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I have no tools. Is it possible to have a hardware store cut the lumber for you? Of course, finding a hardware store in NYC that could do that would be just as tricky.


How to Build a Custom DIY Floating Frame for Artwork Apartment Therapy Tutorials
6/18/14 09:40 PM

Wait, I've met her before. At a friend's party. We had a great conversation. She was so friendly and funny and clever. Her space is too. I hope I run into her again so I can tell her in person.


Laura Lee’s Bright & Playful Basement Studio House Tour
1/30/14 05:13 PM

If you live in NYC, take the 2/3 up to 116th & Lenox and go to the Malcolm Shabazz market. It's an open air market where African merchants sell textiles, baskets, accessories, etc. There are multiple stands selling mudcloth. I got a beautiful piece for $35 from Mr. Dam. He also has a website, but I don't have his card on me. Miss Daisy is also really nice, but she specializes in making clothes. There are other African textile shops around Harlem, but at Malcolm Shabazz there is a greater concentration in one spot.


DIY to Try: How To Make Your Own Mudcloth Apartment Therapy Tutorial
9/16/13 01:02 PM

That's Dutch, not German.

Any links to websites on how to make granny squares? This would be a great project, but I don't know how to crochet.


Modern + Traditional: Adding Color with Crocheted Granny Squares
9/6/13 12:32 PM

Those CB2 glasses broke while I was washing them. With a dish cloth. Gently. I would have just chucked them, but I had them for about a week and was so annoyed that they broke so quickly that I took them back to the store.

I've found some really nice wine glasses at TJ Maxx and Homegoods, too. But replacing a broken glass can be difficult, since they're not guaranteed to be in stock again.


The Best Basics: Good, Cheap Wineglasses
8/23/13 12:27 PM

I like the mirror at the end of the expedit shelf. That's something I could do in my place and it would reflect a lot of light. And it would provide hours of entertainment to my cat - he loves looking at himself in the mirror. I managed to find the one vain stray.


Home Hacking: Adding Mirrors for Light, Glamour & Illusion
8/13/13 11:22 AM

What's with the swipe at Red Sox? I realize that the Yankees are having a horrible season (and we're in first place), but no need to get nasty about it.


Day 6: Let's Learn About Color Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/9/13 02:11 PM

My cat sitter sends me email/text updates when she visits and sends photos. I absolutely love it. It makes me feel more comfortable. I also second the meet and greet.

My family has always has horrible luck with kitty kennels. My parents cat always picked up an illness after being in one. The last time, the infection was so bad she almost died. I just can't use one after that.


5 Tips for Finding Pet Care When You’re Going to Be Away from Home
8/5/13 04:29 PM

I live by myself so whenever I go home it's "alone time." When I really want to chill out and relax, I'll read a book, watch some netflix, drink some wine & make a fancy meal. And I don't wear pants. Going pantless is one of the best things about living alone. When I did live with roommates, there was not much opportunity for pantlessness, but now I do it almost every day.


Home Alone: How Do You Like to Spend Time By Yourself?
8/1/13 03:27 PM

@ER Mengel - Good luck tomorrow! I had the radioactive iodine treatment 15 years ago. It's really not bad, minus the making sure you don't give anyone radiation poisoning. I recommend disposable plates and utensils.


Home Alone: How Do You Like to Spend Time By Yourself?
8/1/13 03:22 PM

I did this in my apartment. I live in a small studio. At the far end from right to left was my bed, a nightstand, and my desk. It looked weird - the desk and the night stand were at different heights and different wood.

Adapting an idea from another AT post, I took a sliding closet door (which I was storing under my bed) and placed it on top of two 2-drawer filing cabinets. The door fit exactly into the space. Now I have one long, uniform surface. On the side closest to the bed I have my lamp and books and the other end is my workspace. I usually have a vase of flowers to divide the two spaces, but if I need more room I can spread out. It looks great. I wish there was a way to upload a photo in the comments.


The Bedside Office: Desks Doing Double Duty as Nightstands
8/1/13 11:09 AM

Orange always reminds me of my time living in Holland a few years back. The Dutch use orange a lot (it is the national color). I had never really given orange much thought or realized how versatile it is until then. My favorite were the orange awnings on some of the old buildings in the Hague.


Decor Mix: Orange You Happy?
7/31/13 11:48 AM

I would appreciate any suggestions for flying a frozen turkey from NYC to South Carolina for Thanksgiving. I want to buy a heritage breed turkey from my CSA, but Thanksgiving will be in down south with my parents. I assume some sort of insulation will be necessary. Do you think I could carry it on?


What's The Craziest Thing You've Ever Flown With?
7/22/13 04:58 PM

It sounds like a Park Slope kindergarten. There are some really lovely names on the list, but some just make me feel bad for the kid.

Someone needs to send this to STFU Parents.


Stylish Names for Stylish Families: 100 Baby Name Ideas from Apartment Therapy
7/15/13 02:14 PM

I haven't quite reached that level, yet, but I know how you feel. I'm finally reading the Game of Thrones series and when I've had about 150-200 pages left, I ordered the next book. And then again when I finished the second. It's scary how easy it is. And with one-touch ordering it's even easier. I have one touch ordering with the Amazon Music app and my music purchases have shot up as a result.


Confession: I'm Addicted to Amazon Prime
7/15/13 01:29 PM

An inflatable neck pillow, although people give me the funniest looks when I inflate it.

My prescriptions, makeup, jewelry, a change of knickers, and anything I don't want stolen out of my luggage. It adds weight to my carry-on, but I feel more comfortable knowing that the essential and expensive stuff is with me.

A book and/or magazines.

Layers, especially when I'm travelling between different climates.

I always ask for seltzer on the plane - they give you the whole can rather than just a cup.


9 Air Travel Must-Haves for a Comfortable Flight
7/10/13 02:29 PM

I wish I could afford to set aside $250 a month for a vacation, but it's not a realistic option for a lot of people, myself included.


Planning the Perfect Vacation: Tips For Saving Up For Your Trip
7/9/13 02:27 PM

@LT Schulte - I like the 10 minute tidy idea. I do a somewhat informal "3 minute pick up crap" process, but 10-minute-tidy is so much catchier and I could actually make a difference in 10 minutes. Thanks for that!


Dirty Little Secrets of Tidy Families
6/18/13 01:15 PM

I love what you've done with your apartment and I love seeing Harlem represent.


Lisa's Homemade Style in Harlem House Call
6/11/13 11:40 AM

I wrote a comment about this last year on a post about closet organization. I have a chronic illness which, when it gets bad, causes me to gain lots of weight. As a result, I have a healthy (thinner) wardrobe and a sick (heavier) wardrobe which I alternate between depending on my health. To be honest, most of the clothes I buy can be worn regardless of which end of my weight spectrum I am on. But I also have some really beautiful clothes which only fit when I'm thinner, and I'm not going to donate them just because I'm going through a heavy phase. Likewise, even though I recently have lost 20lbs of the 30lbs I gained the last time I got sick, I'm not going to get rid of the clothes I bought during my heavy period because I know that I will get heavier again then next time I'm sick.

When I was at my heaviest, I actually removed all of the "thin" clothes from my closet and packed them away in the bins I use to store my off season clothes. It was too frustrating to get dressed in the morning when I couldn't wear half of what was in my closet. It really got me down. As I've lost the weight, I've started pulling out the clothes I hadn't been able to wear for the past two years and packing away some of my "fat clothes". That feels really good. Now, when I can unpack my Built by Wendy jeans again, it will feel awesome.


Would You Organize Your Closet By Size?
6/11/13 11:32 AM