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I also have a patio with a door that swings out. In my tiny studio condo I didn't want a screen door swinging in, there just isn't space for it. So I went with a cheap sheer curtain that is long enough to go from ceiling to the floor. There is a transom window over the door so I put the curtain at the top of this with a cheap pressure rod. The curtain panel just covers the door and window with a slight overlap. Bugs aren't that tenacious and usually happen through a door or window randomly so this is sufficient and still lets air in. I am OCD though so I also used small magnets to hold the curtain edges down, luckily my door frames are metal. Now when the bug season is over or it finally gets cooler I can fold up my $12 bug screen and hide it away for next year.

Temporary Window Screens: Inexpensive & DIY
9/27/10 04:31 PM

Marble isn't that fragile or easy to stain. I have a 50+ year old marble coffee table. In those 50+ years of not being sealed or treated like a museum piece it has 4 etched in rings that are only visible if the light hits it just right. I say use the hell out of the table. Wipe it down after meals and be happy.

Should I Protect Saarinen Marble Top with Glass?
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8/30/10 07:33 PM

Bi-fold doors. They are pretty cheap at home depot and easy to install.

If there isn't space for them to open and close conveniently you could look at sliding closet doors.

Either way for about $100 you could remedy this.

How to Enclose Utility Area in Entryway? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/18/10 02:15 PM

A clean dry place to keep clothes and sleep for $40 a month? That's a great deal. She has internet so it isn't that bad. I'm sure there are cafes and parks to socialize in.

Small Space Extreme in Beijing | Apartment Therapy Chicago
4/29/10 10:31 AM

I clicked through because my wall bed is right next to the kitchen. I put An Utby island betweethe bed and fridge. When the wall bed is open there is just inches to get in on that side but the solid separation makes it feel like a defined "bedroom."

But the important question is what is the story with that marble top table in the pic? I have its smaller, side table cousin that I got from my grandma 10 years ago and I assume she had it for decades prior. I've always wanted to know its story and see if there are other similar pieces I need.

When the Kitchen is Inches from the Bed | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/28/10 10:13 AM

All of the sofas at CB2 feel like crap. You can feel the hard edges of the wood frame through the fabric and cushions. It is no better quality than Ikea. I have not set in this particular sofa but have sampled many at CB2 and they are all similar quality.

Look at EQ3. Their stuff is quality and a good value.

Reviews of the CB2 Bolla Sofa? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
4/13/10 02:39 PM

I just bought a place with this layout. It's a great way to maximize space when you only have 324 square feet. My last place had 200 sq ft of hallways. What are they good for?

In my new layout there is 4 ft of dedicate entry space be fore e kitchen starts, but you are still coming right into the kitchen. Ill be putting an utby bar at the end to further separate the kitchen from the mail living space.

Entryway Kitchen Flickr Finds | Apartment Therapy Chicago
4/9/10 10:51 AM

: ( I don't move into my Teeny Tiny place (329 sq ft) until the end of the month. Next year...


The 6th Annual Small, Cool Home Contest Coming Soon! | Apartment Therapy New York
3/31/10 04:46 PM

I love this. You could really use any container full of skewers as a knife holder. Too cool.

DIY Universal Knife Block | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/29/10 01:41 PM

I have no range hood an haven't for years. I just open a window and turn on a fan. The house gets totally smoked and smelled up but I have to eat. I just let it air out and shiver while I eat.

As for the mess, I wipe the stove, counters, surrounding walls and cabinets down with a lysol wipe after every meal. Its the last step of doing the dishes. I never have a build up or residue on anything.

Do You Have a Range Hood? And Coping Without | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/26/10 01:47 PM

Why can't you do laundry in the kitchen? Do you have religious restrictions on food preparation? A room is a room and in an urban setting we don't usually get to have rooms with dedicated uses. Everything happens in the same space. Sock folding on the kitchen counter isn't magically going to contaminate your veggies (from the dirt) in your crisper drawer.

And denisegk 1400sq ft is HUGE! You are so lucky. Most people I know live in 1/3 that much space.

Integrating Laundry Facilities into the Kitchen | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/25/10 12:11 PM

We moved into a rental with an oddly arranged kitchen. There was room for much more in the space but they crammed the stove, sink and dishwasher all into one small wall and left the rest of the space open. We moved the stove to an adjacent wall, put in a washer/dryer with black butcher block over the top to match an island we brought in to separate the space from the living room.


Integrating Laundry Facilities into the Kitchen | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/25/10 12:21 AM

Check the kitchen exhaust fan. If it does not actually pull air out of the room there better be a window near by.

The Most Important Rental Tip We've Ever Given | Apartment Therapy Chicago
3/19/10 04:05 PM

Ill second the pyrex comment. I use them almost exclusively for serving, storing and toting to work. And since I am microwave averse it is great to be able to slip them in the toaster oven at the office to warm up.

Can You Help Me Find Attractive Serve Store Containers? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/12/10 11:15 AM

I used them last week in israeli cous cous. First I sautéed the shrooms with yellow onion then added the cous cous and hot chicken broth. I cooked it about a half hour adding more broth as needed. Oh and tossed in some frozen artichoke hearts from TJs. The end result was great.


Ingredient Spotlight: King Trumpet Mushrooms | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/10/10 03:43 PM

Its really not that easy to find a place to stash laundry soap when you live in a 329 sq ft apartment and you have exactly 1 cabinet for storing all your cleaning supplies, tools, gardening equipment and laundry stuff.

Small Bottle Laundry Detergents Roundup | Apartment Therapy New York
3/9/10 07:09 PM

Nothing at all. I love clean, open space.

What Should I Store in the Back of the Cheese Drawer? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/9/10 04:34 PM

@the polish chick

So you dry your face next time with a towel you used to scrub goo off the counters? Ew.

Clean Your Whole Bathroom in 5 Minutes Real Simple | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/8/10 01:37 PM

I will be living with the u-line echelon series soon. It looks sufficient for a few days worth of food and some basic condiments. Good thing the Whole Foods is next door.

High To Low: 10 Small, Cool Apartment-Sized Refrigerators | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/5/10 06:45 PM

So far I am the sole under-counter, compact fridge owner. U-Line Echelon for those wondering.

Survey: What Kind of Refrigerator Do You Have? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/2/10 01:40 PM