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Display Name: lemurific
Member Since: 6/28/10

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I have to second the ikea butcherblock in the bathroom. My kitchen and all 3 of my bathrooms were updated with it. However, I used too shallow of a vessel sink in one of the baths, so it gets splashed all the time and it is holding up fabulously after 2 years. I rubbed in several coats of waterlox to seal them. They are gorgeous! One of the cheapest and best design decisions I made.

Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom:
The Big Reveal Renovation Diary

8/8/13 03:16 PM

After doing way too much research, it was this kitchen that finally persuaded me to go with an Ikea Kitchen. They come with a 25 year warranty. If something isn't to snuff, you bring in your part, your receipt, and they replace it - they really do. If you are considering a kitchen reno and have a budget that doesn't include custom wood cabs and have an Ikea somewhat near you, you should definitely consider them. I am very happy with my large kitchen, which cost less than 8k to completely redo (cabs, appliances, tile, floor, paint, decor...100% everything).

Before & After: Frank's Dramatic Ikea Kitchen Remodel
7/30/12 04:51 PM

This kitchen actually finally persuaded me to go with an Ikea Kitchen. Yep, they are made of particle board, but they come with a 25 year warranty. If something isn't to snuff, you bring in your part, your receipt, and they replace it. Already tried it out, they do it. If you are considering re-doing your kitchen and have a budget that doesn't include custom wood cabs and have an Ikea somewhat near you, you should definitely consider them. I am very happy with my large kitchen, which cost less than 8k to completely redo (cabs, appliances, floor, paint, decor...100% everything)

Kitchen Tour: Frank's Swift & Stunning IKEA Remodel
7/30/12 04:07 PM

Love what you have done to the place 11 months in and with a newborn. I also love how bright and airy it is, while uncluttered, but lived in. Thanks to apartment therapy for highlighting a space that isn't palatial and inaccessible for most folks.

The Binghams' Budget & Design Friendly
Family Home House Tour

7/27/12 01:52 PM

I love that the kitchen is still in progress. This house seems very real and relatable to me. I love that and would like more of it AT. I love your speakeasy too! My only critique is to maybe add some more textiles to breakup the overabundance teal a bit. The teal wall on teal curtain was a bit much for me, but maybe in person it works better. Still, I love the house, the architecture, and your hard work! Very inspiring.

Anne & Tahoe's Barnum Bungalow House Tour
6/28/12 01:56 PM

I have to agree with many of you. If you have hard clay soil, your newly planted plants are going to have a hard time establishing a root system, without tilling and amending it. However, I think this is a great tutorial for established beds. Like Mulchmaid, I usually add compost in layers over the soil. I have never added it as plugs, but it is something to try.

One Minute Tip: How to Add Compost Apartment Therapy Videos
6/28/12 01:41 PM

I love the house and the use of color and prints. The decorator did a wonderful job making it not look over-decorated and over-accessorized, which is what I usually find in pro-decorated spaces.

Traci's Incredible South Pasadena Craftsman
House Tour

6/25/12 01:27 PM

I love this tour and found it to be very inspiring. You have done amazing work in that garden considering you have only been working on it for 4 years.
What are the red hanging things off the garden day bed? I love them and would love something similar for privacy in my garden.

Budi & Andrew's Global Oasis in London House Tour
6/21/12 06:13 PM

I am in the same boat with a brick mid-century colonial revival. I have already added window boxes and planters on the porch, and painted my trim white. That helped quite a bit and was a pretty cheap fix. On my list of things to do is to paint my shutters and front door a deep graphite. I am looking for some numbers and outdoor lights that go with the house but are still contemporary - still on the hunt for those. I would like a new walkway too and better landscaping. I would not paint the brick - too much upkeep and you will probably turn off future homebuyers.

Ideas To Perk Up a Stuffy Colonial Exterior? Good Questions
6/21/12 12:47 PM

Dig the house.
For once, I would like to see a highlighted house tour that didn't have a link to the house owner's design services, store, etc. Where are the folks that don't have something to sell? Is it just me?

Sean & Sara's Minimal Americana House Tour
5/16/12 07:55 AM

Chartreuse, I agree with you to some extent, but I realize that these are highly cultivated plants, which have been selected for their characteristics. They include hybirds, sub species, and sub-sub species. They don't necessarily follow typical bi-nomial nomenclature. Plus, you can't expect for anyone at Lowes to know what Antirrhinum sp. (Snagdragon) is. Yes, Fiber Optic Grass isn't even a grass (it is a sedge). But, providing the name that are on the tags is probably the most helpful for consumers.

10 Colorful & Low Maintenance Window Box Plants
5/1/12 08:30 AM

Love the tour. It is opulent and yet whimsical. My only complaint is that I can't help but notice that the house tours that are linked to in my daily email, are almost always homes of someone who also has a shop or a service to sell. House tours are starting to feel like ads.

A Look Inside the Home of Lighting Designer Marjorie SkourasHouse Tour
4/23/12 09:20 PM

Just an FYI, those Grundtal folding dish racks are great in theory, but fall apart in reality. I got maybe 1 year of incredibly light use before the metal dish support rails started to break off.

Smart Buys & Space Saving Strategies for Small Kitchens
4/19/12 09:36 PM

You can restore the fiberglass yourself probably, using Penetrol. See this post and the links in it: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/refinish-sun-bleached-ikea-cha-154874

Where in NYC to Restore Vintage Chairs? Good Questions
3/23/12 09:56 PM

Love Kitty! Great job and kudos for you keeping your cabinetry and reducing your impact. Being from FL, I know kitchens like these abound in developments. I think the white looks great with all the angles. I love the floor tile pattern, too. So much better than the same old white shiny builders grade ceramic.

Before & After: Jenna's Big Kitchen Reno on a Budget
2/6/12 07:54 PM

I love that even though much of the furniture is from big box stores, when the rooms are looked at on the whole, you don't see it. Good job at making them your own. I am sure it is an inspiration to many singles and newlyweds starting out, without a ton of money to spend on furnishing an entire place.

Cory and Kristine's Marriage of Classic and Graphic
House Tour

1/27/12 07:59 AM

Sadly, it seems that the prices have gone up a fair amount on these beds.

Review: NaturaLatex Tranquil by Natura
A Year in Bed

9/26/11 05:40 PM

I so rarely comment here. But I think that the lack of perfection seen here (paint, spelling, framing, etc), gives this home so much charm. I think I get a sense of the owners personality, which I find is sometimes lacking. It isn't all my style, but I love that it is perfectly imperfectly you.

Giovan & Chloe's Urban Vintage Loft
House Tour

9/6/11 05:11 PM

The Ikea Grundtal wall mount one lasted less than a year. Several of the metal bars came off. Love the idea of it, but wish it was better constructed.

Best Dish Racks 2011

8/12/11 06:14 PM

Although I hated the film, I loved Mandy Moore's warm and spicy, yet homey studio in "Because I Said So".
That red velvet chesterfield couch is to die for!

Cinema Style: 20 Unforgettable American Movie Interiors
8/3/11 03:36 PM