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I thought AT made a mistake and put pictures from Lonny in this article. The look and layout are just too similar.

I disagree though that Australia is a bit behind the trends, well, at least not according to the lovely Australian decorating magazines I've seen (Australian Vogue Living, Living Etc.). But I haven't been there so what do I know?

New Online Design Magazine: Ivy & Piper
11/29/10 07:21 PM

Oh, and Oscar Madison's room in "The Odd Couple" was always a mess.

The Messiest Homes from TV Film | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/20/10 10:04 AM

"Desperate Living," one of John Waters' earliest movies, was set in Mortville, the shantytown where Mink Stole's character has to live in after she murders her husband. The houses, like Mortville itself, were dirty, trashy and poorly constructed.

The Messiest Homes from TV Film | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/20/10 10:02 AM

This is exactly how I imagine a fashion designer and photographer would live. Fascinating! It's so creative. And what an eye!

The New Old: Anthony Malat Jamie Isaia's NeoVictorian New York Magazine | Apartment Therapy New York
5/10/10 08:18 PM

I'm expecting Pottery Barn or Z Gallerie to make knock-offs soon.

Are Vintage Transit Scrolls the New "Keep Calm"? | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/5/10 07:36 PM

Thanks AT for opening our eyes to how people around the world live. I recall you once featured an apartment building for the elderly in Hong Kong. That was a very interesting and educational story.

Yes, I love seeing beautiful homes and cool, interesting furniture, but I'm also interested in seeing "real" living spaces like this tiny pod apartment. It makes me grateful for what I have (which isn't much, I'll admit) and broadens my perspective of the world. Please feature more spaces like this one...show us how people cope with design or living challenges. If there are those who don't like this sort of thing, they can just skip the feature and move on to something pretty.

Looking forward to it, AT.

Small Space Extreme in Beijing | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/1/10 11:19 AM

Once while vacationing in Hong Kong with some friends, I dropped by the hotel they were staying in. They were four to a room which had two double-decker beds and not much else. The top bunk was about 20 inches away from the ceiling. I was appalled at how they could stay in this room (I was staying in a different hotel), but it was what they could afford and instead of complaining about it, they laughed about how small the room was.

I guess what I'm trying to say is it's all about how you look at things. A tiny, cramped room can be a "prison cell," "a coffin", whatever...but to some people, it's a decent place to live.

Small Space Extreme in Beijing | Apartment Therapy Chicago
4/29/10 10:47 AM

Vogue Living Australia is gorgeous. But I also love Elle Decor UK.

What Is Your Go To Foreign Shelter Magazine? | Apartment Therapy DC
4/27/10 10:40 PM

I love this home. It's so cozy and warm. Ryan did a great job designing and decorating this charming home.

Small Cool 2010: Ryan's Entertaining Space Small Division # 28 | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
4/22/10 11:57 PM

Pillows galore in the bedroom!

Small Cool 2010: Savannah's Complete Pulled Together Tiny Division # 31 | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/22/10 09:48 AM

Kudos for trying and it's obvious you guys love your place, but to me, everything looks so ordinary. Sorry.

Small Cool 2010: Liz Mick's Comfortable Cozy Little Division #23 | Apartment Therapy DC
4/20/10 09:18 AM

One of the best things about living with less...you don't have to worry about people borrowing stuff from you (and then losing it or breaking it) because they know you don't have a lot to begin with.

Why Less Can Mean More | Apartment Therapy Chicago
4/7/10 02:24 AM


Hot or Not: Hu2 Kitchen and Bathroom Stickers | Apartment Therapy DC
3/25/10 05:54 AM

Lovely!!! What a charming and cozy place. Goes to show you that it doesn't take a lot of money to furnish a home with style...just personality, imagination, and creativity.

Sara and Michael's Bohemian Salvage House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/11/10 12:40 AM

What charming ideas! I know there are people who would be outraged at the thought of turning books into an art or craft project, but if the books have fallen apart or been damaged, why not put them to use?

Like what would you do with a very outdated encyclopedia (not a set, just one book from the set) that you can't use?
Might as well recycle the pages and make something beautiful from them, right?

Inspiration: Decorating With Old Book Pages | Apartment Therapy DC
3/5/10 01:12 AM

Gorgeous! That bathroom...I could live there. This house is a marvel of restraint and elegance.

Allison Steve's Bethesda Masterpiece House Tour | Apartment Therapy DC
2/26/10 03:53 AM

Kudos to the homeowners for creating their "dream home." That said, I want to share my opinion on the living room. The matchy-matchy color scheme of chartreuse (or is it olive?) and black-and-white seems too calculated and rigid to me. Every thing in the cubby holes look like they were bought in one store trip (I said "look like", for all I know these were accumulated over many years). What are those twig/branch tchotchkes? Everything is so symmetrical and styled, down to the way those little pillows have a chop on them and the way they are angled just so. (Blame the stylist?)

I know I come across as being too critical, I'm just saying what I feel. If this decor makes the homeowners happy, then good for them.

Joanna Dave's Arizona Dream Home House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/11/10 01:51 AM

If they had wanted it to look more 80s, they could have used more pastels. But it could pass for a neutral, subdued 80s family home. The floor lamp looks 80s to me. I remember having something very similar in my house when I was growing up then.

Does This Interior Set from Lost Look Like the 80s? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
2/5/10 09:37 AM

It's gorgeous, understated, cozy and appropriate for the moneyed folks who vacation in Colorado. These people aren't looking for fantasy or drama or "oddball beauty" (they can go to Anguilla or Miami for that), but a subdued and elegantly-appointed hotel to relax in.

Having said that, this hotel doesn't look or feel like it was decorated by Kelly Wearstler. If you had asked us to guess who designed it, I doubt many of us would have brought her name up. But at least she has proven that she isn't a one trick pony and that she can successfully conceptualize and execute a look that isn't one of her signatures.

The Viceroy Snowmass by Kelly Wearstler | Apartment Therapy New York
2/4/10 02:37 AM