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Display Name: DeirdreChristine
Member Since: 1/18/11

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Twenty years ago when I had a lot less stuff, I would have LOVED to live here! Very nice and impressive use of space!

Sabrina's Sleek Studio Small Cool Contest
5/29/14 08:05 PM

The bed solution is genius. Love this house!

Brian's Off the Grid Home Small Cool Contest
5/28/14 09:23 AM

If not for getting to know my neighbors when I lived in Chicago, I would have missed out on some of my most cherished friendships. I haven't found that same camaraderie in my building in St. Louis, but I still know my neighbors' names and chit chat with most of them.

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:17 PM

So much of what cozy means is defined by who uses the living room. The photo above would have been lovely in years gone by for me...but cozy and comfortable changed a lot when I started dating a man with three children who love to sit on the floor and who can be guaranteed to knock things over on a regular basis.

Some of the best advice I ever received on this topic is to watch how people interact when they are in your home and then try to arrange the furniture to accommodate the way in which they arrange themselves. Since I have concrete floors, a soft rug and a few floor pillows have made a huge difference in making the children -- who are my most frequent house guests -- comfortable and happy. I've also had to edit out some more fragile knick knacks so that no one gets sad if something breaks. Also, you can build a room that is both people and tv-centric...the two do not have to be exclusive from each other.

Break the Ice: 8 Tips for Creating a Chattier, Cozier, Comfier Living Room
3/16/14 11:27 AM

In Boston, I lived above a T train that rumbled underneath me as I slept. In Chicago, I lived right next to the El tracks and the trains were right by my window as I slept. Now in downtown St. Louis, I find myself listening to the emergency vehicles, estimating which block they are stopping at in late night semi-consciousness. True urbanites consider these sounds as much a part of our lives as our own heartbeats. I can't imagine life without them!

Will You Ever Adjust to City Noise? Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/12/14 09:17 PM

My grandfather was a newspaper man, so I have quite a few of those old type cases. Years after his death when I became a bead maker, I started using them for bead storage. I think he would approve. :-)

Clever Craft Storage: 10 Ideas for Using Vintage Crates & Trays
1/31/14 07:19 PM

I'm a vegetarian who also loves Thanksgiving! I make a lentil loaf that is my "turkey"...but other family members seem to enjoy it as a side to their meaty meal as well.

Real Life Holidays: Which Side Dishes Do You Like the Best at Thanksgiving Dinner?
11/13/13 08:21 PM

I lived most of my adult life without my own washer dryer, relying on laundromats the whole time. Now I that I have a washer and dryer, I cannot imagine life without it. And oh yeah, the genius who designed my loft put the laundry in the's double heaven!

5 Tips for Living Without a Washer/Dryer
5/20/13 09:30 PM

I always change the toilet seat, too! I don't know why, but I feel so much better.

Your New Rental: 5 Spots To Clean Well
3/20/13 08:06 PM

I take very little stock in these lists...and as for St. Louis, I live smack dab in downtown and I've never had a problem, even when I walk my dogs at night. I've got a stable job and this is the first place I've lived where I could afford a big apartment. Cost of living here is incredible and we have great cultural, sports and social opportunities. I'm not miserable here. Quite the opposite.

Top 20 Most Miserable Cities in America Forbes
3/14/13 07:20 PM

Or check out your local antiques mall and estate sales. I got mine for $94 on a lucky day at an estate sale.

Get the Look: Iron Bed
3/14/13 07:04 PM

Sudden allergies do happen. I literally in the space of a week became allergic to the contact lens chemicals I had been using for years and had to switch to glasses. It's not myth...and while there are many theoretical diets and practices one can attempt to improve symptoms, sometimes one's body refuses to tolerate certain things. It's not fun, but it's reality.

As a life-long dog person, I found out that I was allergic to cats when I adopted one that a friend had found on the street. I tried everything to make the living situation tolerable for both myself and the cat but the simple truth was that the cat and I were incompatible. And the cat suffered too, because I couldn't give him the attention he deserved without getting sick, so he never got petted.

I was lucky in that the family that "cat sat" for me when I was out of town adored him and were more than happy to adopt him from me. But honestly, if I hadn't been as fortunate in having that situation, I don't think I could have taken him to a shelter, even though I was miserable with him around. Knowing that he might not be adopted and that his last experiences in life would be in a small cage...I couldn't do it.

As I write this, I am looking at my two dogs, both of whom are rescues. Like all the dogs before them in my life, they will spend their entire lives with me. I will only rent where they can join me, I will always care for their needs, and I took on the responsibility of having them in my life knowing it was a lifetime commitment.

I find this posting difficult because I know how painful it is to give up a pet due to allergies and I truly hope your sister finds a suitable place for her cats to live. But there are so many pets who are given up because of a move to a new apartment that doesn't take pets (find an apartment that does) a change in relationship (my boyfriend knows that the dogs and me are a package deal) or simply because they become inconvenient (they are living beings, not accessories or substitutes for humans). I applaud your sister for working hard to find a suitable home for her pets and understanding that they deserve a second life with a new family. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in finding the right fit!

Giving Up Your Pets
3/4/13 04:57 PM

Listen to GrimboCrimby. Especially if it's worth some money, take it to a professional restorer. I have learned the hard way that it makes a difference with vintage posters and I'm guessing a map has the same issues. Good luck!

How Do I Fix a Curling Vintage Map? Good Questions
2/26/13 08:20 PM

Put a chevron on it... (oops...wrong chair post...)

Before & After: Maria's Craigslist
Cane Chair Makeover

2/22/13 08:54 PM

I imagine that getting ready for work in the morning is so much nicer in the after light and cheerful!

Before & After: World's Ugliest Condo Bathroom
2/18/13 07:05 PM

One of these days, Apartment Therapy needs to post a nice upholstering tutorial so those of us for whom this would not be quick and simple can learn from those of you for whom it is! :-) Lovely job!

Before & After: Quick and Simple Chair MakeoverAll Things Campbell
2/16/13 09:34 AM

The fluctuations in humidity thing is definitely a concern. My piano went through several changes in climate -- from Nebraska to Colorado to Missouri. That has been harder on it than any other element. It was in a window with a draft in Colorado and held its tune for years (with regular tuning) but has had to have more intensive work as it adjusted to new climates.

Another consideration about the interior wall consideration is if you share walls with neighbors. From personal experience, neighbors appreciate the placement of your piano on non-adjoining walls. :-)

Must Pianos Be Placed on Interior Walls? Good Questions
2/12/13 07:26 PM

Did I put anyone's name in my post? No. I was commenting on a general culture within the boards in this website of people criticizing without doing so constructively. If anyone took these comments personally, that is on them.

I realize we all think of decorating first and foremost from the point of view of what we would want to do in our own homes. But the main reason I am a devoted reader and occasional poster on this website is because I love to see what other people do differently from what I would have done. It is because of posts like Charlotte's that I've tried new things and taken chances on color and design that I wouldn't have before. So to Charlotte and everyone who is bold enough to post their projects even though they know what the comments section will inevitably hold, thank you. You're the reason I keep coming back.

Before & After: Charlotte's Craigslist Chairs Get Chevron-ed
2/12/13 08:34 AM

Why does every before and after post on this website turn into a bashing of someone else's tastes? What appeals to one person is not going to appeal to everyone. But even if you don't appreciate the color or fabric choices, can't you at least admire the craftsmanship and ingenuity that went into rethinking something? Could you do the same thing? Would you ever be that creative or daring? I am not going to offer my opinion on color or fabric choice other than to simply say what a cool reinvention of this fabulous find and I hope that it brings you many years of joy.

Before & After: Charlotte's Craigslist Chairs Get Chevron-ed
2/11/13 08:43 PM

I have a batik from Africa that I stretched on a wood frame years ago and it still looks great, so a vote for that. A strong voice of dissent against turning it into a cushion or a pillow of some sort. It's a beautiful piece of art that deserves more respect than that.

How To Use Batik in a Modern Way? Good Questions
1/23/13 07:18 PM