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Display Name: TracyM
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Wow, the Cleveland info is completely wrong! I just moved back to the area after 17 years in Europe, NYC and DC, and one of the reasons I came home is that you can rent an apartment in many great parts of Cleveland or the suburbs for $550-$750 and buy a three bedroom house for $140,000 in suburbs with decent schools. You can go higher, but the typical home here is under $200,000, and you can find older homes in the city itself for less than $100,000. So I could get two very nice homes for what my one bedroom DC apartment cost.


10 Cities Where Renting Is Better Than Buying
Mint Life

8/30/10 10:56 AM

I'll bet any money that the posters who like the "before" were born after 1980. Those of us who remember that kind of decor when it was popular, can't live with it. What is camp today was serious when it was new.

My mom had similar wallpaper, but with giant white and purple flowers. The floor had a thick purple shag rug which quickly got matted. The cabinets were painted lavender. There was a wall-sized mirror from the vanity to the ceiling with two round chandeliers over the sinks which had (have - this part remains) purple flowers on them. This, too, was a previous owner decorating job, and in 1977 we were so excited to have such a glamorous new bathroom. Years later, taking off that wallpaper was a nightmare.

"I would really hate having to see my reflection on the wallpaper in the before every time I used the bathroom."

Yes, you could see yourself in the wallpaper.


Before and After: Darby's Bathroom Makeunder | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
7/15/10 02:13 AM

When I first moved to DC I was pleasantly surprised that locals use the Mall for picnics, softball, kite flying, etc. I was just there for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival yesterday, and I still marvel at how versatile the Mall is, not to mention that the views of the Capitol and monuments are lovely.

I would add specific spots in that area: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (lovely fountain!), the gardens across Independence from the Botanical Garden (they even have rocking chairs), Constitution Gardens (Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, NW, along the northern edge of the National Mall), the beautiful gardens between the Hirshhorn and Freer and Sackler galleries, and the Roosevelt Memorial.

Meridian Hill Park/Malcolm X Park is lovely, and the Sunday drum and dance circle draws people of every background. Has been going strong since 1974!


Apartment Therapy DC | Nature in the City: DC's Best Parks & Outdoor Spaces
7/6/09 10:32 AM

I like the subtle use of color in some of these pics. I'm sure we'll see stronger color with other finalists, but I have no problem with seeing how grey, brown and black (for example) can be used to create architectural interest and texture. Neutrals don't have to be bland.

Olan Mills - hahahaha! I haven't thought about that for a long time. I like the forest scene, but it reminds me of the fall scene my dentist always had across from his exam chair. Nice for a dentist office, actually, but it create a funny mental link between gold leaf scenes and novocaine.


Apartment Therapy - Fall Colors Contest Roundup: 10.30.07
10/31/07 01:10 PM

Wonderful place. Really love it. And I'll bet the building has those super steep Dutch stairs too.

Small quibble: Religious iconography as "kitsch." Sometimes the presentation is indeed kitschy, but the objects represent something sacred to others.


Apartment Therapy - AT Europe: Amsterdam - Flora's Anti-Squat Warehouse Flat
10/26/07 01:34 PM

Well, I think the collection is great as is. Sure, it's a lot in one place, but that's part of the charm here. So much that's unexpected -- the Pez dispensers, butter tray, freezer doors. Some of the objects wouldn't have much interest on their own, but in relation to the others become more interesting.

Re: "You don't need a step-ladder if you can lift your leg to your waist." Ha! You're lucky you're not 5'1" like me!


Apartment Therapy - The Inside Out: Yoktan's Tenement Museum of the Found
10/26/07 01:26 PM

Really striking. Love the first photo in particular. Some of it's a bit intense for my taste, but what I really notice is a great use of shapes. Love that!

I could never do that much fabric. Dust allergies. (ha!)


Apartment Therapy - #20 - DMODSF's Happy Colors
10/26/07 12:18 PM

I second Avimom's posting. Some contrast would shake things up. And I think the furniture would work well with something softer than the graphic prints on the wall and rugs - like a nubby white rug. That would put the focus more on the furnishings and less on the bold prints, which dominate the room. Some white, like those pillows on the sofa, would lighten the room a bit. Just my two cents.


Apartment Therapy - #39- MzzMac's Adventurous and Outgoing
10/26/07 12:14 PM

So let me see if I get the current "rules" right . . .

Stripes = in
Sponging= out (stippling and rag rolling too, right?)

50's and 60's furniture from grandma's house = "mid century modern", but not covered in plastic like Grandma used to do

50's drapes = oh no!

50's giant ashtrays = retro

50's drapes reeking of 50's and 60's cigarette smoke = not retro

70's home accessories = quirky and edgy

70's multi-colored brown, beige and gold shag mix carpeting, brown paneling and/or "Spanish" furniture = eeeek!

70's glass tables = acceptable in certain shapes and styles

70's Avocado Green or Harvest Gold appliances =
a.) Nature-inspired reaction to 50's-60's pink and aqua
b.) You couldn't afford stainless steel?

80's decor = Cheap motel and/or "Miami Vice" flashbacks
(New "rules" to bring some of this back in a few years.)

90's beige = a.) Subdued reaction to 80's styles or b.) boring. Wait until ~2012 for reappearance among hipsters, 2017 for partial re-acceptance by general public.

2007 bold solid colors on walls = "What were we thinking?" comments in 2012 as people re-embrace flower print wallpaper. And sponging.


Apartment Therapy - #39 - Matt's Color Everyday
10/26/07 12:05 PM

Love it. But keep kids away. Can you imagine the fun they'd have with all that tp?


Apartment Therapy - Toilet Paper Wall by Gary Hutton Design
10/26/07 10:25 AM

Great! Seems like a real house - a fun one at that - compared to a showpiece. Love how unexpected various elements are. I tend to prefer decor with some humor. More relaxing. Your dog clearly feels the same way -- after reading a nice book with a tree on it, I see. Ha!

One thing I keep feeling challenged by in some entries like this one is seeing 70's furniture and fixtures. I'm doing my best to see the attraction, but I still associate those pieces with my childhood. I guess that's why my mom was amazed that I wore 50's and 60's thrift store clothes in the 80's. And why my grandma can't believe collectors would ever want her old silver Christmas tree with blue spotlights!


Apartment Therapy - #36 - Michelle Brian Are Tired of White
10/25/07 09:59 AM

Love the bedroom. Would think that some contrasting pieces would take the rooms to the next level. Red or orange or bright green where you least expect it.


Apartment Therapy - #35 - Amanda's Medium for Expression
10/24/07 01:12 PM

I always hear that trust fund babies are a big factor too, especially in places like Williamsburg.

My native Williamsburg ("East W'brg" now, apparently) friends watched the area go from dicey to pricey, with many of them now unable to find a place in the neighborhood where their parents still lived. A lot of newcomers would be surprised to hear that the L used to be one of the most dangerous subway lines, or hear stories of the '77 blackout. As one friend told me, "Yeah, a lot of my neighbors got new tv's that night!" Must be weird for them to see so many people move in who have no idea about the history. Actually, it wasn't until I moved away that I found out that I (and many of my friends) were mispronouncing the name of our street!


Apartment Therapy - NYT: Studio Apartments
10/24/07 06:39 AM