AvenueFog's Profile

Display Name: AvenueFog
Member Since: 12/16/07

Latest Comments...

I preferred it before. A pretty piece of solid wood furniture is a thing of beauty.

But he did a beautiful job on changing it more to his taste.

Before & After: Ben's One-of-a-Kind Wallpapered Dresser
3/15/11 01:29 PM

Pair A, please!

Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: DWR Tools For Living Selection
9/25/08 09:34 AM

OMG - I know David from when we were kids! I am SO GLAD to see that what we thought was crazy in college (he tore up his carpet and painted the concrete floor - *gasp* haha) has matured in to something beautiful!

(from good ole FB)

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | David Sarti's Small, Affordable Home Seattle
7/31/08 01:28 PM

I am redoing a small dressing table now and need a cute stool to park myself on while I primp and preen (me? ha!)

These are adorable - in a different color perhaps - but that price is outrageous.

Anybody have a good source on cute dressing table (or not) stools? I'm checking Craigs daily, Overstock and all the usual suspects... I was also thinking something acrylic would look smashing as the table is getting the chrome treatment!

Any suggestions GREATLY appreciated!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Minnie Stool from PB Teen
7/11/08 04:17 PM

My most recent Worst Mess is in progress! Redoing my whole apartment, waiting to clean until it's "all done", with a child, her friends, a cat that sheds more hair than can possibly grow, our lack of a No Shoes in the House rule, and the fact that we wear our muddy, sandy boots in from the barn after riding horses.... whew... it's a hot mess for sure!

I tried to clean this weekend. I have a sad, old canister vac with no beater bar. It grinds the cat hair in to the rug, sort of like velcro. I had to put on rubber dishwashing gloves and get on my hands and knees to get most of the cat hair off the rug. I went through two pairs of dish gloves (literally! burned holes in to 2 pairs!), then vacuumed up the shredded glove pieces.


Boy, would I love to have a sexy new vacuum! The blue even coordinates with my design!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Thursday Giveaway: Eureka envirovac
7/10/08 02:32 PM

I don't have any, but not because I have an aversion to them or to dusting around them. I admire super cool little collections, but I am not one of those cool people that has cool collections.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Survey: Do You Have Tchotchkes?
6/27/08 03:00 PM

You could sell it to me! I'll offer you five times what you paid for it and you can feel quite smug =)

Or... you could paint it a solid, bold color based on your decor. I'd vote for gloss black. (It'd be either gloss black or white if it came to live with me!)

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: What Can I Do With This Old Gilded Mirror?
6/3/08 03:51 PM

Dishes and laundry - period.

If I didn't have either of those "problem areas" my house would be a sanctuary of calm and order. But as it stands, the washing up spreads chaos through the land. It spreads and propagates disorder.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Most Hated House Chores
5/29/08 04:15 PM

Blu-Tack or something similar (I use the 3M version) works wonders at hanging lightweight things without thumbtacks or tape.

Funny, I've lived in earthquake country my whole life and I never think about it. Maybe subconsciously I prepare?

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: Earthquake-Proof Suggestions to Hang Over My Bed?
5/14/08 03:41 PM

The best guests will run to the store if they notice that something's running low - like toilet paper - especially right before they leave. Even if hosts aren't left with a guest-mess, it's really appreciated to not have all your stocks depleted after they've left.

A take-away dinner at home and offering to do the dishes after is also a much appreciated gesture!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | How To Be a Good House Guest
5/14/08 02:55 PM

I put a Vetrazzo countertop in an office space with a multicolored recycled glass backsplash and it was amazingly gorgeous.

The installers sealed it and it withstood office-use abuse like a champ. I can't wait to use it again.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Recycled Glass Counters
5/12/08 02:18 PM

Thank you SO MUCH for using my little living room on the Spring Cure Graduation post! It's really extra validation that I did a great job - there's nothing I'd change!

It really is amazing how the Cure process changes how you look at your home. Friends and family have been coming over and unconsciously I keep it just how it looks in the photos. I haven't spent much time in my livingroom for a couple of years, but lately it's where I spend all my time. It's a room that makes me happy when I'm in it.


I'm still Curing other rooms but I'm feeling super confident!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Spring Cure: Graduation
5/12/08 10:45 AM

is pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease-pick-me too pushy?

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Thursday Giveaway: Autographed AT Presents Book
5/8/08 02:09 PM

I am EXTREMELY reactive to poison oak (as in any incidental contact and I'm in the E.R.!) and can feel your pain...

Hire a hauling or yard service to take it out.

Otherwise the oil will get on your clothes and that oil can end up on your skin, no matter how careful you are!

Any time you think you may have come in contact with it, run to the shower and in COOL water lather yourself all over with Dawn dish soap. It will cut the oil. If you're as sensitive as me, toss your clothes and then get in the shower!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Poison Oak: Defeating and Destroying
5/5/08 08:59 AM

You might be surprised at what some polish and new grout can do. Remember that fireplace was intended to be beautiful, but it only looks shabby now due to neglect.

Polish the slate with a product intended for floors. Remove the caulk and replace it with dark grout. There is actually a grate polish that will restore the dark sheen to the metal while also being fire-safe.

Those three steps will cost less than $30 and take about an hour's work and you will have restored a piece of architectural art. If it's not entirely your aesthetic, it will add character and it's authentic!

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Can I Paint Slate?
4/10/08 08:23 AM

Also... I have a similar color in my new hallway but I painted the baseboards dark while the door and trim are white. It seems to ground the color well and make it seem a little less airy (if that makes sense...)


Apartment Therapy Chicago | CHI Good Questions: Paint Color Too Bright?
4/9/08 02:27 PM

I like the color, too, and think you should paint the whole room the same. The one wall seems out of place since the color is repeated nowhere else in the room.

Lighting is easily changed out, but leave it to an electrician.

As for the frames - sell them to me =) Really, though, where are they from? They'd be perfect for my living room!

I would change them out for all black frames...

Apartment Therapy Chicago | CHI Good Questions: Paint Color Too Bright?
4/9/08 02:23 PM

I am the parent of an almost 9 year old girl in San Francisco.

I grew up in a small NorCal town where my brother and I were free to ride our bikes anywhere on our side of Main Street. We couldn't cross Main because it was also a highway. We were latchkey kids from the time I was in 2nd grade on (he was in 6th). At my grandparents' house where I kept my pony I was allowed to ride the logging roads and deer trails all day alone from when I was 7. (I still ride and now I think that's crazy considering how many times I got dumped while in the woods! haha)

While I would love to have my daughter ride MUNI to school on her own - stops are only a block from our house and her school - I just don't trust *HER* yet. Her first day on a school bus she got off at the wrong stop - luckily it was near another school that took her in until I could run out from downtown in a panic.

Also, I heard that kids have to be 10 to be left home alone (ever?) so it makes sense that solo bus rides should also have that same age threshold.

I'm ultimately forced to always err on the side of "better safe" due to the sometimes contentious relationship I have with her dad - and I can't provide any ammo should he decide to fight for custody. But I do look forward to the day soon when she can start to have some independence. She's definitely the kind of kid that will do better without an adult nipping at her heels all the time.

SIGH... life in the Big City, eh?

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Blogging The Today Show: Mom Lets 9-year-old Take Subway Home Alone
4/9/08 12:33 PM

Celery. Especially right out of the crisper.

My pediatrician recommended celery and my daughter LOVED it. It turns to mush but the strings prevent it from falling apart and presenting a choking hazard. We found that resaurants loved to provide it, too, so the supply was unending during meals out!

He also recommended that she eat 7 vegetables before introducing any fruit or grains and I swear the celery made a great pre-conditioner for her palette. She's now almost 9 and loves any veg you put in front of her!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Question: Safe Teethers
3/28/08 11:37 AM

You should have timed the entry deadline to be shortly after the end of the Cure. You might get a couple more entries!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Small Cool 2008: Get Ready for April!
3/24/08 01:00 PM