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Hey @ListerOfSmeg, I know you're catching a lot of heat for this comment but I actually think I know where you're coming from. I strongly disagree that anyone should forego the awesome mixer and other niceties until they get married. But I know that a LOT of people disagree about that. Perhaps not so much a Southern thing as... traditional? Conservative (not in the political sense)? Anyway it's all well and good to say "I'm gonna buy myself the gorgeous china because I love it!". I did that myself before I got married fairly late in life. But it is HARD for many people to get past the social conditioning that you deserve certain nice things once you get married and not before then. Especially when that social conditioning comes from your family and other people in your close community.

Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/10/14 12:31 PM

Thank you, discerning!

Recipe: Grilled Okra with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce Recipes from The Kitchn
7/4/14 10:41 PM

Could one also batter and fry the whole pods? I'm an okra newbie.

Recipe: Grilled Okra with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce Recipes from The Kitchn
7/1/14 11:49 AM

What a delightful apartment! I think that the abundance of furniture and textures and *everything* actually makes the place seem larger, which seems counter-intuitive (I would've thought it would be cramped). It's such a refreshing change from the usual Domino-meets-pseudo-MCM aesthetic which is usually featured on Apartment Therapy.

Charlotte's Classic Mix Small Cool Contest
5/29/14 10:22 AM

It's not just about damaging the laminate. It's about preventing fires in multi-unit dwellings!

Jennifer, I've so enjoyed seeing the design and construction process for your kitchen. Thanks for sharing. I do hope that the cabinet-cooktop arrangement is safe and functional and meets code! And I'm looking forward to seeing the tile installed; I think that final change will make the kitchen "sing."

Jennifer's Kitchen: The Home Stretch Renovation Diary
4/25/14 02:25 PM

I don't like a TV over a fireplace, but everybody's got to do what works for them. I did think it was amusing that on a recent episode of "House Hunters," a guy insisted that every home they toured had to have a fireplace so he'd have a place to put his TV. Like there was just no other option.

Also, this seems like an appropriate place to leave this:

The Home Theater Mistake We Keep Seeing Over and Over Again
4/11/14 12:24 PM

I have the six-foot version of that sticker in my daughter's nursery! I adore it, and she loves all the fun colors. The custom mural above is beautiful, but the blik sticker is fun, too, and much simpler to install!

5 Classic Disney Nurseries
4/11/14 12:06 PM

We use a high dresser as our changing table, and these people could do so if they remove the books they used for staging. Just get a changing pad (pretty inexpensive at any baby/kid store), a couple of washable covers, and attach it to the top of the dresser for safety. The pad is anchored to the back of the dresser so it can be removed with no visible damage. It's actually a really common solution so people don't have to buy a whole separate piece of furniture.

Before & After: A Painted Dresser Gets A Nursery-Worthy Upgrade Professional Project
4/4/14 01:24 PM

Wow! Even though it's a gag post, I'm loving this tour. It's just so over the top. AT is really putting up some quality April Fools posts this year.

I have to say, though, my all-time favorite AT joke post is from way back in 2011:

Jim & Doris' Global Island Oasis House Tour
4/1/14 01:47 PM

Not a 2013-14 fad at all. They've been super-popular for the last couple of years (replacing those glass mosaic tiles that were everywhere in 2008). There are also pristine original subway tiles on the walls of my grandmother's kitchen, in her house that was built in 1923. Pretty common feature in homes of that age.

Before & After: From the 1960s to Today!
3/31/14 01:16 AM

Hey, if an open door policy works for you that's awesome!

I find it so intimidating, though, and not because I'm afraid of friends and family judging my decor and cleanliness! I'm a major introvert and prefer to have some time to myself before having anyone over, so I can work up some energy for it. When I'm prepared? I'm a great host, and in our home we entertain A LOT and have a wonderful time. But I find an un-announced drop-by to be a real drag.

Embracing an Open Door Policy: Your Guests Aren't Judging You Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/21/14 03:41 PM

This home is beautiful, charming, and personal. Thanks so much for sharing it, Danielle!

Thanks also to all of you who highlighted the lack of diversity (racial and otherwise) on this site. I think it would be great if AT could provide a dedicated post on that topic, or an open thread, so we could continue the good-faith discussion there and bring this thread back to Danielle's cool apartment.

HGTV Star Danielle Colding Layers Generations of Influence House Tour
3/19/14 12:16 AM

I'm with you, Mrsjones01! It's honestly kind of blowing my mind. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Before & After: A Floral & Fashionable Bathroom Refresh
3/6/14 04:21 AM

@67218, if you look at the photos on her blog, you can see that the toilet is around that corner on the left, just outside of the photo. They're definitely in the same, L-shaped powder room.

I think the after is amazing. Something I'd aspire to have in my own home but would never have the guts! I think I'd tone down the wallpaper a bit by installing some wainscoting on the bottom third or so of the walls (depending on how high the ceilings are). Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing. Beautiful use of warm brass, too.

Before & After: A Floral & Fashionable Bathroom Refresh
3/5/14 12:13 PM

Great tips! I'll definitely keep them in mind if I have another baby.

I'd like to emphasize "try not to feel guilty," and add "work closely with your doctor." In my case, I don't think I felt hungry the entire first trimester. No particular foods made me feel ill; I just couldn't tolerate eating more than a bite of almost anything, and I dropped a lot of weight those first few months. The only thing I could choke down was certain kinds of Vietnamese food - with a glass of chocolate milk on the side. My doctor was able to monitor my diet and my health and ensured that I wasn't doing any real harm by eating such a limited diet for a relatively brief period of time. It was a great relief to know that my health, and that of my baby, wasn't damaged, and that my doctor was prepared to take additional steps to keep us safe and strong if needed.

The Food Lover's Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness
2/19/14 01:36 PM

No way. I agree with the commenter above that new shoes when needed are not negotiable. I also wouldn't cut back on activities for my three-year-old daughter. She's currently enrolled in an art class and a dance class, both through our county recreation department (so around $30-50 per three-month session). We have lots of fun together at home but I also think it's important, for my child at least (not trying to discount anyone else's experiences) to have these social experiences with her peers. And she has a great time, which is the most important thing! These classes, and other county rec classes that we've tried, have also been great sources of ideas for activities that we can later do on our own.

Could You Go A Year Without Spending Money On Your Kids?
2/18/14 11:49 AM

What a lovely, cheery result!

Like FaithE, I'd love to try this in with a Delft-look tile.

DIY Home Decor: How To Install a Temporary Kitchen Backsplash Apartment Therapy Reader Project Tutorials
2/6/14 05:46 PM

@dianecourbat, I used a changing table (really a changing pad attached to the top of my daughter's dresser) because I'm very tall, my husband is very tall, and it was just the right height for comfortably changing diapers. Even just occasionally changing her on the floor or the bed (which is low for comfort) gave me a backache. To each her own, I say!

Before & After: From Boring Office Desk to Industrial Chic Changing Table
2/6/14 05:42 PM

@Juleeann2.0: Is the home vintage? I just read "colonial," which is just the style and can mean any number of things including new-build. Perhaps I overlooked part of the description...

I think that the new kitchen is gorgeous! The soft green on the cabinets keeps it from looking too sterile, and the wood-wrapped beams add warmth and interest. I, too, would like to see some daytime photos just to get a better sense of the color in the space.

Like @missuswayne, I live in an old home with a truly vintage kitchen that I'm sure many people would find very charming. In fact, our cabinets look exactly like those in the "before" photo. However charming ours might look, though, it is a disaster to cook in: the cabinets are made of solid wood but are shoddily built (solid wood doesn't always mean high-quality!), with irregular measurements and flimsy shelves and exposed nails; the layout is poor and was designed without modern, efficient appliances in mind; and there is a tremendous amount of wasted space. We've made some cosmetic changes while we save up for the big re-do, and frankly I can't wait to jettison our adorable, vintage kitchen for something that actually works! I think that this kitchen is a nice compromise between new and old. I would be wary of losing so much upper cabinet storage, but I trust the homeowners to know their own storage needs and plan accordingly.

Kitchen Before & After: A Vintage Kitchen Opens Up (and Gets More Windows!) Reader Kitchen Remodel
2/3/14 11:55 AM

I also really enjoy this room! Thanks for sharing it. You've created a fun, sweet space for your little one. I think that the neutral backdrop is exactly right with the green (turquoise?), coral, and yellow highlights.

Cool map on the back of the door. Is it painted or a decal?

A Circus-Inspired Nursery My Room
1/24/14 01:43 PM