a junkie. So, go independent, ask for references and then actually call those references!

Also, I personally feel, if you want to leave the breakfast dishes in the sink, that's fine, I have busy mornings too, just be willing to pay for the extra time it takes me to wash those dishes (or even better, leave the dishwasher empty so I can load it, takes almost no time compared to hand washing) because I am assuming you want the sink scrubbed, right? And the sink is UNDER the dirty dishes.

How To: Prep Your Home for Cleaning Service | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/5/10 02:15 PM

Hmm, I can't seem to make that Blackberry pop-up go away, not even by clicking on it. I wonder if that's what the other comments are about, too? I can't read them, the pop-up is covering them. I'm going to give AT the benifit of the doubt and assume it is unintentional, because otherwise it would be MIGHTY aggressive marketing.
PS love those chairs.

Colorful Outdoor Furniture Roundup | Apartment Therapy New York
5/5/10 01:44 PM

That's funny, I'm sitting here in the CD and I just now pulled the shade because the sun was too bright to see my monitor. But yeah, one should never plan an outdoor wedding in Seattle.

I used to have a vintage 0-speed cruiser that I rode everywhere in Seattle (no car). You can loose a lot of weight that way, it is a workout!

Charming apartment, I like your stack of boxes.

Small Cool 2010: Eleanor's Everything Important Tiny Division # 39 | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
4/24/10 07:09 PM

I'm suprised only one person (Shantiquan) mentioned the health risks involved in microwave popcorn. Seriously, Google it, people working in the factories where they make it have actually died. It's the fumes it outgasses which are dangerous, not eating it.

However, people who think microwaving "kills" the food should consider that microwaves were invented in the 1940's and if they had any severe health consequences, we would have noticed by now. You know, like how we noticed about the microwave popcorn.

Live Without: A Microwave Small Space Solutions | Apartment Therapy New York
4/15/10 01:57 AM

I have to add another vote for microfiber cloths, those things are great! You do have to wash them seperately from the other laundry, though, or they will pick up tons of lint. They do a particularly good job on fingerprint-y brushed stainless steel, always a problematic thing to clean.

Citra Solv is another great product, used undiluted it is twice as powerful as Goo Gone, diluted it makes a great all-purpose cleaning solution, I add Hydrogen Peroxide to the spray bottle so it disinfects, too.

Share Your Favorite Cleaning Tips | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/12/10 12:04 PM

This is fascinating! Looks like shoe organizers are great for everything BUT storing shoes.

9 Ways To Use Shoe Organizers In Small Spaces | Apartment Therapy Chicago
4/9/10 01:32 PM