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I grew up in Vancouver, and so did my mom, my dad, and all 4 of my grandparents. Both of my grandfathers were carpenters who helped build a fair whack of the buildings in Vancouver. I never said I was representative, just sharing what I was taught about personal privacy.


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/18/14 03:32 PM

I remember some of these photos from a decorating book! I especially remember those white rooms with lots of plants. When did houseplants fall so far out of favour?


Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1981
7/17/14 08:00 PM

I have a single bi-fold door on the closet in my entry hall. I upgraded it by changing out the knob for a beautiful glass one, and adding a second glass knob on the other panel. Now it looks like a proper double door instead of a cheap hollowcore bi-fold one. A little wood filler and a fresh coat of paint will easily restore it to original condition one day.


5 DIY Ways to Upgrade Rental Closet Doors Renters Solutions
7/17/14 08:00 PM

I live in a small city in BC, the "hub" of a larger rural area. The one thing that keeps coming up here is how hard it is for many people to find sustainable, full-time employment at a decent wage. I guess that's a problem everywhere, but job vacancies are scarce here, and it's really true that when there are no jobs, there are no jobs. You can't always just go find work in a restaurant or a retail store. Lots of families are geographically separated because somebody ends up having to go live in a northern camp 3 weeks out of 4, to work a resource sector job.

That said, I would never give up the country-ish life here to live in a big city again. So many people, so much traffic, and it's so big, noisy, dirty, and impersonal - I end up feeling overwhelmed just visiting for more than a couple of days. I need SPACE! And people who smile back. And a commute to work that doesn't take an hour or more out of my day. I think right in the middle suits me best. My city is big enough to have lots of diversity and cultural activities, and small enough to have nature at our back doors.

Earlier this week, I rode my bike around and around a friend's big empty field with her two goats and her horse running beside me. It was the greatest cycling joy ever. I laughed and laughed - goats are hysterical! How would ever get to do things like that in a big city? :-D


Life In The Country: The Stories The Pictures Don't Tell
7/17/14 08:00 PM

I live in BC, Canada. Growing up, I was taught that it was very ill-mannered to ask people about their personal money matters, because you never knew who might be in an embarrassing situation, or who might be poor/struggling You risked making people feel uncomfortable, put on the spot, exposed, or possibly even ashamed. Mom said other people's finances are none of our business, because you should never put other people in a situation where their privacy and dignity are on the line.

I do see rent as part of that, since how much a person pays in rent can be very revealing information about their overall financial situation. And I definitely feel discomfort when people ask me about something I was raised to think of as a private matter, be it my sex life or my finances. So basically I never ask about rent costs, and only my landlord, my credit union, and my closest friends/family know how much I pay.


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/17/14 06:57 PM

Ha ha! This reminded me - one time I was moving my old (heavy!) sofabed to the spare room to use a guest bed, as I had purchased a new sofa for the living room. Since I did this on my own, I wound up tipping the sofabed on its end and sort of rocking it down the hallway to get it mobile.

This worked out great until....I was negotiating the corners into the spare room, and the folded up bed sprang out, immediately wedging itself into an impossible position amongst the corners! It stuck good, trapping me in the back of the apartment. And of course my phone was out in the living room.

It took me about an hour (and considerable swearing and tears) to get the bed re-compressed back into the sofa, but I made it out alive! But I was so frustrated, I left it sitting on its end in the doorway for a week before I finally pushed it into the room. When its time came, I had someone else move that sucker out....


5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 11:05 PM

I painted my tiny entrance hall pale green, then showed my landlords to prove I had some painting skills. I told them I would paint it right back to the original off-white if they didn't like it. They bought the rest of the paint for me to finish the whole apartment the way I wanted it.

I don't necessarily suggest this strategy, which only worked because the property had changed hands and nobody really knew what permissions I had been given by the old owners. However, since then, they have started painting the rest of the apartments in a nice warm neutral (I want to say "camel" but not quite?) before they are rented out to new tenants. The non-white walls seem to encourage tenants treat the apartments better and to stay longer (to see them as "home").

Where I work (renos and property maintenance for another rental complex), tenants are not allowed to paint the off-white walls. The reason, according to the manager, is that there have been far, far too many people who claimed they were good at painting who actually weren't. And even if one in ten tenants turned out to be a careful painter, then many more would demand the right to paint. People have made expensive-to-fix messes of the walls, ceilings, floors, cabinets, countertops, and/or fixtures.


Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 11:05 PM

Many years ago, I had a friend/neighbour who had a baby. She turned her apartment storage closet into a sweet little room for the crib - even though she took off the door, she got in trouble with child welfare because there was no window.


Better Than Storage: 7 Creative Uses For Your Closet
7/13/14 12:46 PM

I wonder what it's like to live with naked bulbs as lighting? The naked bulb in my kitchen range hood is annoying enough when it gets left on.


DIY Lighting Ideas: 10 Affordable DIY Projects for Expensive-Looking Modern Lights
7/13/14 12:46 PM

People try to rearrange your furniture!? I would probably slap their hands!


Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 07:19 PM

I don't know why anyone should be discouraged from calling people out for being jerks, online or offline.


Before & After: A Dark Side Table Gets A Dose of Whimsy
7/10/14 07:09 PM

Not worried about the dirt for the germ's sake but because it looks like crap, lol.


Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 04:31 PM

But there is a difference between providing negative or critical feedback, and being downright mean. Sometimes I read the mean things on here and I don't know what is wrong with people anymore.

And yes, people online will most certainly comment on people being fat or ugly or having a leg vein sticking out, or whatever. Not that it doesn't happen in real life, because it does. But people feel really safe being extra-mean behind the anonymity of their computer.


Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 04:27 PM

Even without renovating, there is always a lot more work (and money) involved in living in a house. Right now, I am in Vancouver helping out my mom with the house and yard, as she isn't too well. It's a LOT of work. She can't even keep up on it on her own anymore. I keep thinking about how little I ever have to do back home in my apartment.


Living in an Apartment Means Never Having to Do Anything
7/10/14 04:12 PM

Oh, that blue rolling cabinet set is clever!


Easy, Chic DIYs: 3 Upgrades for Boring File Cabinets
7/10/14 03:38 PM

This is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful work.


Before & After: An Army Green Vintage Broyhill Goes AWOL
7/10/14 03:36 PM

Because a thing can exist more than only one way and still be beautiful. :-)


Before & After: An Army Green Vintage Broyhill Goes AWOL
7/10/14 03:35 PM

Because a thing can exist more than only one way and still be beautiful. :-)


Before & After: An Army Green Vintage Broyhill Goes AWOL
7/10/14 03:35 PM

Everyone who has visited my home thinks it's beautiful, though I do have one friend who used to offer unsolicited advice all the time - "You should"....move this here, paint the whole place that colour, paint the window trim white. It's because she is the mom of 7 daughters and she is used to telling them what to do! I finally called her on it and she stopped.

If anyone came to my home and said negative things, they would simply not be welcome back.

And while I have posted things on my blog, I have never offered anything up to AT for submission because, as I just wrote on another post, I liked the internet better before all the mean and shallow people got online.


Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 03:33 PM

I would love a pedestal sink. I don't like having anything on the sink or counter (except for a drinking cup and the pump soap), because it looks cluttered and gathers dust/hair/scum. I can already fit a small piece of furniture in my bathroom for storage, so I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem if I had a beautiful pedestal sink. :-)


Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 03:24 PM