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bulbkit: if you so dislike AT, why are you here? I come here for helpful tips & inspiration that make my home more enjoyable to live in. It's not a freakin' bible.

6 Common Design Mistakes You Can Fix Today
6/8/14 10:05 AM

I've tried about half of these. NY Stste needs to get with the program & fix the antiquated, prohibition-era liquor laws. 14th St NYC is the only NY State TJs wine shop and that's because they opened a separate wine store. I would just love to be able to get two (three) buck chuck in Upstate/Central/Western NY - anywhere that's a reasonable driving distance from the Syracuse area :-/

How Many of These Popular Trader Joe's Products Have You Tried? Grocery Shopping
5/14/14 11:12 PM

cdellam: half a lemon & kosher salt to scrub your butcher block. Google it, you'll find how-tos.

25 Tips to Tackle the Grossest Places
(& Nastiest Things!) in Your Home

4/9/14 02:36 PM

I made a double recipe of this sauce tonight, using a can of San Marzano tomatoes, and it is awesome. I put it in 1-cup containers and tossed them in the freezer for future. Thanks! Will be making this often.

Recipe: Brown Rice Bowl with Chard & Nutty Tomato Romesco Sauce Healthy Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn
3/20/14 12:27 AM

Nice job, but why did you not swap that boob light for something that better suits the style of the update? As a renter, boob lights have been the bane of my existence for years.

Before & After: A Narrow Galley Kitchen Gets an Urban Update
3/15/14 02:40 PM

Is it even an option to put your bed in the living area and use this as the toddler room? I realize that it's possible that you only have this one room and that you're in a roommate or parent's house or something. If that's the case, a loft bed would be a great idea if your child were a couple of years older, but could be a safety issue now. Get your bed onto a cheap bed frame and get it off the floor. Get some bed risers from bed bath & beyond to put under the legs of the frame, which will raise it up high enough to use the underneath for both a toddler mattress AND some under bed storage boxes, to stash the stuff that's currently taking up floor space in that cart. You can slide the mattress out whenever baby needs a nap or bedtime. Get some vertical storage on the walls and it'll give you a lot more storage space. Get some over the door hooks to hang towels & clothes and hanging shoe pockets to use on the back of the door and on the closet door for personal item & toy storage. Get the TV off the floor. Hang it up if possible. If not, get a smaller one and hang that up, or just get rid of it. I banished TV from the bedroom years ago. Best decision I ever made. Those few suggestions are cheap and will help you immensely, if nothing else can be done right now.

Ideas for 2-Year-Old's Separate Sleep Area in Our Small Bedroom? Good Questions
3/10/14 09:15 PM

I, too, need to know that paint color!

Been putting off painting the bedroom, forever in search of the perfect gray. This looks like IT.

6 Tips for Making Your Morning Routine Bearable Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/10/14 08:47 PM

I really need to work on my entryway. I don't have a lot of time to click all the links to see what they're about. Really need a slideshow with posts like this one, please. (And yeah, load vs lode bothers me too.)

50+ DIY Projects for Your Entryway
2/26/14 11:44 PM

This was a great & lovely concept until I took it to work and promptly dropped it on the polished concrete floor of the cafeteria where I work. Smashed to smithereens. Needless to say, the staff was VERY unhappy and demanded to know where I got the glass from, since they only serve on plastic ware.

How to Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
2/16/14 11:02 PM

I currently sleep on a (Sealy or Serta) that I bought from Big Lots (don't judge) on a wicked sale the day I moved from NYC to Central NY. Needed a bed pronto. That was in 2007. Now there are 2 of us+ getting older aches & pains, and i need an upgrade. I'm concerned about the fire retardants & off gassing too, but I recently slept like a baby for 3 nights on a Westin signature hotel bed in Toronto and I'm considering buying it at nearly $2k. It was seriously that good. Haven't had sleep that good in 10 years.

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2/16/14 10:59 PM

Lots of NYC apartments look just like this "before." I lived in one on W. 14th. My entire apartment was the size of this room. It looked like the "after the before but before the after" but more cluttered and very depressing the entire time I lived there. We had no cash to spare and basically used it as a (very expensive) crash pad. This really makes me regret not having done anything to decorate the space and make it a "home." If only I had a time machine...

Before & After: From Blank Slate to Simply Stunning
11/9/13 10:00 PM

I scored a 4. Test taken at work on 3 year old 27" iMac under fluorescent lights (and I have a fluorescent light sensitivity.) Wish I had taken it in a dark room on retina display iPad and prob could have scored a 0. (Not that 4 is bad! I'm not complaining.) I'm actually relieved that I scored low; I'm a graphic & user experience designer, and have always taken pride in my ability to see color. Scoring high would have really freaked me out!

Take the Test: How Well Do You See Color?
9/19/13 01:23 PM

I do have a dishwasher, but I hand wash my pots, pans & delicates, and always pre-rinse, as the dishwasher doesn't handle food pieces well. I ALWAYS wear gloves. The ones i currently have are purple, but i dont really buy them for the color. I do get weekly manicures & like to protect my hands, plus I hate touching slimy things. Oddly, I take ceramics classes (wheel throwing) when I can, and the (super slimy) wet clay doesn't bother me.

Do You Wear Gloves to Wash Dishes? Reader Survey
8/26/13 08:13 PM

I've tried at least 30 pillows in the last 10 years. They all end up being given away or discarded. 12 yrs ago, a chiropractor gave me a "surprise" neck adjustment; ever since, I've had neck issues that seem to only happen when I'm sleeping. I have not had a real quality night of sleep in several years, always waking unrefreshed with neck pain. I've tried every material a pillow can be made of – including memory foam & natural latex – in price ranges up to $80. Nothing was right. Last month, I found a Stearns & Foster gusseted pillow with a multi-chamber fill design, at Marshall's for $25. On it, I've had the best sleep I've had in years. Same pillow online on sale for $50 on various websites. I went back to Marshall's & bought a second one. Definitely a matter of preference & trial-and-error!

Are Expensive Pillows Worth It? Good Questions
8/21/13 12:02 AM

I read all of these and had wanted to post my own, but just THINKING about the all of the bad landlord experiences I have had made me feel so exhausted, I don't have the energy to do it!

I'd love to read about bad tenants as told by landlords...

Run, Don't Walk: Worst-Landlord-Ever Stories
8/17/13 11:44 AM

I bought a $300 sleeper love seat from Jennifer Convertibles in NYC in 2007. It looks like a less wide version of that Room and Board sofa above. I think the mattress is Sealy or Serta and everyone who has slept on it says it's quite comfortable. *I* have slept on it and think it is comfortable! It's comfortable to SIT on, too. It got daily use for 4 years and is now in my home office, but it looks as good as new. (I sprayed with Scotchguard when I bought it. If you do this, do it OUTSIDE, not in a studio apartment!) It has also survived 5 moves and 200+ stairs.

5 Sources for High Quality Sleeper Sofas
5/14/13 11:10 PM

I had mice in a Brooklyn apartment once. Every day, mouse droppings on my "kitchen" counter. Around the bar soap. I very quietly sat one night & waited. One came out. It was the size of my pinky finger. Went STRAIGHT for the bar soap. Turns out, they eat it. Got rid of the soap & the mice didn't come back. Really weird.

What To Do with Mouse in the House? Good Questions
4/5/13 08:11 PM

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What To Do with Mouse in the House? Good Questions
4/5/13 08:08 PM

I cancelled my FB account one day, 5 years ago, after I could not remember my password. Before I reset it, I thought about how FB affected my life, and I decided that it caused me more anxiety and stress than anything else. So, I reset my password, and cancelled my account. I have never regretted it, or looked back. Life is SO much more simple now!

My sister, on the other hand, is 34, single, lives at home with our parents, has nearly 1000 "friends," and is a chronic over-sharer. She is one of the people who posts cryptic messages just to get attention. She posts health information about our parents – who are private people and do not even KNOW more than 5 of her "friends" –especially our mom, who has undergone multiple procedures this year – which she exploits for personal gain. They have repeatedly asked her not to, and she just can't (won't?) stop. I get texts and calls from mutual friends, relatives and acquaintances with messages and questions regarding things she has posted, which is how I even find out about it!

My cousin is worse. She is 33 and FB is like an extension of her brain. She posts every piddly thing she does, "going to the gym," "at XXX restaurant," "at the mall," etc. She is single, also lives at home with her parents, and posts 400 pictures of her pug every day. And all the exciting things she is posting about, trying to make her life seen exciting (to her ex, who left her at the altar)? She is doing them WITH HER MOM, although she never posts about THAT, everyone knows it.

Facebook: devil in disguise.

Social Media TMI: How Far is Too Far?
3/12/13 10:25 AM

I love it. Makes me regret the similarly sized apartments I lived in during my 4 years in NYC, never making the most of the space or making them "home." I'd love to live here.

I'm in a rental now with a long narrow entryway, that I consider my "embarrassing problem space." Your console table would be perfect there! Can you share the source? And I assume the tall white things are candles or lamps? I'm curious about them as well, since there is no outlet in my entryway.

Mark's Delightful (and Delicious!)
West Village HomeHouse Tour

3/2/13 01:37 PM