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Display Name: Chenell
Member Since: 12/3/10

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Yikes! That's terrible!

I was a Couch Surfer host several times, with a limit of 5 days. I had really positive experiences and met really amazing people, thankfully...but no money was exchanged, and I stayed at home. My goal was to meet people doing really interesting things, like the Australian ballerina auditioning for the New York City Ballet, the hip-hop loving French couple who wanted to explore Brooklyn (not Manhattan), the guy riding his bike across the country for charity and the attorney who'd been a really young mother and was celebrating her daughter's college graduation by finally indulging a wild side she'd kept in check for 22 years. It was more about sharing my home and my neighborhood and being inspired by my guests. I love the idea of Airbnb as a renter, but as a host not so much.

Airbnb Renter Refuses to Leave Design News
7/22/14 11:01 PM

It's always funny to me how many people are annoyed by those who get "riled up"...without those who dare to contemplate the deeper, subtle and yes, sometimes insidious intentions behind vaguely discriminatory practices that make "practical sense" on paper, we wouldn't have overcome much.

What makes (should I say "made"?) most New Yorkers a sophisticated bunch is HAVING to mix with people from all walks of life. This is a loss for both the poor and the wealthy in that building, whether intentional or not.

NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 10:41 PM

I've become pretty dubious of this particular series of posts...

A Renter's Life in Seattle: The Inside Scoop Apartment Therapy's Renters Guide
7/14/14 04:59 PM

SoBeIt is a genius, both for the username and the idea. Please invent this. I would TOTALLY buy it.

I've both loved and hated my pedestal sink kind of depends on whether I had a linen closet or not...

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 06:12 PM

These photos are great! How sweet is the woman snuggled up with her baby?

And I agree with MelanieRose...subway naps are the best! Especially in the winter when everyone is snuggled into their puffy coats. Mmmmmmm...zzzzzzz.

Swede Dreams: Snoozing at IKEA
7/10/14 01:20 PM

All fine advice, to be sure. Everything isn't for everyone. But I do wish people would stop being so nasty from behind their computer screens. Why shouldn't we phrase things on a forum or in a comment box as diplomatically as we would in person?

Every time someone balks at a particularly nasty comment on AT, people chime in with how everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Well, of course...that goes without saying. But some of us still believe in civility and courtesy while opining, be it in person or in the glorious anonymity of the internet.

Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 01:14 PM

When faced with a huge blank wall, I love to cover my walls with the tapestries from Urban Outfitters (like wallpaper, but it's fabric). Beyond some tiny nail or tack holes around the edges, the walls will be unharmed. (I use cheap, pretty gold or silver office tacks).Stretch it well, take time to make sure it's smooth, and it looks fantastic. Some possibilities:

What To Do with Prominent Blank Wall in My Apartment? Good Questions
7/9/14 11:05 AM

I installed subway tile back when everyone was obsessed with glass tile mosaic, because I'd just left NYC and wanted to kind of recreate my 100 year old Upper West Side kitchen in my new construction house in Miami. Things come in and out of style. Those who "hate" subway tile and call it "trendy" forget that subway tile is a timeless, classic choice that's been used for more than 100 years. I love mine, and I suspect I will love for a very, very long time.

Having said that, I absolutely LOVE these examples of super-personal choices. Every single one is gorgeous.

Kitchen Inspiration: 10 Tile Backsplashes That Totally Steal the Show
7/2/14 03:27 PM

All of my favorite spaces have white walls. Walls cannot be "boring." People can be. Good style will always come through.

Renters Solutions: 7 Real Life Examples of White Walls that Work Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
7/2/14 03:03 PM

Beautiful. Love the pared-down look...each piece is special enough to pull it off. Good pieces (and houses) never go out of style. Well done!

Janine's Beautiful Baltimore Home House Call
7/2/14 02:40 PM

I'm with Pi. Home Depot Definitely carries silver-tipped bulbs, and go with a lower wattage. Easy. AND, get rid of the swag. AND fill it in with glass balls. It won't cost as much as you think, and you'll be happier.

Help Me Improve My DIY Light Project! Good Questions
6/18/14 05:42 PM

Am I missing something? I don't see a dog...

Styling Tricks to Save Time & Money
6/17/14 03:22 PM

LOVE. I have seen black paint save so many things...

Before & After: Powder Room Exceeds Its Potential
6/17/14 01:08 PM


One Minute Tip: How to Paint with Flowers Apartment Therapy Videos
6/10/14 08:28 AM

I think it's beautiful.

What Are These Wall Panels Made Of? Good Questions
6/6/14 04:37 PM

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Braided Rugs: Where Country Cozy Meets Modern Art?
6/6/14 04:35 PM

I am with you 110%...but haven't found a real-life version of what's in my head. Please, please post it if you find one. I'd love to see it!!! Good luck!! : )

Braided Rugs: Where Country Cozy Meets Modern Art?
6/6/14 04:32 PM

Haters be silenced! This is a genius hack, in the spirit of ikea hacks, which is a thing, know...

(It's not my style, either, but I don't agree it looks "cheap".)

Before & After: IKEA Rast + Salad Bowl to Sleek Bathroom Vanity IKEA Hackers
6/6/14 04:28 PM

Love the details. Smashing job!

Before & After: A Dresser Gets Dressed Up With Découpage
5/31/14 12:58 AM

ikea sink and faucet, keep the old one and put it back when you move out. Solves the problem for the cost of maybe two nice dinners out.

Options for Tiny Sink/Enormous Faucet Combo? Good Questions
5/30/14 03:07 PM