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Display Name: AngieK
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Good all Doc Bronner's. All one--all one--all one!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Simple Green: Taking the Doctor's Orders
7/22/08 12:11 PM

That's horsetail, which is awfully invasive and hard to get rid of, once it's in your garden....

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Garden Inspiration: Local Nature as a Guide
7/3/08 12:13 PM

We have used a push mower for our yards for the past 10 years. The last place we lived had a miniscule lawn (like maybe 400 sf, really!) and it took about 5 minutes to cut it. Clearly not worth the noise and effort of a gas or electric mower. Now we've got maybe 2000 sf of lawn and it takes on the order of 20 minutes. Yep, gotta watch out for those twigs.

This spring our mower clearly needed a little help--wasn't cutting so well anymore. I inquired locally about finding someone to adjust and sharpen it, with no luck. Someone steered me to some web pages with do-it-yourself instructions (google "sharpen push mower" and you'll find 'em too) and I did it myself, no problem, in about half an hour. Would have taken less if I'd known where all the screwdrivers were at the outset!

You don't have to buy a kit or any expensive "sharpening compound" from online suppliers. My local big-box hardware stores didn't carry this stuff, but I found it at my local auto parts store, sold as "valve grinding compound". $14 for two pots that will last me til the end of my lawnmowing days.

A little adjustment, a little sharpening, and my little lawn is looking great. Don't be afraid to DIY!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Push Lawn Mowers from Green Living
4/22/08 12:59 PM

We redid our bathroom last spring--we squeaked in under the deadline for Bathroom Month and there were some snapshots of our redo here on AT. Our bathroom is teeny-tiny, also about 5' x 8', and I found that taking out the vanity and putting in a pedestal sink made the little room feel a little more spacious.

We solved the storage issue by mounting a couple of Ikea bathroom cabinets over the toilet tank. Plenty of storage for medicines, toothbrushing supplies, small hair dryer, extra soap and TP, etc, etc. We also have some pretty extra towels on top of the cabinets. The toilet brush is tucked away in the corner, way back next to the commode and is quite unobtrusive.

Having the "extra" floorspace also let us fit a trash can in where we couldn't really do so before. And we've got kids and still need a little stepstool in the bathroom--it's nice that it can be tucked under the sink a bit when it's not in use, so my husband and I don't trip over it all the time.

Finally, for those of us with REALLY small bathrooms, those 25" wide sinks actually are too big. We ended up going with Home Depot's in-store line, Glacier Bay. Their "Petite Aragon" sink was something like 20" across and fit well into our space. (And cost like $40 total for the pedestal and the bowl!) There's only enough "counterspace" on the sink for one glass and one Method hand soap dispenser, but that's sufficient for us!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Top 5: Kohler Pedestal Sinks
3/5/08 11:56 AM

Sadly, it doesn't look like they're retractable, but from the looks of the innards they are adjustable. There's a little spindle where you can wind up the extra cord to make it shorter if needed, which is hidden by the end caps.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Instant Screw-in Pendant Light by Worth Home Products
2/4/08 03:53 PM

An oldie but a goodie: the Charlie Brown Christmas CD. I'm a kid of the 70s and "Linus and Lucy" is hardwired into my personal Christmas soundtrack.

I'd love one in black!

Thanks for the contest, and happy holidays!

Apartment Therapy - AT Gift Bag 2007: Geneva Sound System
11/29/07 12:16 PM

Better hope it's edible, then, because if it smells like food, kids are going to put it in their mouths.

There's a reason scented crayons smell like "leather jacket" or "talcum powder" instead of "grape" and "cherry"...

Apartment Therapy - Scented Dough
11/27/07 05:08 PM

Me too (I mean, 404th), please!

Apartment Therapy - AT Countdown.....
11/16/07 08:44 PM

Have you ever seen those classic Chemex coffemakers? Definitely a little lab style for your kitchen in the morning.

As a chem prof, I love the aesthetics of glassware, too. But I also feel duty-bound to point out that, if you ever plan to put food or drinks into lab glassware, make sure that you get it new and unused. You never know what's been in used glassware, and you can never be 100% certain that all the nasties have been cleaned out. Better safe than sorry.

Apartment Therapy - Multiple Uses for Beakers
11/16/07 09:11 AM

In our town (Seattle), glass is separate from all other recycling. We have an older (blue) version of Ikea's Rationell, I think, to sort our general recycling and glass--two tallish buckets in a sliding holder that in one of the cabinets under our sink. Easy to slide out, easy to take the buckets out and put 'em back in. Works great.

Our trash goes in a can elsewhere in the kitchen.

Seattle also has a yard waste and food scrap composting program. Right now it's by subscription, but in the next few years it'll become mandatory. Didja notice that our town has met or exceeded its goals in the Kyoto protocol? This is part of meeting the next set of goals.

Our household does subscribe to yard waste service and occasionally food scraps get in there, when there's a big bunch all at once--like a pizza takeout box, or a big armload of corn husks. But we don't have a system set up for routinely getting food into the compost bin, and I'm wondering what we're going to do in our small kitchen.
I'm all for being green and I love my green city, but I am also a little hesitant about this one...we have fruit trees in our yard, and end up with a fairly significant fruit fly issue every summer as they inevitably wander inside. I don't want 'em all year round!

I might take a page from bohemiangirl and dedicate one of those square buckets w/lids from the kitty litter to be our "holding tank"...Right outside the back door, probably get emptied into the yard waste bin every day or two. Better stock up on the citra-solv spray to try to keep that thing clean!

Apartment Therapy - Containers for Recycling and Compost
11/13/07 09:39 AM

I just did a few calculations about this stuff. The screen size is the measurement of the diagonal, and so square screen size isn't directly comparable to rectangular (16:9) screen size.

A 25" square screen would be 18 inches on the horizontal and vertical. A rectangular screen that was 18 inches high (that is, the same height) would be 32 inches wide, and have a diagonal of 36". That's a big TV already!

Apartment Therapy - How to: Buy the Right TV For Your Space
10/4/07 04:26 PM

These recommendations seem a bit bizarre to me. I live in a small house with small rooms (hence my undying love for AT), and I can't imagine living with a TV in the scales recommended.

I just measured my kids' room yesterday, so I'm using that as a mental reference even though I'm not inclined to have a TV in their room. It's 9'x12', so presumably the maximum viewing distance in a room that size would be on the order of 11 feet. A 42 or 47 inch TV in a room that size would be totally overwhelming. Maybe that's what you mean by "immersive feel"? I guess that's not the feeling I want a TV to give me!

Apartment Therapy - How to: Buy the Right TV For Your Space
10/4/07 01:24 PM

Love those pictures!

I have to disagree with ehy2k's comment. My husband and I have done very well with buying properties that were neglected and quite ugly, but with great potential for being beautiful with some work.

Fortunately we work very well together and rather enjoy the DIY thing. We also have a great tolerance for delayed gratification, so we do projects as we're able to afford them.
I will also add that our bank account is far from bottomless! In fact, we focused on fixer-uppers because we don't have particularly deep pockets. Doing our own cleaning/painting/flooring/refinishing/repairing/etc etc etc has saved us a lot of money in labor costs. And there's great gratification in being able to say, "I did that".

This isn't in NYC, however, and the prices and physical scale of weren't even close to the order of magnitude of the projects in that slideshow!

Apartment Therapy - New York Magazine: The Lovely Bones
10/1/07 05:09 PM

As a chemistry teacher, it cracks me up that this is presented in Periodic Table format.

Apartment Therapy - Real Simple's Periodic Table of Cleaning
8/23/07 03:35 PM

My friend, this is why God created day cares.

Apartment Therapy - Good Questions: Baby-Proof My Office?
8/16/07 09:58 PM

That's a cool sink! We're about to redo a bathroom and will need a sink that's not too deep (i.e., distance from lip of sink to the wall, not the height of the bowl). Does anyone know where I could find a sink like Elisabeth's, or similar? She doesn't specify a make/model at her blog.


Slinksn. (slingks) Surreptitious web links to other good sites
8/10/07 03:10 PM

Good grief. Talk about overkill.

For less than 0.5% of that price you could build yourself a cold frame with PVC pipe and 3 mil plastic to cover your strawberries, asparagus, spring bulbs, and hardy annuals. For even half of that price you could buy a bolt of Reemay or other "floating row cover" that does the same thing by acting like a water-permeable blanket over your plants. Or you could go really nuts and spend 0.75% of that price and get a fancier-looking manufactured cold frame, or go totally Martha and buy yourself some froofy-looking cloches. For more intense indeavors, sizeable hobby greenhouses (say 6 x 8 feet) start at a few hundred dollars and go from there. Nearly $10K is just ridiculous.

I'm deeply skeptical of the claim that the soil beneath a greenhouse becomes "poisonous"--though I do agree there are good reasons to rotate crops or move a row cover/cold frame/hot house through the season or from year to year. Row covers and cloches are portable, and there are even lightweight greenhouse models that pop up, or are supported sort of like camping tents, that can be moved from place to place through the season.

Google "cold frame", "floating row cover", "pop-up greenhouse", or any other similar terms to see much more affordable options that do all of the above for much less dough.

Moveable Greenhouses
7/30/07 01:13 PM

Hey, and I just noticed that the graphic up there is in Seattle! Jonathanb, are you a local?

Rethinking: Location, location, location
7/30/07 12:47 PM

Joan, I'm sure you're right about neighborhoods that people already know well. (Although the listings in my neighborhood turned up a few places I didn't know about yet and will probably check out--even though we've been here 9 years.)

This seems like a great tool to use if you're considering moving, or if you're trying to figure out which hotel to stay at on vacation in an unfamiliar city.

Rethinking: Location, location, location
7/30/07 12:46 PM

We bought one of the cheapo Heath/Zenith models for occasional use (once a week in the winter months we are the drop-off point for a local CSA). Doesn't work for sh*t. This may be yet another case of "You get what you pay for".

Wireless Doorbell Roundup
7/30/07 12:31 PM