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Display Name: EmmyL
Member Since: 6/14/10

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I hate to be negative, but I'm a writer and editor — a language lover, if you will — and none of these appeal to me. But I also dislike the message of "Word Crimes," which I think discourages people who perhaps don't know the "rules" or "proper" way to speak (and who have probably been shamed by the self-satisfied language police) to silence themselves. It suggests that if you don't know when to use "less" or "fewer," you're somehow human garbage. I just can't get behind that message.

Perfect for Stylish Language Lovers: Grammatically Speaking Etsy Finds
7/22/14 05:33 PM

Love pretty much everything about this!The horse motif, the velveteen couch, the beautiful mini bar, the mirrors, the luscious blues and greens, all the little vignettes. And don't even get me started on the outdoor space! From the front door to the backyard, this home is eclectic, but cohesive. Mysterious and enchanting. But inviting at the same time. A great house in a wonderful city. I want to throw a party here or be invited to one here! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake House Tour
6/19/14 04:53 PM

So much personality! The colors, the artwork, the pets, the lovingly-chosen furniture and knickknacks.... This space looks like it represents residents who are warm, intelligent, good-humored, and just all-around lovely people. I'd absolutely love to spend an evening or twenty shooting the bull over cocktails here!

Thomas and Mitchell's Bougie Boho Style House Tour
1/28/14 06:09 PM

Nice details — especially love the Sony bedside clock and the sneaker skate!

Amy and Christian's Newlywed Home House Tour
7/5/13 01:17 PM

Love the colors and that really neat mirror! I would definitely take a nap here. What is the glass globe decoration (lamp?) on the left side of the dresser?

Stephanie's Original Details Bedroom My Bedroom Retreat Contest
3/4/13 02:50 PM

Yes! I've always despised the matching toothbrush holder/soap dispenser/mini-trash can sets. So glad I'm not the only one.

Where to Save and Where to Splurge:
Bathroom Style on A Budget

9/11/12 01:48 PM

Throw one back at Mag Bar for me! I lived in Louisville for a year and a half, and, boy, I miss it! What a lovely little town. So many things to add to your list.... North End in Crescent Hill is another great breakfastery (besides the wonderful Toast and Lynn's). Dot Fox on Bardstown for clothes. Quills for coffee. Rudyard Kipling for live theater in an intimate setting. The Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen (for ice cream and pie, duh!). El Mundo for the Real Margarita. Viva la Louisville!

A Design Lover's Guide to Louisville Apartment Therapy's Design Destination Guide
8/29/12 11:24 AM

Really great artwork, too.

Jarrett's Architectural Rental in Echo Park House Tour
8/24/12 01:25 PM

Manages to execute modern without seeming antiseptic at all! Or like a paean to mid-century modern. Love this is a charming and cozy space, and Jarrett seems like the type of guy that you'd be lucky to call a friend.

Jarrett's Architectural Rental in Echo Park House Tour
8/24/12 01:23 PM

I have a green-eyed tuxedo cat with the exact same ... errr ... stature. Absolutely adore. Really lovely, warm, welcoming home, too!

Amber's Art-Filled Austin Apartment House Tour
7/13/12 03:30 PM

I started making my bed daily after I signed up for some daily e-mail challenge that I've long since unsubscribed to. That habit stuck, though. I'm not sure what the exact connection to happiness is, but it makes me feel more on top of things and more organized, which probably bleeds into other parts of my life. I think the ritual gives you that feeling that if you can stop and do the one small thing that may seem tedious, you can take the time for other organizational tasks you might be inclined to put off. You realize it's not so bad to just do it, and skims a mere minute or two off your day — the time you might waste perusing status updates on Facebook. It also definitely makes your bed more inviting at the end of the day.

Make Your Bed! For Productivity, Profit and Peace
6/26/12 01:00 PM

You integrate the unique details of your home into your personal style very well! I think some of the home's features could create a kind of foreboding ambiance, but I find the space clever and welcoming. Nice job!

Steve Jones' Very Own Better Shelter
5/2/12 12:36 PM

I enjoy the overall vibe here, which is relaxing. I think it dances on the edge of feeling like it lacks personality, but it comes down on the side of carefully curated. I know would experience a feeling of relief walking in the door. Also, I'll bet that cat has an awesome personality.

Sarah & Max's Coffee Cup Rule Small Cool Contest
4/24/12 10:59 AM

I have a small apartment with limited closet space and getting rid of stuff has been key — and exceptionally liberating! I finally gave myself permission to let go of all that sentimental baggage (like gifts I'd outgrown or no longer liked) that didn't really fit into my style and was just getting moved from place to place.

I've also generally adopted a policy this year of putting everything away at the end of the day, not letting mail pile up (recycling or into the pile for filing) and doing all my dishes so that clutter doesn't get out of hand, as it tends to do and quickly. It's easy once you get a hang of the routine and you expect it of yourself.

Finally, I love the idea above about sports equipment. The one thing I've not figured out how to solve is what to do with my sweaty roller derby pads! I practice 3-4 times a week and they need to air out afterwards, which usually happens on my living room floor :-/. They're pretty much always out there.

5 Strategies for Decluttering a Small Space
4/3/12 03:31 PM

So much of sports paraphernalia is tacky that I'm leery of the idea generally, but I think it can be tastefully done. I play roller derby and have some of my league's framed bout posters on display in my home and would not be opposed to incorporating other hints of a roller skate theme, for example (minimally). I've seen some cool uses of vintage tennis rackets and pennants on some of the shelter blogs. With a little cleverness and creativity (and a subtle application), I think it's possible to stay in the realm of good taste while reflecting these interests in your home decor.

Sports Decor: Yes? No? In Moderation?
3/27/12 03:03 PM

When I moved in, my entire apartment has beige carpeting and all the walls were was painted brown (except the bathroom, which was painted blue but had a brown shower curtain) :-/. My landlord lets me paint as long as I okay the general color idea before moving forward. I've been doing one room at a time and it's made a world of difference as to how I feel about the place! He sees that my efforts are improving the space and making me a happy tenant, and has proposed some further upgrades, including painting the kitchen cabinets, redoing the vinyl flooring and switching out some light fixtures. I feel lucky that he's so easy-going and open to ideas.

5 Things I Never Did to a Rental But Probably Should Have Renters Solutions
3/8/12 01:51 PM

This is fun — quite different from usually AT tours, so thank you for mixing it up. This is the perfect space for a child's imagination! I would have been in absolute heaven as a kid.

Faith's Magical Bohemian Treehouse House Tour
3/8/12 10:41 AM

I'd love to remove a fugly brown ceiling fan in my living room and replace it with almost anything else, but haven't been brave enough to try yet.

Reversible Upgrades: Things to Temporarily Change in a Rental
3/5/12 01:21 PM

This bold color choice totally transforms a totally bland space! Great job tying it all together with the accents and accessories. The chairs are an unexpected and appealing refresh and I love the use of plants in the space. Nice work.

Before & After: Joanne's Warm to Cool Living Room Transformation
3/5/12 10:54 AM

I will add to the chorus of commenters applauding this post for highlighting an upgrade that should be well within reach of a lot of renters and makes a lot of impact with a few small changes.

I am curious to know how difficult this self-adhesive flooring is to install for anyone who's worked with it. Can you buy something similar at Lowe's or Home Depot? I'd love to try something similar on my tiny closet kitchen.

Before & After: Bold Color in the Kitchen
2/28/12 03:29 PM