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Display Name: sonnet
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This is a tough one! A $15 bottle that the wine guy tells me is terrific and that I can afford and my host will appreciate and that will actually be used, done up in a pathetic mylar bag with that cheap curling ribbon...or a $60-$200 gadget that will end up in a drawer once the novelty has worn off but makes me seem all creative and hip (as long as I don't wrap it in a mylar bag). Help - I don't want my gift to suck!

Hi to the 1% and those struggling with the terror of appearing conventional!

Holiday Buying Guide: Spirited Host Gifts That Don't Suck
12/8/11 01:09 PM

On the other hand, I prefer that my partner does not fall asleep on our newly reupholstered chaise. He tend to drool a little. Have had good luck with the mild shock collar I sneak onto his ankle, but will think about aluminum foil, cans of pennies, or a quick spritz of the Hugo Boss he loathes.

How Do You Keep Your Dog Off The Sofa? | Apartment Therapy DC
5/22/10 09:47 PM

Do I keep my dogs (and cats) off the sofa? Hell, no. They are a huge part of what makes this a home and not a furniture showroom.

How Do You Keep Your Dog Off The Sofa? | Apartment Therapy DC
5/22/10 09:39 PM

Eco, great. These pieces, not so much. Pretty drab and kinda dated.

Bevara Design House: Sustainable Modern The Best of High Point Market Spring 2010 | Apartment Therapy New York
4/19/10 06:06 PM

Uh, more waiting room than living room. Sometimes a MCM fetish can get plain silly.

Mid Century Modern Three Seat Sofa - $910Los Angeles Scavenger | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/22/10 01:15 PM

Fun, even thrilling, to shop at the Broadway & Broome Street locations. Have heard from many that the current store lacks charm and manners. Worst of all they are INSANELY, insultingly overpriced on virtually every item.

Apartment Therapy New York | Broadway Panhandler: A Cook's Best Resource Updated Post
3/24/09 11:00 AM

londonverve: thank you, I did see KO's special comment. I've been eternally gratefully for continuing to track the facts MSM ignores.

Apartment Therapy New York | Open Thread 665 New York
9/11/08 09:22 AM

Agree with all comments, it's like the last decadent days of a sick, silly society, a snapshot from some Bravo series on the amusing fetishes of the super-rich. Also, I though defacing US currency was ILLEGAL. Or is that another lobbyist loophole?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Would You Wrap Presents in Real Money?
9/11/08 09:04 AM

At home in the Village, about 2 miles away. My partner had left for work a bit early and I was still in the midst of my morning routine when he rushed back into the apartment. First reports were, of course, that a small private plane had crashed into one of the Towers. It seemed unfortunate, but minor. I hadn’t been outside yet, and grasped nothing. TV was still carefully speculating. I remember that ½ hour or so as a kind of somnolent bliss. By the time I made it onto the street, where the Trade Centers rose behind the Washington Square arch, we’d been hit again and there was no more doubt.

Most coverage always mentions what a beautiful day it was. If you were here, you know that the perfect temperature, the over-saturated cerulean sky, the neon greens and late summer blossoms, the faint sounds and complete soundlessness felt utterly surreal, out of any context. We heard birds, and wind in trees. People were gathering, but quiet. Only a young woman with a stroller cried. When I went over to her, and she just sobbed “All those people,” and kept walking. Later, we stood at a corner offering bottles of water, blankets, quarters for the phone to the long march of blanched, ash-covered survivors heading north. But there were few takers. A car, radio on and all doors open became the street boom box. The stench, the missing posters, and the rage were still days away. The next morning I wanted a flag.

This American tragedy has been cynically co-opted as a political brand for far too long. How the very people who failed, on every conceivable level, to avoid or ameliorate it claim to “own” the issue of national security is beyond me. Bin Laden and Al-zawahiri? Still out there, likely being readied as an October Surprise for voters. I love my country, and the men and women who struggled and died helping it – on September 11th and since. But I am ashamed of the last 7 blundering, manipulative, venal and bloody years.

Apartment Therapy New York | Open Thread 665 New York
9/11/08 07:55 AM

My friend in Amsterdam placed a gorgeous free-standing tub in her spacious bedroom many years ago. The WC and shower are both off other rooms. It seemed odd at first, then oddly luxurious. Her elegant sense of style, comfort & calm was prescient: master bedroom soaking tubs started turning up in Hamptons' summer rentals in the mid 90's. Many were ghastly, due to cookie cutter execution (starfish, anyone?) But with a great eye and a large, clean space, a bath and bed can be exquisite roommates.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | A Bathtub in the Bedroom?
6/24/08 01:24 PM

You're right, eightdouble. Hopefully, the AT community will come to see factory farming as an important green issue. Here's where most eggs we buy come from:
Europe is way ahead of us on this. Long live the Greenmarket!

Apartment Therapy New York | PlantTherapy: Union Square Greenmarket Events
4/28/08 06:57 AM

Okay, folks, I'm just gonna spit it out. Am I alone in finding leather furniture (and hides of all kind) utterly repulsive? Just seems so cruel and unnecessary, especially now when there are more choices than ever. To me, leather and skin are about as luxurious and alluring as where they come from.

Apartment Therapy New York | Blogging Interior Design: Get a Room
2/14/08 10:30 AM

Oops. So sorry, I read more carefully and linked to the***Small Black Female Dog FOUND*** (mission district)
She is the cutest thing! Thank G-d she's safe, but it must have been nearly impossible to part with her. My offer stands! If she loves you, love her back.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: What if Your Roommate Brings Home a Stray Dog...?
1/28/08 01:03 PM

I just checked website for the Pasadena Humane Society. Applesauce isn't listed yet. Unfortunately, they clearly state: "Our shelter's open-door policy means that we accept all animals from the cities we service. By law, owner-surrenders may be made available for adoption immediately and may be euthanised after 5 days."

On no. Adopt her & get her out of there. They'll provide a low-cost spay plus a free vet exam. I hope your friend will take the plunge, temporarily, until a foster home or local group takes her in. I'll just add, she's so far ahead of the game ---she already knows a sweet disposition goes with that face.

I'll chip in (can you post an email or something?)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: What if Your Roommate Brings Home a Stray Dog...?
1/28/08 12:56 PM

Please! Make absolutely sure it's a no-kill shelter, otherwise this pup is looking at a grim, short life. In some places, as little as 5 days. If that's the case, convince your friend to do the best thing: get her back and search around for a local rescue group, foster home or at the very least, a no-kill facility. They're out there. It'll take a little time and effort to find her the best temporary home. Life in a cage is bitter, but save her life.

So, Applesauce is friendly, sweet, well-behaved and healthy? She wandered into their lives at a time they both thought about owning? Hmmm.

I agree with others that first-time ownership is a daunting proposition. It can be bewildering and scary, especially with young puppies. But this sweetie seems like she knows the ropes. Dogs are resilient; it's usually people who make trouble. All the information & advice one needs is available at the library or online. You DO need to have at least enough $ for food (not costly) & basic vet care (there are clinics that work with you.) You need to walk her, or have her walked, a couple, few times a day. A nylon collar & leash, soft brush, a water & food bowl, not much else. Most of all, you need patience and loving hearts.

When are we every really ready for anything? Sometimes that perfect moment never arrives. My first pet came from the mean city streets. Initial fears of doing everything right, and worries about financing her care, dissipated with time. I've been repaid with pure joy a thousand times over.

Whatever your friend does, it's clear she's most interested in the best for Applesauce. And that's what it's all about.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: What if Your Roommate Brings Home a Stray Dog...?
1/28/08 09:53 AM

Oh those frisky Dutch! These clean, composed rooms must seem a revelation in Amsterdam, where kitsch abounds and multiples (granted, the bric-a-brac is often a few centuries old.)

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Dutch Town House NYT 1.23.08
1/27/08 04:21 AM

Quality is atrocious, as is customer service. Charming and fanciful as their stuff looks, Brocade Home is a chimera. It's all set dressing; designed, styled, lit and photographed to look real. When it arrives (if, when & occasionally broken) the construction and fabrics are incredibly shoddy. No wonder the store exists only in cyberspace. RH is the parent company and appeals should be directed to them, since the Brocade seems to be run by blase teens.

Apartment Therapy New York | Brocade Home
1/27/08 03:59 AM

Oh those black branches! What a joy it would be to see that magic on the wall. They say a tree grows in Brooklyn, but we'd be thrilled with just these stunning boughs here in Manhattan.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Thursday Giveaway: Win a Ferm Living Wall Sticker
1/10/08 06:35 PM