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Display Name: Auma
Member Since: 9/15/10

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I had black trim---windows, baseboards, doors----in an old farmhouse. I especially loved it at night when the window trim "disappeared" and the night came in, making the lamplight and the rooms counter intuitively cozier!

Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black
7/16/14 07:01 PM

I'm of the female persuasion. I have my hair cut by Bill Clinton's previous barber. This happens in a barber shop (and yes, it feels weird). Therefore, I feel that I'm grandfathered in. Which is good, because I freaking love Matt's place, and once I'm inside, he'll never get me out! Love it all!

Matt Leyes' Men's Grooming Parlor Workplace Tour
11/14/13 06:30 AM

Love it.

A Unique Small Space Kitchen Island Kitchen Inspiration
11/13/13 10:15 AM

It looks like an Ikea makeover of an awful kitchen.

Before & After: Mousy Kitchen gets an IKEA Makeover
11/7/13 07:57 AM

There isn't one single thing--one large stroke or one tiny detail--that I don't love about this home. Total sensibilities match! Thanks for showing us your place!

Joey and Antoni's Brooklyn Charmer House Tour
11/5/13 07:30 AM

It's so counter productive it's almost rude to have scented candles lit at the dining table. Presenting your guest/s a meal you hope is delicious to them, then flooding the air with with unrelated scents interferes with the sense of taste.

5 Scents for Improving Productivity
11/4/13 07:27 AM

I have this ghastly, vacuuming obstacle. My living room and dining room both have large-ish oriental rugs on nice wood floors. In order to clean the dining room floors, I have to move the dining chairs out of the room, sweep the wood border of the room (MANY plants in dining room = many fallen leaves on regular basis), move two other chairs whilst sweeping, vacuum the rug (moving the dining room table the while), and put the room back together again. Oh--dog and cat hair are another fun dimension. The only way I can bring myself to perform this odious task is to play loud bagpipe music for killer energy. Now, anyone who thinks this takes less than 20 minutes---please, come over and show me how!

How To Clean Your House in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days
11/4/13 07:19 AM

Wait. How can your initial photograph show yellow walls with silver ginko leaves and not have any further word about it? It looks like it must be the initial How To, but nothing! I guess I'll have to figure it out myself, because I love it. . . .

To Try This Weekend:
Three Little Projects with a Big Impact Apartment Therapy Video Roundup

11/3/13 07:33 AM

Sashmo4----you don't know about what German film in particular? (What am I missing here?)

Have a Romantic Weekend: 10 Netflix Streaming Films for an At-Home Date Night
11/2/13 08:38 AM

For me, the first thing important is to have an unresolved design problem in mind. Second comes getting up in the morning half wake, then sitting on a log by our tiny pond with mug of coffee and my dog. Then, one day before the coffee's gone and conscious eness is completely mine, KER-POW! (This always enthralls me because it involves no conscious effort whatsoever.)

The Creative Process: 5 Ways to Cultivate Inspiration & Ideas
10/31/13 07:27 AM

We're living in and starting to fix up a fixer upper, beginning with a tiny, horrific bathroom. The wall radiator and the narrow, trough sink are a perfect start, but the discolored linoleum floor! Curve Appeal, that's what. Beautiful. Perfect.

Win: Luxury Mosaic Tile from
Mission Stone and Tile Giveaway

10/18/13 01:53 PM

Must agree with those who feel this article is bizarre. As for the key rack---really? We happen to have one; not because we wanted one but because an OCD-plagued neighbor/friend installed on by our front door. The only key that's ever hung on it is this friend's (in case her god needs to be let out).

The primary shortcoming of a key rack is that it's no help at all when you're in other people's houses. I used to lose my keys on a daily basis, in stores, in friends' homes; in the woods; you name it. Then I got a big, brass key ring that fits over (a) door knobs and (b) over my wrist. I got this key ring years ago, and I haven't lost my keys even once since!

Apartment Essentials: 5 Items to Carry From Your First Apartment To Your Last
9/11/13 07:22 AM

I love this woman: I love her smile, I love her boots, I can't find the teensiest thing not to like about her wonderful space! And hey! I thought I was the only one with wooden knitting needles and drumsticks in an earthenware vase!

It all just makes me happy about life----

Mary's Singular Live/Work Studio House Tour
6/18/13 07:05 AM

Strangely, I am in the beanbag camp. Something gorgeous and in keeping in the choice of fabric---

Before & After: Erik's Empty Attic to Marvelous Master Bedroom Suite
2/17/13 08:11 AM

Lace doilies? Contact paper? Aaaagggghhhhh! The sills are excellent and a fine architectural detail the way they are! At least, so it would seem from the pictures. I would go so far as to make sure my gray paint was coordinated with the gray of the terrazzo (same warmth, coolness, hue, etc). Not to mention, they appear to be nice and deep, so if you're a plant person, you've got it made.

Ideas For Covering Windowsills in Rental? Good Questions
2/12/13 08:04 AM

One would have to be VERY faint of heart to think this was over the top. All it is is simply terrific. (I do, personally, like the stronger python pattern of mrchewybitems' Lack.)

Before & After: IKEA Lack to Faux Gator Coffee Table domesticitie.
2/6/13 07:46 AM

GREAT idea for the website and the AT community.

Our Very First Reader-Submitted:
My Favorite Thing Video Apartment Therapy Reader Videos

1/27/13 11:25 AM

This feels like it evolved from the owners and their life, and that's great---I could move in (with a little stuff of my own!). I personally love the fireplace, and its placement, too. Maybe that's supposed to be a sitting alcove, not a dining room ? Either way, I think it works.

I, too, am a bit fed up with the natures mortes approach to house tours: a picture of a can of beans and a necklace, or of (in this case) THREE pictures of a plastic dinosaur and one of a row of the bottoms of ordinary, mismatched teacups---come on, AT!

For me, the gold standard for the subject of objets arranged on a surface in a home (or home-emulating space) will always be the tabletop in Patrick the Other One's Bloomingdales' window: each object aesthetically stood on its own; the juxtaposition of objets and their overall proportion to the table, and the fact that they could be considered both aesthetically and intellectually, and so much could be known from them of the resident--or in this case designer--that it was pure joy.

Not that everything can or should meet this standard. Of course not. But is it necessary to sink to the other extreme?

Kristin & Adam's Refined Bohemian Abode
House Tour

1/23/13 08:30 AM

I want to visit you, and then I want you to leave me alone to just drift around taking everything in. I couldn't hold a coherent conversation with my eyes roving over your exquisite choices, colors, objects, and all their juxtapositions! In the house tour, the pic with the yellow draperies on the left, the silver chair, the fireplace tiles---You certainly have the touch---

Heather & Dave's Eclectic Enclave House Tour
1/16/13 09:15 AM

As much as I love this piece, it makes me squirm a little. Every pet is the Best Pet, and it pains me to think of the ones you left out (not to mention their loving owners)!

I have a (are you ready?) half Chihuahua half Border Collie with wild, random tufts of hair, exophthalmic eyes, autistic lack of connection, and did I mention, three legs? If he were in your contest and you'd left him out, I'd have been heartbroken. He's very loyal, he tries hard, and, to me, he's hilariously precious-looking.

I have an idea for next year's pet article: put them ALL in. Because that's where they all belong.

Our Furry Friends Best of 2012
12/30/12 06:10 AM