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I would bed #5 is not a tension rod, but copper pipes with threaded ends. Look at the top tiny plate and see if that doesn't look like threading with a washer to hold the plate in place, probably a connector screwed on top to keep the plate stable horizontally and set in the next section of pipe. The plumbing section at your local hardware store can set you up with a small pipe cutter and a threader and the connectors. You have to cut custom size holes in your plates, as well, but that's a different section of the hardware store.

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 12:50 PM

Here's some grey couch eclectic love.

How To Coordinate with Gorgeous New Slate Blue Sofa? Good Questions
7/16/14 10:00 PM

I have a similarly blue grey sofa that I inherited, and it is quite happy with Wolf Grey BM painted walls, shades of buff in the love seat, light fixtures, and drapes, and three different woods (dark brown/black, antique English oak, and reddish dark brown new pieces.) I have some blonde side tables that will not go with all that and will be stained some darker shade. Because the Wolf Grey is not quite blue enough, I'm avoiding yellows somewhat in favor of the buffs/tan, true leaf greens, and (wildly enough) scarlet pinks of various hue. The metals are nickel silver, but those are permanent fixtures (ceiling lights, door handles.) The room is south facing and gets enormous amounts of sun, but if you like cool, it would work in a darker side of the house, too. If I can remember where this comment is, I'll post a link to a picture later. The rug is pulled up at the moment and I've got to drop those curtain rods one inch, it looks like they are expecting high water. Accidents happen, y'know.

How To Coordinate with Gorgeous New Slate Blue Sofa? Good Questions
7/16/14 08:24 PM

You don't have to go bright in a closet, just painting a contrasting color in the same value as the rest of the room - perhaps an underlying theme color - makes the sight of it pleasurable. It also gets you in there cleaning it up and envisioning it in new ways. Closets are often like the Tardis, bigger on the inside than the outside, but you never know it until you've stood inside painting it.

Small Project Saturday: Add a Little Color to Your Space This Weekend Apartment Therapy Video Roundup
7/14/14 12:41 PM

I got a new kitchen, I thought I'd start using clear containers, but reality set in quickly. It was only spaghetti, but if you dump it in there, you can't use the oldest first, it just becomes a huge one you have to use up before you can put more in. Stale by dates and brands/manufacturers are important, and how many people keep up with that when they do this pretty stuff?

I am using clear plastic for all my flours/sugars but then you still have labelling issues and making sure you don't throw all purpose in the self-rising bin. For those, having big handles is still a win - I'm using Sterlite containers that are actually for drinks. Big openings, holds 5 lbs easy and shortish. No glamour at all.

Jamie Oliver's Red, White & Blue Pantry Makes Me Want to Be a More Organized Person Pretty Pantries
7/4/14 01:38 PM

I am having a good time with this thing! I shall be tinkering quite a bit with it, I have an odd combo of old wallpaper I don't want to strip and fresh paint everywhere else. Plus those new cabinets that were a great buy, but are still a bit standoffish. Let's see what goes with them...

Introducing Apartment Therapy Color Search: Get Inspired! Sherwin-Williams
7/1/14 06:41 PM

I remember a little design crafting book I had then, full of do it yourself bead projects and plant arrangement advice. I must have read it a dozen times, but I don't ever want to go back. Reality was a real buzz kill. But, if you have a sense of humor, Lileks will have you rolling in the floor on some of these same pictures. :D http://www.lileks.com/institute/interiors/71book/index.html

Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1975
6/14/14 11:37 AM

I've found that my house dictates some of my choices because protecting its value won't let me do what I'd really rather do - so learning to live with it constrains more choices than I'd like. For instance, I'd like to paint the hardwood floors, but they are oak and still wearing their first finish, still thick. The real estate market would be very unhappy if I didn't keep them so they could be refinished without much loss, so I'm stuck with orange floors. My house is a ranch, it doesn't really want lots of crown molding and tall baseboards, so why invest in it, even tho the rooms are just plain boxes? I wanted a Steampunk kitchen, I installed a traditional cherry. Taking a step back from just doing whatever I really want and doing what is necessary for the long term is quite irritating sometimes, but accepting some pushback keeps the creativity flowing. How do I make it beautiful without making it ridiculous? Sometimes I think designers that have no limit on their budget do worse than the ones who do. The rest of it is just instinct and what makes me happy. When the room is at peace with itself, then I rest from tinkering with it and just enjoy it.

The Natural Order of Things: How To Design Your Home, One Step at a Time
5/20/14 11:56 PM

#9 is mint and a rusty red. I'm guessing a blue red would have tanked badly. #7 is one of my all time favs.

Even More Unusual Color Combos:
10 Weird Pairings That Work

9/2/13 11:31 PM

pinkalbatross, I love your solutions, mostly because they are what I've been wanting to do myself for years! My house is small with a sea of doors and windows everywhere that seem to dictate furniture layout, but I would love to have the little dining room off the kitchen be primarily a sitting room just for me with a TV. I don't like being in the front of the house to lounge and watch a show with my foot hanging over the arm of a chair! The same with a smaller parlor for guests (of which there are painfully few) and an office/dining layout that could be much larger than what's in my bedroom.

I tend to decorate with a view to sell, yet I've lived here for over 20 years! What's the point of doing all this for other people who aren't here? Thanks for the remark and the resulting encouragement.

Another thing just in regards to the title of the article: It would be interesting to find out how people learn things about their decorating style thru the decor process. For example, I've discovered that I very much prefer monochromatic or analogous colour schemes only because I've noticed I'm physically more relaxed and can't seem to stop doing them. My Pinterest boards have a lot of love for other styles, and I look and see the beauty of them, but when I keep painting and accessorizing - it comes out all shades of blue or all layers of gold. Who knew? I didn't know myself!

Know Thyself: Setting Realistic Decorating Expectations
12/1/12 11:23 AM

If the light over the stove is on, then I consider that something is cooking somewhere in the kitchen and don't go off and leave it. When I'm done with whatever, I turn off that light. If I need ambient light, there is a small (and very pretty) lamp on a countertop that can be left on.

How To: Remember If You've Turned the Stove Off
And Keep Your Sanity

7/18/12 07:54 PM


Can You Tell Which Chair Costs More Than a New Car?
Design Quiz

6/30/11 02:42 PM

Black toilets may be stylish, but they are horrible to use. It is impossible to tell if they are clean. Disgusting beyond comprehension.

Don'ts Worth Doing: Design Ideas from Hotel Bathrooms
5/25/11 07:04 PM