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Display Name: Pieces of Anna
Member Since: 5/24/10

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This is awesome.

From Birth to 12 in Under 3 Minutes Frans Hofmeester
4/26/12 06:31 PM

It's amazing how wonderfully you were able to fit everything and delineate the various functional areas in such a tiny space!

Caroline's Elegant Simplicity Small Cool Contest
4/26/12 10:41 AM

I've become a constant redecorator in the past three years. I used to move apartments every year or two since I was eleven, which of course necessitated redecorating. However, we are about to renew our lease on the current apartment for a third year, and I am definitely getting that itch to change things up (which I have been doing constantly over the past year anyway).

Are You A Compulsive Re-Decorator?
4/4/12 03:48 PM

We had W/D hookups in our apartment when we moved in, but no actual washer or dryer. We were making trips to the laundromat to get the laundry done, but seeing as a (brutal) Boston winter was imminent, I insisted that we buy the washer and dryer. We calculated that compared with the money we were spending in the laundromat, the W/D (bought new) would pay for itself within 2.5-3 years. But of course, having the convenience of doing laundry at home is priceless. I don't regret that decision at all.

By the way, if you can, wait for appliance sales (they tend to happen on Thanksgiving and Memorial Day weekends). You can save several hundred dollars that way.

Pros & Cons: Replacing Appliances in a Rental Renters Solutions
3/21/12 03:20 PM

I suppose we have a perk of not having to shovel the sidewalk in the winter.

However, I'd really much rather own a place at this point. Our landlord refuses to repair anything that's broken, and most times refuses to acknowledge that the problem even exists. I wish I could just fix things myself, but I have no desire to drop money on a new (boiler, air conditioner, dishwasher) appliance if I'll have to leave it behind when I move.

What Amazing Perks Do You Have as a Renter?
Reader Survey

3/13/12 11:54 AM

We have Amana front loader washer and dryer (stackable), which we bought for about $1100 total, and they work great. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done and I have no complaints!

The Best Washing Machine?
Reader Roundup

1/25/12 12:34 PM

Just pinned the heck out of this apartment. Basically, I want to move in. Too bad about the unknown paint colors! I would really love to find out the wall color in the bedroom - it is so serene...

Kirstyn's Peaceful Pacific Heights Hideaway
House Tour

11/22/11 12:40 PM

I second the plants, a colorful lamp, and stick on shelf paper. I had a boring metal bookshelf in my cubicle, which I covered in colorful green shelf paper. It made a huge difference. Also, it's easily removable. I would also recommend getting colorful storage boxes. Ikea sells those on the cheap, but you can also find them in Home Goods and Target.

Sources and Ideas for Spiffing up Cubicle?
Good Questions

11/9/11 10:04 AM

I second the request for info on the living room rug. It's gorgeous!

Jess's Lovely Lakeview Apartment
House Tour

10/24/11 04:34 PM

This is probably my favorite house tour ever. I pinned about half of the photos. Basically, I want to live there. :)

Pietsie, Stephen & Charlie's Private Barbara Bestor Rental
House Tour

10/6/11 12:27 PM

What a transformation! And I'm so happy to finally see a real dorm room on AT, and not those glamorous, sprawling spaces that were supposedly called dorms.

Small Space Solutions: Vanessa & Emily's Dorm Done Right
9/29/11 03:14 PM

Wow! Full house tour please!!!

Sarah's Classic Modern in the West Village
House Call

8/2/11 02:59 PM

We actually did these calculations a year ago when we were considering buying a washer/dryer, AND we did take the cost of the machines into account. We concluded that if we keep our W/D for at least 3 years, we will break even (comparing cost of doing laundry at home + cost of machines vs. cost of doing laundry in laundromat, and this did not include cost of driving to the laundromat).

However, I would say that not having to drag my laundry through the snow in the winter is priceless. (We ended up buying the W/D.)

Laundromat vs. Home Laundry: Which Is More Frugal?
The Simple Dollar

7/29/11 05:03 PM

Beach, hands down! I'll swim in a pool if nothing else is around, but not a fan of that chlorine smell...

Quick Summer Survey: Beach or Pool?
7/26/11 04:02 PM

I like how you painted the dresser. Although I must say that oil-based primer (on wood) with latex paint works just fine. I've used this combination myself, and YoungHouseLove blog about this all the time as well.

Before & After: What a Difference Some Paint Makes!
7/12/11 04:10 PM

Cozy! Where did you get those curtain holdbacks (pre-last photo)? It's exactly what I've been looking for!

Jen & Eric's Retro Modern Condo
House Tour

7/6/11 03:51 PM

I vote for C.

Can You Tell Which Chair Costs More Than a New Car?
Design Quiz

6/30/11 05:05 PM

Transote, I successfully painted a wood chair using an oil-based primer and latex paint. So, at least that combo should work.

Real Life Design Lessons: When Your DIY Seems Doomed
6/28/11 04:28 PM

I think the "scary and mystifying" feeling was in reference to how the Magic Eraser actually works to remove stains, not how to use it.

If anyone would like to be demystified, the Magic Eraser is made from a melamine foam. On one hand, it acts as a very fine sand paper (so yes, you can actually scrub away paint from a surface if you scrub hard enough). On the other hand, the dirt gets sucked into the open spaces in the foam. Add those two together, and you get magic. :)

Be Your Own Butler: Helpful Hints For The Rest Of Us
6/17/11 03:13 PM

The link to Boston's scavenger post goes to last week's post. Where is today's?

Scavenger Roundup: All Our Finds From Coast to Coast!
5/31/11 05:23 PM