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The best purchase (though not the best purchasing experience) was a mid-century dining table on eBay. When you fold both sides down, it's only about 3 inches wide so it works in a variety of situations -- and I've moved 3 times since I bought it and it's worked equally well in several small eating areas. The downside was the seller was horrible (though he sells great stuff) and it took months to get it. One of the legs was slightly damaged but it had taken so long, I couldn't really dispute it or leave negative feedback. It's a minor thing that you can't really see, fortunately.

There's no maker's mark on it anywhere, otherwise I'd recommend that other people try to track one down. It's ideal for tiny living. The seller said it could be unmarked George Nelson and it looks like a small version of a much larger Bruno Mathsson table I saw online once.

What's Your Best Small Home Purchase?
5/2/11 04:47 PM

Great house! Could you share the source for your bathroom sink with the left-side shelf area?

LonAnne's Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer
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4/1/11 06:27 PM

Love how bright and cheerful it is.

Jacquie's "New Orleans" Kitchen
10/8/10 02:10 PM

One thing that a couple of people have mentioned is using the realtor's inspector. My realtor (who's helped me buy two houses and sell the first one) doesn't have go-to people (mortgage brokers, inspectors, etc.) that she steers clients toward. I understand that some agents do and they may get referral fees as a result. Instead, my realtor's company maintains a list of contractors that previous cllients have said they would recommend and provide references for. So when I was buying my house a year ago, I got a copy of the list (which had plenty of names for all kinds of work on it), checked out online reviews and made calls and appointments myself.

Make sure to ask whether a realtor is being compensated with a referral fee or some kind of reciprocity agreement. It helps to know what you're getting into so you can get the best impartial assessments of property condition before buying (or selling). I have friends who didn't have the most scrupulous agents, and it ended up costing them when it came time for repairs. And when I was on the selling end, the buyers' agent tried to railroad me into a lot of expensive changes, but getting inspections and estimates from good contractors saved me a fortune.

10 Tips for Selecting a Realtor
8/19/10 04:19 PM

My mom and sister are coming to stay for a week starting Friday, and my mom does a lot of cooking, which is always nice. It's fun to have guests (in an exhausting way). But I guess I haven't really had any horrible ones.

The Considerate House Guest | Apartment Therapy New York
7/20/10 03:03 PM

My Austin neighborhood has lots of mid-century homes and bungalows with different types of exterior materials (brick, wood, vinyl, stone) and lots of different color combinations. Mine is one of the more traditional color combos -- white with gray trim and a red door. The house next door (identical in style) is a dark olive with white trim and a black door. Neighbors around the corner recently painted their brick ranch a slate blue with sky blue trim and an orange door. Generally the rule seems to be "the more color, the better."

The Most Popular Home Exterior Color | Apartment Therapy Chicago
6/25/10 07:11 PM

My old neighborhood! I'm guessing the house is in the Delwood part of Windsor Park. Love how they kept a lot of the original features. Favorite things: Cork tiles, dining room light and the greyhound painting over the bed.

Joel's Modern Glam-ma Ranch House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
6/16/10 04:12 PM

One thing I saw on Etsy recently was someone selling wall decals and using a photo from an Apartment Therapy contest winner's kitchen as the backdrop. I had a couple of issues with it. One was that the decals didn't look original in any way -- they looked like something mass produced in China that you'd pick up at Target. The other was that the photo was used without crediting the photographer or (probably) getting permission for using it. Since I'm pretty sure it wasn't the seller's photo, there would be no way of knowing if the decal would really look like that on the wall since it was just Photoshopped on.

Designed or Deceived? | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
6/16/10 04:06 AM

The mockup by pxlfact looks like black would work well. Have you considered painting the vanity charcoal?

Would You Paint this Bathroom Vanity Cabinet? | Apartment Therapy Chicago
6/3/10 02:36 PM

My older dog is the Mr. Miyagi of canines. He loves catching flies. I desperately need a screen door for the back because the flies rush in as soon as I open the back door to let the dogs in and out. They tend to go straight toward one particular window. I trap them by closing the blinds and they eventually die and I sweep them up. Flies suck.

Dealing With Flies in the Home | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/26/10 01:21 PM

I moved twice in 2 months with my dogs last summer. In the wretched rental (which fortunately had concrete floors), the older one had lots of accidents, which he never, ever had before. He didn't like it at all. My other one acted more jumpy and nervous.

But once we got into our permanent abode, they immediately settled in. Maybe they picked up on my stress in the other place. At this house, they were totally relaxed and not following me everywhere. As I was unpacking, they were both sprawled on the hardwood floors snoring.

Keeping Pets Happy During a Move | Apartment Therapy Chicago
5/17/10 02:28 PM

What a great apartment. It looks like something you'd find in Marfa.

Mark's Mid-Century Austin Abode House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/12/10 06:34 PM

My housemate and I kept our old yard in shape with a weed whacker and a push mower. With the push mower, you can't let the grass get too high or it won't do much good. Hire out the job the first month and then start regularly using the reel mower. I got one for like $80 at Home Depot.

Several co-workers swear by their electric mowers -- that would be a good option.

Your Best Yard Taming Advice | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/12/10 02:03 PM

I wanted Daniel to make it to the finals since he designed and built that great loft IN A RENTAL. A lot of the entries that advanced had nice decor but didn't solve any real space challenges (like weird layouts). It's the same thing that happened last year (?) with the family of 4 living in a studio apartment; they had that great wall divider/bed unit they built. And they didn't get very far in the competition.

Choose The Winner! Andrew vs Chris Small Cool – Final Vote! | Apartment Therapy New York
5/7/10 07:29 PM

I wondered the same thing about the brackets -- like why #1 was going against #9. But I don't know anything about how they work -- it just sounded off to me.

Choose Your Favorite! Chris vs Katie Small Cool – Tiny Division Finalists | Apartment Therapy Chicago
4/26/10 01:26 PM

A friend of mine rents a 1920s or '30s Spanish cottage in Pasadena that has something like that built into the kitchen. You can use it as a folding dining table or just extra prep space. It's awesome.

Hidden Storage for the Smallest Spaces Small Space Solutions | Apartment Therapy DC
4/23/10 03:46 PM



Small Cool 2010: Daniel's Swiss Family Robinson Teeny Tiny Division #26 | Apartment Therapy New York
4/22/10 12:22 AM

Very smart furniture arrangement in a tight space. I really like your use of color and artwork!

Small Cool 2010: Brynn's Color Light Teeny Tiny Division #18 | Apartment Therapy New York
4/20/10 04:20 PM

It looks like there's a problem with the frame. Your mattress should fit within the frame resting on the slats. Definitely ask to speak to a manager or customer service supervisor and send them photos and the measurements of the bed. You may have one that shouldn't have passed quality control if it doesn't match West Elm's stated dimensions.

How Should Mattress Fit in My New West Elm Bed? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy DC
4/19/10 06:13 PM

I tried the A/C-less existence last summer in a rental home that had ceiling fans and plenty of shade trees. (Fortunately, it also had 2 Mr. Slim units.) I gave up pretty quickly because I was so uncomfortable and my dogs would just lie panting on the concrete floors. During the day, the temperature goes above 100 in the summer, and it only "cools down" to the mid-90s. At that point you're just moving hot air around.

It's great if you can do without it, but I'll be using the cooling devices at my disposal: ceiling fans and central air at a reasonable setting. I like to think of it as celebrating the products of human ingenuity by using them. :)

Live Without: An Air Conditioner Small Space Solutions | Apartment Therapy New York
4/19/10 01:24 PM