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Display Name: CanadianMango
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I would put the microwave there. That's what I did in my previous house, and it was the perfect solution.


What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 02:27 PM

You need an exhaust fan.


What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 04:29 PM

I like the look of the marble but I have no personal experience with it to comment on whether the shiny vs. rough finish.

However, I really do not like how the hardwood 'protrudes' into the tiled area. IMHO, it would have looked much better to have the last 3 rows run from wall to wall. And I do agree on the lip being quite significant.


Mike & Sandie's Foyer: New Flooring Renovation Diary
7/22/14 04:26 PM

Everybody should own 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' by Lynne Truss.


Perfect for Stylish Language Lovers: Grammatically Speaking Etsy Finds
7/22/14 04:07 PM

luv design,

You are right, hardware can be quite pricey. I only commented because I *think* those hinges are the same as on my kitchen cabinets (which are pretty old) and also on some built-in storage in the wallway where I repainted the woodwork white and I also replace the hinges with white ones. They are quite small and I think they were $3.99 for a double pack (Home Depot, Canada).


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Facelift on a Budget
7/21/14 08:35 PM

Obviously, your fiddle leaf ficus is as happy about the apartment as you are. It seems to be doing spectacularly.
Congrats on a lovely place, the rooftop deck is fab, too! I wish there were more photos though.


Danielle's Little Greenwich Village Rental \"Penthouse\" House Call
7/21/14 08:04 PM

I had negative experience with Command strips once myself. Two frames fell one (not at the same time - a few days apart).
Also, you have to take the claim that they leave no marks on the walls with a grain of salt. It's not the strips themselves, but if you follow the instructions and clean the wall with rubbing alcohol first, that spot will be visible (on eggshell finish paint).


10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About
7/21/14 07:45 PM

Yes, the scalloped valance needs to go.
I am surprised they didn't replace the hinges (on the upper cabinetry) by white ones. Home Depot carries them in white.


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Face-lift on a Budget
7/20/14 04:58 PM

This place deserves a house tour!


John's Third Floor Flat in Ft. Greene House Call
7/20/14 09:09 AM

My favourite colour. It looks awesome!
When I saw the Before, my first thought was that it needs legs. Great minds .... etc. LOL


Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Goes From White to Wow!
7/20/14 09:00 AM

Very nice.
I love the fabric of the custom drapes.


An Empty Nester's Well-Deserved Renovation Professional Project
7/20/14 08:34 AM

I didn't recognize this tour from the first picture but as soon as I saw the Eames chair in the corner, with the view behind, I knew right away.
I am so glad AT rerun this house tour, I love it as much as I did a year ago.

Heather, you've got Talent, lady! (with capital T).
Since you mentioned you were starting a new look, I really really really hope we will get to see it. AT, a new house tour of Heather's apartment, please!


Heather's Sky High Hell's Kitchen Home House Tour
7/20/14 08:23 AM

Gabrielle,
good luck with the coffee table (the replacement, I mean). It's beautiful.


Weekend Shopping Alert: 10 Furniture Finds at 50% off or More
7/20/14 08:04 AM

The first picture is so adorable. The pooches waiting for their morning cup of java.

Now onto the tour!


Paul & Katie's Vintage Modern Bellevue Loft House Tour
7/18/14 03:35 PM

Me again. I second Tracy333's suggestion to get rid of the other chair (to me, it looks more gray than blue but monitors differ). I was going to originally suggest it myself then I reconsidered since I realized that on a student budget your options are limited and if you desperately need the extra seating ..... etc.

On a second thought, keep the gray chair and ship the yellow one to me COD.
I am falling deeper and deeper in love with it yellow or not.


Creating a Balanced Live-Work Space in Small Carriage House? Good Questions
7/18/14 12:03 PM

Yeah, I always thought that the name Design Within Reach was the biggest joke in the history of mankind.


Herman Miller Acquires Design Within Reach Design News
7/18/14 11:57 AM

I have to say that the appeal of leather pulls on furniture is totally lost on me.
I believe a kitchen remodel was recently featured here and the knobs/handles were replaced by leather pulls and I thought it was not a wise decision.
When I cook, my hands are sometimes sticky or bear traces of the food I handled and I would not want to get that on the leather pulls. Regular hardware is at least easy to wipe off.


10 Dresser Do-Overs Anyone Can Handle
7/18/14 11:55 AM

@sam_1129,
thanks for the tip! Now I am craving turkey meatballs.


How Can I Recreate Whole Foods' Turkey Meatballs at Home? Good Questions
7/18/14 10:14 AM

@discerning,
Well, we all know you are loaded. :-)
(Sorry, just kidding, could not resist).

I don't know if I entirely agree with your comment that 'rent is considered taboo in polite society'. But then, I have somewhat mixed feelings on that. When I lived in Czechoslovakia, it was common knowledge what money my coworkers made etc. so I was rather surprised how uptight everybody was about their financies here in North America.
When I was renting, I knew what the other tenants in the building paid but it was basically a residential house that was ilegally split into 3 units and we had pretty friendly relationship with each other as we bumped into each other a lot.
If I was a renter, I probably would not consider it impolite to ask how much somebody else is paying for a comparable unit in the same neighourhood but I guess it would depend how close the other person and I were - I would not be asking a total stranger.

I was rather surprised - neither pleasantly nor unpleasantly, just suprised - when I met a lady from my neighbourhood who purchased, 2 years ago, a house very similar to mine just a street away and while we talked (we met when I walked my dog past her house and she was putting some doors to the curb and I commented on the nice doors) she told me how much for her house and she also asked how much I paid for mine.
(I was a bit shocked to hear that she paid $100K more than I did (I purchased mine 9 yrs ago) although hers is a better street as there are no houses on the other side of her street (her house faces a conservation area).


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/18/14 10:12 AM

The yellow armchair is awesome! And I really really dislike yellow. It also looks super comfy. As I said, it's awesome but not nearly as awesome as your dobbies!
Beautiful pups.


Creating a Balanced Live-Work Space in Small Carriage House? Good Questions
7/18/14 09:42 AM